The Demons of Demon Slayer are a truly fascinating lot. They come in all shapes and sizes, and while they are evil in their demonic form, their backstories and their lives while they were human usually contain a very tragic note that makes you feel sad for them. But there are also exceptions, and one such exception is the protagonist of this article – Akaza. The Upper-Rank Three of the Twelve Kizuki, Akaza was the fourth strongest Demon in the whole lore, which explains his ranking, and while we have already written about how Akaza was killed, in this article, we are going to tell you how many Hashira Akaza killed.
Akaza was the Upper Rank Three of the Twelve Kizuki and one of the series’ most powerful demons, meaning he killed many Hashira. He has stated that he killed 57 Hashira during his lifetime, which is a solid number, considering that most Upper Ranks don’t encounter Hashira that often in the series. We’ve seen him kim kill Kyojuro Rengoku, the Flame Hashira, in the series, while his other kills were not really shown in the series. Akaza himself gave the number we have, so it might be possible that it is not fully correct.
The remainder of this article will give you a detailed overview of Akaza’s kill count against the Hashira, as it happened on the pages of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga. We’ve already given you an answer to the question and will now expand on it in our text. Be careful, though, as the article will contain many spoilers, so if you don’t know all the details, be careful how you approach the text.
Akaza was an incredibly powerful demon, so it makes sense that he would be able to singlehandedly kill a Hashira
Akaza is notable for his extraordinary physical power. He has regularly displayed his incredible strength, especially while hitting or kicking, both of which have the ability to cause earth-shattering shockwaves. Giyu’s sword was easily split in half by Akaza with just one side punch, despite Giyu sweeping his sword downward, dismembering the head and jaw of the Second Upper Moon, Doma, with his arm, and even penetrating Kyojuro’s solar plexus.
His Blood Demon Art gives him even more strength, allowing him to strike the ground and rip holes in it. When he was a human at the age of 11, he could completely knock down several adult males in a fight using only his bare fists and legs, and later, before turning into a Demon, he could kill kendo professionals. Muzan thought he had already been a Demon before they met because of his strength.
Akaza is exceedingly quick, as shown by the fact that even Tanjiro Kamado and Inosuke Hashibira were unable to notice him during his combat with Kyojuro due to his fast movements. Akaza, according to the latter, appeared to be in “another dimension.” Even to Tanjiro, who had the capacity to foresee the future, has frequently shown the ability to move so quickly that it appeared as though he was teleporting. Even one of the swiftest Demon Slayers, Giyu Tomioka, was quickly surpassed in speed by Akaza despite only awakening the Demon Slayer Mark.
Akaza has one of the most astounding regenerative skills in the entire series because he absorbed a considerable percentage of Muzan Kibutsuji’s blood. He can easily recover from Tanjiro’s minor and severe wounds as well as from Giyu and Kyojuro’s limb amputations. When his head was chopped off, he simply sprouted a new one, demonstrating his incredible capacity for regeneration in a way that was previously supposed to be impossible, save for Muzan.
Technique Development is a special talent that Akaza possesses. Akaza begins by establishing a characteristic Soryu stance. Currently, there are two distinct stances. His right arm is extended with a half-clenched fist facing his torso, and his left arm is bent with an open palm in the first position.
His knees are bent into a half-squat. With the exception of opening his palm over his right arm and squeezing his fists tightly in a downward bend over his left arm, the second position is essentially identical to the first. Then Akaza uses shockwaves to improve his martial arts moves while unleashing his Destructive Death combat style.
Akaza, by his own admission, killed a total of 57 Hashira in the series
Now that you know just powerful Akaza is, we can continue to the main issue. Namely, it is a known fact that the Upper Ranks have killed a lot of Hashira over the centuries, which is how they are promoted in the hierarchy of the Twelve Kizuki.
Now, the exact numbers are usually now known, but Akaza himself has confirmed that he killed 57 Hashira during his lifetime. This could very well be a correct number as, namely, the Upper Ranks don’t usually come across a large number of Hashira, and the Hashira are powerful, so despite everything, it is not that easy to kill them.
Because Akaza has been alive for centuries, killing 57 Hashira is a relatively precise number, but since we only have Akaza’s word for it, we cannot really confirm that this piece of information is absolutely true. What we can confirm, though, is that we have seen him kill one Hashira in the series, and that was the Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku, whom Akaza killed at the end of the Mugen Train Arc.
Namely, after killing Enmu and saving the train, Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Rengoku were all “greeted” by Akaza. Akaza saw the biggest potential in Rengoku, so he proceeded to fight him while ignoring Tanjiro and Inosuke, as weak opponents were of no interest to him. He actually respected Rengoku so much that he offered to turn him into a demon, believing that he could actually make him even more powerful and a powerful ally as well; Rengoku, of course, declined.
The battle was a fierce one, and both Akaza and Rengoku gave it their best, showing just how powerful they are as characters. Akaza’s strength and regeneration skills were amazing, whereas Rengoku’s Flame Breathing Style was an enormous challenge for the Upper-Rank Three. Still, at one point, Akaza used his enormous strength to pierce Rengoku’s torso, but the Flame Hashira, realizing that the Sun was about to rise, grabbed the Demon and would not let him go, hoping that the Sun would burn him. Akaza, unfortunately, sacrificed his own hand and managed to get away, with Tanjiro swearing that he would avenge Rengoku.