One down, and first blood goes to Night Raid.
That was creepy and weird on so many levels – I must say, I’m relieved that Dr. Stylish is dead, and that of the Jaegers he was the first one to go. There’s certainly no love lost on my part. I never took kindly to Seryuu’s body modding, so it was a bit icky seeing a bunch of enemies attack the base while equipped with the sort of shit Stylish was messing around with. And Stylish himself didn’t exactly boast the most… stylish “final form” – I guess he was a crazy mad scientist to the very end. Although to begin with, it’s not like he had the charisma some of the other Jaegers have, despite what his pitiable subordinates might have told him. In the first place, it was quite a bad idea to go mounting an immediate attack without Esdeath’s help, instead operating only with a bunch of his lackeys – even if some of them were Teigu users. In the end, Stylish has a support-type Teigu, and has proper offensive power only through his men. I don’t think he was ever supposed to be a front-line combatant, even as a member of the Jeagers. Esdeath still doesn’t know that Tatsumi is part of Night Raid, and exterminating them is the ultimate objective of the Jaegers either way – their help in the form of numbers and skill would have overwhelmed Night Raid. It might sound strange that I’m commenting on how the enemy could have better ambushed the protagonists, but it felt like a really rash decision – especially as it’s not like they were going to move base or anything. Oh well, Stylish paid the price. He ded.
At the same time, Dr. Stylish managed to come up with some admittedly smart strategies, which perhaps might have been the reason behind his confidence. The fact that Night Raid members like Akame are infamous means that it’s easy to think up counter-strategies for them and whatever Teigu they might possess – Stylish’s answer was to essentially have them go up against enemies they wouldn’t be very “effective” against. In Akame’s case, it was pretty evident that Toby had the vast majority of his body parts replaced by machines and weapons, Seryuu-style – which meant that Murasame would no longer work like it normally could, as machine parts aren’t alive. Similarly, Team Stylish managed to counter Incursio through pitting it up against a Teigu which could bypass its strong defences – which happened to be Sheele’s. I think Night Raid took a couple of large steps towards avenging Sheele and Bulat through killing Dr. Stylish – especially Sheele, as I spy an unhappy Seryuu in the preview for next week’s episode. Good. On a slightly unrelated note, I prefer Mine with her hair down. She looks more grown-up, somehow.
When all of Night Raid fully regrouped for the first time since the ambush, I was surprised to realize that there were only five members left in the base. I mean, it’s been obvious for a long time, but it seemed like they were really short on members once it was put into perspective like that – which makes it great that Najenda happened to bring back some new people. I’m really comfortable with the current Night Raid, so I was unsure of what I’d think of any new members – but so far, Susanoo and the lollipop girl seem cool. Especially Susanoo. He’s like a new, more awkward Bulat – if they hadn’t mentioned it, I would never have thought he wasn’t really human. Tons better than a certain dog anyway, as far as living-type Teigu go.