Bungou Stray Dogs

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Name: Bungou Stray Dogs
Abbreviation(s): BSD, Bungo Stray Dogs
Creator: Kafka Asagiri (writer), Sango Harukawa (illustrator)
Date(s): 2012 - present (manga), April 1st 2014 - present (anime)
Medium: Manga, Light Novel, Anime, Film, Video Game
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: BSD on Crunchyroll
BSD on Wikipedia
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Bungou Stray Dogs (文豪ストレイドッグス) is a seinen manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa for Young Ace. All the characters' names and superpowered abilities are based off of writers and their literary works from the characters' country of origin. For example, a major antagonist is an American businessman named Fitzgerald with the Ability Great Gatsby. In addition to the manga, BSD has an anime in its third season from Bones, two Bones films, and five light novels. The second light novel, Dazai Osamu and the Dark Era, is very important to the fandom and was adapted into the first four episodes of the second season, while the fifth light novel, Fifteen, was adapted into the first episodes of the third season.

Canon Overview

Atsushi Nakajima is cast out of the orphanage where he grew up and where the orphanage director tortured him. He struggles to survive in the outside world, making up his mind in Yokohama that he must steal if he wants to eat. However, when he's choosing a target, he finds a young man floating head down in the river. Atsushi saves the man in the river, who gives his name as Dazai, but instead of being rewarded, Atsushi is yelled at for interrupting Dazai's suicide attempt. Dazai reveals that he works for the Armed Detective Agency, who are looking for a rampaging tiger. Atsushi believes the tiger is targeting him; however, it turns out that Atsushi is the tiger, unknowingly turning into the beast when under direct moonlight. Dazai invites Atsushi to the ADA, where he gains control of his Ability, and begins facing a range of Abilities organization, starting with the local Port Mafia, then an American organization, the government division dealing with Abilities, and the terrorist organisation Decay of the Angel.


The protagonist, who works for the Detective Agency.

The mentor to Atsushi, with a mysterious past in the mafia. Very popular in the fandom due to his care-free attitude that hides his painful past, his good looks and his ability to be a badass in fights.

The foil to Atsushi, a young man in the mafia.

An ex-assasin from the mafia, now works for the Agency.

A member of the Agency. Strongly believes in his ideals.

A genius detective.

A boy from the countryside who is super strong.

The Agency's doctor.

A member of the Agency.

The president of the Agency.

A figure from Dazai's past in the mafia.

Dazai's old partner from the mafia. Has a powerful ability.

The leader of the Rats in the House of the Dead and a member of the Decay of Angels.

An ex-member of the Guild, now associated with the Agency. A writer.



Dazai and Chuuya were partners in the mafia, where they were an unstoppable duo called soukoku (double black), and now hate each other. In the fandom the ship is also referred to as soukoku or skk. As of April 2020, this ship is the most popular in the fandom on AO3 by far, with 7627 works tagged out of 17775 total. This ship is probably at least partially responsible for the amount of Chuuya content and popularity, as he is a fairly minor character with only a few appearances otherwise. The ship is very popular despite Dazai and Chuuya only having a few interactions "on-screen" in canon.

The most popular ship for both characters involved. Also known as shin soukoku, meaning new soukoku, or sskk, as it is referred to in canon. The second-most popular ship on AO3 with 1760 works.

Enjoyed by the majority of the fandom. Known as ranpoe.

  • Dazai Osamu/Nakajima Atsushi

Less popular than soukoku or shin soukoku. This plays on Dazai's mentoring role to Atsushi.

  • Dazai Osamu/Akutagawa Ryuunosuke
  • Dazai Osamu/Kunikida Doppo

Less popular than soukoku, but one of the most liked ships with Kunikida.

  • Dazai Osamu/Odasaku

Odasaku often takes on the mentoring role to Dazai. Lots of angst potential.

  • Lucy Maud Montgomery/Nakajima Atsushi
  • Ozaki Kouyou/Yosano Akiko
  • Akutagawa Gin/Higuchi Ichiyou
  • Akutagawa Gin/Tachihara Michizou
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky/Nikolai Gogol
  • Sigma/Nikolai Gogol

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