「帝具使いを斬る」 (Teigu tsukai wo Kiru)
“Kill the Imperial Arm Users”
It’s like Akame ga Kill is reading my mind! Just when everyone was curious about their OP weapons, we get an explanation on how everyone in the Night Raid has advantages versus their opponents. It’s not only because they’re extremely skilled, it’s also because they have ancient weapons created from the best of the best. My question now is – how did they get them? Perhaps the Night Raid has more hidden with the rest of the resistance group. Or they’ve been killing people that possess them and simply stealing them afterwards. I can imagine the latter happening more so since it seems like Tatsumi is going to get ”the sight” next episode from Zanku. It never occurred to me that Tatsumi would be someone that is well suited for this type of Imperial Arm (I was expecting something along the lines of a sword), but you never know. The ability to read someone’s mind and manipulate their thinking is so powerful yet dangerous. My first thoughts go to Charles Xavier from X-Men who was someone that handled that well. I keep thinking of X-Men references due to Tokyo ESP.
The episode itself had a lot less comedy compared to last week which I’m sure a lot of people prefer. The concept of the Imperial Arms (also referred to as Teigu for the literal romaji), is no laughing matter and then taking down Zanku completed the second half. The action was typical when Zanku was up against Tatsumi… but the best part was definitely seeing Akame in action. Asides from the first episode, we’ve never really seen her in combat or struggle much at all against her opponents. I liked being able to see a weakness to Akame’s strong persona and although she didn’t really falter after seeing Kurome, it shows that she does in fact have weaknesses. The flashbacks are a good indication that Kurome was probably a comrade or her sister… or even someone that she met in the orphanage that she was really attached to. The question is, where is Kurome now? At first I thought she was dead, but then it would be very obvious to Akame that there’s no way Kurome could appear in the flesh if she was dead. Then my conclusion is that Kurome is somewhere out there; probably captured by the enemy or even working for the enemy? Then again… Tatsumi was tricked that same way and I’m giving Akame the benefit of the doubt that she’s not that clueless (clearly biased!).
My enjoyment for Akame ga Kill is still relatively high even though the show feels very episodic right now. The bad-guy-of-the-day theme is getting old and the only real continuity that I’m getting out of it lately, is the backstory for each of the characters. Sheele is the next Night Raid member up for an episode highlight so we’ll get to hear her background soon. I have no predictions for her right now, but she seems a little too klutzy to be a hardcore killer; something traumatic must have happened to motivate her. Nevertheless, the show continues to delivery consistently – in terms of both animation and entertainment value. There are no new revelations that shock me, but that doesn’t mean that the show isn’t fun to watch. I still want to know what’s going to happen and I’m sure that since this is a 2-cour show (should have thought about it more before picking up a 2-cour anime to blog!), there’s plenty more to come.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: More Akame in #AkamegaKill please! I’m much more interested in her than Tatsumi unfortunately =S sorry buddy. And Kurome is…? My guess is her sister or really good friend from the orphanage, but that’s being too obvious right? #akame_anime