Akame ga Kill has been quite faithful to the source up until this point. They skipped over an entire arc and are nearly caught up with the manga now it seems. Since the current arc is still on going, there’s a decent chance that we’ll have an anime original ending.
After the Jaegers failed to stop Night Raid, the minister has begun taking matters into his own hands. He appoints his son, Shura, to handle the rebels. Perhaps the Jaegers are losing points in the capital’s books, and may be no longer be as welcome. Esdeath is sent to far away places, while the rest of the Jaegers are being put off duty.
We get introduced to General Budou, potentially the strongest person (rivaling Esdeath) within the capital. To be honest, I was thrown off by his voice. When I saw this character originally, I envisioned a much deeper and macho voice. His voice seems rather soft, and seems more like a cowardly villain’s voice to me. Regardless, after all of the failures, the capital has stopped taking chances and are calling in their best men.
Since we’re skipping over an arc, we’ve skipped over some of the smaller details. Mine and Tatsumi appear to officially be a couple now, even though we didn’t see the gooey romantic parts. She’s still a bit of a tsundere, but she refuses to let anyone else have Tatsumi, which I take as a sign of their relationship.
After all of the light hearted chit chat, we jump straight into a battle. Shura lures Tatsumi and Lubbock into a trap where they’re dealt with. We didn’t see much of Tatsumi’s fight, but Budou seems impenetrable. While Tatsumi has become stronger, which is reflected in his swordsmanship, he is still no match against the likes of Esdeath and Budou. He gets taken in as a prisoner and is scheduled to be publicly executed to set an example. Tatsumi’s fate seems sealed, but Esdeath being in charge of the execution throws a wild card into the equation. She’s already stated that going against the capital cannot be overlooked, but her heart is still with Tatsumi.
Lubbock put up a good fight against Shura. He took advantage of Shura’s twisted mind and allowed him to play around as he set up a trap. Ultimately, he gets betrayed by their informant. The capital has instilled such fear in these people that they’re willing to go to great lengths to be on their good side. In the end, Lubbock is unable to escape all the death flags he’s set up. Knowing his doom is near, he makes the most of a bad situation, and takes out Shura alongside him.
While I’m saddened that Lubbock meets his end here, I couldn’t help but feel a bit turned off with how everything played out. Shura was introduced a while back, and his involvement in the plot felt a bit insignificant. For someone who was brought in to keep everything in check, he is dealt with rather quickly. His squad of soldiers are meaningless since they just sat around and watched. Shura felt like one of the earlier villains. A crazy person who loves to cause chaos, and then gets dealt with and that’s the end of it. The minister’s reaction sums up how Shura felt to me. Oh, he’s dead… that’s too bad.
I guess it couldn’t be helped that they had to adjust the parts of the story. They need to end the season on a strong note, but only have a handful of episodes remaining. Since this is a weekly series, and the manga chapters come out at a slower rate, I’m curious as to see how we’ll be wrapping up the series.
You can watch Akame ga Kill Episode 20 on Crunchyroll (available a week after airing to free users)