Introduction

Sōseki Natsume (夏目 漱石, Natsume Sōseki?) is a writer and former mentor of Yukichi Fukuzawa and Ōgai Mori.

Appearance

Natsume is a tall man seemingly in his fifties who always wears a bowler hat, a British-looking, long, brown suit with grey turtleneck shirt underneath, and brown gloves. He is always seen holding a cane. He also has a thin mustache and his hair color matches his fur when in cat form: a light chestnut strand of hair hides the right side of his face, the hair above his neck is white and the rest is dark brown. His eyes are of a brownish-golden color.

When in his cat form, Natsume looks like an average-sized calico cat, with patches of orange, dark brown and white fur and brown eyes.

Personality

Natsume is a highly charismatic man; it is assumed that he influenced Mori and Fukuzawa and is even respected greatly by the two. By merely talking to him about a book, he was even able to convince Sakunosuke Oda, a Port Mafia member, to stop killing.

Ability

Main article: I am a Cat

Natsume's ability, I am a Cat (吾輩は猫である, Wagahai wa Neko de Aru?) allows him to turn into a calico cat. It is commonly said that Natsume is the strongest ability user, able to see through all kinds of things. Until the end of the Cannibalism events, his ability remains unknown to anyone; only then he reveals the nature of his power to Fukuzawa, Mori, and Katai Tayama by turning back into his human form.

Background

Not much is known about Natsume's past or whereabouts. He made the creation of the Armed Detective Agency possible by helping Fukuzawa obtain the skilled business permit to run an ability-based business. He is the mastermind behind the Tripartite Framework, a framework aiming at preserving the balance and order of Yokohama. He acted as a mentor for both Fukuzawa and Mori about twelve years ago, and the two men met thanks to Natsume's input. Sometime later, he retired.

Plot

Natsume repeatedly appears in his cat form as Kirako Haruno's pet Mii-chan.

Dark Era Arc

Natsume is named as the author of a three-part novel that Oda used to enjoy reading and gave Oda the inspiration not to kill and be a writer instead.[1]

The Guild Arc

When Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald attempts to buy the permit of the Agency from Fukuzawa, the latter dryly refuses, calling the permit an embodiment of Natsume's efforts.[2]

Cannibalism Arc

Mii-chan passes by Dazai's hospital window.

When Fukuzawa falls gravely ill because of the Cannibalism virus, Natsume, as Mii-chan, vanishes from Haruno's home. He is later seen on several occasions, always in his feline form: once by Tanizaki while he was roaming on the streets; then near Dazai's hospital window, a dried sardine between his teeth; and finally, during the battle between Mori and Fukuzawa.

While the two leaders are fighting each other, Haruno and Naomi Tanizaki wonder about the disappearance of Mii-chan and how the cat always vanishes before disasters are on the brink of happening. It is later revealed that Katai Tayama deceived Fyodor Dostoevsky and faked his own death thanks to Natsume's help. Natsume in cat form then passes the information about the Rats in the House of the Dead's hideout's location to Osamu Dazai through a dried sardine.

Natsume entrusts Fukuzawa and Mori with flushing out their mutual enemy.

Natsume silently watches as Fukuzawa is defeated by Mori and is bleeding out on the floor. The Port Mafia leader is prevented from killing the President by the sudden explosion of the mansion and the transformation of Natsume who reveals his true appearance. Natsume scolds his two former disciples for being so troublesome, tells them about the discovery of the enemy hideout's location, and urges them to save their lives and prove themselves worthy of the trust he put in them and their respective organizations.[3]

Appearances

Manga Appearances
Chapters in order of appearance

The Guild Arc

Cannibalism Arc

Anime Appearances
Episodes in order of appearance

References

  1. Osamu Dazai and the Dark Era.
  2. Bungo Stray Dogs Manga: Chapter 15.
  3. Bungo Stray Dogs Manga: Chapter 50.

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