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Library Personnel

Main page: Library Personnel

The Imperial Library staff consists of many characters including the Special Duty Librarian (the player); an alchemist with special powers to bring back to life great writers from the past. Chief Librarian and Cat are in charge of the library's matters, while Aka and Ao act as support for the player.

※ Only Cat made proper appearance in the anime; other members of the library staff weren't implied to exist in the anime. A Chief Librarian original to the stage plays appeared in the third Bungeki (Bungou to Alchemist Stage Play). Meanwhile in the novels, the game's setting is followed and Chief Librarian makes an appearance in them along with the rest of the staff.

Library staff illustrated by anime studio Kamikaze Douga, that was behind the anime's OP. (Source)


NPCs

Faust

Japanese Name: ファウスト

An alchemist who is under orders from "the Society", he is part of an effort to protect intelligence and information from overseas.[1]

He plays notable role in the Foreign Secret Records storyline, coming to Japan to visit the Imperial Library after hearing rumors of an alchemist (the player) able to transmigrate souls. Faust considers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe his mentor, but much isn't known about the relationship between the two. According to his own words, his name "Faust" isn't related to Goethe's work by same name, but inspired by the legendary alchemist Dr. Faust (see Purify "Faust").


Kappa

Main page: K.P.

Official Name: The Creature Living in the Library's Courtyard (図書館の庭に生息する生物, toshokan no niwa ni seisoku suru seibutsu)

Other names: Kappa (カッパ), Kappawani/Kappa Crocodile/Kappadile (カッパワニ), K.P., Green Creature (緑の生物, midori no seibutsu)

A mysterious, green and long crocodile-like being living in the Library's Courtyard.

It made its first appearance during 2017 April Fools in the Library's newspaper written by Shimazaki Touson, Tayama Katai and Kunikida Doppo. Tayama Katai wrote how there had been sightings of a crocodile-like creature in the Courtyard by Mr. M (Muroo Saisei or Mushanokouji Saneatsu) and Mr. A, who were being interviewed. Mr. M thought that the creature was a crocodile, and that Amazon might have been too hot place to live in, so the creature escaped to a cooler environment. Meanwhile, Mr. A provided a doodle of the creature and joked it might be a survivor of the Kappa race.

Kappa's first appearance in 2017. (Source)

According to the game producer Taniguchi Kouhei, Kappa was created by accident and it didn't really have any purpose at first. "What is this?" had been the staff's first reaction to the creature, but as it also seemed "interesting", they included it in the game's first April Fools project in 2017. The developer team was surprised about the huge popularity of the creature among the players.[2] Since its first appearance, Kappa has been involved in April Fools-related parodies and appears here and there all over the Library in many forms. Apparently the writers have divided into two groups with their opinions whether this green mysterious creature is a kappa or crocodile.[3]

Next year (2018), the creature came back, this time swimming in the background of the Library followed by a parody poster of the Jaws movie titled "Kappa".

On April Fools 2019, it was featured as an alien creature known as "K.P." in The Green Messenger from Outer Space event. To fit the event's theme, the Library's background had been replaced with a space station, where multiple Kappas could be seen through April 1st.

Kappa in 2020 April Fools minigame "Run, Dazai!" featuring writer Dazai Osamu. (Source)

On April Fools 2020, together with Kawauso-kun, Kappa appeared as an obstacle in a minigame "Run, Dazai!". The minigame was a simple jump-and-run game made with the anime Bungou to Alchemist - Gears of Judgment on mind, that started airing several days later.

Kappa or "K.P." in Writer's Register on 2021 April Fools

In late March 2021, Kappa made an appearance in event Write "Wanitarou's Adventure", its name "Wanitarou" being a parody of Momotarou, main character of famous Japanese folktale by same name.

On April Fools same year, Kappa (named as K.P.) was made available as a playable character for a limited time with special conditions. Its weapon type was Teeth Teeth icon.png, and rarity Rainbow.

King Bugmon

In 2022 April, events Writer Reincarnation ~Dark Knight and The Sword of Darkness~ Part 1 and Part 2 were hold in celebration of April Fools. Kappa were known in the event as "Bugmon" (coined from words "bug(ged)" and "monster"), and there appeared various kind of them as enemies during delve. A big one known as the King Bugmon was a book delve boss of the first part of the event.


Kawauso-kun

Kawauso-kun.png

Japanese Name: カワウソ君

A white and long creature believed to be an otter based on its name (as kawauso means otter in Japanese).

Kawauso-kun's first appearence in 2018. (Source)

Kawauso-kun's first appearance was during 2018 April Fools in a parody movie poster of Jaws titled "Kappa", where it appeared on the bottom corner with an advertisement of its own movie titled "Kawauso-kun's Great Library Adventure".

On April Fools 2019, it was featured as a creature hunting down the "K.P." and a special boss in The Green Messenger from Outer Space event.

On April Fools 2020, together with Kappa, Kawauso-kun appeared as an obstacle in a minigame "Run, Dazai!". The minigame was a simple jump-and-run game made with the anime Bungou to Alchemist - Gears of Judgment on mind, that started airing several days later.

Demon King of Cunning Tyranny

In 2022 April, Kawauso-kun appeared as a book delve boss in event Writer Reincarnation ~Dark Knight and The Sword of Darkness~ Part 2. It was known as "Demon King of Cunning Tyranny", and it played the role of a main antagonist of the event series.

The Master of Taints

Warning! The following character is a big spoiler and our wiki's staff kindly asks our visitors to not talk about this character in public to respect the Japanese fans, who also do not talk about this character in public. We encourage to avoid spoiling people who haven't read through the Foreign Secret Records event series, which is part of the game's main storyline. Thank you.

Spoiler warning!
Name: Mephistopheles

Japanese Name: メフィストフェレス

The evil mastermind behind the Taints, and main antagonist of the game in the Foreign Secret Records storyline. Much isn't known about him, but he is a cunning and cruel devil who was sealed into certain alchemy book by Dr. Faust a very long time ago. After the book's weakened seal was broken by a certain young man by accident, Mephistopheles was able to roam free in the World of Books. Feeling hatred towards humankind and literature, he started gathering negative energy and attacked literary works with Taints to gather enough energy in order to fulfill his goal of trying to manifest in real world.

Beside needing enough negative energy, Mephistopheles also needed one soul to be able to succeed in his plan. Thus he attempted to assassinate several writers while they were still stuck as souls in their books, but every time the writers would end up being transmigrated to the library, saving them from the grips of the great evil trying to steal their Soul Gears. Only after signing a contract with Charles Baudelaire in exchange of giving him dangerous powers for his soul, Mephistopheles almost made it to the real world, but was sealed again by the alchemists of the Imperial Library.

Before disappearing, Mephistopheles claimed he would be back as long as humans remain foolish creatures controlled by their emotions, but it's unclear if he or anyone has what it takes to remove the new, stronger seal. The Taints that there remained after his disappearance have started multiplying since then, thus the tainting phenomenon didn't come to an end. It's possible that these remaining Taints still have connection with their master, but this is yet to be proven true.


Book Characters

Alice

Japanese Name: アリス

A Mimesis and the main character of story "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".

She's a human who wandered and got lost in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Because of the negative feelings of her "dissatisfaction towards the real world", she became a Taint, but was purified when she received her own story by Carroll.[4]


Sherlock Holmes

Japanese Name: ホームズ

A Mimesis and the main character of story "The Final Problem".

(Also) Conan Doyle's form when he became a Taint. Ironically, his feelings of wanting to erase Sherlock Holmes made him take Holmes' form. That wish of his hasn't completely disappeared, but through talking with Holmes, he seemed to change his mind a little.[4]


Jay Gatsby

Japanese Name: ギャツビー

A Mimesis and the main character of stories "The Great Gatsby - Part 1" and "The Great Gatsby - Part 2".

He has close friendship with his creator F. Scott Fitzgerald, who keeps visiting him regularly even after the events of Foreign Secret Records series.


Collaboration Characters

These characters made their appearance during collaboration events, and they were available as playable characters only for the duration of the said events.

FullMetal Alchemist Collaboration

For more details of this collaboration event, see Writers and Alchemists - Search for the Formula for the Philosopher’s Stone.

Edward Elric

Main page: Edward Elric

Edward Elric normal.png Japanese Name: エドワード・エルリック

Available as a playable character during the Writers and Alchemists event.

A boy who wears a mechanical prosthetic arm called automail. He and his brother were continuing on their journey to search for the Philosopher's Stone, when they ended up being "transmigrated" into this world. The youngest to ever receive the qualifications for becoming a state alchemist, he is also known as the "full-metal alchemist" due to his appearance. It seems there is a special reason behind him being able to perform transmutations without drawing a transmutation circle.
VA: Park Romi


Alphonse Elric

Main page: Alphonse Elric

Alphonse Elric normal.png Japanese Name: アルフォンス・エルリック

Available as a playable character during the Writers and Alchemists event.

A mysterious boy cased in an unusually large suit of armor. He and his brother were continuing on their journey to search for the Philosopher's Stone, when they ended up being "transmigrated" into this world. Although his brother is a state alchemist, Alphonse's alchemy skills are quite comparable with his brother's. He is always level-headed and acts as a buffer to his brother, who rashly jumps into action.
VA: Kugimiya Rie


Sengoku Basara Collaboration

For more details of this collaboration event, see Writers and Sengoku War Generals - Purify the Souls of Departed Lurking in Historical Writings.

Date Masamune

Main page: Date Masamune

Date Masamune normal.png Japanese Name: 伊達政宗

Available as a playable character during the Writers and Sengoku War Generals event.

The young supreme commander of the Date army who governs the Northern land of Oshu, famous for his alias "One-eyed Dragon". With a ferocity akin to that of his unique technique of skillfully wielding 6 blades at once (rokusou, or six claws), the perfect image of a raging dragon's claws, he plunges Japan into chaos for the sake of conquering the entire country. He and Sanada Yukimura of the Takeda army acknowledge each other as rivals.
VA: Nakai Kazuya


Sanada Yukimura

Main page: Sanada Yukimura

Sanada Yukimura normal.png Japanese Name: 真田幸村

Available as a playable character during the Writers and Sengoku War Generals event.

A dauntless young warrior who reveres Lord of Kai Takeda Shingen, who was of especially great renown even during the troubled times of Japan, from the bottom of his heart, and serves the Takeda clan with pride. Bearing two lances in his hands, he is a hot-blooded man who faces all things head-on with all his strength, and that feverish spirit burns even more fiercely in the face of his fated rival Date Masamune.
VA: Hoshi Souichirou


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