「因縁を斬る」 (Innen wo Kiru)
“Kill the Fate”
I feel so satisfied with the results of this week’s episode. Pretty much everything that I expected to happen – happened.
Starting with the showdown between Mine and Seryu…
This had to be what I was looking forward to the most since episode 6. I didn’t know how or when, but I knew that Seryu couldn’t go on living very long with the Jaegers dropping like flies. The amount of hatred that I have for Seryu has seemed to dwindle down a bit since she hasn’t really been the focus for a while, but as soon as I saw her wicked face, I just knew she had to die. Mine put it very simply when she said that Seryu could not be saved with her distorted view of justice; there’s just no way that someone like her could be reasoned with anymore. She’s just crazy! I wasn’t surprised by Seryu’s tactics anymore. No matter how many guns she pulls out of her
ass arms, Seryu feels like a one-trick pony. I think Mine felt the same way because she knew Coro’s weaknesses and she knew what Seryu was capable of. The fight itself was fun to watch, although not nearly as heart-stopping as episode 6. I think the most epic scene to come out of it was seeing Mine slice Coro and Seryu in half (not to mention everything else around her!). Definitely a great moment to savor and I didn’t even flinch when Seryu thought of sacrificing herself to kill Mine. There was no way Mine was going to die given all that she had to go through.
When Akame ga Kill first went into Mine’s history and dedicated a whole episode towards her, I didn’t expect her to last this long. As soon as Sheele died, I thought Mine was going to be the next to go, but I’m glad I was wrong. Mine has really grown on me and she’s not just another annoying tsundare character like I anticipated. She’s developed further along than I would’ve expected, especially when it comes to relationship-building (with Tatsumi) and achieving her goals of creating a better world to live in. You can say that this is a prime example of death flags but this is one of the only moments in the entire show so far that I actually hope will live on past the series finale. I’m not a huge shipper of Tatsumi and Mine yet… but given the little development between Tatsumi and anyone else, they’re the closest that I’m going to get in terms of any actual romance here. Also, I feel like they’re the typical character pairings that I like; polar opposite couples that somehow find a way to be together.
The episode as a whole was probably one of my favorites of Akame ga Kill thus far. I thought it incorporated a lot of different aspects of anime that I like to see – action, some romance (better than none!), comedy and it advances the story along. It’s not an episode that solely focused on a bunch of action. There was actually quite a bit that transpires even outside Mine and Seryu’s fight. Bolic is dead, Najenda’s plan went down as anticipated and there’s even some food porn! What more could I ask for in a single episode? The short sequence that showed Wave protecting Kurome is something that I hope gets expanded upon next week. I don’t like Kurome, but I do like Wave and it’s a shame to see him fighting on the wrong side because he’s likely going to die protecting Kurome or something. I predict that he’ll last a fair bit longer for now, but only because he’s a good comparison to Tatsumi and his ideals.
So in a nutshell – the episode was awesome! I loved it and it’s one of the reasons I continue to support Akame ga Kill. The series is not deep or complex, but I feel like it’s just something I can kick back and enjoy without thinking too hard. Also, revenge was well served here and there’s no other way I would’ve written off Seryu. I kind of pitied Coro at the end… seeing him die in Seryu’s arms was sort of sweet (or maybe it’s because I still think he’s cute), and if it’s any consolation they can be together in their afterlife. Now that three members of the Jaegers have been eliminated, it’ll be up to Esdeath to avenge their deaths. I can’t imagine that happening yet though… looks like the creepy teleporting man comes back next week. He’s kind of crazy too in his own way.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Justice was served. That’s got to be the most satisfying episode of #AkamegaKill in a while. No words can describe how much I love Mine now.
Author’s Note: It pains me to put these disclaimers every post but it seems like people are a) still complaining about spoilers in the comments and b) people are still INTENTIONALLY leaving spoilers. So I leave you with the same warning as before… Please be courteous of other visitors and use the spoiler tags (<spoiler> </spoiler>) if you’re going to be referring to future manga chapters or any content that anime-only viewers would not know at this point in time. Also, please keep the comments relevant to the episode and the topic at hand – if I think something is inappropriate, I will delete it and you will only receive one warning before I remove your privilege to comment. Thanks for understanding!