Haha, 双黒 being mind-synced even when apart
Random: some company recently released a wine series as BSD merch:
I know it’s a normal wine and only labels are different, but… I am a little sad I can’t try it.
Wait, Kunikida is proposing using poison??? What about his ideals???
But I’m with Atsushi about wanting to surprise Dazai. I’m a little annoyed how perfect his character is, how nothing is unexpected for him and how all his “surprised” expressions are fake.
So, I’m happy Atsushi succeeded in the end With so fluffy and warm plan, too.
Random facts about Tanizaki&Akutagawa relationship in real life (no spoilers, just long and off-topic)
This has actually nothing to do with BSD itself, as it isn’t reflected in the series in any way, but I found it immensely interesting and I guess I just want to share this info with more people.
I knew beforehand that RealLifeAkutagawa had a publicized (in magazines) dispute about literature with RealLifeTanizaki, but I didn’t realize how far it went. My info comes from the afterword the to the Tanizaki’s In Black and White, written by Phyllis I. Lyons (translator of the book).
So, Akutagawa actually committed suicide on the day of Tanizaki’s birthday. I… umm… I realize that’s a creepy way of showing affection, but it also shows how deep their relationship went.
(At least Dazai killed himself on his own birthday. Well, a few days before, but his body was discovered on his birthday, so.)
(And I would so love to go back in time and give both Dazai and Akutagawa a good therapists.)
Back to Tanizaki and Akutagawa. They didn’t only quarrel in magazines, they also knew each other personally and Akutagawa even helped a little with Tanizaki meeting his (third and final) wife. The lady was a fan of Akutagawa’s works and invited him to a dance party, but Akutagawa took Tanizaki with him, because he noticed Tanizaki’s interest in her.
Akutagawa killed himself before replying to the final Tanizaki’s essay, leaving Tanizaki with a final word. After that, Tanizaki was asked to write memorials about Akutagawa and according to the Phyllis I. Lyons, Akutagawa treated Tanizaki as a senpai, and Tanizaki was feeling guilty that he couldn’t help Akutagawa with his mental problems and he thought that he failed as a senpai. He also used -kun/kimi when writing about Akutagawa.
The book from which all this afterword details come from, In Black and White, can be treated as a memorial for Akutagawa too, because its main theme is a parody of a literary circles from that time.