I guess Mine did die at the end of last week’s episode. I forgot for a second that the adaptation is rushing to get everything wrapped up for the anime original ending. But like I’ve said in last week’s comment thread, I just find this incredibly stupid. Basically, the team exchanged both Mine and Susanoo for the bland shounen hero. Good trade, you guys. Good trade. Anyway, onto the rest of the notes…
— Yo, that’s what I just asked! Do you want to write this post for me?
— Najenda gives the flimsy excuse that they had to stop the public execution in order to protect everyone’s morale. Uh-huh. I’m sure that’s what Mine was thinking, too.
— There’s nothing to really talk about here. The show had all season to make us care for these characters. It didn’t. So at the moment, we’re just going through the motions. Mine barely had any character development. Susanoo had even less character development. So the surviving members can look sad all they want, but it doesn’t matter. The emotional weight of the scene simply doesn’t come across.
— It’s a pity, too, ’cause this is a decent-looking shot. It’s not brilliant, but it actually looks nice for an anime like Akame ga Kill! It’s just too bad it’s completely wasted, because the show has no solid emotional foundation.
— Wave grudgingly admits that most of the civilians are in favor of the rebel army. Run even says that the kingdom won’t last much longer. So what are these two waiting for? Why are they still staying on this sinking ship? Well, I think it’s obvious: Wave is not a good person. After all, this is his stupid response: “Are we, the Jaegers, really okay with this?” Forget the Jaegers, man. How can you be okay with this?
— Run claims he joined the Jaegers to change the kingdom from the inside. That’s hilarious. I’ll join Hitler to gently guide him back to the light! I mean, he’s smart enough to realize that the kingdom is rotten, but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s an accomplice. Everyone’s going to be like, “SO DO YOU THINK AMERICAN SENATORS ARE BAD PEOPLE TOO BECAUSE AMERICA HAS DONE BAD STUFF?!” C’mon, don’t be so simple-minded. The empire in this anime is clearly and blatantly evil. Hell, it’s comically evil. The bad guys rape and kill their own civilians just for fun. There’s literally no hope of changing it from the inside or any other froufrou shit Run wants to come up with. You’re just insulting your own intelligence if you make that ridiculous comparison.
— What a slow episode, though. After weeks and weeks of exploitative violence with hardly any thought or meaningful introspection from any of the show’s characters, they now want to really to slow things down and talk about their thoughts and feelings? It’s ludicrous. It’s almost schizophrenic. Even in its final moments, the show doesn’t know what it wants to be.
— Immediately after Esdeath kills some random people, the anime zooms in on her bouncing breasts. Stay classy, guys. She then praises Tatsumi for escaping death “in that dire situation.” It’s funny ’cause he didn’t do anything. Night Raid sacrificed two lives for his sorry ass, but Esdeath is too blinded by love to see otherwise. Her character has always been about admiring strength, so it’s just amusing to see her be this delusional.
— Naw, dude… naw… Even the prime minister agrees as much. He’s just like, “Yo, let’s be cruel to the people,” and the rest of the emperor’s advisers just go along with it because they’re idiots, wimps, or both.
— Anyway, Kurome’s about to die soon, so she’s going to, uh, try and kill Akame anyway. There’s so much love in this family. She’s also going to do this by writing a secret message to Akame on some poor sap’s dead and mutilated body. Sheesh.
— Naturally, Akame accepts the challenge simply because it’s personal. I mean, sure, the success of the revolution continues to hang in the balance, but I really must make sure I take out my dying sister with my own hands. Stop trying to hold me back, Tatsumi!
— No, Tatsumi, you don’t understand! She has to respect her imouto’s wishes! Her evil, murderous imouto’s wishes!
— So the sisters meet up at some dilapidated church to do battle. But right before the blades come out, Kurome has the decency to offer Akame some of her Pocky. And what did Akame bring? Nothing. Pfft, some onee-chan she turned out to be…
— The two sisters then sit in the pews and awkwardly feed us exposition. We had no relatives! Raised as assassins! Why are they recapping their stories to each other? Obviously, they’re recapping their stories to us, but you’re not supposed to be this blatant about it.
— So the fight begins, but not only that, Kurome demands to know why Akame had betrayed not just her but their squad as well. Sure, this is a good discussion to have. But why are we having it now? I just find it hard to believe that neither of them have had a talk about this until now. Maybe they have. Maybe Kurome just wants to rehash old arguments for the audience’s sake, but then that makes it even worse. ‘Cause again, you’re not supposed to be this blatant about it. I think the person in charge of the screenplay, however, threw in the towel a long time ago.
— Kurome’s logic is hilarious anyway. She couldn’t abandon her squad because her comrades had given up their lives for the mission. And yet, it’s okay to kill random people indiscriminately. C’mon, don’t half-ass her evilness. Don’t try to give her a flimsy excuse to stay with the empire. It just makes her sound dumb.
— But for some reason, we can’t even have a straightforward duel to the death. Some Danger Beast has to awaken and join the fray. I guess Nautilus will take any work he can get, because he’s such a terrible jungle pick these days.
— Akame even saves her evil sister and everything. Awwww… I know you’re a murderous fool who thought it would be a good idea to jump directly at an armored behemoth with your tiny katana, but you’re still my precious imouto!
— We get to watch this farce where the two sisters work together one last time to overcome this new and sudden challenger. The whole thing barely takes up a minute before Akame and Kurome are at each other’s throats yet again. I don’t know why the story even bothered. Just to show us that they work well together even though they’re enemies? Who gives a shit?
— Wave just has to butt his stupid head into the fight and protect his girl. As a result, Tatsumi pops in out of nowhere, too. It’s like we have nothing better to do. Revolutionary army about to storm the capital any day now? Meh, this is more important. They have to overcome their pasts, y’all.
— So after the umpteenth distraction, Akame finally gets to kill her sister. C’mon, Akame wasn’t going to die here. When millions of lives are at stake, this battle was really just a giant waste of time.
— I guess we’re supposed to feel bad for Wave or something, but he’s an evil idiot.
— That cry from Akame at the end… uhh… awkward…
— It appears that the boy emperor will climb into this thing to crush some rebel fools. I wonder why Honest doesn’t just do it himself.