Why I Love Akatsuki Blitzkampf’s Akatsuki

Why I Love Akatsuki Blitzkampf’s Akatsuki
Date Published: 24 December, 2019

Disciplined would be an understatement when describing what Akatsuki Blitzkampf‘s Akatsuki is really all about. He is a mysterious, yet methodical figure, who exudes the aura that only a few do in the world of fighting games posses, and that is of a leader’s.

Exemplified both in his fighting nature, as well as in his overall demeanor, Akatsuki is the true definition of a martial arts trained soldier, he is diligent and practical with his fighting style, and pragmatic with the handling of his opponents.

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Akatsuki as hes shown in the opening of Akatsuki Blitzkampf.

Although his characteristic traits have been well documented, during his time clashing with various opponents, Akatsuki’s past is still somewhat blurry, considering the only critical points of detail known have to do with his sudden awakening after a 50 year hibernation occurring while encased in ice.

Outside of his seldom mentioned original goal—destroying the remaining Blitz Motors, and his identity of an imperial army super soldier, Akatsuki’s motives, and actions are difficult to discern.

However, despite his fragmented past, and unassuming, deliberate personality, Akatsuki simply holds the trait that all main fighting game characters share, and that is the “it” factor.

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Akatsuki using his signature step-kick vs Anonym in Akatsuki Blitzkampf.

The way he carries himself, be it the way he talks, the way he fights, and even his imposing, yet grounded appearance, Akatsuki gives off the unmistakable feeling of being “the man.”

As a specialized trained soldier, Akatsuki’s fighting style is predominantly hand-to-hand combat, with other infused martial art techniques, such as Muay Thai, Taekwondo, and kick-boxing, along with his powerful Blitz Motor—Thunderclap.

Although his control of lighting thanks to his Thunderclap aids Akatsuki in throwing projectiles for zoning purposes, his strengths truly lie in close quarters. His ability to pitch a pace and pressure his opponents is invaluable in his strategy towards winning.

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Akatsuki launching Seth with his Jaw Crusher in Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st].
However, while his gameplan for unrelenting pressure and eventual breaking is perhaps his best one, similar to his overall nature, Akatsuki’s also has the ability to exercise his pressure in more contained fashion, lending to a methodical, yet safe way of applying offense, while remaining mindful of his defense.

While there aren’t many to point out, Akatsuki’s one weakness could be his mobility, as he lacks both the explosive vertical and horizontal mobility compared to many of his adversaries, making him vulnerable to chasing his opponent, risking getting caught in the process.

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Akatsuki using his Veil Off vs Wagner in Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late[st].
He is by no stretch of the imagination the most recognizable figure in fighting games, and his origin is even less widely known. However, as one of the few characters to demonstrate the ability to steal the spotlight, be it intentionally or otherwise, while serving as a guest character, Akatsuki certainly is unique.

He’s not much of a talker, nor does he dress in a flashy wardrobe, and his backstory is practically unknown, however, when it’s time to fight, Akatsuki shines as bright as anyone, which if nothing else, makes him a show that you don’t want to miss.

MacSplicer Stats – Akatsuki

Favorite Akatsuki move – Skull Crusher
Favorite Akatsuki player – Squish
Favorite game w/Akatsuki Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st]
Favorite match-up w/Akatsuki – vs Enkidu

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