— What a waste of decent animation. Decent. Not great.
— Wave confesses that he admired the military, and yet, the entire nation currently convulses with conflict. It has gotten so bad that people are openly in support of the Revolutionary Army. Surely, he must have heard about the horrible things that the empire has committed. Sure, a naval officer saved his life. That’s just one person, though. You don’t admire an entire organization because of one person.
— Wave: “…a soldier’s duty is to protect the kingdom and its people.” Well, we ain’t doing much of the latter, a fact which Wave even has to admit. As for the former, here’s the thing: you should be a good person first, then whatever you want second. Yes, a soldier should protect the nation that he or she serves. But being a good person takes precedence to that. It’s not that complicated. Wave will now have a change of heart, and in doing so, he’ll likely win over a lot of people. But not with me. It’s too late in my book. When this is all said and done, I would still try him for crimes against the people.
— Elsewhere, the remaining members of Night Raid discuss their post-revolution plans. Yawn.
— Tatsumi’s group is tasked with assassinating Onest while the Revolutionary Army keeps everyone else busy. Tatsumi is clearly supposed to be the hero of the story, but he hasn’t really felt like one. First, he doesn’t really have much of an arc. He hasn’t really developed in any significant way, physically or emotionally. First, emotionally… he’s the same person we met at the start of the story. Fine, it’s a shounen-y type of show, so you don’t usually expect to get a whole lot of profound character development. But what you do expect, however, is physical development. You should gradually see Tatsumi get stronger over the course of the series. I don’t really see this, though. Other than receiving Bulat’s Imperial Arms, Tatsumi’s power curve has been boringly flat. You never feel like he’s the strongest or even one of the strongest fighters any time a battle breaks out. It’s always, “Welp, someone has to save Tatsumi’s ass yet again!”
— On the one hand, Run tells the soldiers to leave instead of risking their lives for an empire that is clearly on its last legs. On the other hand, he proceeds to attack our heroes, because, “Hurr, I always finish a job.” He joined the Jaegers because he wanted to change the government from the inside out. Given a chance to either run or away or defect to the Revolutionary Army, however, the guy decides to impede the course of justice instead. These characters are hilariously stupid.
— Wait, wait, Run is going to argue in favor of his position: “Your methods involve too much bloodshed.” What? What? So standing idly by, hoping for the government to change on its own is better? The same government that has no qualms about raping and murdering its own people? Man, he should’ve never opened his mouth. In doing so, he merely confirms it to us that he’s an absolute idiot.
— Besides, what’s done is done. Even if Run had a point, the rebellion is already so close to a success. As such, he may as well help them instead of doubling down on his position and fighting back, which, y’know, would only lead to more bloodshed. Gasp!
— I feel so sorry for Leone’s hips. It must be painful to throw both a punch and your ass out like that.
— In a show full of idiotic characters, I don’t really have much to say about the boy emperor. After all, he’s just a kid, and to top it all off, he’s sheltered. He never really stood a chance, really. No, he certainly deserves to die, but there’s no point dogpiling on a kid.
— Really, Tatsumi? You’re going to try and sway the bad guys in these final moments? Even Akame’s face is like, “Give it a rest, Tatsumi. Just get the job done.”
— Apparently, this is one of those legendary weapons that had been created. The First Emperor went to his scientists, engineers, and researchers, and was like, “Hmm, make me a cosmetic box… and a 1000-feet tall robotic suit of pure death.”
— Oh cool, the emperor proceeds to destroy his own nation. It’s okay. It’s just God’s will.
— But while this is happening, isn’t Onest defenseless?
— The show has a penchant for awkward exposition: “Your late parents who died in an unfortunate accident are certainly proud, as well.” Obviously, it wasn’t such an accident, but this is stilted dialogue.
— I don’t even know why they’re going on and on about how the kid is the true heir to the kingdom. When was that ever in doubt?
— This episode is just jam-packed with pointless dialogue. Naturally, Onest feels the need to tell us that they’ll just conveniently turn a blind eye to the fact that they’ve laid waste to half the capital. No, really? I really thought you guys were going to put yourselves on trial and hold an election to appoint a new ruler!
— Yeah, let’s have a conversation with the boy emperor about his feelings. And in the meantime, Tatsumi will nonchalantly rescue a mother and her kid. Oh, not just any kid! A little girl! So you know it’s extra heroic!
— Then on the brink of death, Wave swoops in to play the hero! Yaaaay, we can now forget all the horrible things he’s done and praise him like we do with the bland shounen hero!
— What the fuck is this? A bromance?
— And even Run is now working to save people. But gee, maybe if he had helped earlier instead of going on and on about needless bloodshed…
— What about Akame, you ask? Man, she’s not even involved in the festivities. Tatsumi and Wave get to run around, playing heroes. The last time we saw Akame, however, she was fending off some guards. Woo…
— Oh no! The hero is on his last ropes! Quick, let’s have a poignant encounter with his aniki! Inspiring words! Heroic determination! Let’s throw every trope in the book at this show! RAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWR!!!
— Oh, there’s Akame!
— So how do we defeat a giant mecha? Just have the Incursio evolve like a Pokemon.
— Tatsumi’s dead comrades flash before his very eyes, and as a result, he manages to punch through the giant mecha… sounds exciting, right? Nah, it just lazily looks like this. Such a triumphant moment ends up looking like a joke.
— Tatsumi then has his own Spiderman 2 moment, ’cause that’s cool. He gets to be the awesome hero who not only beats the bad guy, but also save innocent people from certain death. As for Akame, she just gets to walk up to the guy and cry her precious maiden tears. Hell, she was barely even in this episode. What a joke.
— Well, this episode wasn’t really impressive, because of two things. First, by nature of its size, the emperor’s mecha can’t be very mobile. As a result, it just stands in one place and shoots lasers. That’s boring to watch. Fine, the action isn’t great. Can we at least appreciate the emotions in the characters? Not really. The boy emperor is just an idiot, so his words are a waste. As for Tatsumi, he’s the bland hero. He doesn’t stand for anything special or interesting. He has no depth of character. As a result, he’s not interesting to watch either. The entire conflict is just bland all around.