「絶対正義を斬る」 (Zettai Seigi wo Kiru)
“Kill the Absolute Justice”
Wow… Even though I was expecting it for quite some time now, you never know how hard it’s going to hit you until it comes. And Seryu comes with full force ready to eliminate the Night Raid. There are so many ways that I can express how I felt during this episode… it starts off with another successful raid from Tatsumi and Leone, but then when Seryu arrives, it turns into this twisted battle that really leaves me oblivious to how it’s going to end. I was completed blown away by the outcome of the battle and it’s not because I’m ignorant to how battles go, but it’s probably because there’s so much action going on that I only have time to absorb what’s on the screen. Before you know it, a member of the Night Raid has died and my jaw hit the ground (well it would’ve, if I wasn’t on my bed). The entire final 10 minutes of the episode had me in denial, brought up a ton of questions, but most of all, I actually felt angry for Mine. I completely understood how she felt and it was surprising how I’ve developed such an attachment to the characters in a short amount of time.
Now that my mind has settled down and the initial shock has dispersed, I take back what I said about Akame ga Kill being predictable or episodic. Hell’s no is it in anyway similar to something I’ve seen before in anime – and I love it! Rarely do I see anime kill off secondary characters so quickly; especially after dedicating a whole episode to their development. I think it takes a lot of guts for a writer to kill characters that are loved by the public and regardless how much time Sheele was actually on screen, I feel fond of all the members of the Night Raid. I applaud the writer for being able to create all these different emotions within a short period of time and the anime has done a great job illustrating this scene. Sheele’s death was quite impactful even though I knew that someone had to die and the wave of emotions from shock to sadness to anger was exactly what makes me feel so hyped up for Akame ga Kill.
This anime is so crazy both figuratively and literally… because Seryu is one crazy a** b*tch. I know people warned me, but I still like to come to my own conclusions about characters and give people the benefit of the doubt. I was wrong. Seryu is just one of those characters that can’t tell wrong from right because she’s so obsessed with what she thinks is right. It drives me insane every time she smiles or laughs at the pain of others and I think this is probably the definition of a psychopath. She is in fact, mentally damaged and given her history of family dying around her as a result of the Night Raid, I would not expect her to behave any other way. In fact, I feel rather sorry for her despite all her wrong actions and I think, given the right up-bringing, she could’ve been a good person. Unfortunately, that is not the case and she’s become so consumed by this hatred for the Night Raid that she even scarified her own limbs in order to destroy them (this must’ve been what Captain Orge gave her, referenced last week). It feels like she’s even lost her humanity in the process and it scares me because its people like her that have nothing to lose, but everything to gain that drives them mad. I haven’t even mentioned Koro at all this week… but d*mn, that is one OP deformed animal (I hate holes…). I can see why he’s compatible with Seryu now but more so, I’d like to know how to destroy him. Could his core could be embedded in Seryu herself?
By the end of the episode, I was definitely upset, but I was more pumped to see the next confrontation between Mine and Seryu. It doesn’t look like it’ll be next week, but hopefully somewhere down the road, Seryu will suffer the consequences of hunting down the Night Raid. It’s aggravating to watch characters that you know deserve to die, continue to waltz around like nobody’s business. Knowing Seryu’s background now, I wonder what Esdeath is all about and what she brings after coming back to the capital. Surely another slaughter of more members of the Night Raid will be coming up…
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: No matter how prepared I was for it… it still hurts to see the first death of a “major” character. And Seyru is indeed one crazy ass bitch. I will never understand how someone finds pleasure in someone else’s pain like that.
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