「三匹を斬る -前編-」 (Sanbiki o Kiru -Zenpen-)
“Kill the Three -Part One-“
After last week… I don’t think my heart can take it anymore. No one is safe and death flags are popping up everywhere, mainly over the heads of the Night Raid members. It’s hard to say that I don’t see it coming, so just knowing that next episode could be “it”, makes me feel anxious. Luckily, this week gave us a break and a cool down period between the fights and deaths. As much as I’d love to keep my heart rate high, I think hearing how Sheele’s death has impacted each of the members is equally as important. I think the repeated mention of Sheele and Tatsumi’s friends, reminds the audience that they are humans and they don’t forgive nor forget very easily. Without these moments, you might not sympathize with them anymore and then, the death of a Night Raid member would no longer be impactful. A lot of people probably felt this way when Sheele passed and although I thought it was sad, many people might need more screen time to build that rapport with characters. Now I treat these moments with each of the Night Raid members as a rare treat because before you know it, the next one might be gone.
Up until this point, there are only a few remaining Night Raid members who haven’t had their own dedicated episode. Bulat being one of them and this week we finally get to see where he came from and how he fights in style. It’s hard not to like his character, and I can see why Tatsumi is smitten by his outgoing personality. His history with his former superior, Liver (Nakata Jouji) wasn’t surprising, although seeing Liver in person didn’t have much of an impact as it would’ve because it was literally moments later. I guess given how fast-paced Akame ga Kill is, I shouldn’t expect secrets to be held for long. Was I shocked seeing Liver team up with Esdeath? Not really… but it’s still an interesting story to hear eventually. The final showdown has to be Liver up against Bulat, but I wonder if old feelings will come into play and if not – well then, they are trained killers so it’s not uncalled for. Tatsumi is just a sitting duck out there huh? I hope he doesn’t turn into a liability.
Esdeath is another story entirely and I can’t seem to read her at all. I don’t know if that’s because of how the anime is portraying her or if she’s just a very multidimensional character. We know that she claimed the North, she’s quite feared and well respected around the capital and it builds this idea of a strong kicka** female villain. On the other hand, she wants to find love? I think my face was as shocked as the Prime Minister’s. Say what…? I can’t say that romance is the first thing on my mind when I’m watching an action-packed anime, but it’d be interesting if it was actually incorporated in the story in a not-so-creepy manner. Although she sends this message of being a strong, feared woman (especially with Leone’s reaction while spying on it), to me, Esdeath doesn’t seem like she’s just a crazy maniac killer. She knows that someone is watching her, but she’s enjoying an ice cream on the side? Not only that, but she shows signs of liking the flavor and wanting to share that with her 3 killers – Liver, Daidara (Katsu Anri) and Nyau (Nabatame Hitomi). To me, it sounds like Esdeath doesn’t just think about herself but she’s probably a strong leader for a good reason other than her abilities on the battlefield. I’d have to see more of her before I change my theory, but I’m enjoying the scenes that show her not-in-combat. It demonstrates a different side to her character.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Nooooo… I think I know what’s going to happen and I can’t watch anymore! =( #AkameGaKill
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