「妹を斬る」 (Imouto wo Kiru)
“Kill the Little Sister”
It’s not necessarily a bad thing to be predictable though. It feels like a nice break before the big finale and the death comes with good reason and a proper back story. My sources tell me that Kurome still hasn’t passed away in the manga; in fact, she does a lot more in the later chapters of the manga that were never animated. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to go through all that extra story and I can understand their reasons for killing off Kurome at this point in time. The Jaegers have been lingering around long enough (except for Esdeath who is out and about) and with Kurome’s declining health, it’s about time that she got her proper send off as well. Although Kurome is not a character that I particularly liked or had an interest in, it’s still sad to see her killed by none other than her own sister. I’ll never understand why the two just had to kill one another. I’m assuming it’s because they don’t want the other to die by anyone else’s hands, but to me, I would never have the guts to kill any of my siblings. Although, I’ve also never had to put my ideals of changing the country ahead of my family either so our situations aren’t necessarily relatable.
Putting Akame and Kurome aside, I think this episode gives a lot of depth to Wave as well. Wave has been shafted for half his screen time since he appeared and he definitely deserves better. I knew from the get-go that Wave was a great counterpart to Tatsumi, but it doesn’t mean anything if Wave doesn’t get enough airtime. This episode shows that Wave and Kurome clearly have a special relationship going (similar to Tatsumi and Akame) and I empathize with his situation of letting Kurome walk into a losing fight. No one would want to see their friend/collegue/significant other(?) walk into a battle knowing that they’re already slowly dying on the inside. Seeing Wave pick up and carry away Kurome was probably more than I thought she deserved, but I think it shows the appropriate closure for this couple. Looking ahead, I don’t think we’ll see much of Wave and Run anymore, so it was a nice final moment touch. It wouldn’t make sense if Wave or Run suddenly jumped the gun to join the Night Raid – nor does it make sense for them to suddenly attack the Night Raid – so I’d imagine that they’d journey somewhere else after the country’s Prime Minister dies.
A lot of people were speculating at the end of last week’s episode that either Mine or Susanoo were still alive, but this episode confirms that they have officially moved on. It’s nice that they gave a few moments for mourning, despite it being brief. I wasn’t expecting any sort of pause before the next big fight, but here we have the Prime Minister plotting something with the Emperor and Esdeath is battling out the outskirts by herself. I still think the ending is rushed more than it should be, but with only two episodes left, there’s almost no time to tie off the loose ends. So my predictions are as follows: One episode to kill off the Prime Minister and another episode to rebuild the country. Perhaps there will be a time-skip, but I don’t anticipate many more deaths either after the next episode. The Night Raid might boil down to just Akame and Tatsumi, with Esdeath, Run and Wave still kicking around somewhere. I don’t think they’ll kill off the Emperor (since he’s just an easily impressionable child) and someone will likely guide him to being a better leader. The ending can always end up more gruesome than I’ve imagined, but I don’t think there are many others that the series can kill off at this point.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Not a terribly unpredictable ep of #AkamegaKill but nice to see some closure on Akame and Kurome #akame_anime