Who is your favourite anime villain? This should be a tough question as there are so many ‘great’ villains. Anyone that has written an evil character will tell you that they are more fun to write than the heroes. With a villain, you can really enjoy yourself. There is, however, one villain that instantly springs to mind. She is General Esdeath from Akame ga Kill.
Why is that? One of the things I really enjoyed in Akame ga Kill was how you got to see as much of the villains as you do of the heroes. It gave them life and purpose, some even had families and things outside of being an evil villain. It made it really interesting when it came to the fights and someone had to die.
Well, Esdeath is a straight up psychopath. She enjoys torture and killing, but she’s not all bad… The manga does a much better job of showing just how evil she is, but that’s not uncommon. One criticism I’ve seen aimed at Esdeath is that it was absurd that she wanted a boyfriend. Well, I think that observation is absurd.
Just because she’s evil doesn’t mean she can’t want to be happy too. If that’s what she has decided she wants, then so what. In typical Esdeath fashion, she approaches as only she can, a list of dangerous and unlikely qualities to find in any person, but she doesn’t give up. The fact that she falls for Tatsumi just makes the whole situation that much more enjoyable.
Anything else you’d like to say? As further proof of my love of Esdeath, I was inspired enough to dig out my old pencils and artbooks and draw her. Maybe one day, I’ll actually have the time to draw that manga I keep telling myself I’m going to do. One day…