「アカメが斬る!」 (Akame ga kiru!)
The end is finally upon us! And despite the title, I felt very hopeful going into this week’s finale. Honestly speaking, I don’t think the series could’ve ended any better. The ending tied everything out well and there weren’t any loose threads that begged for a second season. Since the series has diverted from its manga source material, I knew that the writers were probably going for a conclusion to the story and not just a “to be continued” ending. Whether or not people would buy into the ending was the difficult challenge and as a non-manga reader, I think it was a good attempt. The ending is not the best and if it were me, I would’ve gone for an ending that could lead to a second season… However, I am neither a writer or working in the anime industry so perhaps for Akame ga Kill, this is the best that we’re going to end.
So a few things that I thought were well-executed this episode was definitely seeing the final showdown between Akame and Esdeath. Never mind the technicalities of how or why it works, it just does – and you will find yourself enjoying the action sequence much more. I thought their attempt to explain Akame’s trump card, or why Akame can move in Esdeath’s “frozen time” was weak, but I’m not going to complain too much since there’s so much going on already. The final showdown between the two was definitely an interesting match and had me glued to the screen to find out who would come out alive. I was secretly hoping that Esdeath would be the one to come out victorious because it would’ve made for a more shocking ending… but if there’s anything I learned from Akame ga Kill, it’s that the world is fair. And good will always triumph in the end. Obviously, Akame was going to come out on top. Same goes with Leone’s fight against the Prime Minister – which was gruesome and yet so well-deserved! I wanted to jump up and cheer after Leone pushed his face in repeatedly. I have no pity on the guy and seeing him pass in the most painful way possible was, admittedly, quite satisfying. Unfortunately Leone was going to die in the process (as I should’ve known) and her death hit me harder than I thought. No one in the Night Raid should die unnoticed and I think she should’ve gotten a proper send-off.
Some of the gripes that I had with the finale included Akame’s unnecessary departure. That was one area that I felt was very forced and led to a bittersweet ending. It wasn’t an event that had to take place and Akame could’ve made a home for herself rebuilding the capital with Najenda. I understand that Akame is a bit of a solo-fighter and she’s never one to settle down, but it’s not like she rather be alone than with friends and in some ways, her departure felt very out-of-character. Maybe the capital gives her bad memories, but if she carries the memories of all the ones she’s killed with her – the answer to helping these people, is not to kill more. While everyone else’s stories were so well tied together – including Run and Wave who made a brief appearance – Akame’s ending made the series’ ending less fulfilling than it could’ve been. I would have been content just knowing that the Emperor and Prime Minister were dead… and the capital was being rebuilt.
With all that said though, I think the ending couldn’t have ended any other way with the directions that it took a few episodes ago. I knew the Emperor and Prime Minister had to die, and perhaps everyone within the Night Raid itself (I couldn’t guess that Najenda lived though and Tatusmi died). It was also interesting seeing Esdeath and Tatsumi together in the end… that felt almost too awkward for me because in my mind – Tatsumi x Mine forever! Like I said earlier, I’m not completely unhappy with the way that things turned out because a conclusive ending to me, is better than none. And much better than cliffhangers that may or may not resume. I’d say that the writers tried and it wasn’t great, but it was okay. If anything, this should drive people to wonder what actually happens in the manga and read it!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #AkamegaKill ended up like I thought it would. Didn’t like the way Akame is portrayed at the end though. Overall I’d say #AkameGaKill was a good series. Ending is shaky but it proves that the manga source is solid entertainment. #akame_anime
It’s been a long while since I’ve had the pleasure of blogging a 2-cour series and Akame ga Kill was probably the best one I could’ve hoped for in recent seasons. I didn’t know what to expect going in to the series, but I also think that there’s no better way to enjoy the full impact of it either. If you’re new to the series and wondering if you should pick it up, I would say do it! And also avoid all spoilers, Wikipedia pages, forums and comments until you finish it. The best part about Akame ga Kill is not knowing what’s going to happen next and the events that unveil will shock you. The mangaka has a lot of guts to kill off main characters, secondary characters and in the more gruesome, horrific ways sometimes that just leaves you in awe. It makes you wonder who will live, who will die and who is going to come out victorious because in a war against Imperial Arms, only one person can come out alive. I won’t say anymore to avoid spoilers in the final impressions, but in a nutshell – I would recommend it.
Now the show is not without its faults and I don’t want anyone to assume that this anime is the best anime ever going into it. The series is not deep, it’s not terribly thought-provoking, nor should you expect amazing character development. However, what you can expect is a lot of action, fast-paced plot and to some degree – sympathy for a lot of the characters. This is one anime that knows exactly what it is and that is entertaining… so be prepared because it does not take itself seriously (there are several comedic scenes) and cliffhangers are everywhere! The plot is very liner though so it doesn’t try and throw curve balls at you to keep you guessing. I love Akame ga Kill because it was consistently fun and amusing every week. In fact, it’s a very close adaptation of its manga source material and only deviates at the end because yes – it’s an anime-original ending. However, don’t let this deter you away from giving this series a shot. I still think it’s worth the fun ride and regardless of how it’s intended to end in the manga, I think the anime tries its best to give a conclusion to its anime-only viewers and does so fairly.