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Akaza ( () () () Akaza?) is a member of the Twelve Demon Moons, holding the position of Upper Moon Three.[2] While he was human, his name was Hakuji.

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 mass 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 Moon 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.

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 Moons due to him seeing them as his rivals.[4] He is especially antagonistic towards and even appeared jealous of the two Upper Moons 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 his.[10]


Abilities and Powers

As he is the holder of the 'Upper Moon Three' title, Akaza possessed a tremendous amount of strength, having been able to defeat Kyojuro Rengoku, the Flame Hashira, and also several past Hashira, according to what he stated. Later, he is able to fight and overwhelm both Tanjiro and Giyu, even when they were both using their Demon Slayer Marks and Tanjiro is using the Dance of the Fire God. If not for Akaza losing his will to continue fighting, he would most likely have killed both of them. In a further testament to his might, he is capable of becoming the holder of the Upper Moon Three title and the fourth-strongest Demon in the series without killing or eating any women, which would've hindered his growth as a Demon drastically. It can be safely assumed that Akaza would've been much stronger and likely of a higher Demon Moon rank if not for him limiting his killings only to men.

Human Abilities

  • Enhanced Strength: At the age of 11, he is able to lay iste to grown men in a fight and at the age of 18, he is easily able to decapitate, dismember and mutilate 67 armed adult kendo masters with his bare fists, to the point that even Muzan thought that it is a Demon who performed these feats.
  • Enhanced Endurance: 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."
  • Soryu Style (素流 (そりゅう) (しき) Soryū Shiki?): 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 the kenjutsu students with ease and presuambly is the inspiration of his Destructive Kill Style used when he became Akaza.

Demon Abilities

  • Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Akaza is an extremely powerful and skilled unarmed fighter, using it as his main style of fighting.[11][12][13][14][15][16] Even though his head is cut off by Tanjiro, Akaza's hand-to-hand prowess remained just as powerful.[17]
  • Immense Speed: 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.[18]
  • Immense Strength: Akaza possessed tremendous physical strength, as shown when he easily breaks Giyu's sword in half with a single side punch despite the latter swinging his blade down.[19] he is able to easily destroy Doma, Upper Moon Two's, head with his arm and easily pierce through Kyojuro's stomach. With his Blood Demon Art, he is capable of causing crater on the ground by punching it.
  • Enhanced Regeneration: Akaza possessed incredible regeneration. 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[20] and then is able to regenerate a new one,[21] a feat only Muzan had accomplished beforehand.

Blood Demon Art ( (けっ) () (じゅつ) Kekkijutsu?): Akaza has a unique ability called Technique Deployment ( (じゅつ) (しき) (てん) (かい) Jutsushiki tenkai?): After deploying his technique, Akaza could use his ability to create various shock wave-like attacks. He could also track his opponents by tracing their bloodlust.[22]

  • Destructive Kill ( () (かい) (さつ) Hakai satsu?): A type of Martial arts, likely adapted from the Soryu Style hand to hand combat that Akaza had mastered as a human now further enhanced with his abilities as a Demon.
  • Compass Needle ( () (しん) Rashin?): Deploying a compass underneath him with numbers from 1 to 10.[18] It can detect all incoming attacks through sensing battle spirit.[23]
  • Void Style ( (くう) (しき) Kūshiki?): Punching the air, Akaza creates a powerful multishot shockwave range attack.[24]
  • War Style ( (らん) (しき) Ranshiki?): Punching in front of him, Akaza creates large shock waves that fly forward.[25]
  • Obliteration Style ( (めっ) (しき) Messhiki?): An explosive forward jump followed by a punch that is able to go through Kyojuro's Purgatory attack.[26]
  • Leg Style ( (きやく) (しき) Kiyakushiki?) - Techniques where he uses his legs to attack
    • Cap Tip Slice ( (かむろ) (さき) (わり) Kamuro saki wari?): A reverse, rising axe kick he can use to attack behind himself.[27]
    • Flowing Light Flash ( (りゆう) (せん) (ぐん) (こう) Riyūsengunkō?): Multiple, rapid straight kicks that each produce powerful shockwaves.[28]
    • Ring of a Thousand Flying Planets (飛遊 (ひゆう) (せい) (せん) (りん) Hiyūseisenrin?): Rapid, flowing rising kicks that hit an opponent from below.[29]
  • Dual Layered Demon Wick ( (しやつ) (こつ) (えん) (よう) Shiyatsu kotsuenyō?): Akaza punches rapidly with both arms at once, each producing powerful shockwaves.[30]
  • Crush Style ( (さい) (しき) Saishiki?): Techniques that involve crushing attacks from above.[31]
    • Willow of a Thousand Flashes ( (まん) (よう) (せん) (やなぎ) Manyōsen yanagi?): A powerful downward punch that delivers a large shockwave into the ground, causing massive damage to the ground.[32]
  • End Style ( (しゆう) (しき) Shiyūshiki?): Powerful techniques. Presumably Akaza's strongest techniques.[33]
    • Chaotic Blue Metal Afterglow ( (あお) (ぎん) (らん) (ざん) (こう) Aoginranzankō?): Incredibly strong and fast blows that attack from every direction at once almost randomly. They created seemingly thin, sharp shockwaves.[33]

Battles

Trivia

  • Akaza was the only Demon of the Twelve Demon Moons 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.[34]
  • 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 Moons who encountered the people he knew in life while disappearing. There are two members of the Twelve Demon Moons who have been shown experiencing this, the other being Rui.
  • Akaza is the third Demon who was able to overcome Muzan's influence over himself by willing himself to stop regenerating and die, the other two being Tamayo and Nezuko Kamado.

Quotes

  • (To Giyu Tomioka) "Elegant!! This is finely crafted swordsmanship! Splendid! Give me your name! What is it!? I want to remember you!"[35]
  • (When Muzan Kibutsuji offers to turn him into a Demon) "... I don— I... just don't care any... more..."[36]
  • (About himself) "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."[37]

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 63
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 149
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 150
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 151
  16. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 152
  17. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 153, Page 9-19
  18. 18.0 18.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63, Page 12
  19. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 152, Page 6-7
  20. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 153
  21. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 156
  22. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63, Pages 11-13
  23. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 152, Page 18
  24. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63, Page 16
  25. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 63, Page 21
  26. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 64, Page 8
  27. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148, Page 9
  28. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148, Page 11-12
  29. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 149, Page 8
  30. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148, Page 13-14
  31. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 149, Page 5
  32. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 149, Page 6
  33. 33.0 33.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 152, Page 13
  34. Kimetsu no Yaiba Databook
  35. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 148, Page 10
  36. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 155, Page 18
  37. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 155, Page 19

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