Your favorite ‘Bandage Squandering Machine’?
- Episodes :12
- Genre :Action, Comedy, Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural
- Airing Date :Apr 7, 2016 to Ongoing
- Producers :Bones
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Abandoned and kicked out by his orphanage, Nakajima Atsushi thought he met his end. In a desperate attempt to avoid death by starvation, Atsushi decides to rob the next person that appeared in his peripherals, who happens to be Dazai Osamu, a member of the Armed Detective Agency that was attempting to suicide by drowning himself in a river.
Although Dazai was not thrilled that his suicide attempt was interrupted by Atsushi, nevertheless, he felt indebted to Atsushi for troubling him. It was then revealed that Dazai, together with his partner Kunikida Doppo, were investigating a case involving a man-eating tiger. One thing led to another and Nakajima Atsushi was then coerced to help with the case. Join Atsushi as his involvement with the Armed Detective Agency will ultimately help shape his future!
Dazai Osamu Dogs Bio
Seiyuu Name: Miyano Mamoru
Nicknamed by his partner in the Armed Detective Agency, Kunikida Doppo, as the bandage squandering machine, Dazai Osamu is considered as the only member of the Agency that receives complaints, curses, and grievances about the most.
As the member of the Armed Detective Agency, Dazai also possesses quite a unique ability called, ‘No Longer Human’. This ability allows him to render any other ability null as long as he touches any part of the user’s body.
Dazai Osamu Highlights
1. Suicidal Maniac
Now here’s something you don’t see every day. A character that is obsessed with having a ‘pure, cheerful, and energetic suicide’. It’s still a mystery as to why he would want to go through such lengths to kill himself. But Dazai Osamu is probably the only one who is more than happy to oblige if someone were to tell him to kill himself. Literally. But when he does try to commit suicide, he hates it when people interrupt him, i.e. save him from the brink of death. This was shown in episode 1 when he wasn’t too happy about Nakajima Atsushi saving him from drowning in the river.
This peculiar trait of his is what makes Dazai Osamu a one of a kind character. Who could ever forget the guy that always tries to find new ways to kill himself? But as much as Dazai wants to die, he hates suffering or pain. This was shown in episode 2 when he called Nakajima Atsushi in the morning to help him out of the drum oil he got himself into, claiming that he was suffering without being able to actually die.
2. His Partnership with Kunikida Doppo
So you have a suicidal maniac who dreams of a double-suicide with a beautiful woman. What do you think will happen if you add a strict, ideal-obsessed partner into the equation? The picture above best illustrates the outcome of it. Dazai’s partner, Kunikida Doppo is a living idealist who is obsessed with his ‘ideal’ way of life, thus keeping everything inside his book, like plans and schedules, even with details of the ideal woman he is going to marry and follows them to the T.
Knowing this peculiar habit of Kunikida, Dazai is known to state out random fake facts to trick Kunikida into writing them down on his book before admitting that it wasn’t true. As a result, Kunikida gets irritated and strangle Dazai and both main characters become the series’ comic relief. This was first shown in episode 1, when Dazai tricked Kunikida about a hanging health method that was actually a normal beam that Dazai could hang himself in.
3. The ‘Idiot’ Genius
Despite Dazai’s goofy personality, he is a lot more than what people give him credit for. Don’t let his appearance fool you! Dazai Osamu is nevertheless a really smart character than what you might think. You might see him being a nuisance to everybody, often getting complaints about or even flirting with beautiful woman to have a double-suicide with, but he does that to mask his true intentions and motives.
This was shown in episode 3, when Dazai secretly plants a hearing device onto Ichiyou Higuchi, a clean-cut blonde woman who came to the Agency to ask for help, while flirting with her. His suspicion over her was proven right as Higuchi revealed her true identity as a member of the notorious underground organization, Port Mafia, after leading Atsushi, Tanizaki, and his sister, into a trap. This allowed Dazai to intercept the fight at the right time, preventing furthermore fatal casualties. It was at this time that his past of being an ex-Port Mafia member was revealed by Ryunosuke Akutagawa during their encounter.
4. His Tendency to Change the Subject
Now we know about Dazai’s quirky character, but here’s another one of his quirks that makes him one loveable character. Dazai is known to change the subject of the conversation to escape certain situations like being asked to pay the tab that he racked up, or even listening to Kunikida going on and on about the complaints that were filed because of Dazai’s suicidal attempts.
One such case involve him flirting the waitress of Vortex, the Agency’s go-to restaurant, to have a double-suicide with him, but the waitress gleefully rejects the request and asks for his life insurance policy due to his piling 6 months’ worth of restaurant tab. Although it is still unclear regarding Dazai’s personal finance, but you can’t help but wonder how on Earth did he racked up a 6 months’ worth of tab. Dazai then tries to change the subject by continue flirting with her, saying that her ‘vitality is blinding’, unfortunately his tricks didn’t quite work this time.
5. Cunningly Coercive but, Nevertheless, Kind
Being as smart and observant as Dazai is, he is a very cunning coercive person. Making ways to have people paying for his meals, or even doing things that are unpleasant. But beneath all of that Dazai is considered a kind and sympathetic person.
This was shown in episode 2 when Dazai coerced Atsushi into joining the Armed Detective Agency, despite his reluctance towards the hostile and reckless work environment. Even though the word ‘coerced’ was used, nevertheless, Dazai did it with good intentions at heart, taking pity of the abandoned Nakajima Atsushi by giving him a place to stay and feeling ‘belonged’.
Although there’s still much that is not known about Dazai Osamu, i.e. how his past involvement with Port Mafia as an ex-Port Mafia member himself, or how he ended up partners with Kunikida Doppo, who has a completely different personality with Dazai? Why does he have bandages wrapped all over his arms? Why he is so amazed and obsessed about committing suicide, and many more mysterious the series has yet to reveal? Dazai Osamu is definitely one of the series’ character that deserves a highlight!
So what do you think of Dazai as a character? If you can relate to this character’s suicidal tendencies, then congratulations… You need serious help. But what do you like about Dazai the most? Are there any other reasons outside of the list why Dazai Osamu is such a loveable character? Share them down in the comments below!
P.S. Seriously do not try to attempt or re-enact any suicidal attempts you see in the series. Any suicidal attempts you see are done by a ‘bandage squandering’ suicidal maniac who is a nuisance to everybody around him. Viewers discretion is advised.