32 BSD Quotes from the Beloved Anime Bungou Stray Dogs
Manga and anime lovers alike can't seem to get enough of "Bungou Stray Dogs." Delve into these 32 quotes and learn exactly what's got people talking about the show.
"Bungou Stray Dogs" is a Seinen manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa. It began serialization in 2012, and as of 2016, the series has been adapted into an anime series and currently has three seasons out as of 2019.
The series follows Atsushi Nakajima, a man with the ability to shapeshift into a tiger. After being kicked out of his orphanage as a result of the mysterious occurrences that surround him, Atsushi is left with no home, no food, and hope for a future ahead. However, a fateful encounter with Detective Dazia Osamu changes Atsushi’s life forever.
After saving the Detective’s life, Atsushi joins an agency of other gifted people with superpowers as they set about tackling various tasks such as running a business, solving mysteries, and carrying out missions assigned by the agency.
This dramatic mystery series is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat with a well-paced story, great plot, and amazing, layered characters to fall in love with and learn to hate.
Atsushi Nakajima's quote: "People Need To Be Told They’re Worthy Of Being Alive By Someone Else Or They Can’t Go On.” | Image: youtube.com/Crunchyroll Collection
BSD Quotes from Atsushi Nakajima
"People Need To Be Told They’re Worthy Of Being Alive By Someone Else Or They Can’t Go On.” – Atsushi Nakajima, “Bungou Stray Dogs”
“I don’t fear the enemy. I don’t fear the pain. What is fear is that I’m alone. […] Solitude scares me. At the orphanage, solitude was the norm for me. But now, this same solitude scares me. I wish there was someone fighting at my side. Anyone would do. Somebody…” – Atsushi Nakajima, “Bungou Stray Dogs”
"No matter where I run, the tiger follows. It’s the same as the way I can’t escape the beating of my own heart… for you’re my strength to keep living. I hear you well, now. I understand your words well. I know. I know everyone’s souls are on fire. I’ll say the same to you. Hurry up, or I’m leaving you behind. Come, tiger!” – Atsushi Nakajima, “Bungou Stray Dogs”
"No One Can Fully Grasp Another Person’s Deepest Emotions. It’s Impossible. Only You Can Understand What You’re Feeling.” – Atsushi Nakajima, “Bungou Stray Dogs”
Atsushi Nakajima's quote: "No One Can Fully Grasp Another Person’s Deepest Emotions. It’s Impossible. Only You Can Understand What You’re Feeling.” | Image: youtube.com/Crunchyroll Collection
BSD Quotes from Members of Armed Detective Agency
"Justice is a weapon. It can be used to cause harm, but it cannot protect or save others.” – Osamu Dazai
"Anything I would never want to lose is always lost. It is a given that everything that is worth wanting will be lost the moment I obtain it. There's nothing worth pursuing at the cost of prolonging a life of suffering.” – Osamu Dazai
"Evil expects evil from others.” – Osamu Dazai
"If You Place Yourself Somewhere Close To Raw Emotions Where You’re Exposed To Violence [...], You Can Brush Against Man’s True Nature." -Osamu Dazai
"A good book is always good, no matter how many times you’ve already read it.” – Osamu Dazai
Osamu Dazai's quote: "The night is a good time. It's a time that belongs to the Port Mafia.” | Image: youtube.com/Crunchyroll Collection
"Hey, Odasaku, do you know why I joined the Mafia? I joined the Mafia because of an expectation I had. I thought if I was close to death and violence—close to people giving in to their urges and desires, then I would be able to see the inner nature of humankind up close. I thought if I did that… I would be able to find something—a reason to live.” – Osamu Dazai
“You don’t really understand God one bit, do you? ‘Perfection and harmony’? God doesn’t give a single care about those. I’ve seen it so many times… His gimmicks are the accidental and the illogical. That’s… a weakness you and I both have. We thought of thousands of ingenious schemes, and we still ended up in here… in a prison at the ends of the earth. The ones who actually make the world turn… are those who scream within the storm of uncertainty...” – Osamu Dazai
"The night is a good time. It's a time that belongs to the Port Mafia.” – Osamu Dazai
"Stop pitying yourself. Pity yourself, and life becomes an endless nightmare.” – Osamu Dazai
"Just what is an ‘ideal’? […] If you ask me, the answer is clear. It is a word written on the cover of my notebook. My notebook is omnipotent. It guides me as a principle, as a master, as a prophet. At times, it becomes a weapon and also a key.” – Doppo Kunikida
Kenji Miyazawa's quote: "Undefeated by the rain, undefeated by the wind, undefeated by metal pipes, knives, or aluminum bats, strong in body, undefeated by desire and certainly without offending others, always with a quiet smile to be such a person.” | Image: youtube.com/Crunchyroll Collection
"If You Try To Save Someone You Can’t Save, You’ll Both End Up Sinking.' - Doppo Kunikida
"A human life is priceless, and, in its own way, so is that license. That is the soul of our company. It contains the very heart and soul of Natsume-sensei who devoted his all to bringing that agency to our side. You nouveau riche types, heads stuffed with bales of cash… you could never obtain one that easily.” – Yukichi Fukuzawa
"Undefeated by the rain, undefeated by the wind, undefeated by metal pipes, knives, or aluminum bats, strong in body, undefeated by desire and certainly without offending others, always with a quiet smile to be such a person.” – Kenji Miyazawa
"So that one time… And that other time… All the pain I’ve suffered… But when you put it that way… I see… I see… So that’s why. Nobody hates me. […] Ha-ha-ha… Ha-ha-ha-ha! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! It all makes sense! So everyone is just a big baby! Well, of course they are! The world isn’t a disgusting place! Not at all! It’s just a simple, stupid place! Looks like I’ve gotta protect these stupid toddlers myself!” – Renpo Edogawa
Ogai Mori's quote: "A logical, optimal solution exists in any wartime situation, no matter how difficult the challenge. You must not forget that, especially in times of confusion when you might feel inclined to recklessness.” | Image: youtube.com/Crunchyroll Collection
BSD Quotes from Ogai Mori, Sakunosuke Oda, and Other Characters
"A logical, optimal solution exists in any wartime situation, no matter how difficult the challenge. You must not forget that, especially in times of confusion when you might feel inclined to recklessness.” – Ogai Mori
“I told you—I am always thinking about the organization as a whole. Just like you see here, I received a Skilled Business Permit, so the government has more or less given us approval to conduct our illegal activities. And right now, Sakunosuke Oda is risking his life to eliminate a troublesome, violent group. It’s a win-win situation. So why are you so angry?” – Ōgai Mori
“Listen. You told me if you put yourself in a world of violence and bloodshed, you might be ale to find a reson to live. You won’t find it. You should know that. Whether you’re on the side that takes lives or the side that saves them, nothing beyond your own expectations will happen. Nothing in this world can fill the hole that is your loneliness. You will wander the darkness for eternity.” – Sakunosuke Oda (Odasaku)
"The biggest misfortune for Dazai's enemies is that they are enemies.” – Sakunosuke Oda (Odasaku)
"My Dream Was To Become A Writer. I Was Afraid That If I Ever Killed Again, I’d Lose That Future Forever. That’s Why I Stopped.” – Sakunosuke Oda (Odasaku)
Scott Fitzgerald's quote: "Wealth Is A Nightmare. With Each Coveted Thing We Buy, We Lose A Thing We Dream About." | Image: youtube.com/Crunchyroll Collection
"People Exist To Save Themselves. You Will Understand That…” – Sakunosuke Oda (Odasaku)
"My throat hurt. I couldn't breathe. I heard someone screaming. I realized, because my throat hurt so much, that I was the one who was screaming.” – Sakunosuke Oda (Odasaku)
“Is there no divine justice in this world? I have withstood a barrage of hardship and pain… never yielding, no matter how steadfast the foe! In a world refusing to accept loyalty and piety…tyranny may yet provide the kindling! Thus I, Ōchi the layman with a heart of steel and bones of ice will exercise the wiles of heaven and earth!” – Ōchi Fukuchi
"Wealth Is A Nightmare. With Each Coveted Thing We Buy, We Lose A Thing We Dream About." - Scott Fitzgerald
"Do you know what it's like to be at the nadir? There is only the more, a foul stench, and self-pity. At times, someone will look in from an opening far above, but no one notices you. With every breath, your wretchedness burns your lungs. [...] Weretiger, teach her what it's like. To help no one, to be counted on by no one, and to live in hiding, trembling like a worm." - Ryuunosuke Akutagawa
Chuuya Nakahara's quote: "You'll let me choose? Whenever you say that, I never actually have another choice.” | Image: youtube.com/Crunchyroll Collection
"Do You Think If You Put Your Life On The Line Fighting For Others, Someone Will Stamp A Form Certifying You Deserve To Live?" - Ryuunosuke Akutagawa
“I’ve been thinking about it all along. At the moment the flame of this short life goes out, what should I say? But every time, like grasping mist with my hands, the answer didn’t take form. I understood it now just a few seconds ago. I don’t need words but only actions.” – Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
"You'll let me choose? Whenever you say that, I never actually have another choice.” – Chuuya Nakahara
"You agency people are living testaments to justice. Frankly, your sparkle mesmerizes me. The Decay of the Angel’s plan is the true embodiment of evil. That’s what makes it worth assisting in! It’s time to break out of this prison! The inherent brain-washing we call morality! I seek freedom for my soul more than any kind of joy!! So listen to the screams of my own free will!” – Nikolai Gogol
Osamu Dazai's quote: "Justice is a weapon. It can be used to cause harm, but it cannot protect or save others.” | Image: youtube.com/Crunchyroll Collection
Just from the aforementioned quotes alone, we can grasp the kind of rich motifs, concepts, and profound messaging Bungou Stray Dogs has to offer. This, within a cleverly orchestrated plot and well-written characters, makes for a fascinating watch or read if you’re more into manga.
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