「権力を斬る」 (Kenryoku wo Kiru)
“Kill the Authority”
Welcome to the Night Raid! If you don’t join us… we will kill you…
… Just kidding! ~ But seriously… it’s kill or be killed when you’re part of the Night Raid and this episode shows the dire situation that Tatsumi’s been forced into. The Night Raid won’t kill him, but they haven’t left much of a choice for him either and thus, he trains with Akame to become a cold-blooded killer. But… there’s not much training involved either because Tatsumi’s become the resident chef instead (even to go as far as catching his own fish!). Although his actual “training” period was short, I have no complaints because what I’m looking forward to in this show is the action! So the faster that they can get to that, the greater chance this show has to hold my attention span. Luckily for Tatsumi, he just so happens to also have all the skills in terms of actual combat abilities and that helps speed up the story. On the flip side, I feel a little cheated because we simply have to accept at face value that he’s great at what he does – kind of like Kirito from Sword Art Online. He’s just awesome at wielding swords. To me, seeing a character grow and become stronger is what builds that connection and empathy with them as they journey through hardships in anime. If the protagonist is simply given these skills straight up, the rest of the story better be about how kicka** he is.
And it is. I think Akame ga Kill has held my attention fairly well and doesn’t stop with the assassinations. True to its name, the killing continues and Tatsumi adds to his count by slaying a member of the police force. I admit that I was surprised that Tatsumi took the Ogre out alone, given that it was his first assignment and this guy literally looks like a giant ogre. I was half-expecting Akame to appear out of the nowhere to save Tatsumi, but this story is all about the unexpected so to me, that was different. In fact, Tatsumi has earned some respect from his new boss and his colleagues so good for him! He feels like a completely different person though – flipping from coldblooded murderer to naïve young traveler. I have a hard time grasping who he really is because most of the time, I want to believe that Tatsumi is a good boy who wants to do what’s right (but everyone laughed at him). On the other hand, it’s clear that he can kill an assignment easily and although this man deserves it, I thought one of the internal struggles that Tatsumi would have deal with is his morale conscious of what is right and wrong. Who truly deserves to die and how does this really fit into the larger picture? This is what I would want to know joining the Night Raid.
The story dives a little into the background of the Night Raid as well and how the group formed. The small snapshot that Najenda (Mizuno Risa) provided is a good indication of what and who is to come. More interestingly enough, this episode also reveals Akame’s past and how she becomes a part of the Night Raid. I would think that the main heroine would get a whole episode dedicated to her history… and probably much later in the anime because obviously she would have the most “dark and mysterious” past and it leaves the audience speculating. But oh no, Akame ga Kill lays it all out up front. Akame was an orphan, trained to be a killer and now she’s joined the Night Raid. Simply put – it explains a great deal of her personality, her skillset and all neatly tied in up in less than three minutes. I was impressed that there wasn’t more to her story, but I guess that leaves her sister’s whereabouts up in the air too. Where did she go or more importantly, is she dead?
The episode is not complete without a few introductions of the rest of the team. Lubbock (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu), Sheele (Noto Mamiko), Bulat (Konishi Katsuyuki), and Mine (Tamura Yukari) are all part of the Night Raid as well and they take turns showing pieces of their personality. It looks like Mine is going to be the focus for next week’s episode so we’ll probably get a hear more about where she came from and who she is – either that or it’s a complete tease to see her half-naked. Either way, I’m excited for what’s to come and I think the blend of fanservice, comedy and action, fits well for the series. It blends together without it being uncalled for and I know some viewers might think of it as awkward but I like the breaks in between that are made for laughter. It shows that the creator isn’t one-dimensional and all plot driven.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Akame ga Kill doesn’t disappoint for a second week. This seriously tempts me to keep blogging it =(
Author’s Note: Oh dear… I was honestly hoping the second episode would be so terribad that I’d stop blogging it on a weekly basis. It wasn’t – in fact, I’m very tempted to commit to another show. I just wanted to let readers know that if I don’t continue this series, it’s NOT because it’s horrible. It’s because I’m spending more time on another section of RC that’ll be brought to you in a couple of weeks =) (surprise!) I’m scared I won’t have any time leftover for another show, so to avoid disappointment I don’t want to make promises… BUT we’ll see next week!
Only one this week – but it’s a good one: 15.