OP2: 「Liar Mask」 by 真山りか (Rika Mayama)
「教団を斬る」 (Kyoudan wo Kiru)
“Kill the Religious Organization”
Finally! The confrontation we have all been awaiting for has arrived… only at the last minute which leaves us all with a cliffhanger.
My initial thoughts of the episode were pretty much repetitive of what I’ve been saying for the past several week. It’s another cool-down period discussing plans of attack, some character development and some background story. We get a peak of what Chelsea is capable of, which is nothing short of what I was expecting from her. Her ability to hide and even change into other mammals will definitely prove to be an asset. Also to my point in previous episodes, her Imperial Arms isn’t very fit for head-on battles and I don’t see how it would help her if Wave and Kurome discovered her. Luckily they didn’t and I expect that it’s her riding away to lure Esdeath into thinking that the Night Raid have separated (at the end of the episode) as well. I think Lubbock is accompanying her though so that leaves two Night Raid members vs. three Jaegers. Seryu continues to be psychopathic as always and I find that her actions no longer surprise me by her distorted definition of ”justice”. Even Wave is beginning to see that his views of the capital are changing and not everything is as it appears to be on the surface. People need to start thinking for themselves and stop blindly following orders because they trust that someone else is making the right decisions. I’m glad that Tatsumi had the balls to step up and do something about what he witnessed in the capital; if nothing else, that’s what I would give him credit for in this show.
The meat of this episode for me was actually hearing about what the Night Raid intends to do now and what their plans are with the Revolutionary Army. There’s a lot of fast-paced details thrown at you in a span of five minutes, but the jest of it is – there is a religious organization (known as the Path of Peace) that will have an uprising against the capital. The Night Raid (and Revolutionary Army) wants to attack the capital at the same time on different fronts, but there is also an undercover advisor working within the Path of Peace slowly drugging members. The Night Raid have been assigned to also assassinate this undercover advisor who works for the Prime Minister (this individual’s name is Bolic). Najenda also wants to take out the Jaegers at the same time and plans this diversion to take them out in groups. They ended up confronting Wave, Bols and Kurome, who is undoubtedly the strongest member asides from Esdeath herself; with an Imperial Arms that allows her to summon the dead. Crazy! I thought her Imperial Arms would be closer to Akame’s, but clearly someone is a little OP. I also don’t like her attitude towards seeing her sister and her calmness in battle makes me more anxious. Seeing Wave disappear so quickly as a bit disappointing, but I think for good reason. Either he’ll miss the fight completely or he’ll come in the nick of time to see something that changes his perspective on the Night Raid and/or Jaegers. I’m hoping the latter, but there’s no such thing as hope in this anime anymore so let’s just see what happens.
There’s always been this comparison between the Jaegers and the Night Raid, but it becomes very obvious now with the new OP and ED. The new sequences still focus quite a bit of time on Akame even though she doesn’t feel like the “main girl” in this series anymore. It’s not that I don’t like her, it’s that the author doesn’t give her a large enough role for an anime named Akame ga Kill. Perhaps the ending foreshadows more of what’s to come and there will be a more centric arc on Akame and Kurome’s relationship.. till death due them apart. Neither songs really catch my attention at the moment, but that might change as I hear more of it week after week. The previous ending song (Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta.) really grew on me at the end.
Author’s Note: Sorry for the late post everyone. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all the readers in Canada. Hope you all had a lovely long weekend =)
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #AkamegaKill is finally getting to the good stuff! I wanna see some battles! #akame_anime
ED2: 「月灯り」 (Tsuki Akari) by 雨宮天 (Sora Amamiya)