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Bungo Stray Dogs Atsushi Nakajima - the Armed Detective Agency's newest recruit!

Atsushi Nakajima is the main protagonist of Bungo Stray Dogs a manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa. The story of Bungo Stray Dogs centers around the Armed Detective Agency, a group of super-powered individuals solve supernatural mysteries and carry out missions assigned to them by the Port Mafia. The characters in Bungo Stray Dogs are named after famous literary authors and characters, with their special abilities borrowing their names from one of their respective namesake's works. Atsushi is one such character who takes his name from one of the most famous authors in Japanese history. The Atsushi Nakajima of Bungo Stray Dogs is the newest member of the Armed Detective Agency, recruited by the ex-Port Mafia executive Osamu Dazai.


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Atsushi Nakajima is the main protagonist of Bungo Stray Dogs and the newest member of the Armed Detective Agency. Before joining the agency, Atsushi was living at an orphanage, when one day he began being taunted by a mystical tiger. Atsushi leaves the orphanage spends weeks hungry and homeless before preventing the suicide of an eccentric young man named Osamu Dazai, who was attempting to drown himself in a river. Atsushi soon learns that Dazai is part of a group of detectives that investigate supernatural events known as the Armed Detective Agency, and that they have been on the trail of the tiger that had turned Atsushi's life upside down. Atsushi is soon invited to join the firm, where he takes on unusual cases the regular police can't handle alongside a cast of crazy characters.

Atsushi's special ability is "Beast Beneath the Moonlight" which is a reference to the real Atsushi Nakajima's short story of the same name. When using his power, Atsushi can transform into a white tiger. While in his tiger form, Atsushi also has regenerative powers that allow him to heal even amputations with ease. However, after using his ability, Atsushi usually falls into a comatose state.

Atsushi is based on the Japanese author of the same name, Atsushi Nakajima who was a writer active during the 1930s and 1940s. His father was a scholar of Classical Chinese and this background influenced his stories which were often poetic in nature and set in distant historical settings. Nakajima died at age 33 of pneumonia and only wrote one major novel during his short life "Light, Wind, and Dreams".