[-[[caption-width-right:307: One man, one kill; W ("Double") execution of evil]]-]

-> "''I'll change Japan.''"
-->--'''Hazama Shou''', and ''boy'', [[WellIntentionedExtremist he]] [[OneManArmy isn't]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil kidding]].

->''"When all the evil people in this world are dead, will this world truly be peaceful?"''

''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' meets ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' meets ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.

The Japanese economy is crumbling. The country has a debt of over 7 trillion dollars. This is followed by, of course, bankruptcy, poverty, and unemployment.

Hazama Shou and Nagasawa Shina are two high school students and friends. One day, with the school year almost over, Shina has to sell herself into prostitution due to her family's massive debt. That night, at the hotel where she is made to entertain the high-level members of a semi-governmental corporation, a guy wearing a mask crashes the party, calling himself [[TitleDrop Akumetsu]]. [[note]]''[[MeaningfulName Destruction of Evil]]. (Aku) Evil (Metsu) Killer also works and makes for a wonderful pun.[[/note]] Shina recognizes him from the speech pattern... as Shou. After a conversation, bringing his target to admitting his crimes, Shou hacks his skull with an axe he brought and drags the body outside with him, only to be shot to death by the police waiting outside.

Shou's head explodes as he dies.

But when Shina returns to school the next day... Shou is there, and seems fine. And he tells Shina that he'll change UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}.

Cue one dead SleazyPolitician and CorruptCorporateExecutive after another as Shou in his alter-ego, Akumetsu, sets in motion his plan to save Japan from its economic and political disasters.

Published in ''Weekly Shonen Champion'' from 2002 to 2006, ''Akumetsu'' is a very violent series, but also boasts a realistic art-style. The story department, though, is a tad polarizing. The first plot line explores where and how "evil" can thrive in a modern society; in this case, the author chose politics and economy as its breeding grounds. The second plot line is about Akumetsu's plan to rid Japan of evil and the government's attempts to apprehend him and stop his terrorist acts. Those politically conscious might have a chance to pause and ponder on the facts the first plot line presents, whereas a casual reader will probably be more interested in the second. Bottomlined, it has MultipleDemographicAppeal which may also appeal to some of the {{shonen|Demographic}} audiences.

Comparable to both ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' and ''Manga/DestroyAndRevolution''. On the other hand, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v08/c064/ most definitely not]] ''Manga/DeathNote''.

Not to be mistaken with [[Creator/KenAkamatsu a certain mangaka]].
!!Tropes specific to ''Akumetsu'':

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Under Tokyo.
** AirVentPassageway: [[spoiler: Chapter 78: Akumetsu ''fished'' a target into the vents... Yes, with a fishing rod and ''in a fisherman costume''. And escaped.]]
* [[spoiler: AllYourPowersCombined]]: [[spoiler: Jinguuji's initial plan was to create an Ubermensch by combining all his clones' memories into one body.]]
** [[spoiler: And as of the current generation, the remaining Jinguuji clones sacrified themselves to create Version 1, Hazama Shou.]]
* AnatomyAgony: The series does not fuck around when it comes to this.
** AgonyOfTheFeet: A really dark[[note]][[BlackComedy or darkly-humorous, depending on your view of things]][[/note]] example happens in the first volume, where a CorruptCorporateExecutive gets his toe shot off courtesy of one of the Akumetsu.
** BoomHeadshot: Too many examples to list.
** EarAche: A biker in Volume 2 gets shot in the ear with a revolver.
** {{Fingore}}: A police chief in Volume 2 gets ''every finger on his left hand shot off.''
** KneeCapping: [[SubvertedTrope More or less]]; all of the Akumetsu have a habit of shooting/stabbing people in the legs and thighs in order to accomplish the same goal that this trope would.
** OffWithHisHead: At least one of their victims is killed this way.
** TeethFlying: The Volume 1 Akumetsu mentioned above pistol-whipping a guy in the face ends up resulting in this trope.
** YourHeadAsplode: Akumetsu's favorite trick; in order to hide his identity, [[spoiler: the mask is rigged to explode moments after Akumetsu's death.]]
* AnAxeToGrind: Akumetsu has used axes a few times.
* AnimeHair: Shou's hair quite stands out in a manga where ''everyone else'' has plausible hair styles.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Played straight with the main character in the Katsuragi's sixth chapter of "Aloof Antares", written just before he died.]]
* AssholeVictim: The Manga.
* AuthorAppeal: The writer clearly has a thing for the Lamborghini Countach.
* AuthorFilibuster
* AxCrazy: Go ahead and try telling us he's not.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Despite the arguability, the effect is mostly the same: re-cloned with memories right before death all intact.]]
* BadCopIncompetentCop: Leave aside the "bad" part if desired, but the "incompetent" part is spot on.
* BatmanGambit: Not just the gambits. The methods are ''very'' reminiscent of [[Film/TheDarkKnight Batman]]... only with more violence. It precedes the Dark Knight Trilogy and ''Manga/DeathNote'', though.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: All the heroic characters tend to have strong attractive faces. On the other hand, all the villainous characters Akumatsu comes for tend to be very very ugly.
* BecomingTheMask: Whoever decides to follow Akumetsu's methods better [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v06/c049/17.html "buck up and do it properly"]]... or else the real one's out there to get you. [[spoiler: And by "do it properly", it includes ''dying after the target''.]]
** Also a common theme with Shou. [[spoiler: Because each clone works independently, at different jobs, sometimes for long periods of time, they take their own personas. Many of these clones have expressed sadness when they are forced to die to pass on their memories and skills for leaving the coworkers and friends they make]].
** Considering that the Shou conclave began from [[spoiler: several different clones that had all grown up in different areas, families, careers, and lifestyles, the current shou can be interpreted as an extreme case of becoming the mask that jumps all the way to HiveMind]].
* {{Blackmail}}: One of Akumetsu's oft-opted methods. Apparently not [[HostageSituation his favorite]], though.
* BlandNameProduct:
** The very first panel has Starbunnys Coffee in the background.
** [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v06/c049/7.html Weekly Tsop]].
** ''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v11/c096/15.html Sany]]'' Video Camera.
* BringMyBrownPants: A CorruptCorporateExecutive wets himself in chapter 27.
%%* CantStopTheSignal
* CassandraTruth: That kid with spiky hair is [[spoiler:Akumetsu]]! Believe me!
* CharacterTitle: The title is the name of a character, in this case the main character's alter-ego.
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Every Shou]] is a clone of [[spoiler:a mega-syndicate boss called Hiroshii Jinguuji]], who funded all the cloning- and memory-related researches they're using now. But, luckily, none of them inherited his degenerate memories.
%%* CrazyPrepared: Oh... hell, and ''how''.
* CrossPoppingVeins: People get these when they're mad.
* CulturalCrossReference: [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Picard]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v02/c016/17.html has exceptional negotiation]]... Wait, what?![[note]]It's the one in the middle, with a silhouette of the Enterprise behind him, making him look like he's wearing a hat.[[/note]]
* DamselInDistress: Shina in the first two chapters or so.
* DangerouslyCloseShave: In Chapter 27.
* DeathIsCheap: ...like never before.
** This varies. Death is cheap early on when he has clones to throw away. Death becomes not so cheap once he is pushed since he does not have the materials nor the resources to create new ones as the final race makes every clone count.
* DeathMontage: Chapter 27 features a truly memorable one of these. Just turn on [[Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture]] and watch the fireworks.
* DecapitationPresentation: One of the Akumetsu pulls one. Apparently, [[NightmareFuel it's so graphic]] that the scanlation crew ''felt the need to censor it!''
** Later on, another Akumetsu (or was it the same one?) pulls a larger-scale DecapitationPresentation by presenting [[UpToEleven several heads]] ''[[UpToEleven on a rotating conveyor belt!]]''
** The first Akumetsu pulls off a variant of this; instead of holding up a severed head, he hoists [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TEpsISexTv0/TnNd2WHePwI/AAAAAAAAA8g/iu_fo7PMT8A/s0/004.png an entire dead body into view]]. (Complete with an axe embedded in the skull from earlier on in the previous chapter)
* DecoyProtagonist: Played straight and subverted with Shou Hazama. [[spoiler: Hazama may have performed the first Akumetsu killing but he isn't connected to the overarching story and is quickly replaced with Shou Niikura as the protagonist by the second volume. However Niikura is killed by the penultimate volume and Hazama takes up the reins as protagonist once more until the end. So in essence, [[{{Bookends}}everything begins and ends with Hazama]].]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: The Perfect One, who would have been a "new" Jinguuji if not for an [[LoveRedeems unexpected twist]] of [[HeelFaceTurn events]].]]
** [[spoiler: With Jinguuji's memories dying with him without being passed on anymore, this makes Akumetsu an indirect extension.]]
** Officer Yamada, if not for his [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist utter hatred for Akumetsu]], would be a pretty likely candidate.
* DemotedToExtra: The spotlight quickly shifted to Shou/Akumetsu after a few chapters, with Shina being only a side character who feels for him.
* DevilInPlainSight: Spiky AnimeHair... check. That distinct voice and speech-style... check. Stylized Oni mask... un-check. Nah, that kid can't be Akumetsu.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:All of the Shous die, as does his teacher, and at least six classmates. The Prime Minister's reforms ultimately failed, and corruption is still rampant. To add insult to injury, he's also homeless. Shiina survives only because the last Shou used the material from his body to build a new clone for her to transfer her consciousness to.]]
** It also has a few countable BittersweetEnding moments sprinkled here and there; like [[spoiler:Shou and Shiina's final moment together in the last cloning room]], and particularly the two final lines of the manga:
--->'''Murase''': Could you tell me more about that boy called Shou?]]\\
'''Shiina''': Of course.
* DrivenToSuicide: One banker in chapter 32 commits suicide rather than go through with what Akumetsu wants with him.
%%* ElaborateUndergroundBase
* EvilLaugh: Not used by a villain, but has the same effect on people.
--> '''''"Ku... ku... ku... ku... ku... ku..."'''''
* FanDisservice: The opening chapters with the molestation of the schoolgirls.
* GambitRoulette: EVERYTHING Akumetsu does. It only partially succeeds.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Quite often. An overused example can be seen [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v07/c061/12.html here]].
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:The final Shous]] all do so.
* GunsAkimbo: By the end of his standoff in [[spoiler:The class 3-B incident]], Shou is dual-wielding M-16s.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The Perfect One. Before completely inheriting Jinguuji's memories, which would supposedly have made him the same degenerate as him, his filial love for Sachiko, a female researcher in the project who fulfilled the role of his mother, pushed him on a different path.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The previous-generation Shous (surviving Jinguuji clones), after the process to create Version 1... kinda. Then again, the earlier memory-transfer gears drill holes into the skull and can't be taken off again once they're worn.]]
** [[spoiler:The last 21 Akumetsu go out with such a bang it qualifies as a TearJerker]]
* HostageSituation: Akumetsu's ''favourite'' method.
* HouseFire: One of the CorruptCorporateExecutive characters that Akumetsu takes out has his ([[BigFancyHouse rather expensive]]) house set on fire moments before he's killed.
* HumanShield: [[spoiler: Jinguuji, in his "new body", held Sachiko against the Perfect One. The Perfect One, however, managed to hit him through Sachiko... ''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v13/c112/8.html without killing her]]''.]]
* [[spoiler: IAmLegion]]: Akumetsu's ''here'' now? Let's switch to [[spoiler: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v04/c026/6.html Akumetsu in Chuukei]]]]! Next we have [[spoiler: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v04/c026/13.html Akumetsu in Shibuya]]]]!
* InherentInTheSystem: Many of Akumetsu's targets use this as an excuse for their inaction. He never buys it.
* InnocentBystander: Either averted or subverted or both; Akumetsu ''never'' [[strike:touches]] kills a bystander. [[spoiler: No matter how many of them may die.]] He would, however, have to do things to leave a persistent bystander (like a bodyguard shooting at him, for example) out of line-of-fire from time to time.
* KarmicDeath: Akumetsu never fails to find ways for the targets in the most fitting and ridiculous fashion.
* KnightTemplar: Shou as a whole.
* LivingLieDetector: Mari Kirishima, a.k.a. "''[[MeaningfulName Bloody Mary]]''" who had nosebleed when facing evil persons, including ''her own boss.''
* [[spoiler: LoveRedeems]]: [[spoiler: The Perfect One stands as the ultimate example of how love can purify even the worst kind of degenerate in body and mind.]]
* MaskOfPower: In addition to looking cool, the Akumetsu mask [[spoiler: transfers the wearer's memories as data to be implanted into a new body before implanting a bomb into the skull the moment he dies]].
* MasterOfDisguise: Apparently, [[spoiler: the Shou clones are perfectly capable of masquerading as an entire studio audience WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING.]]
* MeaningfulName: Akumetsu, "Destruction of evil".
* MexicanStandoff: Akumetsu and Officer Yamada got into this once.
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: Comparable to ''ComicBook/OldManLogan'' in this area. Easily a 10.
** As mentioned under DecapitationPresentation above, one page in particular was so gruesome that the official scanlators felt the need to censor it themselves.
* MoodWhiplash: Akumetsu is often shown to be torturing or blackmailing a politician right on national TV and with people watching everywhere in Japan. His topics are completely serious and yet we have Ametsu-kun, a cute and cuddly mascot that will aid Akumetsu in an unfathomably cute fashion.
* MutilationInterrogation: Everyone on Akumetsu's hit-list gets a side order of this trope.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:This is not much of a case of beating the opponent, but basically, the Yakuza lackeys had Akumetsu by the throat and they thought that they could get away with the Coup D'etat only to fall victim to the IncrediblyObviousBomb. Though the Akumetsu inside did not die immediately, the minute they peppered him with bullets, they should have realized that like every Akumetsu before him, the head explodes. Thus it did not matter whether or not they used weak bullets, the minute the Akumetsu dies, the lab was officially screwed anyway.]]
** Actually, [[spoiler: it wasn't Shou Azuma's head that destroyed the lab, since the explosion would be too weak to wipe out the entire thing. Apparently, they rigged a SEPARATE bomb to explode if Azuma was killed. (most likely, they rigged it to explode at the same time as Azuma's head)]]
* NotSoDifferent: Done to [[spoiler: Officer Yamada.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: No Politicians Were Harmed, in this case. The prime minister bears a striking resemblance to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junichiro_Koizumi Junichiro Koizumi]] and there's even a [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v11/c091/16.html page]] in one of the translations giving you a helpful guide to the real-life equivalents of the various [[SleazyPolitician Sleazy Politicians]] that Akumetsu meets.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Shou is a master at this. [[spoiler: ''EVERY'' Shou.]]
* OneManArmy: Shou, both [[SelfDuplication literally]] and figuratively.
--> [[spoiler:"''Eighteen with broken or cut off arms and legs, twelve with broken ribs or a collarbone, five shot with their own pistols, fifteen with skull fractures from taking a blow to the head. Now he's finally unconscious. He ain't no ordinary high-schooler.''"]]
** [[spoiler:10 Akumetsu kill 300 elite soldiers trained overseas.]]
* OverlyLongGag:
** [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v03/c022/7.html We cannot reprint/show you the lyrics here.]]
** "The head of the former congressman. But because of its frightening expression, it's been censored"
* PaperThinDisguise: Although Akumetsu appears in different uniforms, suits, and costumes for different occasions, the only "disguise" he has is his gimmick; a stylized Oni mask... which, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v08/c063/7.html according to himself]], ''barely'' covers his face.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Akumetsu's modus operandi.
* ProductPlacement: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v12/c099/10.html "Huh? Don't ya read manga? Like Weekly Shounen Champion."]]
** Also a ShoutOut because Weekly Shounen Champion is where the title is serialized in.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: The Perfect One]]. It's kind of sad, too. The bright side, on the other hand, is that [[spoiler: he uprooted Jinguuji's whole syndicate network before [[DoubleKnockout he met his end]].]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Most everything was a result of Shou responding to Katsuragi's death. Additionally, his retaliation when his teacher is shot in the 3-B incident]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: ''Every single one'' of the targets, being filthy-rich megalomaniacs, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and/or [[SleazyPolitician Sleazy Politicians]], in any combination. Of course, their massive egos make it all the more interesting to watch as Akumetsu rapidly crumbles them.
* SecretIdentity: Subversion: Akumetsu doesn't really seem to care about it as much as other people thought he does.
* {{Seinen}}: Despite being published in a Shonen magazine, Akumetsu's violence and story content are definitely not for kids.
* SelfDuplication: [[spoiler: Subversion; EVERY SINGLE Akumetsu is the real deal, since they all share the same memory and skills.]]
* SeriousBusiness: The Akumetsu way: Punish evil thoroughly [[spoiler: and die after the target]].
* SerialEscalation: Every event in the story is one-upping the previous one in some way or another. "Insane" may be an understatement here, but it'll have to do. For now.
* ShootTheHostage: [[spoiler: How the Perfect One kills Jinguuji.]]
%% The ShoutOut entry has been moved to the discussion page for repair.
* ShownTheirWork: The author has ''very'' good insight into Japanese politics. Especially in economics.
* SleazyPolitician: We lost count a while ago...
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: Averted with Akumetsu, in spite of how violent his methods are. [[spoiler: The teacher who tried to be Akumetsu on the other hand...]]
* SociopathicHero: Although it's notable that Akumetsu ''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/akumetsu/v07/c060/6.html admits]]'' that his methods are terrorism.
* StrawmanPolitical: Often complete with an EvilLaugh.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Not a comical one, but... Officer Yamada; he's ''miles'' away from even scratching Akumetsu. He's not alone, though, nor is he the first; everyone who tried to catch Akumetsu ended up making fools out of themselves.
* TakingYouWithMe:
** What [[spoiler:Akumetsu, or rather, Shou,]] planned from the beginning.
** [[spoiler:Plan E]]
* TakeThat: [[AuthorAppeal And how!]]. [[spoiler:And not just politics. Media, health care system, highway system, pension system, banks, etc, etc....]]
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:The clone facility was programmed to self-destruct when the JSDF killed Shou Azuma, the doctor running the place.]]
* TimedMission: Akumetsu "made a deal" with the Prime Minister: [[spoiler: For the PM to get his economic reform plan rolling in a month, he'll clear off any corrupted officials obstructing it and/or fueling Japan's deficit bigger. If it fails, he'll kill the PM and then the ''whole'' Akumetsu.]]
* {{Ubermensch}}: [[spoiler: Katsuragi used the exact word to describe Shou.]]
** [[spoiler: Jinguuji's plan all along; making his clones become experts in each field of knowledge and ability, and then [[AllYourPowersCombined fusing their memory into a single clone]]. It didn't work as planned... For him, that is.]]
* TheUnfettered: Akumetsu at the very end once backed into the corner.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: At least Akumetsu ''explains'' and be honest about his motivation and aim...
* WholeCostumeReference: [[http://www.onemanga.com/Akumetsu/98/05/ The]] Manga/BlackJack [[http://www.onemanga.com/Akumetsu/99/08/ references]] come to mind.