I changed the syntax for the titles of these [Great Little Moment] posts. I think it works a bit better! Anyway, this post is about a moment (or rather a collection of moments) in Akame ga Kiru!. Do not read this unless you have read till at least chapter 33.5 or 33 if mushy stuff doesn’t count as spoilers.
Upon first sight, it is not terribly clear what the above image is depicting. Is this girl on the ground or is she standing but the art is just weird? If you paid heed to my spoiler warning earlier, then you will know exactly what is going on here.
Poor Chelsea is pinned to the ground. She is helpless and all she can do is cry and await execution.
This is a powerful moment.
Chelsea was a great character. Her enthusiasm, cheerful personality and sneaky nature won me over long ago. She was also one of the most ruthless good guys. She took out the bad guys that the others might not have had the heart to kill.
She was a true assassin.
And yet, here we get to see her executed.
It is sad. Very sad.
But that sorrow alone does not make this moment great.
Chelsea’s flashbacks right before this execution revealed a previously hidden side to her.
She was ruthless when it came to getting the job done but she had always felt some guilt over her assassinations. And, she had always been scared of retribution. She killed bad people all the while hoping that she in turn would not die a bad person.
Unfortunately, that was not to be.
As she mentions just a bit before this, but she wanted to go back. She wanted to go back and be praised but in the end, retribution caught up to her. As she realizes this, she begins to cry. She is sad because that won’t happen anymore. She won’t ever see Tatsumi and the others anymore. She won’t ever be praised anymore.
She is sad because did not want to die.
She still had things to do, friends to help and praise to receive.
Every time I come across this moment, I tear up a little. It is great because we see Chelsea go from stoic to introspective to sad. And it hurts. It hurts a lot! Everyone I know who reads this manga was stabbed by this scene. For that alone, this is a great little moment.
The side story after chapter 33 (aka 33.5) is a very good side story. Side stories have their ups and downs but no one reading this manga should ever skip this side story.
In chapter 33.5, Tatsumi dreams about the comrades he has lost and the fun times they can longer have.
It is a very moving collection of memories.
Tatsumi’s recollection of Brahdt was wonderful.
Brahdt had always been kind of gay (or so to speak) and it was part of why his character was so much fun to see on page. It was great to see him show up again. It was great to get the chance laugh at his muscles, his eccentric nature and to revel in his fabulousness, but you know what was the best thing about this scene?
I might be reading a bit too much into it, but I’d like to think that Tatsumi was thinking: “To this day, I still don’t know if Aniki was gay or not, but that doesn’t matter. I want him back”. It might be me just imagining things, but I believe that such an interpretation is well within the relationship the manga developed between the two.
The absolute best page in this chapter though was this one:
Damn. That gives me a serious case of the feels.
The page right after this one was badass as it featured a rather serious Tatsumi.
That is all I have to say about this chapter and a half from Akame ga Kiru. It is unfortunate, but I actually haven’t read past 33.5. Someday, I probably will, but even if I don’t, I think I am quite content with the few great moments (like these ones) that the manga has given me.