They believed that every time they took a life, they brought happiness to another...
Before becoming Night Raid's deadliest ally, Akame was a young girl bought by the Empire and raised as an assassin whose sole purpose was to slaughter everything in her path. Because that's what makes people happy... right?
Akame Ga Kill Zero is a prequel to the akame Ga Kill Series,mainly following Akame and her Sister.It can also be read even without the knowledge of the original
The story is relatively the same as it's the parent series,with it's themes of corruption,though as opposed to the parent series,the characters are assasins working for the government as opposed to working against it.
The story maintains the tone of the original manga,though luckily it has less of the forced comedy,though there is some comedy during the downtime it does'nt feel forced or cringeworthy.the pointless fanservice still remains though
the story follows 2 groups of assasins that are
being controlled and manipulated by the empire.
-the first group are the elite 7.consisting mainly of Akame (main heroine of the original series),tsukushi and 5 others.these are characters that were mainly raised as assasins and are being manipulated under the pretext of "protecting the empire",and therefore do'nt really posess much common sense,considering pretty much everything was set up for them to become assasins.this group of characters as a whole are a likable and enjoyable bunch
-the second group is the less skilled,consisting of kurome and a few others who are directly below the first group,thus kurome's (no.8) motivation to catch up and be together with her sister (no.7).the rest of the group are pretty much annoying or unlikable.
-you also have cameos from some characters from the original series,and the character chelsea seems will be playing a role in the series
-and of course if you know anything about akame ga kill,it's to not get too attached to the characters
the art of the series is pretty well drawn and detailed with tons of blood and gore,the character designs on the other hand are'nt anything special.
overall it's pretty much as action packed as the original,and slightly more enjoyable due to the lack of most of the big lipped alligator moments.
So I don't see many reviews, and none of the last year where the manga has gone through its best arcs so here is my review.
The story is about akame when she worked in the capital, it goes through her missions with her old squad along with how she got her teigu, how the imperial was before she joined night raid and adding an immense amount to the lore. This answers questions about the lore and akame ga kill's story, by adding to characters that were introduced in the original akame ga kill like esdeath and chelsea along with other characters.
Story is rich
and every arc up until chapter 42 was new and refreshing along with having the same akame ga kill feel but even more refined. I would say the Oarburgh clan arc is one of the best arcs even comparing it to the original akame ga kill in my opinion, its my second or third favorite arc in the entire franchise and this manga is worth it just for that sole arc, not that the others disappoint.
The art is really great, but there is one chapter(13) where the author just puts rough sketches for half a chapter. The manga took a small break after that but I remember reading it and thinking "how did they put this in?" but besides that, the art does its job and is average to great depending on the chapter.
The character designs are great, better then the original akame ga kill even, and I really enjoyed them.
There were big shoes to fill in for the new characters, and they did it pretty well. It takes some time to get attached but the character development is spot on in this series, especially with akame. I can't explain without spoiling but its great to see her slowly mold into the person she was in the beginning of akame ga kill. We also learn more about characters portrayed in the original akame ga kill, and see their development as well. The new characters especially villains are done well and are made more interesting then just I am evil or deranged, which akame ga kill had some villains like that.
Honestly, this is just biased since I am an akame ga kill fanboy, but to those who already read akame ga kill, this won't disappoint you. Anyone who likes a serious shonen or the original akame ga kill will love this manga.
This review was made at chapter 47, and so far the series has drastically improved every arc and couple of chapters so I have high hopes. I may alter the score and update this review as the series goes on.
EDIT After finishing this series I still think its close to a 9, probably an 8.5. The end feels a bit rushed but I really do think this holds up to the original akame ga kill for sure.
Based on volume 1-4 (until chapter 25)
Akame ga kill zero is the prequel of Akame ga kill and it's main idea is to show the complete story of Akame and her little sister - Kurome. However, there is much more than that showed in the series, there are various groups of new and old characters to be observed, a more detailed look into the mindset and ideals of the rotten Empire and in general a better and more detailed exploration of the dark fantasy world of Akame ga kill.
The story, as mentioned, is focused on Akame and Kurome - the
series start since the very first day the Empire got their hands on them and follows how they struggle and change their mindsets towards the whole Empire situation. It gives a different perspective than the one showed in the original series since the focus is not on the Revolutionary Army, but on the Empire and their different assasination units. To be honest I expected the manga to be shorter and just expand on the past of Akame, but it turned out it is way better and rich in terms of information revealed and past of certain characters. It is the perfect addition to the world developed in the original series.
There are several different arks focusing on different aspects of the series and slowly progressing towards the culmination point of Akame's self-consciousness. Well developed and fitting perfectly to the original concept of Akame ga Kill.
The main characters are naturally Akame and Kurome. We are not showed much from the main characters of the original series, but several of them do make an appearance and seems like more of them are yet to appear as well. Esdeath and Chealsea seem to be playing a major role in the storyline and several of the Teigus the characters from the original series used are in the possestion of different people. This gives me the idea that there will be huge fights to retain those Teigus.
The new characters are also really interesting to observe and have unique personalities. The Empire is also showed as the rotten, twisted mess in a great way and there is huge focus on characters supporting the Empire, their mindset and goals.
As expected, the art is on top level. I dare to say better than the original series, good attnetion to detail and fair amount of horror scenes (as well as a fair amount of ecchi and fanservice to balance it).
For me personally, the series are quite enjoyable. I love the fact that the world of Akame ga Kill is expended and developed even more, there are new great characters and old ones are not neglected as well. The storyline is engaging and even tho we have an idea what is going to happen there are enough twists and surprsied to keep us engaged.
Ok so I've decided to write this review for one reason and one reason only. The nudity.
I don't know why the writers decided to do this, but there is just a completely unnecessary amount of nudity after the tomb raiding arc.
Some parts of it I understand, such as the (without spoiling too much) almost rape scene, a character gets kidnapped and her napper gets some ideas (as vague as I could be).
However after that the manga essentially becomes a hentai doujin with an admittedly much better story. It's just completely unnecessary and the only reason I'm giving the manga a
7 and not an 8.
Story - 8
The story itself is actually pretty solid, not as good as the original series but still very fun and engaging to read. There are a few times when I felt the writing was lacking, but it's nothing too serious.
Art - 9
Excellent as always just what I would expect from this franchise, only reason for 9 and not 10 is the fight scenes. They are very chaotic and difficult to fully visualise exactly what is happening in each panel, but this is a common problem when it comes to manga and not something to get too upset about.
Characters - 8
Most of the new characters are solid, bar a couple of them. Mostly just personal preference but not too much to complain about.
Overall - 7
Again only reason for 7 and not 8/10 is purely because of the unnecessary amount of nudity, I like titty as much as the next guy but I don't wanna feel self conscious about reading an action manga in public you know.