Bungou Stray Dogs, written by Kafka Asagiri and animated by Studio Bones, is an action-based series that presents different characters with unique abilities. Surprisingly, the anime uses the names of real-life individuals for its characters, with abilities based on their written literary works.
The plot of Bungou Stray Dogs is centered on the clash between the Port Mafia, a notorious villain organization, and the Armed Detective Agency, an organization that protects society from the Port Mafia’s propaganda. Occasionally, foreign organizations like the Guild also joined the fray. The anime revealed several unique and powerful abilities throughout the storyline’s development. So, which of the abilities in Bungou Stray Dogs are the strongest?
Updated on February 4th by Emedo Destiny: With the rollout of the new season, the popularity of Bungou Stray Dogs continues to grow and fans are always on the lookout for updates and insights into the abilities of their favorite characters. With so many powerful and interesting abilities displayed throughout the series, it can be difficult to keep track of them and what exactly they’re capable of. To help fans stay up to date on their favorite characters and how they stack up against the competition, this article will feature the characters of Bungou Stray Dogs with the most powerful abilities that set them apart from the rest.
Yukito Ayatsuji’s Another, once activated, is a process that can’t be stopped, not even by Ayatsuji himself. It triggers the accidental death of its victim through any cause, giving no respect to distance or any material obstruction in its way.
The unique feature of this ability is that it can’t be offset by anything else, including No Longer Human, Osamu Dazai’s formidable ability. Another can only be applied on criminals and no one else. It even exempts those who might indirectly cause a crime by using manipulative means.
14 The Perfect Crime
The Perfect Crime is a powerful ability possessed by Mushitarou Oguri. It allows him to remove, and replace if he wishes, any evidence of a committed crime. This makes him the nemesis of any detective, even a very good one. It does this by changing the reality of any bit of evidence that may exist.
Although this ability comes with certain limitations, like its inability to tamper with what witnesses have seen or heard at a crime scene, it is still capable of doing a lot of damage.
13 Vita Sexualis
Vita Sexualis comes to Ougai Mori’s aid in unique ways. With the ability to conjure up and manipulate Elise, a young girl subject to his will, Mori always has a trick up his sleeve, or a terror lying in wait.
Elise is fast and strong and can’t be killed, but her appearance depends on Mori’s strength at a particular time, meaning that his weakness or sickness can prevent him from using this ability. This interesting ability is derived from the 1909 erotic novel also called Vita Sexualis.
12 The Overcoat
Nikolai Gogol could pull off the perfect mind trip if he wanted to. With The Overcoat, he has the power to move anything through space, using a pocket dimension connected to his cloak. This dimension has a 30-meter vertical range that allows him to transport things like weapons, body parts like torsos and legs, and even a whole person.
Derived from Nikolai Gogol’s 1842 short story, this uncanny ability gives Gogol the element of surprise and an easy way to make his opponent jumbled and overwhelmed.
11 Demon Snow
Kyouka Izumi can summon a terrifying specter, called Demon Snow, who at first only took orders via a phone which was a gift from her mother. After getting full control of her ability, Kyouka is able to summon Demon Snow without needing the phone, giving her a reliable means of protection and attack always at her side.
Demon Snow presents itself in a female form holding a katana she uses to attack, cut into bullets for defense and pierce into opponents’ bodies.
10 Anne of Abyssal Red
The Anne of Abyssal Red is the signature ability of Lucy Maud Montgomery, a former member of the Guild. Lucy’s ability is powerful and difficult to escape after it traps the victim. The ability moves Lucy’s opponents to a different space – Anne’s Room, an entrapment with a single way out, which is camouflaged.
The victims trapped within Lucy’s self-made dimensional space are monitored by a weird-looking doll named Anne, which prevents any possible escape. Another interesting aspect of this ability is that after Lucy’s enemies have escaped from her entrapment, they lose memories of what happened during their imprisonment. Consequently, her former opponents are unaware of her true ability since they don’t even remember, giving her the element of surprise.
9 Beast Beneath the Moonlight
Beast Beneath the Moonlight is the ability of Atsushi Nakajima, the Bungou Stray Dogs’ protagonist. Initially, Atsushi could not control his ability due to self-doubt and the unacceptance of his true capabilities. However, he gradually changed throughout the series. After his fight with Akutagawa, Atsushi’s control over his abilities evolved.
Atsushi’s ability transforms him into a white tiger, boosting his speed, strength, and agility. He can also transform fully or partially, depending on the gravity of a fight. The Beast Beneath the Moonlight also grants Atsushi powerful, almost-instant regenerative abilities alongside enhanced senses.
8 The Great Fitzgerald
One of the unique abilities in Bungou Stray Dogs is Francis Scott’s Great Fitzgerald. This ability boosts Francis’s physical strength proportionate to the amount of money he spends. Consequently, depending on his wealth, his strength can become almost limitless.
For the Great Fitzgerald to take effect, Francis needs to verbalize the amount of money he spends. After the declaration, green markings appear on his body, signaling the ability’s activation. Another interesting aspect of the Great Fitzgerald is that Francis can use other people’s wealth to boost his strength. However, their permission is also an essential requirement.
7 Thou Shalt Not Die
Thou Shalt Not Die is the ability of the Armed Detective Agency’s physician, Akiko Yosano. Yosano is a strong and someone sadistic woman; even her colleagues fear her. Akiko’s ability lies in physical restoration; she can heal fatal injuries, but she has to injure her patients to the point of death for the ability to activate. Hence the name, “Thou Shalt Not Die.”
What elevates this ability above others is that she can self-heal almost any injury, making her immortal. Akiko’s ability in activation summons a butterfly that heals the wound or affected area completely, without leaving scars.
Rashomon is a powerful ability owned by Port Mafia’s Akutagawa Ryunosuke. Akutagawa is one of the executives of Port Mafia due to his superhuman strength and capabilities. Like most typical villains, he is an arrogant individual who believes that the strong should be the apex authority in society, classifying weak society members as subjects to the strong.
Akutagawa’s ability, Rashomon, is a powerful yet versatile ability. Rashomon transforms Akutagawa’s overcoat into a black, thread-like substance with high attack power – incredible sharpness capable of cutting through even space. It can also be used as a defense against certain attacks.
In Bungou Stray Dogs, Sakunosuke Oda possesses one of the strongest yet underrated abilities. Oda’s ability, “Flawless,” is precognitive, allowing him to predict the future. Specifically, Oda can see five to six seconds into the future with Flawless, enough time to escape some attacks and certain dangers.
For instance, in the Season One of Bungou Stray Dogs, he was able to escape an explosion because he predicted it. However, this ability can be quite tricky. If Oda predicts a dangerous future that he can change with his actions, doing so can create another unfavorable outcome. This was what happened in Oda’s fight with Andre Gide.
4 No Longer Human
Osamu Dazai, a former executive of Port Mafia and a central member of the Armed Detective Agency, has a widely-feared ability. Osamu Dazai’s incredible ability, “No Longer Human,” is a unique one, lacking any form of attack power; however, it is quite powerful, especially against other ability users.
No Longer Human nullifies any ability. However, physical contact is required for the ability to activate. Dazai’s power is absolute since it works on all ability users. Even Chuuya’s Corruption is useless against Dazai. Furthermore, since No Longer Human only works on ability users, Ranpo’s deduction skill and Lovecraft’s tentacle form can’t be nullified.
3 Dogra Magra
Kyusaku Yumeno’s Dogra Magra is a living hell for characters in Bungou Stray Dogs. Kyusaku, widely referred to as “Q,” is one of Port Mafia’s members. Q is a child, which makes them formidable since most recipients of their ability are usually unsuspecting. Beneath Q’s cute, doll-like face is a twisted personality that loves carnage.
Q’s Dogra Magra ability is a mental but powerful one. Dogra Magra places a curse on anybody that harms Q. This curse contorts the consciousness of the affected individuals, probing them to attack anyone within range since the curses place them under strong hallucination.
2 Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment is the ability of Fyodor Dostoevsky, a key member of the Decay of the Angel and the head of the Rats in the House of the Dead. Although Bungou Stray Dogs didn’t fully explain the potential of Crime and Punishment, the little information that was depicted about the ability makes it a powerful one.
Based on the scenes Fyodor featured, it is clear that contact is not a requirement for Crime and Punishment ability. The ability is an instant-kill one, and this was shown when a government agent mysteriously dies after grabbing Fyodor’s dress.
1 For The Tainted Sorrow
Undoubtedly, “For The Tainted Sorrow” is the strongest ability in Bungou Stray Dogs. Chuuya Nakahara, an executive of the Port Mafia, uses the ability. For The Tainted Sorrow is a gravity manipulation ability; Chuuya can alter and even reverse gravity. Consequently, he can control the projectiles of bullets and even fly.
However, the true form of Chuuya’s ability is “Corruption.”Corruption increases Chuuya’s gravity control exponentially, allowing him to level buildings and other large obstacles easily. However, this ability has one downside: Chuuya can’t control it. If left unchecked, Corruption will eventually kill Chuuya. So to counter this shortcoming, Chuuya can only use this ability in the presence of Dazai, who can nullify the ability.
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