Akashi Seijuro is my favorite character from Kuroko No Basuke or Kuroko’s Basketball, and just in general. He is Rakuzan High’s basketball captain, despite being a first year in high school. He was also the previous captain of Teiko Middle School’s basketball club.
In Teiko, he was part of a group called Kiseki no Sedai, or Generation of Miracles. The Generation of Miracles are an extraordinary team, with each having exceptional skills and have never lost a game together. With the leadership of Akashi, they won the basketball championship 3 years in a row. This, however, inspired a new saying at their school,” 100 battles, 100 victories.” This saying led to the mentality that Teiko couldn’t lose, which changed the team entirely.
One of these changes happened in Akashi. He was overwhelmed by the fighting and talent in the team, that he had to change himself in order to stay ahead and not fall behind. This is one of the things I admire about him. He saw that he wasn’t getting respected enough, and that people looked down on him, so he decided to fix that. He pushed through, got even better at basketball, and became a feared captain by other teams and people in general.
To fix it, he developed another persona. This persona is more cold, demanding, and ruthless. As an example, when playing, the other teams score little to no points in a full game. He also has heterochromia, so his left eye turned golden, while his right eye is his normal red. With this, he developed a power of some sort. It’s called the Emperor Eye, and he can basically see in the future. He can’t predict major events or anything, but he has the ability to instantly see his opponents future moves, and uses this to win.
This also pushes up his confidence and power, since his signature move is an ankle break using the Emperor Eye. An ankle break is manipulating the center of gravity of an opponent, making them fall to the ground. Often, they are brought to their knees in front of Akashi, and he is able to shoot easily without any blockers in the way. This is part of why his team always wins, because of his “power”.
This persona is respectable, however he is terrifying like this. Akashi lacks any empathy in this headspace, since he is focused on anything that would improve himself or his family’s company. Though the work ethic and vigor is there, there is a lack of humanity and compassion in him. However, once they lose the finals in the Winter Cup, a basketball competition, he changes again and goes back to his regular self. He had experienced defeat, and so he was able to become his old self. Now, here is why I like Akashi. Once he turned back into himself, he realized that he did something wrong, and was apologetic and decided to change. He apologized to those who were wronged by him, and became caring and compassionate, as well as more gentlemanly than ever.
He became one of the Generation of Miracles best friends, and played with them in the team known as Vorpal Swords. Something I like the most about Akashi is that no matter his personality, his work ethic and how he presses any issue really stays with me. He sees the fact that something is wrong, and he pushed it vigorously in order to attain the solution and get what he wants. Usually, if one does that, it is selfish and rude, and people look down on the person who did that.
However, Akashi is so commanding and holds himself in pride that they have no choice but to listen to him. The confidence and power he exerts has an enormous effect on those he directs it to, therefore he will be at the top constantly. I want to have more confidence and power like that, since I am not as respected or heard than others. He’s also my favorite character for small reasons, such as the fact that he treats people with respect, and always acknowledges others. Not only does he have the money and the looks, he also is extremely intelligent and is in college prep classes at his school.
He has also done business work with his father, and is the sole heir to the Akashi corporation his family has built over the years. He already has a stable job waiting for him, and with his mind he would be able to be financially stable for life. Not only that, but he has affected my music choices as well. You see, Akashi has grown up in a posh family, as well as being trained in classical instruments such as the violin and piano.
This has led me to try and listen to the same music he would have listened to. As a result, I have started to listen to pieces composed by Beethoven and Mozart, and I have listened to waltz ballads. This is a drastic difference from my usual music taste, however it was a nice experience and that music is now with my other music.
Akashi Seijuro is an amazing character with an emotional and inspiring character arc, and he is my favorite to this day.