TRIGGER WARNING: Mentions of Suicide
Bungou Stray Dogs’ Osamu Dazai may not be the series’ protagonist, but he stole the show from the lead, Atsushi Nakajima. Dazai may appear cheerful and outgoing, but his past is quite dark, and his identity remains a mystery despite the fact that his backstory has been revealed.
Osamu Dazai is not dead in the Bungo Stray Dogs Manga… yet, but he’s been through many circumstances where his life is compromised. Well, let’s be real here, even in the first seasons, he’s the one who compromises his life anyway. Even the show’s protagonist, Atsushi Nakajima, met him on one of his many suicide attempts.
Even during his time from the Port Mafia to his transfer to the Armed Detective Agency, he is far too complex to be labeled as a hero or a villain. Because it’s difficult to understand what Dazai is thinking, he may be the most complicated character in BSD. The second and third seasons delve into Dazai’s past, but there are many facts about him that fans may not be aware of.
Dazai possesses one of the series’ most powerful abilities. It’s called No Longer Human, and it’s named after the character’s namesake, Osamu Dazai’s book. This extremely powerful and useful ability enables him to negate any ability simply by touching the person who is using it.
Although he can still be hurt with poison or weapons, Dazai is impenetrable to enemies. Furthermore, because he only has to touch an ability user to cancel their use of it, it is always active.
Even though he technically is an important person in the series, Dazai’s character is mostly used for comic relief.
This is one of the reasons why some fans are conflicted about Dazai. Dazai is floating down a river at the start of Bungo Stray Dogs and tells Atsushi that he stopped him from drowning. However, he does have suicidal tendencies, as evidenced by the tensest scenes in Bungo Stray Dogs.
He says it with a smile, which is more problematic than funny. However, as we learn more about his past, this comic relief becomes more plausible.
The good news is, he’s not dead yet. The bad news is, we don’t know if he’ll be alive for much longer. But it’s all fun and games with the ADA’s silliest member. Watch the fourth season of the Bungo Stray Dogs Anime on Crunchyroll!