Bungo Stray Dogs is an anime series produced by Bones Studio. The series is directed by Takuya Igarashi and written by Yōji Enokido. The fourth season of the anime, Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, was released in 2018. The anime is based on a manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa. The series follows a group of detectives with supernatural abilities who work for the “Armed Detective Agency” and solve supernatural cases. The fourth season focuses on the battle between the agency and the “Port Mafia” to obtain a powerful ability known as “the Dead Apple.” The anime received positive reviews for its unique concept, characters, and action scenes. Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 Episode 3: The Secret Founding of the Detective Agency
In the starting of episode, Mitamura, who is ostensibly on his way to the police station, compliments Ranpo’s deductive abilities and Fukuzawa’s mastery of the recently solved case. Ranpo, however, asserts that Mitamura continues to have reservations about his abilities, so he offers to respond to the officer’s inquiries until he runs out of ways to demonstrate his real talent. First, Mitamura disputes Ranpo’s inference that they are not going to the police station, which can be seen.
Ranpo then implores him to ask any questions about the previous incident, to which Mitamura replies, “How was the suit man restrained in the theatre captured?” Mitamura speculates that the playwright Kurahashi may have been the person who kidnapped the man using a rug and an organic solvent, but Ranpo claims that the writer must have been already dead before the performance. He adds that the entire operation is a sophisticated ruse to kidnap the suit-wearing man, and then subtly criticises Mitamura for smelling like an organic solvent.
When Fukuzawa learns that there have been no definite reports of Ranpo and Mitamura arriving at the station, that the police are unable to connect to the vehicle’s radio, and that Mitamura cannot be reached, he begins to worry that the case is still open. From Kurahashi’s passing to Murakami’s use as the “shrimp” to catch the “sea bream” as Ranpo had previously mentioned to Egawa, he attempts to piece together the information he possesses. Then, while he searches for Ranpo, he discovers a message that the youngster had buried, instructing him to find Mitamura and hunt for the cane of the suit-wearing guy.
Fukuzawa finds the cane, which he discovers to be some type of device, while Mitamura and Ranpo make their way to V’s hiding place near the waterfront. Ranpo figures out the five soldiers standing guard outside, whom Mitamura tells are originally searching for the man in the suit. He is given the assignment to apprehend and question the investigator who thwarted their plan after it was destroyed at the theatre. Mitamura encourages Ranpo to join them, ability users alike, in purging the nation of other ability users in order to avoid employing force, but Ranpo shows no interest.
Fukuzawa visits Oda in his cell with assistance and inquires as to whether he has recently been employed, possibly by the organisation V, to apprehend the suit-wearing man who Fukuzawa determines is an ability user under a high-priority witness protection programme based on the device he discovered in the cane. Oda is initially reluctant to speak, but soon lets it slip that V kills without discrimination as part of a ritual, much to Fukuzawa’s dismay. Intent on saving Ranpo, the latter offers to testify for Oda’s release in exchange for information; moved by Fukuzawa’s willingness to compromise justice for his subordinate’s benefit, Oda accepts his offer and asks to be given some curry in place of information.
Ranpo continues to show little interest in their cause and even mocks Mitamura’s babbling when he makes further attempts to convince him to join them. Ranpo counts down the remaining three seconds as Mitamura pulls his rifle and points it at him after being provoked. Fukuzawa shows up as expected and kills Mitamura and the five guards. Having correctly predicted Fukuzawa’s arrival, Ranpo subsequently expresses his joy, but the latter slaps and chastises him for endangering his life in the name of his deduction. Ranpo clings to Fukuzawa while crying and profusely apologises.
The following morning, Fukuzawa learns via the news that Mitamura had been killed while being held, a move Ranpo surmises was done to keep the man quiet. Fyodor Dostoevsky blithely mutters to himself from a distance that V actually refers to “Five” whose presence Fukuzawa feels afraid of. Fukuzawa wonders who V might be. The city thus seems different to Ranpo than it did before, which Fukuzawa attributes to his improved understanding of what’s crucial. Oda, in the meantime, appreciates the heat of the curry that he receives in his cell.
The suited man greets Fukuzawa and Ranpo when they enter Bankoudou Hall in the post-credits scene. Ranpo deduces that the man saw through the play’s trap and permitted capture, which allowed the two to apprehend the offenders. The man, Sseki Natsume, is then asked for assistance by Fukuzawa in order to obtain a Skilled Business Permit for a company he plans to found where Ranpo can work as a talented detective. Despite warning them about the difficulties they would encounter along the way, Natsume has faith in the two, initiating the formation of the Armed Detective Agency.