Impression – Akame ga Kill!, Episode 05

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Episode 05 – “Kill the Dream”

As promised, we get to spend some quality time with the resident airhead of Night Raid, Sheele! Personally, I prefer Chere as a romanization for her name, but I think I’ve done enough complaining about that for a while. Well, actually there’s one big one that I hate which will come later, and I apologize in advance for when that day comes. Anyhow, we learn about Sheele’s past and how she came to be a part of Night Raid, which is nice because admittedly it doesn’t seem like she fits in at all.

Long story short, Sheele developed a talent for killing thanks to her airiness, which gave her the ability to kill without any real remorse. Her first kill was to protect a dear friend of hers, and when she began to fear Sheele. Sheele kills the men who murdered her family and decides to become a mercenary. This is a lot that happens to her in a short period of time, and she faces it all with the same calmness. It really gets to me that a person like her, who has no real skills due to her clumsiness, has to get involved in the murderous underworld, basically out of necessity.

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Something that caught me offguard was the seiyuu choice for Seryuu (CV: Kana Hanazawa). She’s one of the most interesting characters in the series because she has such a warped view of justice, and I did not envision Kana Hanazawa’s voice for her character at all. She generally does very likable characters, and you’ll all grow to dislike Seryuu soon enough, I’m sure. While I dislike her, I can’t deny that she’s a great character that adds much of the depth that I like about Akame ga Kill! 

Seryuu blindly believes in her own code of justice and will mercilessly kill because that’s what she believes is righteous. We learn that she looked up to the Orge the Demon and now seeks revenge on Night Raid for killing him. She possesses a biological Teigu in the form of a cute dog. Next episode, I’m sure we’ll learn that looks are quite deceiving, in regards to both her and her deadly Teigu.

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Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention that we finally say goodbye to Sayo and Ieyasu. I really like how they kept influencing Tatsumi, and they were more than just fuel for revenge. We got to see concrete motivation for Tatsumi’s strength, and while it may not be stated all the time from now on, you can bet that they’re still important to him.

“In my life, I couldn’t take pride in a single thing.” ~ Sheele

B.W.

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