“Bungo Stray Dogs” is a series set in Yokohama that depicts the battles of individuals with supernatural abilities, and one of the most powerful ability users among the Port Mafia is Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
In this article, we will thoroughly explain the strength and past of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, a character from “Bungo Stray Dogs”! We will also delve into the truth behind the rumors of his transformation into a vampire, so be sure to check it out.
*Please note that this article contains spoilers from the main storyline of “Bungo Stray Dogs,” so if you haven’t read it yet, please proceed with caution.
Profile of Ryunosuke Akutagawa in “Bungo Stray Dogs”
Name: Ryunosuke Akutagawa Ability: Rashomon Age: 20 Height: 172cm Birthday: March 1st Voice Actor: Kensho Ono Affiliation: Port Mafia
Ryunosuke Akutagawa is a member of the Port Mafia and serves as the leader of the Black Lizard unit. He possesses a ruthless and aggressive personality, along with an overwhelming strength derived from his unique ability. His abilities are so formidable that Kyouka Izumi warns Atsushi Nakajima to “run away if you ever meet him.” However, after being saved by his subordinates, Ryunosuke began to show a kinder side to them.
Ryunosuke is frequently seen coughing and covering his mouth. This is a result of a condition he developed during his childhood, and the cough persists even in his adulthood. Additionally, he has a limited lifespan, although the exact details are not widely known among those around him. While people are aware of his coughing, they seem to be unaware of his limited life expectancy.
Furthermore, Ryunosuke often uses the archaic first-person pronoun “yatsugare” and employs old-fashioned expressions beyond just his choice of pronoun.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa is surrounded by beautiful women, including his younger sister, Gin, and his junior, Higuchi. However, Ryunosuke’s personality is such that he remains unfazed by the presence of these attractive women.
In particular, Higuchi, his junior, is a beauty highly praised by Osamu Dazai. In the early stages, Ryunosuke would even raise his hand against Higuchi if he made a blunder. However, after being saved by Higuchi, Ryunosuke starts showing a kinder side to her. It appears that Higuchi has developed feelings of admiration and affection towards Ryunosuke.
On the other hand, Ryunosuke shares a close relationship with his younger sister, Gin, and they are often seen walking together in town. However, an incident occurred where Higuchi witnessed them walking together and misunderstood their relationship as that of lovers. Gin is also a stunning beauty, to the extent that Tachihara Michizou fell in love with her at first sight.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa was considered a troublesome individual due to his aggressive personality and formidable ability. However, even someone like Ryunosuke possesses a charm that can make you think, “How cute!”
One of Ryunosuke’s charms lies in his tsundere nature. Given that Ryunosuke was initially cold-hearted, witnessing his transformation into a kinder person towards his subordinates evokes a sense of tsundere. In particular, his relationship with Higuchi undergoes a significant change after being saved, making it a must-see development.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s ability, Rashomon:
Rashomon: Agito (Agito means “jaw”): Summons a black beast’s jaw that crushes enemies.
Rashomon: Murakumo (Murakumo means “cluster of clouds”): Summons a black beast’s arm to attack enemies.
Rashomon: Higanzakura (Higanzakura means “equinox cherry blossom”): Releases countless black needles that fly out like blooming flowers.
Rashomon: Sawarabi (Sawarabi means “young fern”): Generates black thorns from the ground to impale enemies.
Rashomon: Gokumon Agito (Gokumon Agito means “prison gate jaw”): Summons an even larger jaw that completely crushes enemies.
Rashomon: Renmon Agito (Renmon Agito means “chain gate jaw”): Summons multiple Agitos, expanding the attack range and allowing for consecutive attacks.
Rashomon: Kurohatou (Kurohatou means “black tidal wave”): Creates multiple belt-like objects that attack from various angles.
Rashomon: Tenma Tenga (Tenma Tenga means “heavenly demon armored robe”): Enhances the entire body with strengthened abilities, using a cloak-like garment.
Ryunosuke’s ability, Rashomon, allows him to manipulate his coat and use it for various attacks. He can use the jaw for close-range combat, the arm for mid-range combat, and his ability is strong in both ranges. In addition to offense, he can create barriers that can even stop bullets. It is an exceptional ability in both offense and defense.
Among the various techniques, Rashomon: Tenma Tenga is the strongest. It transforms the coat into armor, increasing Ryunosuke’s physical strength. However, using this technique comes with a significant recoil and burden. Considering that Ryunosuke’s body is already fragile, there is concern about the aftermath of using this technique.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa is feared and regarded as dangerous due to his perilous ability. Kunikida even advises others to “run away” if they encounter him.
However, Dazai once referred to him as having a “clumsy ability.” It is likely that during the time when Dazai was his superior, Ryunosuke couldn’t fully utilize his ability or his clothing hindered its effectiveness.
However, after being trained by Dazai, Ryunosuke has grown stronger. He has reached a level of strength where even Dazai acknowledges his improvement and says, “You’ve become stronger.”
Ryunosuke Akutagawa and Atsushi Nakajima have gained a reputation as the “new Double Black,” following in the footsteps of Chuuya Nakahara and Osamu Dazai who were once feared as the Double Black.
Their first collaboration as a team was during a battle against the Guild. In order to defeat the Guild boss, Francis Fitzgerald, Atsushi took on the frontline while Ryunosuke provided support from the rear, showcasing their strength. Together, they demonstrated a powerful technique called “Gekka Juurashomon: Tosou,” which combined Atsushi’s Tiger and Ryunosuke’s Rashomon, ultimately leading to a resounding victory over Fitzgerald.
[Spoiler Alert] Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Death!
Ryunosuke Akutagawa is killed by Ougai Mori. During the battle with Ougai, Ryunosuke meets his demise. This event is known as the “Tenshingosai Incident.”
Atsushi Nakajima comes into contact with Ougai during the Tenshingosai Incident and discovers that Ougai is the leader of the Tenshingosai. Atsushi, now exposed, finds himself in a difficult situation. However, Ryunosuke, who had been secretly following Atsushi at Dazai’s request, comes to his rescue. Together, they work to corner Ougai.
Unfortunately, Ougai plays his final card, swiftly turning the tables on Ryunosuke and Atsushi. Ryunosuke, in a final act of strength, saves Atsushi but ends up being killed by Ougai.
Transformation into a Vampire by Bram.
After being killed by Ougai, Ryunosuke is turned into a vampire by Bram.
Following Ryunosuke’s murder, Ougai brings a coffin. Inside the coffin lies Bram, one of the members of the Tenshingosai. Bram possesses the ability to turn those he bites into vampires. As a result, Ryunosuke is bitten by Bram and becomes a vampire.
As a vampire, Ryunosuke is under the control of Ougai, seemingly without his own will. Moreover, he proceeds to turn his comrades in the Port Mafia, including Higuchi and Gin, into vampires as well.
【Considerations on the Possibility of Resurrection】
With Ryunosuke Akutagawa having been transformed into a vampire, a crucial question arises: Can his vampirism be cured? It is worth exploring the possibility of his resurrection. It is likely that his vampirism can be reversed!
Bram, who turned Ryunosuke into a vampire, has been defeated by Fukuchi and sealed away by the holy sword, Souzlevny. Bram is currently reduced to just a head and is being forced to obey Fukuchi’s commands while having his control over his subordinates taken away.
If someone were to retrieve the holy sword Souzlevny from Bram and release it, there is a possibility that it could undo the vampirism. Additionally, it is reasonable to consider that Yosano Akiko’s ability, “Thou Shalt Not Die,” could potentially be used to heal him.
The Past of Ryunosuke Akutagawa,Shocking encounter with Dazai!
In the past, Ryunosuke Akutagawa lived as a vagrant in the slums. He was born and raised in poverty, and until he joined the Port Mafia, he lived with his sister, Gin, and other orphaned children, working together to survive without even knowing their parents’ faces.
Even as he grew into adulthood, Ryunosuke couldn’t stop coughing, and it seems that his lungs were affected during that time. The specific illness is not disclosed.
One day, while Ryunosuke and his companions were acting together, they happened to witness a scene where a lower organization of the Port Mafia was conducting a transaction. In order to silence them, all of Ryunosuke’s companions were killed. Ryunosuke, along with his sister, Gin, survived and went on a solo journey to seek revenge.
However, there, he encountered the man who had killed the lower organization along with the others. The man introduced himself as Dazai and expressed his desire to welcome Ryunosuke into the Port Mafia. The slaughter of the lower organization was meant as a gift to Ryunosuke.
Ryunosuke asked Dazai, “Can you give me a reason to live?” and Dazai replied, “I can give it to you.” With a newfound purpose in life, Ryunosuke and his sister joined the Port Mafia.
What was his relationship with Dazai after that? What is the reason why he hates Atsushi?
After being taken in by Dazai, Ryunosuke receives combat training from him. The guidance he receives is not gentle but rather quite strict. However, Ryunosuke works hard to earn Dazai’s recognition.
In the meantime, Dazai leaves the Port Mafia and joins the Armed Detective Agency. Moreover, he shows affection towards his new subordinate, Atsushi Nakajima, saying to Ryunosuke, “My new subordinate is far more talented than you.”
Despite his efforts, Ryunosuke feels resentment towards Atsushi, who is being recognized by Dazai, while he himself is not. Even after Dazai leaves the Port Mafia, Ryunosuke continues seeking recognition from him.
[Voice Actor] The voice of Ryunosuke Akutagawa is played by Kensho Ono.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa is voiced by Kensho Ono. Kensho Ono is well-known for his role as Harry in the “Harry Potter” series, as well as for portraying characters like Kuroko Tetsuya in “Kuroko’s Basketball” and Giorno Giovanna in “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind,” among many other popular works.
Despite embodying a dark aura, Kensho Ono portrays Dazai, who has a core belief of wanting to be acknowledged by Akutagawa, with exceptional acting skills. Fans have praised his performance, saying things like “I can’t believe he’s the same voice actor as Harry” and “Even his cough sounds alluring.”
[Model] Who is Ryunosuke Akutagawa in history?
The model for the character Ryunosuke Akutagawa in “Bungo Stray Dogs” is the renowned author Ryunosuke Akutagawa himself. During his university years, he wrote “Rashomon,” and at the age of 24, he published “The Nose,” receiving high praise from fellow author Natsume Soseki. He was an accomplished writer from a young age, with other notable works including “Hell Screen” and “In a Grove.”
In “Bungo Stray Dogs,” Ryunosuke’s sister, “Gin,” makes an appearance. She is based on the character Gin from the novel “Ogin.” It is said that the real-life Akutagawa suffered from frequent migraines and scintillating scotoma, which might have influenced the portrayal of his illness in “Bungo Stray Dogs.”
Will “Bungo Stray Dogs” Ryunosuke Akutagawa make a comeback? Expect more activities in the future.
This article provided a thorough explanation of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the character from “Bungo Stray Dogs”!
In the world of “Bungo Stray Dogs,” Akutagawa holds a prominent position within the Port Mafia and is highly popular among fans. Many are curious about whether his vampirism can be cured. We can look forward to his future developments, including the possibility of his vampirism being reversed.
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