Mine has recovered from her fight with Seryu and is itching to get back to action, but it would appear that’ll she’ll have to wait some more. Tatsumi enters a martial arts tournament to get a better look at Esdeath…
What did you read?
I’m back with another volume of the Akame ga Kill manga, and like the last one, this covers two episodes of the anime. Also, as you’d expect from the cover, we finally get to spend a lot of time with General Esdeath. Well, Tatsumi does and it would appear that he can’t appreciate a good thing when he sees it. Anyhow, let’s dive straight into the review. Just so you know, this post is almost all Esdeath as if you needed a reason to keep reading…
Esdeath finally got to meet the six Teigu wielders that Minister Honest had gathered together for her and they are an interesting mix of characters. The first to arrive was Bols, a member of the Incendiary Squad with a flame thrower Teigu and a nervous disposition. Wave, a navy officer with an armour type Teigu, was the second member of the team. Shortly after him, Akame’s little sister, Kurome showed up from the assassination squad. Then the team was joined by Seryu Ubiquitous and Koro. They paved the way for Dr. Stylish who took an instant shine to Wave. The final member of the team was Run who uses a winged Teigu.
No sooner had they all arrived, but Esdeath entered the room with a mask and gave them a rude awakening. She’s not one for boring formalities and decided that they should meet the Emperor first so that they can get on with hunting Night Raid. The Jaegers had been formed and even had a spare Teigu, if only they could find a suitable user. Esdeath decided to host a martial arts tournament to find someone, but she hadn’t expected to have her heart stolen too.
Tatsumi entered the tournament as a way to win some money for his village and get a close look at Esdeath. When he won, his smile made an impression on Esdeath. So much so that she decided to enter the arena and reward him personally. Then, to everyone’s shock, she put a shackle around his neck and took him back to her room! There she revealed that he was to become a member of the Jaegers and her lover…
Esdeath took Tatsumi along with her as the Jaegers took out a group of bandits. It was the ideal opportunity for Tatsumi to gauge their strengths. That night, Esdeath attempted to seduce Tatsumi, but he tried to use the opportunity to shift her allegiances. That didn’t work, so Esdeath took Tatsumi to hunt Danger Beasts, hoping to impress him, but once partnered up with Wave, he escaped and was promptly rescued by Akame.
How was it different from the anime?
So, this volume was even closer to the anime than the last one. There were very few changes and the ones that were there were mostly cosmetic and small shifts in order. We did get to see Esdeath’s list of what she’s looking for in a partner. Also, weird observation, but doesn’t Esdeath look a little like Koko Hekmatyar from Jormungand in the image below?
What was your favourite element?
I think having Esdeath fall for Tatsumi is the cleverest idea this series has. However, I am aware that it’s a bone of contention for those that criticise the series and I think that is unfair. Creating a situation where the lead villain falls for the lead hero is great, especially at this stage of the story where it gives us a chance to get to know the villains from Tatsumi’s situation. It also clouds our feelings of Esdeath. We’ve already seen that she is cold and brutal, but this changes that somewhat, or at least the way we feel about her. It is a fascinating dynamic to create and I don’t think Takahiro, the writer, gets enough credit for it.
What was your least favourite element?
Did Akame ga Kill break a significant rule when it comes to Teigu wielders? Well, not really. I’m talking about the idea that when two Teigu wielders fight, there will always be one death. The actual rule mentions that the two Teigu wielders must both fighters must enter with the intent to kill and since Tatsumi repeatedly tells Wave that he has no intention of fighting, he’s kind of found the loophole. Admittedly, Incursio has invisibility which makes it possible for Tatsumi to escape and I doubt many other Teigu would have created an opportunity like that. It was also interesting to see that Wave has a similar Teigu to Tatsumi since they are basically the same character.
What have you learnt?
It has to be the idea of creating conflict with a reader’s perceptions. Conflict with characters and the world they exist in is pretty standard, but to create a situation where the reader is conflicted with how they should feel about a character is incredible. With Esdeath, you know that you should hate her because she is clearly evil. She enjoys torture and killing, but seeing her actively pursue love makes for a rather unusual feeling. Basically, by giving a character a relateable trait can change the perception of the character and it’s interesting to see how much a reader would be willing to overlook. To this day, Esdeath is still one of my favourite characters and I’m not sure how I feel about that or what it says about me…
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!