**SPOILER ALERT** Akame ga Kill…24 Episodes and a series of minis… the first anime of the higher quality group, with a gulf between those above it and those currently 12th and down, only slightly bridged by Humanity has Declined.
Akame ga Kill is a solid quality full length season but has some majorly confusing drawbacks, mostly centring around the ending so let’s get these grievances out of the way first.
The main thing that confuses me is that all the way through the main focus is on the leading male, Tatsumi, a traveller from an outskirt village, looking to join the imperial army and send money back to his village. But the title and end of the opening sequence the main feature is on Akame who is the main female focus for most of the series…why put the name of a character in the title and then not put the main focus on them (Possibly to do with the source material but I haven’t seen it to check). Furthermore in the anime, Tatsumi dies a few minutes before the final battle, being way out of his depth, leaving Akame to fight and kill the main Antagonist, General Esdeath. However in the Manga Tatsumi doesn’t die and Akame doesn’t exactly kill Esdeath as Esdeath admits defeat in the battle and that Tatsumi will never look at her in the same way that she sees him…as a lover, thus she kills herself. After the battle, due to his injuries, Tatsumi is trapped within his Dragon form but survives and returns to Mine’s side (Another member of Night Raid). It is revealed that she is pregnant with his child and they both retire to Tatsumi’s home village to live as regular a life as possible, with the new empire financially supporting them and the village, also Kurome and Wave get together with Najenda and Akame building up and protecting the new empire.
Enough of these negatives, let’s talk about some positive aspects of the show. A minor one I can’t go in to much detail about is the hints at a romantic relationship between Tatsumi and Akame but as I’ve mentioned above, that is far from reality.
Then we have the camaraderie between the whole of Night Raid, a revolutionary group, bringing about change against the empire which is creating social injustice. Despite slaughtering the regime using a range of Imperial Arms (I’ll get on to later), they are seen as the heroes of the show. In Night Raid we have Tatsumi as mentioned earlier, Leone a woman with beast qualities such as super strength and fast regeneration, Akame a swordswoman with an Imperial arms which is a sword which kills anyone who is cut by the blade, Mine a girl who possesses a sniper rifle which does more damage, the more danger she is in, Sheele who possesses a pair of giant killer scissors, Lubbock who possesses a device which fires out strings capable of cutting through most materials with even the slightest of pressure applied, Bulat who wears a suit of special armour which is also possessed by the incursio spirit and their leader Najenda, a disillusioned former general of the empire who later on gets an Imperial Arms in the form of a super servant that can complete huge tasks in mere seconds and be a super strong soldier. Not only is everyone in the group for different reasons which I’ll let you watch to find out but much like Game of Thrones we see key members of the group get killed a long time before the end battles, and it is the regrouping, resilience and fighting in their memories which creates a feeling of something special, while also hammering home that what they’re doing is incredibly risky.
Lastly on to the thing that possibly attracts the most people to the show which is or should I say are the Imperial Arms. The Imperial Arms is a large set of Mega Weapons which was created several Emperors ago and given to his greatest knights to protect the Empire. Some can only be wielded by people that the item feels is worthy, otherwise they will be killed. Bulat’s armour contains the spirit of Incursio, a mega dragon warrior and on his death, he passes it on to Tatsumi and upon accepting his body, it upgrades itself and suits itself to his needs. Kurome has a sword much like her sister Akame, but was able to reanimate corpses and control the dead on their side of the battle. General Esdeath, gained hers by drinking an alleged cursed liquid, ending up with the power to control ice. Three others include; being able to manipulate water, being able to put people to sleep by playing the violin and being able to copy other people’s appearances to go undercover. However my favourite of all for being purely insane is Koro, at the time owned by Seryu. Koro, is a dog-beast which has different levels of intensity for “Creating Justice”, which essentially means it can grow immensely strong and either beat you to death or eat you, with the only way to kill it, to penetrate its skin and core. Aside from its normal form, it also has a series of ten weapons hidden inside it; The ball of Justice Flail, Four Missile Turrets, A large sword, A hookshot, Enma’s Spear of Justice Drill, A giant armoured missile, Taizan’s Cannon of Justice, A strong Arm, An arm which can detect all living things in the area known as the Justice City Protector and Chakravartin Furnance of Five Hells which is a gigantic self destruction exploding chip.
So that is how I have come to my current verdict, and gladly all of these on the chart and higher feature no incredible weirdness or incest or excessive nudity/sexual scenes and the quality at a certain point increases exponentially as you may see in the categories shown below. Should there be no anime lower than it, the next to be reviewed shall be Shokugeki no Souma.
- Sword Art Online
- Non Non Biyori (=2)
- Chuunibyo Demo Koi Ga Shittai (Love, Chuunibyo and Other Delusions) (=2)
- Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso (Your Lie in April)
- Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
- Re: Zero- Starting Life in Another World
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
- Accel World (=8)
- Food Wars! : Shokugeki no Souma (=8)
- Akame ga Kill!
- Humanity Has Declined (Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita)
- Eromanga Sensei (=11)
- Mirai Nikki (Future Diaries) (=11)
- No Game No Life (=11)
- Trinity Seven
Mini Groups: What the F- Eromanga Sensei, Mirai Nikki, No Game No Life and Trinity Seven. The Maybes- Humanity Has Declined. Solid Foundations- Akame ga Kill!, Shokugeki no Souma and Accel World. Top Prospects of Cute and Comfort- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and Re: Zero. Almost Perfect- Your Lie in April and Konosuba. Legend Class- Sword Art Online, Non Non Biyori and Chuunibyo Demo Koi Ga Shittai.