Akame ga Kill! Episode 19: Kill the Fate
Justice has been served.
It was incredibly satisfying watching Justice-chan get wrecked by Mine, all the more so after learning that the dog was responsible for disposing the rest of Chelsea’s body after Esdeath was done with it. For the most part though, I found myself worrying a lot for Mine, especially as she doesn’t seem to have too many combat skills beyond anything she does with Pumpkin, unlike Leone, Tatsumi or Akame – a bit of close combat with Seryuu almost did her in. It wasn’t looking good at that point – all that individual lamenting was pretty foreboding, as was the flashback. All the late Night Raid members had flashbacks right before they died, so that really freaked me out. And there was one odd moment where Mine turned her back on Seryuu to set up Pumpkin, and I kept thinking that it was the perfect moment for Justice-chan to stab her in the back. But the fight overall definitely could have gone either way, given that Seryuu had gone through quite a few upgrades since their last fight – where Mine had Sheele to help her out, even if they were handicapped by not knowing what the dog could do.
Seryuu was as scary as ever. Even if she hadn’t killed Sheele and desecrated Chelsea’s corpse, I think I’d still be thankful she’s gone. All the other antagonists are a bit sadistic and insane at times, but Seryuu seems to really take that up a notch – especially with her warped facial expressions. I’m not sure if we were meant to feel sorry for her right before the suicide bomb detonated, but there wasn’t much love lost from me at least. My bigger concern was whether Mine was going to survive or not. I have to admit, when Incursio saved her from the explosion I actually thought that was Bulat for a minute there, even though he’s long dead. It’s certainly not the combat experience, so maybe it’s the knight-like chivalry. At any rate, I think Tatsumi’s won Mine’s tsundere heart! It’s an oddly rapid development, but I’m going to suspend my disbelief based on the knowledge that people die quite quickly and unexpectedly in Akame ga Kill, and that it would be quite nice if they had a bit more happiness before then. If anything, Mine’s new role as a love interest makes her even more susceptible to death. As someone who rather likes Tatsumi x Esdeath, I’m not sure how I feel about Tatsumi x Mine… I suppose they’re cute together, and I can sort of see it happening. It won’t be fun if Esdeath finds out though.
Borick died oddly quickly, in contrast to his supposed significance. I’d have liked to see more of what happened, actually, especially since Wave and an injured Kurome versus Leone and Susanoo should have been fun. White Fox are apparently playing around with things though, so I’m not sure what’s supposed to be there that’s actually there – and conversely, what’s not supposed to be there that have been added in. Also, how are Night Raid going to get out of there?! Esdeath’s failed her mission, but I doubt she’s just going to let them leave…