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Akame ga Kill! Season 1 (2014)
アカメが斬る! (Akame ga Kiru!)


Tatsumi is a self-acknowledge country bumpkin who is nonetheless a well-trained fighter. He and two companions leave their remote village to head to the Imperial City to find a way to relieve their friends and family from ruinous taxation imposed by the authorities. Yet the Imperial City is filled with unimaginable amounts of corruption and evil from supernatural sources. Tatsumi is immediately swindled after reaching the City and nearly loses everything soon after but finds himself allied with an unlikely group of assassins.
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An anime adaptation of the manga was announced in January 2014. The series was directed by Tomoki Kobayashi and written by Makoto Uezu. Takahiro also supervised the scenario. Taku Iwasaki composed the series’ music. The series premiered on July 7, 2014. The anime was broadcast in the United States on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, from August 8, 2015 to February 20, 2016.

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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