The death flags finally caught up.
You were expecting Kara, but- ah screw it.
No More Love
You might have noticed the lack of Akame ga Kill! last week. Kara was busy. You might also notice the brevity of this post. I am busy. So let’s get straight to it. Mine dies. We were all waiting for that to happen, so it’s not a shocker. There’s no death sentence like being the love interest of the MC in this kind of show. At least she took out Commander-in-Chief Budou with her, which is apparently an impressive feat even though we have no reason to believe this beyond characters repeatedly reminding us of this. Surprisingly enough, Tatsumi handled Mine’s death pretty well and skipped right past the depression stage. All the better for us. I do wonder if this is how it actually went down in the manga since apparently the anime is starting to really diverge from the source material.
How will Tatsumi face Esdeath?
Anyway, Mine’s passing might mark the end to any romantic developments in Akame ga Kill! I don’t take Esdeath’s advances seriously since I still don’t think she really sees Tatsumi as more than just an object she suddenly decided she wants to own. Despite her claims that they are birds of a feather, all she’s done is repeatedly tell him to be with her without really doing anything to convince him to reconsider the prospect. Not to mention, our hero has made it clear that he will never let himself come to like someone who spreads death and destruction for her own amusement. So with Mine down and Esdeath out, there’s really no one left with real romantic interest in Tatsumi. Leone just teases him and Akame only sees him as a comrade, after all.
A powerful moment.
Speaking of Akame, episode 22 covers her final confrontation with her little sister, Kurome. I guess despite not being able to kill Kurome, Chelsea did leave a lasting impression on the girl. And by impression I mean deadly injury, of course. Anyway, Kurome definitely wasn’t at the top of her game so the outcome was a foregone conclusion even if we ignore the fact that Akame is one of the good guys and moreover the titular character. Anyway, it was a bit telegraphed to have a random giant monster pop out to interrupt the battle and conveniently take out the last of Kurome’s good friends dolls. But regardless of the hamfisted writing, the last moment between the two sisters was still exactly what it needed to be. Nothing too sappy or melodramatic. Just two warriors meeting on the battlefield for one last clash.
At this point I’d be more concerned about Wave taking out his anger on Night Raid for taking Kurome away from him than anything else. Esdeath is busy fending off the entire revolutionary army. And I can’t take the kiddo emperor’s giant mecha thing seriously. It’s just an even easier target to hit if you ask me, considering the boy probably has absolutely no training in combat. But hey, at least he will serve as a meat shield for the prime minister to get away for a little longer. Anything to further demonstrate what an asshole the guy is.