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|“||Damn you! Damn you! Damn you!||„|
|~ Akumaru before blasting the Shinkengers and their cannons and his final words before his initial demise.|
|“||This pain... I see it. This is... This is...!!!||„|
|~ Akumaro's final words before his death|
Akumaro Sujigarano is a general of the Gedoshu and the secondary antagonist in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. He is able to create monsters called Kirigami by performing actual kirigami and has a specific army of Ayakashi loyal only to him.
As a "Gedou", a half human-Ayakashi, Akumaro could never experience Hell and was trapped within his own existence, thus his obsessive desire to bring Hell forth so he could know of its existence. The ceremony to do so is called the Urami Gandogaeshi (Japanese for Reversed Look Next Scene Revelation)
He was voiced by Ryō Horikawa.
Akumaro was originally sealed away within the bottom of the Sanzu River, but the overflowing energy of Dokoku Chimatsuri gave him the energy to re-emerge from it on the surface. He appears to side with Doukoku's conquest, but secretly held his own dark desires that he kept hidden from everyone else, to open a gate to Hell, so he can experience it firsthand. To achieve this, Akumaro began to target several specific "points" in Japan where the Ayakashi would generate fear so it would collect in the ground. Akumaro also obtained Dayu Usukawa's shamisen and Juzo Fuwa's sword Uramasa, so he could force both of them to join with him in order to get what they want back.
As the loss of Dayu and her shamisen becoming too unbearable, Dokoku emerged from the Sanzu River to take it back from Akumaro at risk of dying from rapid and severe dehydration.
It is eventually revealed that Akumaro's plan was in fact to trigger several points of weakness in Japan which would ultimately open a gate to Hell and consume Earth and the Sanzu in the process. For that ends, he also created his greatest "weapon": Juzo Fuwa and his sword Uramasa, made from the souls of his family for the purpose of having a human/Gedou hybrid who could open the Hell gate and therefore unleash the horror upon the world.
However, Akumaro's great plan also lead to his downfall: when finally giving Juzo his sword back to complete the gate, the fallen warrior slashed him with Uramasa, claiming that he knew of the souls of his family being in the sword long ago and chose to remain a Gedou to satisfy his desire to fight. With Akumaro rampaging, the Shinkengers put him down once, while his "second life" took everything that the six samurai had until a combination of all twelve of their Origami (the Samurai Ha-Oh combination armed with the Kyoryu Origami) finally put him down. In his last moments, Akumaro showed elation as he died, as he finally got the chance to see Hell in all of its glory as his body was destroyed.
Both before and after revealing his true goal, he comes off as having a surprisingly polite gentleman-like demeanor even as he is tormenting, betraying, and killing others. He is an obsessed hell seeker who wants to experience the pain and suffering it has for himself, even if it means killing off both human and Sanzu worlds as a result. He is good at chess scheming with his own Ayakashi, who gladly support his sadomasochism, yet are still used as tools to create his portal. However, he ultimately fails because he was too focused on Juzo's human side and underestimates Juzo's lengths to satisfy his lust of murder and battle. He does technically get what he wants though, to experience hell, as shown when he laughs in content before his death.
- His name can be translated as "sinewy husked evil one" (筋殻の悪麿, sujigara no akumaro).
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- Akumaro Sujigarano in Pure Evil Wiki.