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Akamatsu Arundo
Arundo
Statistics
Kanji 赤末 有人
Gender Male
Additional Information
Weapons Kusari-fundo
Occupation Mercenary assassin
Affiliation Shibumi
Story Facts
Manga Debut Act 49
Anime Debut Episode 28
Seiyu Kazuhiro Nakata
Voice Actor Abe Lasser

Akamatsu Arundo is a mercenary of Shibumi, a corrupt politician. Arundo feels jealous that Shibumi orders Saitō Hajime to kill Kenshin, but Saitō tells Arundo that he can kill Kenshin. Arundo ambushes Kenshin, but after Kenshin defeats him, he begs for mercy and as Kenshin turns around, he uses his chain to immobilize him. Eventually Kenshin appears as though he is dead and so Akamatsu tells him why he was targeted, namely because Shibumi and others like him didn't want him as well as those involved in the war to disclose what really happen in it. After hearing this Kenshin gets back (having faked being dead) and defeats Arundo. Arundo discovers that Saitō is actually allied with Ōkubo Toshimichi. When Arundo, fearing for his safety, decides to cut ties with Shibumi and go out of the country, Saitō appears and decapitates him with a strike from his sword.

Development & ReceptionEdit

Watsuki stated "this character's only here to get beat up." As Arundo appears to aid story development, Watsuki made Arundo arrogant (Watsuki's favorite personality trait for villains) and added no other personality traits. Watsuki believes that he was unable to make Arundo's chain-scythe to appear like real chains. His design originates from a superhuman soldier in an American comic book who has a name similar to Arundo's, that being X-Men's Russian supervillain Omega Red (赤 aka relating to "red", and 末 matsu corresponding to "end", equivalent to "Omega", which is the last letter of the Greek alphabet - also related to the Christian concept of Alpha and Omega); Arundo's use of chains also parallels Omega Red's carbonadium tentacles.

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