As you can probably tell by the table flipped in the title, I wasn’t a big fan of episode twenty-one ended. The Akame Ga Kill anime adaptation is rearranging events from the original manga material and adding some new plot points so that the adaptation can aim towards an original, hopefully coherent, and resolute ending. The problem with this is the manga fans are not happy with how their supporting heroes are quickly skewered (I mean that literally) and how amateurishly their villains meet their doom.
(Warning: HUGE DEATH SPOILERS BELOW)
Episode twenty-one starts off with Tatsumi and and Lubbock to aid the rebels in infiltration from the inside. The entire ordeal encompasses their infiltration, clash with the Capital’s best warriors and the imminent deaths that result from the teigu death matches. Syura, the Prime Minister’s son is introduced as the instrumental figure who will lead his group, the Wild Hunt, against rebels who have been causing mishap around the Capital just because Esdese is off taking down rebel armies and quelling resistance in the most icily violent way possible. She really hits the nail on the head for One-Man Army… or rather, One-Woman Army. The anime sidelines the entire Wild Hunt arc which basically discards Syura’s character development and his lackeys’ combat screentime. Though I don’t sympathize with Syura’s death because he was a total f**king crazy sadistic murderer (and yes, I say murderer rather than sadistic killer because while Esdese can muster up mercy in the right times, Syura is just inhuman), Syura’s death didn’t give me as much satisfaction as it should have because his character in the anime came off completely two-dimensional.
As well, if the anime was going to create a whole new ending, WHY COULDNT THEY NOT KILL LUBBOCK?!?? So much for sticking to the original material (where Lubbock dies), when you completely cut out an entire arc of supporting characters. Lubbock’s psychological struggle, his emotional triumph after torture and even his last moments in escape portrayed him a kind of tragically heroic light before he’s cut down by Budo within the palace. In the manga, Lubbock’s death is what gives his character the shades of depth as an assassin beyond the girl-crazy teenage comic relief. I really don’t think he got the ending he deserved in this episode and I felt that the skewering was added in just for the sake of shock value because they had to one-up the way Chelsea had been mangled after her death earlier in the series. At the same time, the uh ‘skewering’ gave us an example of just exactly what deaths await those who rebel against the Capital.
While the Wild Hunt arc wasn’t essential to the main developments of the story, it really shed insight on the twisted things that politically-powerful bloodthirsty sadists can do and it shows us a new side of the Jaegers that depict them in a softer light rather than merely Esdese’s team of killers. We miss a really significant sister moment between Kurome and Akame and by extension, the Jaegers and Night Raid when they both set out to slay Wild Hunt on their own terms as well as a character twist with Ran. I don’t know if that’ll be added back into the story after rearranged events but probably not seeing as Syura has already been killed.
The traumatizing moment where Tatsumi WITNESSES Lubbock being SKEWERED isn’t kind to his character as well. Tatsumi ends up literally witnessing the death, or mangled remains of his comrades one by one and while this doesn’t change his happy-go-lucky outlook on justice, it definitely gives him a lot to chew on in terms of his life as an assassin. The anime definitely doesn’t explore enough of his inner monologue save for the rare lines of shonen-hero-I must protect everyone-sentiments. Mine’s feelings toward Tatsumi also take a huge back seat to all the killing and bloodshed in the series. As well, some viewers on the forum have mentioned how it’s a bit tedious that Tatsumi’s been captured YET AGAIN. I do hope Mine will get her kickass moment of combat glory in Chapter 53 because I’m a pretty heavy Tatsumi X Mine shipper and I’m excited for those emotional moments.
Judging by what they’ve changed and added thus far, there seems to be mixed reception among fans, though it all somewhat leans a bit heavier on the negative. We can only hope that the screenwriters have made the ending good… real good, or fans will bash the adaptation altogether because when original anime adaptation endings spring up, the resolution is absolutely paramount to the final judgement of the series itself.
Let me know what you guys thought of the new plot points in the comments below. Are you still enjoying the anime? Because for all my concerns, the manga-adapted material was really well done in terms of animation and pacing. My feelings for episode 21 lie in something akin to a grey zone but looking forward I do hope we still have time to resolve everything in a proper manner… ┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ)
Things left to fix…(in the anime at least because the manga isn’t finished yet and/or has or is in the process of managing these plot knots)
Esdese meeting Tatsumi again
Mine confessing her feelings? Or not.
Physically tangible changes in the capital as a result of the Revolutionary Army
Tatsumi fighting Wave?
Kurome and Akame’s awkward sister tangle
(And just throwing this in here) -> the death of the Prime Minister because that creature has go to go.
What are you pondering today?