Thursday, 6 November 2014

Akame ga Kill! - [White Fox] - [2014]

Alternative title:
アカメが斬る! (Japanese)

Objectionable content: Intense
Tatsumi is a self-acknowledge country bumpkin who is nonetheless a well trained fighter. He and two companions leave their remote village to head to the Imperial City to find a way to relieve their friends and family from ruinous taxation imposed by the authorities. Yet the Imperial City is filled with unimaginable amounts of corruption and evil from supernatural sources. Tatsumi is immediately swindled after reaching the City and nearly loses everything soon after, but finds himself allied with an unlikely group of assassins.
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Press Release:
Akame ga Kill! (Japaneseアカメが斬る! HepburnAkame ga Kiru!, literally meaning "Akame Slashes!") is a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. It started serialization in Square Enix's Gangan Joker in March 2010. The story focuses on Tatsumi, a young villager who travels to the Capital to raise money for his home only to discover a strong corruption in the area. The assassin group Night Raid recruits the young man to help them in their fight against the Empire to end its corruption.
The series was licensed by Yen Press in June 2014. A prequel manga focused on Akame's backstory, Akame ga Kill! Zero, began serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan in October 2013. An anime television series adaptation of the main series premiered in Japan in July 2014. This is the second work in the Japanese game developer MinatoSoft's Takahiro IV Project.


Tatsumi is a fighter who, accompanied by his two childhood friends, sets off to the Capital in search of a way to make money to assist his poverty-stricken village. After being separated from his friends, Tatsumi not only fails to enlist in the army, but is swindled out of all his money. He is then taken in by a noble family who offer him help, but intend to torture and kill him, just like they did with his friends and dozens of other people. Tatsumi is rescued by a group of assassins known as Night Raid, and is invited to join their ranks. Composed of the swordswoman Akame, a young woman armed with a huge pair of scissors named Sheele, the string manipulator Lubbock, the armored warrior Bulat, the sniper Mine, the beast fighter Leone and their leader Najenda, a former general of the imperial army, Night Raid is also part of the revolutionary forces assembled to overthrow Prime Minister Honest, who manipulates the infant emperor for his and his men's personal gain, leading the rest of the nation to poverty and strife.
Each member of Night Raid carries one of the "Imperial Arms" (帝具 Teigu), items created via alchemy and parts of the supernatural Danger Beasts over 900 years ago. Forty-eight of these items were created and about half of them have been lost to history. These items range from weapons like swords and firearms to more utilitarian items including a cosmetic box and armor, and even organic beings such as a shape-shifting dog and a powerful warrior. The Imperial Arms cannot be used by just anyone, as their users must be compatible with them or risk death. The power of most Imperial Arms is so overwhelming that it is said that when two Imperial Arm users fight each other, one is bound to die. Tatsumi and his new friends successfully assassinate some of Honest's most trusted cohorts, while losing Scheele and Bulat to the enemy forces, with Tatsumi inheriting Bulat's Imperial Arm. This leads the Prime Minister to enlist the help of General Esdeath, considered to be the most powerful fighter in the Empire, who assembles her own team of Imperial Arms-wielding assassins, the "Jaegars", to hunt down Night Raid, who gains two new members, the Human-like Imperial Arm Susanoo and the master of disguise Chelsea.
After Night Raid defeats most of the Jaegars while losing Chelsea and Susanoo and the revolution gains momentum, Honest forms a new secret police force, the "Wild Hunt", led by his own son, Syura. However, the Wild Hunt heavily abuses its authority by killing innocent civilians for fun, making enemies of both the Jaegars and Night Raid. After a confrontation between Wild Hunt and the Jaegers, with casualties from both sides, Esdeath is able to blackmail Honest into disbanding the rest of Wild Hunt while Syura is killed by Lubbock after he captures both him and Tatsumi. Lubbock is killed while attempting to escape, and Tatsumi is sentenced to a public execution, but the remaining members of Night Raid attack the execution site to rescue him.


Akame ga Kill! is a manga series written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. It began serialization in the April 2010 issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker, sold on March 20, 2010. The first tankōbon volume was published on August 21, 2010;[2] ten volumes have been released as of January 22, 2014.[3] The series was licensed by Yen Press in June 2014 and the first volume is scheduled to be released on January 20, 2015.[4][5]
A prequel titled Akame ga Kill! Zero (アカメが斬る!零 Akame ga Kiru Zero) started serialization on 11th issue of Monthly Big Gangan magazine on October 25, 2013. The series is written by Takahiro while illustrated by Kei Toru.[6] The story focuses on Akame's past during the days she worked as an assassin for the Empire.


An anime adaptation of the manga was announced in January 2014.[1] The series was directed by Tomoki Kobayashi and written by Makoto Uezu. Takahiro is also supervising the scenario. Taku Iwasaki composed the series' music. The series premiered on Tokyo MXMBS and BS11 television stations on July 6, 2014.[7] The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.[8] The opening theme song is "Skyreach" performed by Sora Amamiya, whilst the ending theme is "Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta." (こんな世界、知りたくなかった。?) by Miku Sawai.


The seventh volume sold 24,181 copies within the first week of release.[9] The eighth volume likewise sold 37,833 copies in its debut week.[10]
Kestrel Swift from the Fandom Post praised the anime's first episode for "harsh, brutal commentary on corruption and how likely it is that the more perfect someone seems, the darker the secret lurking within" as well as its production value by White Fox.[11] Robert Mullarkey from UK Anime Network also gave the series a similar response for its action scenes and violence displayed. However, he criticized some of its characters and claimed the anime needs to "ditch the comedy."[12] While reviewing the series' first eight episodes, Matt Packard from Anime News Network said that "it's stupid and childish" as "There's nothing mature about the idea that evil always takes the form of a psychopath or a power-hungry glutton, or that people become soul-dead assassins because something traumatic happened to them once, or that the physically weak are destined to become slaves and die weeping."[13]

Il sito ufficiale dedicato all'anime Akame ga Kill, adattamento dal manga realizzato dal duo Takahiro e Tetsuya Tashiro, ha pubblicato un nuovo video promozionale per la serie in partenza il 7 luglio in Giappone.

Il video presenta i personaggi principali con i relativi doppiatori. In più è ora noto anche lo staff principale che ha lavorato alla realizzazione della serie.

La produzione è stata curata dalla White Fox (Steins;Gate) con Tomoki Kobayashi (Tears to Tiara) alla regia con Makoto Uezu (Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita) alla sceneggiatura con la supervisione dell'autoreTakahiroKazuhisa Nakamura (Jormungand) ha realizzato il character design mentre Taku Iwasaki(Soul Eater, Gatchaman Crowds) le musiche.

Il manga è ambientato in un modo fantastico pieno di creature pericolose ed esseri malvagi.
Tre giovani amici, Tatsumi, Ieyasu e Sayo, lasciano il loro piccolo villaggio in rovina per raggiungere la capitale dell'impero in cerca di fortuna in modo da poter risollevare le sorti del loro luogo d'origine.
Durante il viaggio Tatsumi perde di vista i suoi amici giungendo solo nella capitale. Ben presto però l'idea che aveva della capitale si scontra con la dura realtà, e così Tatsumi si trova solo, derubato e senza un tetto.
Accolto da una ricca famiglia del luogo, Tatsumi crede di aver avuto una bella possibilità ma quella stessa sera la residenza dove si trova viene attaccata da una banda di assassini che si fa chiamare Night Raid. Tatsumi affronta gli assalitori con coraggio ma saranno davvero loro i malvagi?

DirectorTomoki Kobayashi
Series CompositionMakoto Uezu
Makoto Uezu (eps 1-3)
Episode Director:
MusicTaku Iwasaki
Original creator:
Character Design:
Art DirectorYoshito Takamine
Animation Director:
Daisuke Endo (ONA)
Kyoko Kotani (ep 3)
Yasuhiro Seo (ep 3)
Yukiko Watabe (ep 3)
Sound DirectorHozumi Gôda
Director of Photography: Keisuke Nakamura

3D Modeling DirectorHiroshi Souma
Chief Episode DirectorMasafumi Tamura (ONA)
Color designMiyuki Sato
EditingMasahiro Goto
Key AnimationToru Yoshida (ep 3)
Scenario DirectorTakahiro

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