Thursday, 31 March 2016
BLU-RAY ANIME REVIEW: AKAME GA KILL COLLECTION
Akame ga Kill Collection
Released By: Animatsu
Running Time: 325 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 29/2/2016
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
Hero Tatsumi has thought of a way to get himself out of the penniless life he's currenly leading, so he with his friends want to help their village, the problem is, Tatsumi trusts his instincts and gets all his money stolen by a bandit, ending up in the gutter. Lucky for him, he has someone on hand who notices his plight and helps him out. Don't get too excited though as the one helping him is from a noble family who prey on the poor like him and are torturers as well as murderers.
He further realises his friends have not fared well either as the family have tortured and killed them, just as they would him. It is Night Raid who come to the rescue and encourage him to join their ranks. Akame, Lubbock, Bulat, Mine, Leone and Najenda, who just happens to be their leader.
As a former general of the Imperial Army, Najenda has seen what it is like to be a part of a corrupt organisation and a bad leader. Prime Minister Honest is the master manipulator of the current emperor and gets him to make sure the rich get richer and the poor stay under his boot. Najenda and the rest of Night Raid want to overthrow Honest, but in turn, Honest has his own man, General Esdeath who he sends after them along with his own band of thugs, the Jaeger.
If the resemblance of warrior girl, Akame to Saya Kisaragi from equally bloody Blood C isn't enough of a reason to watch it, the subject matter sure will be as this reminded me of movie franchise Hostel where the rich prey on the poor and seem to get away with it. It's obvious you wouldn't want to be Tatsumi at the beginning of this story as it looks like he might die, but as he's the unlikely hero, he becomes part of something great, even greater than the prime minister or the emperor who want to kill them. The animation quality is great, and the sound excellent. The characters are interesting enough to make the viewer want to see what happens next among all the magic the Night Raid use and the danger from General Esdeath, they have enough on their plate to contend with.
Akame Ga Kill is not afraid to show how bloody it is, even for a 15 rating and even less atraid of killing off major characters. This release is all that can be expected from a Blu-ray with great animation quality, characters you'll want to get to know and extra graphics that will make it the one on everybody's lips.
Bonus Material:12 1 Minute Chibi Shorts,Textless Opening Animation, Textless Closing Animation, Six Trailers for Sentai Fieldwork titles.
Summary: Gory, bloody and one of the main contenders for anime of the year.