Akame ga Kill: The bloodiest, most badass anime you will see in a while. You will find yourself praying for your favourite character to survive with each episode.
In A Nutshell
Tatsumi is a naïve boy from a remote village who had embarked on a journey to help his impoverished hometown. He ends up joining Night Raid, a covert assassination branch of the Revolutionary Army, an uprising assembled to overthrow Prime Minister Honest. Tatsumi will not only have to face powerful enemies with deadly weapons, but also with the question of what it means to become an assassin with a cause.
Meet the Characters
Tatsumi is the one who leads the story. He’s a young, skilled sword fighter whose main goal is to earn some money to help the people from his village. Unlike the other members of Night Raid, Tatsumi is kindhearted and is reluctant to kill others. However, he will turn into a violent, ruthless killer in order to protect those he loves.
Leone is one of the members of Night Raid. She befriends Tatsumi quickly and works as a guide for Tatsumi when he first joins Night Raid. She’s cheerful and clever and she’s in charge of gathering information and confirming the validity of Night Raid’s targets.
Akame is the deuteragonist of the series. She’s considered to be one of the most skilled fighters Night Raid has. She fights with a katana and has incredible speed and reflexes. Contrary to Leone, Akame is very quiet and serious. She also has a secret past regarding her sister and their upbringing.
Other characters include the rest of the members of Night Raid, as well as enemies, but their appearances in this list would be spoiler-y.
A Brief History of Akame ga Kill: The When, Where and How
Akame ga Kill is a Japanese manga written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro that started being serialized in Square Enix‘s Gangan Joker in March 2010. An anime adaptation consisting of 24 episodes was produced by Square Enix and TOHO Animation in 2014.
Even though many fans complained about the anime not following manga events accurately, the anime still got a lot of praise for its crude scenes, compelling characters and social commentary.
Why It’s Awesome
Akame ga Kill is one of those stories where the events that take place in the middle of the story are more important than the final destination. There is a story and a purpose to the characters’ actions, but the best part about the series comes from the enjoyment of the battles and the struggles that the characters have to face.
Sadly, this means that the ending is not as satisfying as it could have been. The anime doesn’t even adapt the whole manga and it took some creative liberties to skip many plot points, change the order of the events and even add some deaths that didn’t happen in the manga. However, many of those things don’t matter that much when you consider that Akame ga Kill has breathtaking scenery, unique character designs, superb animation and an epic soundtrack that already make the series worth watching. In fact, 75% of the enjoyment of this series comes from the sensations it arises in the viewers, as Akame ga Kill does everything a shounen/supernatural/fantasy anime should do: It’s exciting, thrilling, wild and unpredictable.
I won’t say Akame ga Kill is the best anime I watched in 2014, but it’s definitely the most exciting one. As an avid consumer of shounen/action anime, very few anime have been able to glue me to the screen as Akame ga Kill has. The main reason why is because the series has a bit of a Game of Thrones syndrome and is never afraid to go there. If you’re looking for a stressful, yet exciting experience, Akame ga Kill is the best choice.