Akame ga Kill!
To make it clear in advance, yes Akama ga Kill has some differences in the manga and yes, the manga is better than the anime, as is the ending.
Akame ga Kill is a manga that tried a lot of things and honestly more than it could pull off. War, atrocities, corruption, character deaths, abilities, backgrounds, action, ambitions, so much the manga has devoted itself to, but very little of it has been a success.
In the end, what was Akama ga Kill able to convince with? Only with dynamically designed fights and the characters. Believe it or not, the manga had a variety of characters and even some relatively interesting ones. But these "interesting" ones were exclusively in the enemy group.
The troupe of main characters was average with minimal character traits and very little depth.
The story is about the committed corruption of the empire by the minister who manipulates the young king to spread his malice and greed all over the country. In the guise of his madness, like-minded people gather and rob, rape, and kill to their heart's content everything without any limits. The rebellion created the assassin group called "Night Raid" which was dedicated to political assassinations and this group includes the protagonists.
It's an interesting concept, but this whole plot is far too black and white. The tragic justice and hope of the people, against the pure primitive bestiality of the minister, there is no in-between.
If it weren't for the special Yeager unit, which had several different personalities that have been very understandable.
Otherwise, the story is as follows "When two Teigu carriers fight each other, one will inevitably die" and this was well maintained until the end. No matter who, there are always casualties from one of the two sides until the war comes to an end in the finale. Of course, many of the protagonists die in the process. However, due to the lack of screentime and character development, their deaths are anything but sad, but rather "indifferent".
Even though there is hardly any development among the protagonist group and they are all kept relatively dull, at least the protagonist develops. From an emotionally average boy, he becomes a real war veteran who can completely assess situations and control his emotions perfectly. Unfortunately, he is only developed in terms of his maturity.
Akame, who is the only one of the protagonists who still had any relevance, is only the "problem solver". She has one of the strongest abilities in this world, with which she can kill her opponents only with a "cut", one hit one life.
Unfortunately, little is made of her. She is just the compartmentalized emotional glutton who worries about others and goes all out in battle. Until the end, she felt more like a tool to me than the main protagonist of this manga. In contrast, Mein had even more charisma.
The "Yaeger" were the most interesting group here. Wave, who was the antithesis of the protagonist and made it clear how he would be if he were forced to join the wrong side.
Bols, who was a war veteran who had to undergo executions and exterminations against his will, which traumatized him but did not destroy his gentleness. He was a relatively complex character.
Run, who was the supporting pillar of Wave, tried to consolidate his motivation and show him the right way.
Kurome, Akama's sister who was manipulated and drugged by the state. Who, however, could not change sides in the face of her commitment and guilt. Otherwise, she would abandon all her dead comrades who died for the empire.
And Seryu, who is considered one of the most hated anime characters, but in my eyes is much more complex than you think. Raised in the Empire, fed false information, her loved ones were stolen from her several times by the rebel army and she constantly blamed herself for her weakness in not being able to enforce justice. In the end, she became the monster that she tried to destroy without realizing it. A good example of how two wars can manipulate and change people from the root. If she had been on the other side, she would have developed very differently.
Likewise, most of the characters had ambitions and their own goals that they pursued.
Unfortunately, due to the flawed writing style. Too much potential of the characters sacrificed and destroyed. As a result, only a few could convince until the end. It's no use killing off characters without giving them enough screentime or making them convincing. Then they just die as empty immature shells.
Predominantly decent, the manga improved more and more over time. Whereas it started on average, it ended up with a relatively dynamic drawing style and a very detailed depiction of destruction. Likewise, the choreographed fights got better and better.
Akame ga Kill is a good manga, one that surprised me but at the same time disappointed me. The emphasis here was on the pure "shock factor" that the unexpected brutal deaths should hit the reader. That the depiction of rape, murder, and torture must arouse negative emotions. And that the death of the "villain" brings relief. This also worked, unfortunately, the plot and the development of the characters were sacrificed for it.
If you are looking for a dark fantasy, with relatively little plot armor and an immensely satisfying ending (emotionally speaking), this is the manga for you.
If you are looking for something complex with story and detail, I can not recommend it.