「絶望を斬る」 (Zetsubou wo Kiru)
“Kill the Despair”
Just when I thought things couldn’t look any more grim, they do. I don’t normally cry watching anime, but I nearly did this week.
And I say almost because that romantic subplot just seems to manifest itself out of thin air. Nonetheless, I am still sad. I wasn’t a huge Mine fan in the beginning, but I started warming up to her once a lot of the original cast members were killed off. Her situation with Seryu was also an interesting one and I loved seeing them finally get a confrontation a few episodes back. As much as I love her as an individual though, I haven’t completely warmed up to the fact that she and Tatsumi are ”a thing”. And maybe they’re not! But I refuse to believe that Akame ga Kill is meant to be a harem (and also reading some spoilers, it’s clear that it’s not) so it’s a shame that this ship was so short lived. Although I don’t really care for Tatsumi either way, I very much appreciate how he’s not paired up with Akame and instead, he chooses a secondary character. I also love these types of pairings because I’m a huge fan of underdogs and to me, Mine is an underdog. As brief as their romantic encounter was, at least there’s some sort of romance inclusion at all in the show.
I wasn’t expecting Mine to die because… well I’ve read spoilers (and if you’re reading the manga, please remember to keep everything in spoiler tags; I feel like the readers have been a fantastic job of it thus far so keep it up. Yay for amazing readers!). The shock hit me pretty hard given all my love for her so I was close to shedding a tear or two. I imagine that a lot of people may be unsatisfied with this ending though because it guarantees that we’ve derailed the anime into an alternative ending. The manga and anime are worlds apart now and being a non-manga-reader myself, the ending is seemingly very rushed. I’m not sure if these are the intentions of the mangaka, but with everyone dropping like flies and characters lacking development, I think the anime writers are just trying to conclude it. Period. It almost feels like they got tired of following the manga after given direction that it’s going to be an anime-original ending so they thought, “Well they have to die eventually!” Unfortunately, this also means that we get a lot of short-lived plotlines and characters – like Budou and Shura who were both written off in consecutive episodes after being introduced. This time could’ve been much better spent expanding on Mine and Tatsumi’s relationship or even Kurome and the Jaegers.
Speaking of Jaegers, Esdeath has certainty proved herself this week. That was one spoiler that I managed to avoid so it was a shocker to see her “special ability” to freeze time, literally. No offense, but I don’t really see how the two are connected in a scientific matter… but hey! I learned not to question the world of anime much. It was still pretty awesome to see both Susanoo and Esdeath forced to use their special abilities though and provided a side show to Mine and Budou’s combat (even if I thought the latter was the better showdown). That also means that Esdeath is even MORE overpowered than before and it leads me to believe that she will live to see the end of the series. I feel bad for Susanoo for being left behind but I find his sacrifice a worthwhile one for the team. As much as I love the guy (even if he’s not human), I spotted his death flags a mile away.
With the end of this episode, it leaves two less individuals on the Night Raid team and next week… it’s no secret that Kurome is probably the next to go. I don’t know how that’s supposed to tie to the plot since the Jaegers have been pretty much sidelined lately, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the goal is to just kill off more characters by the finale. At this rate, the show has lost a lot of continuity jumping around between these plotlines; I’d be satisfied just seeing the Prime Minister stabbed by the end of the series. The pending finale is appearing less and less appealing to me as all my reasons for watching are being killed off one by one. Please don’t just kill off more characters for the sake of it! There’s still a month of the series left!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: What an emotional episode for #AkamegaKill. I think I’m on the verge of tears myself =( I wasn’t expecting such losses so early! And by so early I mean, we still have a month left T_T Nooooo… I feel so utterly depressed after this one.
Author’s Note: Since there’s probably going to be a lack of a formal announcement, I thought I’d make a small note here that it is officially RandomC’s 10th Anniversary today! On Nov. 24th, 2004, Omni started this blog as a venue for him to talk about anime/manga and stuff… and today, we are a full community of anime viewers sharing a common interest. It’s been a full decade already, and regardless if you’ve been with us for a day or all 10 years, I’d like to thank you on behalf of the staff and myself for visiting our site. You’ve helped make it what it is today and we only hope that we can continue running this site for another 10+ years. We love you all =)