Akame Ga Kill Review

Posted: January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Synopsis
Akame Ga Kill is set in an imperialist world with surrounding countries and cities outside the capital which is where the current emperor lives. Tatsumi learning the darkness of the capital joins up with a team of assassins called Night Raid who wish to lead a rebellion and save the country from its current state.

Story
Akame Ga Kill is an interesting anime in terms of story, it follows the original manga’s story until somewhere around episode 16-19. The story was at first brilliant, you had a reason to want to care for those who lived outside of the capital and those affected by the corrupt Emperor and his minister, as the story is developed we are introduced to new ideas and situations such as the imperial arms and the state of the country. These are explained and told rather well, if not perfectly. The biggest problem that faces Akami Ga Kill is the lack of sense that it makes in the later episodes where it seems that to make an ending that grabs the most tears and sadness from the viewer we are given a steaming pile of trash. Overall the concept is rather brilliant but the way it is executed is not, where we have characters being killed off left, right and center who should not even die because of logic but you know, logic doesn’t exist in Akame Ga Kill. The inconsistencies with the story at the end is what really brings it down. I honestly feel like if you re-wrote the last few episodes you would end up with something bearable that doesn’t break logic but when you limit yourself from the start of the anime’s life to 24 episodes logic does have to be thrown out at times. Apart from the logic of the story the pacing was brilliant. Akami Ga Kill does do a lot of things right and this was one of them, I never felt as if nothing was happening each episode did its job and built upon the story at a good speed where it never went too fast where you don’t even know whats happening anymore or it went so slow that you wanted to quit halfway through. Overall I give the story a 7/10

Characters
The characters in Akami Ga Kill are brilliant. We start off we our protagonist Tatsumi, at first Tatsumi is a cheery and high aiming wannabe soldier aiming for the military but as time progresses he learns the pain of having his friends around him die. Having Tatsumi learn through out the anime the importance of a life and role that he has gotten himself into. His interactions with other characters allowed him to become more relatable and likable, having the student and teacher relationship with his aneki or Bulat, having his love square with Akame, Mine and Esdeath and the interactions he has with the antagonists pretty much forms Tatsumis personality, with the vast amount of characters that play a significant role it makes it hard to really say who the absolute most important ones are. The mass amount of characters who do get a background is relieving, sure not everyone gets there own little life story monologue but most of them do and as a viewer who enjoys learning back story its really cool to see it worked in. Characters in Akame Ga Kill develop well, some characters obviously develop more than others but that is to be expected as it progresses through the episodes. Looking from where Tatsumi begins in the anime and where he ends up in terms of development is huge. One problem with the characters is that there are so many that play a significant role in the anime that it can be hard to remember every character and there names. Overall I give the characters a 9/10

Art and Animation
The Art in Akame Ga Kill is splendid, never did I really think that the animation or art lacked, with beautiful fighting scenes and choreography it was very easy to fall in love with the art let alone the characters and story. The backgrounds and scenery were well done and detailed unlike other anime which will put less detail in scenery than the characters and fight scenes. One thing about the fight scenes in Akami Ga Kill is that you don’t lose track of whats happening, one thing that Dragon Ball Z did wrong was making all of the fights just fast punching and Ki Blasts. Fortunately this doesn’t happen in Akami Ga Kill, instead we are given intense and action packed fights. The character design is potentially the only downside to the art. The characters ended up looking similar, especially the male charters, if we grab Tatsumi and Lubber they are pretty similar in terms of design, even worse Tatsumi and Wave. Did Tatsumi always have a twin brother? Female characters did have more variety in design but once again there were similarities between them. There are certain scenes in Akami Ga Kill that have brilliant art in them, some which are from the first episode towards the end, in particular the blood splatter and the first look in the store house. This was one of the things that got me hooked into Akami Ga Kill, to see the next piece of brilliant art. Going back to fight scenes, the punches, kicks and any other form of combat felt and looked quite realistic in a sense. I often found myself saying “oooh” whenever someone got dealt a powerful punch. Overall I give the art and animation 9/10

Sound and Music
The Soundtrack for Akame Ga Kill has me enjoying it every time I hear it. The soundtrack itself has a lot of vocals and chants that can add an eerie effect onto the scene or have a blood pumping effect. The music chosen fits the scenes very well and as previously stated takes different effects. The first opening song sky reach is a Japanese rock song giving a powerful and heart pumping tune to start the episode off with making the viewer feel excited and ready for the new episode. The second opening that was introduced later on in the anime’s life was liars mask, an unorthodox sound rock/metal song that had a completely different feel to sky reach with a violin score involved in it giving a somewhat more eerie feeling to it, none the less it was still an awesome song to start an episode off with. Overall the Akame Ga Kill sound track gets a 8/10.

Final Thoughts
Akame Ga Kill had a lot of potential to it. Almost everything was perfect aside from a few small things, my main concern for it was how it ended in a terrible way. Sure it completed its goal in giving a somewhat expected ending to the series yet the road it took was not that great. If it had maybe a few more episodes to flesh somethings out that may have improved it but the problem wasn’t the pacing but it was the logic in the last few episodes. Akame Ga Kill as an anime gains a score of 8.25/10 and I recommend that you watch it as aside from the last few episodes the majority of the anime is pretty good.

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