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Ryunosuke Akutagawa is one of the characters from 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. Ryunosuke Akutagawa is one such character who takes his name from one of the most famous authors in Japanese history. The Ryunosuke Akutagawa of Bungo Stray Dogs is a member of the Port Mafia and possesses the ability Rashomon, which takes its name from one of the real Akutagawa's short stories.


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Ryunosuke Akutagawa is one of the characters from Bungo Stray Dogs and one of the executives of the Port Mafia. Ryunosuke is a sickly young man he is often seen covering his face due to his incessant coughing. Ryunosuke is known for his black and white view of the world, where he believes that weak people should die and let the stronger of the human race rule the world. His ruthless and uncaring nature makes him of the dangerous members of the Port Mafia, feared by both his allies and enemies.

Ryunosuke's special ability is known as Rashomon, a reference to the story of the same name written by Ryunosuke's namesake. By using Rashomon, Ryunosuke can transform an article of his clothing into a black, shadow-like beast. The summoned monster seems to be made of a dark matter-like substance and can consume anything in its wake, even space itself.

Ryunosuke Akutagawa is based on the Japanese author of the same name who is regarded as the "Father of the Japanese short story". Japan's most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize is also named after him. Akutagawa died at 35 of suicide by an overdose of barbital. In his short life, Akutagawa wrote over 150 short stories with many of his works being adapted into films, music compositions, and operas. Arguably the most well-known adaptation of Akutagawa's work is the 1950 film Rashomon, a retelling of the short story "In a Grove", which was directed by legendary Japanese filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa.