Bungo Stray Dogs might never end up in the history books among the “Big Three” anime series, but it’s definitely a title to look out for. This seinen title follows the members of the “Armed Detective Agency” as they try to protect Yokohama from the mafia. A popular title with a respectable fandom, Bungo Stray Dogs has been adapted into several media and with more material on the way, we have decided to talk about the show a bit.
What we are about to tell you is a list of the most important Bungo Stray Dogs characters and their heights, ages, birthdays, and ethnicities. The data we are going to use refers to the canon data we have from the manga, which is currently ongoing, so things are certainly going to change, but we are going to focus either on the data at the time of a character’s death or the current in-universe time. Before we approach each of the characters individually, here is a quick overview:
|Atsushi Nakajima||18||May 5||170 cm (5’7″)||Male||Japanese|
|Osamu Dazai||22||June 19||181 cm (5’11”)||Male||Japanese|
|Doppo Kunikida||22||August 30||189 cm (6’2″)||Male||Japanese|
|Jun’ichirō Tanizaki||18||July 24||174 cm (5’8.5″)||Male||Japanese|
|Ranpo Edogawa||26||October 21||168 cm (5’6″)||Male||Japanese|
|Kenji Miyazawa||14||August 27||158 cm (5’2″)||Male||Japanese|
|Akiko Yosano||25||December 7||166 cm (5’5″)||Female||Japanese|
|Yukichi Fukuzawa||45||January 10||186 cm (6’1″)||Male||Japanese|
|Kyōka Izumi||14||November 4||148 cm (4’10”)||Female||Japanese|
|Ryūnosuke Akutagawa||20||March 1||172 cm (5’8″)||Male||Japanese|
|Chūya Nakahara||22||April 29||160 cm (5’3″)||Male||Japanese|
|Ichiyō Higuchi||?||May 2||159 cm (5’2.5″)||Female||Japanese|
|Ōgai Mori||40||February 17||175 cm (5’9″)||Male||Japanese|
|Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald||32||September 24||191 cm (6’3″)||Male||American|
|Nathaniel Hawthorne||27||July 4||188 cm (6’2”)||Male||American|
|André Gide||32||November 22||185 cm (6’0″)||Male||French|
|Howard Phillips Lovecraft||28||August 20 (?)||190 cm (6’2.5″)||Male||American|
|John Steinbeck||21||February 27||175 cm (5’9″)||Male||American|
|Edgar Allan Poe||28||January 19||182 cm (6’0″)||Male||American|
|Margaret Mitchell||20||November 8||171 cm (5’7″)||Female||American|
|Lucy Maud Montgomery||19||November 30||165 cm (5’5″)||Female||Canadian|
|Herman Melville||68||August 1||182 cm (6’0″)||Male||American|
Ability: Beast Beneath the Moonlight
Atsushi is the main character. He is an orphan who was thrown out of his orphanage. Being hungry, Atsushi decided to rob the next person he saw. Unfortunately, he came across Dazai, a suicidal young man, whom he will end up saving. He has the ability to transform into a man-tiger except that he can’t control his power. He also has the ability to regenerate himself, even to regrow limbs. Due to the abuse he suffered at the orphanage, Atsushi lacks self-confidence but is full of compassion, including for his enemies.
Ability: No Longer Human
A member of the Armed Detective Agency who takes Atsushi under his wing and enjoys flirting with women. At the age of 14, Dazai attempted suicide and was rescued and taken into the Port Mafia by Mori OugaÏ. With a carefree attitude, he constantly tries to kill himself but always fails as he ends up being miraculously saved by someone or something.
His ability is called No Longer Human, which allows him to cancel any ability by simply touching a part of a person’s body and his ability will cancel his power. He was a captain in the Port Mafia, but refuses to tell his colleagues. The death of his friend Sakunosuke Oda caused him to resign from the Mafia and join the Agency.
Ability: The Matchless Poet
Dazai’s partner, who always gets angry at his antics. A former math teacher, he always writes and plans every second of his day ahead, so he hates unexpected events and wasting his time. His ability is called “Lonely Poet”, and allows him to create any object he writes in his notebook as long as it is no larger than the notebook itself. Kunikida is Fukuzawa’s designated successor and one of the most skilled characters in the series.
Ability: Light Snow
A member of the Agency around the same age as Atsushi. His ability is called “Light Snow”, which allows him to project illusions in a certain area. While he dislikes his sister’s antics, he becomes an uncontrollable rage if someone harms him or is threatened with harm.
Ability: Super Deduction (non-ability)
He is twenty-six, although he looks much younger. According to him, his ability is called Super Deduction and is activated when he wears a pair of glasses that were given to him by the director of the agency. In reality, he is one of the very rare civilians in the agency without powers and his investigative prowess is solely the result of his mind. H
e is very confident and seems to consider himself the best in the agency and the best detective in the world. Others also seem to appreciate his abilities and are very kind to him. For everything that does not concern the investigation, however, Ranpo is incredibly clumsy: he is unable to take a train, go back to the Agency, or do anything practical. He is childish and loves sweets and compliments.
Ability: Undefeated by the Rain
He is a skinny, blond boy who wears country dungarees and a straw hat. He has a jovial and kind character. He comes from a village where everyone knows each other and does not fully understand the life of the city, resulting in naive and spontaneous behavior. Precisely for these characteristics he is very popular with civilians and is often instructed to go around collecting information and rumors.
He is firmly convinced that sincerity brings sincerity (even with criminals) and he sees the positive side of things at all times, always calm and smiling. His ability is called Undefeated by the Rain and it gives him superhuman strength, which however manifests itself only when he is hungry and makes him fall asleep when he is full. He often talks about cows and agriculture.
Ability: Thou Shalt Not Die
She’s the Agency doctor. Her ability is called Thou Shalt Not Die and it allows her to heal her own or others’ mortal wounds. Her power, however, is only activated in the presence of mortal wounds, so when someone is injured but not in a way that leads to death, Akiko must first make him die in order to be able to heal him, in order to then use her power. Because of this and because of her tendency to be detached and sadistic, it seems that almost all the members of the Agency are terrified of her. She is a very good fighter and her favorite weapon of hers is a cleaver.
Ability: All Men Are Equal
He is the president of the agency. He has a serious and authoritative character. He wears traditional Japanese clothing and spends most of his time in his private office. He cares a lot about his employees. His power is called All Men Are Equal and makes all members of the agency have better control of their abilities; this is why Atsushi can master his hybrid. He is a martial arts expert and Kunikida master.
Ability: Demon Snow
A young orphan girl is taken in by the Port Mafia, and decides a little later in the story to join the Armed Detective Agency after the clash between Atsushi and Akutagawa. At only 14 years old, she has already committed many crimes, which weighs on her conscience despite her rather callous appearance. It will take Atsushi’s compassion for her to decide to regain a taste for life, reconcile with her power, and put it at the service of others.
Her ability is Demon Snow, which allows her to materialize a sword-wielding specter through commands given by her cell phone. It is revealed that her parents were actually assassins, and as such faced a number of enemies. One day, one of the enemies had the ability to manipulate her body and tried to turn Kyōka’s father into his daughter’s murderer.
However, his mother had the Demon Snow ability and was forced to kill her husband before killing herself as she was under the same influence. But before her death, she ordered Demon Snow to protect Kyōka and passed on her ability to her via an as-yet-unknown method, limited only to blood relatives. However, the process was incomplete, resulting in the princess only listening for commands through her cellphone.
Akutagawa is one of the most feared leaders of the Port Mafia due to his highly destructive power, Rashōmon, which takes shape from the raincoat he wears and is capable of devouring anything, even space. In addition, she is indestructible and lightning fast. He has a small physique, gray eyes, and dark hair with white tips. He always wears a black raincoat and a handkerchief.
Akutagawa grew up on the fringes of society until he joins the Port Mafia and becomes Dazai’s subordinate, who trains him. He hates Dazai, who has betrayed the Port Mafia by abandoning him, but at the same time is obsessed with it: when Dazai claims that his new subordinate is much better than him, he beats him to death and later opens a personal war with the members of the Agency and in particular Atsushi, the latest arrival and protege of Dazai.
He has a personality bordering on madness and abruptly changes his generally composed attitude in moments when he completely loses control. He coughs often and doesn’t seem to harbor any kind of positive feelings. Even with his subordinates, such as Kyōka and Higuchi, he is generally violent and manipulative.
Ability: Upon the Tainted Sorrow
He is a captain in the Port Mafia and a former associate of Dazai. He can control the vector of gravity, commonly known as weightlessness, and the force of objects that he is physically in contact with thanks to his power, Upon the Tainted Sorrow. Being criticized bothers him because of his diminutive stature and especially if it comes from Dazai.
He was very happy when he was told that Dazai had quit the Port Mafia and opened a bottle of Château Pétrus ’89. Nakahara’s origins are uncertain. He was allegedly pulled from a dimension by an undercover mafia spy called Arthur Rimbaud. Following the confrontation with the latter, which ended in his death, he recovered his hat.
She is a blonde woman wearing the typical black male suit of the Port Mafia. She is Akutagawa’s subordinate, for whom she seems to have an almost morbid loyalty, despite the latter being often violent and abrupt towards her. She has a skill, but it is never shown. She compensates with her fighting skills, and in particular with her prowess with firearms.
Ability: Vita Sexualis
He’s the boss of the Port Mafia. Apparently, he presents himself as a warm and kind, refined and cheerful man. His true nature, however, is cold, aloof, and extremely calculating. He rarely uses his own power and is skilled in the fight, resulting on the same level as Fukuzawa. His favorite weapon is the scalpel. Before joining the Port Mafia he was a doctor.
He becomes the boss of the Mafia by killing the previous boss, now sick and out of his mind, in front of Dazai’s eyes. He seems to be completely dominated by Elise, his protected one, whose whims he satisfies and undergoes various mistreatments. He has great esteem for Dazai, whom he would like back to the Port Mafia: in the clash with the Guild he claims that if Dazai were still his right hand, the Port Mafia would have no rivals.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Ability: The Great Fitzgerald
He is the leader of the Guild and an extremely wealthy man with refined tastes and elegant manners. His personality is gentle but extremely cold despite his appearances: in fact, he considers his companions only as “his property”. On the contrary, he is very attached to his family made up of his wife Zelda who went mad after the death of her daughter.
Fitzgerald, therefore, engages in the fight with the mafia and the Agency to get to Atsushi (on which he has placed a bounty of seven billion) which, according to a prophecy, could lead him to a book that would allow him to bring his deceased daughter back to life. His skill is called The Great Fitzgerald and allows him to literally gain strength, stamina, and speed by spending his savings. This ability makes him almost completely unstoppable, so much so that Atsushi and Akutagawa are able to beat him only by combining their skills.
Ability: The Scarlet Letter
Margaret Mitchell’s partner and fellow guild member. Nathaniel is a devout man who always carries a Bible with him and feels it is his responsibility to punish the world’s sinners. As a result, he frequently displays arrogance when “judging” others, and he frequently quarrels with Margaret. The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel’s power, which enables him to transform his own blood into holy words and exert control over them. They can be constructed as a shield to stave off an enemy attack or shot like bullets.
Ability: Strait is the Gate
He was the boss of the Mimic criminal gang, which operated in Europe. He can see a few seconds into the future thanks to his ability, Strait is the Gate, just like Sakunosuke can. He was a former soldier who had been betrayed by his nation; seeking a spectacular end, he murdered Oda’s loved ones to make him despondent. After a protracted duel, they both die.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Ability: Great Old One (non-ability)
Not much is known about this man except his strength; in fact, he is one of the most powerful characters in the series in addition to his enormous regeneration abilities (which allowed him to easily resist Chūya’s blows at maximum power), he can also transform into a huge monster that attacks enemies with its tentacles and moreover according to Dazai this is not a special ability in fact even when he uses The Disqualified Lovecraft’s transformation is not canceled. It can therefore be assumed that he is not even human.
Ability: The Grapes of Wrath
He has a large family and the reason he works for the Guild is because of his excellent pay, which allows him to help his parents and siblings, and, in particular, one of his younger sisters to whom he is very attached. His ability is called The Grapes of Wrath, and allows him to plant a seed in his neck after having cut it with a knife: therefore, a vine plant immediately develops that connects to nearby trees, which in this way can be controlled by Steinback.
In this way, he can become aware of the surrounding territory by listening to the vibrations coming from the trees and modifying their roots to use them as weapons of attack. He can also use this power in different ways, such as when he connects the various Yokohama trees to Q so that Q feels the pain, thus unleashing his destructive power on a large scale. Steinbeck has a calm and gentle disposition but is merciless with his enemies.
He is Lovecraft’s partner whom he doesn’t know much about but he is fond of as he is one of his few friends. He is very loyal to his fellow Guilds and even after Fitzgerald’s defeat, he says he wants to find all their other companions and continue the Guild’s existence. Fitzgerald, in particular, respects the fact that he only acted for his own family, which he too would do.
Edgar Allan Poe
Ability: Black Cat in the Rue Morgue
A member of the Guild, he considers Ranpo his rival after the latter defeated him in a challenge of wits. He owns a raccoon named Karl as a pet. His ability is called Black Cat in the Rue Morgue and allows him to transport readers to the setting of whatever story they are reading at the time.
Ability: Gone With the Wind
A member of the guild who collaborates with Nathaniel Hawthorne. Arrogant and prone to looking down on everyone around her, whether a friend or an enemy, Margaret’s temper can only be defined as bad. She can practically manipulate anything caught in the wind thanks to her “Gone with the Wind” power. If her power has any boundaries, they are unknown.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Ability: Anne of Abyssal Red
She is a little girl with long red braids and braces. As a child, she had been raised in an orphanage, like Atsushi (who in fact empathizes with her fear of being abandoned), until she was recruited by the Guild. Her ability of hers is called Anne of Abyssal Red, and allows her to open a space-time gap that transports people to a playroom where a giant doll, Hannah, is located. Lucy uses this ability of her to trap people (including Naomi, Kenji, Jun’ichiro, and Elise) but she is first defeated by Atsushi and Junichiro’s abilities. After this defeat, she is demoted from the Guild and becomes a simple waitress.
Ability: Moby Dick
He is an old man who, according to Mori, was the leader of the Guild two generations before Fitzgerald. He is currently the pilot of the Guild base ship. His ability is called Moby Dick and allows him to control the ship. In reality, it would seem that his ability is rather to control some sort of ghost of a whale (which has taken possession of the ship) and which, once destroyed, will emerge from the floating remains of the wreck and follow Melville.