Why SAKAZUKI AKAINU Follows Absolute Justice | One Piece Character Analysis

Why SAKAZUKI AKAINU Follows Absolute Justice | One Piece Character Analysis

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When we think about Akainu, we directly think
about his notorious idea of absolute justice. But do we really know what that means? If absolute Justice means following the rules
without any question, wouldn´t that mean that Akainu in his own eyes fails to act justly
when working with the warlords or confronting the Gorosei? No, there is actually a deeper meaning to
the principal of absolute justice. And that is what we are going to explore together
today. A common misconception in storytelling, is
the idea that talking about a character is the same thing as talking about the person
that this character embodies in a story. You sometimes hear people talking about whether
a character is good or bad, based on the actions they take in relation to other characters. I think, most of you don´t need me to tell
you, that a good guy can be a bad character and that a bad guy can be a good one. No matter if it´s Hollywood or the anime
world, anti-heroes and great villains have been a prominent element of storytelling for
quite some time now. However, today, I want to talk about a different
misconception, that people seem to be less aware of. And that is the big issue of whether or not
it´s okay to like and enjoy an evil or morally questionable character. As you know, taking a liking to the villain
of a story is a quite common thing, and yet often people get called out for enjoying a
character that clearly commits evil or at least questionable acts. How can you like Doflamingo, when he has committed
so many acts of violence and cruelty? I think all of you have had this experience
before. What often gets overlooked in this kind of
argument however is the fact that a character and the person they represent in their respective
world, are not the same thing. Liking a character and liking who that character
is are two fundamentally different things indeed. Liking the character implies liking the way
that character is designed and integrated into the story. This is simply a question of good or bad writing. Liking a person in a story on the other hand
refers to liking their actions, their values and their personality. Liking Doflamingo for being an excellent villain
to Luffy and bringing complexity and high stakes to the story is essentially different
from liking Doflamingo because he tyrannically rules and suppresses an entire country. Do you see the point I´m trying to make here? So, when we talk about Akainu today, I want
you to be aware that I personally don´t agree with his actions and his sense of justice
as a person. But I nonetheless think that he is an amazing
and great character, that I deeply enjoy seeing in the story. So, whatever your perspective on Akainu might
be, remember to distinguish between Akainu the character written for the story of One
Piece and Akainu the person acting in the world of One Piece. Therefore, we will first look at his character
and how he is written and then deconstruct what his sense of absolute justice represents
in the story. After all, being one of the central antagonists
of the series, Sakazuki doesn´t have a purely evil ideal. Oda simply takes his desire to bring down
the evil of the world and gives it a dark twist in perspective. This is the same principal he uses with Black
Beard, who like Luffy follows his ideal of dreams. Or like Doflamingo, who like White Beard follows
the ideal of family. According to Oda, the ideal you hold might
be good and just, but it is the practical execution of this ideal that truly determines
who you are as a person. So, let´s find out what Akainu actually means
when he talks about absolute justice. Before we get into the steaming volcano of
personality, that is Sakazuki Akainu, though, a quick update on our small challenge. Once again you have reached the goal I set
you and gotten 3500 likes on Aokiji´s video. So, this time, I will raise the bar significantly
and challenge you to reach 4000 likes in the first 24 hours this video is online, and the
next admiral will be out within the week. But now, without any further a due, buckle
up, it´s about to get hot. Sakazuki Akainu is a muscular and broadly
built man that with over 3 meters in height, is taller than any of the straw hats, including
even Jinbe. His design was based on the Japanese actor
Bunta Sugawara, with facial features strikingly similar to his anime counterpart. In one of his movies, we can even see him
smoking a cigar and wearing the exact red suit with the pink rose, that we know all
too well from Akainu. Additionally, Sakazuki also has a large tattoo
in the shape of a flower and flame pattern across his left chest and shoulder as well
as a small tattoo of a sword on his right arm, that might hint at the secret sword unit
inside the marines. Naturally, Akainu is also a physically strong
character, that also wields the powerful magma logia devil fruit. In fact, he is so strong, that Oda once even
stated in an interview that if he were to become the protagonist, he would be able end
the One Piece series within a single year. Let that sink in for a second. Born in the north blue, even as a child, Sakazuki
had a grim demeaner and a sense of justice. He joined the marines around the same time
as his fellow admiral Borsalino and quickly rose in their ranks due to his notorious strength. A decisive moment in his past was the incident
of Ohara, that heavily shaped his idea of justice and set up the contrasting relationship
with his fellow admiral Aokiji. During the war at Marineford, he was the decisive
factor to win the war in favor of the marines. And later, after being victorious over Aokiji
in their duel, he rose to the position of fleet admiral. Putting morality and ethics aside, from a
purely militaristic perspective, his appointment made perfect sense. Being the one to ensure White Beards death
and carrying out Ace´s execution, he easily outperformed his two fellow admirals and even
the former fleet admiral Sengoku during the war. In the context of all these events, Oda depicts
Akainu as a hardline and almost extremist military leader, that in many ways hints at
the strict and brutal militaristic history of Japan, that is filled with warlords, shoguns
and generals. These were notoriously known for following
the values of their country, but in the process overlooking and stepping on the people they
were actually meant to protect in the first place. Outside of his duties, Akainu shows little
interest in anything besides conflict and war. Despite having a burning obsession to fulfill
his desire to eradicate all evil and end the pirate era, Sakazuki is a surprisingly level-headed
character who knows to contain himself and not act impulsively. In fact, this sense of thoughtfulness and
cleverness makes his character so different from many other villains, that have a similar
basic design. Based on his appearance and his extreme believes,
one would expect Akainu to be an erratic and impulsive monster, that goes berserk whenever
something goes against his will or hurts his pride. But just the opposite is the case. Akainu is surprisingly determined on thinking
things through. Not in the way Aokiji does of course, determining
who a person truly is and what a specific situation calls far. Akainu much rather determines how to get his
desired result in the most efficient and effective way possible. We can see this for instance when he manipulates
Squadro to attack White Beard or when he ruthlessly destroys a ship full of innocents on Ohara
to ensure the success of his mission. And of course, he also manipulates Ace into
taking him on one vs one, by taunting his beloved captain and in the end preventing
the pirates´ success. In close connection to this, Akainu also strongly
believes in thoroughness. Based on his concept of absolute justice,
he swears by the idea that you have to finish what you started and IF you start it, you
have to go all the way. The best example of this is once again the
incident of Ohara, where after sacrificing a ship full of innocent civilians he states
the following: In other words, Akainu justifies his evil actions with the necessity for thoroughness
in the context of working for the greater good. A concept that you might be well familiar
with from the Harry Potter books. Finally, Akainu also has a strong sense of
pride. Pride in himself, but in extension also pride
in the institution of the marines and what they represent for the people. While he doesn´t feel the need to act honorable
in the face of pirates he can´t stand the idea of the marines failing to abide with
his absolute justice in the eye of the general population. That is why he is furious with Fujitora, who
shared with the world what had transpired on Dressrosa after Doflamingo´s defeat by
Luffy. Notably, next to Aokiji, we can also already
see a gaping hole between Akainu´s and Fujitora´s ideas of justice here. Most interestingly, however, is his anger
directed towards the Gorosei, when they try to cover up Doflamingo´s resignation from
the warlords. When they dismiss his concerns for the public
image of the marines, it becomes very clear that Akainu doesn´t agree with the notion
that the institution of the marines is nothing more than a mere a tool for the world government,
that can be used in any way they please. So now, based on this premise, let´s determine
what Akainu´s absolute Justice actually is. To learn, where Akainu´s perspective on justice
formed, we actually don´t have to speculate, but simply look at the master himself. Oda stated in an SBS that the idea of absolute
justice stems from Sakazuki´s decision to burn down Robin’s homeland Ohara completely
without any chance for survivors in order to demolish all evil. I think this is extremely interesting, since
it not only suggests, that Akainu was not as determined before the incident, but also
because it shows us how the same impactful event has brought two initially not so different
people to morally opposite sides of the same spectrum. Being confronted with the extreme brutality
of the buster call, Akainu coped with it by justifying it with the need to always be absolute
and thorough, while Aokiji decided to go against his superiors and fulfill his own moral justice. Based on this, Akainu´s idea of justice seems
to compel him to always follow the law, with no regard for the situation or the people
involved. Rules are rules. There are no exceptions and no second chances. Sakazuki follows this credo in the believe
that it is the only way to end the root of all evil in the world. The great pirate era. As a result, he has definitely heavily contributed
to the marine’s success in the past. Being the decisive factor in the war, his
wits and ruthlessness were two major factors in defeating White Beard and finishing Ace´s
execution. Part of that is also his strong believe in
the meaning of bloodlines. While Aokiji looks at a person’s actions,
Akainu judges a person’s heritage as an indicator for how big of a threat they pose. We can see this in the intensity with which
he goes against Ace, the son of the pirate king and against Luffy, the son of the most
wanted man in the world. All these examples show us the contrast between
the soft and liberal Aokiji and the strict and conservative Akainu. When looking at these decisions, one could
possibly find an argument, that Sakazuki is simply a hard-liner that takes drastic action
in a suffering world. However, as we all know, Akainu is also responsible
for some horrendous and extreme actions, by which Oda puts him in the clear category of
an antagonist. One of the most prominent examples of this
is of course the killing of innocent civilians on Ohara out of a whim. A decision that he made on his own and not
based on orders. Another example would be him pushing for the
complete annihilation of the pirates during the war, not caring for the suffering of his
own men and their desire to stop the killing. In a way the worst example of this, however,
is the execution of his own men for refusing an order, without any chance for a trial. This has nothing to do with justice or thoroughness
but is simply an act of tyranny and cruelty. We can see this behavior again, when Coby
dares to stand up to him during the war, his sentence barely being stopped by Shanks. These examples show us very well, how the
wrong take on the right ideal can create suffering for those that were meant to be protected
by it in the first place. Sacrificing civilians and soldiers alike just
to get the job done, is not what justice is about. What is even more interesting to me, however,
is that Akainu´s justice might actually not even be that absolute after all. There are a number of things that should clearly
violate the idea of absoluteness. Working with the warlords, in other words
pirates, should be impossible under Akainu´s idea of justice. Yet he does it, to make use of their strength. Ignoring Wano and not moving against the Yonko
should be a no-go when you want to be thorough. But he decides against it, well knowing that
his forces might not be sufficient. Arguing with Fujitora that coverups are necessary,
while the existence of coverup´s themselves should be impossible under his vision. Letting Aokiji go after their duel out of
respect, while brutally executing a random foot soldier. And last but not least opposing the Gorosei
and world nobles, while at the same time supporting their system of slavery, racism, exploitation
and undisputed dominance of the weak. How can you justify these actions, when your
ideal is the absolute nature of rules? The answer to that is as surprising as it
is simple. Akainu´s justice claims to be absolute in
regard to the rules of the world. But it is actually based on his own set of
ideals and values. So, in the end, he and Aokiji both ended up
following their own sense of justice, while taking opposite paths after the destruction
of Ohara. Both want to achieve justice at heart and
are opposed to the actions of the world government. And yet they are as different as it gets in
their execution of this ideal. What all of this leaves us with now, is the
hidden moral need that Oda has given Akainu for his future conflict with Luffy. The need to understand that evil isn’t determined
by your blood or affiliation, but much rather by who you are as a person and whether your
actions hurt those around you. And even though he has lost his path, I am
sure he will get there. After all, in his heart, Akainu is burning
for true justice. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you did don´t forget to hit that like
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80 thoughts on “Why SAKAZUKI AKAINU Follows Absolute Justice | One Piece Character Analysis

  • Maria Post author


  • YOTAMUSIC Post author


  • Dman 777 Post author

    akainu's devil fruit is so dope

  • Ohara Post author

    Hey foxes 🦊 I hope you enjoy this video! What is your take on Akainu as a person and as a character?

  • Plumpy Post author

    kizaru the strongest

  • XD BOII Post author

    Love your videos dude!!!

  • Magilas Post author

    I appreciate you man. Thanks for the vids 💪🏽

  • Adam Hilali Post author

    Early comment

  • Jack Post author

    i enjoy these kind of videos a whole lot

  • sumit kumar Post author

    I want to know about his past man such a good character!

  • you dunno Post author

    To be completely honest, the first time we saw Sakazuki in the flashback of Ohara, I was intrigued by His Sense of Justice and wanted to learn more about him.
    Well then came Marineford where i hated him but Just Like garp He Had to do His Work, with a rational way of thinking who knew when to Strike the enemy.
    I mean the Moment He killed Ace made me hate him for killing Off a beloved character. But in all honestly He was only doing was had to be done.
    Like you can See His good Side actually when He talked with Sen gok in one of the latest chapters, as an enemy of the Pirates He seems evil but He is levelheadet and a good Charakter.

  • Koushik Rahul Post author

    Akainu Bakainu

  • sweet n' sticky Post author

    MVP in Marineford.

  • Szimipek 02 Post author

    If aokiji is coolzan , then sakazuki is Lavainu

  • Wisdom Manari' Post author

    Of course it is natural to enjoy morally Grey and straight up evil characters. People who have issues with that are fucking idiots.

  • PorkPie Hat D Mingo Post author

    Akainu "Fisted Ace."

  • ahmad reza Post author

    he is a shity character …

  • Bruno Ronsani Post author

    The first 3 minutes already got me super invested in the video, what an amazing opening, not only you show off your amazing writing skills, you show how good Oda’s world and character building is. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Jordan Taylor Post author

    More like Akai-No Survivors

  • Purple Clouds Post author

    Deku is a bad character not Boruto

  • Reverse Dipper Pines Post author

    He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster . . . when you gaze long into the abyss the abyss also gazes into you

  • Mad Mens Den Post author

    I love akainu's character, I can't wait to see what parts he'll play in the future and what'll happen to him as a character.

  • ExpertAtAll1 Post author

    You and Mr Morj make some really great videos.

  • Shahnul Islam Post author

    " Dofy is a great leader, probably the greatest we've ever seen. He has control over his people, NO RATS! He is also liked by, I would even say, loved by his peers and his people. He is a tremendous tremendous person."

  • Kata Cutie Post author

    Because he's a psychopath.

  • Jamboklaat Post author

    Akainu is basically a sociopath.

  • Shawndre 3000 Post author

    i can’t wait til you get to Law.

  • William Dabney Post author

    I have one gripe with the video which is your claim that Akainu looks at blood lines above all else. Weevil while I rely doubt that he is rely white beard's son is let into the warlords. And unless Akainu has a fear of the "D" I can not see how having the son of White beard alive is better than the son of Dragon. In chapter 802 while not Akainu; Kizaru says it dosent matter what his blood line is and I chose to take that as Akainu's position on the matter as well.

  • Matt Boynton Post author

    I like it but you repeated stuff

  • Revan Tobias Post author

    Best Character! Did his duty and killed that Useless Ace. hopefully he is the one who Orders 66 the Celestial Dragons

  • pap 1324 Post author

    Akainu's way of doing things might seem brutal or immoral, but honestly what he does is military standart. Shooting the ship at ohara was the "right" thing to do because he saw the brutality of the buster call and he realised if one scientist escaped all the people on ohara would have died for nothing. Both ordering and not ordering the buster call could have been solutions to the problem but now that a deciseon had been made, by the higher ups they needed to stick with it. Executing deserters is not anything crazy, it is normal for war situations Akainu is doing something wich none of the main characters are doing right now he is upholding order. Sakazuki might seem "evil" to the viewer but that is only because we are vieweing the story from the Strawhats perspective. We have to realize that not all pirates are happy go lucky nice peolple like the Strawhats, in contrast most normal pirates are just robbing random citizens. So to keep the world from falling into chaos there is a need for a power that regulates such pirates activity. Akainu is important for the world peace and he knows that. He knows that alot of the things the world goverment does are wrong but if he would oppose them he would risk creating a chaos wich would only hurt the normal people. The navy must ot fall that is his true objective.
    With this I conclude that although Akainu seems like a tyrant he is a necessary evil and just the hero of his own story.

  • iammaximumstupied Post author

    Joker is the biggest example, dude would blow up hospitals and orphanages haha.

  • Akemi Homura Post author

    that foot soldier was trying to run from a war. this is vastly different than akojis situation. they should not have been mentioned in the same sentence.

  • ShadowFox105870 Post author

    Say what you want about akainu he's canonically the hottest man alive

  • silvester 337 Post author

    Ahhhaa long waited video…. Bro… Finally I got it…..

  • Atom Post author

    Ah Tuesday. Right on schedule 🙂 goodjob. Love your work Man.

  • Saint Ralph Post author

    That Dororo reference… 🦊

  • Orion3227 Post author

    The Idea of Absolute Justice is to believe that being Good means fighting the persons who are Evil, in this case people who creates chaos by breaking the rules. I don't think the main problem here is that sometimes Akainu makes sacrifices for the Greater Good (Although in the case of Sakazuki it is way too far). In my opinion the real issue is that Absolute Justice don't target the real issue, because it is too concentrated on the people and not on the causes, ie why people like Roger or Luffy want to break the rules in the first place.

  • Zero HS Post author

    About an 1h in and about 1/10 of the like goal in.

  • elfman010 Post author

    Dang 4:22 seconds..i enjoy your videos but you sure took your time with video to start the info i wanted to hear. Nonetheless keep going man i enjoy your videos

  • Dwayne Parsons Post author

    Exctly thanks for explaining that Character and person are not the same thing Wish I could show this to everyone watching Vinland saga who get butthurt when people say they Like Askeladd

  • youeggs Post author

    2:30 SAUCE ??

  • Lu Bu Post author

    Love that artwork

  • DatdudeJasxn J Post author

    Sakazuki "Lavazuki"

  • Satya Subhash Post author

    Challenge: Raising the bar… 4.5k likes for this video one day…

    Viewers: hold my beer 2.5k in 1hr…

  • youeggs Post author

    Sakazuki "Aka In-out" Akainu

  • Atramentous Eyes Post author

    Why does akainu only like his drinks on the rocks? cuz its just ice

  • Allan Fernandes Post author

    >strict and conservative Akainu

    Oh, boy…

  • Bombz away Post author

    Please do garp next The favorite

  • Luscious Mustard Post author

    I despise everything that he stands for but fuck he’s cool. Fav fruit in the series bar none

  • Breno Mandetta Post author

    Your videos are so damm good <3 Thank you for your hard work !

  • Roberto Diaz Post author

    It has to be Saikazuki "Vol"Akainu!!!!

  • bryansouza16 Post author

    Well since akainu is based on bunta sugawara, how about bunta spicy-wara

  • OverlyCaffeinated Squirrel Post author

    You nailed it, The problem isn't liking a villain. It's people then posting Griffith did nothing wrong. Thinking liking a villain, really any character, means you have to justify that characters actions. You can like someone and still admit their actions are evil.

  • Eagle D. Kōzui Post author

    I can only say that Sakazuki Akainu is loyal to the "World Government" and serve to lead the Navy and get rid of those who won't follow orders, even when the situation is going out of control.

  • Tulop Post author


  • Tohawk Post author

    What if Aokiji actually won their duel? And this is part of his plan.

  • C Vox Post author

    The dielemma every endeavor fan suffer from

  • Tulop Post author

    He scares me

  • Viktor Kolev Post author

    Totally deserved the like!

  • WhiteJiggaboo Post author

    I still think Kuzan won the fight and is the fleet admiral but the only one who could go undercover in Blackbeard’s crew

  • YNS Berlin Post author

    Lebst du in den usa? Kompliment. Man hört an deinem satzbau glaub ich manchmal den deutschen raus :p

  • As'ad Muhammad Post author

    I love your videos, good job 😊👍

  • WWK Prady Post author

    VOLKAINO ((:

  • Glenton Campbell Post author

    How is Akainu’s Absolute justice different from Rob Lucci’s Dark Justice?

  • TheSmokedogg21 Post author

    Sakazuki "MagDog" Akainu

  • RTAnon Post author

    akainu is best marine. He sticks to his morals to the bitter end

  • Pedro Caldas Post author

    Awesome thumbnail!

  • nick johnson Post author

    i think you missed the reason of why akainu kill the nameless soldier or attempt of killing coby, he roast that soldier because he did a desertion (high tier war crime worldwide, even in real world, a deserter would be shot right away) … 2ndly on coby, he did an insurbodination, which meant he literally defend a terrorist from being eliminated, sure being roast to death is quite extreme for coby's military penalty …. but i hope you understand why he did that

  • nick johnson Post author

    if akainu retired, i think he would be the best doughnut maker, look at ace if you dont believe me

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  • Francisco Nunes Fontanive Post author

    Akainu is an adept of the utilitarianism. There is no middle ground between justice (and a better world) and the obstacles that stand in its way. Yeah, he "has to do" some terrible, horrendous things (I don't agree with this) but in the end he os driving the world to some better times. That's why he overlooks the Shichibukai at the same time that he kills marines just 'cause they are standing in the way. The Shichibukai are a means to an end, while the marines that disagree with him are a problem that must be dealt with.

    It is incredible that fujitora, that seeks absolute justice aswell, seems to care much more about what drives his actions as a way to understand If these actions are actually ethical. This way It becomes clear that he has a much narrow view, where the actions mustn't fall flat ethically when It comes to the intersubjective/micropolitical matters.

    While aokiji's view only cares for the subjective narrativa to try and understand wether the intentions are ethical (therefore, Just) or not.

  • GM Acepiece Post author

    aokiji is to coolzan as akainu is to bakazuki its not like i like him

  • AngryAnimeFan - The Despair Reviewer Post author

    justifying villains, I for one feel a villian must be unforgiveable. Which is why I despite Donflamingo, he was unforgiveable. All I see in Akainu is an obsession that hides a very hidden unstable rageful heart. That will eventually burn down everything if he is not stopped or changed

  • Patrick Whipple Post author

    Sakasuki “hellhound” Akainu kinda repetitive but idk

  • Dandy Post author

    Fleet Admiral Sock-It-To-Me

  • Bishesh Khanal Post author

    when the joyboy theories music came on tho

  • basicsyphilis8 Post author

    Lava lava boys

  • Edward Newgate Post author

    Akainu is a great and terrific hhpocritical character. He is written as a horrible, hypocrite and coward by Oda but he is nicely written by Oda and you can't love to hate more than the hypocrite that is Akainu. Well, Akainu and Fujitora.

  • Raxus Post author

    whats with the slasher movie music in the background? i thought my fan came off its track… 1:20 in (Nvm its just really annoying jingle bells..)

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