I didn’t actually realize that each Night Raid member had a fantasy weapon in their possession, but I’m quite excited about these Teigu things – they’ll add another dimension to the many battle sequences we’ll be getting in the future. And it’s nice to know that Leone does actually turn into a beast when she fights, and doesn’t just have a weird penchant for cosplay. Bulat’s Teigu is his giant armour, while Mine owns a sniper rifle named Pumpkin, which sounds a lot cuter than it actually is. Their Teigu have always been around, and it’s just been something I’ve never paid that much attention to until it was pointed out – Night Raid used them when fending off the invading bandits at the start of the episode, too. It seems like White Fox have managed to animate that missing chapter, by the way. While it didn’t exactly teach us anything we didn’t know already, I must say that the scene with Lubbock was particularly gruesome. As you’d expect from this series, all these characters have steel in them – and despite how idiotic Lubbock was last episode, he is no exception. He certainly didn’t spare the girl from being sliced apart with wires just because of her gender – hell, you’d almost think that particular bandit was an attractive girl on purpose so that point could be emphasized.
What was supposed to be a mission to survey the conditions within the capital city quickly turned into an unofficial date between Tatsumi and Mine – or rather, we had Mine going around shopping while Tatsumi was made to carry all the stuff she bought. Mine is managing to tick all the boxes for her archetype for now – she’s a violent tsundere with pink twintails, complete with the obligatory fanservice scene where Tatsumi walks in on her changing and gets an angry response in return. I can tell that some people won’t be too fond of her, but I’ve decided that I actually quite like Mine. It just so happens that I’m weak to loli tsunderes, and Mine is a loli tsundere voiced by Yukarin and equipped with a giant laser. Part of me knows I should be more objective, but… I can’t say no to Mine TT_TT God her reaction to getting her forehead flicked was cute. Unfortunately though, her interactions with Tatsumi actually contributed to what is now quickly becoming a pervading mood whiplash throughout the series – the horrific public execution in the city was unsettling in more ways than one when preceded by Mine stomping on Tatsumi, while she sort of ruined the solemn nature of her own backstory when she started laughing about getting rich. I do hope that settles down eventually; its a bit of a shame when Akame ga Kill is already so liberal with its depictions of blood and violence.
Tatsumi and Mine may not have exactly tried their hardest, but we learnt a lot about the capital city’s conditions nevertheless – be it subtle depictions of beggars on the streets or more overt scenes with little girls being threatened in alleyways. Most notably, the prime minister and the boy king were introduced for the first time, happily sending a disgraced official to his doom – while I’m sure the prime minister is supposed to be the depraved mastermind controlling the capital from the shadows, I can’t help but feel like the king is a bit of a twisted freak as well. Maybe he might have been influenced into it, but he sure sounded like he was enjoying what he was doing – he actually reminds me of that little creep from Chaika who was running around with Blue Chaika on board their flying fortress. Now that he’s become what he’s become, I think he’ll probably have to go too when push comes to shove.
A wild Sayo appears next week! Tatsumi’s been pretty perceptive so far, so he’d better not fall for that one…