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Dated 1 September 2014: You know Akame ga KILL! will have killing because of the capital letters and the exclamation mark

It helps that Tatsumi is pretty okay, relatively speaking.

I discovered Akame ga KILL! after being introduced to the manga by Baka Raptor in his roundabout sort of way. (Spoilers for that blog post, I guess?) I enjoyed the chapters I read, but I wasn't nearly as enamored with it as he was. In fact, I'm pretty sure I stopped reading before even reaching halfway through the available chapters. Nevertheless, I was fairly looking forward to the anime when I heard it was announced.

When he points the finger, it means you're a rival.

Through eight episodes, I'm still on board with the show despite my usual aversion to shounen jive. Thankfully, there is more fighting than talking and standing around, so I haven't gotten bored with it yet. Akame ga KILL! does require the viewer to suspend his disbelief on numerous occasions and refrain from second-guessing certain decisions the characters make (some of which are quite boneheaded for the story's sake), but as long as the viewer is willing to wave off criticism he should be able to find parts to enjoy. Plus it's got killing and stuff.

Dated 30 September 2014: Summer 2014 season conclusion

Slaine has seen some shit.

Aldnoah.Zero was far and away the best show from Summer 2014. I know a lot of viewers disagree with this opinion, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of its episodes. I've written a lot about it. Probably too much, considering I don't like it thaaat much even though it did almost get a perfect score on my little chart jobbie.


Dated 7 January 2015: People die when there are ga KILLED! P.S. Spoilers

It's a pity she won't live. Then again, who does?

I should probably write more about Akame ga KILL!, seeing as how it finished in the number two spot among the shows I watched during autumn 2014. However, I don't especially have a lot to say about it aside from acknowledging that I enjoyed it a great deal. That's significant in and of itself because I don't typically enjoy shounen fighting anime, but I like how Akame ga KILL! did it, even though it rushed the ending a bit after diverging from the manga.

It's a pity she won't live. Then again, who does?

The divergence was necessary because the manga hasn't ended yet. Without at least another cour, the anime would have had to trail off if it didn't pursue a different track. This also gave the anime an excuse to be less harsh than the manga, which has (for example) a lot more rape and lots more bad things happening to good people. Nevertheless, the anime still has a substantial body count, as a reasonable viewer should probably expect after becoming familiar with the general tenor of the title. Pretty much nobody is safe except for Akame. Her name is in the title, after all.