Original Airdate: August 17th, 2014
Adult Swim Airdate: September 26th, 2015
The episode starts off with Evil Santa giving Esdeath orders to hunt down Night Raid, but she’ll only agree if they find her a husband. We go back to the Night Raid base to see that they’re trying to cope with Shelle’s death from the last episode, with Tatsumi seeming to the most greatly affected. At this point, it’s just the Rule of Thumb that everything Tatsumi loves will die, just like how every woman Kirito meets automatically falls in love with him. Anywho, during a midnight confrontation, Tatumi sees that Akame is cooking food in Shelle’s honor, and she tells Tatsumi about her struggles with having to kill people all the time. Shortly after, Night Raid gets their next mission to take down a new threat, which is supposed to be on a cruise ship. It turns out Esdeath is also on the ship as well, and Leone is watching her and waiting to make her next move. Tatsumi and Bulat then encounter a group of assassins who are out to kill them, and Bulat helps fight them off with his powers, and the rest will be continued in the next episode! Oh, and there’s also this androgynous cat-person who has confused the boners of every male viewer, but that’s not important right now.
Honestly, I quite liked this episode, if only for how much of a badass Bulat is. He literally cut through all of those guys like butter and f*cked all of them up like a freaking boss. It might just be my bias, due to him being my favorite character on the show, but seeing him annihilate those people is just so freaking awesome to watch. Plus, the best aspect of the show is the mindless action, and Bulat’s badassery really delivered on that. Aside from that, we actually get a pretty nice character moment between Tatsumi and Akame during their late night confrontation, in which we learn what’s going on in Akame’s mind and how she has to live with having to kill so many people by pretending not to be affected by it. The episode still does have the typical Akame-isms that hold it back from being great (jarring comedy, constant edginess, etc) and I still don’t have that much of an opinion on Esdeath, but overall, I still found this to be a pretty good episode. I give the episode 7 androgynous cat people out of 10.