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AKAME GA KILL!, written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro, follows teenage country-bumpkin Tatsumi, who dreams of earning enough money for his impoverished village by working in the Capital—but his short-lived plans go awry when he’s robbed by a buxom beauty upon arrival! Penniless, Tatsumi is taken in by the beautiful and kindly Lady Aria, but just when his Capital dreams seem within reach once more, Lady Aria’s mansion is besieged by Night Raid—a team of ruthless assassins who target high-ranking members of the upper class! As Tatsumi is quick to learn, appearances can be deceiving in the Capital, and this team of assassins just might be…the good guys?!
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a mix of seinen and shounen in fantasy setting about corrupted imperial against the rebel, lots of blood, human abuse, gore, but it also has cute and heart warming moments so I was a little confused, still it's probably one of few shounen that I would read.
Not bad, Pretty Enjoyable
Overall, this series is on the level of "pretty good." The battles are well drawn as each individual has their own unique weapon "Teigu" and fighting skills. In fact, I haven't enjoyed a new battle manga that has been released for the past 2 years, in a long time. Though not unique, the art style is decent at unfolding the story. Using assassins as the protagonists, the story also has a good balance of mainstream and dark elements.
The people who have been criticizing of the series' apparent dark nature have clearly forgot about Hunter X Hunter or have not read it. People are mindlessly killed in nearly every chapter of the series but it's still considered one of the best mainstream shonen battle manga of all time. The presentation of this manga is straight forward; the empire consists of those who form an authoritarian government and prey on the weak and poor for their own selfish gains. There are those of nobility or hold powerful positions that are better off dead and it's the Night Raid's job as assassins to do away with them. You can call it justice or you may not. It's a necessary evil if it is one. The main character isn't a naive youthful warrior who thinks of himself as a hero; he is hurt because he understands that he's staining his hands in blood in order to protect the oppressed, but he holds onto his conviction that it's something he must do. This is a pretty realistic situation in a corrupted country and I don't understand why those here are acting like it's something sick. There are some cliche's here and there but they are cliches that make this manga pleasant to read. There are graphic scenes (torture, sliced up bodies, etc.) which gives the manga a sense of realism, similar to how torture was carried out in the European Middle Ages, but the fictional aspect the otakuish art brings balances it out so the material doesn't overwhelm the reader like seinen manga (such as Berserk or Gantz) often does.
Some of the other complaints mention how the author makes it so obvious who is evil. But how would you have it the other way? It's nothing uncommon in debauched countries. Leaders such as Stalin, Kim Il Sung, and Mao Zedong brutalized the citizens of their countries and took advantage of them for their own profit while at the same time giving the harshest treatment to those who showed signs of danger to the government. Soldiers in the real world have committed serious war crimes have done horrifying things alike to those of the "psychopaths" mentioned in the comments below. Nothing in the setting of this series is that surprising or contradictory.
One of the things I don't understand though is why the Night Raid is waiting for the revolutionary army to take control of the empire instead of taking out the Prime Minister first instead. Uprooting the leader in any dangerous organization or government leaves it in disarray and makes it easier to change for the better. I'm guessing it is because he is heavily guarded all the time, making it impossible to infiltrate the center of the empire. But that explanation doesn't leave me wholly satisfied because:
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Tatsumi got into the capital building when Esdese brought him in, with his Teigu kept hidden. It's not unreasonable that the Night Raid could have tried to do a clandestine operation at some point.
... Last updated on September 10th, 2012, 8:36am
The art is pretty good, and loads of gore makes you think that it's somewhat adult story... but, wow, plot is just so naive? it makes me sick. Even fairy tales introduce more complex characters, "Akame ga Kill" has only black and white. I'd rather named this series "Righteous assassins of justice against villains of S&M kingdom".
The manga start off pretty strong with a decent plot. A naive hero moving from country to the capital with desire to save this village; then he get involve with an assassin group who's doing typical shounen things. The art style is good; the gore and twisted scenes was pretty nice (though they're a bit unsuitable for a Shounen manga). The first 15 chapter start out pretty nice pace with the hero get to know each member of the organization, each of them has different past but overall, they're either rejected by the society or just outlaw. The point is, there's no link between their past with their current behavior (For example: you are treated poorly in the past, you grow up wanting to kill all the evil).
The author try to make an unpredictable plot; however, it serve no real purpose
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as the author killed of some characters unnecessarily; however, there's not enough character development for the readers to feel emotional attach to the death
The main character is just typical Shounen male: heroic, one dimensional, a little emo, cry very often. However this is a Shounen manga, so I would expect just as much. The story get succumb into typical crappy Shounen plot (because there are many good Shounen plot, this one is not) very quickly: heroes constantly spitting nonsense about good and evil as if the world is only black and white. The moral of the story is broken even though the author try to make the villain as evil as he/she can. The heroes and villains are one dimensional at best. Some characteristic was introduce: glutton, sadist etc, and most of them are shown in a skew manner and unrealistic.
Humor are put in different parts inappropriately, during fight, or between villain and hero. Typical shounen humor including: cooking, romance, hot spring, blush, shopping etc.
Romance is introduced very forcefully like most cliche Harem Shounen i.e. girl blush and fall in love with boy after a few sentences; and the other males are just fodder with no real purpose. The story turns worst after the sadist general (suppose to be villain) suddenly fall in love with the hero in the most nonsense way possible (she need to know how to feel in love... give me a break).
The teigu is a pretty interesting power system as each of them has different characteristic, function and rules; however, there's nothing special about them (Example: water control teigu, 1 hit kill katana teigu etc.)
Villain are introduced one after another, and heroes cut them down one by one; it gets boring quick.
Overall, 4/10 very disappointed to a highly potential manga.
Stay away if you want a more... sophisticated shounen series
Don't let the high ratings and the words of praises fool you; Akame ga Kill! isn't for everyone, and that includes shounen action manga fans.
Let me get this out of the way already: expect gore. It's definitely not hardcore gore, but the level is still gratuitous and thus something you would not expect from a shounen series (if you thought Hokuto no Ken was gory - and I didn't - wait til you read this). Like sweet one-shot girls whose faces get skinned in a matter of pages? Yep, this has it. You also get the feeling that characters are introduced/developed just to die (though the deaths are still nowhere as heartbreaking as Eden: It's an Endless World!); this is a minor issue to me, though.
Second, and probably my main beef with this series: psychopaths abound, as Imercenary already pointed out. Villains are disturbingly demented, but at the same time... are boringly one-dimensional. Perhaps the author is trying to introduce elements of moral ambiguity by making the protagonists rebel assassins (and they know it), but on the other hand antagonists are just that: evil. This is typical of the shounen genre, yes; however it still pales in comparison to the levels of moral ambiguity present *even* in mainstream shounen titles. Villains who are overtly evil, particularly sadists and gluttons with the impeccable evil laugh, are just not my cup of tea; if it is yours, then bon appétit.
I'm not going to go as far as say "don't read this;" after all, I still haven't dropped it. Consider yourself warned, though.
... Last updated on May 21st, 2013, 12:45am
Now do not let those who CANNOT handle guro or violence turn you away from this manga, it is like berserrk but more cutesy, the story is well developed and you will get attached to the characters, it is a tragedy, so people WILL DIE and the setting is like the dark age, where lots of evil stuff happened. I will recommend this to anyone, if you cannot handle violent series then do not even bother reading this cause it's neither for the faint of heart or the bias.
Would be good...
If it didn't constantly shoot itself in the face with genocidal levels of mass murder.
The story is pretty simple. Hard working, know-nothing kid comes to the big city and gets caught up in a fight against the evil empire in a world where hundreds of superpowered weapons are used. Simple yet effective.
The problem is that the "evil empire" is packed with psychopaths (one of the enemies the main character fights is literally an insane ex-official executioner), mass murderers (the enemy general in volume 3 buried 400,000 people alive) and plain old paranoid leadership (the grand leadership of this all? Nothing more than child who executes anyone who protests against anything as a traitor while the shadowy prime minister controls everything).
As a result the whole story feels more like a "apocalyptic monster of the week" setup instead of a fight against an evil empire. With all the people being killed (there are multiple wars being waged and villages being wiped out for trading without government permission) its hard to think of this story as anything more than a setup for tons of guro scenes.
Rather than dismissing this manga as trash, I think the targeted demographic should be taken into account. The idealistic hero/heroine is a staple in shounen manga and they usually follow a strict moral code against killing of humans (demons and monsters similar to humans are however fair game). In Akame ga Kiru this is not the case, rather it can be said that the main development in the protagonist lies in his acceptance of the need to kill. In regards to the plot line, as of my writing of this there are 14 chapters, a measly sum to say the least. These few chapters don't allow for much room to adequately rate the plot but still as it is I think that it does well for itself. In short I'd say this is a shounen darker than your average shounen, while not a must read it is something you should definitely pick up.
O.o lame and no wonder is popular.
This manga only exploit gore and fast food emotions, that only last 1 chapter for character. Then the main characters is losing more and more people to he realize, he has to be stronger?. The plot is shit. And reminds me Hunter x Hunter but what you expect of a manga that exploit the neurosis of teenagers. Human life is fragile but come on, for supose assasins they let others killed them so easy, there are no suspence there are no a smart plot, there arent elements to fuel the revolution. Too many cities destroyed to pile corpses, and over them the antagonist, please.... But that is why I know is popular, and this kind of shit makes real works where authors put their souls go to a waste, keep the feeding and make the bags of this authors and editorials grow.
The action manga that I've been waiting for
What can I say...it keeps surpassing itself in getting better and better through each chapter. The chapters could get abit disconnected, story-wise at times but maintains the overall coherence. I gotta praise the author for creating such a fluid structure which is rare for these types of manga. It's not the most original manga but it has refinement, realism and just enough suspense and plot twists to keep readers hunger for more. Not being on the epic scale that Berserk brought forward (not yet anyway) is kind of a good thing as the plot is more focused and you get to slowly watch the charaters background unfolding together with the story. The idea of having a protagonist with potential is not overplayed here, which is also another good thing (I tire of seeing the same cr@p over and over again in shounen nowadays). That's about all I can say about this great work at this point in time. I heartily recommend this to anyone looking for a real shounen gem