R o k u d o M u k u r o
Mukuro Rokudo ( 六道 骸, Rokudō Mukuro) is a fictional character in the Reborn! universe created by Akira Amano. The Reborn! series developed into a media franchise, and consists of an anime, manga, light novels, video games, soundtracks, and other merchandise or collectibles. Portrayed as the series' first primary antagonist , Mukuro Rokudo is introduced as a 15-year-old Mafia criminal who is the leader of the Kokuyo Gang, which consists of heinous criminals whom have recently escaped from prison. However, later on in the series, he takes on a more supportive role for the series' main characters, becoming somewhat of an ally rather than an enemy, though he prefers to not consider himself as one of their allies.
Mukuro's character has been well-received since his introduction, ranking as the most popular villain in the second official Shonen Jump poll of the Reborn! series, as well as ranking as the series' third most popular male character in the third poll. Also, his and Kyoya Hibari 's character CD, entitled "Sakura addiction", peaked at seventh place on the Oricon charts, becoming the most successful soundtrack of the series. Their performance would also earn each of their voice actors a Seiyū Awards' nomination for "Best Musical Performance". In addition, his portrayal as Mukuro Rokudo also lands Toshinobu Iida a "Best Rookie Actor" nomination. However, neither of the voice actors win their nominations.
B a c k g r o u n d
As revealed in a flashback sequence, Mukuro Rokudo was born into the Estraneo Family, and was one of the children experimented on by the Estraneos. One day, Mukuro killed his captors with his abilities and offered Chikusa Kakimoto and Ken Joshima, two children who were also experimented on, a chance to join him in his new quest to destroy the "insignificant" world.
Not long after, within the past five years before his first appearance in the story, Mukuro was adopted into a Mafia family in Northern Italy. However, unbeknownst to the family, Mukuro was periodically controlling one of its members, Lancia, and used him to kill others, eventually making him kill his own family. Since then, Mukuro had Lancia under his complete control, using him as a "fake Mukuro" who is eventually mistakenly identified as the real Mukuro in a picture. Whereas, Mukuro is mentioned to have never even been photographed.
What else Mukuro did in recent years remains a mystery, but it is mentioned that he, along with Ken and Chikusa, had been locked up in a high security Italian prison, which is reserved for the most dangerous of Mafia criminals, who have even committed crimes against the Mafia itself. Two weeks prior to the Kokuyo Gang's appearance in the story, they staged a jailbreak on the eve of Mukuro's execution, resulting in the death of several wardens and prisoners, and later the escape of other dangerous criminals, including Lancia.
P e r s o n a l i t y
Despite often being shown with a playful smile, Mukuro is seemingly apathetic to the suffering of others. Appearing as the series' first antagonist, Mukuro is not averse to disposing of those who get in his way, and is not easily intimidated, usually speaking to others in a very direct and arrogant manner. He cares little for others, and simply considers people to be "toys" or "tools" he can sacrifice in order to get to what he wants.
However, despite claiming that people are just toys, he seems to tolerate both Ken and Chikusa, and even protects them when need be, though he does not directly do so in front of them. He later sacrifices himself in order for Ken and Chikusa to safely escape from the Vendicare, and he also agrees to be the Guardian of the Mist in exchange for the two's safety.
Mukuro, along with Ken and Chikusa, is implied to have a strong dislike for the entire Mafia underground, possibly due in part to the experimentations he suffered as a child. However, not only does he have the desire to destroy the entire Mafia, he also wants to invoke world suffering by starting a world war, claiming to want to cleanse the world of its filth. Even after becoming the Mist Guardian, Mukuro still claims to no longer be part of the Mafia, having been exiled from it, and continues to view the organization with great contempt, though he now prefers to avoid any involvement with them. Mukuro is also quite knowledgeable of the Mafia's dark secrets, possibly even the secret behind the Arcobaleno, a group of the Mafia's most powerful infant hitmen.
A b i l i t i e s
Known as someone who has driven both the Mafia and police into the most dangerous and desperate of situations, Mukuro is a formidable and deadly opponent. Though Mukuro's main weapon is a trident, which he always carries with him, he is first and foremost a master of illusions; he can even overpower an Arcobaleno in a battle of its use, albeit Mukuro is also able to use combative skills. Being a skillful user of illusions, he is not easily deceived by illusions that are cast by others, possessing a highly perceptive mind.
He acquired his skills by having followed the ways of the "Six Paths of Reincarnation", which has been carved into his memories, possibly due to the experiments he underwent as a child. He claims that his body has gone through all six paths to Hades, granting him six powerful skills. When using his skills, a Japanese numeral, corresponding to the realm he has entered, appears in his right eye:
- When the symbol " 一 ", representing the number one in Japanese, appears in his eye, it indicates his use of the first realm, the "Realm of Hell", which grants him the power to create illusions.
- Second (" 二 " represents the number two) is the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, which grants him the power to use the skills of others; when he controls a person's body, he is able to perfectly perform their signature attacks.
- Third (" 三 " is three) is the Realm of Animals, which grants him the power to summon and control deadly animals.
- Fourth (" 四 " is four) is the Realm of Asura, which increases his battle skills; when using this skill, a dark flame surrounds his right eye.
- Fifth (" 五 " is five) is the Realm of Humans, which increases his battle aura, thus his strength; it is considered to be the most dangerous of the Six Realms; when Mukuro first enters the realm, he physically pierces his right eye, and a type of aura, resembling the Dying Will Flame, then surrounds Mukuro's entire body, but unlike the Dying Will Flame, Mukuro's aura, in itself, poses no danger, as it just represents Mukuro's fighting spirit.
- Sixth (" 六 " is six) is the Realm of Heaven, which grants him the power to control others.
Along with his Six Paths of Reincarnation, Mukuro possesses the Estraneo Family's Possession Bullet , which was deemed forbidden by the rest of the Mafia. When shot by the bullet, the person shot will be able to possess the body of another person. Its use requires the user to have a strong will and an affinity for the bullet itself.
When shot with the bullet, Mukuro is able to possess and control the body of anyone that he has cut with his trident. He can possess several bodies simultaneously, and he is also still able to enter the Six Realms, granting him the ability to use a different skill for each body.
Taken from Wikipedia