Bungō Stray Dogs Series

Bungō Stray Dogs (文豪ストレイドッグス Bungō Sutorei Doggusu, lit. Literary Stray Dogs) is a Japanese manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa, which has been serialized in the magazine Young Ace since 2012. A television anime adaptation by Bones will be split into two parts, with the first part beginning on 7 April 2016, and the second part premiering in October 2016.



Atsushi Nakajima

Nakajima was born in Tokyo, Japan. His father was a scholar specialising in Classical Chinese and he communicated his enthusiasm to his son, who is known for poetic short stories in distant historical settings.

Nakajima was sent to Palau in 1941 to teach Japanese but returned in 1942 after being tormented by severe asthma, and died later that year after contracting pneumonia. He completed one major novel, Light, Wind and Dreams, based on the life of Robert Louis Stevenson, and controversial short stories about Micronesia. The Moon Over the Mountain is a collection of his short stories translated by Paul McCarthy and Nobuko Ochner.


Dazai Osamu

Dazai is a mysterious person, his true intentions are never revealed unless he himself reveals them. Dazai is usually called lazy as Kunikida always scolds him for being unproductive and slacking off. Nonetheless, he’s quick on his feet, cocky at times, smart, clever and decisive. Aside from his quick thinking Dazai is the comic relief in the manga and at times Dazai’s soft side can be seen, he’s caring and clever, Dazai wants nothing more than to commit suicide.


Kunikida Doppo

As a member of the Armed Detective Company, Doppo is very professional and diligent when it comes to his job because to him, the reputation of the agency takes precedence over anything else. He constantly feels the need to organize, gather, and schedule every bit of detail, which is why he may come off as somewhat too strict and harsh during investigations.

He can also be seen as practical to a fault, as he almost considered abandoning a kidnapped Atsushi because the boy’s presence might implicate the agency. Despite this, Doppo is nonetheless a trustworthy and loyal detective that many in the agency rely on because of his authoritative capability and responsible nature.

He is almost never seen without his trademark notebook, which he believes to be an “ideal” and guide to life. He utilizes its function for several reasons, such as data-gathering, planning, and most importantly, a medium for his ability, Doppo Poetry.

While depicting a calm and careful front, Doppo is also known for his exasperated outbursts, which is primarily caused by his partner, Osamu Dazai, who constantly vexes him with his suicidal attempts.

He is also uncharacteristically naive and is prone to easily believe Osamu’s lies, which he later jots down in his notebook for future reference.

Edogawa Ranpo

Ranpo’s ability is called Super Deduction, and it allows him to deduce the “truth” about a crime scene giving him complete information such as where to find evidence and who the culprit is.

Eventually it is revealed that he doesn’t actually have an ability at all, and is able to deduct everything simply due to his own intelligence.


Yosano Akiko

Akiko is a pretty young woman who takes care of her appearance. She has black hair with straight bangs cut into a bob that reaches past her chin. In the manga she has dark grey eyes, which was changed to pink in the anime.

She wears a white button up blouse with puffy sleeves that end in the middle of her forearm. Her shirt is tucked into a plain black skirt that flares out above the knee. She wears gloves that reach past her wrist, a black tie, and black tights. Akiko wears red high heels and a golden butterfly hairpin on the left side of her hair.

Junichirou Tanizaki

Tanizaki lives alone with his little sister Naomi. Nothing has been revealed about their past yet, or what has happened to their parents.

During chapter 3 when Atsushi is guessing what each character did before joining the Armed Detective Company, he correctly guesses that they were both students.

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