Akatsuki is the name of a team of negative characters from the famous manga and anime Naruto. Like all the other heroes, they were created by Masashi Kishimoto. They live in a fictional world where countries compete for supreme power. For this, the state hires ninjas who have superhuman combat abilities. The organization’s name translates as “dawn,” but homophonically, it is closer to the phrase “red moon.”
Meaning and History
Konan, Nagato, and Yahiko originally founded Akatsuki to bring calm, but Tobi (alias Obito Uchiha) turned it into an enemy group after Yahiko died. All members of the antagonist team are ninjas who fled their settlements, as they are dangerous criminals – the most powerful and most wanted in the entire fantasy universe. They belong to the socially dangerous elements of the S-class. Typically, an organization has ten members acting in pairs. But after Orochimaru left, there were 9 of them for a while. However, later the balance was restored. There are ten of them again: Obito Uchiha, Zetsu, Kisame Hoshigaki, Konan, Nagato, Itachi Uchiha, Deidara, Hidan, Kakuzu, Sasori.
The appearance of the members of the enemy association is combined with their logo: it adorns the clothes of each member of the group. According to the plot, they wear black raincoats with a straight and long cut with red lining and a high collar that reaches the chin. The raincoats also feature prints of red cumulus clouds. They are the main emblem of Akatsuki.
The nails of the characters are painted purple, and they each have one talisman ring on their hands. They are only worn on a specific finger. This is also a symbolic symbol of the team. In addition, members of the group have wide-brimmed conical hats that hide them from prying eyes. Sometimes, manga antiheroes wear headbands with hieroglyphs on their heads, representing the village they fled from. But the names are crossed out with a thin line – this confirms that they no longer live there.
For the logo, the creators of the anime series chose a red cloud. It consists of several curls of different shapes and sizes. In total, there are three white, strongly curved arcs in the inner space. This artistic technique allows you to emphasize the heap of the cloud and highlight its parts.
The edges are uneven, formed from semicircles protruding in different directions. In general, there are five of them. They are concentrated mainly on the right side and look like large hills. On the left, the logo is narrower because it has an elongated element extending from the main cloud. It resembles a short “tail” of a text balloon, where the words of characters in comics usually fit.
Still, do not lose sight of this emblem of negative characters, so the designers gave it the shape of a thundercloud. But they dyed it deep red instead of black, as the Akatsuki members wear dark clothes. Therefore, a cloud against such a background would be invisible. However, the creators of the series needed to convey a sense of threat, so they opted for the color of blood.
The logo depicted on the cape also has a white edging strip around the entire perimeter of the bloody element to make it stand out clearly and contrast well with the cape. But there is no such line on the printed version of the logo: the cloud is depicted without a white border.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The logo does not contain a textual part. Inscriptions (hieroglyphs) are present only on the headband of antiheroes, but it is not included in the main identity of the group. The corporate palette consists of the classic combination of black (personifies darkness, enemy forces, and negativity), red (is the fatal color of blood), white (used as edging to highlight elements). However, only two of them are involved in the logo – red and white.