We didn’t know much about Sheele before, but I can now say for certain that she’s a nice person – really clumsy perhaps, but nice nonetheless. It’s almost surprising how she can have such talent in being an assassin when she’s useless at almost everything else, but killing doesn’t stop her from being a good person in general – these two traits are pretty much mutually exclusive amongst every character bar the members of Night Raid. Like the others, Sheele has had a rough past, and eventually ended up in Night Raid – I felt her training time with Tatsumi was rather short, although I suppose the entire point of this rotation is to delve into these backstories one by one. Uncomfortably enough, a rather searing image of a naked Bulat seems to be a recurring thing each episode. It’s actually a bit weird that we learnt hardly anything about Akame during Tatsumi’s session with her, even though it also doubled as Tatsumi’s induction into Night Raid – I’m assuming it’s being shelved aside for a more appropriate time.
The plot’s definitely in motion now, even though there’s still this strange running emphasis on food all the time within Night Raid. The upper echelons of the command hierarchy are now very much aware of the people going around killing all their sympathizers, and have sent a person named Esdeath to deal with them – naturally, she happens to be a powerful ice-type Teigu user. I’m finding her very, uh… intimidating, least of all because Najenda believes she has the strongest Teigu – it seems like she has the sadistic habit of brutalizing many of the people she kills. Seriously, why are all those corpses in pieces and skewered on spears? Was that really necessary, Esdeath? And the area’s supposed hero is in a horribly emasculated state as well. Hopefully her kill count won’t rise much past a very cheerful 400,000 after she comes into contact with Night Raid, although I won’t be banking on it. I’m guessing that encounter is still a ways off though, given that there are some further undercurrents being explored as well – Tatsumi and his desire to reunite with Sayo and Ieyasu, for one. I thought he’d managed to get over their deaths a long time ago, but apparently not – it’s clearly going to be used as a way to tempt him into something in the future.
Finally, Hanazawa Kana continues displaying her surprising (but not infinite) variety through a cheerful girl named Seryuu, who seems to be genuinely pursuing justice as far as I can see. Actually, I don’t know – is there really this sort of a person amidst all this corruption? She’s also cute, but I’ve already learnt that this means absolutely nothing this show. I suppose Seryuu seems okay for now, but what I’m really not liking is that she’s with the imperial army, and was on good terms with Ogre before he was killed by Tatsumi. She probably has a couple more screws loose than Sheele if she actually admired Ogre – and just in general, no-one so far that’s had anything to do with the empire has ever turned out to be good. Ever.