「新入りを斬る」 (Shiniri wo Kiru)
“Kill the Newcomers”
「邪魔者を斬る」 (Jamamono wo Kiru)
“Kill the Nuisances”
In an effort to save myself time, I’m going to sum up my impressions for these past two weeks into one post rather than separate ones. I feel like it’s a good time to do so anyway since both episodes had good continuity in terms of plot and new advancements in this arc. Thank you for being patient with me while I had my week off. It was a struggle to keep up with anime, but I’m back!
The past two weeks have given plenty of time for our new Night Raid members to get acquainted with the old ones. Susanoo is not really a person per say, but he behaves enough like one that I would fall for his charms too. Definitely a keeper in my books – not only for his strength, but all the quirks about him that make him hilarious. Chelsea is one that I’m not completely on board with yet. She has a fun and mischievous side (that pokes fun at Mine often), but she also seems to have this past with her previous team that didn’t turn out well. I’d have to hear about it more before I sympathize with her situation and this concept of being “too naïve” for battle. Also, her Imperial Arms doesn’t appear all that powerful and besides using it to escape and fool others, I don’t see how it’d save her in battle. Perhaps she packs a great punch as well.
Meanwhile, the Jaegers have their hands full with the disappearance (or death) of Dr. Stylish and the emergence of these new beasts. It’s pretty much stated that they were an experiment by Dr. Stylish but how they managed to escape is still a mystery. They also eat people… which is horrific and cannibalism never settled well with me. I don’t think the man in the shadows is necessarily controlling them, but more like lurking to see what happens. He would have to have a powerful Imperial Arms in order to control beasts like that but I don’t doubt that we’ll see more of him later on. The Jaegers don’t have issues killing the Danger Beasts, but there’s only so many of them that can defend the citizens from being eaten by nonstop monsters. A common enemy is a good way to unite the Jaegers and Night Raid though so I like how the story keeps reflecting both their stories and similarities. When they finally meet on the same battlefield, that’s when things get interesting and who knows who will live or die.
Two great background stories this week were Bols and Lubbock – finally, after 12 weeks! It wasn’t an overly complicated or dark history, but it seems like there’s someone that catches Lubbock’s eye even more so than all the other girls. I found it amusing because in episode 12, you hear that Susanoo thinks Najenda looks like a man, and in episode 13, you learn that Lubbock seems to fancy that type. Well good on him and I hope he gets some acknowledgement from Najenda that his efforts were appreciated before he leaves us… but hopefully not! Bols is also a fascinating character on his own. His appearance truly doesn’t match his personality; it’s likely that there’s more than meets the eye with him. He roasted people alive under commands and while I don’t exactly blame him for following orders, there must be another story behind his family and his job. For now, I will take it as – a cute loving family that wants to see their papa do well.
I was surprised by the amount of comedy that was placed in the past two episodes. The episodes themselves have been relatively tame on the action side and there’s been more focus on the Night Raid and rebuilding their new base. I don’t mind, but Akame ga Kill seems to lose my attention as it derives away from the bloodshed and more towards leveling up (who wants to spend their time grinding all day and night right?). It’s not boring and I’m not trying to sound impatient, but the events in between the epic fights are becoming more dragged out as there’s less character confrontations. The humor is still the same as earlier episodes though so if you found them offbeat then, they’re still offbeat now. It’s definitely not the highlight of the series, but seeing the different expressions of characters make me feel less anxious about the impending doom that comes. I’d like to see Akame ga Kill break out of this mold if it can of introductions, deaths and cool-down episodes. The anime feels like a roller coaster of ups and downs and while it’s high, it’s terrific, fun and scary, but when it’s down, I’m just waiting for the next high because nothing else is happening. It sounds like the lifecycle of taking drugs – lots of highs and lots of lows and with each high, you need more of the good stuff to keep you at that high peak. Not that I’ve taken drugs before! =X
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: The best part of the ep. was hearing about Lubbock’s history. That and seeing Bol’s family – so cute! #akame_anime