Akame Ga Kill! Episode Recap: Kill the Giant Danger Beasts

Original Airdate: October 5th, 2014

Adult Swim Airdate: November 21st, 2015

Episode 14

After Esdeath puts Tatsumi in a corner, Lubbock senses that there is an intruder nearby (which is kinda funny, given the time this is airing), and it turns out that it’s the mysterious man off to get Tatsumi and Esdeath. After Esdeath has a “loving” reunion with Tatsumi, the man finally finds out where they are, and for some weird reason, he looks a lot like Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist. He then uses his Imperial Arm to send Tatsumi and Esdeath to a deserted island, and this episode suddenly becomes one of the weirdest beach episodes I’ve ever seen. Believing that this all might be a hallucination caused by the Imperial Arm, Tatsumi asks Esdeath to try and snap him out of it and see if it’ll wake him up, and she uses this opprotunity to steal a kiss from Tatsumi. After making some observations about her surroundings, Esdeath comes to the conclusion that this is all real and that that guy really did teleport them to the island. The Imperial Arm in question has the ability to manipulate space and time, which allowed him to be able to teleport Tatsumi and Esdeath. Esdeath uses her ice powers to get a better view of the island, and she also uses this as an opprotunity to get closer to Tatsumi. A large Danger Beast tries to ruin their little “date”, but Esdeath has different plans in mind. Her and Tatsumi pull off a tag-team attack on the Danger Beast and kill it. However, there is another one about to attack them, but it doesn’t take long for Esdeath to deal with that one. After dealing with the Danger Beasts, Tatsumi and Esdeath discuss their plans for survival on the island, with Esdeath drawing pictures of her and Tatsumi together. After a montage of Tatsumi and Esdeath doing survival stuff on the island, they finally take a moment to relax and look under the stars. Esdeath says she now knows the island’s location, which is far south of the Capital. Esdeath then asks Tatsumi how he’s going to handle the situation, which then leads to a visual novel gag that’s actually quite hilarious. Tatsumi ends up turning down all three options (which all esentially translate to “just f**k Esdeath already”), and Esdeath claims that she knows how to get off the island, and she’s going to need Tatsumi’s assistance for this task. They find one of the marks left by the man that teleported them there, and they decide that if they wait long enough, then the door might open again and take them back to where they were. While waiting, Tatsumi and Esdeath decide to try and get to know each other better, which leads to the discussion of backstories. First, Tatsumi tells Esdeath that he learned how to be a swordsman from a retired millitary person that he trusted enough to be taught by. After telling her that, her then asks about Esdeath’s past, in an attempt to better understand her and to try to get her to side with Night Raid. Back when she was a small child, she was part of a group of Danger Beast hunters with her father. They hunt them mostly for the valuable artifacts that are contained within the beasts, wich are then sold for profit. We also learn that Esdeath’s mother was eaten by Danger Beasts prior to this, and her father always believed that that her weakness caused her to get killed. One day, Esdeath catches a large Danger Beast to show to her father, only to see her villiage burning down before her very eyes. This was caused by another tribe that crossed the border and started attacking. Her father was killed in the attacks, and since then, she vowed to get stronger for the sake of vengance. After hearing this, Tatsumi then asks what Esdeath’s Imperial Arm looks like. Well, it’s on her chest. Hey, any excuse for Esdeath fanservice is fine with me (#EsdeathLovingTrash). A few years back, Esdeath was looking for an Imperial Arm that would suit her, and she comes across the blood of a super powerful Danger Beast. If the person who drinks it is compatible, you’ll get control over ice. However, most people who have tried it aren’t compatible and have gone insane from the sheer power of  the blood. Despite the odds, Esdeath decides to drink the blood anyway, due to the fact that she feels she’s a good match for the Imperial Arm. She almost gets overwelmed by the Danger Beast’s blood, but she quickly learns to control the power. After hearing all of this and learining about how Esdeath has always been as cruel as she was, he realises that he can’t change who Esdeath is as a person. Back at the Scar look-alike’s house, he decides to open up a path for one of his friends. After doing that, the man talks to the woman that’s sleeping with him, and he beats her because she compared him to his father or something like that. Back at the island, Tatsumi and Esdeath decide to train a Danger Beast to try and take them home, but luckilly, the portal does open and they’re able to go back to the spot where they encountered each other. Tatsumi then hides from Esdeath, and the episode ends with him saying that the next time he meets Esdeath, it’ll be as enemies.

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That sweet Esdeath plot.

While this wasn’t a really action-packed episode of Akame, I still found it to be quite good. I really liked the character development between Tatsumi and Esdeath, and I feel that they did a pretty good job at explaining why Esdeath is the way she is, even if it did come off as a bit too “edgy”. Seeing the two characters interacting and getting to know each other is honestly some pretty good stuff, and you get to see how these characters have formed a sort of friendship with each other while they were on the island, even though it sort of gets undone by the end of the episode with Tatsumi having to become enemies with Esdeath. Although I’m not too keen on the show’s comedy most of the time, even I have to admit that the visual novel gag had me rolling over laughing. It’s just so out of left field that I didn’t expect it to show up, and when it did, it got a pretty good laugh out of me. The fact that the questions are so one-sided just adds to the comedic factor, plus Tatsumi’s reaction is hilarious as well. Overall, I give it 7 visual novel options out of 10, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the future episodes play out now that Tatsumi and Esdeath’s relationship as enemies has been established.

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

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