In Ch. 24, there’s a short story written about Akutagawa meeting Dazai for the first time, and it supplies some interesting details. From what I got, Akutagawa spent most of his young life numbing out any and all emotion in order to withstand a lot of the pain he got put through. It just verified for me more when he actually said the first emotion he’s felt since birth. I could rant about Akutagawa’s mental health for days but I don’t want to subject anyone to that, so here’s a quick lil thingamabob.