The characters have supernatural powers (ability) and solve mysteries in the city of Yokohama.
You can compare them to the Great Writers (文豪 bungou) of Japanese literature.
Atsushi Nakajima in Anime
A timid boy, growing up in an orphan asylum and attached to money. His ability is “Beast Beneath the Moon”, making him transform into a tiger, but uncontrollable.
Atsushi Nakajima in Real
中島 敦 (1909-1942)
Well acquainted with Chinese classics, he achieved an elegant style in youth.
Notable work is “Sangetsuki” (山月記 The Moon Over the Mountain: Stories). A bureaucrat wanted to become a poet to earn a reputation but failed. He transformed into a tiger by “cowardly pride or haughty diffidence”.
Yuuto Uemura (voice)
His first starring role.
Osamu Dazai in Anime
Always smiling and carefree, with swathed in bandages. He tries to commit suicide often. His ability is “No Longer Human”, canceling any ability by touch.
Osamu Dazai in Real
太宰 治 (1909-1948)
Born in a wealthy landowner family, living luxuriously in youth. Trouble maker with an excellent literary talent but attracting women. 5th attempt to suicide killed himself.
Notable work is “No Longer Human”(人間失格 ,ningen sikkaku). It’s an autobiographical novel written in the first person perspective. A boy hid his true self and pretended to be cheerful, but a class mate revealed it.
Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman,etc) drew its cover.
Mamoru Miyano (voice)
One of the most successful seiyuu in Japan.
Doppo Kunikida in Anime
Always caring a notebook whose cover printed “理想(Ideal)” and punctual to perform as scheduled. Irritated often by his partner Dazai. His ability is Lone Poet, bringing into existence any object he writes in his notebook.
Doppo Kunikida in Real
国木田 独歩 (1871-1908)
Journalist, editor, publisher and writer as pioneer of naturalism in Japan. The honored idealist and stubborn to deliver troubles.
His another pen name is “Doppo Ginkaku(独歩吟客)” = Lone Poet.
“河霧“(kawagiri, River Mist)
cf) His great great grandchild is Saila Kunikida (国木田 彩良)
The other characters will be introduced in next post.