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    [Review] Akame ga Kill.

    So I decided to go through this series on a whim awhile back and now that it's got it's own anime I'll review it in total.

    The manga is OK, it's nothing exceedingly great, it's always been a kind of "everyone is insane in a generic shonen world" type of anime.(Much like Busou Renkin). In fact most of the "insane face" stuff looks straight lifted from BR's(and Needless) artstyle/characters which is kind of shady given the date of creation.

    The anime so far is pretty mediocre. It tries to be a little "edgy" at the start but falls into the "no buildup shock/surprise" shit on the very first episode, creating a "should we even care?" resistance within it's viewers from episode 1 and then just adding onto that each episode. It's comedy is decent, but nothing on an actual comedic show or a show with good dialogue, so it's just kind of "there" like most shonen comedy. The biggest problem the anime has is pacing. It's so ridiculously slow and boring that until episode 6, nothing important happens. Which I need to mention, the manga ratio at the moment is about 1.5 chapters per episodes, so unless Akame can get 2+ seasons or a continuation, it's pretty much doomed to a filler ending.

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    : Really not that much here. Evil people exist(in the government), cheerful bunch of "meh" shonen characters assasinate them. Every badguy is shown to be doing something ridiculously evil for no other reason than "just because". This creates a huge problem within the story because it's not just one or two badguys, it's damn near every single person who is not in the main cast. I get one or two people having a "torture fetish" but everyone? Eh.....

    Characters: General shonen stuff. MC is pretty generic and has a pretty generic mindset throughout the series. The second MC(akame) is the "cold blooded killer" type of shonen character. All the badguys have either an "insane face" mode, or some sort of twisted personality. The only one's I have been interested in are Bors(aka shonen version of Chota from Dorohedoro) and Edsee(the evil female general). Both the "good" and "bad" side are pretty much identical in characters, so this also gives another confusion layer for the audience since their personalities are identical.



    Shonen system: Every character has a special weapon, that weapon allows them to do X magic, and their personality generally revolves around that weapon. This would make for an interesting scenario if there was a set system or if the weapons were different from any generic power fantasy, but they aren't. It's just "this guy has X weapon". They introduce such a heavy list of X-weapon users so early on that it really makes it hard to care about any one person in particular, even the MC's.

    Action: The action is boring. X-weapon(Teigu) user kills a dozen grunts in one panel and then fights another Teigu user. The action itself is pretty boring, but those who haven't read.......any shonen......will like it? It's about the level of your average shonen, but the impact of "are they in danger" is gone.
    -You know exactly who's going to win/lose the fight at what point in time and how safe each character is until they fight their designated "nemisis".
    -There is a lot of "redundancy" in the fight system, especially with Akame. Her ability is a OHKO, yet she always takes a wide enough slash that they couldn't possibly survive anyway.

    Art: Shonen standard.


    Minor gripes:
    1. It doesn't help that all of them have to "pose"randomly. Not posing for anything in particular like Jojo's, but just "oh look at me i'm a badass" for every character intro, for every other panel they are on, and just when talking. It gets a little fucking old is all i'm saying.(and I read Jojo's, so that's saying something).
    2. The "gore". Shonen series like this always have an issue with it. It's so unrealistic that by about halfway you'll just stop caring that people are getting tortured or whatever.
    Overall:

    I don't like akame ga kill, I think that the series is both unoriginal and boring. While I tend to hate on other shonen for being such things, Akame ga Kill really just does not strive to be entertaining in any way. There is no real unique art style, the plot isn't interesting at all, and the action(of all things) is just boring compared to the baseline of shonen. It's a series that I'm surprised got made, given how flooded the shonen genre is with similar titles of higher caliber.


    I give it a 3/10.
    -Anime currently gets 6/10.
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    I'm starting to wonder about what shows you DO like ...
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horror View Post
    I'm starting to wonder about what shows you DO like ...
    Oh man I like a whoooooole bunch of shows. But I kind of overkilled it with the last 2-shows I really liked(monogatari, Jojo's), So I do reviews on new content. I'll review maybe aldnoah or terror next, tokyo esp is kinda just ga-rei so i'll pass.

    Overly negative as this review probably is, I think it's fair. Feel free to post why not though.
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    SAO, Guilty Crown, SNAFU, Naruto, Black-Bullet and now Akame ga Kill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empire View Post
    Overly negative as this review probably is, I think it's fair. Feel free to post why not though.
    Everyone has their opinion, I'm not going to argue for the sake of arguing. I just noticed how you're always shitting on shows and that's why I wondered
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horror View Post

    Everyone has their opinion, I'm not going to argue for the sake of arguing. I just noticed how you're always shitting on shows and that's why I wondered
    Eh......like which ones tho?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Empire View Post


    Eh......like which ones tho?
    Mainly SOA, that I can understand, and now Akame ga Kill, a show I'm liking so far ("new" to the gory type of anime). I guess I got a bit defensive.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horror View Post

    Mainly SOA, that I can understand, and now Akame ga Kill, a show I'm liking so far ("new" to the gory type of anime). I guess I got a bit defensive.
    Pretty much 99% of the issues I have with the akame ga kill anime is pacing. Most of what I listed is from the manga, and the anime may very well avoid a lot of the bad parts from that due to time constraints.

    Gore is something that Akame should take pride in, but since it's the shonen-gore(i.e. no anatomy, just blood), you should note that Akame really won't go beyond what shows like Hunter x Hunter or Bleach are doing. If Akame actually made a sense of "lethality" it would change the show drastically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empire View Post
    Pretty much 99% of the issues I have with the akame ga kill anime is pacing.
    I think it advances rather well, compared to other, more popular shows. (uche uche so much happened this episode of SOA uche uche)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horror View Post

    I think it advances rather well, compared to other, more popular shows. (uche uche so much happened this episode of SOA uche uche)
    Well the thing is that IF they are going by the manga it's going to take them two seasons to catch up.

    That's why I'm hoping they bypass some of the more "pointless" fights, especially a good portion of the manga which really has no overall relevance and just adds more badguys to assassinate for no reason.

    The author has a bad habit of introducing 4-5 people at a time that aren't really relevant and have them all wiped out after less than a dozen chapters, HOPEFULLY the anime bypasses this and doesn't even introduce them, since the majority of them really aren't relevant to anything.

    I dunno, I mean I already got Jojo's/HxH, so shonen for me is already a filled area. When it's on this level, my reviews tend to be harsher because of that.
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    for me i think its pretty decent 6/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by iSmexy View Post
    for me i think its pretty decent 6/10
    For the anime i'll go with 6/10 as well.

    Decent animation, sounds, characters, etc. Its really just going to depend what they do with the story, because the manga is just like ubel blatt or hitsugi no chaika, except without a villain/goal.


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    3/10? damn, no wonder you like loli's

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    Quote Originally Posted by w4ssup View Post
    3/10? damn, no wonder you like loli's
    Empire is not a loli lover and its not really that good of a anime

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    Quote Originally Posted by iSmexy View Post


    Empire is not a loli lover and its not really that good of a anime
    dude that shit is beast, too bad it's only out on Sunday, because my anime day is Saturday

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    Quote Originally Posted by w4ssup View Post


    dude that shit is beast, too bad it's only out on Sunday, because my anime day is Saturday
    Eh..... it's not even in the top 3 shonen this season tho....


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