In a fantasy world, fighter Tatsumi sets out for the Capitol to earn money for his starving village, and finds a world of unimaginable corruption, all spreading from the depraved Prime Minister who controls the child Emperor's ear. After nearly becoming a victim of this corruption himself, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid, a group of assassins dedicated to eliminating the corruption plaguing the Capitol by mercilessly killing those responsible.There is also a prequel manga called Akame ga Kiru! Zero which focuses on Akame's time as an Imperial assassin.An anime adaptation by White Fox has begun airing in the Summer 2014 season. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, which can be viewed here for people living in the following areas: note USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Latin America and Turkey.
A Death in the Limelight: One is seen in episode 6, as Sheele is slowly dying, she does one final move to distract the Imperial troops so Mine can escape. A few Flash Back scenes are shown of her time in Night Raid before she's killed.
All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Dr. Stylish finds where Night Raid's secret hideout is at during the end of episode 10, and attacks it in episode 11. He nearly succeeds in taking them down, were it not for the timely arrival of Najenda with some new reinforcements.
Amusing Injuries: In episode 9, Mine sees Lubbock and Tatsumi doing pushups with Leonne and Akame sitting on top of them. They state that they want to become stronger, and Leonne mentions Lubbock's only done half as many pushups as Tatsumi has. Akame immediately says that it's because Leonne is heavier than she is, hence why he can't do as many. Leone immediately hits Akame, who then grows a large lump on her head, and wondering why she got hit for.
An Ice Person: General Esdeath's teigu ability. To an extent that she managed to freeze a river and a majority of a forest.
An Offer You Can't Refuse: In episode 2, Tatsumi is basically told "join or die" by some of the Night Raid members. While their leader Najenda says they won't kill him if he refuses, they also can't let him leave, so he'll have to work inside their workshop if he doesn't accept the position. They don't sugarcoat what they do either, which is to kill people, albeit people that tend to do evil things. Tatsumi ultimately decides to join them so long as what he does with them will help his village out in the long run.
Anyone Can Die: So far, countless side characters and several members of Wild Hunt, Night Raid, and the Jaegers have been killed off, including Bulat, Sheele, Dr. Stylish, Bols, Chelsea, Seryu, Susanoo, Syura, and Lubbock.
Anti-Villain: Some members of the Jaegars especially Wave who is a type-4
Artifact Title: Although her name is in the title, Akame has recently become about as relevant to the plot as Mine. Which is to say, not at all. Hell, Mine may even be getting more screen time thanks to her currently dating the protagonist. Akame did get a prequel manga to compensate for that, though.
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 Chancellor.
Asshole Victim: All of the people killed by the Night Raid deserved it.
Attack Its Weak Point: In episode 11, Dr. Stylish injects himself with something that turns him into a giant monstrosity, and is largely immune to attacks by both Susanoo and Akame. However, his original body is located on top of said monstrosity, and Tatsumi takes Akame up there where she can attack his body directly.
Bad Ass: It's a requirement to survive a fight in this manga.
Barehanded Blade Block: The Imperial guard that attacks Tatsumi and Mine does this in episode 3 when he attempts to swing his sword at the former. Tatsumi then lets go of his blade and instead grabs hold of the guard to prevent him from moving so Mine can shoot him.
Because You Were Nice to Me: Subverted in the first episode. Tatsumi, penniless now thanks to Leone swindling him of his money, plans to sleep on the streets. However, Aria, a daughter of a local aristocrat, takes pity on him and brings him home where he's given a place to stay at least for a short while. He then tells her father about his two companions, and that they were separated at some point during their journey. The father promises to find them for him. When Night Raid attacks them later, he learns a horrible truth, that Aria's family secretly tortures and kills people, especially those from the countryside, and his two companions were found, and tortured. Tatsumi then kills Aria herself after learning the truth.
Beware the Nice Ones: Tatsumi quickly finds out that Aria and her family killed two of his friends through torture. He personally kills Aria himself after finding out that she was responsible for Sayo's death, especially after her Green-Eyed Monster rant about Sayo having better skin and hair than her.
Never kill anyone innocent in front of Tatsumi or any Night Raid member unless you wish to DIE.
Leonne nearly loses it when she sees a broken and drugged out prostitute in the drug lord's mansion in episode 6. She mentions that she knew said girl right after hearing the drug lord talking about disposing of said girl, and doesn't waste any time to kill him and his minions.
Black and Gray Morality: On the one hand, you have Night Raid and the Jeagers, two groups comprised of generally nice and friendly people (barring a few exceptions) who just happen to be self-admitted mass murderers who each easily have a body count in the double digits (Esdeath and Akame likely much higher, with Esdeath at 400,000). Then on the other hand you have the Capitol, a Wretched Hive of corrupt nobles and crooked cops who regularly torture the impoverished and homeless and frame innocents for the crimes they commit. And way, way, way in the black is the Prime Minister himself, a Fat Bastard who manipulates the na´ve child emperor to ensure that all this continues.
It's outright stated in the second chapter that Night Raid aren't heroes, they are murderers. It's shown through their work that often times they have to kill people who have families or simply got in their way, like Tatsumi did. They also mention that any one of them can receive divine retribution for the people they murder. It ultimately comes down to the people who kill for the corrupt Capitol, or the people who kill to stop them.
Blood from the Mouth: Ieyasu does this in the first episode. Tatsumi is later told its a fatal disease, and in fact they're surprised his friend lasted as long as he did.
Bloody Murder: The finger type teigu Black Marlin's secret skill is this.
Blue with Shock: Tatsumi does this quite often, particularly when first meeting several of the Night Raid members.
Boom, Headshot: Mine does this to a guard in the first episode after he tries to run away from them.
Break the Cutie: Tatsumi quickly learns about how corrupt and awful the Imperial capital is after finding out his two friends were tortured and killed.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters sometimes deliberately do this, referencing other series in the same magazine they're serialized in. In fact, in one chapter Mine was jokingly threatening Tatsumi to banish him into other series in the same magazine with what looks like a Wheel of Fortune roulette. In case you are uninformed, this series is serialized in the Monthly Gangan Joker magazine.
Bullying a Dragon: The man who foolishly attacks Mine in episode 11 after he survives an encounter with Tatsumi and even manages to hurt the latter a little. He jumps at her ready to attack with his weapon, Extase/Ecstacy, Sheele's weapon, only to then be vaporized by her gunfire.
Crapsaccharine World: Seems like a nice place so it can only get worse. Tatsumi is provided shelter by a family of nobles who turn out to do this so they can torture the poor country people who venture in to the big city. And that's just the surface.
Crapsack World: However, once The Masquerade is lifted, you can really see how bad of a state the Empire is in. The Capital as become a Wretched Hive, being horribly corrupt and run by a total madman. The countryside isn't much better, with the various villages being taxed into oblivion, and getting obliterated by Imperial troops and assassins when they rebel.
Cruel Mercy: Lubbock tells Tatsumi in episode 9 about how Najenda viewed Esdeath's treatment of a tribe that rebelled against the Empire. While she and her crew were pretty merciless, she decides to let some of them live. They vow vengeance, but she simply tells them to get stronger, or else be crushed underneath by those stronger than they are. Tatsumi can't help but wonder if said mercy was merely rubbing salt in the wound. Lubbock says Esdeath does it on purpose to foster more resentment towards the Empire, so that it'll lead to more rebellions, which she can then crush.
Cruel to Be Kind: Akame treats Tatsumi rather cold and harshly in episode 2, especially while training him. He thinks that she doesn't respect his abilities, and goes on his first mission to prove that he's a capable fighter and assassin. Later Leone reveals to him that she acted that way because she didn't want him to get overconfident and die.
Tatsumi slays a large earth dragon on his own at the beginning of the first episode.
Night Raid quickly dispatches the guards of the mansion Tatsumi was staying at. After witnessing said battle, Tatsumi is a bit scared to go against them, but forces himself to in order to defend Aria from Akame.
Many of Night Raid's other battles usually consist of this too.
Cute and Psycho: Seryu. Helps lost travelers around town and nearly orgasms at the thought of slaughtering bandits.
Esdeath after falling in love with Tatsumi.
Cute Clumsy Girl: Sheele, an assassin who mistakes salt for sugar and washes Mine with the clothes while doing the laundry.
Death by Origin Story: Tatsumi's two companions don't make it past the first episode. In fact one of them has already died when he discovers them, and the other dies shortly afterwards.
Tatsumi on the receiving end of the female characters attacks are usually seen as more comedic than dangerous. Even in his first encounter with Akame, she doesn't really even attack him, and instead just toys with him to get around him to go after her target behind him.
Esdeath slapping a collar onto Tatsumi, saying that he belongs to her, and literally kidnapping him is Played for Laughs, but imagine how such a scene would have been treated with a Gender Flip. Albeit, in the context of the setting, Esdeath getting away with kidnapping a young boy in front of an entire stadium full of spectators was likely tolerated because she's a high-ranking member of the Empire's military, not because she's a woman, not because no one took the situation seriously. In fact, the audience seemed rather shocked.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. While female on male abuse is taken more lightly than it should, there have been instances of women sexually assaulting men and it's not treated as a joke.
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Tatsumi displays some when Aria first offers to help him, growing suspicious after having lost all his money to Leone.
Establishing Character Moment: Tatsumi in the first episode kills a huge earth dragon on his own. He then tells the two men he saved that he's going to the capital to make a name for himself and earn some money to help out his village. They warn him that the capital isn't as bright and cheery as he thinks, and he quickly learns that they weren't kidding.
Fate Worse than Death: A politician in episode 8 is attacked by Esdeath's three bodyguards. The daughter of the politician, who is also one of his bodyguards, goes out to face them along with his other guards, but they are quickly killed by Daidara. Though she gets cut in the attack, she survives it. Nyau then walks up to her, brandishes a knife, and says that her surviving that attack is going to be bad due to what he was about to do to her next. She gets skinned alive by him, though he says she died from the shock before he was done cutting her.
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Tatsumi is punched by Bulat in episode 6 when he vows revenge for his friend's death, Sheele at the hands of Seryu. He is told that simply charging in for vengeance is only going to increase the body count. Bulat also reminds him that he was told they could die at any time. Regardless, Mine swears to kill Seryu someday. She eventually does.
In episode 6 of the anime, Sheele's moment of death is cutaway, and instead a crunching sound is heard as her weapon falls to the ground. The camera then focuses on said weapon for a few moments.
Nyau, who cuts off people's faces so he can use them as masks. He says that the girl he was doing this to in episode 8 died from the shock, and as the camera pans up to her now lifeless body, it's mostly blacked out.
The manga tends to show more of the violence (including the face-skinning mentioned above), but even Takahiro was unwilling to show what the Wild Hunt did to Bors' family.
Got Volunteered: In episode 2/chapter 3, Tatsumi gets a little too passionate when he says Ogre needs to be killed due to his abuse of power and sentencing innocent people to death. He then assigned to kill Ogre.
Green-Eyed Monster: Aria is quite jealous of Sayo's smooth skin and hair, which is why she personally tortured Tatsumi's friend to death after they find her.
Half the Man He Used to Be: Aria's mother suffers this fate in the first episode, and is sliced in half by a member of the Night Raid terrorist group.
Sheele gets ripped into half by Seryu's Teigu Koro. Mine herself returns the favor to Seryu by using her Teigu as an Energy Sword.
Seryu suffers this as Sheele cuts her arms off in episode 6.
Hitler Ate Sugar: The guards who were protecting Aria's mansion are killed by Night Raid. They later tell Tatsumi that the guards, though they were just doing their job, were just as guilty as the noble family they killed because they kept quiet about said family's dark secret instead of exposing them.
Love at First Sight: Esdeath falls for Tatsumi after watching him win the tournament in episode 9. So when he wins the tournament, she goes to greet him personally. While he's expecting a cash payment, she instead puts a leash on him, then knocks him out and takes him into the palace.
Made of Iron: Sten is impaled by Rabac and laughs it off. Justified as he and the other Rakshasa Demons underwent special training which made them practically superhuman.
Mood Whiplash: Can go from slapstick comedy to horrifying gorn and back again in a matter of seconds. The last few minutes of the first anime episode are a particularly extreme example, featuring gruesome murder, a tear-jerking deathbed speech, Bishie Sparkle, and silly face-faults in rapid succession.
Mugging the Monster: A couple of thugs in the first chapter tries to mug Tatsumi. You can guess what happens next.
Neck Snap: Akame delivers one to the Rakshasa Demon Ibara when he paralysed from wielding Murasame.
Rabac often kills this way with his Teigu, Cross Thread, most memorably with Syura.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tatsumi attempts to join the army in the first episode, but doesn't like that he'd have to work his way up from the bottom. He tries to tell the enlistment officer to give him a chance to show off his skills, but also pulls his sword out on the man. He is then kicked out of the office, and told that they have a lot of applicants due to a recession.
No Sell: Mine and Sheele's fight with Seryu and her arms Coro in episode 6. No matter what attacks they use on Coro, it simply regenerates since its core is still intact despite the extensive damage it receives.
No Sense of Direction: Ieyasu, one of Tatsumi's friends, who got lost along with Sayo, the other person he left the village with. Tatsumi wonders if he'll even be able to find their meeting point in the capital.
Only Sane Man: Tatsumi and Wave in the Night Raid and Jaegars respectively
Pinocchio Nose: Tatsumi sports one in episode 2 after he gloats to Akame over his first mission, and says he doesn't have a scratch on him. She immediately strips him to verify he didn't get hurt, though she explains that she wanted to make sure he didn't have a Secret Stab Wound.
Pocket Protector: The artifact Tatsumi's elder gives him prior to leaving the village protects him from one of Akame's attacks.
P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl: Tatsumi is the viewpoint character, while Akame is the titular character and the series' poster girl.
Punch Clock Villain: Esdeath may be a sadist who doesn't care for the empire's corruption, but she's a very sweet person when around someone she likes.
Bols is a massive man who walks around in a menacing gas mask, and it's his job to use his flamethrower teigu in order to burn traitors at the stake and wipe plague-ridden villages off the map, but he has a wife and daughter he loves very much.
Extra-Chapter 23.5 takes it Up to Eleven and then some with what befalls the girls Luna, Fal and Air. Luna has her eyes removed and kills herself out of despair. Fal has both her legs broken, is raped and finally dies having lost all her fingers and teeth. Air is raped by a dog repeatedly and forced to become one herself until she escapes and hires Night Raid to avenge her and her friends, once this is done she commits suicide to be with her friends. Gruesome stuff...
Real Men Eat Meat: Inverted. Akame, Leonne, and Najenda are fine with an all meat diet, while Tatsumi and Lubbock prefer something a bit more balanced.
Red Baron: Plenty. Zank the Beheader and 100 Man-Slayer Bulat are notable examples. Even some of the teigu have these: One Cut Killer Murasame, Hundred-Beast-King Lionelle, Roman Artillery Pumpkin, Demon Armor Inclusio, Infinite Uses Cross Tail, Cutter of Creation Ecstasy just to name a few.
Ship Tease: Akame/Tatsumi, Tatsumi/Esdeath and Wave/Kurome
No love for Leone? She pretty much flat-out stated that she'd "laid claims" to Tatsumi numerous times.
The Scapegoat: In episode 8, Esdeath sends three of her minions to attack some officials while simultaneously spreading false reports that said officials were targeted by Night Raid. Najenda is wise enough to realize that said attacks were obvious set ups to lure them out, while also having the benefit of wiping out politicians who opposed the Minister.
Schizo Tech: On the one hand, the society looks a few centuries back in development of the general level of technology, but on the other hand, some characters have e.g. futuristic guns.
When Tatsumi first meets Leone, she tells him he needs connections and money to get into the military, especially as an officer. He hands her a large bag of coins, which she happily takes, and tells him to wait there and says this will be a very valuable lesson. He later finds out from the restaurant owner that he's been conned out of his money by her.
Leone in episode 8 is told to observe General Esdeath. She thinks to herself that if the opportunity arose, she would love to kill the general, as she is a high ranking official within the Empire. However, when she's watching Esdeath just sitting around town by herself, her instincts tell her that it's an obvious trap, and she decides to retreat instead of falling for said trap. Esdeath, for her part notices the aura she sensed is no longer there, and laments not being able to capture said target for a new torture technique.
Stuffed into the Fridge: During the first episode, both of Tatsumi's long time friends are killed off before we know more than their names and town of birth. Even worse, Sayo is chained up naked in the doorway, apparently having died before Tatsumi could even get there. All for Tatsumi's manpain to get the series rolling.
Talking Is a Free Action: Some of the characters get into monologues and speeches during battles. Sometimes it makes you wonder why their opponent is letting them spend this much time talking instead of just killing them, whether it's one of the good guys, or one of the bad guys doing the talking.
Tempting Fate: Esdeath's description of the perfect man as read by the Emperor and Prime Minister in episode 9 of a young man born outside the capital who is also capable of hunting dangerous monsters and has a cute smile sounds an awful lot like Tatsumi. And then she holds a tournament with a cash prize, which Lubbock introduces to him as a way to help earn money to send back to his home village...
Theme Naming: Each episode of the anime is titled with a "Kill X", with "X" being various things such as "the Darkness" or "the Authority".
This Is a Drill: Enma's Spear of Justice, a weapon created by Dr. Stylish, and used by Seryu.
Training from Hell: Tatsumi receives a lot of this from the other members of Night Raid. In one case, Bulat gives him some "tough love" training in episode 7, hitting him from out of nowhere while he was sparring with Akame, and telling him to be more mindful of his surroundings. Later on, Tatsumi witnesses firsthand what Bulat was talking about when the latter attacks three people simultaneously, killing one and knocking the other two away.
Vague Age: Esdeath is the only character in the Jaegars we don't know the age of. Other characters either state the range or the exact age.
Now confirmed to be "younger than mid-twenties."
Vice City: Tatsumi quickly learns that the capital, underneath its initial shimmering buildings, is pretty corrupt.
Villainesses Want Heroes: Played with. It just happens that Tatsumi falls into all the criteria of Esdeath's perfect guy, and she encounters him when watching a public fighting tournament, not when in the battlefield. Because of this, the members of Night Raid are incredibly dumbfounded and confused when she snatches him up and takes him to the Capitol.
Villainous Glutton: The Prime Minister, almost never seen without something vanishing down his gullet.
Villainous Rescue: Leone, whom Tatsumi viewed as an enemy at the time near the end of the first episode, saves him from Akame after witnessing him surviving one of her attacks. She then stops Akame, and reveals the truth about Aria's family to him.
Wax On, Wax Off: When Tatsumi first joins Night Raid, his first duties with Akame as his trainer is to cook and go fishing. Mine also mocks him, while Akame is harsh and cold towards him. He later finds out from Nejanda that said cooking and fishing was actually part of his training to help him hone his tracking skills to hunt down his prey.
You Are Already Dead: Mine informs Horimaka that he was already dead after getting scratched by Murasame.
You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Najenda says she's going to the rebel army's headquarters for a few days to deliver some Imperial arms along with recruiting new members, Tatsumi regrets not being strong enough to save his friends. However, she tells him that he helped take on three of the strongest Imperial soldiers, and saved the lives of the remaining people on the ship they fought on. Leonne also tells Tatsumi that Bulat mentioned him having the potential to become strong, and even surpass himself someday.