Akame ga Kill!

TV (24 eps)
4.165 out of 5 from 44,706 votes
Rank #899
Akame ga Kill!

Under the rule of a tyrannical empire, Tatsumi, a young swordsman, leaves his home to save his poverty stricken village. He meets a girl named Akame, an assassin who was bought, brainwashed and trained to kill by the Empire. Akame is a member of the secret assassin group called “Night Raid” who use special weapons called Teigu. Together, Tatsumi and the members of Night Raid confront the corrupt empire.

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Akame ga Kill has become the representation of feelziness. If you are one of those people who expects to get emotional from the very first episode, you will lose your shit with this one because (GASP) it constantly kills its characters and doesn’t resurrect them a few episodes afterwards. This made it super popular while it was airing and eventually got overhyped into the status of a masterpiece, because it deconstructs the clichés of fighting shonen. And by clichés I mean plot armor and talk no jutsu, elements the shonentards got tired of seeing in Naruto. Everybody were so butthurt by Pein being talked into changing his mind and bringing back to life all those he killed, that the instant they found a show not doing that, they hailed it as mature and serious. Something which is not, since it constantly ruins every dramatic scene with out of place fan service and slapstick comedy. The mood whiplash it creates is immersion breaking, since it can’t maintain a specific emotion for more than a few seconds. Which is why it appeals so much to edgelords. Speaking of edge, the show is constantly trying to present everything as grey in morality, since most of the heroes are heartless assassins and many of the subordinates of the villains obey them out of duty or some twisted concept of justice. What it’s actually doing is making you think if you mix extreme violence with extreme comic relief, the result will somehow be more grey than if you have clear cut good guys and bad guys. Which is not the case since blurring the lines of good and evil is not the same as making everybody a psychotic mass murderer who loves to torture and rape innocent people. The bad guys are pitch black evil and never show the slightest sign of remorse or questioning their horrible acts. Hell, they don’t even have any motivation for torturing and killing hundreds of people other than “Because we can lol”. Yet none of the emotionalists seemed to care because it was keeping things on the edge.The show is also praised for its very fast pacing, instead of spending entire episodes on unimportant stuff such as fleshing out or character development. It’s also adored by many for not having plot armor, since people are constantly dying on both sides of the conflict. Too bad any sense of dramatization is lost when they drop like flies without being given much screen time or any significant characterization. If nothing lasts for long, it comes off as superficial. And yet this is seen as a plus at an age where the average attention span of a viewer is less than 6 seconds. He needs to be constantly stimulated or he’s not going to give a shit.Without much to care about a character, all you have to look forward to is seeing who gets to die next. Which is exactly what anime fans were doing in the forums. The first couple of deaths were shocking because they were unexpected, but after the 100th time somebody died, all they were doing was guessing who gets killed in the next episode. Nobody cared about the heroes or the villains, who by the way are complete archetypes with nothing special about them. The only thing that was defining them was their death. Which was usually brutal.Over the top gore and death scenes do not make something mature. They make it extreme. They are just shock effect and have nothing to do with characters, because you only care about the act of bloodshed and mayhem, than about the butchered people in the middle of all that. There is hardly any time invested in most of them, and the show will make sure to make a joke out of their deaths, so you won’t care after they kick the bucket. And even if you do care, there are simply way too many killings close to each other that you are never given time to get over the death of one of them, before a dozen more are thrown at you. You are eventually going to be desensitized no matter how much you try to remain excited. I could go on nagging about the low budget animation, the retarded script, the amateurish scene transitions, or the rushed ending, but I won’t because the anime would still be bad even if all those things were done right. And no, the manga is not any better despite being very different after a point on. You watch this show as a parody of Naruto, you laugh at it, and then you shake your head upon realizing that this is what modern anime fans like the most.


Just to help anybody who is trying to figure this anime out: This anime surprised me. It manages to be lighthearted and fun at times, but also has some gruesome, dark scenes as well. If you want to try this show out, make sure you watch the ENTIRE first episode. When I started the first episode I thought it would be very predictable, but getting to the end I was completey hooked. If you didn't enjoy the first episode, then chances are you won't enjoy the rest. It gets to the point pretty quick. I feel like this show is a good mix of action and comedy and would recommend to those who just want to have a bit of fun, but keep in mind it is not for the fainthearted. People will die, I mean it's a show about assassins literally titled "Red Eye Killer" so you should probably already know that. Like I said it gets to the point fairly quickly. My only real problem is that some of the characters feel like they were copy and pasted from other animes. But that's just my opinion. Despite that I still find each character interesting and I want to know more about them, even the main character who I didn't initially like. He is the "I must become stronger and save my village" country boy type, something I personally think has been done to death in fantasy genres. Without trying to ruin anything, he comes across like a goody two shoes but seems to have a dark side as well, which is actually what got me hooked. When it comes to fanservice, there is some but its not over the top. It's there, but not so much that it's distracting or out of place. The animation is pretty great too, reminds me a lot of sword art online in that department. Might change the rating later because the show only just started.


REVIEW AFTER HAVING WATCHED WHAT'S AIRED AS OF 12/11/2014 As I feel that everything I wrote regarding the first 19 episodes still applies even after the show has ended, I'm going to add an edited bit at the end! (For my final opinion after having watched all episodes) So I am purposefully going against what I said in a previous review. It isn't my only review now. I've also decided right now that it's my policy not to write down a summary or overview of the story. If you're anyone too immature to acknowledge someone else's humble opinion please don't read my review. If you're looking for approval of anime you love don't read my reviews. If you want a pseudo-objective opinion or a different point of view on anime please carry on reading. I try to be as objective as possilbe in my reviews (all 2 of them). Also I tend to go on tangents so accept my faults. Anyway, this anime is good, if you're not seeking a deep, meaningful, mind-blowing, world-changing show. This is a good anime for entertainment, because that's all it is unfortunately entertainment. I am not saying this show does not have serious moments, it definitely does have them, what I mean is they're not as serious as they need to be (or seem to be). Now before all the hate comments arrive, if you've got this far carry on reading please. As I said, this anime isn't deep and meaningful, although it may appear so superficially and that's why it loses points in my books. If it sold itself as pure entertainment I would've been more lenient (and not done the following analysis). However it tries to appear deep, but it only scrapes the surface. It is, however, deeper than a lot of anime out there. I say all this because as soon as it starts to explore characters' psyche or thoughtful reflections, it's abrupted by comic relief or someother device. You don't really (and please give more significance to that really) understand why a specific character thinks in a certain way, be it hero or adversary. When a character gets killed, you don't really feel anything, because nothing was created to give the death more significance. It's like a balloon popping, it may come as a shock, but there's nothing more to that, you don't really feel anything. I prefer hydrogen bombs over balloons to be honest. If you're aiming to make a show meaningful, make me feel something when a shock happens. As predictable as the shock my be, at the very least make me regret knowing what is about to happen, rather than make me feel super arrogant and be all "I knew that was going to happen". That is exactly why it loses more points, because even if the anime is original in some way with the story, it is extremely predictable, unfortunately. Something else to note: catharsis. (This is the second time I say this word in my reviews, for a word I don't believe should be used this often). By killing someone off, with whom I had some sort of connection (sentimentally/emotionally), in one episode all deaths that follow in that short episode don't have any value, because I'm somewhat still upset about the first one, or as much value as they should have. - Obviously I shouldn't have to say this, but it's an example, the idea applies to everything (death, drama, decisions etc...)- . What I mean is there needs to be build up to the death of somone who is relevent, to make the show a little more profound and mature. Deaths alone shouldn't be used as a means to make a show profound. What makes it more mature and deep is the meaning to that person's death or a certain event/situation. Make me reflect on it, I should have an initial opinion. Now that death (or event) adds to or ultimately changes my opinion. For a show to be meaningful things should have more meaning, that's pretty obvious. I don't think I questioned my own values and opinions at all during these first 17 or so episodes, maybe it's just because I'm that bigoted. Well I digressed quite a bit there.  Basically, there should be a proper build up and then dramatic event, then humour to soften the blow, not a semi build up then interruption with humour or dramatic event, because everything that follows after that point has no/little effect. Anyway: Animation: Crisp, detailed, stylish and colourful - just what I like to see in an anime.          Sound: Crisp, detailed, stylish and colourful (...?) the sound, music and voice acting is pretty good, the music isn't extremely memorable, although it's not bad at all. (If I remember correctly)                                                                                                                      Story: Crisp, detailed, sty-jokes aside -It is original in some aspects, but it's not all that original and mindblowing. Good guys are bad guys and bad guys are good guys. (Say what now??!! - It's just a sort of reverse of roles, it is still interesting though)                                                                         Characters: this is where I struggle. The characters (well the select few - or chosen ones) are 2 dimensional but I appreciate the effort in trying to make them seem 3 dimensional. They're just not explored enough and seem too superficial to me. The rest of the characters are there mearly to add to number and then be taken away. CONCLUSION SO FAR: I enjoyed everything, yes it's not as profound and meaningful as I'd like it to be, but it's still enjoyable if you're not too focused on that. You'll definitely enjoy this if you like action, fantasy, comedy, violence and entertainment. You won't enjoy this if you ONLY LOVE super slow paced, slice of life, heavily romantic anime. If you enjoy most anime, you'll definitely enjoy this and I reccomend you give it a shot. Also I'll add that it does get better as it progresses. So that's my 2 cents.  FINAL EVALUATION: I originally gave this a 6.5/10 rating, but I feel that the last few episodes were a pleasant surprise and thus increased the overall value of the anime. There was a little more effort in character exploration and development. The action scenes felt more engaging and thrilling and a couple of my predictions did not come true, which gracefully caught me off-guard. Additionally, I was happy to learn that there was a third opinion - a humane one - on the matter of revolution. There was a character who believed that society was corrupt too, however, they did not believe that Night Raid's ideals and execution were right: they believed in a non-violent revolution and that change comes from within. This tells me that the creators: were aware of true moral grey areas (phew, I was starting to believe that this show was contradicting itself), that they know everyone believes in their own 'right'/'just' cause and that in the end it's all a matter of subjectivity and personal experiences/beliefs. So what I gather from all this is that they did, in fact, create this show for entertainment purposes, however this does not take away from the fact that they were trying to be profound and meaningful. I must add: the finale was just darn beautiful. Thrilling and visually pleasing. It succeeded in destroying my subjectivity on the matter and just entertained me, which is actually a good thing. However, it still did feel quite rushed and I wasn't really emotionally invested in the characters, so any deaths that occured throughout the show did not make me feel anything really.

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