Akame Ga Kill! strikes the balance between humor, quirky moments, and tense heartfelt ones. It’s a fantastical world with a sense of grit and a touch of real-life politics. Many of the themes in the series can bare resemblance to today’s society, with the show’s ‘monsters’ being not creatures of dread but the power hungry politicians of their world.
Akame Ga Kill is set in a world where no one is safe from death, even with the help of their legendary Imperial Arms. It’s almost like the Game of Thrones of the anime world; it has unexpected deaths, love, betrayal and a deep and rich mythos that makes you want to know more about the world. The characters in Akame Ga Kill are neither good nor bad. They have their own agenda, and some interesting back-stories that put some real weight behind the choices they make.
The world of Akame Ga Kill is not only filled with deadly female assassins and brutal monstrous beasts, but it has real-world politics. This gives it grit as an anime series and adds a different flavor to the usual fantasy based anime. The series has hints of what attracted so many of us to Attack on Titan, and although the themes aren’t similar, the death of your favorite character hits as hard as ever.
A young and hopeful warrior named Tatsumi finds he’s bitten off more than he can chew when a chance meeting finds him meeting a member of the infamous Night Raid. This Night Raid member is a pretty and outlandish girl who, after some careful trickery, steals his money. After finding himself broke and homeless in a strange city, Tatsumi is taken in by a welcoming family who has a deal of influence in the capital. Offering to help Tatsumi, the family provides shelter as he begins a friendship with their daughter who is not what she seems to be.
What follows is a series of events that ultimately take Tatsumi somewhere he thought he’d never go. After joining Night Raid and falling in love, Tatsumi and his fellow master assassins travel across the land with their legendary powerful weapons known as Imperial Arms.
Plot & Story
Akame Ga Kill follows the journey of Tatsumi, a young naive boy from a remote and impoverished village. Tatsumi sets his sight on riches, fame, and fortune. After trying to enlist in the royal army to gain all those things, he runs into trouble. Upon a chance meeting in the capital, Tatsumi comes face to face with the infamous Night Raid – a group of highly trained and deadly assassins.
Following his encounter with Night Raid, Tatsumi finds himself involved in a much larger struggle than the one he intended when he first set out on his journey. The world he inhabits is filled with monsters and dangerous beings, but these ferocious beings aren’t the beasts you’d think; they’re the humans and politicians who control the cities of the world and who pray on the weak.
When Tatsumi is forced to join Night Raid, he learns of the Imperial Arms each member carries. These legendary weapons are all unique and all have enormous power. Each weapon has its own story as much as the characters themselves in Akame Ga Kill.
The members of Night Raid have a single mission: to rid the world of evil people and restore balance. But when a war starts to brew and the evil Esdeath marches towards the capital, their worlds collide.
Esdeath assembles her own team of master warriors known as Jaegers, to combat Night Raid on level ground. After developing affection for Tatsumi, Esdeath sets her sights on marrying the young man.
After a series of brutal battles and the introduction of interesting characters, it’s up to Tatsumi and the other protagonist of the story, Akame, to defeat Esdeath.
Art & Music
Akame Ga Kill has a typical but pleasing art style. Nothing in the series stands out as truly unique or mind-blowing in terms of the art, but the quality is worthy of a recent anime series. You might not be taken back by art, but you also won’t be disappointed. It’s an anime that doesn’t scream at you for its art style. Instead, it relies more on the characters and the world they inhabit.
The character models are a particular highlight. They’re well crafted and all have unique stand-out features. This brings up the overall quality of the art in this series. Without interestingly drawn characters, the art would have been average at best.
The intro music is memorable and had me humming days later. The background music in the series is also one of the best I have experienced in an anime. There’s a funky Japanese style guitar riff that plays when the Night Raid are introduced. After hearing this for the first time, I was hooked and quickly scrambled to YouTube to hear it again.
Akame Ga Kill’s outro music is in typical j-pop fashion and won’t ring any alarm bells. The best description of the majority of the music and art in Akame Ga Kill is that it’s average but acceptable.
Themes & Trivia
The anime touches on some deep themes throughout the series. There’s a rollercoaster of emotions: many deaths, love stories, friendships, and family all to deal with. Add all this to the malicious and scheming politicians and you’ve got yourself one hell of a ride.
There are many themes that bear striking resemblance to today’s society and you can find them lodged all over the world of Akame Ga Kill. It’s not very often I see an anime series that seems to walk on the fine line between politics and fantasy. Yes, some parts of the series might be whimsical, but the people feel real and simply not good or bad. Characters have real agendas and plans, and whether you think they’re right or wrong, they seem to have their reasons for the way they act.
This is one of my all-time favorite anime series. The stakes are real in Akame Ga Kill and the timing of the humor is perfect at times. It’s a hard nut to crack when trying to balance the two, but those series show how that can be achieved.
In many other series, there are times when you just know the main cast is safe from any real harm, but the same cannot be said for Akame Ga Kill. I would like to warn any potential viewers now that people will die. Your favorite character probably will too as well as ones you don’t expect them to.
That’s the real meat and bones of Akame Ga Kill; it surprised me in a good way. The series may not be perfect and it has its issues; some of the voice acting can be a little off and child like at times. But it knows how to make good and likable characters, even out of the villains.
Pros, Cons & Final Impressions
Fantastic Art Style
Good humorous tones
The middle of the series lacks buzz
The manga series is better
Disappointing ending – didn’t tie up loose ends
Akame Ga Kill has 24 episodes in both subbed and dubbed versions. If you’re a fan of gritty anime in a fantasy setting then this is for you. The girls kick ass even harder than the guys do in Akame Ga Kill, and they do it with style.
There’s a lot to experience here and it’s one not to miss out on. So add it to your catalog and experience this rich fantasy world for yourself.
Akame ga Kill!
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