I'd heard mixed reviews about Akame ga Kill!, and thought I'd check it out anyways. Its only 24 episodes right? How hard could it be to get through it? Harder than I thought.
Akame ga Kill! has a decent start. The characters seem interesting enough, the action is bloody and over-the-top, which is exactly what I was expecting, and the way it's presented is actually pretty good. But as it progressed, it became less and less interesting to the point where I just didn't care anymore. I stopped watching about halfway through, and have no interest in ever finishing it. Now the reason I stopped is mostly because of the sexuality throughout the show, which I didn't realize was there until getting to where I did. I'm not saying nudity and sex makes a bad show, I'm just saying it limits who watches it due to moral standings. If that stuff hadn't been in it, I'd probably have finished it.
The characters in this show are alright, to start at least. Tatsumi has an actually realistic goal, and the rest of Night Raid (the group) has their distinct character traits. That's where the problem occurs. All the characters only have one or two traits. They aren't particularly well-developed, and follow the same development formula every anime seems to these days: with back stories. I'm not saying back stories are bad, but Akame ga Kill! didn't even try to weave them into the story, they just kind of threw them out there as quickly as possible. Characters would be talking casually, then suddenly, "Let me tell you about my past" would come out, and all this emotion would be forced upon you for someone you hardly even know anything about, and it all just felt fake. With a title like 'Akame ga Kill!' you know that people, important or not, will die. But it doesn't really create a fear for the characters. In shows like 'Attack on Titan' no one's overpowered or anything, and that really helps create a sense of fear for the characters. Not only that, but 'Attack on Titan' manages to make the characters very interesting from the second you meet them, only to have them torn away from you before you could really learn to care. And that's why 'Attack on Titan' did so well with it's characters, while Akame ga Kill! suffers. The characters are just okay at the beginning. They felt a little cliché (which isn't necessarily bad) and I never felt like they were in any real danger, considering the sizes of their weapons and amount of skill they seemed to possess.
The plot itself started out sounding interesting, but resulted in just an excuse to overdo the violence as much as possible. Sure, I like over-the-top violence (why do you think I started this show?), but violence with no story is just boring. I often found myself watching and thinking "Man, this is cool. But why are they doing this again?" Maybe I just wasn't paying enough attention, or maybe it's just unclear. Either way, I felt like there really wasn't any purpose to the fighting that filled up so much of the series.
Now one thing that I did like were the weapons, or Imperial Arms, as they're called. I thought it was cool how technologically advanced they were for their time, and yet how they still felt like they fit into the time in which the series is set in. Or at least, most of them did. Lot's of the Imperial Arms introduced later in the series started making the show feel more magical than it was technological. Before, the weapons had simple hints of magic here and there, which was cool. But the later weapons were just full-on magic. I don't want to spoil any of them to you, but it was clear that the creators just ran out of ideas and started throwing crap at the screen at that point. And that really took away from the feel of the series.
Overall, Akame ga Kill! has a decent start, but by the mid-point I was done. It lacked realistic or engaging characters, a decent (but promising) plot, and a little too much magic. The fights were quite well done, however, and the first few weapons introduced are cool and fit right into the universe of Akame ga Kill! You may think I have no right to write a review, having never finished it, but I know and have seen enough to know that this show really just isn't anything special. I'm fine with them killing off characters, that doesn't take away from it for me, I just didn't care enough when the characters died. In the end, I wouldn't recommend Akame ga Kill! But if you liked it, then that's fine. If you don't, that's fine too. If you still want to watch it, though, then go right ahead. There was nothing here for me, but maybe it'll click better with you.