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Because you're weak! It's because you're so weak! It's your fault! Why did I have such a weak child?!

– Emi to Baki Hanma.

Emi Akezawa (朱沢 江珠, Akezawa Emi) is a fictional character from anime and manga series of Baki the Grappler. She was the lover of Yuujiro Hanma and the mother of Baki Hanma. Emi was a very wealthy leader of the Akezawa Group and a former wife of Eiichi Akezawa. She was obsessed with Yuujiro, which unfortunately caused her son to suffer.

Personality[]

At first, Emi appeared to be a rather supportive type of mother trying to help her son become the strong person he wanted to be, however, it was revealed that the only reason she was supporting Baki was so that he could become strong enough to impress Yuujiro Hanma, the only person Emi showed any love towards and the only person who mattered to her. Over time, her love becomes an obsession and she never acts lovingly toward her son. During a conversation with Hitoshi Kuriyagawa, she openly admitted that the maternal bond means nothing to her and that the only important thing in her life is Yuujiro.

In the beginning, when she met her ex-husband, Eiichi Akezawa, she was a shy girl with a demure nature. Also, it could be seen that she was even overwhelmed by the big world that her ex-husband showed her. But at the same time, during this period of time Yuujiro discovered that Emi had a dark side of her personality. Meeting him showed that she tends to obsessively admire brutality and enjoys the sight of someone else's suffering. Yuujiro chose her as the mother of his child exactly because he liked the bloodlust in Emi's eyes. Later, he even told her that he didn't consider her a boring woman just because of her murderous stare. Many years later, as Baki's mature mother and leader of the Akezawa group, Emi was usually a calm person with a confident smile on her face most of the time. She was portrayed as an eloquent and competent woman that was capable of leading her own organization. She was really only carried away with her emotions in situations involving Yuujiro, who caused her to experience a feeling of constant excitement combined with deep frustration.

She is shown to be a selfish and abusive mother towards Baki as when Yuujiro stated that he was displeased with his progress, she became distraught and blamed her son for not being strong enough, hitting and even biting him when he hugged her, pleading for her love. She was also completely indifferent towards her own son's emotional pain as he tried to comfort her. At the time, she also didn't care that she was acting cruel and crazy in front of a whole lot of onlookers who were watching the scene. However, during Baki and Yuujiro's brutal battle, Emi pushed aside her sadistic tendencies and realized she did deeply care for her son, and her maternal instincts kicked in and compelled her to defend her son, even at the cost of her life - she even decided to attack Yuujiro, standing up for her son. Before her death, she realized how cruelly she treated her son and expressed remorse for her previous acts of cruelty and apathy towards his feelings and well-being.

Appearance[]

Emi Akezawa was a gorgeous woman whose looks appealed to many within the Baki franchise often being commented about how attractive she was. Her outfits often looked rather revealing, possibly because of the fact that she was hinted to be a prostitute before being married. Her regular outfits appeared most of the time to symbolize a sexy businesswoman, leaving her more revealing dresses for important events.

History[]

Baki the Grappler[]

Past[]

It is implied that in the beginning, Emi was a prostitute. She met her husband Eiichi Akezawa, who was a rich business owner as well as ahead of a Yakuza organization. After marrying him, she attended a party that was held in her honor, filled with Eiichi's business associates. There, her new husband told her that the world he lives in is completely different from the one she lived in before, as she wasn't part of the upper class, explaining that her new life will be filled with new experiences. One of these new experiences is a fight between two very different styles of fighting, George Harman and Lorion Grassy, one a boxer and the other a martial artist; Emi at first seemed confused at the display, considering that the two styles have nothing in common.

Eventually, after the fight is over, she turns and sees Yuujiro Hanma for the first time and fixates on him, unable to move or take her gaze from him she stands in awe shaking uncontrollably. Once Eiichi notices this he slaps her, mad at the fact that his new wife was infatuated with another man. Emi witnesses a short clash in which Eiichi spills champagne on Yuujiro's suit. In response, Yuujiro grabs Emi and kisses her in front of Eiichi, who wants to attack him, but they are stopped by Lorion Grassy.

Later on, Emi is sitting down and Eiichi smashes a glass on the ground because she hasn't said anything to him since the event; he states that he knows who she is thinking about, that person being Yuujiro and claims that she is lusting for him to which she denies. Yuujiro shows up and ends up snapping Eiichi's neck and claims that he knows who Emi really is: a sadistic woman who enjoys seeing brutal violence and watching people die. Then, Yuujiro hugs her, and Emi responds with a creepy lustful smile returning the hug back.

When the police come to investigate the murder of her husband, Emi cannot get Yuujiro out of her mind and ends up lying to them about who killed Eiichi. She returns to Eiichi's estate where her late husband's staff notifies her they heard about what happened to him, and she vows to carry on his legacy for the child she is carrying, which is actually Yuujiro's. She eventually took over the Eiichi's business.

Childhood Saga[]

As Baki grows older and to the age of 13, Emi hires the best trainers around and keeps a close watch on her son, knowing that Yujiro wouldn't be happy unless Baki grew to be as strong as him. When Baki is defeated by 100 street thugs, Emi orders Hitoshi Kuriyagawa, her loyal assistant, to organize for Baki a fight with Kaoru Hanayama, the strongest yakuza in the country. In the meantime Baki loses to Yuri Chakovsky and chooses to toss aside the trainers Emi hired and instead follow his own path to becoming stronger. Later she comes to meet Baki and shows support to him, happy that his attitude is starting to mimic Yuujiro's. Emi kisses her son and wishes him good luck on his new way, and after a brief meeting, drives away in a tasteful car.

When Baki returns from the mountains after fighting Yasha-Zaru, he meets with Emi and Kuriyagawa. It turns out that Emi knew about her son's whereabouts and is pleased with his progress. Baki is a bit surprised and finds that Emi is quickly gathering information. Later, they watch Yuri Chakovsky's new boxing match together.

When Yuujiro shows up after Baki fights Kaoru Hanayama, she becomes incredibly excited. After the battle, Baki meets with Emi and tells his mother about how his way of fighting is different from Yuujiro's, as Baki prefers to make bonds through new battles instead of simply destroying his opponents. Emi hands Baki the letter Hanayama sent to him from the hospital. Yuujiro later visits her and expresses that she hasn't done enough to make Baki strong; she gets mad and lashes out at him. She even tries to attack him with a knife, but unsuccessfully, and Yuujiro only gets excited. As he turns around, he states that he will nibble at the Baki she has created.

When it is revealed some time later that Yuujiro broke into the Prime Minister's mansion, defeated all of his bodyguards, and nearly killed him, Emi is amused to tears. She states that Yuujiro simply responded in his own way to Baki's accomplishment of defeating the powerful soldier named Gaia a short time earlier.

When she next goes to see Yuujiro just before Baki and his match, Emi tries to get nearer to her beloved, whom she constantly watches with eyes full of admiration, but she once more gets turned down by him telling her that if Baki isn't strong enough, she will be utterly nothing to him. Then Yuujiro tells her to leave. Baki shows up at the hotel where she was seeing Yujiro and Emi begins to despair in Baki's arms due to the fact that she is always insufficient for her beloved. After a while she even lashes out at him, punching Baki and blaming him for being not strong enough. Baki ends up hugging Emi and expresses to her that all he wants is a little bit of all the love that she has for Yuujiro, but she bites him and runs away.

When the time comes for Baki to fight his father, and the battle commences, Emi arrives by Yuujiro's side, showing that she supports her beloved in this fight. During their battle, Yuujiro tells Emi that he didn't expect Baki to give him so much fun. A happy mother shouts to her son to make his father happy. Later, she witnesses her son getting defeated by the monster that Yuujiro is and becomes excited by how happy Yuujiro is at pummeling his own son, but then, once she sees Baki and the state that he is in, her motherly instincts kick in and she realizes that after all this time she does love him, even having flashbacks to nursing him within her arms. She thus charges at Yuujiro to protect Baki, breaking both her wrists by punching him, and even spitting in his face as if she wants show that his brutality did not impress her. She ends up getting bear hugged by Yuujiro which breaks her back and spine. Still alive but agonizing, she later cradles Baki singing a lullaby to him and comforting his unconscious self while she slowly dies.

After the fight, Baki carries her dead body through the street, imagining that she is still alive and that they are talking to each other. At one point, the police try to stop the boy and tell him to let the dead woman, but he starts beating them and runs away with tears, still carrying his mother. In the anime this scene was censored and Baki is shown walking through the street, only carrying her wedding ring and crying. Later, it is shown that Baki places his mother down within a meadow of flowers and she has just passed on. The boy later promises that he will defeat his father.

Baki Dou[]

There's a mention about the fact that Emi Akezawa was also a friend of Hinary (an equivalent of Hilary Clinton in the Baki world).

Abilities[]

At first it seems that Emi presumably has no fighting abilities. Later on, however, it turns out that she is able to make a technical roundhouse jump kick and perform a few punching attacks. This is shown in the scene when Yuujiro Hanma comes into her room and Emi "greets" him in this way. Emi may have learned this to curry favor with Yuujiro in some way, or just practiced some martial arts for self-defense, but this matter has never been clarified. Of course, her attacks do not do any damage to Yuujiro at all. Emi tries to attack Yuujiro also during his fight with Baki, but the effect is the same. Against Baki, too, her blows turn out to be completely useless when Emi desperately starts bombarding her son with a series of punches after her unsuccessful meeting with Yuujiro. The only technique that seems to make any reaction to Baki is a bite to his arm.

It is also worth mentioning that despite her lack of physical strength, Emi is a very influential woman as the head of the Akezawa family. Her power is based on reputation, social position and wealth. Emi is able to pay huge amounts of money to various fighters to persuade them to fight Baki, and her position makes that she doesn't even have to do it personally.

Techniques[]

  • Bite – used once against Baki Hanma.

Gallery[]

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