OP: 「SKYREACH」 by 雨宮天 (Sora Amamiya)
「闇を斬る」 (Yami wo Kiru)
“Kill the Darkness”
What appears to be another show about a young naïve boy entering the capital actually turns out to be about a young naïve boy who joins a group of vigilantes that assassinate people within the capital! This premiere suddenly goes from being funny and lighthearted to dark and gruesome within a matter of minutes. A young boy aspiring to join the government named Tatsumi (Saito Soma) finds his way to the capital city and quickly learns that not everything is as it seems. Not only is he completely naïve and scammed out of a bag full of money, but he continues to be tricked by those around him. Unfortunately, he also finds himself in the middle of a massacre within the family home that he’s staying at. He ends up fighting Akame (Amamiya Sora), one of the assassins sent to kill the family, and just moments from dying, he’s saved! He’s saved by Leone (Asakawa Yuu) who
invites recruits Tatsumi into the Night Raid and Tatsumi quickly finds the truth behind the family he was staying with.
And oh no, it’s not just the family that he was staying with, but many people within the capital are corrupted. The Night Raid are a group of individuals that kill those that they deem are murderers themselves – and from this first ep, it seems like they mainly target upper-class families and executives within the government. Not to be prejudice but it seems only appropriate that the upper class would have the time and money to harm people for fun… and not see it as morally wrong. It’s very fitting in this setting for people to think of themselves as “better” and therefore entitled to do whatever they wanted to anyone they see as “cattle”. This is why I actually feel gratification when people like the Night Raid (and Dexter, if anyone’s watched Dexter) actually put matters in their own hands to do something about it. Two wrongs definitely don’t make a right, but when there’s no way to stop them and the authority is also corrupted, you can’t let these people roam free. Maybe because I’m a vengeful person in general, but there’s no way I would’ve let Aria and her family go knowing what they did to innocent people… not to mention my friends! When Tatsumi actually slashed Aria himself, I was quite surprised (in a pleasant way) because revenge is something that everyone may want but few have the opportunity to take advantage of.
Plot aside, the animation itself was crisp and fun to watch. The first half of the episode really illustrated the innocence of Tatsumi well with his facial expressions, the exaggerations in certain scenes and it was fairly comedic all things considering. I was even amused (and sad) when Tatsumi sat a full day in the bar and opted to sleep on the streets. It goes to show Tatsumi’s trusting nature and lures the audience in to see what’s really going to happen to him – because not everything is as it seems in the capital. I loved this aspect of the show because it doesn’t take itself too seriously with enough comedy to break the intense moments, but also reveals the truth of what’s to come and keeps you on your toes. The main characters are memorable as well; again, especially Tatsumi who distinguishes himself well from other main male protagonists. He might not be especially great or gifted in what he does, but his perspective on society around him makes it easy for others to influence him (either in good or bad ways). It’ll be interesting to see how he develops.
Overall, I’m impressed by how much I enjoyed Akame ga Kill’s premiere. It was surprising in a good way and the story was told well, such that I got all the important points without feeling lost or confused. In other words, no pacing issues (so far?) and it was genuinely interesting to watch. I’d love to see how this develops if the Night Raid end up facing the Prime Minister or the Emperor and even better if the government gets overturned. If this first episode was any indication, we can probably expect more deaths coming up so don’t say I didn’t warn you – but don’t get attached to anyone anytime soon! In fact, I’m looking forward to seeing how new characters get introduced and written off. It makes the story more realistic and hard to predict.
Bottom Line: @RCCherrie – Wow… #Akame_anime was so kickass =O I love watching vigilantes who kill villains that get away from authority. That’s why I loved #Dexter!
ED: 「こんな世界、知りたくなかった。」 (Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta.) by 沢井美空 (Sawai Miku)