Akame Ga Kill! Episode Recap: Kill the Battle Fanatic

Japanese Air Date: August 31st, 2014

Adult Swim Air Date: October 10th, 2015

Episode 9

We start this episode with Mine healing from her injuries, and she decides to work even harder now that Shelle and Bulat are now deceased (she still should’ve died instead of both of them). We then see Tatsumi training with Leone, Akame, and that green haired guy who’s name I forget so that he can fill the shoes of Bulat. Also, the Night Raid boss is off to deliver weapons and to possibly recruit new members for Night Raid to make up for the missing spaces that were left. After the boss leaves, we cut to Esdeath mourning the loss of her fallen comrades and swearing to avenge their deaths. We then see a fisherman who just entered the capital looking for a career with the imperial navy, and the first person he meets at his meeting is… the Pyro from Team Fortress 2. But that’s not all! There’s also Rule 63 Cookie Monster, Gluttony Stand Girl, a stereotypically flamboyant gay guy, some other guy, and General “50 Shades Of” Esdeath! And together, THEY ARE THE JAEGERS, DESTINED TO KILL ALL OF THE TITANS!!!!

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Alright, maybe not EXACTLY like that, but still.

After that very bizarre introduction, we see the Jaegers eating dinner when it is revealed that Seryu has the imperial arm that was left behind by Shelle after she died, and Esdeath decides that it’s be a good idea to try and find someone who is compatible with the weapon. Meanwhile Tatsumi is lead to the Night Raid secret base, where they find out about the formation of the Jaegers led by Esdeath, and we learn all about how much of a threat Esdeath is and how she caused the death of thousands of people in warfare. We also see that Esdeath is holding a martial arts tournament to see who’s worthy of becoming her next love interest/military member. Tatsumi decides to compete in the tournament to test his strength and get the money, and he ends up winning the grand prize of… becoming Esdeath’s bitch. The episode ends with Night Raid planning to break Tatsumi out of Esdeath’s BDSM dungeon/castle room/whatever.

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“You’re worrying that this will be like 50 Shades? Don’t worry, our version is actually kinky!”

Overall, I’d say that this was a pretty decent episode. We get to learn more about how much of a threat Esdeath is to Night Raid, thus building her up as a somewhat threatening antagonist, even with the S&M stuff going on. We also get to see a bit of how Night Raid is adjusting to the death of two of their members, which I personally find to be interesting. Also, the action is as deliciously fun to watch as always, especially with the quick little tournament fight. If I did have one complaint about this episode (besides the lack of Bulat from this point forth), it’s that the Jaegers are basically just the Anti-Night Raid, which was something that I kinda predicted would happen early on. Maybe I’m just too good at predicting these kinds of plot points, but it just feels kinda lame and predictable that the antagonists would be an evil version of the hero group. But honestly, that’s just my opinion on the whole thing. I give this episode 6 S&M dungeons out of 10.

Akame Ga Kill! can be seen every Saturday night at 12:30 AM!

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