|Epithet:||"The Fang of Metsudo"|
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|Manga Debut:||Chapter 39|
Kanoh Agito (加納 アギト, Kanō Agito; "Agito Kanoh") is the affiliated fighter of Dainippon Bank in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. He is widely regarded as the most powerful fighter in the tournament and the favourite to win. He is ranked #1 in the Kengan ranks. He is the fifth and current holder of the title "The Fang of Metsudo".
Agito is a muscular, well-defined man, with black hair that is completely slicked back, a notable lack of eyebrows with strong eyebrow ridges instead, powerful-looking narrowed eyes with darkened lines underneath and a chiselled cheekbone structure. Like the Bodyguards that serve Katahara Metsudo, Agito is most commonly seen in a formal black suit with a black tie, except in battle, when he wears a black skin-tight bodysuit.
Agito has two distinct sides to his character which almost seem like different personalities. One is stoic, haughty, and highly clueless (as evidenced by his confusion over Okubo Naoya's Ultraman references), while the other, which only comes out during battle, is ruthless and sadistic. When the latter personality comes out, he grins ear-to-ear, and his pupils seem to disappear.
Agito is also very proud, and always insists on besting his opponents at their own game. If a fighter specializes in blows, he will exclusively use blows. But in desperate situations in which Agito is driven and cannot fight back at all, moreso in his fight against Gaolang Wongsawat, he must switch to a different fighting style, which damages his pride. After this particular fight, he begins to throw away his pride and focus on winning.
Twenty-three years prior to the current time period, Agito was discovered by Metsudo to be the result of a 'Gu' which was done with humans.
He represented Dainippon Bank in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. He fought Okubo Naoya in the first round and defeated him after initially being an even bout. After his fight with Okubo Naoya, he was challenged to a fight by Tokita Ohma. However before he could properly retaliate, Ohma was subdued by Takayama Minoru and Omori Masamichi who warned him not to fight outside of the matches.
He fought Gaolang Wongsawat in the second round in what would become one of the toughest fights of his life. Having been hard pressed and overwhelmed for the majority of the fight due to Gaolang's immense striking prowess and combination of boxing and Muay Thai, Agito narrowly achieved victory by using the same tactics that Okubo had used against him in the previous round.
On the final day, prior to his semi-final fight, he was challenged by the former "Fang of Metsudo", Omori Masamichi, for his position as representative fighter. In their fight, Omori showed him his weakness and what he needed to do to circumvent it. With this in mind, Agito went out and fought Hatsumi Sen. Fighting in a manner that was unlike his usual self, Agito proved his invincibility by countering Hatsumi's techniques and attaining victory.
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After achieving victory, he later faced Kuroki Gensai in the semi-finals. Despite evolving to the highest level he had ever reached, he still ended up losing to the experienced assassin.
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Power & Abilities
Kanoh Agito is an incredibly powerful all-round fighter who is known as the Emperor of the Kengan matches. He possesses immense physical stats on top of near unmatched fighting capabilities. His strikes are notably powerful, his kicks particular; Okubo Naoya imagined Agito's kicks like a meat cleaver and Hatsumi Sen likened his kicks to a halberd. His durability is also quite impressive, managing to reach the semi-finals without so much as a scratch despite taking numerous heavy hits from opponents as strong as Okubo Naoya and Gaolang Wongsawat.
Agito's chief defining ability is what Katahara terms as "evolution". More specifically, he is able to adapt to his opponent's fighting style after fighting them for enough time, and put together a new style specifically tailor-made to counteract his opponent in the middle of a fight. This essentially has the effect of Agito growing stronger with every fight he takes part in. His fighting style and "evolution" can sometime backfire on him however; because his wide range of moves, when fighting a combatant who is a master in multiple styles, it is hard for him choose a perfect way to counter. In his fight with Gaolang, Agito was unable to counter his combination of boxing and Muay Thai and was forced to go into defensive.
He calls his fighting style "Formless" (無形, Mukei); that is to say, he does not have one singular fighting style, but rather a wide repertoire of moves that he can draw from at any time. Insisting on besting his opponents at their own games, Agito will often fight them using their own methods. If his opponents fights with blows, then he will as well. However, if pushed, he will switch to a more advantageous style such as grappling against striking, such as in his fight with Gaolang Wongsawat. However, despite "Formless" allowing Agito to adapt to any opponent, it comes with the huge risk: more choices means taking more time to choose, which could be lethal if the delay is too long and Agito is fighting someone who specialises in a specific type of fighting. In addition, "Formless" is not suited to consecutive fights.
After his battle with Gaolang, and fighting against Omori Masamichi, Agito overcame the weaknesses of "Formless" by discarding the flexibility it afforded, thus eliminating the delay that comes with it and subsequently improving his reflexes. This in turn enabled Agito to utilise "pre-initiative", the ability to read the opponent's inception of intent and strike before they move. Using pre-initiative alongside his new focused fighting style, which consists of normal attacks like punches and kicks alongside moves like elbowing and kneeing to overwhelm his opponent, it enabled Agito to fight more efficiently and pragmatically than before. In his fight against Kuroki Gensai, Agito "evolved" immensely but still failed to defeat the experienced assassin.
- Dragon's Bullet: A variation of the one-inch punch. Using the principles of Fa Jin (発勁, Hakkei), Agito is capable of delivering full-power blows at nearly no distance. This effectively means that all of his strikes are knockout blows no matter what range he throws them at. He used this technique in his fight with Hatsumi Sen to defeat him. The blow was so strong at close range that Hatsumi was heavily injured and thinking that it felt like he was stabbed by a spear.
Notes & Trivia
- Of the 32 Kengan matches that there is footage of, eight have ended where he could've landed a finishing blow (nine if you count his fight against Okubo Naoya). Of those eight, he delivered a finishing blow in six of those matches. Of the six opponents, four died and the other two retired as fighters.