I do not often write a post immediately following an episode, but it’s not every day that one of my wishes for a currently airing series comes true. And, I have already given myself a week off. Time to start blogging again! Major spoilers for both Samurai 7 and episode 23 of Akame ga Kiru to follow.
For the most part, this week’s episode of Akame ga Kiru provoked much laughter as every cliche from shonen anime featured in one of its scenes–from Tatsumi gaining strength through the memory of his friends to the emperor having a nervous break down in his mech.
Ran appears to have transformed into a facsimile of Suzaku Kururugi–though several times more palatable–with his claim to have wanted to reform the empire from the inside. And I expected Leone’s fight with him to be her last.
However, this episode happily surprised me in two ways: 1) Leone did not kick the bucket (Yay!); and 2) Tatsumi did indeed reach Kikuchiyo’s death level epicness. Let’s compare the two of them:
Kikuchiyo’s death still tops Tatsumi’s; but, Tatsumi still managed to pull off one of the greatest deaths of any anime character. No mean feat!
Now, the last episode will feature a duel between Esdeath and Akame–perhaps the two most popular characters in the anime. The first half of the show was remarkable for its poor swordplay . The second half has shown a marked improvement, but will they be able to create a final duel worthy of the two expert swordswomen? I’m rooting for the triumph of Esdeath, but I won’t hold my breath: as soon as Esdeath gets nicked she dies. At least, I can hope her death won’t play out thus: Esdeath thinks that she has Akame beaten, but it turns out that Akame landed the slightest of cuts and Esdeath falls dead!
At any rate, may they exceed my expectations once again!