I really, really have mixed feeling with this anime. It could be serious at first, but at certain times the too-bland perverse fanservice-y jokes could ruin the mood. That’s one of the gripes I had when watching it. It’s not like I completely hate comedies but it happened at the wrong place & time. The characters were just another typical anime tropes, so there were nothing to get impressed with. However, I do praise the character growth for the Night Raid members. Speaking of it, I see that Akame’s character didn’t get any major development so all I saw frequently were the members but her. That made the series’ title become too irrelevant. If the title is “Night Raid ga Kill” at least, I don’t mind but…. what the hell they were thinking dude….
The plot was pretty good with all the revolution against the corrupted empire thingy. I was about to call this as the anime of the season. It WAS. Why? Food for thought, during the premiere of the 20th episode, I was told that the episode was about to reach the latest chapter of the manga at the time. I was thinking like they will probably conclude the anime with its original ending that isn’t seen in the manga. Anyway, Lubbock was killed at the end of this episode, right? Apparently, the fans were complaining about his death because it wasn’t faithful to the manga. I didn’t read the manga that much so I wasn’t feeling it. BUT as the 21st episode until the finale, the hype train that fans hopped on had been wrecked. The story progression was WAYYY too rushed with everyone dying, rushed fights, the reasons that didn’t make any sense and such. It felt like Valvrave all over again. My reaction to the ending was like “Oh, really….? That’s it??”. Honestly, I expect something like the fight between Akame & her sister as the series ending or season finale at least because for me it gives so much feels about them being forced to kill but love each other at the same time. But Kurome died too early before the finale so yeah…. wrong timing mate…
Despite all those gripes that I had, the animation looks quite okay. The musics sound really nice too, Taku Iwasaki did nothing wrong with that. Overall, the anime adaptation was alright enough but if you don’t really like the way it deviated from the original material, you should just stick to the manga. I hope sooner or later this series will receive an anime reboot treatment like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
- Story (6.5/10)
- Characters (6.5/10)
- Animation, Art & Design (7.7/10)
- Music/Audio (8.5/10)
- Enjoyment (6.7/10)
- Overall (6.8/10)