「巨大危険種を斬る」 (Kyodai Kikenshu wo Kiru)
“Kill the Colossal Danger Beast”
I was not expecting that.
Akame ga Kill continues to surprise me yet again this week with another episode focused on Esdeath and Tatsumi. It’s literally just the two of them trapped on a deserted island for nearly 90% of that episode. And you know what? It was strangely entertaining and amusing. The two of them don’t necessarily have chemistry in the romantic sense, or even in the comedic sense, but seeing Esdeath in this type of situation is so out of character for her that it makes the episode intriguing. I also want to see the day that Tatsumi slips up or Esdeath just stops giving him the benefit of the doubt and I wonder what would happen to their relationship then. This is what Tatsumi is probably alluding to at the end of episode. Nevertheless, this episode helps reinforce the idea that they are not meant to be. Esdeath will never side with the Night Raid and she will never end up with her love.
I find myself pitying her a bit in that final scene which she still continues to believe that she can woo him. She admits that she shows off her powers in front of him too when they’re being attacked by giant Dr. Stylish-like beasts. Unfortunately, Tatsumi will never see her that way and it makes me ponder what kind of message the mangaka is sending by putting this unlikely couple together. I like the contrast shown between Tatsumi and Esdeath’s past though and I think it further explains how Esdeath came up with her philosophy of living. I wish I could empathize with her in some way, but unfortunately her feelings of survival of the fittest completely escapes me. To some extent, I could see how that leads to her obsession with being the best – but it doesn’t excuse her from all her torturous tendencies. I also can’t agree with her logic of just following orders from the Prime Minister either, especially if it involves taking lives for no reason. I understand that war is war, but she finds no shame or harm in ridiculing her victims at the same time and for that, I can’t empathize or sympathize with her. Esdeath is a case of her own and although I think she’s fun to watch and an interesting individual psychologically, I can’t agree with her character. However, this is anime so hey, as long as it’s entertaining, why not?
As for everything else that happened this week, the guy behind the release of Dr. Stylish’s beasts is none other than the Prime Minister’s son! Surprise! Syura (Kimura Ryouhei) has an Imperial Arm that allows him to transport people across great distances (as seen with Tatsumi and Esdeath this episode) and also seems to have the same despicable outlook towards other humans like his father. I have a hard time figuring out his motives is at the moment though; is he trying to go against the Jaegers and his father? Or does he want to lure out the Night Raid? Either way, I’m excited to see more of him because. Muscles. I have a thing for muscular men and I have no shame in telling the world. Clearly. Anyway, next week seems to be another episode sans action but who can say no to the token beach episode. I’m excited for all those full-lengths that I’ll be piecing together…!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Good history on Esdeath and I’m surprised by the amount of screen time dedicated to her and Tatsumi. What an unlikely couple… #AkameGaKill