TL;DR First Impression
Akame ga Kill! (Japanese: アカメが斬る! Hepburn: Akame ga Kiru!, literally meaning “Akame Slashes!”) is a Japanese manga series created by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro.
The art style looks generic at first but it keeps getting better as the episode progress. The anime intro gave me hope that the show will be darker than the art style and vibrant colors suggest. The opening theme “Skyreach” by Amamiya Sora had me pump with its nice rock vibe. The melodic ending theme “Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta.” by Sawai Miku is also quite good. I give the intro a 9/10 score and the outro a 7/10 score.
We first meet our naive protagonist Tatsumi as he rescued some merchants. Right away we see how visceral the action is.
There seem to be a lot of clashing styles in this episode. The action is dark and bloody. But at times, the anime can be a little goofy and even briefly switched to super deform mode. There are even some fan-services thrown in. Perhaps the tones shift is supposed to keep the show balance from being too gloomy? I can’t say for sure but the episode definitely got me intrigued.
The anime started out light but switched gears near the end. I definitely want to see more and will give this series a proper review in the future.
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