Hey guys how are you all? Today I am very excited to give my first impressions on the anime adaption for Akame Ga Kill. A few of my friends on Twitter and in person were really hyped up for the series release which is why I decided to check it out. I speed-read twenty-thirty chapters of the manga all at once only two weeks ago so it’s all still very fresh and a lot of the details in the story are still prevalent in my mind so I’m definitely going to be looking to make sure the anime gets the big stuff and the small things.
The first episode of Akame Ga Kill basically encompasses Tatsumi’s introduction, sets the inciting incident and the premise right away. When I read the first chapters introducing the manga, it initially came off as corrupt kingdom meets assassin superheroes kind of story. However, when you get to the end of the introductory arc and the end of episode one here, everything takes a much darker twist.
Tatsumi and his childhood friends Sayu and Ieyasu have set off to the big city capital in hopes of joining the army and working for the government to raise enough money to save their village. They travel their separate ways to the capital and the story is told from Tatsumi’s point of view. Throughout the day Tatsumi’s already gotten word of the notorious Night Raid assassins that target rich families of the capital and being the naïve country bumpkin that he is, ends up getting his money swindled from him right off the bat. To make matters worse, he has no place to stay for the night. A rich and seemingly innocent girl in a carriage stops by and takes him into the house. When Night Raid invades the house to slaughter its corrupt family, Tatsumi goes head to head with one of Night Raid’s deadliest fighters, Akame, AND SURVIVES. Well, he gets lucky.
Night Raid reveals the true nature of the household – the family members are actually sadists who pretend to be good Samaritans by taking in travellers but actually torture and experiment with them until they die. Then IT GETS WORSEE when Tatsumi finds both his childhood friends in the torture storehouse. He resolves to kill the remaining member of the family and ends up joining Night Raid. For the initial introduction when Tatsumi was tricked, I thought that would be the only city-country transition lesson that he would undergo so I was pretty shocked when the second thing he learned about the city was so dark. Right in the first episode they clearly and bluntly present the corruption of the capital to the viewers which completely sets the tone for the rest of the action to come after.
I’m not a really big fan of how the animation turned out. Though the rough simplicity of the shonen style done by White Fox Studios Ltd., I felt that some of the girlier aspects of the character design in Akame, Leone and even Main was lost on the transition from manga to anime. I sort of wish the colouring incorporated more gradients and textures to give a more mature seinen style to the animation. I did however admire the animators for swapping in a rough and harsh brush stroke filter onto certain parts of the story to illustrate and emphasize the emotions of the scene (see below).
I’m looking forward to great things from Akame ga Kill. I have to warn you though, there WILL be quite a few deaths in the show. It doesn’t hesitate to kill of some of the close supporting characters so if you’re following the series, be prepared. Also keep in mind that Akame ga Kill will be aiming to a twenty-four episode series.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the full versions of the opening and endings.
What are you pondering today?