|Height||164 cm (5'4½")|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb.)|
|Position||Third Seat Officer|
|Previous Position||Fourth Seat Officer|
|Previous Partner||Izuru Kira|
|Base of Operations||Seireitei|
|Relatives||Kentarō Akiyama (Grandfather)|
Hitomi Akui† (Grandmother)
Kenshin Akui† (Father)
Teruo Akui (Elder brother)
"But we're gonna get strong, right? So things like that won't happen ever again."
Yuji Akui (悪意雄二, "Sinister Brave Second Son") is a young male Shinigami. He serves as the Third Seat Officer of the Third Division under Captain Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi and his elder brother, Lieutenant Teruo Akui.
Yuji is a slender boy of average height for his biological age. Similarly to his elder brother, his physique is kept in good shape. His face has a round shape. He has a medium complexion and prominent freckles on his face. Dark brown and spiky, his medium length hair is usually unkempt. The colour of his eyes is hazel.
Yuji is a brave and righteous boy. Even though he might become excessively aggressive in his approach at times, he strives to be recognised as a "hero". Largely disinterested with the more mundane tasks associated with being an officer of the Gotei 13, he is very excited about the opportunities to actively protect the citizens of the Soul Society. He is highly protective of the innocent and his close ones, including his elder brother.
Nevertheless, he has yet to mature completely despite the rigorous training he undergoes under the tutelage of Teruo. Still a teenage boy at heart, he is prone to lose focus when something peculiar draws his attention. He is also not above acting spiteful or pulling pranks on his colleagues. In general, whilst he believes strongly in the same values as his elder brother, his attitude is far more steady and easy-going.
Yuji was a student of the Shin'ō Academy at the time of the Quincy Blood War. Following his graduation he was recruited to the Third Division. Some time after the Kidō Corps rebellion he became its Fourth Seat Officer, and then later the Third Seat when his elder brother was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Powers and Abilities
Expert Swordsman: As a requirement to become a Third Seat Officer Yuji was instructed by his brother to train Zanjutsu arduously. The end result is that Yuji is a very capable swordsman. His technique is sufficient for someone of his rank even though he lacks combat experience. However, he compensates for that with his ferocity. As a deliberate practitioner of chūyōdō his fighting style is comprehensive and flexible. He can effectively weave in Hakuda techniques in order to supplement his bladework. In addition, he frequently employs moves and manoeuvres characteristic of the dynamic kōseidō.
Hakuda Expert: By far his most developed Zankensoki skill thanks to incessant training sessions with Teruo. Yuji displays some natural affinity with melee combat. Consequently, he is easily capable of confronting expert swordsmen with his bare hands or even better, his Shikai, as its form is very well-suited for Hakuda. As a result of extensive training Yuji has already learnt several useful techniques.
Shunpo Expert: Moreover, he is proficient enough in Shunpo to be able to keep up with Lieutenants in terms of speed. The increased mobility that comes with the employment of Hohō helps him during combat manoeuvres as well. Skilled enough to produce a single semi-tangible afterimage, he is a nimble fighter.
Enhanced Strength: Despite his relatively young age Yuji already exhibits physical strength superior to that of an average Shinigami. Just a single punch of his is sufficient to demolish a small building.
Enhanced Durability: As a result of rigorous training, Akui has improved the natural toughness of his body to a degree easily comparable to a Lieutenant.
Enhanced Endurance: In order to be able to fight for long periods of time, he has trained his condition to an impressive degree. He is capable of keeping up with his elder brother for some time, despite the large disparity in power. Additionally, he is also fairly resistant to pain.
Enhanced Speed & Reflexes: Moreover, Yuji is supple enough to evade nigh point-blank strikes and overwhelm a strong opponent with a volley of fast strikes owing to his natural agility.
Keen Intellect: Yuji is a clever teenager who is also a quick learner. He is capable of using the special ability of his Zanpakutō in a number of creative ways.
High Spiritual Power: For such a young Soul Yuji has a high amount of spiritual energy at his disposal, perfectly adequate for someone of such a prominent rank. Whenever his spiritual pressure manifests, it appears as a spherical aura of violet-blue colour.
Soranoken (空の拳, "Empty Fist"): The sealed form of the Zanpakutō appears as an ordinary wakizashi with a triangular tsuba and a cyan hilt. Typically, he wears the scabbard on his back and pulls out the sword from behind his shoulder.
- Fanon Canon: Phantom Ascent (Obsolete)
- Fanon Canon: Roaring Revengers (Obsolete)
- Descending Despairs
- The Sorcerers Gambit
- Fallen Shields that Seethe