Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
After reading the latest manga chapter, I’m wondering… Do you think Dazai foresaw all possible outcomes of the current event, took a photo and then gave it to Ango so that he could extract the memories out of it with his ability? Is that the reason the “ghost” of Dazai appeared to tell him when to lie?
Who could the hallway silhouette be?
Aaaaagh I know everyone is speculating and wishing and insisting that this is Chuuya but I’m literally going to go through the full character roster to prove or disprove every last character that it could possibly be!
Ch 95, p 13-14, translation by @czkkn-upload
This is definitely my longest post yet but fear not, I made it organized! Putting the spoiler warning here and end of the intro too, there are Storm Bringer, 55 Minutes, and ofc ch 95 spoilers!
Edit since posting my initial thoughts of this on Twitter: turns out the physical appearance of the silhouette isn’t all too relevant here (shoutout to @chazukekani for helping me with checking), given some of the past examples of silhouettes being used, specifically when we don’t know who the silhouetted figure is yet. Although there have been silhouettes drawn made to be obviously one known character or another (ie. the PM in ch 46 p 10 or John in ch 24 p 5),
Ch 46, p 10, translation by dazaiscans Ch 24, p 5, translation by easygoingscans
We’ve also seen silhouettes be partially revealing and partially obscured if it was right before the reveal (ie. Fitz, Lucy, and James on ch 15 p 6, only for the three of them to be fully revealed a couple pages later).
Ch 15, p 6, don’t know who translated
The silhouette I’m focused on here however is the ambiguous kind, which has basically been used for one of two purposes. 1. It’s ambiguous with slight variation to show the masses (ie. many victims) or 2. to keep a future reveal (or at least one not in the same chapter) in suspense. The former isn’t important here because I don’t see a reason for the hallway figure to be some random guard or no-named thief breaking in. Examples being the seemingly forgotten mystery writer that used the page (ch 58.5) and when Taneda was telling Ranpo about the DOA and how there are 3 more members (ch 58.
Ch 58.5 p 4 and Ch 58 p 14, both translated by dazaiscans
We still know next to nothing about the mystery writer but we do now know all of the DOA members and more importantly here, their appearances. None of the silhouettes look like the DOA because we were meant to be kept in suspense, not just because Sigma hadn’t met everyone yet. Sure you could argue that with the page overwriting things that concealed Sigma’s identity in the memory exchange with Taneda but that doesn’t change the fact the silhouettes were kept as generic and ambiguous looking as possible. After all, we don’t even know what happened to Bram’s body below the chest. Conclusion to this point? TLDR? We can’t rely very much on the height and proportions of the silhouette to deduce who it is. The height proportion to the doors and walls too because it’s not impossible that this is just an unusually tall hallway, or it’s just as likely that the blood splatters aren’t all at the height of the head of who the blood came from since some of the blood splatters (which look like headshots in my opinion) do seem to be at roughly the same height as the silhouette’s head once perspective is applied.
Again spoiler warning for the Storm Bringer epilogue and 55 Minutes! And ch 95 ofc! Now onto the bulk of the content!
Sorry, but, I have to point this out since there’s so much confusion in the fandom right now. As we all know, Nikolai is the only character who can manipulate space and transfer people and objects from one place to another. And if you guys remember, the cells are floating mid air in the prison, as seen in chapter 63. Supposing that Chuuya is the one who used his ability to free Dazai from jail, that means he would fall all the way down and die.
note: the first section of the post was inspired by @/_cinq101’s tweet on twitter.
Plus, Chuuya’s ability only manipulates gravity and not space like Nikolai’s does. Moreover, in chapter 95, dazai was brought to a completely different place and that definitely was Nikolai’s doing because, again, his ability allows him to do that.
Lastly, there are so many indications on why that silhouette doesn’t belong to chuuya. To name a few, Chuuya isn’t the type to smile wickedly after killing a person or even take pleasure or joy in doing it, please check Fifteen light novel for more information about his character.
Additionally, Chuuya wouldn’t, for the lack of better word, scatter people’s blood on the walls. Instead, he would’ve knocked the guards down like he did to Ango’s subordinates in Dead Apple. And as other people have pointed out, the silhouette was drawn simply for the purpose of suspense.
Thank you for reading. I hope this helped clear any confusion regarding this chapter.
EXACTLY, THANK YOU FOR WRITING THAT.
Chuuya would never smile at this blood bath. He respects the dead. I don’t understand why people think of him like that. This messy killing style would suit Gogol much more (and he has that smile too *cough* like half of the characters *cough*).
And as we can see in the panel below, the floor beneath the hole is quite close to Dazai. So it MUST be an ability that uses teleportation. Thus, it can’t be Chuuya nor Akutagawa. Hawthorne could only do that with the help of Lucy but the room doesn’t look like it’s Anne’s room. So it can’t be him either.
The only thing that I was wondering about was that Gogol’s ability needs to be done with his coat, right? But we see Dazai falling from above not from the side where Nikolai would be standing.
But to be honest, I could totally see how Nikolai would somehow climb onto the ceiling to drop Dazai from there for the dramatic effect fjkajajakl
Otherwise, maybe a new ability user with teleportation skills?
We don’t know how Fyodor escaped. He most likely knew that Gogol wouldn’t die and free him from the prison. But there is a tiny tiny chance that he did not and planned another escape method. I could actually see how Gogol would only free Dazai to team up with him and hunt down the rat Fyodor.
It’s only speculations on my part. I’m just finding excuses how the order of the clock tower could be involved (in this case it’s them freeing Fyodor not Gogol, Agatha’s ability “then there were none” kinda sounds a bit like a transportation ability) haha
please don’t take the last two paragraphs seriously, I’m just rambling.
anyways, thank you Kira for writing this post!! I hope it clears up some confusion.
With the release of Storm Bringer, Asagiri has given us a lot more insight into the nature of abilities, their limits, how they interact with one another, and the creation of singularities. And although Dazai wasn’t the main focus of the story, it may have revealed a lot more about him than it would seem at first glance. More specifically: that the name of his ability, “No Longer Human”, may be a lot more literal than we previously thought.
Spoilers for Storm Bringer, 55 Minutes, and Dead Apple under the cut
MY THOUGHTS ON GOGOL BEING ALIVE AND FYODOR
⚠️ tiny ch95 spoiler ⚠️
I have seen a lot of spoilers regarding Ch95 and I just realized, Gogol is supposed to be dead, right? And I don’t think Fyodor knew that he faked his own death bc their plan was to let him die during the hostage situation to erase the true culprit of the situation.
Also, before it was revealed that Gogol was alive, Dazai and Fyodor had a conversation about god.
And while this conversation is directed to Tachihara breaking free from the page’s power, the last two panels of the chapter revealed Gogol saving Sigma.
I doubt Fyodor could see this coming. Gogol is supposed to be dead, but he faked his death bc of his own goal, which was to kill Fyodor so that, by his words, he could “break free of that brainwashing we call feeling.”
Gogol is not moving as a Decay of Angel here. Not anymore. He’s moving on his own for his ideology. As a Decay of Angel, his last mission was to die during the hostage situation. So by faking his death, he literally betrayed the Decay of Angels.
Fyodor said that god prefers perfection and harmony to which Dazai rebuts that god actually prefers the accidental and illogical.
Fyodor had it all planned out, from the cannibalism to Gogol’s death, so how will he react to Gogol proving him wrong (about his view of god) and the fact that Gogol is moving on his own to kill him for the sake of his twisted ideology.
On the other hand, he could have seen this coming but i highly doubt it
BSD Chapter 95
“At the Airport Part 4.1”
To be honest, I have not been this excited for months, because a certain someone has made a comeback, finally!!
Neither English nor Japanese is my native language, so I may make some mistakes here and there. Please let me know if you find any :3 Be especially gentle with me this month because I’m super high right now haha XDD