Night Raid has developed a plan to kill Bolic. Mine and Tatsumi put on disguises to attempt to sneak out of the city, but they are spotted by Suzuka who leads Seryu and Coro to them. Mine welcomes to chance to avenge Sheele.
What did you watch?
We’re approaching the eve of the revolution in episode 19 of Akame ga Kill. All Night Raid needs to do it kill Bolic and set the Path of Peace on a holy war against the Empire. It’s easier said than done, however. Even after killing three of the Rakshasa Demons, they still have the Jaegers to deal with and Esdeath is with them. As we approach the end of the season, you can expect things to get serious. Well, let’s look at this episode and as always, you can expect spoilers.
Najenda has identified a festival celebrating the anniversary of the Path of Peace as their best chance to get to Bolic. As such, Susanoo has cooked everyone’s favourite meals to prepare them for the dangerous mission. Tatsumi who said he wasn’t bothered ends up with what looks like a children’s meal! Regardless, the time has come and everyone moves into position. Mine and Tatsumi don some disguises and move through the city, hoping to draw the attention of the Jaegers away. It works, but it was also far more successful than they imagined.
Seryu Ubiquitous follows them back to the abandoned ruins outside the city and prepares to unleash justice on them. She hits them with a sneak attack, but Mine sees it coming and Tatsumi is able to get her away from danger with Incursio. Just when they think they’ve gotten far enough away, they are attacked by Suzuka, the only surviving Rakshasa Demon. Tatsumi takes the fight to her, leaving Mine to face off against Seryu and Coro. Seryu unleashes her biggest weapon that looks like a missile, but Mine easily destroys it.
The rest of Night Raid continue their attack on Bolic, forcing him to flee into his tunnel despite Esdeath’s warnings. Akame and Lubbock make quick work of him and his bodyguard. Meanwhile, Tatsumi lures Suzuka into the ruins and then proceeds to bring it all crashing down around them. Mina and Seryu continue their fight and with Seryu getting the upper hand, it’s not looking good for Mine. However, Pumpkin, Mine’s Imperial Arms gets stronger the more danger she’s in and she finally defeats them. Seryu, however, has one last attack to play – an explosive device planted inside her head.
Mine tries to run, but her legs are weak from the battle. She stares back into the approaching explosion and prepares for the worst, thinking of her friends in Night Raid and how she wasn’t able to fulfil her goal. Then at the last second, Tatsumi rushes in and pulls Mine to safety.
What did you think?
This episode was almost all fighting and I loved it. The pace was frantic and it’s almost impossible to believe that it’s a regular length episode. Seryu has been a fantastic villain even though she was very much the psychotic moustache-twirling kind. I liked the way Najenda’s tactics proved to be decisive and that no one has had to go up against Esdeath yet. It’s definitely for the best given how incredibly powerful and viciously efficient she is. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to keep that up forever. There are some incredible moments coming.
What was your favourite moment?
It had to be Mine’s fight with Seryu and Coro. They make a frightening pair, especially as both seem so harmless at first. The weaponry that Seryu has available to her is insane and it just makes the fight that much more exciting, especially how once in close, Mine doesn’t stand a chance. Given the deaths so far within Night Raid, we’re once again hit with a situation where a central character could die.
Thankfully, Mine survived, but that’s the beauty of the way this story has been told. Deaths create uncertainty and that just raises the stakes and makes the series that much more tense. I loved how Seryu remained herself right to the end, still wishing to purge the world of injustice. It certainly made her blowing herself up that much more ironic.
What was your least favourite moment?
I do wonder how they manage to keep avoiding Esdeath. Surely, she would have realised that she has the best chance against them, but somehow they keep slipping past her. It would have been a great way to show them what they’re really up against had they encountered her early on and seen the raw power she possesses.
Who was your favourite character?
I’m going to go with Mine which is a bit of a shock. She is far from my favourite character in the series, but she really excelled in this episode. It’s safe to assume she’s fairly tough, even as a sniper she’ll have seen plenty of action, but seeing her really go head to head with Seryu and Coro was awesome. That final attack that she used to defeat them both was insane! I’ve also never been a fan of the Tatsumi and Mine pairing, but on reflection, I think it works. They’ve definitely grown stronger together.
Who was your least favourite character?
I love a good villain and Akame ga Kills has a ton of them. The variety is excellent, too. Seryu Ubiquitous falls into the obvious evil category even with her incomparable sense of justice. It’s warped for sure, but she believes what she is doing is right and that no punishment is too harsh for those committing crimes. Not every villain needs to have a conflicted story or the potential to be good and evil. Some can simply be evil and often times they are the most fun. That said, I absolutely hate Coro. That thing is a monster and I am so happy to see it taken out too. Unlike Bols’ death, I felt nothing for Seryu and Coro, but that’s what I think they were going for.
What have you learnt?
I’m going to talk about Tatsumi and Mine’s blossoming relationship. Now, this is a very dark story and similar to the sort of things I write, but that doesn’t mean that people won’t fall in love. There is, of course, different ways to do that and the slow and gradual approach really works here. It’s taken a long time to get there and that’s the point. After they were introduced to one another, there was a lot of conflict and it remained that way. But slowly and surely, each of them has been lowering their defences with one another.
Even now, Mine is reluctantly to move things forward until they’ve both survived the coming battles. This makes it feel real and that they’ve earnt it. I think it would also make it that much harder if things don’t work out. Basically, makes small changes and let the flow feel natural. There’s nothing less convincing that the girl or guy falling for the other from a single act.
Other posts in the series
- Episode 1 – Kill the Darkness
- Episode 2 – Kill the Authority
- Episode 3 – Kill Your Cares
- Episode 4 – Kill the Imperial Arms User
- Episode 5 – Kill the Empty Dream
- Episode 6 – Kill the Absolute Justice
- Episode 7 – Kill the Three Beasts – Part One
- Episode 8 – Kill the Three Beasts – Part Two
- Episode 9 – Kill the Lust for Combat
- Episode 10 – Kill the Seduction
- Episode 11 – Kill the Mad Scientist
- Episode 12 – Kill the New Recruits
- Episode 13 – Kill the Hindrance
- Episode 14 – Kill the Giant Dangerous Beast
- Episode 15 – Kill the Religion
- Episode 16 – Kill the Dolls
- Episode 17 – Kill the Curse
- Episode 18 – Kill the Demons
- Episode 19 – Kill the Fate
- Episode 20 – Kill the Pandemonium
- Episode 21 – Kill the Despair
- Episode 22 – Kill the Little Sister
- Episode 23 – Kill the Emperor
- Episode 24 – Akame ga Kill!