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AKAME GA KILL! #1 -- Special Review

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Call it a didactic streak, but I’ll respond pretty favorably to a show if it delivers what I deem to be a relevant and pointed message. To clarify, I don’t think the protagonist necessarily has to be a positive role model for this to work (to the contrary, it usually works better when the lead is a cautionary example), nor do I find it that appealing if the moral is just a trite platitude. Indeed, the latter is actually a real turn-off, because it always smells like something the crew just parroted from another show (or worse yet, a bumper sticker), instead of extrapolating it from real, applicable experiences.

This pilot maybe just boils down to that familiar axiom - - “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, I think it takes it a few steps ahead of that with some key choices.

For one, maybe our lead is the archetypal Holy Fool at the start - - a country bumpkin venturing into the big city - - but he’s not exactly naïve. When he realizes he’s dealing with a bad guy, especially some silver-tongued ingénue who’s intentionally manipulated him, his mean streak flares but good.

There’s also a bit of nuance to when the cat girl shows her true colors - - stressing the point that there are degrees of morality. Just like you might be not like an abrasive jerk, but you’d still prefer dealing with him instead of a two-faced liar, so too does her switcheroo emphasize how, in the scope of things, you’d rather deal with somebody trying to rip you off than somebody to kill you.

And there’s the third point, where these first two meet…

How our hero is so eager to be a white knight, protecting whom sees as a damsel as distress - - only to find out that she’s actually the aggressor. That turns one of the most fundamental sword and sorcery set-up’s right on its head. Not too bad for a pilot, no?

Watch "Kill the Darkness" and decide for yourself.

Marshal Victoryon July 18, 2014 at 4:47 p.m.

Shows not for the week of stomach. Nor for those who can only see the world in shades of light an dark. Other than that its solid on my watch list this season.

waybig1010101 is online on July 18, 2014 at 7:06 p.m.

Well i would have liked the first episode a lot more if the plot advances felt more natural, but to me the more forceful the characters were being to the main character, the more forceful the progression of the story felt to me.

Marshal Victoryon July 18, 2014 at 9:33 p.m.

@waybig1010101: I agree the plot for the pilot was on roller skates with a rocket pack strapped to its back. Several shows this season an last seemed break neck speed early then felt like they had filler for no reason later on. I just hope this does not turn out to be like that.

Forced plots can be forgiven if they do not pad later on or filler. Well for me any way. Believe this was based on manga. So could be many reasons for the pace.

waybig1010101 is online on July 18, 2014 at 9:40 p.m.

@Marshal Victory: I know what you mean, yet personally for me, my problem is that when the plot progress this fast it makes me as a viewer more aware of the devices and thus ruins any sense of escapism on my end, which just messes up the purpose for me to watch anime in the first place.

takashichea moderator on July 19, 2014 at 4:07 a.m.

@Marshal Victory: @waybig1010101:

This show and Tokyo Ghoul are pretty much most brutal shows for this summer.

Pilot was surprising but predictable since they kept repeating the same warning. What surprise me was that I was sympathetic to the girl before I learned she was a messed up human being. I just don't know what's wrong with me.

I will continue to watch the show.

redbird3rdboywonderon July 19, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.

Akame ga Kill is one of my favorites already

Marshal Victoryon July 19, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.

@takashichea: Tokyo ESP pilot come in top 3 for blood.

takashichea moderator on July 20, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.

@Marshal Victory:

Didn't know it was gorey. I'll try it.

Wraithon July 21, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
About the pacing for this episode, it pretty much followed the first chapter of the manga panel for panel. Having read some of the manga, I wonder how much material they're going to cover
takashichea moderator on July 21, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.

@Wraith:

I haven't read the manga. I see on Wikipedia that they have 10 volumes. Makes me curious on their pacing. How many chapters are they covering each episode on average? The fastest I seen was Magi which covered 4-6 chapters per episode. It was insane. They never had any filler episodes at all.

Wraithon July 21, 2014 at 4:05 p.m.
My memory is horrible and I haven't kept up with the manga. So far it looks like one chapter per episode so far but I expect they will cover more manga chapters in each episode later on Also it sucks I can't reply to comments on my ipad
sotyfan16on July 21, 2014 at 9:11 p.m.

I really recommend this show. The manga comes out monthly with the chapters being 40+ pages. Been going since 2010 if I remember right. I've been reading Akame Ga Kill for 2 years now and really enjoy how well the characters work together along with the solid (and ever-so-good) mixture of comedy and brutal action.

I don't want to ruin anything but some really good bad guys come along and the violence picks up as the characters and plot progress. I've noticed some changes from the source material but nothing major that I remember thus far (starting episode 3). Plus the character design is simple but fun.

takashichea moderator on July 22, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.

@sotyfan16:

Welcome back! I didn't know you were a big fan. Now, you have to join us at the Akame ga Kill Discussion whenever you have time. I'm enjoying the series. The whole drastic mood shifts from dark and gorey to something silly reminds me of Angel Beats but that's a bit far off.

TeraHertzon July 26, 2014 at 5:09 a.m.

I like this series, mainly because it caught me off guard in the first episode and that got me hooked it will interesting to see what happens next. :)

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