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This group is composed of authors of pure literature (純文学), single-target attackers with high attack and defense. The four starters all belong to this group.

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    In General 
  • Mighty Glacier: Has the highest defense and second highest attack out of the weapon types, but on the other hand it has the lowest evasion.
     1 – Akutagawa Ryūnosuke (芥川龍之介)
Eh, I can't smoke here?
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
Rarity: Rainbow
Faction: Neo-Thought (新思潮)
Famous Works: Rashōmon (羅生門), Hell Screen (地獄変), Gears (歯車)
Sanity: Unstable (不安定)

  • Classy Cravat: A white one with a gemstone button as per dress code of Neo-Thought faction.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Described by Tokuda as “Often seen dazing off”. He also forgets his wallet frequently, and is pretty gullible at times. Akutagawa is officially described in game as “Has a calm and steady look, but is actually bit of an air head”.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Dragon (1892)… were you surprised?
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kikuchi. They even have matching gloves.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Akutagawa thinks poorly of his own works and compares them unfavorably to someone like Naoya's. He's fighting not to save his own literature, but to save the literature of others.
  • Hallucinations: Whenever weakened, he claims to see gears wriggling at the corner of his eyes. This is a reference to his short novel Gears.
  • Idiot Hair: Has few notable ones.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Is handsome, and has long blue hair that ties into a ponytail.
  • Meaningful Name: Ryuunosuke means 'Son of the dragon', as he was born in the dragon year (1892), on dragon day (March 1), at dragon time (7-9 am).
  • Oblivious to Love: More of the fanboy type, but he had no idea Dazai admires him, and instead believed the younger hates him. Reasonable, though.
    Akutagawa: "Dazai-kun? Honestly, I just remember him as the one in red. At first he neither make eye contact with me nor speak to me, so I thought that he hates me."
    • This eventually became a discontinued trope as the game proceeds. In a recent interview, Akutagawa said that he had read and actually likes Dazai's works, and now relies on him much.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He is a heavy smoker, with number of his lines revolve around smoking. Due to the genre of the game, it's naturally designed to look cool.
  • Western Zodiac: Pisces (March 1).
     2 – Dazai Osamu (太宰治)
Fufufu, you're actually a fan of mine, aren't you?
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura
Rarity: Rainbow
Faction: Decadent School (無頼派)
Famous Works: No Longer Human (人間失格), Run, Melos! (走れメロス), The Setting Sun (斜陽)
Sanity: Unstable (不安定)

  • Ascended Fanboy: He is a huge fanboy of Akutagawa, who he unfortunately can never met when alive. This time Dazai finally can get close to his idol, and for him it's much more than just appealing.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rooster (1909).
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Chuuya only calls him 'peach blossom bastard', a reminder of their first meeting, which didn't go all that well for Dazai.
  • Freudian Trio: With the rest of the Decadent school sanity-wise: Id (unstable) to Ango's Ego (somewhat stable) and Odasaku's Superego (stable).
  • His Own Worst Enemy: While Dazai has certainly had a hard life, a lot of his issues result directly from his own actions.
  • Idiot Hair: Has one.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Dazai loves to brag, but he's easily crushed, and he doesn't have any emotional state between 'I'm a genius author!' and 'I'm good for nothing and should go die'.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Admires Akutagawa to the point that Akutagawa even knowing his name overjoys him.
  • Lovable Coward: Would rather avoid direct confrontation by any means necessary, and flatters even people who know he wrote insulting things about them.
  • Narcissist: Thinks pretty highly about himself.
  • Older Than He Looks: Died at 39 in real life, yet looks like a teen here.
  • Prone to Tears: A normal occurrence, he can go from boasting and complimenting himself the previous second to sobbing over his own failures and attempting suicide the next.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Akutagawa's blue, both being the game's most popular characters. Dazai is cheerful, narcissistic (on the exterior) and sometimes a Gadfly, while Akutagawa is calm, polite and holds a low opinion of himself. It's even reflected in their colour designs.
  • Sinister Scythe: Wields one during battle.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Along with Oda Sakunosuke and Sakaguchi Ango, he's one of the most notable members of the Decadent School(無頼派, buraiha) called the Triumvirate(三羽烏, sanbagarasu) . He even calls it out on his dual attack line with his fellow Decadent members.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He puts miso on everything.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Used to bad-mouth his teacher Ibuse and fabricate stories about him. He later apologize to Ibuse though, and the latter forgives him.
  • Western Zodiac: Gemini (June 19).
     5 – Izumi Kyōka (泉鏡花)
I am Izumi Kyōka, a pupil of Ozaki. My motto is cleanliness first, eliminate dirt.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
Rarity: Rainbow
Faction: Ozaki Clan (尾崎一門)
Famous Works: The Holy Man of Mount Kouya (高野聖), A Woman's Pedigree (婦系図), Demon Pond (夜叉ヶ池)
Sanity: Somewhat stable (やや安定)

  • Animal Motif: Rabbits, which he adores and has a collection of related merchandises.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Won't eat any food that he thinks isn't completely cooked through or just plainly contaminated, mainly owe to his childhood trauma of dysentery.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rooster (1873).
  • Fear of Thunder: He hates thunders.
  • Kimono Fanservice: An elegantly patterned one with an autumn leaf motif haori as per Ozaki clan dress code.
  • Neat Freak: A germophobe. Many of his lines revolve around cleanliness. He obsesses over it to the point where he always wears gloves, will not eat food unless he thoroughly cooks it through even when it's already cooked, and even then will not eat the part his hand has touched. Tokuda is especially annoyed with this tendency of his.
    Kyouka: "Sterilize! Disinfect! Fumigate!"
  • Short Hair with Tail: Cropped short in the back with two shoulder-length sideburns.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: BOILED tofu.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ozaki Kouyou, his former and now once-again teacher.
  • Western Zodiac: Scorpio (November 4).
     6 – Natsume Sōseki (夏目漱石)
Please allow me to operate freely, whether I fight or run away.
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi
Rarity: Gold
Faction: Leisure School (余裕派)
Famous Works: Kokoro (こゝろ), Botchan (坊ちゃん), I am a Cat (吾輩は猫である)
Sanity: Somewhat unstable (やや不安定)

  • Badass Mustache: Owns one trademark mustache, and you won't want to fight him.
  • Cool Old Guy: A fair amount of authors respect him.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rabbit (1867).
  • Sweet Tooth: The old man likes sweet food so much, he even once dreamed of a house made of Yokan. In his past life, it was what indrectly led to his death.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: He, Masaoka Shiki, and Mori Ougai are members of the Leisure School faction.
  • Western Zodiac: Aquarius (February 9).
     8 – Tanizaki Jun'ichirō (谷崎潤一郎)
Literature affirms the perverse nature of man. I won’t forgive anyone who tries to take that away.
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
Rarity: Silver
Faction: Neo-Thought (新思潮)
Famous Works: Naomi/A Fool's Love (痴人の愛), The Tattooer (刺青), The Makioka Sisters (細雪)
Sanity: Stable (安定)

  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a naginata on battle.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As one of the most renowned authors in Japan as well as one of the best blade-type authors stats-wise, he is quite an eccentric person.
  • Casual Kink: A masochist who has a fixation towards women's feet and has living with his desires proudly on display as his motto.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Despite his perverted advances, he still ultimately sides with the librarian, fighting against the Taints.
  • Classy Cravat: Averted, the only one of Neo-Thought faction without this – in fact, the only character defying faction dress code in the game.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Has the 'masochist' part down.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Dog (1886); oddly appropriate considering his personality…
  • Fan Boy: Of Nagai, to the point where his hobby is following him around.
  • Hidden Depths: He's very serious when it comes to literature, as he's currently enraged by the Taints who corroded literature and called Akutagawa out about his apathy on his own works, though considering how he is, one doesn't really expect him to have this side.
  • Looks Like He Is Enjoying It: His voice clips after he's been hit sound like he's moaning, and have inspired many players to mute their game while he's in the party. Though...
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Has a long silver hair which is tied with a hair stick.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac
  • Orgasmically Delicious: Gets 'delusions' whenever he's eating, and especially thinks tempura is erotic.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: To Nagai, but the latter doesn't seem to mind and thinks highly of Tanizaki himself. Of course, given the amount of Ho Yay, this could come off as the less platonic variety.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: He loves pain, and his actions clearly show this (he moans when he's injured and specifically asks to be hurt more even when he was already critically injured). It's even lampshaded on his profile descriptions, and in his recollection with Satou Haruo, where he was at his worst, getting almost delirious due to the lack of women to abuse him.
    Haruo: I'm seriously scared of your insatiable masochism.
  • Western Zodiac: Leo (July 24). Incidentally, his biggest idol both in real life and in-game, Nagai, and his friend Haruo are a Sagittarius and an Aries respectively, highly compatible signs with his.
     12 – Shiga Naoya (志賀直哉)
I only believe in things I see with my own eyes!
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno
Rarity: Silver
Faction: White Birch School (白樺派)
Famous Works: Dark Night's Passing (暗夜行路), At Cape Kinosaki (城の崎にて), Wakai (和解)
Sanity: Stable (安定)

  • Eastern Zodiac: Sheep (1883).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric for the White Birch group.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Like most White Birch writers, he came from a line of aristocracy and could probably get by without doing anything. Instead he advocated for human rights, participated in protests, and of course became a professional writer.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: He, Musha, and Takeo make up the Shirakaba-ha (White Birch) faction trio until Satomi came along.
  • Western Zodiac: Pisces (February 20).
     13 – Mori Ōgai (森鴎外)
Is it strange for an ex-army doctor to be writing novels?
Voiced by: Toru Okawa
Rarity: Silver
Faction: Leisure School (余裕派)
Famous Works: The Dancing Girl/Elise (舞姫), The Boat on the Takase River (高瀬舟), Vita Sexualis
Sanity: Somewhat stable (やや安定)

  • Bizarre Taste in Food: He enjoys sweet buns put on top of Chazuke.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a spear during battle.
  • Combat Medic: He's also a doctor.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Dog (1862).
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: In his past life, he attended medical school at twelve and served as a medical officer in the army after graduation. He had a rank of Lieutenant General, was a government official, managed to became one of the most well-known pioneers of modern Japanese literature, while also reared five successful children. And between all this, he still found time to pick up an argument about literature with Tsubouchi that lasted for almost a year.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Natsume, Souseki and Masaoka Shiki.
  • Western Zodiac: Aquarius (February 17).
     14 – Kawabata Yasunari (川端康成)
..... Ahh, excuse me. I thought it was enough to greet you by meeting your eyes.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki
Rarity: Gold
Faction: New Sensation School (新感覚派)
Famous Works: The Dancing Girl of Izu (伊豆の踊子), Snow Country (雪国), Thousand Cranes (千羽鶴)
Sanity: Somewhat unstable (やや不安定)

     17 – Kajii Motojirō (梶井基次郎)
Do you seek a reprieve from the pressure of daily life? Then, leave it to me.
Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama
Rarity: Gold
Faction: Neo-Aesthetic School (新興芸術派)
Famous Works: Lemon (檸檬), In a Castle Town (城のある町にて), Winter Days (冬の日)
Sanity: Somewhat unstable (やや不安定)

     18 – Hirotsu Kazuo (広津和郎)
I believe in the power of words and the pen. Now and forever.
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
Rarity: Gold
Famous Works: The Neurotic Age (神経病時代), Embracing a Dead Child (死児を抱いて), On the Waves (風雨強かるべし)
Sanity: Somewhat stable (やや安定)

     19 – Mushanokōji Saneatsu (武者小路実篤)
What's your dream? For the sake of my dream, I'll do anything.
Voiced by: KENN
Rarity: Beige
Faction: White Birch School (白樺派)
Famous Works: A Good-Natured Person (お目出たき人), Friendship (友情), The Teacher of Truth (真理先生)
Sanity: Stable (安定)

     21 – Sakaguchi Ango (坂口安吾)
I'm gonna say this now, don't get your hopes up!
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
Rarity: Gold
Faction: Decadent School (無頼派)
Famous Works: Professor Blowhard/Professor Wind (風博士), Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (桜の森の満開の下), Discourse on Decadence (堕落論)
Sanity: Somewhat stable (やや安定)

     23 – Tsubouchi Shōyō (坪内逍遥)
Discussing literature over a meal……there is no other time where one may enjoy such a degree of "happiness".
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
Rarity: Gold
Famous Works: Portraits of the Contemporary Students (当世書生気質), The Essence of the Novel (小説神髄), A Paulownia Leaf (桐一葉)
Sanity: Stable (安定)

     24 – Futabatei Shimei (二葉亭四迷)
Hm, it's still nothing compared to my research on Russia.
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto
Rarity: Gold
Famous Works: The Drifting Cloud (浮雲), An Adopted Husband (其面影), Mediocrity (平凡)
Sanity: Somewhat unstable (やや不安定)

     25 – Arishima Takeo (有島武郎)
I'm one of the White Birch School, Arishima Takeo. Please take good care of Musha-san and Shiga-kun.
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi
Rarity: Gold
Faction: White Birch School (白樺派)
Famous Works: A Certain Woman (或る女), Descendant of Cain (カインの末裔), A Bunch of Grapes (一房の葡萄)
Sanity: Normal (普通)

     26 – Satō Haruo (佐藤春夫)
Jeez, Tanizaki or Dazai or whatever, isn't it tough on you collecting all these weirdos in one place.
Voiced by: Yuuki Tai
Rarity: Beige
Faction: Mita School (三田派)
Famous Works: Melancholy in the Country (田園の憂鬱), The House of a Spanish Dog (西班牙犬の家), The Sick Rose: A Pastoral Elegy (病める薔薇 短篇集)
Sanity: Somewhat unstable (やや不安定)

     27 – Kobayashi Takiji (小林多喜二)
If you need me, I'll work with you.
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Rarity: Beige
Faction: Proletariat (プロレタリア)
Famous Works: The Crab Cannery Ship (蟹工船), The Absentee Landlord (不在地主), Life of a Party Member (党生活者)
Sanity: Unstable (不安定)

     28 – Ibuse Masuji (井伏鱒二)
I'm really grateful to you for giving this old man a place to shine.
Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi
Rarity: Gold
Faction: Neo-Aesthetic School (新興芸術派)
Famous Works: The Salamander (山椒魚), Black Rain (黒い雨), John Manjiro the Castaway: His Life and Adventures (ジョン万次郎漂流記)
Sanity: Somewhat stable (やや安定)

     29 – Yokomitsu Riichi (横光利一)
I want to become an eccentric, different from anyone else. ... What are you laughing at?
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano
Rarity: Beige
Faction: New Sensation School (新感覚派)
Famous Works: The Sun (日輪), A Fly (蝿), Machine (機械)
Sanity: Normal (普通)

     30 – Oda Sakunosuke (織田作之助)
Ah~ I’m beat. Wanna go eat curry?
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka
Rarity: Beige
Faction: Decadent School (無頼派)
Famous Works: Hurray for Marriage (夫婦善哉), The Paradox of Youth (青春の逆説), Flawless (天衣無縫)
Sanity: Stable (安定)

  • Eastern Zodiac: Ox (1913).
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Has a very thick Kansai accent, and while he may not be an idiot, he's eternally cheerful, prone to using dubiously safe 'health drinks' as well as drinking plain old booze, and generally more of a comedic character than much of the cast.
  • In-Series Nickname: Odasaku, same as the one he had in his previous life.
  • Keet: The youngest of the Decadents, and the most cheerful one.
  • Starter Mon: One of the authors that the player is able to pick at the beginning of the game.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: A member of the Decadent School along with Dazai and Ango.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Curry.
  • Western Zodiac: Scorpio (October 26).
     31 – Hori Tatsuo (堀辰雄)
Eh!? Ah, yes, I'll be glad to help you. Please let me know if I can do anything.
Voiced by: Kōji Takahashi
Rarity: Beige
Famous Works: The Holy Family (聖家族), The Wind Has Risen (風立ちぬ), Naoko (菜穂子)
Sanity: Normal (普通)

  • Eastern Zodiac: Dragon (1904); incidentally, his name has a character meaning "dragon" and he was a follower of Akutagawa.
  • Like a God to Me: Deeply looks up to Akutagawa, having studied literature under him.
  • Starter Mon: One of the authors that the player is able to pick at the beginning of the game.
  • Western Zodiac: Capricorn (December 28).
     32 – Nakajima Atsushi (中島敦)
Eh, me, too? ...Please don’t get too surprised when you see me in combat.
Inner Atsushi 
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa
Rarity: Beige
Famous Works: Moon over the Mountain/Sangetsuki (山月記), Light and Wind and Dreams (光と風と夢), Riryou (李陵)
Sanity: Unstable (不安定)
A heavy case of Jekyll & Hyde: a sweet and shy young man off the battlefield, a sadistic growling beast on it.
  • Animal Motif: Tigers, as reference to their work Sangetsuki. Bonus point of Inner Atsushi owning small fangs.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: For Outer Atsushi, ignoring his gender, his design and personality fits. Due to his familiarity with Chinese culture in his past life, he's given a lot of pretty Chinese costumes. In battles, the writer instead become an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Inner Atsushi is sadistic, aggressive and dismissive of his opponents as hell.
    Atsushi: It's a matter of course; I'm different from you fuckers.
  • Blood Knight: Inner Atsushi doesn't come out for much besides fighting, so it's good that he enjoys it.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rooster (1909).
  • The Glasses Come Off: Inner Atsushi takes off their glasses to fight. Outer Atsushi wonders how he can see without them, suggesting that they're *not* Purely Aesthetic Glasses.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: The two personalities likely stems from Nakajima's insecurities in his first life; Outer Atsushi is the side of him with low self-esteem and doubts of his own capabilities, while Inner Atsushi is proud and bitter about others ignoring his talents.
  • It's Fake Fur, It's Fine: Although they own a tiger fur, it doesn't seem to come from any real tiger as they were reincarnated from books.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Outer Atsushi uses Watashi (私), a polite, gender-neutral first-person pronoun when referring himself (or Boku (僕), a casual one for youngsters to those he is more familiar with), while Inner Atsushi goes with the much more informal and masculine Ore (俺). This is likely to emphasize the difference of their personalities.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: To Moka Akashiya levels; they're basically two different people in and out of battle, from looks, behavior to even voice.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Of the two personalities, Outer Atsushi is definitely the more inclined to intellectual pursuits, and he's the only one who wears their glasses.
  • Split-Personality Makeover: When Inner Atsushi takes control, he ditches their glasses and slicks back his hair.
  • Split-Personality Team: Inner Atsushi handles all the fighting. In exchange, Outer Atsushi does all of the socializing - Inner Atsushi doesn't have any interest in "talking to idiots".
  • Tsundere: Inner Atsushi can be this to Outer Atsushi at times. While he often mocks the other personality and calls him an idiot, he is ultimately very protective of him and won't tolerate those who try to mess with him.
  • Western Zodiac: Taurus (May 5).
     40 – Matsuoka Yuzuru (松岡譲)
Passing on Soseki-sensei's teachings to the next generation. I knew that's my mission.
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio
Rarity: Beige
Faction: Neo-Thought (新思潮)
Famous Works: The Melancholic Mistress (憂鬱な愛人)
Sanity: Somewhat stable (やや安定)

     42 – Yamamoto Yūzō (山本有三)
Tell me, what kind of life are you leading?
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto
Rarity: Silver
Faction: Neo-Thought (新思潮)
Famous Works: Towards the Truth (真実一路), A Woman's Life (女の一生), Waves (波)
Sanity: Somewhat stable (やや安定)

     43 – Kume Masao (久米正雄)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Rarity: Silver
Faction: Neo-Thought (新思潮)
Famous Works: Notes of a Student Examinee (受験生の手記), Firefly Weeds (蛍草), Shipwreck (破船)
Sanity: Somewhat unstable (やや不安定)

     44 – Tokunaga Sunao (徳永直)
They say the arts improve the self! If ya make sure to remember that, the world won't seem so harsh!
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita
Rarity: Silver
Faction: Proletariat (プロレタリア)
Famous Works: The Sunless Street (太陽のない街), The Family of Work (はたらく一家), The Bringers of the Light (光をかかぐる人々)
Sanity: Stable (安定)

     45 – Nakano Shigeharu (中野重治)
Not writing despite being able to write is neglecting life's calling.
Voiced by: Kenji Akabane
Rarity: Beige
Faction: Proletariat (プロレタリア)
Famous Works: Farewell to Poetry (歌のわかれ), In the Depths of the Heart (むらぎも), Pear Blossoms (菜の花)
Sanity: Unstable (不安定)

  • Eastern Zodiac: Tiger (1902).
  • In-Series Nickname: Has various nicknames, but Shigeji is the one used the most.
  • Jerkass Ball: At one point during the Sunless Street Event, he gives a pretty harsh comment to the cat, due to him being affected by the gears that amplify one's emotions(in his case, anger towards the government). He eventually apologized in the end though.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Shigeharu has no reason to be fond of the Japanese government and rather bluntly states that he doesn't trust them.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses
  • Starter Mon: One of the authors that the player is able to pick at the beginning of the game.
  • Western Zodiac: Aquarius (January 25).

     68 – Satomi Ton (里見弴)
Wait, Takeo-nii! What are you spacing out for!?
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
Rarity: Gold
Faction: White Birch School (白樺派)
Famous Works: Passions and Piety (多情仏心), Heavenly Dragonflies (極楽とんぼ), The Anjou Brothers (安城家の兄弟)
Sanity: Stable (安定)


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