According to some of you guys, this show’s going to get an anime-original ending. Let’s see how original it can get. Someone still gets to die, though. Psst, it’s the dork you see above.
— A bunch of generic higher-ups are shocked — SHOCKED! — to learn that the outer regions of the empire would surrender without putting a fight. Yeah, yeah, all we do is rape and kill our people, so how can you guys be so disloyal! God, you just can’t get a good oppression anymore these days without people getting their panties in a twist!
— Oh, is this the first time we’ve seen Budou onscreen? I mean, we’ve heard about him, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen what he looks like before this episode. Well, doesn’t he look ridiculous? And meh, he’s as useless as the rest. He claims his family has been defending this empire for a thousand years, so he’ll sever anyone who disturbs the peace. Uh, it’s pretty obvious who’s disturbing the peace. Psst, it’s the fat guy eating those chicken legs during an important meeting. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ll never understand why someone as strong as Budou or Esdeath would stand idly by and watch Honest run the country. On a related note, the boy emperor has pretty much all but disappeared from the narrative, hasn’t he?
— Honest claims he can quell the masses’ uprising with “a new elite unit.” This show is all about elite units. They practically pour out of the woodwork. There are probably more elite units than actual people to oppress. And the masses have to amount to what? Hundreds of thousands of people? Maybe even millions? It’s okay. Our latest elite unit has got this. And if they don’t, we’ll just make another one!
— And who will lead this elite unit? Why, it’s Honest’s son, of course. If you wondering why anyone would mate with this corpulent bastard, I doubt anything happens willingly around Honest.
— You can tell things are being rushed, though, because the rest of the elite unit hasn’t been introduced. Where are they? And what is this elite unit even called? C’mon, you can’t have an elite unit without a suitably kick-ass name!
— Wave is mad. Wave wants to fight. Wave wants to crush some rebel fools. Remind me why some of you guys think he’s a good guy again? Just because he’s similar to Tatsumi? This just goes to show you that what separate Tatsumi and Wave aren’t their personalities or even their philosophies. That stuff is meaningless if you’re going to do shitty things like aid the evil politicians in their quest to oppress people.
— I love how Tatsumi and Lubbock’s idea of being sneaky is to wear these heavy cloaks in broad daylight. No one else dresses in that manner, but it’s okay! No one will notice us whatsoever! Nothing suspicious over hear, folks. Just buying some Skittles and tea…
— Leone teases Mine about Tatsumi. Leone then teases that she’ll steal Tatsumi for herself. Man! It ain’t easy being a Gary Stu!
— The guys from the resistance have some sweet hoodies. I swear, the fashion in this show is hilarious. Instead of giving everyone a unique look, everyone just wears generic modern sports clothing. Anyway, Night Raid has lost contact with the western tribes or something. She says this is to be expected, but knowing this anime, that can’t be good. I bet Esdeath has singlehandedly subdued them all or something.
— So boring. They’re episodes away from the finale, and all anyone can talk about is the budding relationship between Tatsumi and Mine.
— And apparently, allies meet each other in dark alleys and just flat out ask stuff like, “Are you two members of Night Raid?” This is followed up with, “Do you belong to the resistance?” Why yes…. yes, of course! No secret greeting or anything. No discrete hand shake to identify yourself to your allies. If you’re not sure, just walk up to someone and ask if they belong to a covert group of assassins! Don’t worry! You won’t run into the enemy here in the capital!
— Unfortunately, Tatsumi and Lubbock walk right into a trap, and are confronted by Shura, who’s already killed off the resistance members within the capital. The bad guy then reveals that he was the one behind those Danger Beast attacks. Remember that subplot? And how it pretty much went nowhere after Tatsumi and Esdeath spent some quality time on a tropical island? Well, Shura explains his reasoning for why he did what he did: he was bored. Yep, that’s it. Yawn.
— Tatsumi stupidly throws himself into a fight when they are clearly outnumbered, and the girl with them probably doesn’t have a lot of combat abilities. What an idiot.
— As if they weren’t outnumbered enough, Budou shows up too. And, uh, why is he three times bigger than Tatsumi? And good lord, he just looks dumber and dumber every time we lay eyes on him. Anyway, it’s Tatsumi vs. Budou, and Lubbock vs. Shura. As you’ll recall, Shura can teleport to any area he’s marked. Lubbock makes the reasonable assumption that he’s safe in the skies, because who can mark the skies? Well, Shura can. So, uh, what did the guy do? Just walk around all day and mark up every random thing? Does this cost him anything? Does he have to sacrifice a small child to put a mark down? I mean, what’s even the drawback?
— If you’re wondering what Esdeath has been up to, oh, she’s just been doing Esdeath things… like freezing an entire army in a block of ice. At this point, it’s not even interesting anymore. Just how many times can we be entertained by the same overpowered shit?
— There’s not much to say about the fight between Tatsumi and Budou. They pretty much just fellate each other. Ooh, he’s so strong. Oooh, he’s so strong. Snore. Well, what more can I expect from a simpleton like Budou: “If you’ve wronged the empire or His Excellency, I must destroy you!”
— Oh look, that girl from the resistance is betraying Lubbock. But why would Shura even need her help? And how is she managing to hold Lubbock in place when the latter is supposed to be an elite, highly-trained assassin? Naturally, Shura cuts her down because he doesn’t need help. But this is what I’m talking about. She betrays the good guys just because her parents are in danger. Sorry, but that doesn’t get you off the hook. You’re not allowed to do evil things just because your life or your loved ones’ lives are in danger. In no moral framework does this make sense. It’s only “justified” if you subscribe to the “Muh feels!” school of thought.
— Shura proves himself to be a chump. After all, he’s defeated by Lubbock, the lamest member in Night Raid. It’s just too bad that girl manages to get up once more and betray Lubbock once more. Good ol’ Akame ga Kill!
— Using this opportunity, Shura sends Lubbock to… to… what? Another dimension? Outer space? Using his strings, however, Lubbock pulls Shura into this world too.
— Lubbock: “It isn’t like I don’t understand what you want.” Man, stop saying shit like this. Stop trying to “understand” the bad guys. Who gives a shit what they want? He also doesn’t have to tell us that it’s wrong to treat people like toys. I mean, does that really need to be said? The bad guy will die for his actions. That’s all the explanation anyone needs. You do bad things, you die. You don’t also need to give a lecture unless you’re talking to a child.
— Then Lubbock falls out of the sky and gets impaled by the enemy. Akame ga Feel, indeed! Let’s have a moment of silence for our fallen comrade… ah, oh well! He was always expendable! That’s why it was pretty pathetic to see Shura lose after just one battle.
— As for Tatsumi, we don’t even get to see how he loses. We just cut to the guy in chains.
— Honest doesn’t really care that his son is dead, though. He’s more concerned with torturing Tatsumi… but luckily for our Gary Stu, Esdeath has returned just in the nick of time. There’s no way she’ll let anyone hurt Tatsumi. Anyone but her, that is. She’ll then offer to spare his life if he agrees to join her, but he’ll crush her heart when he confesses to her that he loves Mine. Dun dun dun!