Well, it’s been a wild ride, but it’s finally come to an end. As usual, I’ll go over my thoughts on the final episode, and then briefly touch on the series as a whole.
Akame ga Kill Episode 24
Upon learning of Tatsumi’s death, Esdeath’s reaction was actually unexpected. She had always said that if Tatsumi were to die, it was simply because he was weak. Losing Tatsumi, and having the empire fall to ruins, she has nothing left. She decides to destroy everything and seek out the next opportunity to battle.
We finally get the showdown that we’ve all been waiting for, Esdeath vs Akame. Esdeath had been hyped up to be the strongest by far, which made it a bit weird seeing Akame go blow for blow. Eventually Esdeath manages to overpower her, forcing Akame to get a last minute power up. Part of me wants to say it’s too convenient, considering how scared Akame was when it came to cleaning her Murasame, but I’ll let it slide, since she is the master of it. Also this is a shounen series and power-ups are the norm!
Akame used to be a stone cold killer like Esdeath was. She would blindly follow orders, with little remorse for the lives she has taken. Since defecting, she’s come to realize the results of her actions. Families were destroyed, dreams were crushed, and she has to bear the burden of ending another person’s life for the rest of hers. She uses this burden as fuel for reaching her goal. With this passion, she’s able to overpower Esdeath.
Obviously, Esdeath doesn’t go down without a fight and actually nullifies Akame’s first fatal blow. By severing her own arm, we can see how obsessed she is with battle. You’d think losing an arm would put you at a disadvantage, but she manages to reignite her fighting spirit. In the end, her blood lust leads to her downfall. Relying on her trump card, she tricks herself into a false sense of security, allowing Akame to deal the fatal strike.
I found Esdeath’s final move to be on the creepy side. Poor Tatsumi is dead, just let him rest in peace. Instead, she has to run over and take his corpse along with her. He already made it clear that he could never be with someone like her, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to continue the delusion since she’s not longed for this world.
The last corrupt member to deal with is Onest. Unfortunately for Leone, she underestimates him and suffers a fatal wound. Either way, the man was a coward and is easily dealt with. I’m disappointed that Leone died because of that, but she at least she managed to see the results of her hard work. Like a cat, she ran away from her friends when she knew her time was up, dying in peace and alone.
The emperor has to go through a public execution. He truly seems to regret what he’s done, and honestly thought he was doing what was right for the capital. Unfortunately, his actions have caused far too much suffering, and they can only begin to rebuild with his death.
I found the epilogue to be rather uplifting. We can see the start of a new empire, and a bright future that everyone had sacrificed their lives for. Bols’ family got to live a peaceful life, and Tatsumi’s village can begin to prosper. Even though none of them got to see the fruits of their labor, they all willing died fighting for this future.
Akame, being the last remaining member of Night Raid, decides to take on all of the blame for Night Raid’s faults. Having killed people, they can’t easily win the hearts of everyone, so her sacrifice is necessary. Having lost everyone close to her, there’s nothing left for her in the capital. She sets off on her own, trying to survive. Having taken so many lives, the least she can do is continue living for their sakes.
Akame ga Kill Anime Review
Being adapted from an ongoing series, I can understand that changes were inevitable. There was no ideal moment for them to end the season off unless they strayed from the source. Now I haven’t fully read the manga, but I’m familiar with the changes they made. I’ll just touch on a few subjects that I wanted to discuss and try to keep it short. If you haven’t seen the manga, beware of SPOILERS coming up.
Removing the Wild Hunt Arc
To be honest, I’m okay that this wasn’t shown. A lot of the members were disgusting, almost as if they were added purely for shock value. Being short on time, they managed to piece the story together decently. My main issue with them skipping this arc though, is the cutting of character development for the Jaegers. With both the Jaegers and Night Raid having a common enemy, we see how they really aren’t that different. Kurome also loses out on a good chunk of character development. We really see how emotionally unstable she is, and how much she cherishes those close to her. Additionally, it makes Shura feel like a filler villain (like the majority of the ones in the series). He gets introduced early on but is dealt with within a short period of time. Rather than growing to hate him, I just saw him as another bad guy.
Expanding a bit on my Wild Hunt points, there really was a lack of character development in Akame ga Kill. Aside from a few characters, the majority the cast was introduced and then promptly killed off. Again, some points of character development were cut short (like the Wild Hunt Arc), but it made a lot of deaths feel less impactful.
The last six or so episodes felt a bit rushed to me. Everything escalated quickly and one death snowballed into everyone’s deaths. We didn’t get much time to mourn or sympathize with the fallen characters since we had to move onto the next slaughter. It’s a strange feeling. A lot of the characters’ situations surrounding their death didn’t even click for me. In most anime series, a character like Tatsumi or Mine passing out after a battle, you’d expect to see them in the next episode. Instead, Akame ga Kill actually carried through without mercy.
Even if I wasn’t completely satisfied with how the end of the series was handled, I have to say the final episode left me feeling satisfied. Rather than have an open-ended ending, we reached a conclusive ending for the series. We knew exactly what their goal was within the first episode, and we managed to see it through.
Overall, Akame ga Kill definitely kept me entertained for two seasons, and I’ll miss it. Like every series, it had its faults but it also had some moments of brilliance. For an action shounen series, we got plenty of battles, and a darker story than I’m used to. The anime definitely is different from the manga, and I don’t feel that it’s fair to always compare the two. Especially since the anime has chosen to have its own story.
Even though we were presented with a grim world, I think it’s safe to say that we got a happy ending. The ending is bittersweet since we’ve lost so many people along the way, but their dream has become a reality.
Anyway, enough of my rambling, Akame ga Kill was a fun series till the end and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Feel free to share your thoughts on the anime or series as a whole!
You can watch Akame ga Kill Episode 24 on Crunchyroll (available a week after airing to free users)