YMMV: Akame ga Kill!

aka: Akame Ga Kiru

Manga

  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Holimace: Despite having some build-up as a user of a scythe-like teigu, as well as being Bolic's bodyguard, he was quickly defeated by Akame before he even got a chance to show off what his teigu can do.
    • Syura. He is introduced as a real threat and during the Jaegers arc, is stated as a heavy player for the next arc. Despite all that hype, he ends up being humiliated by Wave, his group is disbanded thanks to Esdeath and Run, and Lubbock kill him using a trick and without a proper battle.
    • Izou ends up being this. Throughout the Wild Hunt arc, Izou was built up as one the strongest members, if not the strongest member, of Wild Hunt. Also, being Lubbock's killer further built up his credibility as a threat to Night Raid. Despite all of this build-up, he was ultimately killed by Akame in just a few pages in the manga.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Mine stating that her Teigu uses the power of her feelings to charge in her battle with Seryu instead of the danger she feel could be this, as Mine find the way to defeat Seryu of the nothing instead of a proper reason.
    • During the fight with Esdeath in Bolic's arc, she reveals her new technique, who consists in "freeze" (stop) the time. When Devil's Stract has the ability to manipulate and create ice, this is simply ridiculous, as this ability has nothing to do with the creation of ice and only serves to make Esdeath more powerful than she was before.
    • In chapter 60, Leone and Dorothea fight and the alchemist use a paralyzer gas that immobilizes Leone and then drank her blood. Later, Leone's appear without a scratch and tells Dorothea that she had recovered eating herbivores animals in the forest. During the fight the forest didn't show a single animal and Leone's state after Dorothea finish her was very bad. How she managed to eat an animal in a forest that don't have any and in that poor state?
  • Base Breaker
    • Esdeath; she's either a Badass who acts as a worthy adversary against Night Raid, or she is a broken Villain Sue who is just too boring, and predictable, to watch as you're always expecting her to just effortlessly win her fights. Taken Up to Eleven with the in-fandom arguments about whether or not Esdeath is just irredeemably evil or an emotional and psychological wreck who's a product of her environment rather than someone who is inherently evil. Opinions are all across the board with varying degrees of vitriol. Do not even dare to touch upon the topic of her being redeemed unless you want the conversation to erupt into pointless bickering.
    • Kurome started off as mostly a boring character no one was really interested in aside from being Akame's crazy sister. However, she ends up garnering a lot of hate for what she did to Chelsea's corpse after killing her off. Afterwards, she starts showing a much more loving side to her through major Ship Tease with Wave, but some fans just can't bring themselves to forgive her. Showing off her Yandere qualities after turning Ran (who was on the verge of death) into another one of her clone fighters hasn't won her any favors either.
    • Mine, of all people, has become this. Despite being a very popular character (ranked #3 in the character popularity poll) in the fanbase, she has her haters since her introduction. Due to her stereotypical tsundere traits, she was disliked by some fans, but her later actions during Bolic assassination arc such as defeating Seryu and becoming Tatsumi's girlfriend caused her popularity to increase. However, some people who support other Tatsumi related pairings have accused her of being a Creator's Pet that survives situations in which other fan-favorite characters have killed so she can stay with Tatsumi (not in vain, since Mine was confirmed to be Takahiro's favorite character). Her haters remarked this traits during her battle with Budo, in that she enters in a coma after using her Teigu too much instead of dying like other characters, accusing her of have Plot Armor that has not been seen before.
    • Bols is also one. While he's clearly got his redeeming traits (being a genuinely caring and nice guy, and a dedicated family man), he is disliked by a portion of the fandom for doing his job (burning entire towns and people alive) without questioning anything and continued doing this even knowing that he kills innocent people, which makes him quite hypocritical. He does admit that he knows karma will catch up to him one day. If he really deserved to die at the hands of Chelsea or not is an object of debate in the fandom too.
  • Broken Base:
    • Some fans are pointing out that they're tired of the constant displays of the corruption of the Empire, claiming that it's done for "shock value" in the same way a Snuff Film does. Others don't mind at all, since all the displays are a reminder of why the corrupt individuals need to die. And let's not talk about chapter 23.5...
      • In the beginning of the series (before Seryu's introduction), the manga was heavily criticized because the first antagonists (Aria, Ogre, Zank...) were nothing more that a bunch of bastards without redeeming qualities that only cared for torturing, killing and oppressing the poor Empire citizens. Other people actually like this for how it represents the decadence of The Empire and the corruption of Honest.
    • An ongoing debate regarding the overall manga is, whether or not, Takahiro is making the right choice regarding how he writes Akame ga Kiru's character deaths. On one side, you have those who love the fact that Takahiro actually has the balls to kill off his established characters; keeping the readers invested as to who lives and who dies. On the other side, you have those who couldn't care less about who is about to kick the bucket, because these characters die off so suddenly that they never receive any proper Character Development to truly hit the reader where it hurts.
  • Cliché Storm: It's a story about a young, Chick Magnet, All-Loving Hero with big dreams in a fantasy world filled with monsters. He traveled from a distant land in order to make his way in the world. He would then join a rebellion to overthrow an evil empire that controlled by an Evil Chancellor. Characters fight with magical weapons and.... wait I think I heard this one before. But seriously, once you get past the interesting characters (some of which are actually still pretty cliched like Tatsumi (the generic hero), Bols (the family man who dies to get a cheap tearjerker moment) and Seryu (the villain that is ironically obsessed with justice) are just as few examples) and the Any One Can Die trope (and even then it is pretty easy to guess when certain characters are going to be killed), the overall story is pretty cliched.
  • Complete Monster:
    • The Big Bad is the corrupt, ironically-named, Prime Minister Honest, a bloated, grotesque glutton who ruins the empire from behind the scenes, manipulating the young Emperor, and is the source of the Empire’s corruption. Honest is introduced having a man loyal to the young Emperor executed while promising Honest will "care for" the man's wife. Throughout the series, Honest allows murders, rapes, tortures and helps to grow the monstrosity of corruption in the capital so nobles do whatever they want at the expense of the lives of those beneath them. Honest has the military launch brutal campaigns of conquest and expansion and when his evil son Syura returns to the capital, Honest gives him a group of evil criminals (The Wild Hunt) to attack civilians in the guise of "justice." Aware of his own mortality, the hedonistic Honest plans to corrupt the Emperor so even after his own death, the corruption of the empire will go on.
    • Syura, the twisted son of Prime Minister Honest, is driven by a desire to surpass his successful father, and puts together a group of vicious psychos known as The Wild Hunt in order to hunt down the Night Raid. Syura wastes no time terrorizing the populace in attacks where innocent people are butchered and men, women and children alike are raped by him and his squad. Syura himself treats his "playthings" horribly with a tendency to kill them, all the while daring someone to challenge him as he is the son of the Prime Minister and thus untouchable. When he actually captures a member of Night Raid, Syura subjects him to hideous torture, including crushing one of his testicles, to get him to speak. When he encounters the widow of a genuine Imperial war hero, Syura wastes no time raping and murdering her while one of his men has her young daughter right on top of the husband's grave. Spoiled, selfish, and monstrous, Syura is consumed with nothing more than a need to satisfy his own desires and cruelty.
    • Champ, one of the aforementioned Wild Hunt, was imprisoned for being a pedophiliac Serial Rapist and Serial Killer. During an early raid of the Wild Hunt, Champ notices a little boy and kills a woman trying to stop him from raping him. Champ comments how he enjoys killing the children before they can become "filthy adults" and later rapes and murders the daughter of a dead imperial war hero right on top of her father's grave while Syura handles her mother. It is revealed that a member of another Imperial Squad, the Jaegers, named Run has joined simply to get revenge on Champ for slaughtering his class from the days when he was a teacher. When confronted with this, Champ comments he's violated and killed so many kids he can't even remember the class until his memory is jogged. His only emotion is disappointment that them screaming for Run to save them ruined his fun.
  • Creator's Pet: Mine has been called this, so let see. Takahiro's confirmed favorite character. Check. Story-Breaker Power. Check. Has more screen time and character development than the titular character. Double check. The only girl out many, many others to end up with Tatsumi. Also, check. Finally, most importantly tends not to die in situations that would have killed any other character in the series. Check. Well it is safe to assume that she if this.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: One of the darkest shonen manga series ever released. The main characters, while likable, are assassins, which is a very shady occupation for a protagonist. Some of the antagonists can be likable and because Anyone Can Die prepare for several Tear Jerker. Then in the manga's second arc the apathy is taken Up to Eleven with the appearance of villains who are pure evil. Killing off major characters also loses its shock value as the series goes on.
  • Die for Our Ship: In chapter 45 Tatsumi and Mine are officially a relationship. This doesn't fell well to fans of others Tatsumi involved pairings, like shippers of Tatsumi/Akame and Tatsumi/Esdeath. For this reason, many fans began to dislike Mine and hoped that she died for the sake of their shipping preferences. Not that it mattered much in the end, as they both die.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Esdeath is a brutal, sadistic Social Darwinist who simply has no comprehension or empathy towards weaklings and whose hobbies include Cold-Blooded Torture. Moreover, she is one of the root causes of the Empire's corruption, supporting the evil Prime Minister simply because his atrocious reign causes endless rebellions which provide her with endless opportunities for slaughter and bloodshed, and thus she shares responsibility for the majority of bad things that happen in the series. However, because of her genuine likability outside of combat, her frequent Pet the Dog moments, her hilarious scenes with Tatsumi, and her genuine care for her subordinates, many people respect her far more than most of the villains in this series. As a result, some fans feel she's redeemable, or see her simply a product of her environment.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Esdeath is by far the most popular character in this series, it is actually rather easy to forget that she is just The Dragon (making her "technically" a secondary antagonist) for the true The Big Bad and not the actual main antagonist of the series.
    • Name any Night Raid member not named Tatsumi or Akame, and you'll find that they all have some form of a fanbase. Mein however, became the front-runner amongst the Night Raid darkhorses (most likely due to her Tsundere stereotype); especially in the later chapters where she officially became Tatsumi's girlfriend.
      • Night Raid's Chelsea gets special mention. Despite arguable having the least amount of screen time out of all of the Night Raids members (rivaling only Sheele), she ranked #2 in the most recent official character poll, beating Mine who was #3 and being only being beat by Esdeath (obviously) for #1.
    • Wave and Bols stand out as the most likable members of the Jaegers, despite their actions. Ran qualifies as well after finally getting some screen-time to build his character in chapters 47 and 48; proving to also be a rather likable Jaeger member who many have jokingly nicknamed as the "Suzaku" of Akame Ga Kiru due to his desire to change the empire's system from within.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Esdeath. Can you guess why?
    • Mez is the most popular of the Four Rakshasa Demons due to her statues as this.
    • In Zero, Akame and the other girls of the Elite Seven can be considered this. The guys in the same group aren't that bad looking either.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Tatsumi/Esdeath holds a strong following amongst those who still hold out hope that at some point down the line, Tatsumi will reform her (despite Tatsumi himself believing that she's beyond saving).
    • Tatsumi/Akame is one of the most popular pairings, with fans noting the amount of chemistry between them and the less subjective fact that they resemble the classic P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl Love Interest dynamic. This is typically the most voted pairing in all sorts of polls across internet.
    • There is also Wave/Kurome, due to their chemistry resembling that of Akame and Tatsumi, but more "official" rather than the brother-and-sister-like relationship of the latter two.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Despite some of the more polarizing tropes on this page, the series has done rather well for itself after being publicized in America; both Volumes 1 and 2 both topped in the New York times best-selling manga in their opening weeks and retain high positions even after.
  • Growing the Beard:
  • Holy Shit Quotient: When you're first reading through chapter 1, it starts off looking like a fun, innocent, adventure following Tatsumi's escapades around the capital city and landing a job as the bodyguard for a cute rich-girl. After that...
  • Hype Backlash: Hoo BOY, this series got quite a lot of it in the latter half of 2014 and well into Winter 2015. The anime aired around Summer of that year and received lots of hype. And naturally this trope occurred in the immediate aftermath of it airing, especially when it deviated from the manga near the end.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Tatsumi, hands down. He can be plausibly paired with almost every female character in the manga.
  • Les Yay: In a series where the main cast is 60% female and most of the men are either gay, asexual living weapons, rapist, or just simply taken, this is to be expected. Examples include:
    • Akame x Leone: They have by far the most subtext compare to any another pair on this list. The two are often paired together during missions and have considered each other best friends. Throughout the series, Leone often referred to Akame as cute. Akame is the only character, other than Tatsumi, that Leone has either glomped or subjected her to Marshmallow Hell.
      • When Leone was recovering from Night Raid’s fight Kurome and Bols Akame was VERY happy to see Leone mostly recovered from her injury. In the manga, Leone even blushed at Akame’s happiness.
      • In chapter 49, after seeing Lubbock’s trying to love advice from Tatsumi and Mine, since they are know a official couple, on how to get together with Najenda, Leone decided to hang out with Akame, so they can be “lonely together”. Akame responds by saying that she is never lonely when she is with Leone.
      • In chapter 57, when Akame was starting to get upset over the loss of all the Night Raid members of far, Leone gave Akame a Cooldown Hug. Leone even stated that the hug would have been more appropriate if she were man. Akame blushes and state that she preferred Leone the way she is and comments on how warm she is.
    • Akame x Chelsea : Chelsea does have a fair amount of subtext pertaining to Akame. Most, if not all, of Chelsea interactions with Akame can easily interpreted as flirting. Shortly after meeting each other, Chelsea (while blushing) is shown playing with Akame's hair (who was also blushing), all the while complementing how cute Akame is. In one flashback in the manga(although the scene was shown briefly in the anime), Chelsea has tried lifting up Akame's shirt, much to Akame's annoyance. In the same flashback, Chelsea's suggested that the two should go shopping together once the revolution, all the while holding Akame’s hands. Chelsea’s proposal can be interpreted as her asking Akame on a date.
    • Esdeath x Seryu : These two do have a lot of subtext with each other. When Seryu was upset about Dr. Stylish’s death, Esdeath gave Seryu a Cooldown Hug. During the hug, Seryu was noticeable nuzzling Esdeath’s breasts. Also, whenever Esdeath pairs herself up with Seryu, Seryu tends to get excited and tends to blush around her. Finally, during Seryu’s final moments, the last person she thought about was Esdeath. Seryu even started crying the moment she thought of Esdeath, knowing that she will never be able to see her again.
    • Esdeath x Najenda: Although the two are enemies, they do seem to respect on another. In addition, Esdeath seems a little too eager at the idea of personally torturing Najenda. Also, the final anime omake, Najenda was noticeable flirting with Esdeath and gets upset when Esdeath was more concern about finding Tatsumi.
    • Esdeath x Suzuka : Since Esdeath is a sadist and Suzuka is a masochist this is to be expected. Although it is mostly one sided, on Suzuka side. During her time with the Jaegers, Suzuka would often fantasies about being tortured by Esdeath. Also, Suzuka seemed rather aroused when she remembered when Esdeath crushed her face against a wall since Suzuka tried to rape Tatsumi.
    • In Zero theres Cornelia x Taeko: The two were briefly friends before finding out that they were on opposing sides. The two have bathed together and had drinks together. Even after finding out they were enemies, it was make pretty clear they did not want to fight each other.
    • Also in Zero, Chelsea x Taeko: The two do get along well with each other. Taeko even gave Chelsea a piggy back ride when Chelsea was getting tried from their hike. It is possible that Chelsea likes Akame so much is because she reminds her of Taeko.
  • Love It or Hate It: Contributing to the Broken Base above. You'll either love the gore, lack of Plot Armor, and the sympathetic antagonists or you'll hate said gore, its extremely pretentious atmosphere, and cookie-cutter Shonen tropes. There's no real middle ground.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Seryu developed a backup strategy during her fight with Mine and Sheele in case she was in a jam, ordering Coro to enter Berserker mode and try to crush the life out of Mine, which forced Sheele to come to her rescue only to get shot from behind by her by surprise. And that's not all; she even called for backup from the Imperial guards beforehand. She truly proved herself to be one step ahead of the good guys in that fight, and from her laugh as Coro munched on Sheele in the aftermath of the fight, you could just tell that she was enjoying said victory. She was even able to beat down Mine during her second showdown with her with her own hands in a series of punches when her other weaponry failed against her. In fact, had it not been for the damage done to her body, she definitely would've killed Mine that way.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Prepare to see forums involving the word "deathflag" due to the large amount of major characters dying.
    • A translation of the title: Akame Kills!
    • The imageboards noted how Akame in the anime adaptation kinda physically resembles Seitokai Yakuindomo's Shino, especially when making chibi faces, and just ran with it.
    • Justice! A reference to Seryu's obsession with bringing justice to criminals; the girl can barely utter a sentence without the word justice in it.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Aria, the little girl who shelters Tatsumi in the first chapter; being discovered to have tortured to death the people she brings to her home; including the two friends Tatsumi was travelling with prior to the start of Chapter 1. And what makes it worse? She even admits during her Villainous Breakdown that she did it just because she struggled with her own hair, and was jealous of how smooth Sayo's was!
    • Team Wild Hunt raping and killing Bors' wife and child on his grave.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Oh boy where do we begin? The tortured people from chapter 1?
    • Seryu. While at first coming off as a sweet, bubbly Knight in Shining Armor, by the time she dies, she's proven herself to be the most brutal, completely insane psychopath in a setting full of psychopaths... until the introduction of Wild Hunt.
    • The utterly insane expression on Aria's face as she rants about her reasons for the aforementioned torture. The rant itself also qualifies, describing the people she horribly kills as nothing but cattle and sounding like a Voice of the Legion.
    • "Just got a new one to my collection!" It's a collection of faces. From people.
    • Honest's reaction to Syura's death. It looked like he brainwashed himself.
    • Chapter 23.5. Sadistic doesn't even begin to describe the people who bought those girls, or what they did.
  • Nausea Fuel: Chapter 23.5, in friggin' spades. You know it's Nausea Fuel when a guy satisfying his fetish for eyeless girls by making one is not the chapter's Crowning Moment of Squick.
  • The Scrappy:
    • No character (at least before team Wild Hunt's introduction) receives more hatred amongst the fandom then Seryuu due to her psychotic sense of "justice" and for having practically no redeeming qualities to her character outside of looking cute when she's not in her insane nut-job persona, and being the cause of Schere's brutal death certainly won her a lot of hate. Very few people felt an ounce of remorse for her when she kicked the bucket in chapter 38. In fact, its one of the most loved chapters of the manga!
    • Shura and his team Wild Hunt members shot up to this status instantly the moment viewers had to read through their brutal murders of Bors' wife and child in chapter 46.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: The series has several of these moments.
    • Mine cutting Seryuu in half during Chapter 38 to get revenge for Sheele and to a certain extent Chelsea.
    • Wave punching Shura in chapter 46 brought the smile to several readers. Probably surpassed even the famous scene where Simon punched Rossiu.
    • Several Wild Hunt members who met their end in chapter 48 got this reaction. Especially the clown.
    • Syura getting garroted in chapter 52 was sweet, sweet catharsis.
  • Tear Jerker: Lots of deaths generate this reaction to readers. For a nonviolent example, Tatsumi having a dream where his late friends tell him to move on is also sad.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • Bulat and Sheele; both were among the more powerful and nicer of the Night Raid, the former even being considered on Esdeath's level.
    • The newcomers of Night Raid, Susanoo and Chelsea, also apply.
    • As of chapter 52 part 2, Lubbock has joined the list of casualties, courtesy of Izou.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Many characters that were killed off sometimes get called out for this. Particularly if you're a firm believer that these people never received any proper Character Development to truly feel anything towards seeing him/her go.
    • Chelsea is a huge victim of this trope, followed somewhat by Susanoo. Chelsea had some interesting interactions with the cast, particularly Mine. Despite being built up as having as much kills as Akame, and being considered the only true assassin of Night Raid, she gets killed off by Kurome. It almost seems like they brought her in solely to expose some of Kurome's abilities. There are debates in the thread as to why people should feel sorry for someone they barely knew, while others defend her development, claiming she had more than Bols.
    • Many fans of the manga are very upset that Syura did almost nothing in the anime (besides fight Lubbock) and that his impact in the anime was reduced to nothing but him being a Villain of the Week. It really didn't help that the anime felt like it was building up to the Wild Hunt arc, only for it to fall flat.
    • Izou, a member of Wild Hunt, was hyped by Syura to be strong enough to cover any losses Wild Hunt might gain. Not only does he fight with a normal sword in a world where everyone has a Teigu, he also killed Lubbock. So what do we see when this guy finally gets a real fight? He's struck down in a few pages by Akame, in a very one-sided fight.
    • Doctor Stylish also could count as that. He was introduced as the most brilliant scientist of The Empire, was involved with many factions of this (the Jaegers, Ogre, Syura, Bolic...) and also was the only of the Jaegers that wasn't fooled by Tatsumi facade. He could be an interesting antagonist, but he was the first of the Jaegers to die in his first battle with Night Raid.
    • Budo can be considered this. While he was undoubtedly one of Night Raid's most powerful opponents, he somewhat fall short on his contributions to the story. Despite all the build up and attention towards his heroic traits, as well as his hatred towards Honest, ultimately nothing came of it, and Budo decide to deal with the corruption after the rebellion was taking care of. What is even more jarring, was that he could have been the perfect ally to Wave's "change the Empire within" campaign. Budo was the most powerful and most influential officer within in Empire not to be a part of the Empire's corruption. In fact, he openly opposed the Empire's corruption, he even put himself in charge of protecting the imperial politicians who wanted to change the Empire for the better. Also, Budo was shown starting to develop some form of respect towards Wave after Wave's fight with Syura. Instead, Budo was reduce to nothing more than another opponent that Night Raid had to defeat. What is even more upsetting, Night Raid considered Budo apparent death a good thing, instead of the fact they possibly killed one of the few men within the Empire that tried to keep the corruption from getting worse.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • When Seryu was introduced, it seemed like she would add a good deal of ambiguity to Night Raid's actions, showing that their methods can also result in good, innocent people suffering, spawning a tragic Cycle of Vengeance. Instead, she turned out to be one of the biggest psychopaths in the series as well as The Scrappy, rendering this point moot.
    • Seryu meeting Wild Hunt could have been an intreating plot point, since not only does Wild Hunt openly antagonize the Jaegers, but they complete conflict with Seryu's view of Justice. Despite working for the Empire, Wild Hunt has attacked people who sided this the Empire, including the Jaegers and Bol's wife and daughter and, knowing Syura, chances are he would have tried to rape Seryu, like he when he tried to rape Kurome. This could have lead to some interesting Character Development and it might have been the thing that makes Seryu realize the Empire is not what it seems. Instead, Seryu is killed just before the Wild Hunt arc and most of time in the Wild Hunt arc is mostly spent developing the Jaegers, like Wave and Run, who were already considered anti-villains at the time.
    • After Syura losses his fist fight with Wave, Syura spent a good chunk of his time trying to figure out the best way to kill Wave off in secret. Despite all the foreshadowing that Syura would do something very drastic in his attempts to kill Wave, nothing really comes of it and Syura is killed off by Luboock before he can try do anything against Wave.
    • Like in the wasted characters page, Stylish could be created many new plots that could be made the series better. Being the only of the Jaegers that wasn't loyal at all to Esdeath, his (inexact) relationship with Syura could be made and alliance with Wild Hunt and he and Dorothea could have done better experiments and created better Danger Beast, creating a new menace to Night Raid. His investigations with the Danger Beast DNA in the blood of the Leader of the Path of Peace also could create an interesting plot about the Danger Beast and its origins, who remains unclear in the manga.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: While he doesn't shy away from killing once the plot starts, Tatsumi exhibits many traits of a typical shonen hero (naivete, potential, merciful nature) as opposed to his experienced but jaded teammates.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Hands up everyone who thought Nyau was a girl? Turns out he's a young boy.
  • Villain Sue: Esdeath. Never mind being the most powerful fighter in the setting, she most exemplifies this trope effortlessly beating half of Night Raid and then freeze frigging time to stop Susanoo from killing Night Raid's target. No repercussions, nor anyone capable of beating her are in sight as of Chapter 42. Boss even says herself that they would need an entire army plus Akame along with ten teigu users, just to take on Esdeath by herself, and even then it's not a sure thing.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Seriously Bolick, did you really think that go to rape a woman who isn't dead and can kill you easily in middle of a death battle is a good idea?
    • Great General Budo hates Prime Minister Honest's guts and plan to kill him for the sake of the Empire (even told this to Esdeath herself). A group of revolutionaries plan the same that him and plots a rebellion again Honest with a group of very skilled killers with awesome weapons. One expect that Budo at least tried to ally with this revolution who has the same ideal that him, especially since the Empire has Esdeath and groups like the Jaegers or Wild Hunt, very powerful enemies that easily can dispatch an army and they might need support in their cause. Instead, Budo opposes to the revolution and tries to crush it stating that he alone would kill Honest (and, like I said before, says this in front of Esdeath, who support Honest).
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
  • The Woobie: Tatsumi. It's like the series LOVES to crush any sense of hope he has.
    • Akame as well. She and her sister were sold away by their parents, was forced to kill people for the Empire ever since she was a child, loses multiple comrades in the prequel AND series, has said sister that would love to kill her and , in the anime, is forced to kill Kurome and is the only one in Night Raid, [besides Najenda], alive at the end of the series.

Anime

  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Pretty much any antagonist after Seryu's death can be considered as this. This includes Syura, Budo, Kurome, Run, Honest, and (arguable) the emperor. Despite all being established as powerful threats and major players in the series, they all were defeated (with the exception of Run, whose fight was dropped altogether) in less than one episode. While some of their fights are fairly decent, they ultimately fall short of the antagonist's creditability and built up. The worst offender of this in the anime is:
    • Esdeath:, of all people, is a special mention amongst the antagonists. Throughout the series, Esdeath was built up as a nigh-invincible villain that can take on all of Night Raid at once. However, during the finale, Esdeath was defeated by "just" Akame in less than '"one" episode. This is especially upsetting for manga reader since it was established that if the rebellion has any chance of defeating Esdeath they will need 5000 soldier and ten teigu users "including" Akame, if they have any hope of defeating Esdeath.
  • Ass Pull:
    • The fact that Akame is inexplicably able to defeat Esdeath for good in the anime's finale, despite the series taking great amounts to build her as a downright nigh-invincible villain who could take the entire Night Raid and laugh at their faces (see Villain Sue above).
    • In the anime, Akame's trump card definitely can be considered this. What makes it an ass pull is the fact Akame stated in earlier episodes that her Murasame does not have a trump card. Also, if a trump card does exist, there was no indication of Akame trying to figure out what it is, or an foreshadowing of one existing. Also, if Akame did find out about Murasame's trump card, why did she not use it other situations when it was really needed. What makes the trump card so frustrating, is that there was no clear explanation on what it's powers are and its limitation, it was just introduced as a dues ex machina for Akame to use in her battle with Esdeath.
    • In the anime, the giant experimental danger beast that came out of nowhere in the middle of Akame and Kurome's final fight and destroyed Kurome's two most powerful puppets, Natala and Doya. Ultimately, it was just introduced as a way to give Akame the advantage she needed to defeat Kurome.
    • Just pick any death of a Night Raid member, especially during the last six episodes of the anime, and, chances are, you would find some group of fans calling their death this.
      • However Leone's death in the anime deserves an special mention for how ridiculous was. In first place, she corners Honest and is about to kill him, but the Prime Minister use a Teigu ring that he hasn't wore before and uses it to destroy Lionelle and shoot Leone in the belly. Leone kills him anyway, but later she encounter Akame and after a brief talk she disappear in front Akame and go to an alley to die, when she could try to find a doctor to cure her wounds. The death felt so forced that many fans were pissed of the manner it was executed and called it a poor excuse to kill Leone in the final episode.
  • Broken Base:
    • Tatsumi's and Wave's (in)action at the Akame/Kurome fight in the anime. Some viewers didn't want either of them to be there, since it ruined the fight between the two sisters—especially since both of them didn't do anything. Others, however, were glad that they respected Akame and Kurome's wishes to fight one-on-one with each other, and even more viewers appreciated that Tatsumi was there to comfort Akame when she broke down crying, and that Wave took care of Kurome's body after questioning why he was fighting in the first place.
    • Lubbock's death in the anime. Was it infuriating because it felt rushed and occurred much earlier than it did in the manga, or was it still very saddening and shocking due to the way his death was executed?
    • The anime's original route (starting from the last part of episode 19) leaves many manga readers angry for how much rushed and forced was. The things that leave more pissed to fans are the skip of Bolic's arc and the battle of Night Raid with Esdeath (who was later animated, but much more rushed), the sudden death of Lubbock and Mine in the following episodes, the fact that Budo and Syura were leaves as more villians of turn instead serious antagonist with proper background, the inclusion of the Mecha Teigu, Tatsumi's death in episode 23, the anticlimactic way to defeat Esdeath and the demise of Leone in the last episode among other things. However, a group of other fans actually like the final episodes because of the mistery of not know who is about to die and because minor characters who receives very gruesome deaths in the manga like Bols's family and the three girls of the infamous chapter 23.5 were spared in the anime.
    • Other things that leaves some fan pissed are the removing of some scenes of the manga in the anime, like Tatsumi and Bulat training with the tree Danger Beast and many scenes of the Jaegers, including one in which the group says to Esdeath their reason to fight for The Empire, because that make the characters more humans instead of murdering psychos. Other fans don't care very much because these scenes are meaningless for them.
    • [adult swim]'s Toonami recently announced the anime as being their first acquisition from Sentai Filmworks. Some think that Toonami should've picked a better show. Others are just glad that Toonami has finally picked up a show from Sentai Filmworks, period.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For many, the entire ending of the anime, which zoomed ahead of the manga, skipping many events and creating it own end to the story. The fact that nearly the entire cast was killed off did not help matters. Suffice to say, very few fans are happy with how the anime ended.
  • Narm:
    • In the first episode, Akame slits a guard's throat. The guard then proceeds to explain to the audience that this is 'a fitting fate for one such as me... whose true nature is rotten' (not in an internal monologue, mind you - he actually says this while there's a dirty great hole in his windpipe) before slumping over, dead. It's exactly as silly as it sounds.
    • From episode 6, Seryu is a Large Ham extraordinaire. She's got machine guns in her tonfa. Sheele destroys them and chops her arms off. But Seryu's got machine guns in the stubs where her arms used to be. Sheele destroys those too. Then it's revealed that she has a machine gun in her mouth. Ridiculous enough on its own, but Seryu's expressions throughout the fight just push it waaaay over the line.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Makoto pulling out a gigantic mecha that resembles Golbez, and whose chief method of attack is essentially a beam-nuke. Complete with mushroom cloud. The Emperor's Sanity Slippage is none too pretty either.
  • Too Cool to Live: Unlike the manga where she is just forced into a coma due to the overuse of her Teigu, Mine does not survive past episode 21.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Let's just establish right away that the anime deviating from the manga from episode 19 onward was NOT well-received.
    • With Episode 19 making multiple changes, such as shortening the Borick Assassination Arc by removing Wave's battle with Akame, Mine and Lubbock, Esdeath's development of Maha Padma and her battle against Najenda, Susanoo, Leone and Tatsumi and Susanoo's Heroic Sacrifice. The anime did rectify this somewhat by having Su's Heroic Sacrifice and Esdeath's use of Maha Padma later used in episode 21.
    • Episode 20 completely skips the Wild Hunt mini-arc, has Syura as an Anti-Climax Boss, and has Lubbock dying in a completely different way than in the manga. The fans are pissed.
    • The ending. Suffice to say, a good portion of the fanbase say the show flew off the rails toward the end, with multiple character deaths in a row not featured in the manga. Most agree...it's not good.
  • What an Idiot: Leone in episode 24. Let's see. She has been wounded by a gun in the stomach and she could move. One would expect that see at least try to find a medic to treat the wound. What Leone's do?, after told farewell to Akame, go to an alley to die. A very brilliant decision.

Alternative Title(s):

Akame Ga Kiru