Demon Slayer is a smash-hit shonen action series starring Tanjiro Kamado, whose duty compels him to slay deadly demons as a trained swordsman. Tanjiro can handle everyday demons, but the Twelve Demon Moons are a different matter entirely, from the playful Daki to the brutal melee warrior Akaza. Akaza made his big debut during the climax of the Mugen Train story arc, where he battled the Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku in a fight to the death. In many ways, Akaza is exactly the kind of supervillain that Demon Slayer needed, but he still isn’t quite a legendary anime villain. There are ways he could have been more compelling or memorable.The nine Hashira are the elite of the elite, being Demon Slayer’s equal to Soul Reaper Captains in Bleach or the top 10 Pro Heroes in My Hero Academia. Tanjiro looks up to the Hashira as seemingly invincible warriors and mentors, but even they might fall in battle.
Kyojuro Rengoku was the star of Mugen Train and he fought Akaza to the bitter end. Tragically, Kyojuro lost his life in this fight, and that means Akzaza formed a terrifying first impression. The first thing Akaza did was kill one of the series’ best characters, with minimal effort.