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
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.
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.
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.