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What They Say:
Under the rule of a tyrannical empire, Tatsumi, a young swordsman, leaves his home to save his poverty stricken village. He meets a girl named Akame, an assassin who was bought, brainwashed and trained to kill by the Empire. Akame is a member of the secret assassin group called “Night Raid” who use special weapons called Teigu. Together, Tatsumi and the members of Night Raid confront the corrupt empire.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the first episode brought us into this world, this story, and ultimately this group of Night Raid that we (and our token neophyte Tatsumi) will be spending the series with, we started getting to know each member of the team individually, obviously starting with Akame. As we moved onto the less interesting characters (which, if this show is placing its priorities correctly, should essentially be everyone else to some extent), the formulaic nature and lack of any real weight to the villains that Tatsumi inevitably faced as part of his training with the Night Raid member of the week started to make it all feel a bit less impactful. While it appears that we’ll be returning to the first part of that shortly, this episode takes a brief break. That sounds promising, but what it doesn’t take a break from is the second part, or at least the fact that the villain is a pretty generic anime villain who will likely never be mentioned again.