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Akame ga KILL! Vol. #02 Manga Review

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Akame ga KILL Volume 2 CoverAbsolute justice versus the assassins!

Creative Staff
Story: Takahiro
Art: Tetsuya Tashiro
Translation: Christine Dashiell

What They Say
Now a member of the assassination squad Night Raid, Tatsumi must soon face an enemy equipped with a Teigu. These ancient super-weapons are so mighty that when two opponents wielding Teigus battle, one is guaranteed to die…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
For their next job, our heroes find themselves tasked with assassinating a mad serial killer known as Executioner Zanku. To make matters worse, it turns out he stole a Teigu, which it turns out are 48 incredible weapons made a thousand years ago, possessing powers which can’t be reproduced in modern times. Furthermore, they’re so powerful that it’s said in a battle between Teigu wielders, only one can survive. Tatsumi is the first to encounter Zanku, and it turns out that his Teigu, Spected, has five “senses”, including illusions and mind-reading. Tatsumi puts up a good fight, but in the end Akame has to step in. Fortunately, her cold demeanor and one-hit kill Teigu allow her to triumph over the intimidating foe, though it certainly isn’t an easy fight.

Next up, Tatsumi trains under Sheele, and during the process we learn her tragic backstory. Tatsumi then gets a chance to try out Zanku’s Teigu, but it ends up rejecting him. He ends up getting excited in the aftermath, though, thinking perhaps there’s a Teigu that can revive his friends, but of course that idea is shot down immediately as impossible.

After some foreshadowing for the powerful General Esdeath, Tatsumi bumps into a member of the Capital Garrison known as Seryu. She has a ridiculously strong sense of justice and possesses the Teigu Hecatoncheir. Fortunately for our hero, though, she doesn’t realize that he’s a member of Night Raid. Tatsumi then gets his expected mission with Leone that fleshes out her character a bit, and then Sheele and Mine end up in a fight with Seryu. Just how will this intense battle with “justice” end?

In Summary
With this volume, the series seems to really pick up and find its groove. In particular, the fights involving Teigu here are rather well done. The end fight especially is absolutely stunning and really helps the series to set itself apart, proving exciting, tense, and more than a little disturbing. Sheele’s backstory is also quite interesting and well done. The only real slow part of the volume is the bit centered around Leone, and even that isn’t bad, just a little formulaic. Hopefully the series will be able to keep up the mad pace presented here, as it absolutely makes this volume into an intense and exciting read.

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: B+
Package Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: April 21st, 2015
MSRP: $12.99