- Title: Akame ga Kill! ( アカメが斬る！ )
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Drama, Shounen
- Studios: White Fox
- Episodes: 24 – 23min (Completed)
- Date: 7 July 2014 — 15 December 2014
- Source: Manga
Night Raid is the covert assassination branch of the Revolutionary Army, an uprising assembled to overthrow Prime Minister Honest, whose avarice and greed for power has lead him to take advantage of the child emperor’s inexperience. Without a strong and benevolent leader, the rest of the nation is left to drown in poverty, strife, and ruin. Though the Night Raid members are all experienced killers, they understand that taking lives is far from commendable and that they will likely face retribution as they mercilessly eliminate anyone who stands in the revolution’s way.
This merry band of assassins’ newest member is Tatsumi, a naïve boy from a remote village who had embarked on a journey to help his impoverished hometown and was won over by not only Night Raid’s ideals, but also their resolve. Akame ga Kill! follows Tatsumi as he fights the Empire and comes face-to-face with powerful weapons, enemy assassins, challenges to his own morals and values, and ultimately, what it truly means to be an assassin with a cause.
In all honesty, I wasn’t really inspired by this show. Despite trying its best to appear as an awe-inspiring dramatic show, the anime instead came off as trying too hard to be dramatic, such that it felt out of place. Its attempts to appear dark, deep and gloomy through its repeated use of tragedy had instead made the entire story feel empty. From just a few episodes in, it became a recurrent theme for the anime to forcefully lead everything into a certain dramatic direction. This made it difficult for me to immerse myself in the story, or to even feel sympathetic at any of the elements at play. But why exactly does the tragedy in the anime fall short? It simply failed in execution.
There’re a lot of ways in which drama in anime has been expressed, but most of the time, its in the form of tragedy through death. That’s exactly what Akame ga Kill! used to form its entire dramatic sequence. But the reality is, a simple death alone isn’t nearly sufficient enough to bring forth dramatic sentiments. Akame Ga Kill! specifically thinks that as long as there is death, it would successfully appear to be a dark and emotionally engaging one. This in itself was the main flaw of the show. There is little development of any of the characters, and so the deaths of any major characters didn’t evoke much sympathy. Had they given substantial depth to the characters that die off in the show, it probably would have been a decent drama show. Usually, deaths of important characters in a show would always carry with it some emotional weight, but in Akame ga Kill!, there was little emotional value to its killing off of characters.
Now I know I’ve painted the anime in a huge negative light thus far, and rightfully so. However, I think the anime is not without charms of its own. The action scenes were quite entertaining to watch, with every character having a different style of combat that gives the entire troupe this charismatic dynamic feel to them. Each of them had the power to do something unique that would be of great benefit to the team. The characters themselves, did look rather unique and charming in their own way. The art was also done quite well, able to bring life to many of the moments in the anime. Story wise, it was rather interesting. There was enough content to honestly make it a convincing enough watch. After all, I did end up watching all 24 episodes.
But when you look at the show as a whole, there’s so much potential that, if done better, could’ve created a truly mystifying world. All that’s left is the bitterness, not from the forced tragedy, but from a waste of such a potentially decent show.
Should I watch Akame ga Kill!?
If you intend to watch Akame ga Kill!, then let’s first look at the reasons why you might possible have considered watching the show.
If you came here looking to laugh, then I’ll have to send you on your way. The only thing you’ll be laughing at is at yourself for being so silly as to expect decent comedy from this show.
If you wanted drama, then you will get what you came for! In terms of quantity at least. I can’t attest to the quality of drama that you’ll get from the anime though.
If you wanted action, then yes, its quite an entertaining action story. There’s all sorts of battles between formidable groups, with all sorts of unique and interesting powers being displayed.
The overall story is quite alright. It made for a decently interesting anime, though its execution was somewhat disappointing. Still, a good enough watch if you’re willing.
I’ll add this just in case, but its obvious that this anime has its flaws, many of which ruined my viewing experience to a certain degree. However, the show in itself is still quite entertaining, visually and story-wise as well. So if you’re interested, give it a try anyways. Who knows, the issues I had might not influence you the same way it affected me.