Akame ga Kill! Episode 22 Recap: Kill the Little Sister

Original Airdate: December 1st, 2014

Adult Swim Airdate: February 6th, 2016

We start this episode with Tatsumi and the rest of Night Raid mourning the loss of Mine and Susanoo. Tatsumi gets angry at Najenda for allowing Susanoo and Mine to die for the sake of the last mission, and Najenda says it was neccessary so Tatsumi could make it out alive. After Akame and Leone convince Tatsumi that they need to carry out the mission so that no one died in vain, he stops his protesting and agrees to continue helping in the cause. After that, Najenda starts mourning the loss of Susanoo, and Tatsumi swears to carry out Mine’s wish to rid the world of intolerance, which is ironic, given that she was quite a rude little bitch when she was alive.

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Meanwhile, after trying to deal with a group of protesters, Wave and Run are discussing how the revolution should be over soon. Shortly after their discussion, Run tells Wave that he knows that Kurome is going to die soon, as if that was any secret, given the show in question. Kurome brings up that she has something important to do before the end of the revolution, which would obviously mean fighting Akame. Also, Esdeath kills a bunch of soldiers on her search for the Tatsu-D, but that’s not important right now. Back at the capital, the emperor worries that he’s not doing a good job at ruling the capital and keeping everyone safe (I have to wonder how it took him THIS long to realize this), but the king tells him that he’s doing a good job and that he should show everyone his true power.

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Later that evening, Akame receives Kurome’s challenge to a duel, and she starts preparing for their final showdown. That night, the two meet each other at the church where Kurome was betrayed. Kurome then gives her “backstory of death” and explains how after being seperated for so long, they were both an unstoppable duo of assassins until Akame decided to join Night Raid instead of staying with the capital. After that, their battle begins. After finding out that Kurome has dissapeared, Wave decides to go after her. Akame and Kurome continue to argue about the morality of the capital, and out of nowhere, a large Danger Beast comes in and interrupts the fight. Because plot reasons, Akame and Kurome randomly decide to work together to fight the danger beast, and after that random interruption, the fight continues. In another interruption, Wave comes in to distract Akame, and then Tatsumi comes in to make sure Wave doesn’t stop this fight. Wave then starts arguing with Tatsumi that this shouldn’t be the solution to their problems, and Tatsumi says that it should be up to Akame and Kurome to decide how they want to settle this. Wave then butts out, and the two sisters continue their fight, which results in Akame stabbing Kurome with her sword, resulting in her death. Wave then starts mourning Kurome’s death, and then starts going on with the “why are we fighting?” cliché dialogue. Tatsumi then comforts Akame after having to deal with her sister’s death. The episode ends with the king pulling a Gendo Ikari and telling the emperor to get in the damn robot. Because this is apparently a mecha show now, deal with it. God I wish Iron Blooded Orphans was airing right now.

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Alright, I could go on about how I didn’t care when Kurome died and that this show needs to calm it’s tits when it comes to character death, but I won’t, because I’m starting to sound like a broken record at this point. Instead, I’m going to discuss one of the biggest problems with the series. The show is named Akame ga Kill, yet Akame barely gets any screen time up until this point. You’d think that if you were going to go as far as to include the character’s name in the title, you’d focus more on her, but she gets sidelined most of the time in favor of Tatsumi, who really isn’t all that interesting of a character. I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with this if everyone else was actually interesting, or hell, just likable, but that’s really not the case. Sure, Bulat was actually pretty cool and Esdeath is best grill, but no one else really stood out. Tatsumi is just your typical shonen protagonist, Wave is pretty much Nega Tatsumi, Mine was just an annoying tsundere, Lubbock was just a typical pervert, Seryu was just a one-note antagonist, and I can’t remember a single noteworthy character trait about Shelle or Chelsea. Compared to everyone else, Akame’s conflict with Kurome is actually kind of interesting. I would’ve loved if they focused more on that instead of the random BS with everyone else, but because of how underdeveloped everything was, it kinda caused the whole “Akame v Kurome” plot to suffer in the end. Also, can we bring up that random mecha at the end? I love mechs just as much as the next person, but come on, it just doesn’t make sense in this setting, and this is the same universe that has giant flying manta rays, for christ sake! Now that I think about it, a lot of the rules in this universe don’t make a lot of sense. That doesn’t stop it from being kind of stupid though! Overall, I give this episode 3 unexplained giant robots out of 10. Also, because I have nothing else witty to say, I’ll just leave another one of Rob’s tweets over here.

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

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