“Stop pitying yourself. Pity yourself, and life becomes an endless nightmare.”
Dazai Osamu from the series “Bungo Stray Dogs” is one of my ultimate favorite characters. In the first season (of three plus a movie) of the series, Dazai is seen as purely comic relief. He’s portrayed as a hyper, over the top man who is obsessed with suicide. It is later shown that Dazai has a pretty sordid and bloody past.
Dazai is part of the Armed Detective Agency - a group of special ability users who solve crimes the police won’t touch. His previous career was left a secret until the story revealed he used to work for the Port Mafia, an evil organization. Even as a teenager, Dazai was one of the top executives of the Mafia and committed lots of murder, torture, fraud, and various other crimes. With the death of his friend, Sakunosuke Oda, Dazai has been trying to fill the “empty void in his heart” and joined the Armed Detective Agency.
Dazai is tall, skinny, and covered in bandages from head-to-toe, possibly covering up all the wounds from his past suicide attempts and time in the Mafia. He is extremely intelligent and has good reflexes, but his combat skills were below average in the Port Mafia. You never seem to know what he’s thinking or why he takes the actions he takes. Not much is known about his character and he comes off as quite mysterious. No one seems to know why he’s so keen on dying. His ability - No Longer Human - allows him to nullify other abilities and he calls himself “anti-gifted.”
I honestly feel really bad for him and it shows that he still hasn’t gotten over the death of Oda. Dazai was shown visiting his grave and buying Oda’s favorite drink at a bar they used to go to. I’ve mentioned this in my other reviews of characters from Bungo Stray Dogs, but all the characters are named after authors. In this case, he was named after Dazai Osamu, whose book is titled “No Longer Human.” Dazai (the character) shared something in common with the author in which they both fantasized about suicide.
“Man fears death and yet, man is drawn to death. Death is endlessly consumed by men in cities and in literature. It is a singular event in one’s life that none may reverse. That is what I desire.”
Sakunosuke Oda, or Odasaku for short, is another character from the series Bungo Stray Dogs. His character is introduced during the “dark era,” which is a few years prior to the events of the story.
Odasaku belongs to the Port Mafia, an evil organization made up of individuals with unique abilities. His gift, Flawless, lets him see a few seconds into the future if his life is in danger. Odasaku is a kind character (he looks after orphans and doesn’t do any horrible jobs), which is quite odd given the fact that he’s with the Port Mafia.
Odasaku wants to be an author because of what a man told him a few years earlier, but he thinks that if he killed someone he’s lost the privilege to write about human life.
An important part of the story has to do with his friends, Dazai Osamu and Sakaguchi Ango. Dazai is a young man with bandages wrapped around his body from head to toe (the reason is not clarified) and is one of the top executives of the Port Mafia while Ango is a mysterious intelligence officer. However, their friendship does not last, and Odasaku soon dies due to a bullet wound. Dazai is in shambles when this happens, but Odasaku gives him some words of advice before he dies and leads Dazai to join the Armed Detective Agency — the main heroes of the story.
I like Odasaku because he was a really interesting character with lots of remarkable beliefs. While I was watching the anime, you could really tell he was an important person to Dazai. When Dazai found Odasaku before he died, he screamed his name, and you could feel the pain in his voice.
I forgot to mention in my first review (of another character in the series) that all the characters in Bungo Stray Dogsare named after real people, and it turns out that Sakunosuke, Dazai, and Ango were all friends in real life.
In my opinion, Chuuya Nakahara, from the manga (also an anime) “Bungo Stray Dogs,” is one of the best characters in the series.
Chuuya is part of the “Port Mafia,” an evil organization founded by Mori Ōgai. His character is introduced as a bad guy, but you soon realize that, unlike many other villains, he still cares about the people he works with. No matter how much he might seem to care however, he’s ruthless when he needs to be and in the end he’s still a villain.
In this series, some people are granted with abilities. When you have an ability, you are called “gifted.” Most of the members in the “Port Mafia” are gifted and the same goes with Chuuya. He possesses the skill to manipulate gravity as he pleases and when he takes off his gloves he can use his “corrupted form,” which allows him to use all the energy in his body to make strong blasts of power.
I like Chuuya because he’s a fun character to watch. I also like that, despite the character Dazai being in the “Armed Detective Agency” (the good guys of the story), Chuuya respects him and, in the end, they make a good team.
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