In the world of Demon Slayer, the Twelve Kizuki were an organization made up of a group of twelve Demons who pursued the goal of finding the Blue Spider Lily. The organization was created and led by Muzan Kibutsuji. One of the members of this group was Akaza, who held the rank of the Upper-Rank Three. And while Akaza was a fearless fighter who wanted to become the best and strongest, he was still not the strongest, and in this article, we will tell you a bit about his powers and abilities.
The article is going to be divided into two major parts. The first one is going to represent Akaza’s powers and abilities, while the other one is going to be a short comparison of Akaza’s powers and abilities to the powers and abilities of other characters, divided into several subsections. These will not be detailed analyses, just brief comments so you can understand Akaza’s position in the Demon Slayer lore.
Akaza’s powers and abilities
Akaza stands out for having incredible physical strength. He has repeatedly shown his unbelievable strength, most notably when punching or kicking, which is powerful enough to send shockwaves ripping through the earth. 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, Akaza easily split Giyu’s sword in half with a single side punch.
His strength is further enhanced by his Blood Demon Art, enabling him to hit the ground and make holes in it. He was able to totally knock down several adult males in a battle with just his bare fists and legs when he was a human at the age of 11, and was later able to kill kendo experts, all before becoming a Demon. He was so powerful that Muzan believed he had already been a Demon before they met.
Akaza is incredibly quick, as evidenced by the fact that he moved at such high speeds during his battle with Kyojuro that even Tanjiro Kamado and Inosuke Hashibira were unable to see him. The latter said that Akaza appeared to be in “another dimension.” He frequently demonstrated the ability to move so swiftly that it appeared as though he was teleporting, able to do so even for Tanjiro, who had the ability to feel the future. Even one of the swiftest Demon Slayers, Giyu Tomioka, was quickly surpassed in speed by Akaza despite only awakening the Demon Slayer Mark.
Due to the fact that Akaza absorbed a significant amount of Muzan Kibutsuji’s blood, he has one of the most amazing regenerating abilities in the entire series. He can effortlessly regenerate from Tanjiro’s minor and major wounds as well as from Giyu and Kyojuro’s amputations of limbs. His immense regeneration was also demonstrated when he had his head cut, but he simply regrew a new one; this was, before, thought to be impossible, i.e., it was thought that only Muzan could accomplish such a feat.
Technique Development is a special talent that Akaza possesses. Akaza starts off by assuming a distinctive Soryu stance. There are now two different job descriptions. The first position entails bending his knees into a half-squat, extending his right arm with a half-clenched fist facing his body, and bending his left arm with an open palm.
The second position is nearly identical to the first, except that he opens his palm over his right arm while fully clenching his fists in a downward bend over his left arm. Then Akaza unleashes his Destructive Death fighting style while enhancing his martial arts moves with shockwaves.
How powerful is Akaza compared to other Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba characters?
In this section, we will compare Akaza to some other strong Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba characters. These are going to be brief comparisons whose main goal is to give you a general idea of his powers and abilities.
Akaza vs. Muzan
Muzan is the most powerful of all Demons and the creator of all the Demons that came after him. His weaknesses are the same as those of the other Demons, but his powers and abilities far surpass those of any other known Demon in the series. Using his powers, he has turned numerous people into Demons and has organized the most powerful ones in the Twelve Kizuki. As for Akaza, it has to be said that Muzan was impressed by his skills (when he killed 67 people out of revenge), which is why he offered to turn him into a Demon, which Akaza accepted. But, despite all of his skills and abilities, Akaza is simply not as powerful as Muzan.
Akaza vs. Kokushibo
As the Upper-Rank One, Kokushibo is basically the second strongest Demon behind Muzan. Yoriichi’s brother, Kokushibo, was turned into a Demon by Muzan at his own behest, as he wanted to be both stronger and immortal. He knows the Moon Breathing Style and is an exceptionally skilled swordsman. The Twelve Kizuki were organized hierarchically, which means that Kokushibo was the strongest among them, and Akaza was well aware of that. Akaza threatened to kill Kokushibo one day, but he was aware that Yoriichi’s brother was much more powerful than him and that he would be able to defeat him.
Akaza vs. Doma
As the Upper Rank Two, Doma was the second most powerful member of the Twelve Kizuki. There is no doubt that he was much stronger than Akaza, which is a fact that Akaza was well aware of; this is why Akaza avoided any direct conflict with Doma, although he used every chance he got to actually hit him; Akaza was powerful enough to destroy Doma’s lower jaw and the upper part of his head, but Doma himself admitted that he did not avoid it intentionally. Doma was certainly the more powerful of the two.
Akaza vs. the remaining Twelve Kizuki
Since Akaza was the Upper-Rank Three and the third most powerful member of the Twelve Kizuki. In practice, this meant that Akaza was able to defeat all the remaining members of the group, and that was not really contested. He was much more powerful, and it did seem like there was a bigger difference in power between Akaza and the lower-ranked Demons than there was between Akaza and Doma, although it is certain that Doma was significantly more powerful than Akaza.
Akaza vs. Tanjiro Kamado
Well, this is an intriguing one. When Akaza first met Tanjiro, he would have destroyed him easily. Tanjiro was simply too weak and too inexperienced to defeat Akaza. But since then, Tanjiro has gathered more experience and become an exceptionally powerful Demon Slayer. If you add to that the fact that Tanjiro harbored a grudge against Akaza for killing Kyojuro and that he also learned the Sun Breathing Style later on (by remembering the Hinokami Kagura), it makes sense that Tanjiro outgrew Akaza and that he would have been able to defeat him, and that is a thing we can actually confirm here in this article. Tanjiro did, eventually, become stronger than Akaza.
Akaza vs. Kyojuro Rengoku
One of the best and saddest battles in the whole series was the one between Kyojuro Rengoku, the Flame Hashira, and Akaza. It was an evenly-matched fight where both fighters had to give it their all to defeat the other. Akaza was ultimately successful in killing Kyojuro, while at the same time, he managed to kill himself as well, but we cannot shake the feeling that it was a plot-driven decision more than anything else. In our opinion, we think that Kyojuro and Akaza are roughly on the same level of powers, which is something along the lines of Akaza’s remark about Kyojuro when they first met.
Akaza vs. the remaining Hashira
This is a very versatile category, and it depends on whom Akaza would fight. A combination of Hashira would definitely be enough to subdue him, but individually, it all depends, really. He would most probably lose to Gyomei, Giyu, Obanai, and Muichiro, and we’re not certain about Sanemi and Mitsuri. As for Tengen, Akaza would probably be able to defeat him, especially with the latter losing his arm. The same probably goes for Shinobu, who could not match Akaza’s amazing physical prowess.
Akaza vs. Zenitsu
Zenitsu was able to defeat Kaigaku, but we don’t think he would be able to defeat the Upper-Rank Three. And while Zenitsu is certainly not to be underestimated, that much is true. He simply lacks the power, experience, and versatility to fight Akaza. Akaza’s fight against Kyojuro demonstrated how skilled a fighter must be to fight such a powerful Demon, and while Zenitsu is certainly not weak, he is not on the same level as Akaza by no means. This is why we think that Akaza would not have too much trouble facing Zenitsu in a one-on-one fight.
Akaza vs. Inosuke
Everything we’ve said about Zenitsu can also be applied to Inosuke. Okay, almost everything. Inosuke lacks the experience, but he has the strength and durability to face Akaza. And while his skills are far more versatile than Zenitsu’s, his lack of tactical approach is what would give Akaza a major advantage. Inosuke is not stupid, but he approaches the fight without thinking, actually, and that is simply not good enough against an opponent who is as powerful as Akaza. This is why we are certain that Akaza would also be able to defeat Inosuke.