Along with Kyouka Izumi and Kouyou Ozaki, Akiko Yosano is one of the few female characters in the series Bungo Stray Dogs. She is a member of the Armed Detective Agency and also the only doctor to treat the groups’ wounds.
She has the ability “Thou Shalt Not Die” that is based on the real Akiko Yosano’s book that allows her to heal any lethal wound fully, although you need to be “half-dead” for her to use it. Although the anime did not get that far, Akiko has a well-written past. Here are ten things you didn’t know about Akiko Yosano.
10 She Is A Feminist
Akiko is a no-nonsense character, as she is one of the few female characters in Bungo Stray Dogs. This may have been intentional as women are not as acknowledged as authors and even more so back in the day in Japan.
Akiko may be a doctor, but she also knows how hand-to-hand combat and how to protect herself. She hates chauvinism, as she believes men and women should be treated equally.
9 She Is A Sagittarius
Akiko falls under the star zodiac sign of an Aquarius as her birthday is December 7, akin to her real-life counterpart. As her real-life counterpart was one of the most controversial woman poets of Japan, this sign fits her fictional counterpart well.
Sagittarians are often known for being independent and hate being tied down. They can also have quite the temper and do not like to be bossed around or chained down to authority.
8 She Loves Japanese Sweets
When the members of the Armed Detective Agency are not doing their jobs, they are shown enjoying their daily lives and days off. In Akiko’s case, she enjoys going shopping, drinking, or eating at cafes. Akiko’s favorite kind of sweets is wagashi, which is Traditional Japanese Confectionaries.
They are often made of Japanese ingredients such as mochi, azuki bean paste, and are served with green tea. Some wagashi are anmitsu, amanatto, and akumaki.
7 She Values Human Life Highly
As a doctor, Akiko cares about human lives dearly. While this may not be noticeable at first as her ability must be activated by “half-killing” a person, Akiko honestly does not wish any members of the Armed Detective Agency to die.
While she did not value human life as much when she was younger, she grew to understand her ability could not heal mental wounds. The toll of seeing many die before her during a time of war made her change her opinion.
6 She Was An Assistant To Ougai Mori
There was a time called The Great War in Bungo Stray Dogs that was never explained in the anime as it did not get far enough to delve into Akiko’s past. However, it turns out Akiko used to know Ougai Mori, the leader of Port Mafia.
Although Akiko was never a part of Port Mafia, like Osamu Dazai and Kyouka Izumi, she used to work under him as an assistant when she was only 11-years-old.
5 Her Hairpin Was A Gift From Soldier She Saved
During The Great War in Bungo Stray Dogs, Akiko used her ability Thou Shalt Not Die to heal the soldiers from their fatal injuries. As her ability was waring down her mental state, she happened to save a particular soldier.
Although she believed he would not be thankful as many took her ability for granted, he summoned a butterfly that transformed into a golden hairpin as a gift to Akiko. She wears the hairpin to this day, showing how much this impacted her in life.
4 Her Favorite Part Of The Newspaper Is The Obituary
As Akiko is the only doctor for the Armed Detective Agency, she knows a lot about death and what it entails. Although she does not wish to see bloodshed and death willingly, the obituary is her favorite part of the newspaper.
This is because she believes it is the part that judges people the most fairily, as everyone is equal after death. She also shares this opinion with Osamu Dazai.
3 She Used To Be In The 356th Division Infantry Corps
Akiko used to be aligned with the National Defence Force 356th Division Infantry Corps and her occupation was a 356th Division Infantry Corp doctor.
With her ability Thou Shalt Not Die, she acted as a trump card in the war, as the soldiers would be able to be healed no matter how fatal an injury would be. But because of this, she was a victim to Ougai’s twisted ways and it took a toll on her mental health.
2 Her And Ougai Mori’s Real-Life Counterparts Knew Each Other
Although Akiko and Ougai share a twisted connection in Bungo Stray Dogs, their real-life counterparts knew each other in a more amicable manner. The real Ougai Mori helped Akiko Yosano find travel destinations outside of Japan and she was a member of one of his poetry groups.
When she gave birth to twin daughters, she asked Ougai to name them. If only the fictional versions of them got along better, but that is too much to ask.
1 She Is Based On The Real-Life Feminist And Pacifist Poet Yosano Akiko
After coming down this far in the article, it should be known that Akiko Yosano from Bungo Stray Dogs is not only a fictional character. The real-life Akiko Yosano, whose real name was Shou Hou, was an author who wrote novels and poetry.
She was also a pacifist and a feminist who was one of the most controversial in Japan because of her views. She wrote the book “Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare” which translates to “Thou Shalt Not Die” that is used as Akiko’s ability in Bungo Stray Dogs.
Akiko Yosano is one of the few female characters in Bungo Stray Dogs. Here are the most important facts you need to know about her.