This article is about Kirihito after he was possessed. For the Kirihito not taken by Akura-Ou, head to Kirihito Mori

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Akura-Ou (悪羅王, Akuraō) is a powerful demon with an immortal body, only considering Tomoe to be his equal. However when Tomoe left him, he succumbed to the gods' powers and lost his body. After centuries of being locked up in the underworld, he was given a chance to take over a human boy's body and took it, returning to the world of the living and constantly seeking a way to retrieve his lost body.

Appearance

Akura-Ou from 500 years ago

Akura-Ou in his original body was a very tall, somewhat good-looking yokai that was about the same age as Tomoe. He had strong broad shoulders and a lean body. His long red hair fell past his shoulders reaching below his back. He exhibited large horns on top of his head as well as pointed ears with large golden earrings.

He wore black pants, boots, and a long opened trench coat with long black feathers covering the shoulders, and a net shirt underneath. He also showcased two beaded necklaces with dragon claws attached to it and a wrestling belt around his waist. He had long black nails so sharp they could cut through metal, amber kohl-lined eyes, and dark full lips giving a slightly goth-like appearance.

In Kirihito's body he has short black hair, black kohl-lined eyes, and pale skin. He wears a black long-sleeved turtleneck and black pants which he sometimes wears a dark-colored kimono or a jacket over.

Personality

As a demon 600 years ago, he was very arrogant, violent, and confident in his powers. He was also shown to be quick-tempered and somewhat of a brat that is used to getting his way. He was honest for the most part. He took pleasure in meaningless, bloodthirsty, massacres which annoyed his partner, Tomoe, very much. He was shown to have a more childlike and oblivious side to him in chapter 91, and in chapter 88 when he couldn't understand anything on a battle map that was made for him, only understanding that everything in red was his, further emphasizing his blind love for killing. He considered humans to be pathetic lesser creatures with weak bodies. He also took great pleasure in playing pranks on Tomoe, such as stealing and hiding his clothes when they were about to go to battle. 

After inhabiting Kirihito's body, his arrogant personality remained, which led to him overestimating the damage he could withstand in a weaker, human body. In his observation of human behavior, he deemed them fools who do unnecessary and impulsive things with no benefit to themselves, which to most would be known as selflessness. However, he acknowledges that humans have the strength and will to do whatever they want no matter how hopeless it seemed. With the experiences he undergoes throughout the series he matures a little bit, becoming more calm and open-minded than his past self. He himself even goes so far as declaring that his past self from 500 years ago was "an idiot that had no direction in life".

In the past, he would often face an opponent head-on. According to Nanami, he would say things bluntly. Like Tomoe, he strongly disbelieved in love and thought it was a foolish idea. His attitude towards women was disrespectful, to say the least, regarding them as toys. However, he has shown considerable interest in Nanami although his feelings, whether romantic or not; have not been made clear, it is hinted that Akura-Ou does cherish Nanami and hold her in his heart.

In the later chapters, Akura-Ou, still inhabiting Kirihito's body, although still unclear of his feelings about love, was willing to protect Kirihito's mother in the state between life and death. While Yatori attempted to kill Kirihito's mother, Akura-Ou leaped forward hugging her while smiling. After his death, he was seen laughing about how ridiculous to love a human like Tomoe.

In the final chapter, Akura-Ou incarnates as a little human girl.

History

Akura-Ou, also known as the evil king/demon king, was an infamous yokai that has been living for at least 600 years. He worked with Tomoe, wreaking havoc to the world of yokai and humans alike. They were so undefeatable that not even the gods of Izumo could overcome their combined power.

That was until Tomoe fell in love with a human woman known as Yukiji. After being captured by the gods, Akura-Ou's spirit was taken from his immortal body and he was sent to Yomi-no-Kuni, his soul sealed into a group of rocks whilst his immortal body was thrown into eternal fiery flames.

Powers & Abilities

Relationships

Tomoe

He was his partner in massacre hundreds of years ago. They were very close and the only one Akura-Ou considered as his equal, referring to each other as 'brother'. But because Tomoe fell in love with a human (Yukiji), leading to Akura-Ou's capture and imprisonment, he now has a lingering dislike for Tomoe. Akura-ou appeared very trustful of Tomoe, as shown when he killed a member of his army when the Yokai suggested the possibility of Tomoe betraying him, which Akura-ou found nonsense. He was also shown to have ill feelings towards the God of war that had nearly killed Tomoe. One of his reasons for invading Izumo was to get the head of the God. 

Nanami Momozono

Nanami rescued him from Yomi-no-Kuni when he had fallen in and constantly tried to take care of him while they stayed there. He couldn't understand why she did so when she barely knew him. After she rescued him from the darkness, he hugged her tightly, welcoming her warmth. When Nanami traveled back to the past, she travels around with Akura-Ou for some time, after some events taking place, he admitted that Nanami was pretty interesting. However, he made Nanami run away after he killed some robbers who were trying to steal from her. Later in the series, he met Nanami while hiding from some human criminals he provoked, and as a tense conversation takes place Akura Ou tells her that Tomoe is no different from him. Nanami states otherwise and tells him that Tomoe is different from him because he's not as heartless as Akura-Ou. This surprises him and leaves him troubled, he became angry when she told him that Tomoe isn't like him, then questions himself why her words pierce him so deeply. As the series progress, he appears to care more about Nanami's opinion of him, and towards the end of the manga, it is shown that Nanami is very dear to him, although it is not officially confirmed if his feelings for her are in the romantic sense, one could very well assume that they are.

Yatori

He had worked under Akura-Ou with the name 'Furball' when Akura-Ou was still in his immortal body long ago. At that time, Akura-Ou mostly ignored Yatori's efforts to gain his attention. In the present, Yatori tried to gain Akura-Ou's approval by gaining complete control of Kurama Mountain, in which he failed. He accompanied Akura-Ou on his second trip to Yomi-no-Kuni, where they discovered Akura-Ou's body atop a mountain of flames, upon realizing they could not climb it he persuaded a reluctant Akura-Ou to return to the surface until they could formulate a successful plan.  

Kayako Hiiragi

She was one of Akura-Ou's pawns. She was deeply in love with him which was why she did her best to win the invitation to the God's Summit. When she inevitably lost, Akura-Ou left her, saying he no longer needed her and that she was useless. He usually ignores her cell phone calls.

Kirihito Mori

Krihito met Akura-Ou where he was sealed in Yomi-no-Kuni and asked him to pass an "I'm sorry" message to his mother to relieve his regret for having a argument some point before he died. Akura-Ou agreed to send Kirihito's message to his mother because Akura-Ou was bored and tired of staying in the darkness. Upon taking Kirihito's body, he woke in a hospital room and found himself being hugged by Kirihito's mother. 

Ako Mori

Ako is the mother of Kirihito, the boy that Akura-Ou's soul possessed. She worries a great deal about her son, unaware that her son is long dead and the person she thinks is Kirito is not. She is seen bringing Akura-Ou meals and checking up on him, much to his dismay and annoyance. At first Akura-Ou was rather reluctant to fulfill Kirihito's wish of saying sorry to his mother, but after she hugged Akura-Ou, he kept his promise. He starts off not caring at all about her and tells her not to fuss over him, though she doesn't listen to him. He constantly says that he can't deal with her, but deep down he has grown a soft spot for 'his' mother, as shown when he shattered a mirror that led to Yomi-no-Kuni, saving her from rotting away. He calls her "Okasama" meaning mother. At their last meeting he risked his life to protect her while thanking her and smiling.

Quotes

  • "It can't return to normal if it's broken"
  • "The summit is a lonely place, and the longer you stay up there the less people come to see you."

Trivia

  • It is unknown how Tomoe and Akura-Ou first met or how they became comrades.
  • Akura-Ou literally translates to 'Evil King.’
  • Akura-Ou is sometimes referred to Akura-no-Ou.
  • Akura-Ou has the same eye color as Tomoe in the manga.
  • Akura-Ou is taller than Tomoe, in his original form. In human form, he is shorter.
  • Akura-Ou was shown in the last episode of the first season in his human form.
  • He already met Nanami in the past.
  • Akura-Ou is an Akuma, which in English means "demon.”
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