Find if Akame ga Kill! stacks up to the hype with my in-depth review after the jump.
Not long after avenging his friends’ murders, Tatsumi is persuaded to join Night Raid, a group that is part of the Revolutionary Army Resistance. He is now learning the ways of an assassin in order to free the capital of its corrupted government core to ensure the fate that happened to his friends befalls no one else. Blood shed, tragedy, and plot twists await!
Story & Plot Impressions
|Plot twist inbound.|
|My favorite character, General Esdeath.|
Most characters within this series are merely fighting for their own cause, they do not really have a side that is purely good or evil because that depends upon perspective. This anime series does a really good job of showcasing the human side to characters that can kill without a moment’s notice by showing that they are only doing what they feel is right. Looking back at real life, countries participating in holy wars and even the involvement of some countries in other’s conflicts, it all deals with who we believe to be right or wrong. Obviously people who are participating on either believe they are right and have a just cause, so what determines who is right or wrong? Who wins and claims the right to record history as its victor. I feel like we even have a character which completely embodies that, that only the strong will live in the end.
The back stories they give out for each of the characters only enforce the fact that they are not entirely evil for what they do, but the act of actually committing murder shows that they are not completely innocent either. Most back stories are actually well done and show people from different walks of life fighting for the cause they think will aid others, but in the end it is also merely for themselves. I guess it also shows a more authentic human side which is that, while we may do things for the benefit of others, we do things for our benefit first and foremost.
In the end we know that there is an absolute evil and an absolute good in the way the characters are dictated, and this is why we are able to come to terms with how the anime actually ends. However, you do wonder if some of the deaths were necessary if the enemies of the obvious heroes knew what was going on being closed doors of their own cause…but I suppose we can attribute that to either side. One has to wonder if the oblivious nature of some individuals lead them to be fighting for or against their current objectives.
|(Characters from left-to-right) Sheele, Mine, and Akame.|
By me trying desperately to analyze the plot and the characters, I did not really tell you about a couple of things that I feel would fit better in a section away from those two. The two main things I want to focus on are the fights and the use of other genre elements to ease some of the tension found within this anime.
Fights are pretty good, while you have to ask yourself about how some enemies have guns in the era in which Akame ga Kill takes place, you would also have to question other things about the universe (such as demons, enormous monsters, etc.). While some fights are a pure test of skill and are nail biters, some are done with trickery and scheming to make the best of a bad situation, finally some are done with incredibly outlandish weaponry and technique that you do not know what will happen next (the end of the anime especially). The main attraction of this series is actually the battles that occur between assassins, the fact that it is so good proves why everything else in the series can be seen in a better light.
Besides the incredibly good fights, Akame ga Kill! offers bits and pieces of other anime genres that are specifically used for comedic effect. While not used in a lot of instances, we see bits and pieces of a slice-of-life and ecchi comedy varieties. I guess the manga-ka as well as the animators realized that this anime can be a lot to take in, they offers us tidbits of laughter and humor to keep the series from feeling darker than it already is. I applaud them for this merely because it fits so well within the theme of the series, even setting up a recurring event for one of the main characters that turns into sadness later. Classic.
STRENGTHS – Insane plot twists, Lots of action and heartbreak, Memorable characters, Ruthless display of how a rebellion works from both sides.
WEAKNESSES – No back story on the main antagonist, No information on those that drive the main force of the protagonists,
Akame ga Kill! proved to be one of the most entertaining anime that I watched in 2014, you never knew what was going to happen next and you feared for every character that you have held dear. While I believe the ending of the anime suffered an unnecessary loss for dramatic effect, most other things were done in a fashion that kept fans on the edge of their seat.
I liked how, even done to the last horrible detail, we saw what happens when a rebellion happens. We got to see those of the revolutionary army rise up in arms against a tyrant government, while watching what happens when a monarchy tries to suppress a coup. We get to follow along the ride of a group that is directly affected by this struggle and put their lives on the line for a tomorrow they can believe in.
I recommend this anime if you can stand the gore, heart break, and ruthlessness this anime brings. Do not get attached to any character, any episode could wind up being their last… good or evil. Thanks for reading my review for Akame ga Kill!
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