The last few episodes of Akame have been pretty sub par in my opinion, and that even includes my intense love of Mine (I need a Tsundere Fanatic T-shirt. If they don’t have one, I need to make one.). It’s not even that the show is bad. It has great potential, it’s just doing what all the other action anime are doing. But Nick said he really liked this episode, so let’s go.
My name is JustintheThief; Here’s my review!
This episode opens with the murderer from the epilogue of the last episode having just killed a man and holding a young woman by the throat. She begs him not to kill her, promising him anything. He agrees, wanting to talk to her and asks her what’s it’s like to have her head separated from her body. Her body falls to the ground as he holds her head up, eyes maniacal and excited.
Tatsumi is outside, shirtless and sweaty, swinging around a large sword. It’s apparently part of his training with Bulat. Bulat tells him he needs to get rid of unnecessary motion to make the most of his energy. Akame comes to tell him to help her with breakfast, and he quickly moves away from Bulat in an exaggerated fashion.
Tatsumi, Leone, and Akame eat quickly, though Mine and Sheele aren’t there for their portions, so Akame swiftly eats their portions too. Sheele wonders where her food went.
The Boss finds a dying member of the army with a list of those who have pledged assistance to the revolt. He dies without finishing his last words, but Najenda promises they will succeed.
Back at the base, Najenda tells them their next target is the assassin Zank the Executioner. Mine makes fun of Tatsumi for not knowing who he is, but she explains he was once a headsman in a prison. But after the Prime Minister rose to power, he sent many more to the prison to be killed. After years of executions, he developed a taste for his craft and went mad. Unsated by the killings in prison, he left to kill indiscriminately.
Tatsumi gets fired up, wanting to take him out, but Bulat explains that he stole an Imperial Relic before starting his killing spree. They have a romantic moment, though Tatsumi seems less than pleased by it. They don’t know what relic he has, and Tatsumi finally asks what an Imperial Relic is.
The others explain what each of their relics do and a bit of history. An emperor 1000 years ago, in an effort to protect his people from beyond the grave, had 48 weapons made of immense power far beyond anything that can be recreated today. However, after a civil war 500 years later, more than half the relics were lost.
Each member of Night Raid then explains about his or her weapon. Akame has the poisoned sword, Murasame, The One-Cut Killer. Leone, The Beast Ruler, Lionel, a belt that transforms the user into a beast. Mine’s Spirit Artillery, Pumpkin, a gun relic that more danger the user is in, the more destructive it becomes. Bulat’s Demon, Incursio, which is impregnable, but the armor kills anyone it deems unworthy. Lubbock’s Crosstail, The Wire of Many Uses (Did they just kind of give up with the names there?) It can be used to detect traps or enemies, as well as binding or killing its victims. Sheele’s Scissors, The Absolute Bisector, Extase (They tried so hard to make that sound cool) which can cut through any material. We learn that some relics even have secret abilities, like Incursio can turn its wearer invisible for a short time.
We see that the group is split up to search for Zank, and Akame and Tatsumi are working together. Tatsumi wants to ask Akame something, but she tells him not to worry, she brought extra food. He explains that was not what he wanted to ask… He is amazed he survived being stabbed earlier, and asks her if the weapon has any weaknesses (kind of. It’s barely a question) She says cleaning the weapon is horrible. But also that the curse doesn’t work unless she cuts someone, so fighting someone in armor would do nothing. Tatsumi wonders how old she is, and how much killing she has had to do in her life so far.
Zank, using his relic, watches them all from above, trying to decide who to kill in the group first. He decides on Tatsumi, as he likes the look in his eyes.
Akame and Tatsumi bum around a bit, and Tatsumi goes to pee. While there, he sees Sayo (who we know is dead) and chases after her like a fool. Are all protagonists dim? Akame comes looking for him and finds him gone.
Tatsumi catches up to Sayo and hugs her close. But it turns out to be Zank. As he prepares to fight, Zank seems to read his mind. The Imperial relic Spected, has five perception abilities, including Insight, which allows him to read what a person is thinking by their expression. He then mentions Farsight, which he used to look at Night Raid from a distant.
Tatsumi tries to attack while he’s talking, but it’s useless and Zank says so. He even begins telling him what attacks he’ll make as he’s attacking, and stabs Tatsumi in the stomach. There’s more of that still artwork that I kinda liked in the first episodes, but don’t really care for now. It seems to be a theme running through anime right now.
The fight continues on, with Tatsumi being unable to break Zank’s defenses, while Zank rains down blow after blow until Tatsumi is covered in blood and wounds. Zank wants him to beg for his life. But Tatsumi spit blood and goes on the offensive again. Zank sees it coming, but it is too fast for him to dodge. Tatsumi gets in a small hit, but Zank slashes him across the back.
Tatsumi taunts him, finally seeming to enrage the executioner, who is goaded into attacking. However, he is stopped by Akame throwing her blade in front of him. She congratulates Tatsumi on winning the mental aspect of that fight. She tells him to hold tight, so she can kill Zank then treat his wounds.
Zank seems thrilled at meeting Akame. He uses another ability, clearsight, which gives him a view of anything she may have hidden, and us a view of Akame’s underwear (I’ll let you decide what use you prefer for it). Tatsumi tells her what it can do, but Akame has probably been watching, and rationalizes that if he can see the attack, but can’t counter it, then it is useless.
Akame rushes in and the two seem evenly matched. Both seem impressed by the others skill. Akame tries to clear her mind, but Zank can apparently see the future. He blocks her attack based on her muscle movements, and retaliates, finally landing a blow on her thigh.
He talks again about the fairness of having a weapon that kills with one cut, though she retorts that they are even, as he can read her movements and see the future. He then asks how she handles the voices. She seems confused. He explains that the voices of those who he’s killed talk to him, wanting him to die. He covers it up by talking, but they never go away and only get worse.
But Akame never hears them. It seems to irritate Zank and he uses another ability, and we see Akame’s start of surprise. He’s turned into a girl with a sword and short hair. Akame calls her Kurome. He explains Illusight, which allows him to project an image of the most important person to them before their eyes. He explains she’s lost in memories, and Tatsumi realizes that is why he saw Sayo.
He goes in for the kill and we watch Kagome go to strike, while Zank says it’s impossible for someone to kill those they hold dear. However, Akame, smoothly and mercilessly, attacks without hesitation. Akame explains that it was “because I loved her, that I killed her as swiftly as possible.”
Akame says the battle is over as Zank’s blade begins to break. He screams, attacking wildly. But she breaks his blades and slices his neck open. Again we see the silly still picture. I wish they’d stop that. Then he falls.
Tatsumi realizes he need to be stronger, because he would have died without Akame. Akame tells him the voices will leave him alone. The things over his ears shatter and he smiles, thanking Akame as he dies. Akame slings the blood from her blade and walks away.
Tatsumi is again praying at Sayo’s grave when Akame throws an apron over him, because even injured, he can still help cook. He asks Akame abruptly what she saw when fighting Zank, and she tells him that she will tell him when the time is right. And she adds that everyone in Night Raid is precious to her, including him. It may have just been to make you think, but it seems she included him possibly for feelings towards him. He panics like a good protagonist does as she walks away, telling him they will have meat, while he says they just had meat yesterday, and they need a balanced diet!
Welp, Nick, you sure told me. I thought this episode was much better than the last ones. There were still some annoying things. I don’t think I like the stills most of the time, especially not for action scenes, though I think they used them well in other, non action scenes. Like I don’t mind them so much in Glasslip, but it isn’t an action anime. Just anime that other three seconds. It really takes me out of the story. Though I’m really glad we got a bit about the relics, even if it did seem a bit rushed. I’d like to see some stories on how some of the other got their particular relics. But maybe that’s for later.
Overall, I thought this was the best episode of Akame ga Kill so far, but I think that the show could still do better. However, this makes me want to keep watching in the hope that something good will come up soon. I’m excited about Sheele’s episode next (though I still think the scissors are dumb), and from what I’ve heard about the manga and Light Novels, the story apparently gets quite good. So, fingers crossed and here’s hoping.
Hi there. I’m Justin. And as many of you know I’m an Otaku. Want to discuss that? Get it out in the open and off your chest? Please, tell your story and give me your thoughts on this episode. I’d love to hear it. No, this isn’t AA. That’s down the hall. Yes, third door on the right. Yes, you can just go sit in the room and wait. We start a little earlier. Thank you. Hope you can get through all that.