Suppose third time's the charm for me to finally complete this series. I originally dropped Akame ga Kill when it originally premiered over two years ago in Japan and then ditched it a second time after I attempted to watch through its airing on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. But having bought the complete series in physical format, I suppose being able to marathon through episodes finally afforded me the opportunity to plow through this train wreck of a series.
Set in a seemingly medieval/fantasy world with a good deal of anachronisms, Akame ga Kill is focused on a young man named Tatsumi who joins up with a group of assassins called Night Raid, who are armed with supernatural weapons called Imperial Arms and take on missions to assassinate influential figures within the corrupt empire they live in.
While seeming to have a solid premise on paper, Akame ga Kill has many problems. One notable problem comes in the form of its characters. All of the characters milk typical anime archetypes and don't get much fleshing out beyond whatever back story is revealed about them to explore their motives and attempt to provide fleshing out to them. But because said back story is the only means the anime makes to attempt fleshing out said characters, this makes them hard to relate with and in the case of some of the villains, hard to even take seriously thanks to being so over-the-top with relishing in their evil deeds and convictions.
Akame ga Kill's plot also has its good share of issues. The series often has difficulty at consistently conveying a proper mood as it mixes around comedy, action, and drama throughout its run. While attempting to be a dark and serious title, the series can kill said serious scenes with the improper timing of comical moments, said moments mostly falling flat in their delivery since said gags have been done to death in other anime titles. There's also the character deaths to talk about. While the series does stick out in that any character could die among both hero and enemy, the impact of said deaths is lost because many characters in the series lack the time to be properly fleshed out since the anime is more focused on advancing its plot. The series ultimately becomes a mess by its final quarter as it rushes through its final conflict between Night Raid and the Empire that leads up to a rather anticlimactic ending after all is said and done, all thanks to this becoming an anime-only resolution to the series due to its manga source material still ongoing at the time it aired.
The only area of praise that I could give Akame ga Kill is its solid presentation. The series sports highly detailed and vivid settings, with character designs being reasonably detailed as well. Action scenes make up the animated highlight of the series as they are consistently fluid for the most part and often can get creative in their choreography thanks to the differing abilities of the Imperial Arms wielded by the show's characters.
However, presentation is not enough to save Akame ga Kill's mess of a story and characterization as it seemed unsure exactly of what kind of series it wanted to be with its haphazard story direction and over-the-top villains. Unless you are going into this series to poke fun of the show's complete absurdity, you aren't missing out on much with it. Rating: 5 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
I felt like Akame ga Kill suffers from the same problem as Magical Girl Raising Project; it starts out with too large of a cast for them to possibly flesh out enough to make the audience care about when death happens. Death in a series is supposed to be unexpected, but when you see the 5th or 6th character die...it really makes it hard to care about the remaining characters when you know they will likely die. AgK might have worked better if it had half the amount of heros to worry about, and focused on Akame rather than Tatsumi. She is the more engaging character I feel, while Tatsumi just seems like just another generic audience surrogate protagonist.
While Akame is the titular character and titular character aren't always the lead character, Tatsumi was made to be generic for a purpose, he was to complement and foil his bizarre comrades in the Night Raid who all had their quirks.
I fell in love with Akame ga Kill despite its flaws and its unnecessary need to be overly brutal and messed up for the sake of showing how dark it is especially in the manga where things are much worse than the anime had cut out. Thankfully, the anime's ending was a bit happy yet bittersweet but less body count.
TRIGGERED!!!!!!!!!!! Oh wait is Dream no wonder. Yeah it a pseudo shonen and sentai mix which can put off people who like blood and gore, but hate unneeded fan service, and gag, and put off people who love shonen and hate excessive gore or the main character having balls, etc. Personally like the fact that about any character can die, and how they portray both side. Overall love the series and the ending for it.
Good point, forgot to mention. I really commend the anime for killing off its protagonist which is rare. I wished it happened in a few shows where things got really bad and an ending truly deserves the main character to put out of his or her misery:
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