Review: Akame ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill! is a 2014 Japanese anime based on a 2010 manga. It was originally written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. While the show has a frustrating ending, it has some great themes and plot lines. As is the nature of a review, we do have a few spoilers ahead. We’ve hidden some bigger ones, but proceed with caution.

Story

Tatsumi, a swordsman, lives in an impoverished and starving village. He and his lifelong friends, Sayo and Leyasu, set out for the Capitol. They hope to find jobs to earn money and someday return to restore their village to its proper state. Along the way Tatsumi gets separated from his friends, but continues on, hoping to save his village.

Once Tatsumi gets to the Capitol he fails to enlist in the army (to find work), and he wastes all of his money. Luckily, he’s taken in by a noble family. At first it appears that they’re trying to help people, but Tatsumi quickly finds out that they torture and kill people. Both of his childhood friends (Sayo and Leyusa) have been tortured to death by this family. He tries to kill the noble family, but a group named Night Raid saves him from this horrible fate.

Night Raid is a group of assassins bent on ridding the Capitol of the corruption. Former Prime Minister Honest is manipulating the child emperor into doing cruel things. Night Raid’s goal is to kill the people who work for the Capitol, the Prime Minister, and the young emperor. Tatsumi decides to join Night Raid, helping them eradicate corruption inside the Capitol, in order to avenge Sayo and Leyusa.

Night Raid consists of six assassins: Akame, a young swordsman, Lubba, the string manipulator, Mine, the sniper, Leone, the beast, and Bulat, with powerful Armor. Each member of Night Raid has Imperial Arms, which are powerful weapons built long ago. There are a total of forty-eight of them, but half have been lost to history. It is said that when two imperial arm users fight, one is bound to die.

Content Guide

This anime contains a lot of blood, but since it’s stylized it’s not too terrible. The wardrobe is also pretty sexual (small clothes/lingerie-type outfits for women), and there are sexual themes.

Sexual Themes

In one scene Tatsumi goes to wake up one of the members of Night Raid to train with him. He opens the door and you see Mine in only her underwear. Leone, in multiple scenes, hugs Tatsumi. He, in turn, puts his head on her breasts when she hugs him that way. You see Esdeath (who is in love with Tatsumi) taking a shower, but nothing is shown. When she gets out of the shower you see some cleavage.

Positive Elements

This anime involves a lot of teamwork. While, unfortunately, the group is taking down people in the Capitol, they are helping to stop the spread of corruption. A lot of times the members of Night Raid pair up with each other to fight. Since Tatsumi is new to Night Raid, his first few missions he goes with someone in order to get the hang of things.

There is also a lot of compassion in Akame ga Kill! You see a lot of caring for one another; many times Night Raid members will say to each other before a fight: “promise not to die.”

Negative Elements

Akame ga Kill! deals with issues of death, and several character deaths contribute negatively to the overall plot. Ahead, we’ve hidden some spoilers for your benefit. If you want them revealed, click the accordion link.

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A lot of people die in Akame ga Kill! and many members of the Night Raid too. Sheele, Bulat, Mine, Lubbock, Su, Chelsea, and also the main character, Tatsumi, all die. I would have loved to see how the anime would have progressed if these characters had survived. I don’t know how a second season would work. I was disappointed in the ending.

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Christian Perspective

There are a few Christian themes in Akame ga Kill! As we’ve discussed before, many characters are very compassionate. On top of that, this anime parallels the Prime Minister with Satan. Prime Minister Honest whispers in the ear of the child emperor, leading to the Capitol’s destruction. In short, he lies, just like Satan. It is a reminder that we must stand strong in our faith and turn away from temptations to listen to him.

Conclusion

Despite the ending, I feel like many will enjoy this anime. It provides a lot of action, has a strong plot, and interesting characters.

Have you seen Akame ga Kill!? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

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The Bottom Line

You'll probably be upset by this anime's ending, but overall it's a very action-packed story.

 

8.2

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Josh Mors

I am 18 years old. One of the youngest writers here on GeeksUnderGrace. I lead a Bible Study club, and prayer group at my school. Things that I have interest in is video games, anime, and playing basketball. When I'm not doing those things I like to study apologetics (defending of the Christian faith). I also make youtube videos(see my website link) in my spare time whenever I have a chance to upload something. It mostly consists of Call of Duty, and Destiny clips included with my very own commentary's.

4 Comments

  1. Cooper D Barham on December 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    SINCE WHEN HAS THERE BEEN AN ANIME?! I’ve been following this manga for a couple of years now. The ending probably blows because the manga isn’t over yet, so they decided to just pull a Soul Eater/Claymore and just improvise an ending.

    Good review though, nice work.

    • Josh Mors on December 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      It aired this year in July, and ended like a couple of weeks ago. It took a different ending then the manga.

  2. Michael M. on December 24, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Glad you reviewed this one. I was wondering who did, since this isn’t a very popular anime. It has it’s ups and downs, it’s pretty awkward in some episodes…

    I do enjoy it though, haven’t finished it yet but wow, after reading the spoilers (had to do it) can’t believe what I read! Now I really want to watch it.

    Good stuff Josh, God bless.

    • Josh Mors on December 24, 2014 at 4:57 am

      Yeah, I was planning on reviewing this anime and it was really good. I had to review it and it’s really popular. Yeah there are some episodes that are good, bad, and sometimes even weird.

      Yeah, I was debating on whether or not to put the spoilers there or not but decided to do so.

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