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Kafka Asagiri

Author of Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 1

44 Works 2,333 Members 18 Reviews

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Works by Kafka Asagiri

Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 1 (2013) — Author — 313 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 2 (2013) — Author — 162 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 3 (2020) — Author — 148 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 4 (2014) — Author — 102 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 5 (2014) — Author — 85 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 6 (2014) — Author — 81 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 8 (2015) — Author — 73 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 7 (2015) — Author — 72 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 10 (2016) — Author — 71 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 9 (2015) — Author — 70 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast, Volume 1 (2020) — Author — 66 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 11 (2016) — Author — 63 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 12 (2017) — Author — 58 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 13 (2017) — Author — 51 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 14 (2017) — Author — 50 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 20 (2020) — Author — 50 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 18 (2019) — Author — 50 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast, Volume 2 (2021) — Author — 48 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 16 (2018) — Author — 47 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 17 (2017) — Author — 47 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 15 (2018) — Author — 43 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 19 (2020) — Author — 42 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 21 (2021) — Author — 41 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast, Volume 3 (2021) — Author — 39 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs: Wan!, Volume 1 (2022) — Original Story — 38 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 22 (2022) — Author — 32 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 4: 55 Minutes (2016) — Author — 31 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 6: Beast (2019) — Author — 28 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 8: Storm Bringer (2021) — Author — 27 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs: Wan!, Volume 2 (2022) — Original Story — 24 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 23 (2023) 17 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs: Wan!, Volume 3 (2022) — Original Story — 17 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs: Wan!, Vol. 4 (Bungo Stray Dogs: Wan!, 4) (2023) — Original Story — 9 copies
Bungo Stray Dogs: Wan!, Vol. 5 (2023) — Original Story — 6 copies

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Birthdate
1984-03-17
Gender
male
Nationality
Japan
Birthplace
Ehime, Japan

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It's almost sort of interesting that this fantasy manga's characters are based on actual Japanese poets and writers, but the general set-up of super-powered detectives constantly fighting super-powered Mafioso isn't much of a hook for me.

I'm unfamiliar with most of the authors featured here, but it is funny that I was totally unaware of Osamu Dazai two years ago, but now here's the fourth book I'm reading about him. And this one tastelessly has him constantly trying to commit suicide as its comic relief.

Unless I learn that this gets truly awesome as it goes, I don't think I'm going to bother trying to get through this 23-volume series.
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villemezbrown | 1 other review | Feb 4, 2024 |
This is more of a 3.5 rating than a 4 star. The writing for these kind of wavers between okay, enjoyable (mostly coasting off decent plots), and cringe, and this one was at least funnier than the series light novels tend to be. I genuinely laughed relatively often with the first short story in it, about how Atsushi's entrance exam was picked.

The second short story, which takes up the majority of the book and is about how the agency began, is honestly a bit boring overall. It's interesting to see how Fukuzawa and Ranpo met, and the plot is relatively entertaining as BSD light novel plots go, though far less compelling than Storm Bringer, Dead Apple, or Dazai, Chuuya, Age Fifteen. Part of the issue is that I don't like Ranpo very much, at least compared to other characters. He's fun, he can be funny, and it's interesting to see him solve things. The story does handle him interestingly, and to be fair, he is 14 in this, so it's unsurprising that he's a whiny child. He's just... also whinier than he usually is when he's in his 20s and that's not all that enjoyable.

The art was all right. I don't know if I'm in the minority of folks who prefers the anime art over the manga art, but I definitely prefer it over the light novel art, at least for this one. Other light novels had much better art, or at least depicted more interesting scenes by and large.

Overall it's another light novel. It's currently/has been animated by Studio Bones for season 4, so if you'd like to just see a visual version rather than read this, you're going to be able to very soon. As of this writing, Episode 1 has been out for a number of days. There are definitely differences in the animation, with callbacks to things later in the manga story, as well as what looks like some very economical cutting for time of character backstories and descriptions, which are normal in the process of adapting books to anime. It's not necessarily worse, though you do get more informative backstory by reading the book. If you're curious, reading the novel isn't a waste of your time. But it's not the best of these by a long shot, unless you really love Ranpo and Fukuzawa. The short story to start with isn't even that thrilling because it's mostly Kunikida melting down and Dazai being annoying, even if he's sometimes funny. But generally it's an interesting addition to the anime.
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AnonR | Aug 5, 2023 |
Honestly the writing and characters are boring and the art is pretty bad. Minor spoilers I guess: if you're looking for Chuuya, he's not actually in this. He is technically in one panel, but it's just a general reference to ability users. He's not actually in the story.
 
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AnonR | Aug 5, 2023 |
Rereading this has been a pleasure! The art is beautiful, the story is fun and wonderful. Another great novel in the series. Really hoping we see this animated soon (and I wouldn't look askance at a manga adaptation).
 
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