I had always been the type of person who doesn’t follow the hype of people. From watching tv series to even normal stuff, I don’t follow them.
Uuuhhh…I guess, its my way of going against the “rules” of the norm. I find it fun to be different. Heh.
In watching animes, I admit I do get carried away and jump on the hype train. But there are animes that I really avoided because I wanted to watch them in their complete “form”. And yeah, Akame ga Kill is one of them.
When this anime first aired, alot of people were into it. I even watched its first 2 episodes before because I accidentally watched them in a cafe. Spoilers everywhere, it was unstoppable. Lol. But yeah, my insistence to watch this anime in full form prevailed. Yeeeee.
Synopsis: 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. (MAL)
Okay. I now understand everything.
Such a wasted potential, indeed.
From the synopsis and genre mentioned above, its clear why Akame ga Kill became famous when it first aired. From its characters to its story, it seemed the anime was on the road to be one of the most popular animes in the modern era. I mean, this anime was released around the time when people are looking for the next “AoT”. With this anime having shounen and gore elements to it, its definitely climbing to the top.
And yet, its not.
You know why? Of course, you guys know it already. The spoilers are all over in the internet. Heh.
But bruh, that reason is not the “only” thing stopping its rise. Yeah, its the most obvious reason, but there are alot of factors that were shrugged to the side and infairness, I was able to notice them during my watching.
But before discussing negative, I will first tackle the positive points of the series.
Akame ga Kill had such amazing premise. I mean, if you think about it, the main plot is common and generic, but its how everything was executed that made this series amazing. When I first saw the first 2 episodes of this anime years ago, I could immediately tell why the manga was well loved, its that good.
It wasn’t only the story, the characters were really good too. Each one of them, even the antagonists, were really interesting and intriguing. Even though, some of them didn’t get enough character development, each one of them left an unforgettable performance in the series so I am clearly sold. If I were to choose a favorite, hands down its Esdeath. Akame is a close second. Esdeath is on a whole new level. I first thought that she might just be interesting at first and just fall into the generic version that I expected her to be, but bruh, she surprises me everytime she’s on screen and I really love that about her. And of course, her legit OP powers is sooooo good that it affected my enjoyment of the last fight in the anime (I’ll explain it later, bruh).
Last thing that I love about this anime would be its gore. Uuuggghhhh, this anime sure went all out and I LOVE IT. Though the amount of blood shown in the series went a bit out of hand, I still find it very fitting to its overall theme.
Time for the negative points. Heh.
First off, the animation.
When I first watched the first few episodes of the series, I already noticed its lack of consistency and animation shortcuts but I let them slide as the anime was still ongoing and overall, it “might” improve in the BD release. Uuuuuhhhh….it didn’t. Everything was still there and it disappoints me…like alot. It would have been nice if it was smoother but its not. It would have been nice if the action scenes had less still cuts and had more literal “action” but nope. So disappointing.
Don’t get me wrong, the animation of the anime is not bad “bad”, its just disappointing to see that the studio wasn’t able to push the limits of its animation. This is just my opinion though.
Next reason was the comedic moments of the series.
Believe me, I enjoyed them, yes, but they seemed to be out of place. I mean, the anime focused on assassins, revolution, and alot of serious f*cked up stuff. The comedic timing seemed not properly executed and some jokes were…boring…for the lack of better word. I’m not against the genre, comedy, it was its execution that I have a problem with. If the timing and witty lines were told, then it would have been better. This is only my speculation, but I feel like the jokes would only work well on manga and not much on the anime. I can’t really tell as I haven’t read the source material yet.
Another reason would be the main character, Tatsumi.
Yes, he’s likable. He had all the attributes of what a main protagonist is, and it made him boring. I do get it that he represents us, the viewers, as he is new to all of this, but bruh, this anime is freakin’ named after another character, it would have been nice if the anime focused more on her.
Connected to the bad point above is the relationship between Tatsumi and Mine, it was cut short indeed.
If you follow the anime storyline (which was similar to the manga except the last few episodes), its quite clear that the manga author doesn’t know who’s the best “girl” for the main guy. The author then settled with Mine and tried to develop their relationship but failed miserably cuz of factors the author can’t control, which is connected to the next negative point and the most popular one.
The anime caught up to the manga, which resulted to have an original arc.
This kind of move is common as a lot of animes went through this, but Akame ga Kill got it worse. Not only it affected the relationship building of the supposed main love pairing of the series, it also disrupted the flow of the series. Because of this, everything went downhill. There were alot of inconsistencies, from the power scaling to the main plot. I think the only good thing that happened in the last few episodes would be the last fight between Akame and Esdeath, but its was still spoiled cuz of the inconsistent power scaling between the two. It’s clear that the anime-only writers don’t have any idea how they should end everything so yeah, they messed it up.
Still, it just depends on the person watching the anime if these negative points affects their overall liking of the series. For me, it definitely affected me as I am a firm believer of Glass Reflection’s motto: “The ending is PARAMOUNT”. So yeah, overall, I find the anime okay. Disappointing but passable enough to recommend to people. Like I said above, it had all of the things to be the best anime, but got the short listed cuz of the last few episodes.
I’ll definitely will check out its source material. Seeing how the story unfolds in the first half of the anime, its clear that the manga is really good so I can’t wait to read it.
I guess, that’s it for now.
Thanks for reading.