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Chuuya's stature is below average height. He has blue eyes and medium length light brown (though sometimes seen as orange) hair that frames his face, with a longer section that falls over his left shoulder. He wears a hat with a lace around and a very short chain hanging at the portion of the hat (though seemingly left out in the anime). Also, he wears a black collar on his neck. He wears white inner clothing, a grey V cut formal clothing and a ribbon which makes an X sign on his chest. Nakahara wears a semi suit that reaches almost to the hips with long sleeves, and also a long sleeve coat in knee length. He wears formal pants with a buckle at the top and a pair of black shoes. He wears his long coat like a cape.
Chuuya has a blood-headed personality and can't stand a minute with Dazai by his side as both of them will always taunt each other to no end. But despite that, he is known as Dazai's partner. They both were known as Double Black and feared by many people.
His ability, For The Tainted Sorrow, revolves around gravity-manipulation, allowing him to manipulate and make gravitons as well as alter the gravity of anything he touches, keeping it that way until a certain period of time.
Corruption is the true form of Chuuya's ability and is exceedingly dangerous. It is activated by chanting 'Oh, Grantors of Dark Disgrace. Do Not Wake Me Again'. This ability allows him to manipulate the gravitons in his surroundings. By increasing his own density, he is capable of crushing a tank with his bare hands. He is also able to shoot balls of compressed gravity that act as black holes that swallow anything. Without Dazai to cancel Corruption, his power will rage on until he dies.
Bungou Stray Dogs: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Chuuya Nakahara
Chuuya Nakahara is a mafia executive of Port Mafia who has one of the strongest abilities in Bungo Stray Dogs. He also has a long history with Osamu Dazai, mostly called Dazai, as they used to be partners within the mafia who were known as the infamous Twin Dark. Although he is part of Port Mafia, he knows when to stop a fight, although he can also get his hands dirty.
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Chuuya is the main character for the first half of the third season where the fans learn about his past as well as his relationship with Dazai. Here are ten things you didn't know about Chuuya Nakahara.
10 He Is A Taurus
Chuuya is under the Taurus zodiac sign which is a star sign famous for their practical and stubborn personalities. Tauruses are also known to be grounded, as in having a level-head, but that sometimes seems to be the opposite for Chuuya. Whenever Dazai is around, he becomes extremely irritated and cannot control his emotions.
However, when Dazai is not around, he can keep a calm head and observe things calmly, as a mafioso should.
9 He Hates Betrayal
This is one of the reasons why Chuuya hates Dazai so much. Back in the day, Chuuya and Dazai did not get along that well either, but their relationship was at least cordial. This is because they were both part of Port Mafia and partners within the organization.
However, Dazai betrayed the Port Mafia and joined the Armed Detective Agency, Chuuya resents him as a traitor and wishes to kill him because of this. He also hates how Dazai is the only one able to hand his true ability without dying.
8 He's A Lightweight
No matter how small Chuuya is compared to the other characters, he is a 22-year-old adult who can drink. However, no matter if he enjoys drinking alcohol, he becomes intoxicated without effort when drinking liquor.
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This is hinted at in the 37th chapter of the Bungo Stray Dogs manga. While this is never explicitly stated, his weight at 132 pounds may factor in him not being able to hold his alcohol.
7 He Smokes Sometimes
This was a fact in the Bungo Stray Dogs manga as an extra in volume 4. Chuuya is a temperamental executive in Port Mafia, so he has a lot of sources for stress.
When factoring in Dazai and his hatred at the sight of him, that triples his anger and stress. While some characters, including Chuuya sometimes, resort to smoking to alleviate stress, he does not smoke all the time. No matter how upset or stressed he becomes, he only smokes on rare occasions.
6 He Used To Be A Delinquent
The fans learn more about Chuuya and his past, along with his relationship with Dazai, in the third season of Bungo Stray Dogs. Before he joined as one of the five executives in Port Mafia, he was a part of a group called Sheep as a council member.
It was a group composed of children from the slums who went against who they thought to be "bad guys" before he was betrayed by them.
5 He Rarely Takes Peoples' Lives For Granted
Although Chuuya is a member of Port Mafia, he is not as cruel as Ryuunosuke Akutagawa or even the Dark Era version of Osamu Dazai. Although he will fight anyone without mercy if they are an enemy, he refrains from being brutal when killing a foe.
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The most pivotal example is during the Dark Era when Dazai killed an enemy and continued to shoot him after he was dead. Chuuya stopped Dazai from degrading his body any longer and told him it wasn't right to disrespect the dead, no matter how they lived.
4 He Only Removes His Gloves At Certain Times
This is a code Chuuya lives by, akin to how Doppo Kunidida lives his life by the ideals written in his notebook. During what happened during the Dark Era, Chuuya dealt with something that made him make a promise to himself as a sort of restraint, he promised himself he would never remove his gloves.
This is because he thought if he ever had to fight someone by removing his gloves, the fight would no longer be enjoyable.
3 His Hat Was An Entry Gift When He Joined Port Mafia
Chuuya likes hats. Although he is only seen wearing one hat during Bungo Stray Dogs, there is a reason why he loves his fedora so much. The fedora is the hat of Arthur Rimbaud, a man who tried to kill Chuuya before he joined Port Mafia.
After he joins Port Mafia, he receives his hat as an entry gift and a sign of loyalty from Ougai Mori. He takes excellent care of it, even going to the extent of not making it fall with his gravitation ability, and always wears it.
2 He Is Short Because Of His Use Of Ability At A Young Age
One of the things that gets on Chuuya's nerves is how small he is in the world of Bungo Stray Dogs. Although he is 22-years-old, he stands at the height of 5'3". To put his small height in perspective, Osamu Dazai is 5'11" and Atsushi Nakajima is 5'6" at 18-years-old.
However, instances of using his true destructive ability, Corruption and For The Tainted Sorrow, may have stunted his growth, as it deals with gravity.
1 A Calamitous God Is Sealed Inside Of Him
Although Chuuya has the ability For The Tainted Sorrow that allows him to use gravity-manipulation, this is not the true form of his ability. His ability is called Corruption, and it allows Chuuya to manipulate the gravitations in his surroundings and he can shoot balls of compressed gravity. However, he cannot control his ability as Chuuya is the entity Arahabaki, the God of Calamity sealed by the Japanese government. Chuuya can only activate this ability by removing his gloves and stating a verse:
"Oh, grantors of dark disgrace,(Nanji, in utsu naru odaku no kyoyou yo,)do not wake me again.(aratamete ware wo me samasu koto nakare.)"
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Mr. Fancy Hat
King of the Sheep
Ability User A5158
Double Black (alongside Osamu Dazai)
Port Mafia member in charge of jewel smuggling (formerly)
Port Mafia executive
Powers / Skills
Expertise in hand-to-hand combat
Find out his origins (Succeeded).
Destruction of property
Breaking and entering
Type of Villain
He was voiced by Kishō Taniyama in the Japanese version, and by Nicolas Roye in the English dubbed version.
In general, Chuya comes off as an irritable and arrogant character, especially around Osamu Dazai, his former partner turned enemy and rival. He frequently smirks while in combat and is the type to criticize his opponents during combat.
He dislikes having to bargain or deal with the enemies and would much rather just fight them. This won't, however, keep him from completing the job. Despite his haughty, short-tempered attitude, he has always put the mission before himself.
When it comes to killing, Chuuya has the same mission-first attitude. He isn't particularly homicidal or overly brutal, but he will happily kill or torture if it's his mission. He also has at least some sense of morality as shown when he was openly disgusted by Dazai shooting the corpse of one of his victims repeatedly. Chuuya is rarely unnecessarily violent during missions, as he quickly stopped fighting with Yosano and Kenji to negotiate with Fukuzawa, though he can become violent when provoked. He expresses disinterest at fighting those who can’t challenge him, but doesn't care too much about who his opponents are if they can provide a challenge as he kicked Kenji into a wall with no hesitation despite the latter being only fourteen.
It is also revealed that Chuuya has some insecurity about his looks and has gone to great efforts to make himself look good through his clothing. He is easily provoked by making fun of something he is wearing.
His biggest weakness is his utter hatred of Dazai, who can easily set him off, causing Chuuya to make poor decisions or be distracted from the task at hand. Dazai and Ranpo have both used Chuuya's hatred for his former partner in order to manipulate him, often for a larger goal, but Dazai commonly does it simply to humiliate Chuuya.
Chuuya is extremely loyal to whatever group he is a part of. As part of Sheep, he was often used as a weapon to win conflicts, and went to great length to protect them from the mafia. Even after Dazai manipulated the group into betraying him, Chuuya refused to allow them to die and swore allegiance to the Port Mafia to keep them safe. Later, as a member of the mafia, Chuuya followed his orders no matter what, including those he did not enjoy. In the BEAST universe where Dazai lead the Port Mafia, Chuuya resisted the urge to kill him and protected him, as he did not want to betray the organization by murdering the boss. However, Chuuya's loathing of Q for murdering of his subordinates was enough for him to encourage Dazai to kill the child despite Mori's orders to bring them back alive.
While using Corruption, Chuuya undergoes a drastic change in personality, being driven completely insane as he is overwhelmed by the urge to mindlessly destroy his surroundings, causing him joy which he expresses by laughing and smiling. Unfortunately, Chuuya is not lucid in this state and is unable to care for his own health, rampaging even while bleeding profusely as Corruption breaks down his body. Understandably, Chuuya does not speak while using Corruption, though during DEAD APPLE, he screamed Dazai's name when he was pushed to his limit and about to be killed by the strain caused by his Ability.
During his teen years, Chuuya struggled with the possibility of not being human. His lack of memories from before he was seven, connection to Arahabaki and inability to dream made him suspect he was not really a human. This drove him to go to great lengths to find out his origins, even continuing to partner with Dazai after the Sheep hostages were released in hopes of figuring out what he was. Mori eventually got ahold of information regarding the experiments Chuuya had been a part of and used them as leverage to force him to remain a member of the Port Mafia. However, Chuuya stayed with the mafia even after learning of his origins as a modified clone.
Powers and Abilities
- For The Tainted Sorrow (汚れっちまった悲しみに,Yogorecchimatta Kanashimi ni): Chuuya's special ability. It allows him to manipulate gravity. He can change the gravity of anything he touches or manipulate the gravitons in his environment. He can reverse or enhance gravity, allowing him to walk on walls and "fire" bullets at supersonic speed while directly above the enemy on a helicopter, without using a gun. Chuuya can control how gravity effects his person, allowing him to fly or shatter concrete by simply stepping on it, bullets are also useless againsf as the second the make contact with Chuuya he is able to manipulate them. His control also extends to the ground he walks on, enabling him to suddenly create large craters beneath him, though this is usually done out of anger than as a formal attack.
- Corruption (汚濁,Ojoku) the "true form" of Chuya's ability. It is activated through the versions '"Nanji, in'utsu naru odaku no kyoyō yo," (Oh, Grantors of Dark Disgrace), "Aratamete ware o me samasu koto nakare" (Do Not Wake me Again.), and on activation, this ability empowers his graviton manipulation and gravity manipulation on himself. He is capable of crushing a tank while in this form due to his increased density. He also has the ability to fire pseudo black holes out of himself that swallow everything. Despite its power, this ability can only be safely used when Osamu Dazai is aiding him due to the loss of control on activation. Without Dazai's nullification, Chuya can't deactivate the ability nor control himself and will eventually die. While activated, Chuya is not lucid enough to be aware of anything besides taking pleasure in destruction, and will continue to indiscriminately destroy the area around him either until either Corruption kills him or Dazai nullifies it.
- Martial Arts: Chuuya has been described as the best martial artist in the Port Mafia. He is highly proficient in kick-based attacks and favors them over punches due to his own personal philosophy, though this does not mean he cannot deliver them equally well. He often uses his Ability empower his attacks and deliver much more brutal strikes, as well as defend himself from taking damage. However, Chuuya is still a dangerous adversary even without the use of his powers, as shown during his fight with Dazai, where he was able to kick Dazai several meters away into a wall with enough force to leave a crater.
Chuuya when he was fifteen years old.
Chuuya using Corruption.
In this Japanese name, the surname is Nakahara.
Chūya Nakahara, circa 1920.
(1907-04-29)29 April 1907
|Died||22 October 1937(1937-10-22) (aged 30)|
Chūya Nakahara (中原 中也, Nakahara Chūya, 29 April 1907 – 22 October 1937), born Chūya Kashimura (柏村 中也, Kashimura Chūya), was a Japanesepoet active during the early Shōwa period. Originally shaped by Dada and other forms of European (mainly French) experimental poetry, he was one of the leading renovators of Japanese poetry. Although he died at the young age of 30, he wrote more than 350 poems throughout his life. Many called him the "Japanese Rimbaud" for his affinities with the French poet whose poems he translated in 1934.
Chūya Nakahara was born in Yamaguchi, where his father, Kensuke Kashimura, was a highly decorated army doctor. Kensuke married Fuku Nakahara and was adopted by the Nakahara family shortly after the birth of their son, officially changing their last name to Nakahara. In Nakahara's earliest years, his father was sent to Hiroshima and Kanazawa where the family followed, only returning to Yamaguchi in 1914. In 1917, Kensuke established his own clinic in the location where nowadays stands the Nakahara Chūya Memorial Hall.
Since his parents had not been blessed with children for six years after their marriage, and because they had no children in the Nakahara family's hometown, they were delighted with the birth of their first son and celebrated it for three days.
Education and literary beginnings
As the eldest son of a prominent doctor, Nakahara was expected to become one himself. Due to the high expectations of his father, Nakahara was given a very strict education, which also prevented him from enjoying an ordinary childhood. Worried about the public morals of the town, Kensuke forbid his son from playing outside with children from a different class to their own. Another example of these restrictions is that, unlike his younger brothers, he was not allowed to bathe in the river for fear that he would drown. As he grew up, severe punishments were inflicted upon him; a common one was being made to stand upright facing the wall. Any sudden move would cause to receive a burn in the heel with a cigarette ember. However, the biggest punishment was being confined to sleep in the barn, which Chūya received dozens of times compared to his brothers. This was intended to prepare him to follow Kensuke's footsteps and to become the head of the family.
As a primary schooler, Nakahara had excellent grades and was called a prodigy child. It was the death of his younger brother Tsugurō in 1915, when he was 8-years-old, which awakened him to literature. Grief-driven, he turned to composing poetry. He submitted his first three verses to a women's magazine and local newspaper in 1920, when he was still in elementary school. In the same year, he passed the entrance examination to Yamaguchi Junior High School with brilliant results. It was from this point onwards when he started to rebel against his father's strictness. He no longer studied and his grades began to drop as he became increasingly absorbed by literature. Kensuke was extremely afraid of the influence of literature on his son. Once, having found a work of fiction Nakahara had hidden, he severely scolded him and, once again, confined him in the barn. It was around this time when Nakahara also began to drink and smoke, making his grades go even lower.
In 1923, he failed his third-year examination. It is said that Nakahara invited a friend to his study room, broke the answer sheet and chanted "hurrah". The failure seems to have been deliberate. For as long as he did not fail, he was bound to remain under his strict parents' surveillance. On the other hand, Kensuke received the news with utter shock at what meant to him a deep humiliation. He resorted once more to striking his son and keeping him in the barn in the cold night of March. Regardless of this, Nakahara insisted on not going back to this school. This culminated in his father's defeat, which ultimately led to an apology for his “educational policy”. In the light of these events, he was transferred to the Ritsumeikan Middle School in Kyoto, where Nakahara begin to live alone but still, and until the end of his days, at the expense of his family.
In Kyoto he found many of the influences that would ultimately shape him as a poet. He read Shinkichi Takahashi's Dadaist poetry, which shocked him into starting to write again. This artistic movement became a part of his poetic and life styles and later earned him the nickname “Dada-san”. In winter he met the actress Yasuko Hasegawa, three years his senior, and in April 1924 they began living together. It is also in this very year when Chūya became friends with fellow poet Tominaga Tarō. After completing Junior High School, Chūya and Yasuko decided to follow Tominaga to Tokyo, on the basis of attending university there. As he was unable to take the exam due to lack of documents or being late, he was sent out by his family on the condition that he would go to a preparatory school instead.
After dropping the preparatory course in 1926, of which his parents were not informed, he started studying French at the Athénée Français.
His verse has been considered somewhat obscure, confessional and giving a general impression of pain and melancholy, emotions which were a constant throughout the poet's life.
Initially, Nakahara favored poetry in the Japanese traditional tanka format, but he was later (in his teens) attracted to the modern free verse styles advocated by Dadaist poet Takahashi Shinkichi and by Tominaga Tarō. After he moved to Tokyo, he met Kawakami Tetsutaro and Shōhei Ōoka, with whom he began publishing a poetry journal, Hakuchigun (Group of Idiots). He was befriended by the influential literary critic Kobayashi Hideo, who introduced him to the French symbolist poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, whose poems he translated into Japanese. The influence of Rimbaud went beyond just his poetry, and Nakahara came to be known for his "bohemian" lifestyle.
Nakahara adapted the traditional counts of five and seven used in Japanese haiku and tanka, but frequently tripped these counts with variations, in order to obtain a rhythmical, musical effect. Several of his poems were used as lyrics in songs, so this musical effect may have been carefully calculated from the start. Chūya's works were rejected by many publishers, and he found acceptance primarily with the smaller literary magazines, including Yamamayu, which he launched together with Hideo Kobayashi, (although on occasion Shiki and Bungakukai would condescend to publish one of his works). He remained close friends with Kobayashi all of his life, despite the fact that in November 1925 Yasuko Hasegawa left Nakahara and began living with Kobayashi Hideo instead. This event took place right after the loss of his friend Tominaga. In December 1927, he met composer Saburō Moroi, who later adapted a number of his verses to music, such as Asa no Uta (朝の歌, "Morning Song") and Rinjū (臨終, "Deathbed"). In April 1931, Chūya was admitted to the Tokyo Foreign Language College in Kanda to study the French language, where he remained until March 1933.
Nakahara married Takako Ueno (a distant relative) in December 1933, and his first son, Fumiya, was born in October 1934. However, the death of his son in November 1936, due to tuberculosis, sent him into a nervous breakdown. Nakahara never fully recovered from this, despite the birth of his second son in December. Many of his later poems seem like remembrances and attempts to mitigate this enormous pain.
Nakahara was hospitalized in Chiba sanatorium in January 1937. In February, he was released and moved back to Kamakura, as he could not stand to continue living in the house which contained the memories of Fumiya. He left a number of his works with Kobayashi, and was making plans to return to his home town of Yamaguchi when he died in October 1937, at the age of 30, of tubercular meningitis. Shortly after, his second son died of the same illness. His grave is at his hometown of Yamaguchi. This is the very family grave which appears in his uncollected poem "Cicadas" (蟬, Semi).
Only one of his poetry anthologies, Yagi no Uta (山羊の歌, "Goat Songs", 1934) was published while he was alive (in a self-financed edition of two hundred copies). He had edited a second collection, Arishi Hi no Uta (在りし日の歌, "Songs of Bygone Days", 1938) just before his death. During his lifetime, Nakahara was not counted among the mainstream of poets. However, the emotional and lyrical nature of his verses have a wide and increasing following even to this day, especially among young people. Nakahara is now a subject of classroom study in Japanese schools, and his portrait in a hat with a vacant stare is well known. Kobayashi Hideo, to whom Nakahara entrusted the manuscript for Arishi Hi no Uta on his deathbed, was responsible for the posthumous promotion of his works. So was Ooka Shohei for collecting and editing The Complete Works of Nakahara Chūya, a collection containing the poet's uncollected poems, his journals, and many letters.
- A literary award, the Nakahara Chūya Prize, was established in 1996 by Yamaguchi city (with the support of publishers Seidosha and Kadokawa Shoten) in Chūya's memory. The award is presented annually to an outstanding collection of contemporary poetry characterized by a "fresh sensibility" (shinsen na kankaku). The winner receives a cash award of 1 million yen, and for several years, the winning collection was also published in an English language translation, but in recent years, the administrations of the award have stopped translating the winner.
- The acid-folk singer Kazuki Tomokawa recorded two albums entitled Ore no Uchide Nariymanai Uta and Nakahara Chuya Sakuhinnshu, using Nakahara's poems as lyrics.
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- ^Ken, Aoki (2004). Nakahara Chuya - Eternal Autumn (2004 ed.). Kawade Shobo Shinsa. p. 364. ISBN .
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