Day 7: “Your Anime Crush”
After writing about my favorite male character on Day 3, I came to the realization that I have a slight preference for Dazai Osamu above all of the other characters on my current favorites list on MAL, sorry Obi.
Synopsis: For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city. While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorizing the boy. Together with Dazai’s partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.
Like all of the other characters in the anime, Dazai has a quirk that proves to benefit him in battle. His quirk is called “No Longer Human”. He is able to make another user’s quirk disappear by coming in to physical contact with him. In my opinion, this is one of the most useful quirks. While it may prove to be hard to physically touch all of his enemies, if he does it is instantly his win. I would be more than willing to take a risk and try to touch someone than being unable to stop a powerful enemy.
Despite plotting various ways to kill himself, Dazai is actually a rather cheerful and energetic character. He is rather smart and is able to outwit his enemies thanks to his carefree, idiotic personality. His foes are never able to truly decipher his plans, not even his allies know what he is thinking. Dazai always takes a plan one step further by factoring in ways for his allies to resolve situations. He takes all aspects into account when it comes to planning. It is fitting that Dazai is in charge of making the detective agency run smoothly.
Other than being extremely smart and suicidal, Dazai has one other trait that makes me love his character, which is his cunningness. He is able to deceive whomever he wants, while also getting whatever he wants. He can trick people into giving him a free meal once in a while, as well as convince others to follow him and commit a double suicide with him. While the latter example has yet to happen, I am sure that if Dazai was actually serious it would’ve happened already.