Bungou Stray Dogs
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English: Bungo Stray Dogs
Synonyms: Literary Stray Dogs
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2016 to Jun 23, 2016
Broadcast: Thursdays at 01:05 (JST)
Producers:Lantis, Movic, KlockWorx, Bandai Namco Live Creative, Glovision, Lawson HMV Entertainment, Sony PCL
Genres:ActionAction, ComedyComedy, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme:Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
1 indicates a weighted score.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
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List of Bungo Stray Dogs characters
The following is a list of characters from the manga series Bungo Stray Dogs.
Creation and design
The characters of Bungo Stray Dogs were created by Kafka Asagiri and designed by Sango Harukawa. Asagiri noted that in the making of the story, the character designs were developed first rather than their plot lines since the restrictions of the plot might cause the characters to become too flat. The manga originated from Asagiri's idea to gather multiple famous late authors and draw them as young adults and teenagers with supernatural powers, and in his hope that more people would find an interest in literature with the series.
Armed Detective Agency
- Atsushi Nakajima (中島 敦, Nakajima Atsushi)
- Voiced by: Yūto Uemura,Lynn (young) (Japanese); Max Mittelman (English)
- Named after Atsushi Nakajima. A 18-year-old teenager who used to live at an orphanage before the caretakers threw him out. Their words condemning him as "worthless" have since left trauma on him and drive his will to fight in order to find a reason to live, slowly gaining confidence as the series progresses. His ability is named Beast Beneath the Moonlight (月下獣, Gekkajū), which allows him to turn into a large white tiger with incredible strength, speed, regenerative capabilities and durability, although he has no control over it and retains no memory if he fully transforms (this lack of control is however repressed when he joins the Agency and the ability of the Agency's president causes Atsushi to regain control over the tiger). Later, he learns to change his limbs to that of a tiger to enhance his physical abilities. Despite his lack of confidence, he has a pure heart and fights hard to protect others.
- Osamu Dazai (太宰 治, Dazai Osamu)
- Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese); Kaiji Tang (English)
- Named after Osamu Dazai. A member of the Armed Detective Agency who takes Atsushi under his wing and is known as a "suicide maniac" due to his constant suicide attempts and contemplations of a peaceful death, preferably with a beautiful woman. Under his carefree and relaxed demeanor, however, Dazai is extremely cunning, intelligent, skilled and brutal, and a feared former executive of Port Mafia. His ability, No Longer Human (人間失格, Ningen Shikkaku), lets him completely nullify any supernatural ability by touch.
- Doppo Kunikida (国木田 独歩, Kunikida Doppo)
- Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English)
- Named after Doppo Kunikida. Dazai's partner, known for his meticulous planning, organisation and perfectionistic tendencies; due to this, he is easily riled by Dazai's pranks. He has a habit of writing and planning everything ahead in his signature notebook, with the front cover labelled "Ideals". This notebook is linked to his ability, Lone Poet (独歩吟客, Doppo Ginkaku), which allows him to bring into existence any object he writes inside, as long as it isn't larger than the notebook itself.
- Ranpo Edogawa (江戸川 乱歩, Edogawa Ranpo)
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese); Vic Mignogna (seasons 1-2), Landon McDonald (season 3; Dead Apple) (English)
- Named after Edogawa Ranpo. The only Agency member without an ability and a self-proclaimed detective. Although he is one of the oldest in the office, he lacks basic everyday skills, preferring to focus his intelligence on solving cases instead. His prodigious observational and deduction skills are nicknamed Super Deduction (超推理, Chō suiri) by him, which are supposedly activated when he puts on his glasses.
- Junichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō)
- Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese); Spike Spencer (English)
- Named after Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. An 18-year-old assistant at the Agency who mainly focuses on gathering information as his ability, Light Snow (細雪, Sasameyuki), allows him to project illusions within a certain area, which is not extremely suited for combat. He cohabits with his younger sister Naomi and treasures her dearly, despite finding some of her antics annoying.
- Kenji Miyazawa (宮沢 賢治, Miyazawa Kenji)
- Voiced by: Hiroyuki Kagura (Japanese); Lucien Dodge (English)
- Named after Kenji Miyazawa. A 14-year-old optimistic and carefree boy hailing from the countryside, he is extremely popular among Yokohama residents due to his honesty and cheerful attitude. This makes him the Agency's primary data collector from eyewitnesses. His ability is called Undefeated by the Rain (雨ニモマケズ, Ame ni mo Makezu), which grants him superhuman strength when he's hungry.
- Akiko Yosano (与謝野 晶子, Yosano Akiko)
- Voiced by: Yū Shimamura (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English)
- Named after Yosano Akiko. She is the medic of the Agency feared for her torturous treatments. While her ability Thou Shalt Not Die (君死にたもうこと勿れ, Kimi Shinitamou koto nakare) allows her to heal any wound, as long as the patient is on the verge of death; this results in her often injuring her patients thoroughly before healing them.
- Yukichi Fukuzawa (福沢 諭吉, Fukuzawa Yukichi)
- Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese); Jamieson Price (English)
- Named after Fukuzawa Yukichi. He is the President of the Armed Detective Agency, as well as Kunikida's mentor. His ability is All Men Are Created Equal (人上人不造, Hito no Ue ni Hito wo Tsukurazu), which allows him to control the abilities of his subordinates. This ability is especially useful for those who lack control over their abilities like Atsushi and Kyōka.
- Kyōka Izumi (泉 鏡花, Izumi Kyōka)
- Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)
- Named after Kyōka Izumi. A 14-year-old orphan girl who was taken in by the Port Mafia and became their youngest assassin. Her ability, Demon Snow (夜叉白雪, Yasha Shirayuki), materializes Demon Snow, a ruthless sword-wielding phantom that only follows orders coming from her mobile phone, which allowed Akutagawa to control her ability in the past. Her parents used to be assassins as well until an enemy attempted to use a body manipulation ability on them. Kyōka's mother, who at that time owned Demon Snow, killed her husband and subsequently herself as she was gradually succumbing to the ability, her last words ordering the phantom to protect her daughter and passing on this ability. However, this technique was incomplete, resulting in Demon Snow only listening to orders from the phone.
- Kirako Haruno (春野 綺羅子, Haruno Kirako)
- Voiced by: Mina (Japanese); Abby Trott (English)
- A clerk working at the Armed Detective Agency.
- Naomi Tanizaki (谷崎 ナオミ, Tanizaki Naomi)
- Voiced by: Chiaki Omigawa (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English)
- Junichirō's sister who has a brother complex and frequently likes to tease him. Although she can be tiresome to her brother at times, she is a capable young woman.
- Katai Tayama (田山 花袋, Tayama Katai)
- Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese); Steve Staley (English)
- Named after Katai Tayama. He is an information broker for the Agency with the ability Futon, which allows him to control electronics within his sight as long as he is not touching them.
- Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (芥川 龍之介, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke)
- Voiced by: Kensho Ono (Japanese); Brian Beacock (English)
- Named after Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. A 20-year-old member of the Port Mafia. His ability is called "Rashomon" (羅生門), consisting of a black coat that turns into a black beast which can tear anything apart, even space. A former apprentice of Dazai, he is very disdainful of his new subordinate Atsushi.
- Chūya Nakahara (中原 中也, Nakahara Chūya)
- Voiced by: Kishō Taniyama (Japanese); Nicolas Roye (English)
- Named after Chūya Nakahara. He is an executive member of the Port Mafia and Dazai's former partner as Double Black (双黒 Soukoku). His ability is called "For the Tainted Sorrow" (汚れっちまった悲しみに, Yogorecchimatta Kanashimi ni), which allows him to manipulate the gravity vector of objects with which he is in physical contact. He's rather short and dislikes being reminded of it, especially by Dazai. Although rather hot-headed and ruthless, he is not impossible to reason with, and knows the importance of compromise and rationality.
- Ichiyo Higuchi (樋口 一葉, Higuchi Ichiyō)
- Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese); Carrie Keranen (English)
- Named after Ichiyo Higuchi, she is a member of the Port Mafia and a subordinate of Akutagawa, who she greatly admires. Although she doesn't have an ability, she compensates for it with her fighting skills.
- Motojirō Kajii (梶井 基次郎, Kajī Motojirō)
- Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese); Brian Palermo (English)
- Named after Motojirō Kajii. A 28-year-old member of the Port Mafia, and an infamous bomber. His ability is Lemon Bomb (檸檬爆弾, Remonēdo), which prevents him from being harmed by lemon-shaped bombs he makes himself.
- Hirotsu Ryūrō (広津 柳浪, Hirotsu Ryūrō)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (Japanese); Greg Chun (English)
- Named after Ryūrō Hirotsu. A sharply dressed man, he is a commander of the Black Lizard, the mafia's squad of hitmen. His Ability, Falling Camellia (落椿, Ochitsubaki), sends objects flying with a powerful force. He's diligent in his work and dislikes unprofessional behavior.
- Michizō Tachihara (立原 道造, Tachihara Michizō)
- Voiced by: Yū Hayashi (Japanese); Ben Diskin (English)
- Named after Michizō Tachihara. A cold commander of Black Lizard never seen without his dual guns. Later on, he is revealed to be the fifth member of the Hunting Dogs, a special ability group tasked by the government to catch dangerous gifted. He has the ability "Midwinter Memento" (真冬のかたみ, Mafuyu no Katami)) which grants him ferrokinesis, the ability to manipulate metal, and allows him to remotely control metal objects with great proficiency. He has been described by Teruko as "born to be a spy."
- Gin Akutagawa (芥川 銀)
- Voiced by: Shiina Natsukawa (Japanese); Allegra Clark (English)
- A very silent and stealthy commander of the Black Lizard group. Initially assumed male, Dazai reveals she's actually Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's younger sister. She can be as cold, fearsome, and dangerous as her brother. Despite not having an ability, she fights fiercely with her knife as an assassin.
- Ōgai Mori (森 鴎外, Mori Ōgai)
- Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (Japanese); Keith Silverstein (English)
- Named after Mori Ōgai. The leader of Port Mafia. Despite being a mafia boss, he acts like a gentleman, being polite to allies and enemies alike. As a former doctor, he can be very dangerous in a fight, and is ruthlessly pragmatic and mathematical in his reasoning, frequently quoting logicians and statisticians. His Ability, 'Vita Sexualis' (ヰタ・セクスアリス, Uita sekusuarisu), allows him to configure Elise's actions and mood, enabling her to act as a distraction or to protect him with superhuman feats such as flight or extreme speed. Mori is also Fukuzawa's former partner.
- Elise (エリス, Erisu)
- Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (Japanese); Carrie Keranen (English)
- Named after the character in The Dancing Girl, Elise is a young girl with blonde hair under the care of Ougai Mori, who she calls "Rintaro" for an unknown reason. As a manifestation of Mori's ability, her existence as a human is unclear, though she considers the mafia to be her family.
- Kōyō Ozaki (尾崎 紅葉, Ozaki Kōyō)
- Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese); Cindy Robinson (English)
- Named after Ozaki Kōyō. She is a Port Mafia executive with the ability 'Golden Demon' (金色夜叉, Konjakiyasha), capable of conjuring a sword-wielding spirit like Kyouka's and commanding it at will. She cares deeply for Kyōka and wants her to have the happiness that she never got. When she was 19, Mori assigned her to be Chūya's caretaker. Although she holds herself with great dignity and grace, she does not hide her dark nature.
- Sakunosuke Oda (織田 作之助, Oda Sakunosuke)
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese); David Vincent (English)
- Named after Sakunosuke Oda. A low-ranking member of Port Mafia and a friend of Dazai and Ango. His ability, Flawless (天衣無縫, Ten'imuhō), allows Oda to predict the future for 5-6 seconds. His name is often shortened as 'Odasaku'. He wanted to eventually retire from the mafia and be a writer, but the terrorist André Gide killed the orphans under his care, provoking him into a fight to the death. His last words motivated Dazai to leave the mafia and join the Agency, to pursue work that saves lives instead of ending them.
- Kyūsaku Yumeno (夢野 久作, Yumeno Kyūsaku)
- Voiced by: Haruka Kudō (Japanese); Tara Sands (English)
- Named after Yumeno Kyūsaku. They are also known as "Q". Their ability Dogra Magra (ドグラ・マグラ, Dogura Magura) is a mind control curse. If someone has harmed them, either intentionally or unintentionally, they will fall under the curse when Yumeno splits open the doll they always carry with them. The curse itself makes people see illusions that turn them hostile, usually forcing them to attack friends and foes recklessly. After an incident where they used their curse on members of the Port Mafia, they were considered too dangerous and imprisoned by Dazai and Chūya.
- Ace (エース, Ēsu)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Robbie Daymond (English)
- Named after Alan Bennett (his name and ability name were changed to avoid copyright issues). Also known as "A", he was a Port Mafia executive who captured Fyodor Dostoyevsky. His ability, The Madness of the Jewel King (based on The Madness of George III), allowed him to turn his subordinates' lives into jewels (provided they wore a collar Ace gave them), their worth depending on the target's lifespan. He was outwitted into committing suicide by Fyodor, after planning to betray the Port Mafia.
- Karma (カルマ, Karuma)
- Voiced by: Miyu Irino (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)
- A young member of the Port Mafia and Ace's subordinate, killed by Fyodor in his escape.
- Paul Verlaine (ポール・ヴェルレーヌ, Pōru Verurēnu)
- Named after Paul Verlaine. He infiltrates the upper floor of the Port Mafia headquarters to steal the files on Chuuya and take Rimbaud's hat. Later, he clarifies that he intends to take Chuuya with him, referring to him as "younger brother".
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
- Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (フランシス・スコット・キー・フィッツジェラルド, Furanshisu Sukotto Kī Fittsujerarudo)
- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Chris Hackney (English)
- Named after F. Scott Fitzgerald, he is the Leader of the "Fellowship of The Guild". His ability is called 'The Great Fitzgerald' (based on The Great Gatsby), which grants him an increase in strength at the expense of his money. Simply throwing currency off a balcony, for example, can trigger his power. His goal is eventually revealed to be the retrieval of "The Book", to revive his dead daughter. After his defeat to Akutagawa and Atsushi, he rebuilds his organization from the ground up.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Lucy Maud Montgomery (ルーシー・モード・モンゴメリ, Rūshī Mōdo Mongomeri)
- Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)
- Named after Lucy Maud Montgomery. A member of The Guild and Fitzgerald's subordinate. An orphan who suffered trauma from her caretakers like Atsushi, although she never recovered like he did. This resulted in Lucy developing a psychotic personality, while also developing a dependency on the guild as she believes no one else is willing to accept her. Her ability is 'Anne of Abyssal Red' which allows her to create an alternate reality known as "Anne's Room", in which people are imprisoned if they get caught by a giant doll named Anne while playing tag. When the Guild collapses, she gets a job in the cafe below the agency, and eventually becomes their ally.
- Margaret Mitchell (マーガレット・ミッチェル, Māgaretto Mitcheru)
- Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese); Colleen O'Shaughnessey (English)
- Named after Margaret Mitchell. A member of the Guild, partnered with Nathaniel Hawthorne. Margaret's temperament can only be described as arrogant, prone to looking down on anyone around her be they friend or foe. Her ability is called "Gone with the Wind", which allows her to literally weather away any object caught in the wind. She is visually portrayed as an American Southern belle.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne (ナサニエル・ホーソーン, Nasanieru Hōsōn)
- Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese); Matthew Mercer (English)
- Named after Nathaniel Hawthorne. A member of the guild, and partner to Margaret Mitchell. A man of God who always carries a Bible with him, Nathaniel believes that it is his duty to punish the sinners of the world. As a result, he often comes off as arrogant when he "judges" people and is prone to getting into quarrels with Margaret. Nathaniel's ability is called The Scarlet Letter, which allows him to convert his own blood into holy words, with offensive and defensive applications. He makes a deal with Fyodor after the fall of the Guild, and serves him in a disturbed cognitive state.
- John Steinbeck (ジョン・スタインベック, Jon Sutainbekku)
- Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English)
- Named after John Steinbeck. A member of the Guild, and partner to H.P. Lovecraft. Steinbeck hails from a large family of farmers from North America, and joined the Guild in an effort to support them financially. Steinbeck's relaxed and friendly personality hides a fierce sadistic streak. His ability, The Grapes of Wrath, allows him to sprout grapevines from his neck which he can graft to other plants. Any plant with a grafted grape branch can be freely controlled by Steinbeck as a part of his own body. He actually despises Fitzgerald, seeing his view on people and money as disgusting and cruel. After the Guild collapses, he becomes the leader of the Guild remnants, and resolves to crush Fitzgerald's new ventures.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
- Howard Phillips Lovecraft (ハワード・フィリップス・ラヴクラフト, Hawādo Firippusu Ravukurafuto)
- Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese); Mick Wingert (English)
- Named after H. P. Lovecraft. A member of the guild and partner to John Steinbeck. A bizarre man in his late twenties, Lovecraft is prone to be distracted by the most unusual things such as wood grains. While never outright stated in the series, Lovecraft hints that his ability, "The Great Old Ones", is not an actual ability as Dazai is unable to nullify it. When fully activated, The Great Old Ones turns Lovecraft into a powerful tentacled monster that can only be damaged from the inside. After the defeat of Fitzgerald, Lovecraft claims his contract has become null, and bizarrely walks into the ocean, claiming to be "going to sleep".
- Mark Twain (マーク・トウェイン, Māku Tōein)
- Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Phillip Reich (English)
- Named after Mark Twain. A member of the guild and his ability is "Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer", an ability that takes the forms of the dolls known as Huck Finn (ハック・フィン)(voiced by Risae Matsuda (Japanese), Abby Trott (English)) and Tom Sawyer (トム・ソーヤ)(voiced by Satsumi Matsuda (Japanese), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (English)). He serves as sniper and thanks to Huck and Tom his aim is excellent.
Louisa May Alcott
- Louisa May Alcott (ルイーザ・メイ・オルコット, Ruīza Mei Orukotto)
- Voiced by: Hikaru Ueda (Japanese); Erica Mendez (English)
- Named after Louisa May Alcott. A member of The Guild whose ability, "Little Women", allows her to slow time down when she is thinking in a private room. Her shy demeanor makes her work as a strategist. She has never used her ability for herself and is completely devoted to Fitzgerald.
- Herman Melville (ハーマン・メルビル, Hāman Merubiru)
- Voiced by: Takayuki Sugō (Japanese); John DeMita (English)
- Named after Herman Melville. An elder member of The Guild whose ability is "Moby-Dick", which takes the form of a gigantic white whale-themed airship. Herman used to be the Guild leader in the past.
Edgar Allan Poe
- Edgar Allan Poe (エドガー・アラン・ポオ, Edogā Aran Pō)
- Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
- Named after Edgar Allan Poe. A member of The Guild with the ability Black Catin the Rue Morgue. Poe can transport readers into the setting of any novel that they are currently reading. He also has a pet raccoon named Karl. He views Ranpo as a rival.
Rats in the House of the Dead
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky (フョードル・ドストエフスキー, Fuyōdoru Dosutoefusukī)
- Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese); Ray Chase (English)
- Named after Fyodor Dostoevsky. He is the head of the Rats in the House of the Dead. His ability, "Crime and Punishment", has yet to be described, but is shown to be able to cause instant death on touch. He is also a member of the "Decay of Angels" group, under Kamui's leadership.
- Alexander Pushkin (アレクサンダー・プシュキン, Arekusandā Pushukin)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (Japanese); Kyle Herbert (English)
- Named after Alexander Pushkin. He is a member of the Rats in the House of the Dead. His ability is "A Feast in Time of Plague". This ability allows Pushkin to infect two given people with a special virus. The two infectees are guaranteed to die, unless one of them is killed, which will end the other's illness.
- Ivan Goncharov (イバン・ゴンチャロフ, Iban Goncharofu)
- Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi (Japanese); Erik Kimerer (English)
- Named after Ivan Goncharov. He is a member of the Rats in the House of the Dead. His ability is "The Precipice", which grants him control over geological constructs.
- Mushitaro Oguri (小栗 虫太郎, Oguri Mushitarō)
- Named after Mushitaro Oguri. He is a member of the Rats in the House of the Dead. His ability is "Perfect Crime", which erases all evidence of a given crime.
Decay of Angels
The Decay of Angels is a terrorist organization of five people, devoted to the destruction of all nations.
- Nikolai Gogol (ニコライ・ゴーゴリ, Nikorai Gōgori)
- Named after Nikolai Gogol, is a member of the Decay of the Angels. Despite showing a sadistic personality, Nikolai often hints he suffers when hurting other people. His ability is The Overcoat.
Sigma is a member of Decay of Angels who runs a casino on an airship. Atsushi believes that Sigma possesses a page of the supernatural Book that the Decay of Angels used to frame the Detective Agency for a murder case.
- Bram Stoker (ブラム・ストーカ, Buramu Sutōkā)
- Named after Bram Stoker, in the past, Bram was an earl in Northern Europe. Despite formerly being a human, his cells had been mutated due to an ability, which then resulted in him being transformed into a blood-sucking species and he became known as Dracula. Bram's ability name is currently unknown. However, it is an infection-type ability which turns whoever he bites into a vampire. It also makes the victim the next aggressor.
The Hunting Dogs (猟犬, Ryōken) is a military organization working for the government. Its members include Ōchi Fukuchi, Teruko Ōkura, Saigiku Jōno, Tetchō Suehiro and Michizō Tachihara. When the Decay of Angels use the supernatural Book to frame the Agency, the Hunting Dogs go to execute them.
- Ōchi Fukuchi (福地 桜痴, Fukuchi Ōchi)
- Named after Fukuchi Ōchi, he is the commander of the Hunting Dogs special units and has the ability Mirror Lion. However, in reality, he is the leader of the terrorist organization, the Decay of Angels, acting under the alias of Kamui.
- Saigiku Jōno (條野 採菊, Jōno Saigiku)
- Named after Saigiku Jōno, he is a member of the Hunting Dogs special unit and has the ability Priceless Tears.
- Teruko Ōkura (大倉燁子, Ōkura Teruko)
- Teruko Ōkura is the vice-commander of the Hunting Dogs special unit who has the ability Gasp of the Soul.
- Tetchō Suehiro (末広 鐵腸, Suehiro Tetchō)
- Named after Tetchō Suehiro. He is a member of the Hunting Dogs special unit. His ability is Plum Blossoms in Snow.
- Ango Sakaguchi (坂口 安吾, Sakaguchi Ango)
- Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese); Michael Yurchak (English)
- Named after Ango Sakaguchi. A government worker whose ability is "Discourse on Decadence". Ango once worked as Port Mafia's Intelligence Agent, but it was under the Government's orders to spy the mafia's activities. During his time working as an intelligence agent under for the Port Mafia, he also became an agent for Mimic under Mori Ougai's orders.
- Santōka Taneda (種田 山頭火, Taneda Santōka)
- Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese); John DeMita (English)
- Named after Santōka Taneda. He is the director of the Special Ability Department. Not much is known about his past, though it's hinted that he helped on the creation of the Armed Detective Agency and was also the one who helped Osamu Dazai to find a job in the Agency after he left the Port Mafia. His ability is called Hail in the Begging Bowl.
- André Gide (アンドレ・ジッド, Andore Jiddo)
- Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese); Kirk Thornton (English)
- Named after André Gide. He was the leader of a criminal organization from Europe known as Mimic. Like Sakunosuke, his ability, "Strait is the Gate", allows him to see a few seconds into the future. A former soldier betrayed by his country, he wanted to have a glorious death and killed Oda's loved ones to drive him to despair. After a lengthy duel, they mutually killed each other.
- Aya Kōda (幸田 文, Kōda Aya)
- Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki (Japanese); Cassandra Lee Morris (English)
- Named after Aya Kōda. She is a civilian who assisted Kunikida with a case, a spirited girl who calls herself a warrior of justice and practices martial arts every day. Aya is stubborn, refusing to take no for an answer, and makes fun of Kunikida often.
- Shōsaku Katsura (桂正作, Katsura Shōsaku)
- Voiced by: Masakazu Morita (Japanese); Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
- Named after the main character of Doppo Kunikida's work "An Uncommon Common Man."
- Agatha Christie (アガサ・クリスティ, Agasa Kurisuti)
- Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English)
- Named after Agatha Christie. Her ability is And Then There Were None.
- Mizuki Tsujimura (辻村 深月, Tsujimura Mizuki)
- Voiced by: Rie Takahashi (Japanese); Carrie Keranen (English)
- Named after Mizuki Tsujimura, she is an agent of the Special Division for Unusual Powers and is assigned to Ayatsuji Yukito. Tsujimura's ability, Yesterday's Shadow Tag, allows her to create 'baby shadows'. It also takes the appearance of a grim reaper with a scythe when it activates automatically. Just like Kyōka, her mother transferred her ability to her, and she does not have complete control over it. It will activate immediately when she wants to kill someone, and the reaper shadow will execute them before she can attack, making Tsujimura unable to kill anyone herself.
- Tatsuhiko Shibusawa (澁澤 龍彦, Shibusawa Tatsuhiko)
- Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese); Xander Mobus (English)
- Named after Tatsuhiko Shibusawa. An original character created for the movie Dead Apple.
- Arthur Rimbaud (アーサー・ランボー)
- Voiced by: Yūya Uchida (Japanese); Christopher Swindle (English)
- Named after Arthur Rimbaud. He was an executive of the Port Mafia with an extreme aversion to cold. First known under the alias of 'Randou', it's later revealed to be a European spy, trying to find a god-like entity, Arahabaki, from within a military facility with his partner, Paul Verlaine. Following Paul's betrayal, he was forced to try and use Arahabaki to fight the military, but the failed attempt resulted in a massive explosion that destroyed the facility and Rimbaud's memories. His alias was taken from an incorrect pronunciation of his name that was written on his hat. His ability, "Illuminations", allows him to create a hyperspace under his control to the point which he can event disregard the rules of physics, rendering Chuya's powers useless and even withstanding Dazai's nullification to a limited degree.
- Natsume Sōseki (夏目 漱石)
- Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka (Japanese); Greg Chun (English)
- Named after Natsume Sōseki. He is the former mentor of Yukichi Fukuzawa and Ōgai Mori. He is first briefly featured in the light novel Dark Era, and appears during the Cannibalism Arc to interrupt the fight between the Agency and Port Mafia. His ability is "I Am a Cat".
- Ayatsuji Yukito (綾辻 行人, Ayatsuji Yukito)
- Named after Yukito Ayatsuji. A detective and one of the main characters in the Gaiden novel. He is currently one of the top-ranked people on the Japanese government's list of dangerous ability users. His ability is Another which allows him to see through the criminal in a murder case. Once the criminal behind a murder is identified, the killer will face certain death through an "accident."
Herbert George Wells
- Herbert George Wells (ハーバート・ジョージ・ウェルズ, Hābāto Jōji Weruzu)
- Named after Herbert George Wells is a character featured in the light novel Bungo Stray Dogs: 55 Minutes. Wells's ability, Time Machine allows her to manipulate time itself. She can send an individual back in time with the use of her camera, but this is limited to 55 minutes or 3300 seconds. Also, she is only able to transport someone to the past once. Originally, Wells is only able to transport a person to the past limited to several minutes, but after being utilized by "Gab" for countless of times, it was extended to 55 minutes.
Jules Gabriel Verne
- Jules Gabriel Verne (ジュール・ガブリエル・ヴェルヌ, Jūru Gaburieru Verunu)
- Named after Jules Gabriel Verne is a character featured in the light novel, 55 Minutes. He is one of the inhabitants of Standard Island, as the island itself is the form of his ability. Verne's ability, The Mysterious Island allows him to absorb the abilities from any ability-user who dies on Standard Island.
- Nobuko Sasaki (佐々城 信子, Sasaki Nobuko)
- Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese); Wendee Lee (English)
- Named after Nobuko Sasaki, Doppo Kunikida's first wife, she is a lecturer at a university in Tokyo. She is the Azure Apostle and former accomplice to the Azure King, her lover, and attempts to ruin the Armed Detective Agency after her lover's death.
The characters of Bungo Stray Dogs have been popular in Japan with Crunchyroll noting that most of them appeared in a Newtype poll when the anime premiered in 2016.Manga.Tokyo enjoyed Osamu Dazai due to his appealing interactions with Doppo Kunikida while also enjoying Mamoru Miyano's performance as his voice actor. Atsushi's characterization has earned mixed responses The Fandom Post noted that his power of becoming a tiger gave him potential to make goods rather than the curse he fears. On the other hand, Reel Run Down considered Atsushi as one of the weakest characters due to his constant insecure thoughts despite having multiple achievements in the storyline. Otaku USA noted that while Atsushi becomes a hero during the story, he is overshadowed by others character he found more interesting. Nevertheless, Atsushi's and Akutagawa's rivalry has also resulted into positive reaction due to how each character balance the other in terms of personality and how they become allies for a short for one of the most entertaining fights in the series. Anime News Network still enjoyed the new bond he formed with former Guild member Lucy Maud Montgomery; the reviewer noted Lucy became attracted to him and thus expected a form romance or love triangle would be composed between these two characters as well as Kyoka as this character also formed a strong bond with Atsushi. Concluding this comment, the reviewer expected this would happen the story would be benefitted from this type of subplot since Bungo Stray Dogs barely handled romance.
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Bungou Stray Dogs: 15 Characters With Names (& Abilities) Based On Real Novelists
Bungo Stray Dogs translates to "Literary Stray Dogs" and though the plot doesn’t revolve entirely around literature, almost every character, major and minor, are named after famous deceased authors and poets, with abilities relating to their literary styles and works.
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It’s an amazing and creative way to honor and bring attention to these writers as well as put a new twist on their lives and work. There are many more that can be explored, but here are 10 major Bungo Stray Dogs characters whose names and abilities are tied to novelists.
Updated by Brianna Albert on September 9th, 2020: Bungo Stray Dogs is one of the most popular anime in Japan, with two seasons and a movie to its name. Part of the popularity within Japan is how each character, big or minor, is named after either a famous poet or novelist during different periods of time.
This, of course, goes for the main character Atsushi Nakajima and Osamu Dazai, but it also extends to supporting characters and even antagonists. From their names down to their extraordinary abilities, there are a plethora of characters who are inspired by real-life counterpartsーand a broader explanation of who they were as people.
15 Ango Sakaguchi
Ango Sakaguchi is a character that is collectively hated by the Bungo Stray Dogs fandom, and with good reason. However, like all the other characters in the universe, he is based on the real-life novelist Ango Sakaguchi, whose real name was Heigo Sakaguchi, who wrote the book Discourse On Decadence.
This is the same name as his fictional counterparts' ability, which enables him to read the memories let of items such as money, the floor, or even weapons.
14 Sakunosuke Oda
Sakunosuke Oda had a big impact on Dazai. He is based on the real-life author Sakunosuke Oda who wrote contemporary novels.
Flawless is a book written by him, as well as his fictional counterparts' ability that allowed him to see a few seconds into the future. The book was a short story that tells the tale of a woman who married an employee through a matchmaking service and cannot stop complaining about him.
13 Kenji Miyazawa
Kenji Miyazawa is a member of the Armed Detective Agency and has the ability "Be not Defeated by the Rain." He is based on the author Kenji Miyazawa who was a novelist and poet. His most famous poem is named Ame ni mo makezu, which is also his ability in the series.
While it is his most famous poem, the author dismissed its value. The poem lives on as one of the most well-known poems in Japanese history.
12 Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was one of the first antagonists of the Bungo Stray Dogs series. Powerhungry and wealthy, he has the ability "The Great Fitzgerald," based on the book The Great Gatsby.
He is also based on the actual author. F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist who wrote flamboyant characters and short stories. The characters are alike, down to the fact that the real-life version and fictional counterpart were married to a woman named Zelda.
11 Akiko Yosano
Akiko Yosano was a real-life feminist during a tumultuous era in Japan, and her fictional counterpart is a perfect fit for her character. Akiko has the ability "Thou Shalt Not Die," an ability that works only when someone is "half-dead" so she can heal them.
Akiko is also a feminist who hates male chauvinism, which is very alike to her real-life counterpart who was noted as one of the most controversial post-classical poets of Japan.
10 Yumeno Kyuusaku
Yumeno Kyuusaku, known as “Q,” is a member of the criminal organization, the Port Mafia. Q has an unspecified gender and although they are a child, Q has a sadistic personality. Q has the ability “Dogra Magra,” which is a mind control curse. Q curses his targets by bumping into them, causing them to inflict pain upon Q, which allows the curse to manifest.
The curse causes hallucinations, causing targets to attack everyone in sight indiscriminately. In reality, Sugiyama Taidou, better known by his pen name Yumeno Kyuusaku, was an early Showa period Japanese author. His most significant novel, Dogra Magra, is a famous example of Japanese avant-garde gothic literature and revolves around psychosis.
9 Ogai Mori
Ogai Mori is the leader of the Port Mafia. He is an excellent strategist but also has a cruel and merciless personality. His cruelty doesn’t come without reason though, he is always weighing the pros and cons of his choices so that the Port Mafia may flourish. His ability, “Vita Sexualis,” allows him to summon Elise, a young girl. Mori can manipulate Elise’s personality as well as her abilities.
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In reality, Lieutenant-General Mori Rintarō, known by his pen name Mori Ōgai, was one of the leading writers during the Meiji period. Vita Sexualis was an erotic novel he wrote that was banned shortly after its release due to its explicit content. The female lead in his famous short story, The Dancing Girl, is named Elise.
8 Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Fyodor Dostoyevsky is the leader of another criminal organization, the Rats in the House of the Dead. Fyodor is intelligent, manipulative, and all-around evil. His ability, “Crime and Punishment,” is complex. It’s hinted that it enables Fyodor to kill someone with one touch, however, the full extent of the ability's power and how it works have not been revealed.
In reality, Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was a Russian novelist and philosopher. Mainly, his works explore human psychology in 19th-century Russia, involving a variety of philosophical and religious themes. One of his most acclaimed works, Crime and Punishment, focuses on the moral and mental stability of a poor ex-student in Saint Petersburg who hatches a plan to kill a corrupt pawnbroker and steal her money.
7 Edogawa Ranpo
Ranpo is a member of the Armed Detective Agency and is known to be one of the best detectives in the world. Although Ranpo claims to have an ability he calls “Super Deduction,” he is actually just extraordinarily intelligent and doesn’t possess an ability. Ranpo denies this though and continues to believe that he is an ability user.
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In reality, Tarō Hirai, better known by his pseudonym Edogawa Ranpo, was a Japanese writer who was an integral part of the development of Japanese mystery fiction. Many of his novels involve a detective hero and he drew inspiration from Western mystery writers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
6 Kyouka Izumi
Kyouka is the newest member of the Armed Detective Agency and previously worked for the Port Mafia. She always wears a kimono and though she is learning to be more in control, she still lacks empathy and will kill if she deems it necessary. She has the ability “Demon Snow,” which allows her to materialize a sword-wielding phantom known as Demon Snow.
In reality, Izumi Kyōka, whose real name was Kyoutarou Izumi, was a Japanese writer during the prewar period. His works include novels, short stories, and kabuki plays. He was superstitious, something that came through in his work as he was best known for supernatural tales.
5 Chuuya Nakahara
Chuuya is one of the five Executives of the Port Mafia and Dazai's former partner. He is an incredibly skilled martial artist and loves fighting. His basic ability, “For The Tainted Sorrow,” allows Chūya to manipulate the gravity of anything he touches. However, his true ability is “Corruption,” which permits him to further manipulate gravity, although he cannot control it.
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In reality, Chūya Nakahara was a Japanese poet during the early Showa period. There is a chant required to activate “Corruption” and it comes from a stanza in "Sheep Song," a poem by the real Chūya Nakahara.
4 Ryuunosuke Akutagawa
Akutagawa is a member of the Port Mafia and has the ability "Rashoumon." He is one of the most powerful and dangerous members of the Port Mafia. Akutagawa has a “Social Darwinist” view of the world, meaning he strongly feels that weak people should die and give way to the stronger ones, which feeds into his ruthless behavior.
In reality, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa was a Japanese writer during the Taishō period in Japan. He is known as “the Father of the Japanese short story.” One of his most famous short stories, Rashoumon, tells the tale of a meeting between a servant and an old woman in Rashōmon, a place where corpses were dumped.
3 Doppo Kunikida
Kunikida is a member of the Armed Detective Agency. He takes his job seriously, holding the reputation of the agency above all else. He values all human life, even that of criminals, and will do his best to avoid killing anyone. His ability, “Doppo Poet,” allows Kunikida to manifest objects written on the pages in his notebook. This ability has limitations and doesn’t work if an object is larger than the notebook.
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In reality, Doppo Kunikida was a Japanese novelist and poet during the Meiji period. He is considered to be one of the inventors of Japanese naturalism, though he also dabbled in the romance genre.
2 Osamu Dazai
Dazai is a member of the Armed Detective Agency but was formerly an Executive of the Port Mafia. He’s quick-witted and highly intelligent despite his lackadaisical demeanor. In the Port Mafia, Dazai was sadistic and cold, but joining the ADA brought out his happier side. That said, he still often tries and fails to commit suicide in ridiculous ways, often asking beautiful women to die with him.
Dazai's ability, “No Longer Human,” allows him to nullify the abilities of others by touching them. In reality, Osamu Dazai was one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan. His novel, No Longer Human, is a modern-day classic in Japan and considered to be his masterpiece. He and his mistress, Tomie Yamazaki, committed suicide together.
1 Atsushi Nakajima
Though there are many important characters, Atsushi serves as the main protagonist of the anime and is a member of the Armed Detective Agency. Though Atsushi still struggles with low self-esteem due to his years of childhood abuse, joining the ADA gave him a major confidence boost. He wants to save everyone and hates death and killing.
Atsushi's ability, “Beast Beneath the Moonlight,” allows him to transform into a white tiger, which he learns to control and apply to different parts of his body. In reality, Atsushi Nakajima was a Japanese author most famous for his short story, Tiger Poet, where a man takes the form of a tiger, changing from animal to human states while maintaining his humanity and ability to speak.
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