Shogo Akuji was the son of Kazuo Akuji, the founder of a Yakuza Gang known as The Ronin, as such he was one of the gang's leading figures, as well as one[which?] of the game's major antagonists.
Shogo appears as a young man dressed proudly in the flags of The Ronin, and like the rest of his gang, carries a Samurai Sword on his back. He owns a Kaneda (a special prototype motorcycle).
Shogo Akuji is a ruthless, but air-headed man who displays poor-quality traits such as: cockiness, arrogance, and very poor leadership skills, as well as extreme hedonism. His pride possibly stems from insecurity, due to his father constantly haranguing him and expressing his shame of him being in his family. He is also known[how?] to hold longstanding grudges against people, even his own gang members such as his lieutenant Jyunichi. Johnny Gat humorously pointed out Shogo's effectiveness as a leader by explaining that he often spends more time spiking up his hair than he did riding his bike.[quote?] This leads many of The Ronin, like Jyunichi, to question his leadership abilities[when?], to which Shogo would usually respond by telling them to mind their own business.[quote?]
Shogo constantly tried to gain his father's approval, but Mr. Akuji was always disappointed in him, as he saw him as nothing more than a liability.[reference?] He also failed to see the gravity of the situation when the resurrected 3rd Street Saints robbed The Ronin-owned Poseidon's Palace. Shogo was also not happy when his father decided it was finally time to come to Stilwater and look over the situation while teaching him how to lead.[reference?]
Shogo sent a team of Ronin to kill the Saints, but most of them were killed by The Protagonist. Though another team attacked Aisha's home, resulting in her death and Johnny Gat being gravely wounded. After Jyunichi saved Kazuo Akuji from an assassination attempt at Wardill Airport following his arrival, Jyunichi chooses to be the intermediate between Kazuo and Shogo. Kazuo then takes complete control of The Ronin, and demotes Shogo to the rank of lieutenant as punishment for his consistent failures. Humiliated and dishonored, Shogo turned his anger and jealousy on Jyunichi for his "betrayal" and because Jyunichi had managed to win his father's approval. Consumed with thoughts of revenge, Shogo gave up Jyunichi's location to The Protagonist, hoping to win favor with his father by having Jyunichi out of the way. Although this resulted in Jyunichi's death, it did not improve the relationship between Shogo and his father. Shogo later sent a team of Ronin to kill Gat at the hospital, but The Protagonist managed to extract Gat to safety. Kazuo later broke the business relationship between Ultor and The Ronin.
Angered by this, Dane Vogel gave up the Akuji's location to the Saints, resulting in the destruction of The Ronin HQ downtown. In a last attempt to destroy the Saints and gain his father's love and respect, Shogo, with a team of Ronin, recklessly tried to kill Gat and The Protagonist at Aisha's funeral. Gat, blaming Shogo for Aisha's death and infuriated by his attack at her funeral, breaks Shogo's leg and jaw, then buries him alive as an act of revenge. The newspapers later confirmed his death.
After taking over Downtown, a cutscene plays showing that things are going well for the DeWynter Twins. However, things are not all well as Shogo, along with his father Kazuo, Jyunichi, William Sharp, and Killbane form an alliance against the Ultor group. In the Shawarma cutscene after completing City Takeover, is it revealed that Shogo is defeated, along with the others, and Shogo is now part of Shakespeare's new passion play, where Shakespeare reenacts Shogo's live burial from Saints Row 2.
Shogo is the second major character through out the Saints Row series to get a blow job on-screen. The first is Angelo Lopez when he learned that his brother was killed. If Rico Martinez, the character that gives one of the Mayhem Activities in Saints Row is counted, then Shogo is the third character.
Akuji in Japanese can mean either "evil deed", "crime" or "wickedness".
According to a few of The Ronin, Shogo sends out members to retrieve drugs for him. Most notably, one of the gang members was sent out to retrieve "blow" or "powdered cocaine".
Shogo is 5 foot 6 inches according to the concept art of The Ronin all together in a police line up.
Sometimes, one of goth says "Shogo should have been honoured, only the purest of our coven are allowed to be buried alive".
Despite the fact that Kazuo Akuji couldn't care less about his leadership capabilities, Shogo in some ways is actually more effective than his father.
Shogo understands that America works differently than in Japan, such as when he told Jyunichi to "speak English" and his deal with Ultor.[when?]
The Ronin enjoyed quite a lot freedom to do things they pleased without police interference, and especially Ultor have a bevvy of super high powered lawyers that can get anyone out of jail.
Before The Protagonist intervened, Shogo did quite well with a quarter control of the city, a huge stake in Poseidon's Palace, and a control on the rest of the city's vice industry and trade.
It was Kazuo Akuji that triggered the destruction of The Ronin when he rudely dismissed Dane and their deal with Ultor, which lead to the destruction of The Ronin base of operation, badly crippling them.