I became a demon and lost my memories. I wanted strength once again. Even though there wasn't a single thing I wanted to protect. I really didn't want to live in a world where I lost my family. But for over a hundred years, I kept pointlessly murdering over and over again. Yet at the end of the day, It's just a pathetic, comical, uninteresting story.
 
Akaza in Useless Komainu

Akaza ( () () () Akaza?) is a major supporting antagonist of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. He is a Demon affiliated with the Twelve Kizuki's Upper Ranks, holding the position of Upper Rank Three ( (じょう) (げん) (さん) Jōgen no San?).[2]

Over a century ago, when Akaza was a teenager, he was a human by the name of Hakuji ( (はく) () Hakuji?), a criminal pickpocket who stole money to buy medicine for his sick father. After his father's death, Akaza was accepted as a student of Keizo's dojo and the one who looked after his sick daughter, Koyuki. When he turned 18, he was forced to submit to Muzan Kibutsuji and became a Demon after losing his memories.

Akaza is also responsible for the death of the former Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku.

Appearance

As a Demon, Akaza took the form of a muscular young man with skin so fair that appears bright green-tinged white, decorated by a pattern of thick blue lines, which resemble the criminal tattoos he had as a human. The lines on his face curved through each of his eyes from below his ears to over his temples, another blue line running from the center of his hairline to the bridge of his nose, with two more lines running around his neck, three others branching off the lower one to his torso.

The center line ran directly down his chest to halfway down his stomach, and the other two branched off to the sides over each side of his chest to join the two other lines, this same three-line pattern there also repeating around his waist.

On his arms there were lines running down the front of his shoulders that ran into to two more, which went around his biceps, before continuing to run down to his wrists, below which it could be seen that each of his fingers is also dark blue with an orange fingernail, his toes also sharing this unusual appearance.

Akaza had short, bright pink hair that fluffed out around his head, and inward-tilting yellow eyes with pink eyelashes and blue sclera that looked somewhat like cracked glass, the kanji for "Upper Rank Three" etched into their irises.

He wore little, only sporting a short, sleeveless dark purple-pink haori that was cut off at his waist, left open to expose his chest, that was decorated by a square pattern on his back. Below this, he sported a pair of baggy white pants that he rolled to just below the knee with a blue rope belt to secure them at his waist. Akaza prefers to go barefoot, but wears a chain of large round pearls around each of his ankles.

During his human days as Hakuji, he had the same hair, just colored black rather than pink, and pale blue eyes with unusually-colored pink eyelashes. He was also very muscular as a human, and, on each of his forearms, he bore three black criminal tattoos.

He wore a dark blue-gray yukata.

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Personality

Akaza is a strong, stubborn and impulsive Demon who enjoyed fighting, especially strong Demon Slayers. He looked down on anybody he deemed weak, but genuinely respected those who were strong in his eyes, regardless of their race. Once he met someone he deems strong, he demanded to know their name, and would not stop until he finds out; he remembers all the names he's committed to memory as tribute to their strength.[3]

Akaza had a deeply-rooted psychological need to become stronger, and did not get along with his fellow Upper Ranks due to him seeing them as his rivals.[4] He is especially antagonistic towards and even appeared jealous of the two Upper Rank above him, Doma and Kokushibo, lashing out at Doma[4][5] and vowing to kill Kokushibo.[6] Even after being beaten down and beheaded during his fight against Tanjiro Kamado and Giyu Tomioka, he stubbornly held on and continued to fight despite not even knowing why he wanted more power.[7]

As a human, Hakuji possessed the same stubborn personality with a big heart and resilience.[8] He valued others more than his own well-being, and hated himself for having a life "full of empty words and promises." Even after becoming a Demon and losing his memories of his human life, parts of Hakuji's memories influenced Akaza's decisions; he refuses to eat women, despite knowing it would make him stronger if he did so.[9] His hatred of weak, cowardly people stemmed from a corruption of his human memories, where a rivaling dojo poisoned his dojo's well because they were never able to beat him.[10]

Later after remembering the entirety of his past and all of his regrets as a human and demon, Akaza was shown to have openly begun hating himself and all of his shortcomings during his life where he wasn't there to save or protect everyone that he loved and cared for and later admitted that the person he really wanted to kill all along was himself.

Abilities and Powers

Overall Abilities: As the holder of the 'Upper Rank 3' title, Akaza possessed a tremendous amount of power, having been able to defeat Kyojuro Rengoku, the Flame Hashira,[11] and also several past Hashira,[12] according to what he stated. Later, he is able to fight and overwhelm both Tanjiro and Giyu, even when they were both Hashira-level swordsman were using their Demon Slayer Marks and Tanjiro had access the "Transparent World". If not for Akaza losing his will to continue fighting, he would have certainly killed both of them. In a further testament to his might, he is capable of becoming the holder of the Upper Rank 3 title and the fourth-strongest Demon in the series without killing or eating any women,[13] which would've hindered his growth as a Demon drastically.

Physical Abilities

  • Immense Strength: Akaza possessed phenomenal physical strength, making him one of the strongest in the series. His incredulous strength has been showcased multiple times, most notably when he punches or kicks, which is strong enough to generate powerful shockwaves and when he easily breaks Giyu's sword in half with a single side punch despite the latter swinging his blade down.[14] He is able to easily destroy the head of Upper Rank 2,[15] Doma, with his arm and easily pierce through Kyojuro's solar plexus.[16] Combined with his Blood Demon Art, he is capable of causing a crater on the ground by simply punching it.[17] When he was a human at the age of 11, he is able to completely knock several grown men unconscious in a fight with nothing but his bare fists and legs.[18] At the age of 18, even before he became a demon, he is easily able to decapitate, dismember and mutilate 67 armed adult kendo masters with his bare fists,[19] to the point that even Muzan thought that it is a Demon who performed these feats.[20]
  • Immense Speed & Reflexes: Akaza is extremely fast, as shown during his fight with Kyojuro when Tanjiro states that they were moving so fast his eyes couldn't follow their movements, making his speed subsonic or even supersonic.[21] Even Giyu Tomioka expressed his disbelief and shock over Akaza's supernatural speed.[22] It was depicted in multiple instances that Akaza could blitz and use bursts of speed so fast it made him appear to teleport.
  • Limitless Stamina & Endurance: Akaza possesses absolute and infinite stamina and vitality, never tiring and always remaining in optimal physical and mental condition all the time as well as being able to endure waves of onslaught as if it were nothing. In the Mugen Train Arc, Akaza's hand got split open in half by Kyojuro Rengoku's Flame Breathing: Second Form - Rising Scorching Sun, but yet he seemed completely nonchalant about it, even proceeding to complement his katana. This was the same when Kyojuro unleased the Flame Breathing: Ninth Form - Rengoku, this time, he had injuries on his arm, head and his upper torso. Akaza is also one of the only ones to withstand Tanjiro Kamado's headbutt without any signs of pain afterwards. Prior to being transformed into a Demon, Akaza (Hakuji) demonstrated superhuman endurance at the age of 11 as he endured beatings that could make a grown man go numb (100 beatings) thus earning the title of "Demon Child."
  • Immense Durability: As an Upper Rank Demon, Akaza's body is phenomenally durable. Even Kyojuro Rengoku, albeit severely weakened, unleashed all his might, he could only make it through two-thirds of his neck.

Mental Abilities

  • Tactical Intellect: Akaza is a genius among geniuses in regards to unarmed and hand-to-hand combat, especially ones related to martial arts. He has also displayed natural talent and aptitude in martial arts as well, like being able to beat up talented swordsmen and combatants from neighboring dojos while still in the midst of learning Keizo's Soryu Style. Even as a child, Akaza could fight base on pure instinct and tactical intuition and still win.
  • Swift Intellect: As a being who can move at subsonic speeds or higher, Akaza possesses a mind with mental abilities capable of handling such speeds, allowing him to apply his immense knowledge on combat and martial arts as well as his intellect and aptitude while fighting at such mindboggling speeds.

Supernatural Abilities

  • Immense Regeneration: Akaza possessed one of the most incredible regenerative abilities in the series. He is able to regenerate from slash wounds inflicted by Tanjiro and Rengoku and even lost limbs inflicted by Giyu with little effort. During his battle against Giyu and Tanjiro, his regeneration evolved even further. He is able to survive even after having his head cut off[23] and then is able to regenerate a new one,[24] a feat only Muzan had accomplished beforehand.

Blood Demon Art ( (けっ) () (じゅつ) Kekkijutsu?):

  • Shockwave Manipulation: Akaza's Blood Demon Art grants him the ability to generate and manipulate shockwaves from the sheer pressure created by his fists and legs when striking. The shockwaves appear to be the same shade of blue as his tattoos and can be unleashed in both close and far range. The power of the shockwaves range from knocking opponents a far distance to creating craters in the ground. This ability combined with his superhuman strength makes him a formidable opponent in both close and ranged combat.

Miscellaneous Abilities

  • Indomitable Will: Akaza possesses an undaunted will and spirit. Despite being beheaded by Tanjiro's Nichirin Blade, he refused to disintegrate and die, instead forcing his headless body to keep fighting. He pushed his regeneration to evolve to the point where he could regrow his head, all because he simply refused to allow himself to lose. Even before he became a Demon, he would relentlessly take blows from opponents way bigger than him and receive countless beatings all because of his goal to heal his sick father.[18]
  • Enhanced Senses: Like all Upper Rank Demons, Akaza has senses related abilities enhanced beyond the normal range attained by humans. This was displayed multiple times when he was able to senses the caliber of his opponents, like he did with Kyojuro Rengoku, just by glancing at them.
    • Extrasensory Perception: A special extension of Akaza's senses attained through his martial arts abilities and techniques. His extrasensory perception ability usually takes the form of his Technique Deployment: Destructive Death - Compass Needle. This ability allows Akaza to gain information of his surroundings and opponents even if they were a far distance away from them while also giving him an accurate gauge of their physical weaknessess.

Fighting Style

  • Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Akaza's most notable ability as a human and as a demon is his supernatural skill in unarmed combat. Even before transforming into a demon, Akaza has displayed his prodigious abilities in various forms of close ranged combat, being able to intuitively create his own fighting style which was shown to completely law waste to several grown men at the age of 11.[18] When he was 18, he could annihilate 67 adult kendo masters with just his fists.[19] After becoming a demon, this skill was further augmented to the point he could effectively fight at subsonic speeds[21] while fully utilizing his martial arts skills for both offense and defense. Furthermore, when combined with his Blood Demon Art, makes every single of his blows and strikes incredibly lethal, making him unparalleled in unarmed combat and martial arts skill.
    • Soryū Style (素流 (そりゅう) (しき) Soryū Shiki?):[25] A bare-fisted martial arts style taught to him by Keizo when he lived with him and took care of Koyuki. He used it to kill 67 kendo masters with ease[19] and it is the main inspiration of his Destructive Death Style used when he became Akaza.[21]
    • Bell Crusher: A technique likely created or inspired from the Soryū Style where Akaza strikes a sword from the side as it is descending to break it with ease.

Techniques

Akaza has a unique ability called Technique Development ( (じゅつ) (しき) (てん) (かい) Jutsushiki Tenkai?).[26] Akaza starts by initiating a stance unique to the Soryū Style. Currently, there are 2 versions of the stance. The first stance is performed by bending his knees in a half-crouch position, extending his right arm with a half-clenched fist facing his body and bending his left arm with an open palm; The second version nearly identical except he opens his palm on his right arm while fully clenching his fists in a downwards bend on his left arm.

  • Destructive Death ( () (かい) (さつ) Hakai Satsu?): A unique type of martial arts that combines Akaza's shockwave manipulation ability, his superhuman physical prowess and his supernatural unarmed combat skill. This unarmed combat style is likely adapted from the Soryu Style that Akaza had mastered as a human and infused with other unarmed martial arts styles now further enhanced with his abilities as a Demon.
  • Compass Needle ( () (しん) Rashin?):[12][27] Deploying a light blue snowflake-shaped compass underneath him with numbers from 1 to 12 that can detect and track the locations of his opponents and incoming attacks through sensing a person's will to fight. This technique can also be used to enhance the accuracy of his attacks, as stated by Tanjiro Kamado when Akaza always instinctively aimed for his vital points as if his fists were magnets attracted to them. Akaza always has this technique activated when engaging in combat, making all other techniques he unleashes extremely difficult to counter and evade while making his techniques all the more lethal.
  • Air Type ( (くう) (しき) Kūshiki?):[28] Akaza punches the empty air in front him, creating a powerful shockwave from the pressure of his fists and then sends it flying towards his enemies. These airborne shockwaves can be created multiple times and has been noted to travel at less than a split second.
  • Disorder/Chaotic Type ( (らん) (しき) Ranshiki?):[29][30] Punching in front of him, Akaza creates a barrage of chaotic ranged shockwaves capable of overwhelming Kyojuro Rengoku's Flame Breathing: Fifth Form - Flame Tiger.
  • Annihilation Type ( (めっ) (しき) Messhiki?):[31] One of Akaza's most powerful techniques. Akaza lunges forward, punching with so much force it creates a shockwave that decimates the surroundings and is capable of going through Kyojuro Rengoku's most powerful technique: Flame Breathing: Ninth Form - Rengoku. In the movie adaptation, Akaza unleashes this technique while stationary and instead creates a circular shockwave from both palms and strikes Kyojuro simultaneously with it.
  • Eight-Layered Demon Core ( () (しん) () () (しん) Kishinya Eshin?):[32] Akaza unleashes eight powerful punches, each attack creating powerful shockwaves in a similar fashion to his Disorder/Chaotic Type technique.
  • Leg Type ( (きやく) (しき) Kiyakushiki?)[33] - Techniques where Akaza uses his legs as the main form of combat.
    • Cap Tip Slice ( (かむろ) (さき) (わり) Kamuro Saki Wari?):[34] A reverse, rising axe kick that creates a powerful shockwave that travels through the opponent. Tanjiro Kamado noted that a slight scrape from this attack caused his nose to bleed.
    • Flowing Light Flash ( (りゆう) (せん) (ぐん) (こう) Riyūsengunkō?):[35] A flashing flurry of powerful straight kicks, each creating powerful shockwaves capable of launching even a Hashira a great distance and fast enough to evade his reflexes.
    • Flying Planet Thousand Wheels (飛遊 (ひゆう) (せい) (せん) (りん) Hiyūseisenrin?):[36] Akaza kicks with both legs in a flowing motion from under his opponent that slowly rises upward.
  • Crush Type ( (さい) (しき) Saishiki?):[37] Techniques that solely involve attacks of brute force that pulverize the enemy.
    • Ten Thousand Leaves Flashing Willow ( (まん) (よう) (せん) (やなぎ) Manyōsen Yanagi?):[17] A powerful downward punch that delivers a large shockwave into the ground that expands outward, causing a massive crater.
  • Final Form: Blue Silver Chaotic Afterglow ( (しゆう) (しき) (あお) (ぎん) (らん) (ざん) (こう) Shiyūshiki Aoginranzankō?):[38] Akaza's ultimate martial arts technique. Akaza creates an omni-directional barrage of thin and sharp shockwaves that seemingly strike out of nowhere from a flurry of punches. This attack was so overwhelming it could completely negate Giyu's Water Breathing: Eleventh Form - Dead Calm

— Akaza's Blood Demon Art —

Battles

Trivia

  • Akaza was the only Demon of the Twelve Kizuki who refused to eat or kill women, and was given special permission to do so.[9]
  • Akaza was one of Muzan's favorites since he was loyal and serious.[39]
  • Akaza's Technique Deployment ability forms the shape of a snowflake; possibly due to the influence of his fiancée (Koyuki's name contains the kanji for "snow", and she wears three snowflake-shaped hairpins).
  • Many of Akaza's attacks and techniques are named after fireworks, a reference to his promise to Koyuki to see the fireworks.
  • Akaza is the only member of the deceased Upper Ranks who encountered the people he knew in life while disappearing. There are two members of the Twelve Kizuki who have been shown experiencing this, the other being Rui.
  • Akaza is the fourth Demon who was able to overcome Muzan's influence over himself by willing himself to stop regenerating and die, the other three being Tamayo, Nezuko Kamado and Kokushibo.

Quotes

  • (To Giyu Tomioka) "Elegant!! That's developed sword technique! Wonderful! State your name! What is your name?! I want to remember it!"[40]
  • (When Muzan Kibutsuji offers to turn him into a Demon) "Don't... care... anymore. I don't care... about... anything."[41]
  • (About himself) "For over a hundred years I committed pointless acts of carnage. It's a horribly sad... laughable... and ridiculous story."[42]
  • (To Koyuki) "Forgive me! Forgive me! I'm sorry I couldn't protect you! I'm sorry I wasn't with you when you needed me! I couldn't keep... a single promise!! Forgive me! Please forgive me!"[43]

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63 (Page 1).
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63 (Page 3).
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 98 (Pages 5-8).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 98 (Page 18).
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 98 (Page 7).
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 99 (Page 6).
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 153 (Pages 4-7).
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 153 (Pages 5-6).
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 157 (Page 8).
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 156 (Page 6).
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 66.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63.
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 157.
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 152 (Pages 6-7).
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 98 (Page 19).
  16. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64 (Page 10).
  17. 17.0 17.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 149 (Page 6).
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 154 (Page 10-12).
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 155 (Page 14).
  20. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 155 (Page 16).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63 (Page 12).
  22. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 152 (Page 5).
  23. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 153.
  24. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 156.
  25. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 155 (Page 5).
  26. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63 (Page 11-13).
  27. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 152 (Page 18).
  28. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63 (Page 16).
  29. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63 (Page 21).
  30. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148 (Page 2).
  31. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64 (Page 8).
  32. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148 (Pages 13-14).
  33. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148 (Page 9).
  34. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148 (Page 9).
  35. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148 (Pages 11-12).
  36. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 149 (Page 8).
  37. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 149 (Page 5).
  38. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 152 (Page 14).
  39. Kimetsu no Yaiba Databook.
  40. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148 (Page 10).
  41. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 155 (Page 18).
  42. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 155 (Page 19).
  43. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 156 (Page 20).


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