Akame Ga Kill! is one anime that doesn’t shy away from head on violence. Its common deaths involve decapitation, disfiguring and severing of limbs. Blood is a common sight. I still vividly remember the emotions that went through my entire being when Sheele was brutally murdered by Night Raid’s enemy. Experts say that we tend to remember emotions better than the scenes. And yes, they’re right. I don’t remember exactly how Sheele went down but I remember being utterly shocked.
Shock, because I never expected anyone to die. In a way, maybe it’s a good thing? At the very least, there’s an element of surprise. I supposed I was shocked because normally action-oriented anime have characters that are unintentionally immortal. Or at least, the anime titles that I saw have very little deaths. Sure, they’re seriously injured and covered in blood. Like I said, they’re “immortals”. So no matter how badly they’re hurt, I always expect to see them get up and fight again.
At first, I was worried Akame Ga Kill! will turn out to be a harem series because the series started slowly with the lead character, Tatsumi, being paired up with the various ladies of Night Raid to do certain chores. Fortunately for me, the series didn’t head towards that direction. Once Tatsumi familiarizes himself with what is required to become a Night Raid member, the story starts to pick up speed.
The political unrest that has been going on in Akame Ga Kill! has led to a lot of unnecessary bloodshed. Characters were created to kill and to be killed off. Powerful opponents of Night Raid include the Jaegers, Four Rakshasa Demons, Three Beasts and etc didn’t stay long. During the battles, the anime never fails to bring loads and loads of blood to your screen. The characters are even as sick as to enjoying skinning people alive just so he (Nyau of Three Beasts) could relish in the pains of his victims.
However, it’s not to say that everyone who works for the Capital are bad people. They are Night Raid’s enemy regardless of their actual personality and sense of justice. Some people like Seryu wholeheartedly believes she’s doing the right thing for the justice she seeks after. Even though her actions sometimes come off like a person on the verge of losing their minds, her reasoning can be considered pure. Seryu badly wants to bring back the good into the Capital she loves so much. It’s a shame she never learns the truth about the government she’s so proud of. Otherwise, I’d think she makes a good Night Raid member.
Personally, if anyone asks me about Akame Ga Kill!, I’ll probably unconsciously say that it’s the series that kills most of its characters. I couldn’t help it. Week after week, some characters, familiar or not, will be killed one way or another. In most situations, they’re brutally murdered. I suppose, it’s true to its title which translates as Akame Slashes!, except not all deaths are caused by Akame. It’s not easy to stomach in the amount of violence that present, although I’m sure there are much more violent anime out there.
There are that much tortures and bloodshed in the series because of the social and political problems that exist in the universe in which the characters live in. The rampant corruption among government bodies which led to poverty among nations. The dark side of political agendas orchestrated by the very people whom the nations trusted. I suppose, it painted a realistic picture of what would be like in a world where injustice prevails. Realistic picture when we minus off stuff like Imperial Arms, that is.
Anyway, Akame Ga Kill! goes down to the history as a highly memorable series just because of the staggering number of character’s deaths. If you haven’t seen it, you have no idea. Akame Ga Kill!, I won’t forget you!