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Fridge Brilliance

  • The Agency and the Mafia are opposites, even in name. The Port Mafia...well, is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, but the Armed Detective Agency barely does any detective work in itself and is more like a special ops team.
  • The title of the first ending theme, Trash Candy, pertains to the very reason why the series exists. Most writers aren't revered until their works are almost forgotten (trash) but we found it to be something to be enjoyed (candy).
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  • Why are there no official character sheets of Tachihara and Gin in the manga? Tachihara is a traitor who possesses an Ability, and Gin's full name is Akutagawa Gin.
  • Why is Atsushi so much worth on the Black Market? It's something of all factors combined.
    • There's the thing that Atsushi is the key to The Book.
    • In real life, tigers are endangered especially because of their fur and other parts of their body can be sold for millions of dollars.
    • Their body parts are used for 'medicine' (loosest definition), and Atsushi's tiger can regenerate. Imagine how much worth they'd be.
  • Speaking about Atsushi, he seems to fall back into Wangst everytime a new arc starts. But this is very common for actual PTSD victims, who never actually get over their traumas and need lifelong assitance to help them cope a little.
  • Related to that, people complain about how character development is erased between episodes (such as the aforementioned Atsushi Wangst). However, this happens all the time in real life. It's incredibly rare for people to permanently get over their flaws, especially when factors like how people recently treated you or even what dream you had that morning can have huge effects on your mood, confidence, and actions (related and unrelated).
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  • It may seem like Fyodor is nothing more than a psychopathic mastermind (and it may seem even more like that in the anime than in the manga, due to several scenes being Adapted Out), but this isn't the case. First he kills Ace, gaining control over several important files concerning the Abilities of the executives and the boss (meaning that Fyodor knew exactly what Mori's Ability entailed, making it possible to make a skeleton of a plan based on that knowledge alone). Then he uses a (brainwashed) Hawthorne, because he knows that Akutagawa would go after him because he knows The Scarlet Letter the best. He makes Hawthorne blow up the car Mori's in, but not to kill him - just to create a massive crowd of bystanders to flee in when he applies the curse himself. Fyodor isn't insane; although he has some delusions, he's very much calculated and in control of his actions!
  • Akutagawa and Atsushi are designed to go together, and even if it might not be officially so, it certainly looks that way...when you look at the series this way, the symbolism is as subtle as a brick:
    • Atsushi's design is mainly white with a tinge of black, while Akutagawa's design is mainly black with a tinge of white. This is most prominent in the hair.
    • Atsushi's Technicolor Eyes and Akutagawa's Black Eyes of Crazy. (Latter is especially prominent in the manga)
    • Atsushi's power involves a white tiger, while Akutagawa's power involves a big black doglike creature. The way they interact is much like a cat and a dog - based on misunderstanding eachother. Initially, then.
    • The colors of these powers are white and blue, and black and red, respectively. To reflect this, on episodes where they work together (Such as the season endings), they often show both colors. At the end of season 2, the title cards was blue and white instead of black, red and white, and at the end of season 3, the first logo shown was red with black letters, while the last logo shown was white with blue letters.
    • On a deeper level: 'Ryuunosuke' means 'son of the dragon', because the real-life Akutagawa was born in the Year of the Dragon, in the Month of the Dragon, at the Hour of the Dragon. The tiger and the dragon are often at odds with each other in mythology and maintain the peace. The contrast fits as well, with Atsushi recklessly charging at things, and Akutagawa using his power in various different ways.
    • The real-life authors they are named after, had a very different style of writing as well.
  • Mii-chan/Sensei is consistently referred to with male pronouns, although it's a calico kitty. Meaning the chances of it being actually male are small...which is a very early hint to that it's Natsume.
  • Dazai is frequently likened to a fox, and certain merchandise features him as a Kitsune. Not only are these creatures known for being cunning...but they also can be thwarted by the presence of dogs!
    • Interestingly enough, in that same merch art, Odasaku is depicted as an inugami...and Odasaku and Dazai can never be friends, in any timeline, without Odasaku dying.
  • Why is Poe's Ability called after not one, but two books and makes it seem like one? note  Well, remember what it does? Place others into a story, or rather, transport characters in a story to another one.
    • Also, why does he dress like a gothic gentleman who's Born in the Wrong Century and is somewhat of a loner? Because his namesake was a writer who inspired the goth subculture, among others.
  • Meta: The fact that writers and poets are the one who get powers, and the characters in their stories don't (i.e, Junichirou does and Naomi not). Writers are a special kind of people if you think about it - they can create entire worlds in their books and make people feel things, controlled by their own words. The jump from this to 'magical powers' isn't that big to take. This is also why every ability is called after a book or a line in a poem of some sorts, and the effect beams are composed of words if you look closely. It is a big part in the reveal that Tachihara has an Ability.
  • About the Guild... If you aren't interested in following the link, the short of it is that they are based on The Freemasons.
  • Why wasn't Hawthorne present during the Cannibalism arc? The virus infects people through open wounds and that is basically Hawthorne’s ability! He has to create an open wound and use his blood to attack, so he’d be infected immediately.
  • Why does Atsushi still have scars from the orphanage, although being able to regenerate? That is because he used to only be able to regenerate in tiger form. It is when he joins the Agency, that Fukuzawa makes it so that he can regenerate when not in tiger form. The people in the orphanage likely did not have the tools or courage to wound him in tiger form, and everytime the headmaster is shown wounding him, is when he is in normal form.
  • In chapter 48, how were the Lizards aware of Tanizaki's Ability? Because all the way back in chapter 3, Tanizaki fought against Higuchi, who is the superior over the Lizards! She must've told them somewhere in between.
  • The Sheep (Chuuya's affinity from before he joined the Mafia) show no sign of respecting Chuuya, who should be a leader, having an Ability and all. There is also no sign of the Sheep having an actual leader. Real sheep have no hierachy, hence why these things happen - all sheep just follow the sheep in front of them. Even the Bible uses sheep as a metaphor for people in an anarchy.
  • The anime has added a new symbolism scene in Season 3. The last cards A shows to Fyodor during the game of high/low, are the Four of Diamonds and the Ace of Spaces. Ace is also how 'A' is pronounced, and Four is, well...
  • Why is Louisa so dependant on Fitzgerald? Her power slows down time, but only if alone. In the world of Bungou Stray Dogs, that is ridden with fight between Ability Users, she would definately lose (as her age is stated to be just 18). Fitzgerald is likely the first one to put her Ability to functional use.

Fridge Horror

  • More like Fridge Tearjerker, but remember those drinks Dazai, Oda, and Ango had during the Dark Era arc of the anime? Well...
  • Crossing over between Fridge Tearjerker and just plain Brilliance, there is Dazai's bandages. He seems to have them for no reason at all and can be explained easily as just a design choice. But this is Dazai we are talking about, and he used to be even more covered in bandages during his time in the Port Mafia, when his desire to die was more serious and not the slightly more lighthearted Running Gag it would become later on. You do the math...
  • In Yosano's backstory, we see that Elise is quite different from now. She wore different clothes, and seems more to be like a house robot than a normal girl. She also seems to be older, and last but not least, she calls Mori 'Master' instead of 'Rintarou'. However, in chapter 50, we see Elise being more similar to what she is now and if you look at the timeline, you notice that that chapter actually takes place after Yosano's backstory. Yosano back then was a young girl under the age of 12 (she was 11), had a fierce temperament and wore nurse's clothing. What does Mori's Ability do again? Oh, yeah, it creates a thing he desires... (better worded here)
  • More Fridge Depressing: It has been established by Word of God that in every single timeline, Odasaku is doomed to die. No matter what. That's right—Odasaku is unable to be saved. He is completely and utterly doomed.

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