「皇帝を斬る」 (Koutei wo Kiru)
“Kill the Emperor”
The Kid Emperor vs. Tatsumi in the final showdown! What a crazy week. The Night Raid and the Revolutionary Army storm the capital, unleash the Ultimate Imperial Arms and even defeat it! All before the end of the episode. There’s not much I can say that doesn’t include awe and mind-blown excitement. It’s been a rough ride getting here, but I wouldn’t have expected any less. There were some minor gripes that I had with the episode, but overall very enjoyable for Tatsumi’s final act.
So the question is, is Tatsumi dead?
I should create a poll here. Personally, as much as I’d like to hope he’s not dead, I think his final moments would be much more impactful if he stayed down. He died, not only saving the capital’s civilians, but also taking down the Emperor and the Ultimate Imperial Arm. He did what he set out to do – which was to change the ways of the country and although he passed away in the process, people will remember him (hopefully). His final moments were also not short of awesomeness (even though it might have been a little farfetched). The rise of Incursio’s transformation, the flashbacks and the short appearance from Bulat were all so inspiring and really tied together Tatsumi’s struggles since he became a Night Raid member. As cliché and corny as it was, I couldn’t have wished for a better way for the season to finish off. I wouldn’t have expected Incursio to take down the Emperor singlehandedly, but in no way was I upset that he did. I think his death was a great way to make a statement that Akame ga Kill is a show that anyone can die… but that doesn’t mean their death was in vain. As sad as it is that everyone eventually passes, at least there’s hope for the country now.
There were some small issues that I had with the episode – mainly around the “quick development” from Run and Wave. Their appearances took me by surprise since I anticipated them to be written off for the final battle. I didn’t like how they summarized Run’s background story in less than 2 mins… and although Wave’s turnaround was less surprising, it still felt forced. I would’ve liked it more if they played a less pivotal part in the final battle, but the creators probably wanted to include them for sake of completeness. This just means that they too wanted to change the country, but not in the same manner that the Night Raid did. Either way, they got their wish.
As for the Emperor and the Prime Minister… they got as much development as they have all series long; which is next to none. To this day, the Prime Minister is still just a fat, creepy man to me. He benefits from manipulating little children to sit his ass at the top of the kingdom and he reaps everything that comes out of the country’s blood, sweat and tears. He’s just the antagonist to give a goal to the Night Raid to accomplish… but he has no substance for being a “bad person”. It’s like he’s created just to be hated and that’s that. The Emperor on the other hand, had so much potential to actually do good for his country. I guess that’s the point of the story though – for him to be a child and not realize the error of his ways. I can’t hate him for doing what he does because he doesn’t know any better… but yet, here he is, just blowing up his capital! How twisted and corrupt can he be?! He’s different from the earlier villains though because he doesn’t find “enjoyment” out of others’ pain, yet he refuses to listen to others and understand the full gravity of his actions. It’s a shame that he couldn’t have been made to be a better character. In Akame ga Kill, no character is really that complex – you’re either on one side or the other. The only character that I thought were actually more dimensional were Wave, Bols and Esdeath.
Anyway, before this post gets too long – overall, the episode was great. I enjoyed it and it summarizes my feelings well for the entire Akame ga Kill series. There’s a lot of action but it’s not without a solid reason why and although the story is not deep or complex, it’s still makes for good entertainment. The ending wraps everything up nicely and next week (the finale!), we WILL get to see Akame vs. Esdeath. Completely shocked at the preview, but I’m looking forward to it. The title of the next episode might be a dead giveaway… although I don’t know how I feel about Akame AND Tatsumi both dying. I think one of them deserves to live at least. Unfortunately that means that Esdeath might also get killed off and there’s no way they’ll kill her off… right?
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #AkamegaKill is too intense this week! *phew… But no better way to go than a final showdown. Finale next week! Excited for Akame ga Kill but sad that we’ll probably see one of the two best girls die =( pic.twitter.com/5Uq1alHc1t