Photo/IllutrationThe No Longer Human train makes a stop at Tsugaru-Goshogawara Station in Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture. (Nozomu Yasunami)

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GOSHOGAWARA, Aomori Prefecture--A special train featuring the Osamu Dazai character from the popular “Bungo (literary giant) Stray Dogs” anime series is set for a limited run.

It will journey through the hometown of the literary giant of the same name after whom the character is modeled.

The No Longer Human train, which is named after novelist Dazai’s masterpiece of the same name, connects Tsugaru-Goshogawara Station in Goshogawara and Tsugaru-Nakasato Station in the town of Nakadomari, also in Aomori Prefecture.

It will run between the two stations from Dec. 3 to 11, making five round trips a day.

Tickets for the Tsugaru Railway Co. train are also on sale at Tsugaru-Goshogawara and Kanagi stations.

“Bungo Stray Dogs” centers on individuals modeled after Japan’s great writers of the same names, with one of them inspired by Goshogawara native Osamu Dazai (1909-1948).

The anime characters use supernatural powers to fight each other. Dazai’s ability is called "No Longer Human,” with which he can cancel his opponent’s ability.

The anime show premiered in April, with the second season starting in October.

The No Longer Human train has operated on a limited basis since late October after the railway operator gave its predecessor, the “Hashire, Melos!”-themed train, a makeover. That also got its name from a Dazai novel.

The No Longer Human train is decorated with a “life-size” illustration of Dazai and about 30 drawings of scenes from the anime show.

The special project has attracted widespread attention over the Internet, with some fans saying it should have been given a better name while others were able to relate to it because they think they are failures themselves.

“It’s amazing because I see Dazai everywhere,” said Ayaka Yamada, 34, from Hirosaki, who took the train recently.

“I came here because I thought I must ride it as it is running in my hometown,” said Momoe Yamazaki, a first-year junior high school student from Goshogawara. “I can't take enough pictures.”