Akame ga Kill! (Episode 9) – Kill the Lust for Combat

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Esdeath is putting together a team of Imperial Arms users to hunt down Night Raid! She is also hosting a martial arts tournament, which will give Tatsumi the chance to see her in person and he could use the money.

What did you watch?

After the action-packed two-parter, it’s back to the standard format with episode 9 of Akame ga Kill. I’m expecting a fairly sombre atmosphere from the group having just lost Bulat. At the end of the last episode, they showed us Akame’s sister Kurome who has been summoned to the capital for a new team. As much as I have loved this series up to this point, this is where it gets really good. It’s great before this point, but just you wait. As always, there will be spoilers.

Akame ga Kill Episode 9 Tatsumi Wins

What happened?

Mine has finally recovered from her injuries in the battle against Seryu and Coro, and she’s anxious to get back to work. When she finally finds the rest of the team, Tatsumi and Lubbock are doing push-ups with Akame and Leone on their backs. Then, Najenda shows up with a backpack and the Imperial Arms they recovered from the Three Beasts. She’s heading to Rebel Headquarters to recruit some new members.

Meanwhile, Wave arrives at the capital with a bag full of fish. He’s excited as he’s been recruited to be a part of a special police force, however, when he gets to the meeting room, there is just one other person there and he looks like a freak! Eventually, Wave musters up the courage to go in and sits at the furthest point from the strange person, who is staring at him. Then Kurome arrives, followed by Seryu, Dr Stylish, and finally Run. Before they’ve got comfortable, a woman in a mask enters the room and attacks them. Of course, it’s Esdeath and this is her new team, the Jaegers.

Tatsumi meets up with Lubbock and Leone in Lubbock’s book shop in the capital. He discovers that Esdeath is holding a tournament and that there is a cash prize. It seems like the perfect opportunity for Tatsumi to see Esdeath for himself and win some money to send back to his village. He enters, pretending to be a blacksmith and easily defeats a much larger opponent. To his surprise, Esdeath comes down to the arena and approaches. Even more surprising, she puts a collar on him and says that she now owns him and takes him back to her room in the castle!

Akame ga Kill Episode 9 Bols

What did you think?

I was expecting a real sombre affair, but this was the funniest episode in the series. There were so many great moments such as Akame making a comment about Leone being bigger than her, which is factual, but Akame has no filter. This is where we really start to see Esdeath shine and it further brings into the light the differences between good and bad and how sometimes good people can end up on the wrong side and vice versa. Then, we also had the Minister and the Emperor going over Esdeath’s demands for a lover and agreeing that it will be almost impossible to find someone like that. Worry not, however, as Esdeath has already started looking for herself.

Akame ga Kill Episode 9 Esdeath and Run at the Tournament

What was your favourite moment?

I wanted to talk about Wave meeting Bols for the first time, staring back at him through his mask, but I’ll get to Wave later. For this moment, I’m going to choose the point that started the most interesting thread of this series. Tatsumi entered the tournament, pretending to be a blacksmith. He was up against a monster of a man with the head of a bull. The bull claimed to be a martial artist that was kicked out of the Iron Fist temple, presumably for being too much of a badass.

At this point, Esdeath was getting bored of the tournament which was set up as a chance to find a potential user for the scissor Imperial Arms that Seryu recovered from Sheele, however, Esdeath had other reasons. When Tatsumi won, Esdeath took notice and decided to go down and commend him personally on his victory. Tatsumi grew nervous as she approached, as did Lubbock and Leone who were watching from the stands. Then, Esdeath placed a collar on Tatsumi and dragged him out of the arena, knocking him out as he struggled. She had found her man!

Akame ga Kill Episode 9 Esdeath Falls in Love

What was your least favourite moment?

I’m not quite sure why the guy that Tatsumi faced in the tournament had a bulls head. To my knowledge, there isn’t another instance of any character being part animal. I may be wrong, but everyone so far has been distinctly human. If this is a one-off, it’s a very odd thing to do and would have been easily corrected. It feels out of place too and left me pondering this situation for most of the actual fight. That’s not what you want. The fight should demand complete attention, so this was a weird decision.

Akame ga Kill Episode 9 Tatsumi's Opponent

Who was your favourite character?

It’s hard to choose, but I think the story following Wave as he arrived at the capital was excellent. One of the great things about Wave is when you realize that Tatsumi could have just as easily been him. Tatsumi came to the capital to join the army but didn’t make it because of his impatience to progress. Had he been accepted, he could have been in this situation. It makes Wave a really interesting character as he’s the what-if guy, showing the other route that had been available to Tatsumi.

I love how it adds another element to the story and shows the progression of both characters. Wave also fits the list of requirements for Esdeath, but I assume he was overlooked as he was already closer to her. I loved his reaction to Bols when he entered the room and then how he desperately tried to find someone normal to talk to, but each time another member entered, they ended up being crazy too. It’s the same reaction, Tatsumi had to the members of Night Raid.

Akame ga Kill Episode 9 Wave

Who was your least favourite character?

I was a little disappointed with Kurome in this episode. Wave attempted to great her and all she could do was to warn him off her candies. Now, there is some relevance to this which will become apparent later, but I felt like she needed a little more. Then, when Esdeath attacked them in a mask, it was Kurome that broke the mask and revealed that it was Esdeath. Admittedly, she was wearing her usual outfit, so it shouldn’t have been that big of a surprise. Anyhow, I just wanted more of Kurome and I think she deserved a better introduction as last week she was sitting on top of a pile of corpses eating her candies. This felt flat in comparison.

Akame ga Kill Episode 9 Kurome

What have you learnt?

All good stories involve conflict. Now, conflict doesn’t just mean one side fighting against another. It doesn’t even have to be two people arguing about something. Conflict can occur in a million different ways and between a million different things. In this episode, Wave was introduced as a mirror of Tatsumi. Now, we will get to see how Tatsumi would have acted had he joined the military, in the form of Wave’s internal conflict as he sees the events around him. It’s also a great way of making the enemy relatable and creating conflict in the reader. We know who we should be backing, but the more you begin to understand the villains, the more likely it is that you’ll relate to them.

This episode also set up one of my favourite conflicts of all time when Esdeath decided that Tatsumi was the man she’d been looking for. Part of me wants to really dive into this now, but I don’t want to spoil the remainder of the series. I will make a promise, however, that I will really look into his issue in a later post. That’s something to look forward to!

Akame ga Kill Episode 9 Esdeath

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  1. I also loved when Esdeath decided to take Tatsumi home with her. This was a pretty unexpected development but one that later lead to an interesting relationship between Tatsumi and Esdeath. I will admit that Esdeath is my favorite character of the series and one of my top favorite villains of all time.

    And in regards to the bull headed man I dont recall anyone else looking part animal in the series.

    • Yeah, I’m torn between Esdeath and Leone, but I think Esdeath just has the lead. I read the manga first and I remember being completely blown away when she chained him up and took him home with her. Didn’t see it coming either and it turns out to be one of my favourite things in the whole series.

      Where did the crazy bull headed man come from? It makes no sense. Haha!

  2. Leone was a big reason I kept watching Akame ga Kill to begin with. She was my favorite character the first go around for me.

    For some reason though Esdeath bothered me as a villain that I couldn’t put my finger on. So after rewatching it a second time my preferences for favorites did change. But that is rare for me to change preferences because I usually get too attached to a character to change my mind.

    • It was Leone on the cover of volume 3 of the manga that made me pick it up. It’s really hard to pick between the two because I love Leone’s humour where as Esdeath is a slightly more complicated and interesting character.

      I think I did a post a year ago with my seven favourite waifu and I’m sure both were on it. It’s unpublished at the moment, but I may have to dig that out.

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