Akame ga Kill! Episode 21 Recap: Kill the Despair

Original Airdate: November 24th, 2014

Adult Swim Airdate: January 30th, 2016

After Tatsumi got kidnapped in the last episode, Mine tells Akame that she has to go save him because she wants that Tatsu-D. Akame and the rest of Night Raid then join Mine on her mission to get Tatsumi back. In Tatsumi’s jail cell, Esdeath approaches him and falls back in love with him because of course she does, he’s Tatsumi. Esdeath attempts to convert Tatsumi over to the Jaegers, but Tatsumi refuses, saying that he’ll die for what he believes in (as will 90% of the cast sooner or later. :P). Back at the Jaeger base, Wave and Run talk about Esdeath wanting to kill Tatsumi because she doesn’t want anyone else to or something like that, and Kurome ends up foreshadowing that fact that she’s going to die soon by saying that she’s “running out of time”. Anyway, it’s the day of Tatsumi’s execution, and in case you’re wondering how they’re going to go about killing him…. let’s just say that whoever was in charge of putting this execution together must’ve been a huge fan of The Passion.

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Right before Esdeath can do him in, the members of Night Raid come in to try an rescue him. Mine takes on the Gamagoori wannabe, Susanoo and Najenda fight Esdeath, and Akame fights the random guards. Akame quickly takes out all of the guards and enters the room to retrieve Tatsumi’s imperial arm. While Susanoo is fighting Esdeath, she freezes him, but Najenda uses the power she just so happens to have to unfreeze him and have him power up. While Mine is fighting not-Gamagoori, she gets severely injured, and in a last-ditch effort, she uses all of her energy to defeat non-Gamagoori once and for all. However, because of the amount of energy she used, she collapses shortly after pulling that stunt. Right after Akame frees Tatsumi from the crucifix, he goes to get Mine to make sure she’s okay. While Najenda and Susanoo are fighting Esdeath, she uses her trump card of freezing time. Wait a minute… cold-blooded killer, dead father, has a bizarre obsession with the protagonist, has the ability to freeze time… OH MY GOD ESDEATH IS THE FEMALE VERSION OF DIO! HOW DID I NOT REALIZE THIS EARLIER!

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While she has time frozen, she stabs Susano, freezes him, and crushes his thing that gives him his Imperial Arm powers, though that doesn’t stop Najenda from pouring all of her energy into trying to bring him back. When he comes back to life, he tells Night Raid that he’ll be fighting Esdeath so that they can get away from the scene as soon as possible. Afterwards, Tatsumi carries Mine off, and before she dies, they share one last kiss. I think one of our fellow staff members summed up this death perfectly.

I’m just going to say that this episode gets an automatic 10 Mines burning in hell out of 10 just for the fact that the worst freaking character in this show is dead. Burn in hell, you damn tsundere! But because it’s my job to criticize shit, I guess I have to point out the flaws. D:< First of all, how the hell was Najenda able to revive Susanoo? I get that it’s supposed to be part of some trump card thing they were working on, but we didn’t hear anything about it prior to this episode, so it just feels like an asspull for the sake of needing Susanoo to live a little longer to fight Esdeath. Another flaw I can’t ignore is how Mine’s power was able to kill her. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still glad she’s dead, but we’ve seen her use her imperial arm multiple times without getting hurt, and this one time is what does her in? If they elaborated on how her weapon works a little more, I’d be able to accept the fact that it’d be able to kill her if she used too much energy. And before anyone says that “it was explained better in the manga”, I’m not talking about the manga, I’m talking about the anime adaptation, and I’m judging it based on how it holds up on its own merits. Overall, there were a lot of things wrong with this episode, but f**k it, I’ll give it a free pass just for the sake of Mine no longer existing. Should’ve happened earlier, but hey, better late than never!

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



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