Real subtle there. I bet you’re a hit at parties.
I was asked recently regarding where I’d rank Akame ga Kill amongst White Fox’s other borefests and honestly, I’d have to say it’s near the top. It’s generic fantasy whilst just being stupid enough to poke fun of, unlike Tears to Tiara which was just plain generic fantasy (and by the way, Satelight’s fantasy anime for the Fall is going to suck too), and it actually moves the plot forward faster than Bleach, unlike…well…everything else they make. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still utterly boring at points, particularly when it tries to take itself seriously. And when it’s not, the comedy is…
It’s mostly the context of these comedic scenes and how they clash so badly with the grimdark tone Akame ga Kill wants to indulge in that allows me to continue laughing at this stupid show three episodes in. Boy, when I was watching Shin Sekai Yori, I was so disappointed that we didn’t have a scene of Saki getting walked in on by a bunch of queerats whilst changing – let alone the kind of the bust that the manga provided. What a fucking hack studio A-1 Pictures is, right? But White Fox will show them. Fanservice scenes aren’t in the manga you say (no seriously, the above pic is anime-original)? We can’t have that. Let’s add them in! But sir, wouldn’t it make more sense to remove the humor from the original source altogether rather than add even more tone-clashing stuff? Don’t talk back to me! I have a vision!
I guess the tonal shift between silly date to public execution wasn’t as bad as the manga’s “Wheel of Manga” thing, but whatever. The show still sucks.
Seriously, what is up with the technicals for this show? I know this studio is hit-and-miss in terms of budget and that they take to terrible action scenes the same way Justin Bieber takes to vacuous fratboy behavior, but I recently watched Magic User’s Club and am shocked at how similar the aesthetics are compared to this. As much as I love Magic User’s Club, the animation – and some of the humor – is dated as hell. And that anime is fifteen years old. Why is that same look being applied now, from a studio that at least has money for decent shading even if their animation is shit? I can’t believe there are people who defend this kind of look, especially when it resorts to stills for the fight scenes. Fucking stills with no choreography whatsoever! Whoever says Kyoukai no Kanata’s or Sword Art Online’s action sucks, and yet defends the technicals in this is a goddamn hypocrite. They did, but at least they had animation.
But of course, that could be excusable if the writing was good, right? Bahahahaha! Of course it’s not! It’s an empty shonen adventure that’s so cliche-ridden that it’s not even worth going into detail about. The only thing I think was noticeable about this episode is that Mine (the twin-tailed girl) seems to be forming the standard “I love/hate him” relationship with Tatsumi, and that the latter once again thinks about his friends in a manner so rushed and phony it carries less weight than a girl crying to her college professor about a “C” she received.
Oh, and gay jokes. Because why not?