Akame ga Kill! – 23

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When all else fails, use the Gundam

Argh, well sorry for the delay and not being around the site much. I had papers that almost killed me, exams, I completely missed a final exam and my laptop died /had to be repared. …And so here I was looking forward to watching people who’s lives suck worse than mine catching up with Akame, only to find that it’s decided to take some artistic license with the plot. But hey, I feel more free to talk about the manga’s spoilers now, so there’s something.

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Since Mine is dead, I’ll ship it.

Wave and Tatsumi finally got to work together, which is what they probably would have been doing if the plot hadn’t decided to put them on opposite sides of the war. Not that I’m complaining about that, since it added interesting perspective to both sides of the fight. And hey, the alliance worked beautifully for the length of the episode. Wave and Tatsumi have pretty much been the same person, so it was nice to see their interests align and have everyone agree that the capital is corrupt and needs to be stopped.

I don’t know if they’ll go a different route with the manga or not, but it looks like the emperor really was just a puppet of the prime minister as far as the anime is concerned. He was just a poor kid (or on top of that, an orphan) led into leading a terrible rule by the prime minister. Sure, blowing up his citizens for no real reason wasn’t a great move, but the kid was kind of sympathetic. Maybe. The real villain is definitely going to be the prime minister though.

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They didn’t really focus on Ran much during the run of the anime, but at least he had screen time now. They kind of went into Ran’s backstory (minus Syura’s friend, the creepy pedophile clown that killed all of Ran’s students + Bors’ wife and kid horribly), but without said creepy pedophile clown, his determination just wasn’t as noble. The manga, he stuck with the capital for the sole purpose of eventually hunting the guy who killed his students down and murdering him (plus the changing things from the inside thing, but you know, murdering the murderer was kind of significant). Here, he stuck with the capital still for a noble cause, but it just wasn’t the same, considering that his village was abandoned by them for no reason. Ran did manage to switch sides though, he’s still alive (unlike the anime) and therefore, Leone isn’t dead either (not that she’s died in the manga yet as far as I know of). Yay, everyone wins.

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Minus Tatsumi, who kind of lost. But in a good way, since he stopped the massive Gundam …whatever that was and saved the citizens who are apparently either incapable of running away, or just don’t know that giant relics that bring about fiery death aren’t generally a good sign. Well, they certainly pulled out a bunch of cheesy speeches and power ups here. Tatsumi in a flying golden suit of armour which he gained after remembering everyone’s sacrifices? Okay then. I suppose he had to remember them at some point, since the body count has been so high, but that seemed like a little too much. …Or maybe my problem stems from the fact that it was gold and could fly. I dunno.

Was there a point to Tatsumi’s death? …At the moment, I’m not seeing one. Maybe they can pull one out in the last episode, but for now it just looks like they wanted to kill off the main character for the novelty of it. A big part of the anime was that no character was safe from being killed, and killing Tatsumi an episode before the ending of the anime is definitely different. So what does this mean for the cast that’s still alive? Maybe this will spark something new in them. Though they were already pretty determined to begin with, and even the remainder of the Jaegers seemed determined.

I actually don’t mind that they’ve changed the anime so much, since clearly they’re trying to do their own thing and won’t be conforming back to the manga anytime soon. Plus what they’ve changed isn’t so bad. Wild Hunt (or at least, the pedophile clown I was talking about earlier) was probably the most offensive thing Akame ga Kill! had in it (aside from that side story with the bestiality that I found kind of excessive). I don’t mind not seeing that animated. I am sad that Lubbock’s death wasn’t as manly (or even meaningful, since his sacrifice and dedication was definitely something) , and that they completely skipped over Mine’s relationship with Tatsumi. Plus Wild Hunt was great for making the Jaegers look better, since they took over the Jaeger’s place as antagonists. But they did fill in the gaps okay. Kurome died, but since they already seemed to have decided that they’re just going to go for an anime original ending, they kind of needed to wrap up that plot thread. Ran and Wave helping Night Raid was fine too. …Though who even knows why Esdeath and Akame are fighting in the preview. I guess they had to end the anime in an exciting manner somehow.

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30 Responses to “Akame ga Kill! – 23”

  1. HannoX says:

    I would think Esdeath and Akame are fighting in the last episode because Esdeath is still loyal to the Empire. Yes, the emperor is dead, but that probably doesn’t matter to her. Plus, this gives her a chance to kill some more, something she loves doing. And I’m sure she regards the surviving members of Night Raid as antagonists she wants to settle things with.

  2. zztop says:

    This goes exactly as planned.
    Because after everyone (inevitably) dies, the Greater Metanorn Republic will be free to annex the Empire into its greater, anime-loving self!

    • Krono says:

      I was kinda expecting someone to show up behind the Prime Minister and cut him to pieces every time I saw him talking after the Gundam appeared.

      • BlackBriar says:

        Yeah, I’m perplexed he was out in the open for so long and no one took a crack at him. He was like a sitting duck while screaming his lungs out.

    • BlackBriar says:

      Doesn’t the Boss Lady have enough power already?! We already know who’d be the top senator. 😀

  3. BlackBriar says:

    A good penultimate episode, I guess. Though a bit unrealistic to accept such a massive futuristic machine causing devastation considering the apparent time setting the series is in. It’s more medieval than anything else.

    “Is Tatsumi really dead?” That’s the one thing I’m wondering right now because despite nearly everyone else around him has died which is something of note since anime doesn’t always almost put the entire cast of good guys to extinction, for some reason, I don’t feel he’s going to get the same treatment. I would chalk up that feeling to lead plot armor.

    Why are Akame and Esdeath fighting in the preview? Akame already resolved herself to fight her a couple of episodes back. So I guess this is the story making good on that promised encounter before the series finally wraps up.

    • Krono says:

      I feel they could kill him and did because he pretty much accomplished what he set out to do. His death was also fairly satisfying like Bulat’s even if it was a bit contrived. I’m fine with him dying and the series ending with the fight shown leading to Esdeath dying and maybe Akame too.

      I do have to say I was very happy that Run survived in this version.

  4. Di Gi Kazune says:

    When all else fails, use the Gundam

    Apparently… because even in Korra they are now using a Gundam. Use Gundam to beat the Avatar to crap!

    • BlackBriar says:

      I know I haven’t seen the series since the end of the first season, but how technologically advanced did they get in order to create something like that?

      • Di Gi Kazune says:

        See season 4 episode 11. Words cannot describe it.

        • BlackBriar says:

          Maybe I’ll do if I ever find the motivation to continue watching the series.

          • Di Gi Kazune says:

            Suggest to marathon it by books. The last 3/4 episodes always are easily the best. If you can tolerate the standard anime teenage angstyness (which from your list I see you do), it the same; only they have made the characters >18 to pander to the anti-loli/shota western audience and morality. 😛

            I picked up Avatar:TLA quite late and found it decent enough to buy the entire DVD set to finish watching.

            • BlackBriar says:

              If you can tolerate the standard anime teenage angstyness (which from your list I see you do),

              Can you clarify that? I’m a bit out of it from a long day right now and may not understand what you mean.

            • Di Gi Kazune says:

              From what I gather is on your watching list, which is almost everything, you’d be able to tolerate the stuff in Korra.

            • BlackBriar says:

              Agreed on the “almost” part. ‘Cause there is a handful of shows I never bothered to watch since they don’t appeal to me.

            • Di Gi Kazune says:

              Plans for Twilight anime afoot. World cringes.

  5. Highway says:

    From what you guys have been saying this whole series, the reason Akame and Esdeath are fighting in the preview is because they’re the only characters left alive…


    • BlackBriar says:

      It’s pretty much that. Both sides of the playing field have been extremely thinned out.

  6. JPNIgor says:

    I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when Tatsumi appeared with the golden winged armor. I was like “Are you serious? A golden winged armor?” like, I get that his armor evolves and stuff, but it’s too convenient. Akame ga Kill is not Kill la Kill. They don’t make fun of tropes and they shouldn’t need winged armor like Ryuuko’s Senketsu. I was utterly disappointed. But I got a good laugh.

    • Krono says:

      Lol same. I understand the transformation that occurred in the manga, but that was just making him stronger and more cold resistant. Having him gain golden flying armor was more than a little laughable, even if it was cool to watch.

    • BlackBriar says:

      I agree Tatsumi suddenly gaining wings is beyond convenient but is it that implausible? When you think on what the basis of his relic is, you recall it’s created from the remains of a dragon. Dragons are mostly known to have wings. I can’t give an explanation on the gold part, though. So even if it’s convenient, it fits in well enough.

      • Di Gi Kazune says:

        He stole the armour from Gil. Gil is now going to slowly GoB him. 😛

        • BlackBriar says:

          Hmph, he’d be too busy shooting off his mouth on how everything belongs to him and leave himself wide open for a crushing blow.

          • Di Gi Kazune says:

            You are thinking of Carnival Phantasm Gil. 😛 F/Z Gil will only say the following:
            “How dare you mongrels steal my stuff! Die.” When things get serious, he is to the point and more action.

            • BlackBriar says:

              I just can’t help rolling my eyes when he’s onscreen.

      • JPNIgor says:

        I agree, it is plausible. But you have to agree that among all the possibilies, this one was the most obvious and uninspired. And golden. GOLDEN, above all else, is just too much.

        • BlackBriar says:

          The next episode is the last. Hardly a stretch to believe they want to close the series in style. Let’s face it, anything original was done decades ago so having true originality these days is a rarity. Tough for me at the moment to imagine how else Tatsumi could’ve gotten an edge over the emperor and that overpowered relic mech.

        • Sumairii says:

          Tatsumi plays some CoD.

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