Tatsumi is just a country boy trying to make it big in the Capital so that he can save his village. He’s thought Danger Beasts on the road there, but nothing will prepare him for the monsters that live in the Capital!
What did you read?
As a part of my extended analysis of Akame ga Kill, I shall be re-reading the manga too. This may sound like overkill, which may be appropriate for this particular series, but I will make sense the further we get into the series. Akame ga Kill is one of the rare instances where I read the manga first. I picked it up thanks to the striking covers and quickly read through all fourteen volumes only to discover that the fifteenth volume would be the last and it wasn’t due for release for another month… That’s when I bought the anime and watched the whole thing over two days. Anyhow, in this post, I will be looking at Volume 1.
Volume 1 of the manga covers the same material as episode 1 to 3, although in a slightly different order. It starts the same with Tatsumi arriving in the Capital, getting robbed by Leone, and then taken in by Aria and her family. That’s when Night Raid attacks, killing the family and exposing the horrible things they’ve been doing. Tatsumi tried to defend Aria, but upon finding Sayo and Ieyasu in their torture shed, he changes his mind and cuts her down himself. Leone decides to take him back to the base as a new recruit. Tatsumi isn’t so sure.
After meeting the members and talking through the situation, Tatsumi agrees to join Night Raid. His induction won’t last long though as a group has entered their domain and must be eliminated or the location of their base will be compromised. Bulat takes Tatsumi with him and gives him a role. He attempts to stop a fleeing tribesman, but his naivety gets the better of him and Akame has to save him.
To get Tatsumi up to speed, Najenda assigns him to train under Akame, but that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Then, an assignment presents itself and with most of Night Raid on another mission. It’s up to Tatsumi to take the lead role, especially as Akame is too well known. Tatsumi lures Ogre into an alleyway and makes his first kill, although it wasn’t as easy as he first thought it would be.
Tatsumi comes back intact and earns Akame’s praise. But, there’s no time to rest. Now, Tatsumi will have to pair up with Mine. She takes him to the Capital where they go shopping… Later, they take on a mission to assassinate, the Minister’s cousin. Once more, Tatsumi proves his worth, saving Mine and creating an opportunity for her to shot an attacker.
How was it different from the anime?
In the manga, the order of events is slightly different. The mission to assassinate Ogre comes after the group of tribesmen have infiltrated Night Raid’s domain. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same. The one other notable difference is that the manga refers to Imperial Arms as Teigu. I don’t think it’s that big of an issue, but I do like calling them Teigu. That may be because I read the manga first though. The manga is also far more graphic with its depictions of torture and death.
What was your favourite element?
I think it made more sense having the scenes in the order they were in the manga as it showed Tatsumi develop his skills in a logical manner. Showing him fail to kill the tribesman and then train with Akame, made it more impressive that he was able to take down Ogre.
What was your least favourite element?
I am missing the music that really drives the action forward in the anime and raises the tempo. The artwork is also not as good as I remember it. I’m pretty sure, it gets better as the series goes on, but it definitely didn’t feel as polished as the anime.
What have you learnt?
I actually really enjoyed the progressive steps of development for Tatsumi in the manga. It’s always a good idea to show your hero fail. Every time they fail, it gives you a chance to show how they get back up and improve themselves or not as the case may be. If you have your hero start out perfect and undefeatable, you better have a good reason for it and maybe throw in a different flaw. It’s much harder to relate to the perfect characters.
Other reviews 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!