Akame Ga Kill! | アカメが斬る!
Square Enix. Directed by Kobayashi Tokomi
What the frick?!
Akame ga Kill is set in a basic fantasy world with monsters, horse carriages, and sniper guns. It’s a fairly basic plot wherein a young boy sets off to the big city to become rich and hopefully save his town from poverty. Tatsumi leaves his hometown with a strange protection doll-charm and his friends to set off to the Capitol. They’re all quite skilled fighters, but somehow they get separated by bandits and Tatsumi makes his way to the Capitol hoping to find his friends anyways. However, something happens and he gets caught up in this rebel faction. Literally, the most basic plot ever, but it is also has immense potential to unfold in a unique and exciting way.
Tatsumi is literally any shounen protagonist ever. He is dark-haired, naïve, strong, and is sustained by the power of friendship.
Now of course, the Capitol is not what it seems. It’s got dark secrets like every other capital. The government is corrupt and its officials and army is rotten and weird. Tatsumi joins this group of rebels called Night Raid, which consists of all other anime stereotypical characters you can think of: Big Breasted Alcoholic, Silent OP-Sword chick with kawaii side, Big Breasted Glasses Klutz with only one deadly talent, Homosexual Gangsta Big Bro to make fun of homosexuality, Perverted Guy with no other talents, Flat Chested Twin Tail Tsundere with a huge ass gun.
The antagonists aren’t much better. Literally an Ice Queen general with a surprisingly weird soft side. Justice obsessed girl with a pet. Another Silent OP-Sword chick. Bloke dressed like a masochist with a kind heart and the list of weird antagonists goes on. They’re just plain stereotypes without a lot of character development to make them unique. Even their “weird” sides doesn’t come as much of a surprise. People who will have seen some anime in their life know many of these quirks.
Stereotypes in anime don’t really matter, in fact it can make an anime really funny or interesting. However, it’s kinda disappointing how the don’t characters develop. The characters aren’t unique and they don’t become unique either.
The narrative isn’t that unique either. It’s filled with holes and inconsistencies. The late King of the Capitol wanted to leave behind a legacy of weapons for his kingdom to keep on prospering. These weapons are made from monster materials (how convenient) and the latest mecha-like technology (yet they never bothered with proper transportation). There are 48 of these weapons and some are OP and some aren’t made for combat. Each one has a hidden ability as well, so it gives the writers a lot of freedom to just do whatever they want and reveal an ability that the plot needs. The idea was very awesome and I really liked the idea at first, but they’re all rather unoriginal and disappointing.
So what made me want to keep watching the series? It’s one of those shows that kinda start interesting and show a bit of promise, but then it’s just nope. Yet, you want to know how it ends and you might marathon the series.
Just read the wikipedia on it.