What anime destroyed you emotionally? (30 Day Anime Challenge) – Day 10

30 Day Anime Challenge

What anime destroyed you emotionally?

Full disclosure, I find it takes me five episodes before I get hooked to a show. After that, I bond with the characters and the world. There have been a few that have left me feeling numb for some time after, but the one that hit me really hard was Akame ga Kill.

Akame Ga Kill Banner

Why was that?

In a strange twist of normality, I read the manga first. Often, I’ll watch a show and then go read all the manga to fill in the world. Not only did I read the manga first, but I breezed through the fourteen volumes in little over a week. Then I discovered that the fifteenth volume would be the last in the series and it wasn’t due to be released for another month.

I was already, terrified of what would go down in that final book. I had my suspicions and it had all the warning signs of being pretty tragic. So with a month to wait, I bought all of the anime on iTunes and started watching. I watched all twenty-four episodes in the next twenty-four hours.

The thing with this series is that there are a lot of deaths. Pretty much every episode someone significant is killed off. One of the things I really enjoyed was that the bad guys were given motivations and backstories, making their deaths just as significant as the heroes.

Since then, I have read the final volume of the manga. For the first half, the anime followed the books quite closely, then I would assume some creative license was allowed to complete the series before the manga had finished. I enjoyed both endings, although the anime hit me much harder than the manga.

Esdeath Tatsumi Death

Why do you think it got to you?

Another aspect I really enjoyed was the unrequited love story between Tatsumi and Esdeath. It had funny and sincere moments. She really did love him. She was crazy, but she loved him. Having them fight in the end would have been too much, so I’m glad it didn’t come to that.

Then, Leone said her farewells and I just sat there, staring at the screen as the credits rolled by. Numb and breathless. I think this series really got to me because of how much I threw myself into it, but then I wouldn’t have done that if there wasn’t a connection.

Leone Death

Anything else you’d like to say?

No. I’m drained just thinking about it again. I have an unusual gift. It’s like a photographic memory but for video. So, I’ve just relived the whole thing from start to finish in about half an hour…

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