Akame ga Kill: A Reflection on the Futility of Violence?

Always good to find out other people who think that Akame ga Kiru’s not about senseless violence. Here’s a great article by iblessall about finding meaning in the show.

Mage in a Barrel

So, I’ve been watching Akame ga Kill for a while now and I’m starting to wonder if there’s actually more to this show than just extreme violence, no censorship, and an infatuation with grisly deaths. Is it, perhaps, a reflection on the futility of violence as a solution or as a method for change disguising itself as a cheap shounen thrill fest?

I’m well aware that on the surface, this seems an absurd suggestion—I myself, after the first episode, felt that Akame ga Kill did nothing less than glorify bloodshed by “justifying” it through the immorality of those who were being killed. 17 episodes and a few heartbreaks later, I’ve realized that, for all the characters who have died and who have been introduced and died, Akame ga Kill, Night Raid, and the Jaegers are no closer to any sort of resolution to their conflict than they were at the…

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5 comments on “Akame ga Kill: A Reflection on the Futility of Violence?

  1. Aggelos says:

    Thanks for the post.I feel it we needed it,such as about Leone.Was her death something so deemed “appropriate” by her creators?

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    • I was very sad when Leone died. I suppose that it was deemed appropriate by the anime creators and later by the mangaka, but watching the anime, the death felt unnecessary. I remember her death in the manga struck me as more tragic and less unnecessary; but, that might be because I had already seen her die once.

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      • Aggelos says:

        I feel you.
        Suppose the Night Raid wins over the Empire.So was the victory worth all these Tragedies the Raid suffered,including Leone’s death?Could they’ve ever avoided them if they had possessed Strategy,Diplomatic Skills and detective thinking?
        I guess they would have the need of a man like Rock(Black Lagoon).Because history isn’t only the facts,but the possibilities too.

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      • The curious thing about crises in history is that one important figure often rises up to lead his fellow citizens to overcome them. Having Rock on their side would no doubt have been a boon for the Revolutionaries.

        As for whether their victory was worth all of that death, that depends on what happens next. The government had to be overthrown, but will a new dictator take the king’s place and continue a legacy of tyranny? Or will a just government replace the king as the Revolutionaries hoped? The anime makes comparisons to the French Revolution, and the French replaced a decent though extravagant monarch with people who made Paris and France run red with the blood of innocents. Instead of freedom, the French got a dictator and political oppression.

        It reminds me of someone who once said that an ending is happy or sad depending on where you end it.

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  2. Aggelos says:

    So it’s still a question,about if they’ll have either a solid either a hollow victory.Because after all they’ve sacrificed maybe a very nasty “new” system might rise and established.
    You really got it right about the mischievous leaders of the French Revolution.
    Maybe I’m stretching it,but the argument about a victorious revolution reminds us the Revolution in Iran(1979),and about how Iran regained it’s Assets,such as it’s national sovereignty.

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