It was the anime that turned me off from Netflix being quite honest: It always pissed me off how Netflix only has this Anime subbed despite other Toonami alumni being released on Netflix dubbed.
Moving on, anyone who’s done the convention circuit this year knows about the runaway popularity of this particular anime. Fan Service aside, this is actually a pretty interesting anime. The series follows the story oj Ryoko Matoi, whose quest for vengeance pits her against Satsuki Kiryuin. They use the power of symbiotic Life Fibers to make Kamui, uniforms that give them supernatural abilities. The two go Bleach on each other for the first half of the series.
Things get interesting in the second half when it’s revealed Satsuki and Ryoko are actually sisters: After Satsuki’s failed attempt to assassinate her mother Ragyo, it’s revealed Ragyo merged with Life Fibers to become something else altogether. The problem is she wants all of mankind to become slave to the Life Fibers. Things get even more interesting when it’s revealed due to the experiments performed on the then newborn Ryoko, she’s not quite human herself and is the only being who can slay her estranged “mother”. Each episode is action packed and has its share of laughs. Ryoko’s friend Mako does a masterful job as the comic relief and comes into her own when Ryoko loses herself a few times throughout.
Overall, I give the series a 9/10. The only thing missing is a followup story. There’s definitely stuff they could explore there. I watched the dub on Toonami when it aired but you can also watch it on Netflix and Crunchyroll.
…And now, the other anime. to review:
Here’s the main reason I flipped the order of the reviews: This series is currently airing on Toonami. I watched it in full on Crunchyroll last month and let me tell you, it’s gonna have a huge fan following if it doesn’t by now. That said, everyone in the above picture except Najenda and Akame will die by the time the final episode is done. I know because I watched the whole thing subbed on Crunchyroll: Sheele died in last week’s episode and Bulat will die in next week’s. Tatsumi dies in the second to last episode but he inherits Bulat’s Imperial Arms Incuriso. Najenda recruits Chelsea and Susano–the latter being an organic-based Imperial Arms–to replace Sheele and Bulat.
General Esdeath and Akame are involved in the final battle but the main villain is the Empire’s Minister for much of the series. The minister manipulates the child emperor but he gets what he deserves in the end. Tatsumi, who is the main protagonist was the Night Raid member I thought would have been shipped with Akame. He dies after taking down the Emperor’s Imperial Arms. All of the other members of Night Raid die fighting the empire’s best, often taking her opponent with them.
Overall, I give the series a 9/10. I didn’t like how rushed the last 8 episodes were. They tried to do too much at once and it showed. It was clear they wanted to cram the whole thing into one season. If there is a season 2–which I doubt–there would be a whole new cast as well. Akame ga Kill is airing on Toonami but if you don’t wanna wait, you can watch the whole thing on Crunchyroll subbed.