Original Airdate: August 24th, 2014
Adult Swim Airdate: October 3rd, 2015
The episode continues right where the last one left off, where Bulat is fighting off against the leader of the assassin group, while Tatsumi is fighting the cat-person. The leader then uses his imperial arm, which allows him to bend water, and they go at it for a little bit, with both sides sustaining a few injuries. The guy then tries to recruit Bulat to Esdeath’s army, but he ends up refusing the offer. Meanwhile, Tatsumi struggles to fight off the cat-person, and it is revealed that he can randomly hulk-out at will, making it difficult for Tatsumi to fight him off. Bulat and the leader both end up getting wounded, and he reveals that he poisoned his blood as a defense mechanism, which will end up eventually killing Bulat. He then entrusts his Imperial Arm to Tatsumi, and he ends up being a perfect match for it, thus finally killing off the enemies. However, Bulat dies shortly after from the poison, and Tatsumi mourns his mentor. At the end of the episode, we cut to a mysterious girl named Kurome who has been informed that she has been chosen to be part of a new assassin group, and Kurome then reveals that she is Akame’s sister and she taked the opprotunity so she could reunite with her sister. However, something seems kinda uncanny about this episode… Where else have I seen a show where the mentor character gets killed off in the 8th episode while fighting a group of bad guys and gives the MC a power-up right before the mentor dies? It seems so familiar, but I just can’t put my finger on it…
Oh yeah, Gurren Lagann already did this thing with another major character. It really doesn’t help that both characters have the same Japanese VAs and that both episodes aired in October during their Toonami runs (GL’s ep was October 11th while AGK’s was October 3rd). I don’t know if this is just a homage or plagiarism or whatever, but the resemblance is just way too uncanny for this to be a coincidence. Also, I know that you must have character deaths and not everyone gets to live, but killing off the best character in your show really doesn’t help to make me like your show. Again, you could’ve had Mine die instead, but NOOOOOO, you just had to have your Gurren Lagann moment. I swear to god, if Leone is next, I’m really gonna break my TV screen. Well, at the very least, Bulat’s death actually got an emotional response out of me unlike Shelle’s death where I didn’t really feel anything. That aside, the action in this episode is really cool as always, and I’m actually quite interested to see what the whole business with Akame’s sister is all about. However, with Bulat gone, I feel like the show will lose a piece of what made it so enjoyable. I give this episode 6 boats out of 10, and may you rest in peace, Bulat.