Always chew your food before swallowing, or it will shoot its way out.
It’s part two of the first big confrontation between Night Raid and the Jaegers, and we’ve only just made it past the appetizers.
A bunch of welps.
It’s easy to think that Kurome has an undead army at her disposal thanks to her relic, but fortunately that isn’t the case. Instead, there seems to be a limit on how many “puppets” can be controlled at a time, which probably varies depending on the compatibility between Yatsufusa and its wielder. In Kurome’s case, that limit is seven or eight. Moreover, the episode suggests that the limit not only applies to the number of active puppets, but also to the total number of puppets in the collection. So it could be that Kurome can only store the last seven or eight things she’s killed in her collection. Otherwise, you’d think she would immediately summon a new puppet to replace one that’s fallen in battle. Unless this is all misleading and she’s deliberately not summoning any more puppets for some reason, of course.
Kurome starts taking things seriously.
In terms of the action, I have to say that Akame ga Kill! executed this episode fairly well. It’s admittedly nothing more special than your standard shounen battle royale, but at least it’s done right for what it’s worth. Where we stand now is the small fry (Kurome’s puppets) have been taken care of. Now it’s on to the big kahunas, starting with Kurome herself. Obviously she herself is no pushover or that showdown will be regrettably short. But I do have to wonder how well she could hold up against most of the Night Raid team, even if the good guys are a bit beaten from their battles this episode. Yatsufusa grants her no special physical abilities, so all she can rely on is her skills with the sword and a bodyguard puppet. And I highly doubt that’s enough to keep the combined force of most of Night Raid at bay. Which leads directly to the next stage of the standard shounen battle royale: the turnaround.
Bols was awesome all the way to the end(?).
When the good guys are doing too well, the bad guys have to start showing some face and giving them a hard time. Assuming the current conflict is to continue on for a few more episodes, Esdeath and company are inevitably going to show up to save Kurome’s hide. Especially now that Bols is apparently out of the picture. We’ve already seen hints at this since Esdeath is starting to catch on to the fact that they’ve been misled. And no gang of bandits is going to stop her from plowing straight through them to investigate what’s going on with the rest of the Jaegers. Wave is yet another wildcard who might pop up at any moment since there seems to be something between him and Kurome. But I’m thinking the show will stick to its guns about him being down for the count after taking Susanoo’s preemptive strike. That said, all of this could be moot considering the next episode preview appears to have nothing to do at all with the current conflict. Maybe Kurome makes a hasty escape and the Jaegers regroup to face Night Raid another day instead?
Death flags everywhere.
Speaking of the next episode preview, it looks like we’ll get an episode focused on Chelsea next time. This concerns me as her little moment in this episode further adds to her death flags. It all has to do with being interested in Tatsumi, I tell you. Anyway, I’m a bit confused as to why we’re suddenly shifting focus from an epic showdown between Night Raid and the Jaegers to a standard assassination job where some asshole we don’t care about, but are told deserves to die, gets his just deserts. Maybe it’s actually some sort of flashback to Chelsea’s earlier career as an assassination? Because if that’s the case, then it’s sure as hell confirmed that she’s going to die come next week. It’s never a good sign when they start rolling out the flashbacks in the midst of a conflict, after all.
Akame ga Kill! threw us in for a bit of a scare with Leone losing an arm, Mine getting eaten by a giant frog, and Lubbock musing about confessing his love to Najenda once the battle is over. The last one on the surface would appear to be a death flag for one or both of Lubbock and Najenda. But that’s a bit too much even for this show, especially when Chelsea’s apparent impending doom is looming so closely overhead. In spite of its bloody reputation, I highly doubt even Akame ga Kill! has the balls to kill off three good guys in close succession. And as for Leone’s arm, I appreciate the rather blasé reaction given to that little detail. Obviously, losing a limb is normally quite a big deal. And in some shows, such an occurrence is treated with an equally dramatic reaction. However, I rather like it when a show instead uses the desensitization of such a usually horrifying experience to stress the gravity of the surrounding circumstances. It’s not that the loss of Leone’s arm is something to shrug off. Rather, the battle at hand is so intense that there’s no time to cry about it.
Will the big boss finally make her appearance?