Original Airdate: August 10th, 2014
Adult Swim Airdate: September 19th, 2015
The episode begins with Tatsumi and Leone on a mission together to take out a group of drug dealers, who are keeping a large group of women captive by giving them the drugs. After seeing the room of the intoxicated women and being disgusted by it, Tatsumi and Leone take out the drug lords and the rest of the gang members. Meanwhile, Sheele and Mine are on a mission on their own when they encounter Seryu, who appeared at the end of the last episode. She wants to kill all of Night Raid so that she can get revenge for Captain Ogre, who was killed by Tatsumi in the second episode. They start fighting, and her Imperial Arm turns into… a mix of Gluttony from Fullmetal Alchemist and Star Platinum from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. I swear to God, am not making this up.
So anyway, Gluttony Platinum Coro goes Berserker Mode on us and attempts to crush Mine, but Sheele blocks the attack and defends her (you really shouldn’t have. No, you REALLY shouldn’t have). However, she gets shot by Seryu and is then devouered by Coro, with Jeebus symbolism and FMA rain added in for dramatic effect. After telling the others about Sheele’s demise, Mine swears to avenge her friend’s death with her own hands, and we end the episode with Esdeath finally arriving in the capital.
If I’m gonna be honest, I’m kinda mixed on this episode. On one hand, the action is just as awesome as ever and Leone is freaking amazing (but Bulat is still the best character), but on the other hand, I have a few problems with how Sheele’s death was handled. Aside from the fact that it really should’ve been Mine instead, her death happened way too soon in the series. We just barely got to know her in the last episode, and that’s really not enough time for a character to develop, unless you’re a short OVA series or just really talented when it comes to pacing these kinds of things. Heck, as much as I dislike this current arc of Sword Art Online, we at least got more time spent getting to know Yuki before they dropped the AIDS bomb on us. Whether or not that was handled well is pretty questionable, but anyway, back to Akame. I feel like if they spent more time developing Shelle before killing her, then this episode wouldnt’ve have been as problematic. Also, is it just me, or does Seryu’s voice acting sound a bit rocky? A lot of her lines in this episode feel awkwardly delivered because of how over-the-top the voice actor is trying to be, but I’d blame that more on the direction than the actual voice actors. I really don’t have very many complaints about this dub and you could really do worse in terms of Sentai dubs (I’m looking at you, Mawaru Penguindrum and Kids on the Slope), but Seryu’s voice acting felt like the weakest part of an otherwise pretty decent dub. So overall, while I still found the episode entertaining, there are quite a few problems that I just can’t overlook as a critic, and I’ve been willing to look past quite a bit of things for this show. I hear the writing gets worse from here, so I’m pretty cautious about these next couple of episodes. I give this episode 5 buffed-up Coros out of 10.