「人形を斬る」 (Ningyou wo Kiru)
“Kill the Puppets”
Oh my! So much body dismemberment! This is not an easy episode to swallow.
But it was just what I wanted to see! Not that I wanted to see flying body parts, but if you’ve made it this far with me, then you should know what to expect. Death flags are everywhere this episode with the rampant killing after Kurome summons 8 of her previous victims to do her bidding. It’s incredible how strong she is (although not surprising at all) but it also hits a nerve with me how godd*mn annoying I find her. Unlike Akane, Kurome finds joy by “adding pieces to her collection” with no remorse. Her character seems to find pleasure in killing individuals and the thing is, I don’t know why. I don’t know if I can take her seriously when she says that she wants her childhood friend to be by her side forever because he’s just a soulless shell now. How can anyone want that for a loved one? The way she treats her “puppets” like they’re just tools and how she plays around with the Night Raid without taking it seriously ticks me the wrong way. I absolutely cannot stand the way she treats this battle so lightheartedly and even leaving Bols to die is not behaving like a comrade at all (albeit, he made the decision to suicide on his own). I almost gagged when Wave started talking about Kurome like she was a child – oh boy, does he have the wrong impression of her. She is in no way cute or likable to me. She just needs to die (and almost matching my hate for Seryu) – but something tells me that the rivalry between Akame and Kurome is not one to be written off so soon. If anything, Bols will probably be the only Jaeger to die in this battle.
With all the anticipated deaths, it doesn’t come to a surprise that Leone was one of the first to go – at least her arm was. I actually thought Kurome would’ve finished her off at the same time, but leaving someone hanging around armless can be much worse. It’s probably in her blood to keep on fighting, but if that was me, I would’ve probably knocked myself out by seeing my own ARM just lying there. Luckily, this was the worst of the Night Raid losses so far and pretty much all the puppets have been killed off (hopefully for good this time). It must be difficult going up against a comrade that you knew deserved better than this. The quick flashbacks indicated that both Najenda and Akame knew their opponents, but they still managed to keep fighting which I thought showed a lot of strength. We see a trend of loved ones being forced to fight one another (with the episode on Zanku, Bulat and Liver and now this) and it’s one of the cruelest things that the creator can do. It tugs on my heartstrings every time, but seeing as this will probably be a reoccurring theme, I’ve learned not to get attached to characters; not the new ones anyway. It’s almost wasteful to bring all these characters to life and give them somewhat of a backstory and history, only to get written off in the same episode.
Now what happens next will probably reinforce who’s going to live or die… but from the preview images, it looks like it’s all about Chelsea next week. Delaying the ultimate showdown I see, but I don’t mind knowing a little more about what Chelsea and Lubbock are up to. This episode made it seem like Chelsea was with the Night Raid the entire time? Or perhaps she came back? Either way, I was under the impression she was the one leading Esdeath away so it was weird that Lubbock and Chelsea were included in this episode at all. Chelsea should make her way to kill Bolic (the spy within the Path of Peace) to make use of her Imperial Arms; since it allows her to assassinate people easily. From the looks of the preview, instead, we’ll get a little more history of how Chelsea became an member of the Revolutionary Army. I don’t think it’s required since the previous episodes have painted a good picture of why she thinks everyone is “naïve” already, but it’s a nice break between the intense battles. Once the battle does recommence though, I don’t think many Night Raid members will come out alive (already have 2 death flags in my mind) – and Bols is probably be dead. I mean, he did just throw an explosive over his head. Poor guy, he was probably the one I was most sympathetic towards, especially since he has a loving family and all.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: So much body dismemberment! I can’t wait to see who makes it out alive! Pretty sure Bols is gone though #AkamegaKill #akame_anime