List of Akame ga Kill! characters
The Akame ga Kill! manga and anime series features an extensive cast of fictional characters. The visuals of the characters were designed by Tetsuya Tashiro, while their stories were created by Takahiro. The story focuses on Tatsumi monster form, a young warrior who joins an assassin group called Night Raid to fight corruption from the Empire. Its members, along with other characters in the series, wield super weapons called Teigu (帝具, Anime: Imperial Arms).[ch. 5]
In 2007, Takahiro was asked to do a manga for Square Enix magazine. He originally came up with the idea of an "all-female band of assassins, and the protagonist is a boy who is captured by them and has to work for them." After his editor approved the idea, he waited on serialization until his company had stabilized and had released two other titles, during which he developed the characters, story and world. In August 2009, following the release of Majikoi - Oh! Samurai Girls, Takahiro looked for an artist for the serialization, and recruited Tashiro Tetsuya to do the illustrations. He liked Tashiro's ability to draw fast-paced action scenes and that he can draw cute girls.[vol. 1:postscript]
Takahiro has written additional background information and profiles about some of the characters in the postscripts of the volume compilations, such as for the Three Beasts[vol. 3:postscript] and the Jaegers.[vol. 4:postscript] The Danger Beasts (危険種, kikenshu) were conceived to be any creature that attacks the humans in the world and are similar to monsters seen in role-playing games with different classifications from Class 4 to Class 1, and Special and Super Class designations at the top for the legendary beasts.[vol. 5:postscript]
Night Raid membersEdit
The main characters are members of Night Raid, a team of assassins who help the Revolutionary Army's efforts to overthrow the corrupt prime minister and restore peace and order to the Empire.[vol. 1]
Tatsumi (タツミ) is a swordsman who sets out to the capital city to raise money for his impoverished village. He has brown hair and green eyes. Separated from his two companions, Tatsumi is swindled of his money, but is taken in by a girl with a wealthy upbringing.[ch. 1] When he tries to defend that girl from Night Raid, he soon discovers that the girl had actually tortured and killed his comrades, so he kills her and is recruited to join Night Raid,[ch. 1] He accepts, as their actions of fighting corruption would eventually help his village.[ch. 2] His primary weapon is a short sword, but he later inherits Bulat's Teigu "Demon Armor: Incursio" (悪鬼纏身 インクルシオ, Akki Tenshin: Inkurushio), which was created from the still living flesh of an adaptive dragon Danger Beast called Tyrant. While normally a short sword, Incursio can form armor around the user and grant them powers such as invisibility and superhuman strength.[ch. 5, 14] However, Tatsumi's continued use of Incursio takes a toll on his body, and his body and his humanity are consumed by Tyrant. He transforms into Tyrant but retains his mind; after the war, he returns to Mine's side, and they settle in his old village to raise the child they conceived before she fell into coma.[ch. 78]
Akame (アカメ) is the titular female protagonist of the story, she has long black hair, red eyes, and a cold, serious demeanor. Sold along with her sister to the Empire at a young age, she becomes one of the Elite Seven assassins under Gozuki.[ch. 3] Despite her serious attitude in battle, she displays genuine concern for her comrades.[ch. 3, 6][vol. 3] During a mission to assassinate former general Najenda, she is convinced by the latter to join Night Raid and the cause against the Empire.[ch. 3] Her treason sparks an intense rivalry between fellow assassin and sibling Kurome, along with a mutual desire to be the one to end the other.[ch. 6] In Night Raid, she assumes the cooking duties prior to Tatsumi joining the group.[ch. 2, 3] While she originally used the Shingu "Kiriichimonji", a sword capable of inflicting wounds that never heal, Akame acquired Gozuki's Imperial Arm "One Slice Kill: Murasame" (一斬必殺 村雨, Ichizan Hissatsu: Murasame) whose poison blade instantly kills whoever it cuts.[ch. 5] During the final battle with Esdeath, as a final resort due to the method of activation, Akame activates Murasame's Little War Horn Trump Card to permanently boost her physical abilities by increasing her density so she can kill Esdeath with her weapon destroyed in the process.[ch. 76, 77] Following the revolution, still an assassin, Akame leaves the empire to deal with those in neighboring nations that might take advantage of the weakened government.[ch. 78] In the spin-off series Hinowa ga Yuku!, using a herb to momentarily suppress her increased density, Akame seeks to remove Murasame's Trump Card along with a means to restore Tatsumi's humanity.
Mine (マイン) serves as the sniper of Night Raid. She has pink hair styled in twin tails and pink eyes. She initially shows a cold exterior and is suspect of Tatsumi joining her group, but warms up to Tatsumi later on.[vol. 1] Ridiculed and rejected for her half-foreign blood during her childhood, Mine hopes that when the Revolutionary Army wins, there will be more acceptance of different races.[ch. 4] Mine's Teigu is a rifle called the "Roman Artillery: Pumpkin" (浪漫砲台 パンプキン, Roman Hōdai: Panpukin) that fires highly concentrated piercing shots of spirit energy.[ch. 2,5] Her powers are amplified when she is under a tight situation.[ch. 20] Mine is rendered unconscious after sacrificing Pumpkin to defeat Budo during Night Raid's mission to rescue Tatsumi, but in the anime she died shortly after in Tatsumi's arms. Tatsumi is enraged and plans to carry out Mine's goal to come out on top. Sometime later, Tatsumi would return to Mine's side and wait for her to awake. Upon her awakening, it is revealed that she is pregnant with Tatsumi's child. Because of the mental and physical injuries they sustained during battle, Tatsumi and Mine retired from service and settled down at Tatsumi's home village with their child. [ch. 78]
Leone (レオーネ, Reōne) has short blonde hair and a voluptuous chest. She has a very relaxed and cheerful personality, but tends to display a lack of ladylike manners. She acts like a big sister towards Tatsumi, whom she swindled at the start of the series,[ch. 1,8] As part of Night Raid, she gathers intelligence and corroborates the mission requests. Her Imperial Arm is "King of Beasts Transformation: Lionel" (百獣王化 ライオネル, Hyakujū Ōka: Raioneru), a belt she acquired from the black market that transforms her into a beast with increased strength and abilities as well as enhanced senses such as smell[ch. 1,5,10] and regeneration.[ch. 21] She originally became an assassin when she killed an aristocrat that made a game out of trampling poor kids with his horse.[ch. 10] During the final battle against the Empire, Leone is mortally wounded by Honest, but kills him nonetheless. She then uses what is left of her life to visit her old drinking friends before dying alone on the street where she met Tatsumi with a satisfying smile. [ch. 78]
Sheele (シェーレ, Shēre) has dark purple hair with part of it styled in a single bun, and wears glasses. Growing up in the low districts of the Capital, Sheele first discovers her abilities as an assassin when she rescues her only friend by killing her abusive boyfriend. When a gang related to the boyfriend seeks to avenge her, killing her parents in the process, she easily murders them. Eventually, she joins the Revolutionary Army and later, Night Raid. Despite being an experienced assassin, she does not have regular duties at Night Raid as she tends to be air-headed and clumsy at cooking and cleaning.[ch. 5,7] Her Teigu is the "Slice All: Extase" (万物両断 エクスタス, Banbutsu Ryōdan: Ekusutasu), a huge pair of scissors that easily sever bodies in half.[ch. 1,5] She is killed in a battle against Seryu when the latter immobilizes her and she is torn apart by Seryu's Teigu Coro. Her final action was using her trump card which releases a blinding light. This allows Mine to flee as she is eaten by Coro.[ch. 9]
Lubbock (ラバック, Rabakku) is a green-haired member of Night Raid who early on has a reputation of being a pervert and peeking at girls.[ch. 2] In the city, his cover identity is running a book-lending shop.[ch. 11] He is the son of a wealthy merchant and falls in love with Najenda at first sight and decides to join the Imperial army to be near her. Several years later, when Najenda defects from the Army to start Night Raid.[ch. 25] His Teigu, "Kaleidoscope: Crawstail" (千変万化 クローステール, Senpen Banka: Kurōsutēru), is a reel of strings that can be manipulated into forming weaponry or armor.[ch. 5] He is captured by Syura, but succeeds in killing him before he is struck down while attempting to escape the Imperial Palace.
Burat (ブラート, Burāto) has dark hair styled in a Pompadour, and wields the Teigu "Demon Armor: Incursio" (悪鬼纏身 インクルシオ, Akki Tenshin: Inkurushio).[ch. 2,5] As a high-ranking imperial officer who gains infamy as "One-Hundred Killer Burat"[ch. 13], he becomes disgusted by the government caring more about bribes than merit, and defects from the Empire when his superior, Liver, is framed for a crime after refusing to aid Honest.[ch. 12] He joins the Revolutionary Army, and eventually Night Raid. Burat is also revealed to be gay early in the series. Although Tatsumi resists Burat's flirtatious attitude,[ch. 2] Tatsumi views him as a big brother, and in turn he views Tatsumi as someone who could take Incursio to another level.[vol. 3] In a battle against the Three Beasts, he is fatally poisoned by Liver, but gives Incursio to Tatsumi.[ch. 14]
Najenda (ナジェンダ) is the leader of Night Raid. She has gray hair and wears an eyepatch. She is a former general of the Imperial Army who, disgusted with Esdeath's excessive cruelty, confronts her over it.[ch. 16] After the confrontation Najenda defects and joins the Revolutionary Army.[ch. 16] She initially wields the Teigu "Roman Artillery: Pumpkin", until she loses an arm and eye in a confrontation with Esdeath.[volume & issue needed] When she learns that the empire has assembled the Jaegers, she acquires the humanoid Teigu Susanoo with which she is compatible.[vol. 5]
"Flash of Lightning" Susanoo (電光石火 スサノオ, Denkō Sekka: Susanoo) is Najenda's humanoid Teigu who joins Night Raid after the latter suffers several losses; his head has two large horns.[ch. 21,22] He is in a dormant state until he meets Najenda who reminds him of his previous user, a general man.[ch. 22,23] Despite his quiet demeanor, Susanoo quickly befriends Tatsumi and Lubbock.[ch. 24] Originally designed to be a bodyguard for VIPs, he is capable of cooking and housekeeping as well as fighting.[ch. 22]. Like other biological Teigu, as long as his core remains intact, he can continue to regenerate. [ch. 22] His weapon is a Wolf Fang Mace that has blades that can protrude from its end.[vol. 5:rough sketches 3] He has a trump card move, called "Magatama Manifestation" that sucks his user's life energy into the magatama on his chest in order to gain a tremendous amount of strength, and enabling him to use powerful moves such as "The Mirror of Yata" that can reflect any kind of projectiles and beams, as well as "Ame no Murakumo" which is a kind of giant sword that has immense power.[volume & issue needed] However, his user will die after commanding him to use this move three times. This does not happen, as Najenda uses it three times and continued alive; she states that this is possible because Susanoo himself takes its own life to spare Najenda's. He is killed by Esdeath while protecting his friends from her, as she promises to remember him as a warrior, rather than as a mere Teigu.[ch. 43]
Chelsea (チェルシー, Cherushī) is a ginger-haired assassin who is dressed like a Japanese schoolgirl, wearing a shirt with white sleeves and plaid collar, a black vest, plaid skirt, and tall boots. She also wears headphones with a black butterfly hairpiece. She is almost always seen sucking on a lollipop.[vol. 5:rough sketches 4]A sole operative of a Night Raid regional team, she joins Najenda to fight the Jaegers. While she is somewhat aloof and carefree when not on the job, she is also extremely objective and is often quite blunt when voicing her opinions, which upsets Mine.[ch. 22,23] Despite her nature, she becomes attracted to Tatsumi, admiring his resolve.[ch. 28] Her Teigu, "Phantasmagoria: Gaia Foundation" (変幻自在 ガイアファンデーション, Hengen Jizai: Gaia Fandēshon), is a cosmetics box that allows her to instantly change her physical appearance, including animals.[ch. 22,23] This allows her to get within arms reach of her targets where she uses acupuncture needles to stab her targets in vital locations. After ambushing and killing Bols, she tries to kill Kurome in the same way, but it fails as Kurome survives the puncture inflicted by her needle and then she is killed by Kurome's last two corpse puppets. Her severed head is placed on a stake in the town square to hurt Night Raid's morale and the rest of her body devoured by Coro.[ch. 33]
The main antagonist in the series, the current Prime Minister of the Empire and the father of Syura, Honest[ch. 10,45] (オネスト, Onesuto Daijin) is a corrupt and tyrannical politician whose only agenda to maintain his position of power and comfort as seen with his constant eating habit.[ch. 10] Presenting himself as a father-figure to the Emperor, Honest secretly poisoned the previous emperor and his wife to manipulate their child to his end while having political rivals and other threats killed off. Honest's selfish outlook is depraved to the point that he mourned Syura's death for a few seconds before callously shrugging his son's demise and considering to sire a more competent son. When the Revolutionary Army begin their attack on the city, having killed off a majority of the court when they planned to hand him over to the revolutionists, Honest convinces the Emperor to activate the Shikoutazer. During the final battle, despite his obese appearance, Honest reveals he had trained his body to live a long and healthy life of hedonism. Honest also reveals the crown on his head to be an Imperial Arm known as the Erase Stone (イレイストーン, Ireistōn) which can break another user's Imperial Arm before rendered inactive for a week. Honest uses the Erase Stone to destroy Leone's Imperial Arm before mortally wounding her and attempts to escape through an underground passage. But Leone corners the prime minister and drags him to the top of the palace before throwing him off to the revolutionaries, subjected to horrific torture before finally being executed.[volume & issue needed]
The Emperor (皇帝, Kōtei) is a young boy who wishes to lead his people to a bright future.[ch. 4] But his naive nature and inexperience resulted in him serving as nothing more but as a figurehead under Honest's manipulation, unaware that prime minister murdered both of his parents. As the sole survivor of the Imperial bloodline, the Emperor is the only person capable of operating the Imperial Arm known as "Imperial Guardian: Shikoutazer" (帝都守護 シコウテイザー, Teito Shugo: Shikouteizā, "Primus Imperator" in the anime), which is a suit of armor tall as a mountain boasted to be the most powerful of the Teigu and can fire energy beams that can obliterate entire armies with a single volley. But what the Emperor did not know was that Honest had Dorothea alchemically modify Shikoutazer with a trump card only he can activate on command or as a deadman's switch: Purge Mode. In Purge Mode, Shikoutazer's armor breaks off to reveal its monstrous appearance while the emperor's mind is warped with bloodlust. He is defeated by Tatsumi, who brings forth the full power of Incursio to destroy Shikoutazer at the cost of his human form. In the aftermath of siege, after asking Najenda to rebuild their nation, the Emperor is publicly executed.
Executioner Zanku (首斬りザンク, Kubikiri Zanku, anime: Headhunter Zanku)[ch. 5] initially works as an executioner for the Empire. However, as the number of his victims increase, he starts hearing the voices of his victims and is driven mad by them. This results in his defection from his post. He steals a Teigu and gains infamy as a serial killer who decapitates his victims after they plead for their lives.[ch. 5] His Teigu is "Spectator" (五視万能 スペクテッド, Goshi Bannō: Supekuteddo, lit. "Five sights: Spected"), a headpiece that grants the user various mental abilities, including insight (mind reading), farsight (long-distance sight), x-ray vision, foresight and the ability to cast illusions. After being mortally wounded by Akame, he thanks her for freeing him from the voices.[ch. 5-6]
Raised under her father's philosophy of "the strong survive and the weak die",[vol. 4] Esdeath (エスデス, Esudesu) has gained notoriety as one of the Empire's most powerful generals.[ch. 7] Originally a resident of a northern tribe of Danger Beast hunters,[vol. 4:postscript] Esdeath is the last of her people and twisted her father's ideals before enlisting the military and quickly rose to her current position. Esdeath then selected her Imperial Arm "Demon God Manifestation: Demon's Extract" (魔神顕現 デモンズエキス, Majin Kengen: Demonzu Ekisu), the blood of a Danger Beast that she assimilated into her circulatory system to gain the power to create and manipulate ice[ch. 42]. Esdeath later invented various ways to manipulate her powers that include a Trump Card which allows her momentarily freeze time around her.[ch. 27] Esdeath used her abilities to conquer the Northern lands, encasing her enemies in ice, before being summoned back to the capital to deal with Night Raid as leader of the Jaegers after her Three Beasts fell against them.
Although she is strong at fighting and enjoys torture, Esdeath found herself occupied with love and obsessed over Tatsumi after seeing him battle in a fighting tournament.[ch. 10] With Esdeath unaware of his ties to Night Raid, Tatsumi tried talking her into joining the Revolutionary Army.[ch. 16,18] But Tatsumi eventually gave up upon learning Esdeath's life story and realizing she is beyond redemption.[ch. 27] Esdeath learns of Tatsumi's ties to the Night Raid and attempts to offer him a pardon in exchange for his total submission to her. But after Tatsumi's escape, Esdeath accepts her love for Tatsumi to be one-sided while resolving to fight him in battle to the death during the Revolutionary Army's siege on the imperial capital. When Tatsumi deals with the Shikoutazer, Esdeath battles Akame and ends up amputating her own arm when it was exposed to Murasame's poison.[ch. 72] After the Shikotazer's defeat, refusing to surrender even after the Empire fell, Esdeath attempts to use her Imperial Arm's full potential to freeze everything around her before being killed when Akame activates Murasame's Trump Card. Esdeath uses the last ounce of strength to freeze herself while her final thoughts were of regret over Tatsumi never returning her feelings for him, only her hand remained as it was spirited off by Suzuka.[ch. 76,77]
The Three Beasts (三獣士, Sanjūshi) are elite Teigu users serving Esdeath, having assisted her during her campaign to end rebellion in the northern lands while burying a whole rebel village and its occupants in ice. When Esdeath came to the capital to deal with Night Raid, she loaned the Three Beasts to Honest to help him remove the last of his political rivals. But the Three Beasts meet their end when they attempt to kill Tatsumi and Bulat, Esdeath paying her final respects to them while dismissing their deaths as sign of weakness.[ch. 10,16]
Daidara (ダイダラ) is a man who relies on brute strength and enjoys every opportunity to prove himself in battle. His Teigu is "Double-Bladed Broad Ax: Belvark" (二挺大斧 ベルヴァーク, Nichō Taifu: Beruvuāku), a heavy axe that can be split into two blades, and when thrown, can home in on its target.[ch. 11,12] He was the first to be killed, being split in half by Bulat.[ch. 12,13]
A young man with an aristocratic background, Nyau (ニャウ) has an unstable family life. Under his effeminate and innocent appearance, Nyau is a sadist who rips the faces of his victims to add to his collection.[ch. 11] He assumed himself to be the most sadistic person in the Empire before meeting Esdeath, becoming her subordinate to learn under her.[vol. 3:postscript] His Teigu is a flute called "Scream" (軍楽夢想 スクリーム, Gungaku Musō: Sukurīmu, lit. "Military Music Dream: Scream") that, while can be used as a pair of melee weapons, can manipulates an opponent's emotions and weaken them while strengthening allies.[ch. 12] Though Nyau uses Scream's Demon Summon Trump Card to significantly boost his physical abilities, he ends up being Tatsumi's first kill with Incursio.[ch. 14].
Framed by the Prime Minister for refusing to accept bribes while working as Bulat's superior officer, Liver (リヴァ, Riva) transfers his loyalty to Esdeath for releasing him from prison in exchange for his services.[ch. 12,14] At some point during his service, Liver becomes the leader of the Three Beasts,[vol. 3:postscript] Liver wields the Teigu "Black Marine" (水龍憑依 ブラックマリン, Suiryū Hyōi: Burakku Marin, lit. "Water Dragon Possession: Black Marine"), a ring that can control any liquid he has touched.[ch. 13] When his battle with Bulat comes to a draw, he resorts to injecting himself with poison, and uses his secret Blade of Blood technique to have his blood pierce and kill Bulat.[ch. 14]
The Jaegers (イェーガーズ, Yēgāzu, German for "Hunters") are a group of Teigu users assembled by the emperor to support General Esdeath in place of the deceased Three Beasts, serving as the Empire's security squad and counter to Night Raid.[vol. 4]
Wave (ウェイブ, Weibu) is a young man from a small town who joins the Jaegers after having served in the empire's navy.[ch. 15] He dislikes the current state of the Empire but embraces his role as an enforcer due to a debt owed to an unseen savior from when he was in the navy.[ch. 28] Nevertheless, Wave tries befriending some of his fellow Jaegers, taking a liking to Bols and Kurome. His bond with Kurome as well his anger at atrocities caused by Wild Hunt cause him to act against them when Syura tries to violate Kurome.[ch. 46] Wave later intervenes in Kurome's duel with Akame and professes his love for her, convincing her to defects so he can treat her drug addiction after receiving Akame's blessing as she and the others agree to make it appear the two died in battle. Wave initially possesses the Teigu "Carnage Incarnate: Grand Chariot" (修羅化身 ランシャリオ, Shura Kesshin: Guranshario),[vol. 4: postscript] a suit of armor modeled after Incursio that enhances his physical strength and grants flight.[ch. 18] Takahiro describes him as something of a rival character to Tatsumi because their Teigus are similar.[vol. 4:postscript] During Kurome's battle with Akame, Wave receives Run's Teigu "Thousands Miles Flight: Mastema" (万里飛翔 マスティマ, Banri Hishō: Masutima), and is able to use it and Grand Chariot in perfect synch, becoming the first person capable of using two Teigu at once.[ch. 66] However, the side effect of using that forbidden move cost one of his inner organ to deteriorate eventually as shown at the epilogue of the story.
Recruited along with her older sister Akame by the Empire, the two separated into different assassination divisions, Kurome (クロメ) gains notoriety as an assassin.[ch. 3] Kurome was subjected to cruel treatment while forcefully administered experimental dopant drugs that enhance her abilities, developing an addiction as they are disguised as sweets in a bag kept on her person.[ch. 15,18][vol. 4:postscript][ch. 33] Upon learning of Akame's defection from the Empire, Kurome decides to kill her. Her Teigu, "March of the Dead: Yatsufusa" (死者行軍 八房, Shisha Yakōgun: Yatsufusa), is a katana that turns her victims into zombies; she can control up to eight people, who can also use skills acquired when they were alive.[ch. 19] She later develops feelings for fellow Jaeger Wave, with whom she flees from the Empire after he confesses to her, making it look like they were killed in battle, with only a few know their real fate.[volume & issue needed] Kurome finally heal from her addiction but not her guilt and regrets for killing many innocent lives after the empire's regime is over.
Seryu Ubiquitous (セリュー・ユビキタス, Seryū Yubikitasu) is a young woman (Takahiro wrote she was in her mid-twenties[vol. 4:postscript]) with a long ponytail and a member of the capital's garrison under her mentor Ogre. While seeing herself as servant of justice, Seryu is insane and acts on her obsession to kill any she views as an enemy of the Empire with extreme prejudice.[ch. 8] While she wields a pair of tonfa guns, Seryu also had her body modified with bionic weapon implants by Dr. Stylish. Seyru also received the Imperial Arm Hecatoncheir (魔獣変化 ヘカトンケイル, Majū Henge: Hekatonkeiru, lit. "Magical Beast Transformation Hecatonicheir"), nicknamed Coro (コロ, Koro), a biological Imperial Arm that appears as a small dog. But Coro can increase his mass to become a ferocious monster with a Berserk mode; able to regenerate as long as his core is intact.[ch. 9] After Ogre's death, unaware that she crossed paths with his killer Tatsumi, Seryu confronts Mine and Sheele and kills the latter while losing her arms in the fight.[ch. 8,9]. Sometime after, Seryu receives prosthetic arms that are compatible with the assortment of weapons called Judgment of the Ten Kings which Stylish developed. Nine of these weapons are stored in Coro's body while the tenth, a detonation device, is planted in her skull. Joining the Jaegers, though she tended to be a loose cannon due to her ideals, Seryu is eventually defeated by Mine when her body is cut in half by Pumpkin with Coro too damaged. This forces Seryu to trigger the detonation device in a final attempt on her opponent's life, though she felt regret of dying "in a place like this" (a slum far away from her beloved empire).[ch. 38]
Dr. Stylish (Dr.スタイリッシュ, Dokutā Sutairisshu) is a man dressed in a lab coat and thick-rimmed glasses,[ch. 15][vol. 5:rough sketches 1] who enjoys experimenting with humans, and is known for recruiting death row convicts as his guinea pigs.[ch. 20] Wave describes his first impression of him as a nancy.[ch. 15] As the healer of the group, he uses the Teigu "Glorious Hands of God: Perfector" (神ノ御手 パーフェクター, Kami no Ote: Pāfekutā)[vol. 4:postscript], a pair of gloves that increase manual dexterity and speed, allowing him to perform complex surgery.[ch. 15][vol. 4:postscript] He can also create cyborg weapons that he outfits Seryu,[ch. 15] as well as enhanced items that he outfits his subordinates such as Eyes, Ears, and Nose.[ch. 19] He has some special attack methods: the first is delivering an odorless poison gas that weakens Night Raid, and the second is transforming himself into a Danger Beast, consuming his subordinates for power. He is ultimately defeated by Night Raid's combined efforts.[ch. 21]
Run (ラン, Ran) is Esdeath's personal adviser and the Jaegers' butler.[vol. 4:postscript] He is seen by Wave as the most "normal" member from the group due to his gentle personality.[ch. 15,vol4:postscript] He is a former teacher of a peaceful village, whose students were murdered by Champ, who would later become a member of Wild Hunt.[volume & issue needed] When the Empire decided to turn their backs on this incident to maintain the facade of a "peaceful village", Run was given a choice of joining either the Revolutionary Army or the Empire; he chose the latter in order to try to change the country from within.[ch. 47] His Teigu, "Thousand Mile Flight: Mastema" (万里飛翔 マスティマ, Banri Hishō: Masutima), is a pair of plates on his back that allow him to grow wings and attack using feather-like weapons,[ch. 17] with the additional ability of deflecting any attack once its hidden ability is activated. Run suffered fatal wounds in his confrontation with Champ and Kurome dealt him a killing blow with Yatsufusa, transforming Run into one of her corpse puppets so that he would never leave her, while still wielding his Teigu. Before his death, Run managed to get close to the members of Wild Hunt under the facade of wanting to join them, while he was really searching for the one responsible for murdering his students. Run also managed to find concrete evidence that Syura was the mastermind behind the humanoid danger beasts crisis, enabling Esdeath to force Honest to disband Wild Hunt. During Kurome's fight with Akame, Run transfers Mastema to Wave for his own use.[volume & issue needed]
Bols (ボルス, Borusu) is one of the older members (at 32 years old)[vol. 4:postscript] of the Jaegers; he typically wears a mask and leather straps styled as if he were involved in torture play. He came from the empire's incineration squad.[ch. 15] Despite his job, Bols has a gentle personality and is a family man.[ch. 17][vol. 4:postscript] Because of this, Esdeath comes to him for romantic advice regarding Tatsumi.[ch. 24] He also does housework such as cooking.[ch. 15][vol. 4:postscript] His Teigu, "Invitation to Purgatory: Rubicante" (煉獄招致 ルビカンテ, Rengoku Shōchi: Rubikante), is a flamethrower whose flames cannot be extinguished with water.[ch. 17] After his Teigu is bitten off by Leone during a battle with her and Akame, he is forced to use his Teigu's self-destruct mechanism in order to escape, but is later killed by Chelsea in disguise.[ch. 32] His wife and daughter are later violated and brutally killed by Wild Hunt, under the guise of an "investigation".[ch. 46]
Bolic (ボリック, Borikku) is a high-ranking member of the Path of Peace (安寧道, An'neidō), a religion that opposes the Empire. However, he is actually an agent working on behalf of the Prime Minister. Bolic is dispatched to kill the current high priest so that he will become the next leader and control it for the Empire's sake. Bolic uses his position and drugs to discreetly control the Path's members, turning them into his playthings. Esdeath, the Jaegers and the Four Rakshasa Demons were ordered to protect him, which resulted in intense battles when Night Raid came to kill him. These battle results in the deaths of Seryu and Susanoo. He is easily killed by Akame while Esdeath is occupied by Leone, Susanoo, Najenda and Tatsumi.
Holimaca (ホリマカ, Horimaka) is Bolic's bodyguard who wields a lost Teigu that had been recovered. The Teigu is "The Mysterious: Adayusu" (奇奇怪怪 アダユス, Kikikaikai: Adayusu), a scythe with unknown capabilities: the abilities are unknown because Akame is able to kill him so quickly that she is unable to realize that his weapon is a Teigu and she leaves it behind.
Four Rakshasa Demons of the Imperial Fist TempleEdit
Four Rakshasa Demons of the Imperial Fist Temple (皇拳寺羅刹四鬼, Kōkenji Rasetsu Yonki) were four skilled soldiers in Honest's employ. All four were highly trained and able to manipulate their own bodies, with abilities such as extending their limbs, hardening their bodies, and contorting them out of harm's way, as well as possessing great combat abilities. They were strong enough to defeat Teigu users without using Teigu themselves, and have retrieved five of the artifacts for the Empire. The group consisted of Ibara (イバラ, Ibara) (Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese); Andrew Love (English)), Sten (ステン, Suten) (Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese); Wendel Calvert (English)), Mez (メース, Mēsu) (Voiced by: Aina Suzuki (Japanese); Maggie Flecknoe (English)), and Suzuka (スズカ, Suzuka). The Four Rakshasa were sent to guard Bolic but after a battle with Night Raid, Suzuka was the only survivor.
Suzuka (スズカ) is a masochistic woman whose training as one of the Four Rakshasas gave her vast durability and endurance along with bodily manipulation like extending her nails at high speed to pierce her foes, having retrieved five Imperial Arms from enemies in the past. From surviving her battle with Tatsumi during Night Raid's mission to assassinate Bolic, which claimed the lives of her fellow Rakshasas, Suzuka provided the Empire information on his ties to Night Raid while assigned to Wild Hunt to replace Champ and Enshin until the organization is disbanded. Soon after, revealed to have lustful feelings towards her after being nearly disfigured, Suzuka was placed under Esdeath's command during the siege of the Capital. In the end, Suzuka survived and left the Capital with Esdeath's severed hand.
Great General Budo (ブドー大将軍, Budō Daishogun) was a Commander-in-chief of the Empire. He is regarded as stubborn and is known for speaking boldly to the Prime Minister. His faction is strong enough that Esdeath is hesitant to oppose it. He is loyal to the Empire as an ideal and desires to clean up the corruption within the Empire, but only after putting down the rebellion. This implies that he is antagonistic to both Night Raid and the Minister's corrupt ways. His Teigu is "Thunder God's Rage: Adramelech" (雷神忿怒 アドナイメレク, Raijin Funnu: Adoramereku), a pair of piston-installed gauntlets, which allow him to generate electricity and deliver very devastating punches capable of breaching even Incursio's defense.
When Budo battled with Tatsumi after his Teigu evolved, he notes Incursio's progress and realizes that his opponent may have done the impossible by somewhat fusing with his Teigu.[ch. 55] Even going so far as to strike him hard enough to knock him off balance allowing his quarry momentary escape. Budo is killed by Mine during their rescue operation on Tatsumi.[ch. 56]
Wild Hunt (ワイルドハント, Wairudohanto) is the Secret Police of the Empire that is formed after the Jaegers suffered the loss of most its members. The group is led by Syura who gathered world-class criminals gathered from various regions under the Prime Minister's orders, and most of them carry a Teigu, although some of them are strong enough to fight without a Teigu. All six members enjoy abusing their new found authority to satisfy their own urges of bloodlust while justifying their actions under the pretense of investigating the whereabouts of Night Raid - the reason for their existence. Unlike the Jaegers, Syura shows no camaraderie towards the members of Wild Hunt. He is indifferent to their deaths, instead valuing only their usefulness in combat. When Run managed to discover irrefutable evidence that Syura released Dr. Stylish's modified Danger Beasts, Esdeath blackmailed Honest to dissolve Wild Hunt, much to Syura's fury.
Syura (シュラ, Shura) is the son of Prime Minister Honest and the leader of Wild Hunt. He regards the Empire as a toy and uses Wild Hunt to promote unrest in the Empire. While he respects his father and they have an amiable relationship, sharing the same corrupted personalities, Syura desires to surpass his father and become emperor. Prior to making himself known, Syura released many of Dr. Stylish experimental Danger Beasts to kill before the Jeagers managed to wipe out most of them. After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Wave and enduring a scolding from his unimpressed father, Syura swears vengeance against Wave. Syura brags about his relationship with the Minister to his victims and enemies so as to intimidate them into submission, but is nevertheless a skilled fighter, having learned various martial art styles throughout his travels. He wields the Teigu, "Dimensional Formation: Shambhala" (次元方陣 シャンバラ, Jigen Hōjin: Shanbara), a pendant that allows him to teleport anyone within its trigram circle symbol over large distances.[ch. 26] Syura is killed when he let his guard down around a captured Lubbock, who used wires from his Teigu to break Syura's neck. His Teigu was destroyed when Izou slashed through it to kill Lubbock.
Champ (チャンプ, Champu) is a member of Wild Hunt who appears as an overweight sadistic and pedophilic clown and a serial killer, who kills children so they will not become "filthy adults". He wields the Teigu "Ace Solution: Die Leaguer" (快投乱麻 タイリーガー, Kaitō Ranma: Tairīgā), which takes the form of six floating orbs, each with a different attribute when tossed (flame, lightning, ice, storm, rot, and explosive). As he is the one who killed Run's students, Run swore vengeance against him and succeeded in killing him with his own flame orb. His Teigu was retrieved by Night Raid.[ch. 48]
Cosmina (コスミーナ, Kosumina) is a female member of Wild Hunt. A singer, and rather lewd young woman, she was convicted of being a witch by a witch hunt. Her family was burned to death, but she survived with a shattered psyche. Her Teigu is "Earth Shaker: Heavy Pressure" (大地鳴動 ヘヴィプレッシャー, Daichi Meidō: Heui Buresshā), a microphone that amplifies the user's voice into deadly sound waves capable of pulverizing her victims. She was shot by Mine and her Teigu was retrieved by Night Raid. Unlike Champ and Enshin, however, Cosmina possesses tremendous vitality, and survived long enough for Dorothea to utilize her alchemy to save her, but suffered brain damage while her heart was stopped. She was modified into a spider-like centaur creature by Dorothea. She was later killed when Tatsumi bisects her.
Dorothea (ドロテア, Dorotea) is a young-looking female alchemist working for Wild Hunt. She joined Syura in the hopes of meeting Dr. Stylish to combine her alchemy with his altered body. Her Teigu is "Blood Collection: Absorbdex" (血液徴収 アブゾデック, Ketsueki Chōshū: Abuzodekku), a set of fangs that allows her to drink her victims' blood in a vampire-like fashion in order to strengthen and heal herself, something she greatly enjoys doing. Her alchemy proves instrumental in saving Cosmina's life, though it cannot save anyone who has already died. It was also due to alchemy that Dorothea appears so young: in truth, she was an elderly woman who extended her lifespan by absorbing the energy from others. She was killed by Leone who crushed her with a boulder.
Enshin (エンシン, Enshin) is a former pirate and a lecherous misogynist working for Wild Hunt. He wields the Teigu "Moonlight Sword Dance: Shamshir" (月光麗舞 シャムシール, Gekkō Reibu: Shamushīru), a saber that creates vacuum blades; its performance is dependent on the phases of the moon. He is killed by Akame and his Teigu is retrieved by Night Raid.[ch. 48]
Izou (イゾウ, Izou) is a master swordsman who keeps his peculiar-looking eyes closed most of the time. He has a deep passion for his katana, "Kōsetsu" (江雪, Kōsetsu), and refers to killing his victims as "feeding" it. Kōsetsu is noted not to be a Teigu and Izou himself claims that he is not interested in Teigu. Syura has noted that as long as Izou is present he can make it up for Wild Hunt's lost military strength, even with Enshin and Champ dead and Cosmina recovering. He kills Lubbock when he tries to escape from the palace after being captured. He is later killed by Akame.[ch. 58]
The Elite Seven was a special squad of assassins that serves the Empire during the events of the prequel manga Akame ga Kill! Zero. Except for its leader, each member of the squad carried a less powerful version of the Teigu called a Shingu (臣具) which were created by an Emperor 400 years ago in an attempt to produce stronger artifacts than the original Teigu, but with no success. All members of the unit are children raised since childhood in the arts of assassination and Akame was a member of them, ranked no. 7 before defecting to the Revolutionary Army.
Originally a member of the Rakshasa Demons, Gozuki (ゴズキ, Gozuki) takes the seven most talented children amongst the many tested, Akame included, and trains them to be human weapons for the purpose of stamping out rebels acting against the Empire. He did not include Kurome amongst the seven as she finished in eighth place, and he did not want sisterly affections to interfere with their combat efficiencies. He refers them as his "children" and they in turn referred him as "father". He is intolerant of failure and threatens to disown any of them who failed in their missions. As the leader of the Elite Seven, Gozuki was originally owner of the Imperial Arm Murasame before the weapon ended up in Akame's possession.
Ranked no.1 of the Elite Seven, Najasho is the sub-leader of the team, thus he usually treats his companions as less capable than him and had a tendency to boss them around. His Shingu is the "Water-Dragon Sword", a broadsword with the power to enhance the capabilities of its wielders for three minutes, at the cost of leaving them exhausted for a while once its effect wears off.
Ranked no.2, Guy has a rather perverted attitude, usually visiting brothels and flirting with the female members of the team. Despite that, he has real feelings for Cornelia and swears revenge upon those who killed her. His Shingu is the "Rare Suit", a suit of armor that takes advantage of the ground to perform surprise attacks.
Ranked no.3, Cornelia is the big-sister figure of the group. She is killed by one of Chelsea's former teammates called Taeko, after revealing her secret to her, unaware of her true identity. Her Shingu was the "Pulverization Ring", that bestows superhuman strength to its user, but can harm them if not used properly.
Ranked no.4, Pony is cheerful, straightforward, and rather dimwitted, who has a deep admiration for Gozuki and loved to please him. She also seems to enjoy fighting and killing her targets. Her Shingu is the "Yocto-bottoms", that gives the user extra acceleration and leg strength, but the user must compensate possible side-effects from extensive use with special physical training.
Ranked no.5, Green is a bespectacled, rather reserved boy who actually had some feelings for Akame, which are never reciprocated. His Shingu is the "Sidewinder", a whip that moves according to its user's will, but demanding lots of concentration.
Ranked no.6, Tsukushi is around Akame's age and the member of the team she seems to be the closest to. Her Shingu is the "Prometheus", a pair of pistols whose bullets have their trajetory controlled by the user according to their will. However, this control gets harder with each round fired after successive shots.
The characters of Akame ga Kill! have been well received by anime and manga publications. UK Anime Network praised the development of Tatsumi from a "happy go lucky" protagonist and changes as he interacts with the members from Night Raid. Matt Packard of Anime News Network criticized most of its first villains for being "one-note savages resigned to "grinning insanely while being killed." However, the introduction of the Jaegers led to a more positive response due to the characterization of the new antagonists with Wave's dynamic with Tatsumi being called out twice due to their several similarities in terms of personalities.
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- Vol. 1 (ch. 1–4): August 21, 2010. ISBN 978-4-7575-2980-9. (in Japanese). January 2015. ISBN 978-0-316-25946-0 (in English)
- Vol. 2 (ch. 5–9): January 22, 2011. ISBN 978-4-7575-3129-1. (in Japanese). April 2015. ISBN 978-0-316-34002-1 (in English)
- Vol. 3 (ch. 10–14): May 21, 2011 ISBN 978-4-7575-3238-0. (in Japanese). July 2015. ISBN 978-0-316-34004-5 (in English)
- Vol. 4 (ch. 15–19): January 21, 2012. ISBN 978-4-7575-3482-7. (in Japanese). October 2015. ISBN 978-0-3163-4005-2 (in English)
- Vol. 5 (ch. 20–23): April 21, 2012. ISBN 978-4-7575-3570-1. (in Japanese). January 2016. ISBN 978-0-3163-4007-6 (in English)
- Vol. 6 (ch. 24–28): September 22, 2012. ISBN 978-4-7575-3736-1. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 7 (ch. 29–33): February 22, 2013. ISBN 978-4-7575-3881-8. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 8 (ch. 34–38): July 22, 2013. ISBN 978-4-7575-4011-8. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 9 (ch. 39–43): January 22, 2014. ISBN 978-4-7575-4206-8. (in Japanese).
- Vol. 10 (ch. 44–48): June 21, 2014. ISBN 978-4-7575-4206-8. (in Japanese).
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