Akame ga Kill: Episode 11 — Dr. Doom Dies, Nobody Cares, And Another Episode Is Wasted

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(EditI modified the format/spacing of this post a bit because it was coming off as too cluttered. If you have any strong opinions on said format change, say so in the comments section)

Apologies to the readers who care about what I have to say regarding Akame ga Kill and the quality of my more recent posts on the subject as of late. This show is kind of difficult to talk about with my usual writing methods for the same reason that I had to give up on SAO II and why I never bothered with Mahouka: it refuses to make anything interesting happen and its badness is so rote at this point that I can’t come up with anything new to say about it.

– I mean we already know that this anime is just a standard shonen anime that just happens to include a combination of the worse aspects of Kanon, Deadman Wonderland, Now and Then Here and There, and…hell, why stop there? It includes the worse aspects of loads more anime than I’m willing to list.

Bottom-line, once you’ve said that, it’s hard to really summon enthusiasm when the show repeats the same mistakes over and over. Yes, the action is shit. Yes, the characters talk way too much because it thinks the audience consists of brain-dead retards who can’t see what’s going on. You already told me how the gun worked in Episode 3, Akame ga Kill. Why the fuck did I need to have that reiterated to me?

– I thought the giant flying manta was something new for a second, but then I remembered the dragon in the premiere and instantly realized that if I made comments on that, it’d make me a huge nitpicker (which I am not, despite people saying otherwise).

– These bad guys are dressed in weird bondage gear and one of them even has rabbit ears. I’m insulted that they think that people over the age of thirteen would find that funny, but eh.

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And also just like previous episodes, nothing important actually happens this week. This episode’s sole purpose was just to kill off that doctor that I don’t give two shits about because he was just another throw-away villain whilst introducing new Night Raid members that I’m also not going to give a shit about because it’s obvious they’re going to die without being fleshed out well enough.

– Yes, Night Raid are going to have to find a new hideout, but the show hasn’t exactly made a big deal out of their old one beforehand, let alone here. It ain’t exactly Wayne Manor.

– Oh and I guess they got Sheele’s weapon back. But who the fuck cares about either a pair of scissors that don’t even grow to gigantic proportions or a character that only got half an episode of development at best?

– By the way, the doctor turning into some beast that eats his minions in order to get stronger? What was the point of having that in the show? It’s not funny. It’s not imaginative. And he dies like a chump due to the power of teamwork. Yawn.

Why am I watching a show that wastes so much time on pointless shit done in the most predictable manner possible? Well okay, I know why. But why do people praise this shit? Is the bar in terms of action in anime so goddamn low that they praise anything with people getting cut up?

– It’s not even doing the new things well because it doesn’t add any creativity or flavor to ’em. I could rent a standard Tokyo Shock film like Machine Girl and find more creative violence in it. Plus, if the violence isn’t pushing anything forward, then who cares if it looks good? I mean I love the fight scenes in The Protector, but that black guy who just kicked things could have been edited out with no trouble.

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All in all, this episode was just a waste of time. No plot. No humor. No good action. No development of anybody important. No enjoyment.

11 responses to “Akame ga Kill: Episode 11 — Dr. Doom Dies, Nobody Cares, And Another Episode Is Wasted

  1. i think your just a little angry that you had to wait 7 days for nothing to really happen, except for the fact doctor “pretty boy handsome” died. SUSANNO kicks ass dude like yes the plot right now is kind of dull but they’re at the point where they have to regroup after suffering major losses from their team. I see some crazy shit possibly happening like in “gurren lagan”

    • It’s not just this episode. The whole anime up to this point has been utterly predictable and formulaic without anything really important happening plot-wise, nor is it properly developing the characters who are actually important to the story (aka I don’t care about Susanno because he’s just another throwaway character that has no bearing on actual events). I didn’t even like it when Lagann did this, but at least it did it with interesting style and Kamina’s death had real bearing even long after it happened (his actions prior to that, not so much).

  2. I’ve been reading your posts on the show for a little while and it amused me at how you could hate the show so much. I must say, for this one in particular, it comprised mostly of half-assed assertions. I’ll bring up some points. Don’t feel like I’m attacking you but I just like calling people out when they make nonsensical points.

    1) How has the anime been predictable? Stating it is does not make it so. You don’t back it up. Aside from Bulat’s death (which was only foreseen in the middle of his fight) and Esdeath falling in love with Tatsumi (the only logical thing to happen to advance the story), the story has been pretty unpredictable. Here’s a good test. Without taking into account the preview, can you predict what happens next? If you can’t, then its not predictable.

    2) “And also just like previous episodes, nothing important actually happens this week.”
    – You know, aside from Night Raid being attacked and in peril, them having to relocate next episode (you stated this afterwards but you just ignored its importance), new night raid members, one of the Jaegar’s defeated (the main antagonists throughout most of the series), and the effect that his death will have on Seryu. But yeah, other than, OBVIOUSLY nothing happened.

    3) “Yes, the action is shit. Yes, the characters talk way too much because it thinks the audience consists of brain-dead retards who can’t see what’s going on.”
    – Yeah, action is not even close to as bad as you are making it out to be. The choreography is lacking (like most anime, yes that also includes seinens) but the fights have been done well enough. The fights aren’t even dragged out, they’re to the point.

    4) “Yes, the characters talk way too much because it thinks the audience consists of brain-dead retards who can’t see what’s going on.”
    -You know, like every anime, tv show and movie out there. There wasn’t even that much talking this episode. What, you want them to be silent the whole time? Because that would be boring.

    5) “Oh and I guess they got Sheele’s weapon back. But who the fuck cares about either a pair of scissors that don’t even grow to gigantic proportions or a character that only got half an episode of development at best?”
    – Ah, okay. You don’t give a shot about her. And? Mine does, Night Raid does and that’s what is important. Btw, she was already a developed character (she was a professional assassin for christ’s sake). There were no aspects of her to grow. The one thing important to get from her was that she was the only one to comfort Tatsumi when he was trying to get over his friends’ deaths. She was like his big sister. Her death showed Tatsumi that there will be deaths on both sides and its something he’ll have to deal with. Could she have been given more screen time, sure. But it was adequate.

    6) “Why am I watching a show that wastes so much time on pointless shit done in the most predictable manner possible?”
    – Like?

    7) “By the way, the doctor turning into some beast that eats his minions in order to get stronger? What was the point of having that in the show? It’s not funny. It’s not imaginative. And he dies like a chump due to the power of teamwork. Yawn.”
    – So because you don’t like what happened here, its bad? Okay then. The point was to show him using a last resort to defeat Night Raid. That’s it. Its pretty simple. What did you expect him to do, nothing? Stop taking so much stock into how elements are there to elicit reactions from the audience instead of them being for the story to progress. It’s ridiculous.

    8) Are you blind to Tatsumi’s development because that’s clearly happening. You’re seeing him get stronger slowly. That’s what the story is focusing on. Akame also has shown development (her accepting Tatsumi as a teammate and seeing her conflict with her sister and seeing where that goes). Same goes for every character throughout the series.

    I know there are some flaws in both the anime and manga, but its isn’t close to as bad as you are making it out to be. Its a fairly good series. My point is, if the reasons you give for not liking a show are just as terrible as you are trying to make the show out to be, then there is a problem. All I saw was over exaggerations, assertions without backing them up, and contrived problems out of nowhere (I don’t want to say bitching, but whatever the word is for creating an issue out of nothing, that’s what you have been doing).

    • Aside from Bulat’s death (which was only foreseen in the middle of his fight)

      I could see his death coming since the episode prior to it because the second half of that episode raised more death flags than Harry Connick Jr. in Independence Day. I even pointed them out in my post for that episode with the flashback and him only being with Tatsumi and all that.

      You know, aside from Night Raid being attacked and in peril, them having to relocate next episode (you stated this afterwards but you just ignored its importance), new night raid members, one of the Jaegar’s defeated (the main antagonists throughout most of the series), and the effect that his death will have on Seryu. But yeah, other than, OBVIOUSLY nothing happened.

      None of this is important to the plot because neither the new Night Raid characters nor the doctor (and the rest of the Jaegers besides Akame’s sister) are important to the plot. They feel like they were put in as a checklist and the story hasn’t fleshed them out enough. It’s more lacking than the Iron Man movie.

      The choreography is lacking (like most anime, yes that also includes seinens) but the fights have been done well enough. The fights aren’t even dragged out, they’re to the point.

      If the choreography is crap, then how are the fights good? Even the animation is bad. And I disagree on the fights being dragged out. They may not be as long as DBZ, but they keep interrupting the flow by saying stuff I can clearly see. And I don’t care if other shonen does it. If it sucks, then it sucks.

      What, you want them to be silent the whole time? Because that would be boring.

      You’ve obviously never watched an action movie in your life. When I was watching Jackie Chan, I never wished for him to narrate what move he was going to do next. I just wanted the sound effects of people hitting each other.

      Could she have been given more screen time, sure. But it was adequate.

      Let’s just agree to disagree on that.

      The point was to show him using a last resort to defeat Night Raid.

      By making him grow into a monster that eats his own servants in order to become stronger? It looks like a shitty JRPG tactic.

      Are you blind to Tatsumi’s development because that’s clearly happening.

      But this episode didn’t develop him at all. I didn’t say he wasn’t developing. I said he (and everyone else who’s important) didn’t develop at all this episode.

      I’ve been reading your posts on the show for a little while and it amused me at how you could hate the show so much.

      The reason I hate this show is because it’s every shonen action anime ever, except it has no sense of tone and it keeps indulging in RAPE and MURDER willy-nilly without any thought put into it. It doesn’t treat its subject matter with respect and basically goes people are EVIL because they are EVIL. It kills its characters off so much and so frequently that I can’t care for anyone. It keeps indulging in stupid humor that makes me unable to take it seriously. The entire world seems to run on JRPG logic. And on top of that, the action is awful to look at.

      This show is for people who think The Boondock Saints is a good movie. And I fucking HATE The Boondock Saints.

    • Can’t agree more. Bro. Mr. Flaw’s complains towards this currently airing anime are ridiculous, misplaced and not objective at all. Yes it has really bad fighting choreography but I wouldn’t call it total shit. Updated my MAL recently and rated it 6/10

      • I’ve never once tried to be objective on this blog. Also my complaints against this show are nothing compared to E. Minor’s. Nevertheless, this show is completely boring to me. I hate its approach to action and I hate how it panders to the fanbase in the most uncreative manner possible.

      • Uh huh. And when we talked about predictability, his top show ZnT is even more predictable. Government raising genius kids in unethical environment? We have seen such thing hundred times already, why waste half an episode. Also they will definitely die in the end, while Lisa lives.

  3. “I could see his death coming since the episode prior to it because the second half of that episode raised more death flags than Harry Connick Jr. in Independence Day. I even pointed them out in my post for that episode with the flashback and him only being with Tatsumi and all that.”

    Aside from fact that death flags are not a real thing, and therefore cannot be seen as a negative aspect of the show, let’s say that Bulat’s death was indeed obvious. Okay that’s one. Was Scheele’s? Esdeath falling in love with Tatsumi was obvious, since that was the logical approach, but did you know that she was going to abduct him? Did you foresee the Jaegars being assembled? Having generic events like someone dying and saying because of one or two of those were predicted does not make a plot predictable. That was my point.

    “None of this is important to the plot because neither the new Night Raid characters nor the doctor (and the rest of the Jaegers besides Akame’s sister) are important to the plot.”

    Yeah, they are central to the plot. If a character contributes to the conflicts at hand and influences future events, they are important. Let’s see what the plot is to see better how they are important.. We start off with a naive boy from the country wanting to make money for his village but instead learning of the capital’s corruption. He joins a group of assassins after having his eyes opened (at a steep cost) who are getting rid of the small ticks around the capital. As this is happening, the Revolutionary Army is building in strength until it can take on the Empire to change the government. Amidst the chaos that ensues, Night Raid will attempt to assassinate the Prime Minister to end this. This is the main goal. Now, developments arise that get in the way, mostly the return of Esdeath to the capital and her assembling the Jaegars. They are tasked with hunting down Night Raid. This conflict takes up the majority of the series so far. Thus, every character involved in either team is important to the plot. I’ll give you that Dr. Stylish himself wasn’t too important in the long run but he was the one behind Seryu’s modifications (who herself killed Scheele which affected Night Raid) and because of him, Night Raid will have to have to relocate. If not for Susanoo, Night Raid would have been done for and the story would be over.

    “If the choreography is crap, then how are the fights good? Even the animation is bad. And I disagree on the fights being dragged out. They may not be as long as DBZ, but they keep interrupting the flow by saying stuff I can clearly see. And I don’t care if other shonen does it. If it sucks, then it sucks.”

    I didn’t say the choreography was crap, I said it was lacking but its okay. Its not like the characters stay in one spot and swing their sword upside down repeatedly. And why do you keep focusing on shonens? All action anime, seinens and shonens alike, do this. Shonen is just a demographic. It has nothing to do with the quality.Anime in general doesn’t really have excellent choreography, aside from a very few exceptions. If you want to see great choreography, watch Avatar the Last Airbender and compare it to anime. I’ll also disagree about the animation being bad. Again, it’s fine. And it wasn’t like they were narrating what they were doing at every step. Even with Mine saying that she gets stronger in a pinch. Yes, she said it before but this was important in the context of what happened. The guy with scissors underestimated her and since she was in a dilemma with her teammates and base being attacked on all sides, she stated indeed was in a pinch. It was specifically directed at him (even though he just died). Is that really big deal?

    “By making him grow into a monster that eats his own servants in order to become stronger? It looks like a shitty JRPG tactic.”

    He can do whatever the hell he wants, more specifically the author can do what he wants. He was a scientist, so its logical that he would have something like that.

    “But this episode didn’t develop him at all. I didn’t say he wasn’t developing. I said he (and everyone else who’s important) didn’t develop at all this episode.”

    Because they were under attack the whole episode. Kind hard to develop if you have to fend off an invasion for your life.

    “The reason I hate this show is because it’s every shonen action anime ever, except it has no sense of tone and it keeps indulging in RAPE and MURDER willy-nilly without any thought put into it. It doesn’t treat its subject matter with respect and basically goes people are EVIL because they are EVIL. It kills its characters off so much and so frequently that I can’t care for anyone. It keeps indulging in stupid humor that makes me unable to take it seriously.”

    It keeps the comedic tone away from the serious tone for the most part, so I don’t see where you’re getting tone issues. Nobody was laughing during a death. Its not indulging in rape, each instance has a context to it. These instances affect other characters, so its not pointless. It treats it a straightforward manner, so where is the disrespect coming from? The story is just not holding back. Once you establish that this is a fucked up and brutal setting, you have to keep going with it. And about the villains just being evil, you can’t say that about the Jaegars. The first 3 (Aria, Ogre, and Zank) were not the focus of the story, instead focusing on Tatsumi’s development as he faced them. They were not villains you were supposed to care anything about and as such them being one-dimensional does not hurt the story. It killed of two main characters and one primary antagonist. That’s not what I call frequently. Unless you’re counting the first villians and any side characters. Which in that case I don’t know why you’re counting them. I’ll disagree about the humor as well. Its very toned down (its not goofy) and is primarily in cases where the group is having downtime. The balance of humor and seriousness is an aspect that makes it an entertaining series.

    • Not going to bother addressing all of your writing because it’s too long, but something you should know is that this blog is very anti-shonen action (especially that abomination we humans call Soul Eater). I hate the humor, I hate the pacing, I hate its approach to action, and I hate the character archetypes. Just something to keep in mind when trying to justify Akame ga Kill’s faults, which I always respond by saying “should have been more like Shiguiri”.

    • Oh yeah, one other thing I hate about the anime. I hate how Night Raid was initially portrayed as these mysterious morally ambiguous assassins who kill people in the shadows, but in reality, they’re just a bunch of freedom fighters against this EVIL empire. So basically, they’re just good guys who try to have their cake and eat it too. Utter waste of the whole mysterious assassin concept.