MyAnimeList Rating: 7,79/10
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
Studio: White Fox
Authors: Tetsuya Tashiro (Art), Takahiro (Story)
Seiyuus: Sora Amamiya, Yukari Tamura, Souma Saitou
I really like using a dark concept which exists in some anime or movies because you can look further at a realistic circumstance in reality both in an exaggerated way or less noticeable. One of my personal mostly touches on how the realistic of the concept is Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood” because the movie combined ambition and religion as both contradictory concepts that would never united. The movie also proves that not only the concept but the movie doesn’t need to exaggerate such way when you wanna turn off all important characters in the movie or anime without any obvious reason or not even it doesn’t need it at all. One example is Naoki Urasawa’s “Monster,” an anime or manga which tells the deepest side of humanity. Same as “Akame ga Kill!“. At first, I really praised this anime but when I’ve read the manga, I changed my thought through the anime and I know this anime has a really huge fanbase. One of the influential of why this anime can’t be said as a dark anime is because there are so many characters in this anime that turned off without any clear reason, no development, and no plot. So, I’m also quite hypocrite because when I reviewed the manga a few years ago, I was able to say that I didn’t want to review the anime and here I am, a douchebag who wants to review the anime. Don’t get me wrong, I really like this anime from any aspect even with the variation of characters. However, this isn’t a dark anime and it will never be included in the category.
Night Raid is the covert assassination branch of the Revolutionary Army, an uprising assembled to overthrow Prime Minister Honest, whose avarice and greed for power has lead him to take advantage of the child emperor’s inexperience. Without a strong and benevolent leader, the rest of the nation is left to drown in poverty, strife, and ruin. Though the Night Raid members are all experienced killers, they understand that taking lives is far from commendable and that they will likely face retribution as they mercilessly eliminate anyone who stands in the revolution’s way.
This merry band of assassins’ newest member is Tatsumi, a naïve boy from a remote village who had embarked on a journey to help his impoverished hometown and was won over by not only Night Raid’s ideals, but also their resolve. “Akame ga Kill!” follows Tatsumi as he fights the Empire and comes face-to-face with powerful weapons, enemy assassins, challenges to his own morals and values, and ultimately, what it truly means to be an assassin with a cause.
First of all, maybe I’ll analyze deeply especially on the characters. So, this review will contain a lot of spoilers.
The story follows Tatsumi, a young boy who travels to a capital to join the military and get money for the sake of his downturn village. Tatsumi considers that the capital is a better place than his village until he realizes that the capital isn’t the one. At that time, he met with Night Raid, an assassin group that fights against the government and desired to eliminate a downturn in the capital. Actually, “Akame ga Kill!” was so promising at the first and I admit that because it’s told in a quite realistic way apart from this is just the same as a shounen anime in general. The main protagonist has a plot armor in the first episode where he accidentally survives the invasion of Night Raid. This character is not like other shounen protagonists in general because he is not too exaggerated and tries to reach it from oblivion into the badass character. Yet, this anime mostly dominated by heroines character and just a few male characters exist. Therefore, Tatsumi seemed to be covered by these characters and he doesn’t too accomplish when participating in the story. Sure, it’s so dark that I can’t see watch this anime. Although it’s not a problem when I want to see a sexist yet badass psychopathic waifu that kills a lot of people, it’s not too filled in conveying the story even in a different context. The story seems to be lost in the way which is like a shounen anime in general, the tone is always changing, the emotional turn into comedy, it goes on, and on. It’s so awkward from a dark anime that looks promising at the first episode suddenly turns into a comedy which is just dark in front of the cover. I don’t really feel the emotions when there is one memorable character or at least, one of your favorite characters are dying just like that without any plot devices or developments that encourage other characters. One thing, some of the heroines in this anime are also waifuable but at least I don’t recommend if you want to do it but it’s just according to you, my friends if you don’t want your mental fall.
The animation and the visual is pretty good. One thing that I like the most about this anime is that it only comes from blood and the colorful characters design. The choreography is decent but the final fight at the end of the episode is well-executed. Like White Fox’s anime that I’ve watched in general, “Akame ga Kill!” doesn’t show every detail too much but at least I could see from this aspect rather than others. The gore is also pretty good. Just like the animation, the sound in this anime is so great. I didn’t really listen to the soundtrack, but the first opening theme songs are freaking awesome along with the ending theme songs. “Skyreach” by Sora Amamiya who also cast Akame is so goddamn rock as she is also one of my personal favorite seiyuu. “LIAR MASK” by Rika Mayama is even better than the first opening but I also like both. It’s so swinging in the head with a loud and badass sound. The ending songs also fit with the lower contrast but both are memorable. “Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta” by Miku Sawai isn’t too memorable but pretty average, to be honest. “Tsuki Akari” which was also performed by Sora Amamiya is such a nice song with a perfect tone and nice lyrics. Both the opening and ending songs are suitable when they both increase the tension at the first and ends with a soft tone than the first one where the songs are not too complex but just simple. Satomi Akesaka as Esdeath and Kana Hanazawa as Seryuu Ubiquitous are one which mostly dominated from all because of they just out of the character and performs two personalities.
Now, this is more getting serious. I’ll discuss more the characters along with their particular roles.
First of all, Tatsumi as the main character in this anime is a stereotypical but not a problem. He has a strong, good impression, and started everything from scratch especially when he learned a lot from Bulat. Now, the only problem in this aspect is that most characters are turned off without a plot that encourages other characters or a memorable impression between them. Although the title said that Akame, she is not the main character. We learn about her depressing backstory enough with her sister if you have read the manga, “Akame ga Kill! Zero,” a prequel from the parent story. Akame is like a cold assassin, doesn’t show any emotion, and doesn’t dominate too much. When one of her friend, Sheele, dies in the Seryuu’s hand, I think Sheele would be a powerful plot of Akame’s character. But, there is nothing changed at all and just like she didn’t show her emotions except in a few scenes. One more important thing is also when her sister, Kurome, died in her own hands, she just showed a few instant emotions and nothing changed in the next episode. Bulat’s death which is also one that encouraging Tatsumi is not too emotional as the characters in general because as I said earlier, it turns out into a comedy. However, Tatsumi can become well-developed thanks to Bulat and if there is no Bulat, Tatsumi is nobody. Mine’s death which was also that encouraging Tatsumi wasn’t that sad because I didn’t feel anything about her character. Lubbock is also not too emotional even though I know very well why he joined Night Raid. His death in the manga version is even more sadistic than in the anime but it doesn’t change my own opinion. As the story progresses, there are two characters that join the Night Raid: Chelsea and Susanoo. Susanno is an emotionless character because he isn’t a human. He is a human who had no feelings but he learned a lot from Tatsumi. On the other hand, Chelsea is one of the personal characters in this anime despite her small roles. Both in the anime and manga, her death is the most memorable because it feels so depressing and sad. She has everything in the character starting from her feelings, emotions, beliefs, and her situation to cause her the most real character of all characters in the Night Raid.
Besides Night Raid, there is Jaegers. Jaegers isn’t the main antagonist in this anime even though it looks like that. There are several reasons why I said this and we are going to talk later. This squad was led by Esdeath, one of the sadistic, cruel, and feared general by the rebels. Esdeath is not like that because she still has a feeling that still makes her control her emotions. We learn about her past and she learns about a natural law. Her feeling for Tatsumi doesn’t change her personality in her role and she still believes him even though Tatsumi is a member of Night Raid. Besides Esdeath, one of the characters that I remember the most is Bols. Although not as sad as Chelsea, he died in an honorable way but it was such an emotional way. Although there are not many flashbacks explained, he has a peaceful family because you cannot judge someone behind the mask he is wearing. Dr. Stylish, a crazy scientist is okay, Run is also very different in the manga, Wave has a similarity with Tatsumi, and Kurome who really love eating just like Akame. Regardless I like Kana Hanazawa, Seryuu is not one of the characters I like but I don’t hate. It’s not that one of the characters in this show has a twist in its own impression. Her crazy personality can be said as a lunatic fringe among other characters. In a nutshell, Seryuu is a representation of not just looking at the cover because I just think at first impression was already so deceptive.
Like I said, Jaegers are not the main antagonist. Night Raid and Jaegers are like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader where Sheev Palpatine is a mediator, the person behind everything. Night Raid can be described as Luke, Jaegers can be described as Vader, and the government and things related to it can be described as Palpatine. Bottom line, the characters feel bland without any emotion in less. It’s so exaggerated at first and the remains of the characters don’t show any clear reason why they just turned off. The death of each character doesn’t feel like a character. It’s just like, “Oh, he is dead? Okay.” Just a few who look alive and show emotion even though the author and director also gave them backstories but didn’t work so well. But, this is what I like too because they turn it off without leaving any existence. Take for the example of Lisanna Strauss from Fairy Tail. Her character leaves a trace for Natsu but as the story progress, it’s playing at your mind and feeling because it’s as if they make a joke about death even though there is a clear reason for itself. The second example is Nagisa Furukawa from Clannad: After Story. We learn the process of how he met Tomoya, she married him and had children but she died when her child was born. But, guess what? The director and author are like laughing at you from behind where they are playing with your emotions even though I know there is a reason why it can happen which it just doesn’t make any sense. Kaori Miyazono from “Your Lie in April” is one anime that leaves a memorable impression of its character. Her death made us feel so realistic and emotional because the moments she had done before the story and this is what I love, her character is real, has an emotion, a feeling, and there is a development at the end of the story especially for the main character. It’s so different from “Akame ga Kill!” which feels meaningless because they turn off these characters without any strong reason. Of course, they also made an ONA, “Akame ga Kill! Theater” where all the characters who die both in Night Raid, Jaegers, and the Capital live in a world where it becomes a story of how they are gathered in the next life. Seems neat, am I right?
Writing at much from the characters really feels like something are missing but “Akame ga Kill!” could be one that can change my perception at the beginning. Regardless of the characters which are turned off, there is a variation of characters, a great animation and visual, a badass song, and one of the overrated at the season until now. Well, this is the one that I remember the most when I watched it at school and I just feels like, “This is the most depressing dark anime I’ve ever seen.” Yeah, sometimes, you also have your own guilty anime such as my personal “High School DxD,” “Yosuga no Sora,” “Kiss x Sis,” and other ecchi harem anime. The show does have funny humor despite the humor which is in the wrong place. The pace is fast for 24-episodes anime. It’s not that bad, but I prefer the manga.
“Akame ga Kill!” it becomes a great knowledge for those of you who wanna make a story or also the viewers if turned off many characters who have an important role will never make it as dark. On the other hand, it’s not the worst show ever. The gore is really too much if you really love an anime that has blood everywhere. Seems like Quentin Tarantino’s shit. The animation and choreography are great especially the final fight at the end of the episode just make me goosebump whatsoever. Therefore, this anime can’t be watched by everyone but this is one of my memorable shows for several reasons. The characters also look waifuable even though I could say if you wanna look for it in this anime. I freaking love this show, at the first even though for now, I still like it. The manga has a much better story because the story in the anime seems to be forced without any source. But, it’s up to you my friend because “Akame ga Kill!” is as much as possible as the most favored by community.