Akame ga Kill!

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Akame ga Kill!
Akame ga Kill volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Akame.
アカメが斬る!
(Akame ga Kiru!)
Genre Action, Dark fantasy[1]
Manga
Written by Takahiro
Illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro
Published by Square Enix
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Gangan Joker
Original run March 20, 2010 – present
Volumes 13 (List of volumes)
Manga
Akame ga Kill! Zero
Written by Takahiro
Illustrated by Kei Toru
Published by Square Enix
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Big Gangan
Original run October 25, 2013 – present
Volumes 4 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Tomoki Kobayashi
Produced by Square Enix
Written by Makoto Uezu
Music by Taku Iwasaki
Studio White Fox
C-Station (ONA)
Licensed by
Hanabee
Animatsu Entertainment
Network Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11, AT-X
English network
Original run July 7, 2014December 15, 2014
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)

Akame ga Kill! (Japanese: アカメが斬る! Hepburn: Akame ga Kiru!?, literally meaning "Akame Slashes!") is a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. It started serialization in Square Enix's Gangan Joker in March 2010. The story focuses on Tatsumi who is a young villager that travels to the Capital to raise money for his home only to discover a strong corruption in the area. The assassin group known as Night Raid recruits the young man to help them in their fight against the Empire to end its corruption. The series is known for its graphic content.

The series was licensed by Yen Press in June 2014. A prequel manga focused on Akame's backstory, Akame ga Kill! Zero, began serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan in October 2013. An anime television series adaptation of the main series premiered in Japan in July 2014. This is the second work in the Japanese game developer MinatoSoft's Takahiro IV Project.

Plot[edit]

Tatsumi is a fighter who, accompanied by his two childhood friends, sets off to the Capital in search of a way to make money to assist his poverty-stricken village. After being separated from his friends in a bandit attack, Tatsumi unsuccessfully attempts to enlist in the army and is swindled out of his money in the Capital. He is then taken in by a noble family, but when an assassin group called Night Raid attacks, he learns that his noble hosts actually intended to torture and kill him as they had done with his friends. As a result, he joins Night Raid, which consists of the swordswoman Akame, a young woman armed with a huge pair of scissors named Sheele, the string manipulator Lubbock, the armored warrior Bulat, the sniper Mine, the beast fighter Leone and their leader Najenda, a former general of the imperial army. Night Raid is also part of the revolutionary forces assembled to overthrow Prime Minister Honest, who manipulates the young emperor for his personal gain despite the rest of the nation falling to poverty and strife.

Each member of Night Raid carries one of the "Imperial Arms" (帝具 Teigu?), items created via alchemy and parts of the supernatural Danger Beasts over 900 years ago. Forty-eight of these items were created and about half of them have been lost to history. These items range from weapons like swords and firearms to more utilitarian items including a cosmetic box and armor, and even organic beings such as a shape-shifting dog and a powerful warrior. The Imperial Arms cannot be used by just anyone, as their users must be compatible with them or risk death. The power of most Imperial Arms is so overwhelming that it is said that when two Imperial Arm users fight each other, one is bound to die. Tatsumi and his new friends successfully assassinate some of Honest's most trusted cohorts, while losing Sheele and Bulat to the enemy forces, with Tatsumi inheriting Bulat's armor Imperial Arm, Incursio. Night Raid's actions convince Honest to enlist the help of General Esdeath, considered to be the most powerful fighter in the Empire, who assembles her own team of Imperial Arms-wielding warriors, the "Jaegers", to hunt down Night Raid as they gain two new members: the Human-like Imperial Arm Susanoo and the master of disguise Chelsea.

Once Night Raid defeats most of the Jaegers while losing Chelsea and the revolution gains momentum, Honest forms a new secret police force, the "Wild Hunt", led by his own son, Syura. However, the Wild Hunt heavily abuses its authority by killing innocent civilians for their own plans, antagonizing both the Jaegars and Night Raid. After a battle between Wild Hunt and the Jaegers, with casualties from both sides, Esdeath blackmails Honest into dissolving the rest of Wild Hunt while Syura is killed by Lubbock after he captures both him and Tatsumi. Lubbock is killed while attempting to escape, and Tatsumi is sentenced to death despite Esdeath's attempts to convince him to join her. The remaining members of Night Raid attack the execution site to rescue Tatsumi, the group being pursued by the imperial general Budo before Mine kills him at the cost of her Imperial Arm while falling into a comatose state.

After all Wild Hunt members and her remaining Jaeger subordinates have died or fled the conflict, Esdeath resumes her duties as general to hold off the Revolutionary Army when they begin a siege on the capital to remove Honest from power. As the battle occurs, with Tatsumi battling Esdeath while Akame and Leone infiltrate the city to kill him, Honest convinces the emperor himself to join the fight as well by activating ultimate Imperial Arm that can only be used by the members of the imperial family.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Akame ga Kill! is a manga series written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. It began serialization in the April 2010 issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker, sold on March 20, 2010.[2][3] The first tankōbon volume was published on August 21, 2010;[4] thirteen volumes have been released as of January 22, 2016.[5] The series was licensed by Yen Press in June 2014 and the first volume was released on January 20, 2015.[6][7]

A prequel titled Akame ga Kill! Zero (アカメが斬る!零 Akame ga Kiru! Rei?) started serialization on 11th issue of Monthly Big Gangan magazine on October 25, 2013. The series is written by Takahiro and illustrated by Kei Toru.[8] The story focuses on Akame's past during the days she worked as an assassin for the Empire. It was licensed by Yen Press in September 2015.[9]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of the manga was announced in January 2014.[1] The series was directed by Tomoki Kobayashi and written by Makoto Uezu. Takahiro is also supervising the scenario. Taku Iwasaki composed the series' music. The series premiered on the Tokyo Metropolitan Television, Mainichi Broadcasting System and Nippon BS Broadcasting television stations on July 7, 2014.[10][11] The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.[12] The anime was broadcast in the United States on Adult Swim's Toonami block, from August 8, 2015 to February 20, 2016.[13] The opening theme song for episodes 1-14 is "Skyreach" performed by Sora Amamiya, while the ending theme is "Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta." (こんな世界、知りたくなかった。?) by Miku Sawai; for the proceeding episodes, the opening theme is "Liar Mask" by Rika Mayama and the ending theme is "Tsuki Akari" by Amamiya.[14]

Reception[edit]

The seventh volume sold 24,181 copies within the first week of release.[15] The eighth volume likewise sold 37,833 copies in its debut week.[16] Up until volume 11, the series has sold over 2.1 million copies.[17][18] The English release debuted at 19th in Monthly BookScan during February 2015.[19]

All five volumes of the English translation have appeared on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list:

  • Volume 1 was on the list for twelve nonconsecutive weeks; it ranked at number 1 for three of those.[20]
  • Volume two stayed on the list for four weeks; for one of those weeks it ranked at number 1.[21]
  • Volume three stayed on the list for four weeks; for one of those weeks it ranked at number 2.[22]
  • Volume four stayed on the list for two weeks; for one of those weeks it ranked at number 2.[23]
  • Volume five stayed on the list for two weeks; for the first week it ranked at number 1.[24]
  • Volume six stayed on the list for one week, ranking at number 1.[25]

The first volume of Akame ga Kill! Zero also appeared on the list for three weeks, ranking at number 6 for one week.[26]

Kestrel Swift from the Fandom Post praised the anime's first episode for "harsh, brutal commentary on corruption and how likely it is that the more perfect someone seems, the darker the secret lurking within" as well as its production value by White Fox.[27] Robert Mullarkey from UK Anime Network also gave the series a similar response for its action scenes and violence displayed. However, he criticized some of its characters and claimed the anime needs to "ditch the comedy."[28] While reviewing the series' first eight episodes, Matt Packard from Anime News Network said that "it's stupid and childish" as "There's nothing mature about the idea that evil always takes the form of a psychopath or a power-hungry glutton, or that people become soul-dead assassins because something traumatic happened to them once, or that the physically weak are destined to become slaves and die weeping."[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Akame ga Kill! Dark Action Fantasy Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. January 20, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ JOKER執筆陣コメント - スペシャル - ガンガンJOKER -SQUARE ENIX. Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved February 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ アカメが斬る!. Gangan Joker (in Japanese). Retrieved February 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ アカメが斬る! 1巻 (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ アカメが斬る!(13) (ガンガンコミックスJOKER) (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "New License Announcements". Yen Press. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Akame ga Kill!, Vol. 1". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Akame ga Kill! Manga to Get Prequel in October". Anime News Network. July 21, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Yen Press Licenses Akame Ga Kill! Zero Manga". Anime News Network. September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "アカメが斬る!" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs (Japan). Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Akame ga Kill! TV Anime's Supporting Cast, Staff Unveiled". Anime News Network. May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Chaika - The Coffin Princess, 7 Summer Titles". Anime News Network. July 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Adult Swim's Toonami to Run Akame ga Kill, Michiko and Hatchin". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ "VIDEO: "Akame ga Kill!" Second Season Commercial". Crunchyroll. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 18-24". Anime News Network. February 28, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ 2013年07月22日~2013年07月28日のコミック [Comics from July 22, 2013 ~ July 28, 2013] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ "『アカメが斬る!』第18話登場のブドー大将軍と羅刹四鬼ビジュアル&声優公開". 
  18. ^ 『月刊ビッグガンガン』2014年Vol.11、スクウェア・エニックス、197、958頁。
  19. ^ "Akame ga Kill! #1 Debuts at 19th on U.S. Monthly BookScan February List". Anime News Network. March 6, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
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  27. ^ "Akame ga Kill! Episode #01 Anime Review". The Fandom Post. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Anime Review: Akame ga Kill! - Eps. 1-6". UK Anime Network. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Akame ga Kill! Episodes 1-8". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 

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