「呪縛を斬る」 (Jubaku wo Kiru)
“Kill the Curse”
The previews can be so deceiving sometimes. Just when I thought the it’d be a dedicated episode about Chelsea, the episode starts us off with one kill and finishes with another. Am I surprised that Chelsea died? Not really. I thought there were more than enough death flags flying around and with the spoilers that Kurome lives on, I knew that Chelsea wouldn’t be the one to kill her. Two kills for one Night Raid member? Not likely. Chelsea had almost too much confidence in herself that she’d be able to take down Kurome alone. I don’t want to say that she deserved it (because none of them deserve to die), but she should know better and it didn’t really scream “teamwork” even though she has a full team worried about her. Her story wasn’t one that I felt terribly connected with either. The flashbacks were helpful because it depicted how she got her Imperial Arms, but it doesn’t really show anything else other than her belief in killing those that have done wrong. I wish it gave more context of who these people were and perhaps her time spent with her old team, but Akame ga Kill has never been one to give too much details about the past. Overall, I’d say that I’m sad Chelsea had to go and in such a tragic way; but regrettably I wasn’t too attached to her or her personality.
The one with the more devastating story had to be Bols. My poor poor Bols. I’m sorry for all that were fans of Chelsea, but Bols has to be one of the more redeemable characters within the Jaegers (except for Wave I guess, but who knows where he is now) and I’m terribly sad to see him go. I have incredible sympathies for him and his family and especially that moment when he reaches out to see his family one last time… I almost cried. I am extremely heartbroken for him. What made me really said, was realizing that this guy actually had a family and a supportive team and he knew that he was committing crimes. He burned down villages out of command but he knew he was wrong and he felt remorse and sorrow. Unlike Dr. Stylish or other criminals we’ve seen, Bols actually had a heart and I think he could’ve been reasoned with; I think he could’ve even switched sides if given the chance… and most of all, I think his compassion for food and helping strangers is just, something you don’t see (especially in this type of show) without a hidden agenda. Bols was just at the wrong place on the wrong side and ultimately, it led to his death. I can’t grieve enough for him and his family and knowing what happens as a result of his death later on, makes me cry even more on the inside. I’ve read spoilers on this matter (and I don’t know if it’s going to be animated later on) but if you intend to talk about it, please use spoiler tags!
The last topic that I want to mention is how quickly Kurome’s health seemed to deteriorate after escaping. I thought they jammed back enough into one episode but if two deaths and a flashback weren’t enough for you, try another flashback! This one was more focused on Akame and Kurome’s struggles as children and how they both had to go through leaps and bounds to help one another survive. And in the end, they were still pulled apart – with Kurome getting the experimental part of the training. I thought I’d feel sorry for her at this point, but I still don’t feel any sympathy for Kurome’s situation, especially after she murders Chelsea as well. The worst part would’ve been if Kurome added Chelsea to her collection, but I’m not sure if having your head on a pole in the middle of a town is any better consolation. It’s her attitude towards killing individuals and then making a display out of it that just does not settle well with me at all. She could have gone through the roughest childhood for all I know, but if she doesn’t try and redeem herself, what’s the point? To me, she’d just be another antagonist that Akame will eventually have to kill. Or who knows, maybe it might be Tatsumi himself that comes looking for revenge.
Next week seems to bring another group into the action and I’m not quite sure… who they are. Lubbock is also still hanging out but something tells me that he has some death flags on his back as well. I doubt we’ll see more deaths in the upcoming week but who knows, I’m up for a few surprises.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Two kills this week?! #AkamegaKill is on a roll! I’m so sad that my favorite Jaeger passed too =( #akame_anime