Anime / Akame ga Kill!

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"As long as there is human nature, so too must there be malice. As long as there is malice, so too must there be evil. Evil beyond salvation. For those who don't wield a sword, these vile demons are silenced in the darkness by a group of elite assassins."
Narrator

An anime adaptation of Akame ga Kill! by White Fox aired during the Summer and Fall 2014 seasons. Crunchyroll streamed the anime, which can be viewed here for people living in the following areas: note 

Akame Ga Kill! was one of the most requested Sentai Filmworks shows for airing on [adult swim]'s Toonami. True to their word, the Toonami crew announced at Momocon that it will be their first Sentai Filmworks show airing on the block, premiering August 9, 2015.

The Anime adapts the first 8 volumes, plus parts of volumes 10 and 11. However, the last few episodes, from 19-24 are a different story, with a Gecko Ending. Please put tropes that are in both versions of the story in Akame ga Kill!

This anime series provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The anime took out the Wild Hunt arc entirely, and Syura ended up being nothing but an ordinary Villain of the Week.
  • Adaptational Badass: Despite Syura being reduced to a Villain of the Week, the anime actually gives him a fight with Lubbock where he uses his Teigu and even reveals his trump card. In the manga his only fight did not involve him using his Teigu and he was killed off by Lubbock outside of combat.
  • Adaptational Curves: Several of the girls have noticeably larger busts than in the manga. Esdeath is probably the most blatant example.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Due to the anime cutting out several plot events past the Bolick Assassination arc many characters aren't as strong as they are in the manga. Esdeath never obtains her levitation ability or ice calvalry, Tatsumi doesn't become strong enough to land a hit on Esdeath, withstand Maha Padma, and his final Incursio evolution isn't Tyrant, and Budo's Teigu doesn't have a majority of its abilities from the manga. Wave is the most notable example however as a lot of his more noble traits from the manga, and defeating Syura in a fist fight, being able to use Grand Chariot and Mastema, and his fight with Akame, Lubbock, and Mine were all removed. In fact, he doesn't get a fight with any character in the anime whatsoever, with the exception of two brief skirmishes with Susanoo and Tatsumi and the battle he had against the Emperor in the 23th episode.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Many scenes of the manga regarding the Jaegers were cut out from the anime before the start of the original ending. This affected their characterization, especially Dr. Stylish's one.
    • Wild Hunt didn't appear in the anime at all, being replaced by mere faceless goons. This is mainly because many of the actions committed by the Wild Hunt would be too controversial to air on television. More specifically, the rape and murder of Bols's wife and daughter by Champ and Syura.
    • The scene where Tatsumi and Bulat head to a mountain range to fight Danger Beasts before fighting the Three Beasts was not present in the anime.
    • Extra bonus chapter 23.5 was not adapted into animation. This is most likely because of the fact that it was a side story that had no relation to the main plot but also the fact that it would have been too graphic to show on television.
  • All Deaths Final: Animé episode 5 explicitly states that none of the Imperial Arms can resurrect the dead. Once you're dead, you stay dead. Kurome's Yatsufusa can't resurrect them, either, it just can animate their corpses to act as puppets under the wielder's control (they're explicitly referred to as "puppets" by it's wielder), but they retain parts of their memories and personalities and that can and was exploited in battle.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Taken to absurd levels in episode 23 of the anime. With the Revolutionary Army on the doorstep of the Capitol, Honest has the Emperor use his Imperial Arms, a Humongous Mecha capable of Beam Spam and nukes. Though the Emperor questions if such high casualties and destruction is necessary, Honest keeps telling him to harden his heart and stop the rebellion at all cost, never mind all the collateral damage. It gets so bad that even several of the Jaegers end up helping Night Raid to stop the Emperor and protect the civilians.
  • Anachronism Stew: The series takes place in a feudal fantasy world full of supernatural beasts and mystical items; along with futuristic weaponry, genetic manipulation, and cyberpunk.
  • Anyone Can Die: And nearly everyone DOES die in the anime.
  • Art Shift: In the anime, any character whose portrait/design changes from fairly normal to monstrous looking can be safely considered to be evil, such as the Prime Minister or the various minor villains Night Raid fights against.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The second opening of the anime shows a campal battle between Night Raid and the Jaegers, showing versus like Lubbock and Leone vs Run, Seryu and Coro vs Susanoo and Chelsea, Tatsumi vs Wave and Esdeath vs Najenda. None of them happens in the anime storyline, Leone fights with Run in episode 23, but is alone because Lubbock died three episodes back, Seryu never met Chelsea or Susanoo in live, Wave and Tatsumi have a little skirmish, but is in the battle of Akame and Kurome and hardly would count as a real battle, and for last, Najenda never fights Esdeath alone in the anime, she uses Susanoo for that because she hardly is at Esdeath level.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In the anime, The Prime Minister is killed in episode 24, and the Emperor is overthrown, ushering in a new era of peace for the surviving people. Unfortunately a lot of the main cast dies before this happens. Only Wave, Run, Akame and Najenda have survived. And in Najenda's case, her life has been shortened due to her link with Susanoo and using her lifeforce to activate his powers, so she's unsure how long she has left. And Tatsumi's village still thinks he, Ieyasu, and Sayo are still alive, and plan to throw a big celebration for them upon their return, not realizing what really happened to all three.
  • Blood from the Mouth:
    • Ieyasu does this in the first episode. Tatsumi is later told it's a fatal disease, and in fact they're surprised his friend lasted as long as he did.
    • Akame does it in episode 24, but she manages to survive it.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The anime ends with Akame and Najenda as the sole survivors of Night Raid. Akame voluntarily takes all the blame for the Revolutionary Army's crimes and disappears. In the very last scene, Akame is surrounded by a gang of bounty hunters, and she draws her sword and attacks.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The show seems to have trouble sticking to a tone.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: While Kurome's two remaining puppets last a while against Akame in episode 22, both of them get killed promptly by a Danger Beast that shows up. A short while later she summons some random people she's killed, but Akame finishes them all off in one strike. When the two girls are fighting directly however, Kurome gives her sister more of a challenge.
  • Cool Big Sis: Akame towards Kurome until the former leaves to join Night Raid. The latter never forgives her for that, and they end up locking blades in episode 22 to resolve their issues with each other.
  • Cry Cute: Akame in episode 22, shortly after being forced to kill her sister Kurome.
  • Death by Adaptation: Suzuka, Mine, Kurome, and Tatsumi survive in the manga but are killed in the anime.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Tatsumi, at least in the anime. Even though it's told from his perspective, the central character is really Akame, and the Night Raid as a whole. Tatsumi even dies in the penultimate episode, while Akame survives, showing that he was more of the Deuteragonist.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight:
    • Akame does this for Tatsumi after he stops the defeated Emperor's Humongous Mecha from crashing into a crowd of people in episode 23.
    • Esdeath does a variation of this in episode 24. After being fatally wounded by Akame, she goes to Tatsumi's corpse, cradles it while freezing herself with him, then both disappear into nothing as the ice vaporizes.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The first opening theme and the second ending theme are performed by Sora Amamiya, who voices Akame.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Several things about Kyoroch, a city to the far east of the and base of the "Path of Peace" religion, seem to resemble the Middle East such as the clothing of the inhabitants, the architecture, its great wealth from natural resources below it and the great impact of religion.
  • Gecko Ending: Due to the anime being produced 3 years before the manga's ending, their respective endings are fairly different. Specifically, the main point of divergence is at "Kill the Fate"note .
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Several of the tracks played in the course of the series are clearly not in Japanese. Iwasaki Taku instead opted for a dialect of Romani, that is, the language spoken by the Roma (the nomadic people commonly referred to as Gypsies who originate in India). This is especially clear for the song listed in the OST as "Le chant de Roma" which even has it in the title.
  • The Hero Dies: Tatsumi dies at the end of the anime after doing a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tatsumi gains an 11th Hour Superpower while battling the Emperor in episode 23, which allows him to stop the latter's madness. Unfortunately, it takes a heavy toll on him, particularly when he uses his remaining strength to keep the Emperor's gigantic Imperial Arms from hitting innocent civilians.
  • Huntingthe Most Dangerous Game: Episode 17 shows a scene from Chelsea's past of how the viceroy she was hired under hunted people for sport.
  • Kill 'em All: Alongside the deaths that were featured in the manga, many characters who are presently alive (or didn't die at all) in the manga ended up being killed off in the anime. By the end of the anime Akame and Najenda are all that remains of Night Raid, Wave and Run are all that remains of the Jaegers, and almost every notable supporter of the Empire not affiliated with the Jaegers have been killed.
  • Lighter and Softer: Zig-zagged. Because the anime decided to skip the Wild Hunt arc and went with an anime-original ending, some of the more controversial content from the manga such as the rape of Bols's wife and daughter was never shown. On the other hand, the anime kills off more characters than in the manga (since some of the characters in the manga are still alive), but some of the good-hearted characters such as Run, Bols's wife and daughter, and the three girls from chapter 23.5, Luna, Fal and Air are alive in the anime.
  • Public Execution: Under the Honest's corrupt regime, public executions are distressingly common-place in the capital and in the one shown in the third and a couple of other episodes the convicted were apparently tortured beforehand to be subjected to a slow and painful death by crucifixion (they were bound to the cross with ropes instead of being hammered to the cross with nails through the wrists to prolong the suffering, as practiced in Real Life most infamously by the Romans).
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: After taking out their latest target in episode 19, the Revolutionary Army begins their march on the capital in episode 20. This has several of the high ranking Imperial officers worried, particularly as many strongholds surrender without a fight. They finally succeed in episode 24 after Akame finishes off Esdeath.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In episode 23 Tatsumi overexerts himself and dies saving a bunch of civilians from the falling giant mecha Relic. Too bad that about a minute or two later Esdeath sweeps the whole area with her ice power, completely flattening everything within a pretty large radius and almost certainly killing all those people, particularly as many of them were wounded and unable to escape even if they tried.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Run, along with Bols's wife and daughter, as well as Air, Fal and Luna die in the manga but they survive in the anime.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: The Rebellion Army's female liaison that Lubbock and Tatsumi meet in the capital in episode 20. After finding out Syura killed all of the other members, she attempts to curry favor with the latter by attempting to hold Lubbock to prevent him from escaping or attacking, in the hopes that her jailed parents would be given some clemency in exchange for assisting in stopping Night Raid. Syura "thanks" her by cutting her throat, as he said earlier that he didn't want anyone butting in during his fight. This sets off Lubbock's Berserk Button, and he proceeds to get serious, slicing off Syura's hand. The trope comes into play when the woman manages to stab Lubbock in the back while he had the upper hand in the fight and once again asks for her parents to be freed from jail right before she dies. Syura then laughs and says her parents died some time ago in jail, before attempting to banish Lubbock into a different dimension. Played again with Tatsumi's demise in Episodes 23-24 where Tatsumi has a final upgrade that lets him beat the Empires ultimate teigu; Shikoutazer, where he sacrificed himself in a pointless endeavour to save some straggling civilians who were smack in the middle of an epic battle at the center of the capital between Night Raid and the Emperor himself (plus Honest), bad enough none of them were smart enough to just cut it and run like hell when they had the chance; considering the Wretched Hive these morons live in one would think you'd take your chances with danger beasts and roaming bandits. Our hero ends up needlessly playing the martyr to keep their personal idiocy from crushing them all as the Shikoutazer falls over in defeat, made more trivial and meaningless when Esdeath suffers an emotional backlash that freezes a wide area stretching around the inner state most definitely freezing everyone their savior ever tried to rescue as a result.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 6 shows the first onscreen death of a Night Raid member, specifically Sheele.
    • Episode 8 has the next one, Bulat.
    • Both the Jaegers and Night Raid lose one member in episode 17, Bols and Chelsea respectively.
    • Tatsumi gets captured in episode 20 after being hopelessly outmatched by Budou. Additionally, another Night Raid member gets killed, this time Lubbock, though not before he kills Syura.
    • The Night Raid succeeds in rescuing Tatsumi in episode 21, but in the process, Mine is fatally wounded by Budou, and she dies in Tatsumi's arms later on. Susanoo is also Killed Offscreen by Esdeath, using the amount of energy he has left to give the Night Raid time to escape as he fights her.
    • In Episode 23, Tatsumi defeats the emperor but dies preventing the emperor's Imperial arms from harming more innocent civilians.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted in episode 24. The Prime Minister shoots Leone when she's about to attack him, several times in fact. Unfortunately for him that's not enough to stop her, and she still manages to kill him by punching his face in repeatedly. And after he used his Imperial Arms to strip her powers, she finally succumbs to her injuries later that night.
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