Will this episode be the one to make me keep watching? Or will it just fall into obscurity like so many other Shonenesque action shows? Let’s give it a go!
I’m JustintheThief; Here is my review!
We open the episode which shows Night Raid running through the woods. A voice over talks about how they’ve spied a group of around 8 heading towards their base. We then see its the boss talking. Someone, it seems, has found Night Raid’s hide away, and now, they’re going to eliminate whoever found it.
Bulat, even while running, continues to give Tatsumi advice about group combat, though he tells him to try to feel out the battlefield instead of really helping since he hasn’t done much group work with them. After a weird moment that seemed like brotherly affection between the two, Bulat shows Tatsumi his Imperial Relic Incursio. Tatsuya thinks it’s cool, though he has no clue what it is exactly. The two seem to feel the approach of the enemy (the second time Tatsumi has shown a sixth sense for sniffing out the baddies. Will they explore that though?), and Bulat instructs Tatsumi to watch him so he can see what the Imperial Relic can do.
We then see Akame faced with three buff shirtless warriors (They are dead meat. That’s what buff shirtless guys facing girls means.), who recognize her from wanted posters. They make some lewd and disgusting jokes, but then she moves and in a spray of blood, two of them drop. The third, only wounded, goes in for the kill, but curse marks (apparently) appear over his body, and he falls. So from the last episode, maybe now we know the weapon isn’t poisoned, but cursed. She confirms this with the thought, “One Slice, Certain Death.”
Another of the raiding party, grinning, runs off, excited that, though they were discovered, they found Night Raid’s hideout. We see Mine watching him through the scope in her rifle. She stands to get a better shot (even though she would have been steadier and more accurate on the ground) and another of the spies leaps from hiding with a sword right behind her. Mine, however, grins maniacally and Sheele cuts his head off with her pair of giant scissors (Have I said that that’s a stupid weapon yet? Because that’s a stupid weapon…).
Mine mentions that the rush of danger gives her all the range she needs (Is that her ammo, danger? Or it makes her more accurate, or more powerful? Hmmm…), and fires. Her shot disintegrates the guy. She again states that the more trouble she’s in, the greater the firepower is from Pumpkin (which I assume is the name of the gun). I feel she didn’t need to say that. Yes, I get that it tells us about her weapon and all that, but there’s a more tactful way to approach it than just saying it to Sheele, who probably already knows. Let her explain it to Tatsumi later (which, knowing anime, she probably will).
And then they do it AGAIN! Leone hears Pumpkin with her cat’s ears (situated above her real ears) and says to no one, or the dead people she’s sitting on top of, that she just “goes all beast-like and beat people up.” We get it. We need to know what each of them can do. Just show us, don’t give us unnecessary and stupid exposition. It’s unnatural and really takes me out of the show, honestly. I don’t like being spoon fed like I’m a baby. Let me figure it out, or find a more interesting, or at least a more natural way of telling us what each of them can do. Well now we know her Relic can change her into a feral beast or something akin to that, which explains the hair and claws and such.
See! They can do it! Lubbock’s moment was great. He has metal snares and wires attached to his hands. He manages to capture a girl, which he notes is why he felt less resistance than usual. We see the wires cutting into the girl’s flesh as she pleads with him, tears in her eyes, to let her go. He tells her he just can’t do that and pulls the wires tight. We get a look at her feet, which struggle for a moment, then go limp and blood flows down her legs. He lets her go and bemoans how he hates his job sometimes. Now THAT was a way to handle something. Not that we know all of what Lubbock can do, but that was a great moment.
Now we are back to Tatsumi and Bulat. Tatsumi takes on a couple of guys, then watches as Bulat absolutely decimate, like half a dozen guys. The rest of the group materializes (posed, of course) as Bulat congratulates Tatsumi on a job well done.
Next we see Tatsumi in bed. After a weird moment of picturing Bulat’s face (his Bro) he reminisces about his old friends. He promises himself that he’s going to do his best and help save the capital.
A bedraggled Sheele meets Tatsumi waiting for Mine, who he’s supposed to start training with. The Boss tells him that, as a subordinate, he’s supposed to wake her. As he goes off, grumbling, Sheele wonders why, and the Boss tells her this is another trial.
Tatsumi, like every stupid protagonist, goes to wake Mine up and opens the door without knocking. And like every Tsundere character ever, she’s just putting on her underwear. She shoots at him (of course) and yelling ensues as the other characters just take this in stride. With all the explosions and light, it’s no wonder people are finding out their hideout.
Mine and Tatsumi then go into the capital itself. There’s lots of berating from Mine, though she’s willing enough to answer Tatsumi’s questions about people’s unhappiness, which has to do with the recession and the terrible rule. The two help a small girl being bullied, though Mine tells her she needs to learn to protect herself.
He then asks why they can just walk around in broad daylight, though Mine explains that only Najenda (the Boss), Bulat, Akame, and Sheele are on wanted posters. They do explain why Bulat looks so different is because he changed his image after leaving the military. Finally some answers to my questions! This is looking like a good episode for that. Mine says this is why they are assigned to the city. No one knows who they are.
It turns out, however, that their “Cultural expedition” was nothing more than a shopping trip for Mine. After she punches him for being insubordinate, she claims he doesn’t have enough experience yet. He talks about how he must move forward for Ieyasu and Sayo, which seems to make her blush (ah, the tsundere traits). Though she obviously tells him she isn’t sure about him, though Akame and Bulat seem to expect things from him.
A commotion causes them to go see a public execution. Tatsumi is shocked to see several people who seem to have been crucified and shot with arrows. Mine makes her pronouncement that she will come out on top of this war and survive. This is apparently all the doing on the current prime minister to get the current emperor on the throne. Tatsumi wonders about what sort of person could do this sort of thing.
We move into the palace, where we meet the child emperor who sentences a man with near glee to being drawn and quartered by Bulls. The boy obviously knows little, as he is constantly asking the fat, meat-eating prime minister if he is right. Even when the man to be executed tells him he’s being deceived and his people are suffering. The prime minister then tells the doomed man he will be visiting his wife, and as he leaves, the disgust and despair is apparent.
Back to Night Raid. They have a new assignment, a genteel looking man, Iokal, who is related distantly to the Prime Minister. But apparently he abuses his stature to kidnap and torture women to death. Apparently, his guards are to blame as well, and as the mission is very important, the whole team goes.
We do have the aforementioned explanation of Pumpkin (thus rendering its previous explanation pointless). Though they don’t know how they are made anymore. They bicker a little more and we see that though she’s prissy, Mine’s concentration is incredible. Even with Tatsumi’s worries about bystanders, she easily kills Iokal with no collateral damage. The guards meet the rest of Night Raid as Tatsumi and Mine make their escape.
Tatsumi worries about the others, though Mine, less so. She mostly speaks about how she hates those who abuse power. Mine explains about her past. She was a foreigner in a village, and was hated and abused. Her reason for joining the Revolutionary army is to open the borders so that nationality will no longer matter and no one else will have to go through what she had to. Sad, but also, a little cliché. She ruins it a little (or makes it better, its hard to tell) by wanting to get rich and live in luxury afterwards.
The others have taken out the guards, but notice that there are only four. The others bicker and play, but Akame seems to realize that he’s gone after Mine and Tatsumi.
Mine and Tatsumi, meanwhile, have gotten to the rendezvous point, when they are attacked by a guard. Tatsumi takes the blow meant for Mine and is sent flying. The guard is disgusting in his eagerness, and after a brilliant move by Tatsumi, who let’s go of his sword after it is grabbed and tackles the guard, tells Mine to shoot. She takes it as a sign that he’s sacrificing his life for her, but he yells about her being a master sniper. He knows he’ll be fine.
She blows a whole through the guard’s chest and he tells them they’ll regret what they did. Which is impressive since I’m pretty sure both of his lungs and part of his esophagus were gone. Mine tells Tatsumi she accepts him, but he interrupts her by flicking her in the head, yelling about how close the bullet came, which burned part of his hair. They yell at each other as the rest come upon them, happy that they are alive. We see another of Akame’s rare smiles.
We see the teeth of someone as he looks at Akame’s poster, talking about relic users like him. He kills several guards like it was nothing, and the monster seems excited that he could fight people so strong.
Over all, I’m still not overly impressed with the direction of the show. A lot of it is just too formulaic. Again, there were a lot of tropes popping up, and many of the things I commented on in the summary were irritating. However, I did find it to be a bit better than the previous episode. Maybe it just just Mine, who I think will be my favorite character in this show (I adore tsunderes), and all her cute brusqueness. But I feel any character like her is great. And even if she is a bit like many of the other tsundere characters in other shows, I still find her adorable. Again, the action in the episode was good, and they try to take the fighting to unique places (letting go of the sword I thought was good), but all the dumb explanations of what their relics can do ticked me off. And I get that they have an overall goal they are working towards, but I wish they would get to it faster. I know, training, introducing characters, but I don’t feel they’re doing a great job on it so far. I want them to impress me. I either want a Lubbock episode, or a big plot filled story. But we will probably get an episode about each character before we really get to the plot.
It’s episode three, which is my crunch time episode, where I decide if I’m going to keep watching something. But yes, I’ll keep watching and review Akame ga Kill. Not because of Nick, which is a good reason, but because I do truly hope that the show does something that really turns me around. I’d love a good underdog story where I’m giving glowing reviews about this show in the end. And it’s not like the show is terrible. Cute girls, fun action, genuinely funny moments (sometimes), and the makings of good characters and plot that haven’t yet been fully utilized give me hope. Maybe the next one. Or the one after that. Or the one after that…
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Thanks to Nick from Anime Corps for letting me do this, and I apologize for always being busy and putting them up late. That will change this week. Probably. I’ll get this stuff done, no worries. Sorry for all the delays. At least I’m done with theatre for a time.