「蟠を斬る」 (Wadakama wo Kiru)
“Kill Your Cares”
If there’s anything that I get out of Akame ga Kill every week that’s guaranteed, it’s the entertainment factor. It’s a fast-paced show that leaves me amused for half an hour and there’s always someone that dies. If that’s your thing, then you should definitely get on board with this anime right now. *thumbs up* What I love about it, is that it’s unpredictable to a certain degree that’s not totally out of the box, but enough so that you’re satisfied. The cast of characters are not boring, although they’re not terribly unique either. I think the chemistry between them works and there’s enough comedy to lighten the mood up. It’s interesting to hear where they all came from and how they all ended up with the Night Raid. I thought Mine’s story would’ve been a lot more tragic, but her story ended up being quite short and straightforward. We’ve all faced times some sort of discrimination (or you know… maybe not, in which case you’re lucky) and I think her reason to fight is a justified one.
I realized that Akame ga Kill is a story that’s simply very plot-heavy and not necessarily a deep one. It doesn’t take itself seriously and the audience shouldn’t either. One of the complaints that I hear a lot is the timing of the humor and the lack of seriousness in the overall tone. I definitely get where you’re coming from – believe me. Compared to other shows airing this season, Akame ga Kill does not deliver when it counts and I think it tries, but it falls short sometimes due to everything else going on. It keeps advancing the story – but does not leave time to digest the full importance of “Hey! There are people being publicly crucified here!“. Don’t get me wrong, I see that torturing women is wrong and so is murdering innocent people, but this bag of tricks is getting old and it’s the primary focus of the show. I like that the story is spending time to develop the rest of the cast – like Mine, Bulat, and Akame… but the more time we spend getting all chummy chummy with the Night Raid, the more I feel like the violence just doesn’t faze me anymore. The horrid scenes and shock factor just doesn’t seem to leave an impact on me and I hate that because this is humanity we’re talking about. If I can’t feel revolted by people dying, then it makes me lack empathy towards the Night Raid’s cause.
Moving along… I still like where the story is headed and despite my complaint above, I don’t see any reason to stop watching. One of the reasons that I love anime so much is that it can tell a concise story in a short amount of time that’s entertaining and watch-worthy. I think Akame ga Kill delivers that. After three episodes, I’m happy to say that it’s met my expectations in terms of the blood and gore that was promised, but it also provides a great setup for what’s to come. I’m most looking forward to seeing how the Night Raid take down the Emperor (Taichi You) and the Prime Minister/Honest (Ishii Kouji). The Emperor is certainly young and naïve, but his unyielding trust towards the Prime Minister is kind of scary and if anything, he deserves to die because of his own lack of judgment as ruler of his country. I’m not saying that he should – but he needs to know the consequences of his decisions. Another person that I’m keeping an eye on is the killer whom appeared at the end. I don’t think it’ll have to be long before he makes his move though because the preview clearly states his intensions. It’ll be more interesting to see where he came from and who he fights for.
Author’s Note: Hurray! I’m picking this up. Blogging only one show every two weeks just isn’t enough. =)
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: The constant talk of torture & sadness is not phasing me anymore. #AkamegaKill needs to be less comedic for me to take it seriously