The Elder Exorcist Son of Satan vs The Swordmaster of Night Raid
The sword is one of the most ancient weapons used by many warriors through the passing of time. Everyone who has ever wielded a sword has a story to tell. However, those who have wielded demon blades often have the darkest stories of all.
On the evening known as Blue Night, the demon Satan killed a large number of holy men in order to find someone he could possess to save the life of Yuri Egin, a young woman who had fallen in love with him and had become pregnant with his twin sons. When her pregnancy was discovered, her father ordered the Paladin, the head Exorcist, Shiro Fujimoto, and one of the eight demon kings Mephisto Pheles to kill his daughter. When the pair tracked her down, the discovered Yuri had died in child birth, but not before naming her sons Rin and Yukio. Swayed by her final wish for the twins to grow up strong and understanding, Shiro chose to raise the twins as his own, agree to Mephisto’s terms to place them under the demon king’s custody if Rin’s demon powers ever emerged. Fifteen years passed, and although Rin and Yukio had a fairly happy childhood together, Rin’s was marred with incidents where he would often get into violent fights with kids his age, causing children and adults alike to call him “Demon Child.” It was only the love of Fujimoto that got him through each passing day, but even that eventually came to an end when Fujimoto was possessed by Satan. To dispel him, Rin drew the sword Kurikaka, the same sword used to seal his demon powers, and drove Satan out of Fujimoto, though the possession still resulted in Fujimoto’s death. After his funeral, Rin was officially introduced to Mephisto Pheles, agreed to let Rin come to True Cross Academy to become an Exorcist and one day pay Satan back for taking away the one Rin saw as his true father. Together with his younger brother Yukio, Rin would go through many challenges during his time as a student, not the least of which included trying to conceal his demon heritage. However, even after the truth came out, Rin was not abandoned by the friends that he had made, giving him a greater drive than ever to put Satan in his place. Rin Okumura has gone through more hardships than most his age, but his desire to keep the memory of Shiro Fujimoto never died, standing beside his brother and friends in their battles against the lingering demon threat.
When she was only a child, Akame's parents sold her and her sister Kurome to a nefarious Empire to be trained as assassins. The sisters were put through a cruel exam that resulted in deaths of most of the children around them. However, the two sisters made it through, only to be separated to prevent themselves from relying on each other. Of the two, it was Akame who was chosen to become part of the Elite Seven assassin's squad, trained by Gozuki, one the Empire’s dealiest assassins. As time went on, Akame became dissatisfied with her work, questioning whether or not what she was doing was for the good of others. Then, her life was changed forever when she was sent to assassinate former Imperial General Najenda. However, when confronting the traitor to the Empire, Akame was swayed by Najenda to put her talents to better use, and so Akame defected to the Rebels fighting to bring the Empire down, joining Najenda as a member of the assassin's squad Night Raid. Although she proved to be one of its most valued members, her defection did not go unnoticed, and her old comrades saw her as a traitor, including her own sister, and both of them would vow to one day find and end each other. However, in the end, Akame stayed true to her ideals, fighting to create a better world for both herself and her new friends and allies. She would go on to slay numeorus killers and denegenerates, including many of the Empire’s strongest fighters. When the final battle finally came, it was ultimately Akame who was successful in slaying the great General Esdeath, the Empire's finest soldier. Following the Empire finally fell, Akame was one of the only members of Night Raid to survive the conflict. Afterward, she left for parts unknown to stop any who would dare destroy the new nation that was to develop. Akame's story may have a tragic beginning, but her sufferings only held her resolve together as she fought to make the world around her a better place.
For the purposes of this matchup, we’ll be combining the appearances of both characters throughout of their respected anime and manga. For Rin Okumura, this will be through to the end of the Blue Exorcist anime after he and Yukio defeated Satan, in addition to his manga appearances after this time. For Akame, this will include her appearances in the mangan Akame ga Kill Zero and the Akame ga Kill anime. Now, let’s find out whose demon sword will overcome the other between the sword fighters of Night Raid and True Cross Academy.
As the Son of Satan, Rin Okumura possesses physical traits outside the realm of the human world. Most fundamental of all these traits were his resiliency and tolerance for pain. When losing smaller appendages like his fingers or a foot, Rin won’t feel a thing and will patch himself up rather quickly with his regenerative abilities. His grit is shown even further by his ability to shrug off most stab wounds inflicted upon him, provided he is not hit anywhere vital. Furthermore, in regards to how much blunt force trauma he can take, let’s just say, trying to bear the crap out of Rin is like throwing glass at a brick wall. He simply refuses to quit until he has seen a fight through to the end, motivated by his determination to protect his friends and prove he can become a capable Exorcist. While his strength and speed are less noteworthy, they were still nothing to sneeze at. Rin has been shown capable of keeping up with the seventh strongest Demon King Amaimon, and this was even after he was punched into the ground by his offender. As Amaimon has proven to be one of Rin’s fastest opponents to date, it’s safe to say that demons of a lower caliber are likely to last long against him. As for his strength, it is easily above average, as he can shatter someone’s ribcage with a single punch, and he can apply this strength well against humans and demons alike. All in all, Rin is a stubborn little bastard who will only brought down by a fatal strike and a fatal strike alone.
After she was chosen to become part of Gozuki’s Elite Seven, Akame was put through strenuous amounts of physical conditioning to become the most efficient killer she could be. She may not look like much at first glance, she is made of tougher stuff than most girls her age. The thing to especially take into account is her speed, as she has proven to be one of the fastest fighters in Night Raid, surpassed maybe only by Leone in her Beast Mode. Not only is she fast enough to dodge point blank bullets and lightning, but she is also quick at employing agile counterattacks with lethal precision. This is made even more impressive in her affinity for acrobatics, as shown in Akame ga Kill Zero’s first chapter, in which she and Tsukushi infiltrated a show troupe allied with the Revolutionary Army as part of an acrobatic balancing act. Throughout the anime and manga, she has applied acrobatics into her attack sequences, often resulting her appearing as nothing more than a blur to her targets and killing them before they realize what has happened. Her speed has been shown to be one of her greatest attributes, as she was able to overwhelm the serial killer Head Hunter Zanku, keep her sister Kurome on her back foot, and keep up Esdeath, both when the latter was fighting casually and seriously. However, because of her speed, it is difficult to gauge how much punishment she can take, as she rarely takes more than a scratch at the most when in combat. But as stated before, she is still made of tougher stuff than most girls her age, as shown in her ability to survive blunt force trauma inflicted upon her by Esdeath herself. Considering that Esdeath is strong enough to kill a grown man with a single kick to the face, even able to knock off the head completely from the body, the fact that Akame could withstand such brutality and fight on is a testament to her endurance. If that wasn’t enough, her body is also highly resistant to most poisons. In regards to her strength, while she does not employ as often as her speed, it was still to be held in high regard. She’s overcome four royal guards at once while they were wearing heavy armor from head-to-toe and is capable of killing massive Danger Beasts with a single downward strike. To top it off, Akame also possessed incredible willpower, managing to break through Zanku’s mental illusion and hold onto Tatsumi to strike the killing blow upon Doctor Stylish when he attacked their base. Pretty as she is, Akame will not hesitate to bring down her target within the blink of an eye.
At first glance, many might think that Rin’s demonic heritage clinches the round for him. However, heritage isn’t always enough to guarantee a victory, and that is ultimately the case here. While I do believe both fighters possess equal willpower, Akame holds most of the advantages physically. She may not be able to take the same kind of punishment as Rin, her strength and speed match and surpass his own. I wouldn’t go as far as to say she’d speed blitz him, but she has easily held her ground against much faster opponents and defeated them all without taking as much damage. Not to mention her acrobatics will make it harder for Rin to even hit her. She’s also been tested by those possessing strength than the demons Rin has put down, frequently killing Danger Beasts on practically a daily basis. Although he can survive a beating that would certainly kill Akame, Rin is ultimately going to get showed up by the assassin rather handily.
Akame gets the somewhat comfortable edge for her physical traits.
As his weapon of choice is a katana, Rin Okumura ultimately chose to become a knight meister Exorcist, an Exorcist who specializes in killing demons with swords. Despite receiving training only after enrolling at True Cross Academy, Rin has put his Kurikara to good use, easily cutting down multiple demons on his own with low to moderate difficulty. However, despite his chosen profession, I would personally criticize his overall technique with the blade, as his main method of attack appears to be to cut down his foe with his first attack, similar to Ayano Kannagi from the series Kaze no Stigma. In addition to this, Rin was very offense-oriented, rarely using his sword to defend himself. Fortunately, even with this weakness in his fighting style, he usually has the strength to overcome anything sent his way. Even without his sword, Rin isn’t completely helpless, as he is a good street brawler, having gotten into multiple fights since he was little. This aggressive tendency to solve conflicts with his fists would carry over into his attack sequences when he grew older, employing rapid-fire punches and kicks in with his sword strikes. Although he is headstrong and not what one would call book smart, Rin Okumura still has a knack for holding his own well in the heat of battle, willing to cut down any foe that stands in his way.
It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that Akame is one of the most, if not the most, skilled member of Night Raid. While she is younger than some of her fellow Night Raid assassins, Akame is easily one of their more experienced fighters, both from her days as an assassin for the Empire and the Revolutionary Army. She’s had years of practice fighting both with a blade and hand-to-hand, making her a well-rounded and versatile fighter. It doesn’t matter if she’s taking on a single individual or multiple fighters at once, as she can cut down most opponents long before they can even go for their own weapons. A major contributor to her success is her ability to control and conceal her aura, making it difficult for most fighters to detect her presence until she strikes, as they do not detect an intent to kill from her. This also appears to give Akame greater levels of clarity in the middle of combat, able to read most of her foes like a book, or notice something within her surroundings to give her an advantage. It’s also virtually impossible to try and sneak up on her, rendering surprise attacks useless. This focused precision has come in handy for Akame against virtually any opponent she has crossed blades with. It has helped her read practically every move sent her way by the Oarburgh Taeko, whose wind strikes were enough to overwhelm Cornelia; stand her ground against in the ferocity of Head Hunter Zanku, who could usually anticipate enemy strikes with his Imperial Arms; fight on par with Doctor Stylish’s creation Toby, who possessed multiple weapons implanted in his body; adapt to Kurome’s Imperial Arms, which allowed her to summon up to eight puppets at a time; and keep her alive against Esdeath, the Empire’s strongest soldier, before finally killing her. Regardless of what weapons or skills her enemies might possess, if anyone tries to take on Akame, they already have one foot in the grave, and Akame will make sure they stay six feet under.
I’d be lying if I said it took a lot of thought to reach the final verdict here. The truth is, this hardly took a minute to decide who has the advantage here. While Rin is hardly lacking for ferocity with his swordsmanship, he just doesn’t come close to matching Akame’s own skill with the sword. There’s hardly anything Rin can do to put her off guard, as she does possess experience fighting opponents as aggressive as Rin. As she would say to Toby before she killed him: “Your fighting style was extremely aggressive, but you left me too many openings.” And that pretty much sums up Rin’s approach to how he’ll attack Akame. To make matters worse for the Son of Satan, Rin will have a hard time trying to detect Akame at all due to her ability to conceal her intent to kill. And then there’s their respected skills fighting hand-to-hand, but even then, it’s hardly a contest. Rin has good competence, but Akame has masterful performance. In short, Rin can try as hard as he wants, but Akame is a much more practiced opportunist, and when she sees her opening, it will be very difficult for Rin to adapt to her attacks in time.
Akame gets the solid edge for her combat skills.
As the powers these two possess are greatly linked to their weapons, I felt it made more sense to analyze both in one round. Let’s start with Rin.
Rin’s signature weapon is, of course, the Kurikara, a katana Shiro Fujimoto used to seal away his demonic powers. When drawn, Rin has full access to his demon abilities. However, beyond this, the sword was a regular katana and could still be damaged by conventional means. What’s more, if the sword is damaged, Rin will lose control of his powers, and if it’s broken completely, he will die. Even so, the Kurikara still granted Rin a wide variety of ways for him to use his hellfire in battle, including his father's trademark ability: The Blue Flames. He is able to use smaller amount of flames even when his sword is sheathed, typically when enraged, often combining his blue flames with his sword techniques, making him a difficult swordsman to face. To make things even more interesting, he also has several special moves he can perform. Satan Slash is when Rin channels his flames through the Kurikara and fires them at his opponent in a the form of a wave. For Satan bomb, Rin stabs Kurikara into the ground and then creates a series of explosions at nearby points of his choosing. Rin later gains a small amount of control over his flames, though he has shown he is still prone to his flames leaking out during bursts of rage. Be that as it may, Rin has shown again and again that the demon powers he inherited from Satan are not to be underestimated by anyone he faces, no matter how experienced they may be.
Akame has wielded a wide variety of bladed weapons over the course of her career as an assassin. When under the wing of Gozuki, she was given a weapon known as a Shingu, weapons in which were meant to surpass the power of the Imperial Arms but failed. Akame was given the katana Kiriichimonji, a Shingu where wounds inflicted by this blade cannot be healed. However, when a part of Night Raid, she came into possession of the Imperial Arms Murasame, another katana that possessed a poison that killed within seconds and possessed no antidote. It doesn’t matter if she leaves only a small cut or strikes her enemy across the chest. If her target has a heart, they will die. Like most Imperial Arms, Murasame also possessed a Trump Card, an ability meant to give the user an edge in battle if need be. With Murasame, Akame need only cut herself to discard her humanity and embrace her inner demon she actives her Trump Card; Ennoodzuno which enhances her strength, speed and durability to massive levels. With a weapon such as this, you might think Akame is invicible, but you’d be wrong. Murasame must cut through the flesh to kill the target, and its curse is ineffective against armored fighters, machines, undead, puppets, or organic Imperial Arms. Akame’s Trump Card only lasts for a limited amount of time and leaves her exhausted afterward, so she will only ever use it as a last resort. Regardless of the drawbacks, this has never stopped Akame from seeing a mission through to the very end, willing to achieve her goals even if it kills her.
The most fascinating part about examining their weapons of choice is the fact that Kurikara and Murasame are both the greatest strengths and weaknesses for Rin and Akame. While they can help them cut down most opposition they cross, they can also be the instruments of their downfalls. Akame is certainly someone Rin would want to keep at bay, but his hellfire can be the right tool for that very purpose. In order to make anything happen, Akame needs to be up close and personal with Rin. Otherwise, she can’t hit him with Murasame’s curse. Not to mention Rin has a wide variety of possibilities to use his hellfire against Akame. Even if she were to use her Trump Card, all it does is give her a stat boost. Useful, but it still lacks in variety, while Rin’s powers are much more diverse and could help him surprise Akame in a wide variety of ways.
Rin Okumura gets the edge for his weapons and powers.
A battle between Rin Okumura and Akame will be the ultimate test of steel against steel of demonic proportions. While there may be a large gap between them with experience, both fighters still possess a wide variety of abilities to keep each other on guard. In the end, this will all come down to one question: who will first have the opportunity to land the fatal strike? Will Akame finally burn in hell for all the lives she’s taken? Or is Rin Okumura as good as done? To set the stage, this fight will take place outside Rin and Yukio’s dorm at True Cross Academy. As a final tally, I would say the advantage to the victor goes 7/10, with the following being a hypothetical battle of 1 majority victory.
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Hey guys and here are with a new Last Chance Battle Royale. We will now be turning our attention to the eight fights in my eighth volume of versus fights. This battle royale shall feature Lady from Devil May Cry, Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online, Doomfist from Overwatch, Godzilla from the Godzilla franchise, Kula Diamond from King of Fighters, Static Shock from DC, Rainbow Mika from Street Fighter, and Zim from Invader Zim. All these fighters fought well in their respected matches, but didn’t have the skills to win against their opponents. But now, they have a second chance to become a champion in an epic battle royale to the death. But remember: there can be only one.
Upon witnessing the mighty size of Godzilla, most of the fighters would instantly go on the evasive, wanting to stay as clear from him as possible. However, only one would try to attack Godzilla head-on, and that would Zim. Laughing briefly at the others before turning to Godzilla, Zim would claim that he alone has what it takes to send Godzilla to his doom before charging the beast. Godzilla would roar angrily when he feels Zim blasting at him with his lasers. They would only come across as annoying bug bites to the colossus, but it would draw his attention toward Zim, which he would soon discover was not a good thing after all. Meanwhile, the others would notice Godzilla looking down at Zim and would make the most of his distraction with the Irken warrior to take the fight to each other. Three new skirmishes would suddenly break out, with Rainbow Mika throwing herself at Doomfist chest-first and knocking him backward. Meanwhile, Lady would train her sights on Asuna and blast at her with Kalina Ann from a distance. But the most dramatic shift in the battle would happen when Kula Diamond focuses her attention on Static Shock. Activating her powers, the arena would suddenly become chilly as it becomes a winter wonderland, leaving the others to fight in an incredibly cold arena. Ultimately, some of these skirmishes would end much more quickly than others. While he is trying to recover, Doomfist would feel Mika wrap her legs around his neck. However, despite applying all her strength into her attack, Doomfist would retaliate by punching her hard in the face with his gauntlet, throwing her into the air. He would turn around in an instant and fire a shotgun blast at the young wrestler, killing her instantly.
8th Place: Rainbow Mika
With a bothersome fly taken care of, Doomfist would look around to determine which opponent is the strongest. His eyes would immediately focus on Godzilla, and he would run forward to attack the giant lizard. At this point, Godzilla has grown frustrated with Zim and finally strike back Zim jumps into his line of sight. Focusing on Zim, and Zim alone, Godzilla would activate his Atomic Breath and blast Zim full force, completely disintegrating him.
7th Place: Zim
No sooner does Godzilla cease his attack, he feels the ground beneath his feet tremble; Doomfist has made his move to get his attention. As he looks around for his new attacker, the other skirmishes would start reaching their climaxes. As the other fights have been raging around them, Virgil has been doing his best to try and overcome Kula with everything he’s got. However, Kula would leave him with no openings for him to effectively use, leaving him stumped on how he can take on a seemingly easy foe to defeat. Eventually, Kula would make her move and blast Static with her ice breath, taking Virgil by surprise. Thrown off his game, he’d fire electricity in all directions, leaving him vulnerable. Before he realizes what she has done, Kula would skate toward him and attack him with a powerful uppercut, pulling his head free from his shoulders.
6th Place: Static Shock
On the other side of the battlefield, the other skirmish would be coming to a close as well. Despite her best efforts, Asuna would not be able to get in close enough to mount a proper offense against Lady, as her missiles and grenades would prevent her from closing the distance. It also wouldn’t help that Lady would be goading her to try harder and put more effort in trying to beat her. Becoming frustrated, Asuna would throw caution to the wind and lunge directly at Lady, no longer trying to be evasive. It’s just the opportunity Lady needs to fire the Kalina Ann’s most powerful missile barrage, completely obliterating Lightning Flash, bringing her feeble assault to an abrupt halt.
5th Place: Asuna Yuuki
Her breathing becoming heavier, Lady would look around at everyone else who’s left. She would see Doomfist hammering away at Godzilla while Kula Diamond stands proudly beside her recently defeated opponent. Considering her options, Lady would see that Doomfist and Kula are both easy pickings, but as the former is locked in deep conflict with Godzilla, the demon hunter would turn her attention first to Kula, not yet willing to bring herself to the attention of the enormous creature. The nest thing Kula realizes, she has been caught by the ankle from one of Lady’s grapplers. In retaliation, Kula would swing her free foot and free herself from Lady’s grasp. Lady would follow up by throwing a grenade at Kula, only to have it defended from with a large body of ice encasing her body. As an icy mist passes over Lady, she starts firing ahead of her with her pistol and submachine gun. However, she hears movement from behind her. The moment she turns around she is kicked backward by Kula before she summons a large icicle from the icy floor, which impales Lady through the heart.
4th Place: Lady
As this has all been going on, Doomfist would be striking at Godzilla at the feet, trying to keep him off balance. In response to this, Godzilla would be trying to stomp on him, but Doomfist keeps jumping out of the way to keep himself from getting stepped on. Ultimately, all he is really doing is delaying the inevitable. Despite all his best efforts, he has failed to inflict so much as a scratch on Godzilla, and he is slowly beginning to tire. Eventually, he would jump too far away from Godzilla, leaving him vulnerable at last to an attack from the King of Monsters. Realizing his mistake too late, Doomfist would have no time to correct his mistake before he is blasted away by Godzilla’s Atomic Breath.
3rd Place: Doomfist
And that is when Kula would strike. Using the full might of her power, she would attempt to freeze Godzilla completely in place. Godzilla would not take kindly to this and not wait for her to come into his line of fire. With all the strength he can muster, he leaps into the air and creates a massive shockwave, scattering the bodies of the fallen away in all directions. Kula is also caught by the shockwave Godzilla has made and soars into the air, completely out of control. Godzilla would then turn to her, and with all the power he possesses, fires his Red Spiral Breath, vaporizing Kula before she can even hit the ground.
2nd Place: Kula DiamondAnd thus, I declare Godzilla, the King of Monsters, the winner.
Now of course, this is all just my own personal opinion. So what do you all think? Do you agree that this is the right verdict, or should someone else have won the championship? Feel free to let me know, as I always enjoy discussion. Thanks for tuning in, and until next time, take care.