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Let's Talk Anime # 3 | Akame Ga Kill

Updated: Apr 24, 2022

We’re back again with Let’s Talk Anime | Akame Ga Kill!

First Impressions

I can’t remember for certain but I think this anime was recommended to me by a friend. This was around the time I started binge-watching all kinds of anime during college (and college break) and stumbled upon this. While everyone else was having a hoe phase in college, I was having a nerdy anime phase. And at first, I was very EXCITED. I mean based on the summary, the anime seemed really promising. Not only that, but I have a fascination for assassins, swords, and a strong female cast. So as soon as I took a look at the summary and the cover, I was immediately sold. I really felt like nothing could go wrong with this because I also liked the animation and it didn't look as if it was too outdated, but here's where we start getting into my major dislike about this series.

Character Deaths

Obviously, if a character dies that adds a little more realism and this makes it known that there are inescapable consequences. This is definitely a good thing. While I'm not going to say anything bad about the dragon ball z series because it is a pretty good series overall, I personally don't find dragon ball z consequence-heavy. Like at the end of the day, we know that Goku is going to take care of things and that everything will eventually be okay. At the same time, that is kinda expected just a bit, right? I mean especially since the show is surrounded by the concept of dragon balls. The whole show is intertwined with the idea of these mystical orange balls that can grant wishes.

On the other hand, however, let's take a look at Naruto. Compared to DBZ, Naruto is more consequence-heavy. They're ninjas and they're trying to survive, adapt, and evolve. They do this through fighting, though taking and war, etc. In this setting, you basically have more consequences and there's a lot more death. Almost every character in Naruto had some sort of tragic or sad past, yet it's written in a way that's not too overbearing and in a way that makes us understand that death is not out of reach. Not only that, the deaths that do happen aren't back to back and the pacing and timing make sense for the most part (except for Neji's but every show can't be perfect) That's that balance at least in that aspect.

Now let's jump back to Akame Ga Kill.

I don't mind character deaths, but these characters started dropping like flies. I'm not even going to lie. It seriously got to the point where I was "who's about to die this episode?" and it got to the point where I stopped getting attached to the characters. Whenever they showed me someone's backstory, I just knew they were going to die. So not only was it too predictable, but it felt rushed. Like they were trying to squeeze the whole series in 24 episodes.

Maybe if they extended the anime to 50 episodes or even followed the manga, it would have flowed a lot better. I personally haven't seen good results of an anime not following the manga. Look at the second season of promised neverland, the later seasons of Tokyo ghoul, and now Akame ga kill. I could be wrong, but that's my personal take on it anyway. I will say that I did like the way they died because they were assassins and it makes sense to expect a level of brutality almost, but it just wasn't executed in the best ways.

Turning Points

Besides that one yet major dislike for me, I will admit that Akame Ga Kill does have some good going for it. For example, the fights were done really well. Like I said earlier, the animation was really good, and I loved the concept. I just think it could've been delivered a little bit better than what it was - slowing the pacing down would've done wonders.

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