Kill the Darkness
Akame ga Kill Title 01
Season 1, Episode 1
General Information
Series Akame ga Kill!
Kanji 闇を斬る
Rōmaji Yami o Kiru
Air Date July 6, 2014 (Japanese)
August 9, 2015 (English)
Adapted From 1
Opening Skyreach
Ending Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta
Episode guide
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Tatsumi slices off the arm of a earth dragon and easily finishes off the Danger Beast. The two men thank Tatsumi for saving their lives. Tatsumi blushes at their compliments and states that he will make it big in the imperial capital. The two men warn Tatsumi that the imperial capital is not full of hope and dreams like Tatsumi had thought. It's full of humans whose hearts are darker than the monsters. Tatsumi vows to save his village. Arriving in the Imperial Capital, he files for employment, but he did not want to settle for being a soldier in the infantry army. After being kick out, Leone greets Tatsumi who is amazed at Leone's large bosom. Leone states she knows a quick way to get hired for government services. She asks Tatsumi to buy her food and drink. Tatsumi naively gives Leone all of his gold. Leone bids Tatsumi farewell and informs him that he will learn a valuable lesson. Waiting all day for Leone, Tatsumi learns from a waiter that he has been swindled by Leone. Later that night, Tatsumi finds a spot outside on the streets to rest.

By the road, a young lady of the upper class, Aria, invites Tatsumi to sleep at her manor. Having learned his lesson from Leone, Tatsumi is skeptical of Aria's invitation. He reluctantly accepts Aria's invitation. Aria's father mentions that Tatsumi might be assigned to the international border since there are three different races bordering Imperial Capital. Tatsumi shares how he first journey from his home village with Sayo and Ieyasu. The chief gives Tatsumi a gift which calls god to help them. Shortly after their departure, the bandits attack Tatsumi's group which separate them. Tatsumi is worry about Ieyasu who is bad with directions. Aria's father assures Tatsumi that he put out a search for his two friends. Aria tells Tatsumi that he will be seeing his two friends soon. The next day, Aria has her knights and Tatsumi shop for clothes. Tatsumi recalls Sayo is not like Aria who isn't choosy about what to wear since there's nothing to wear. Aria's top knight shares with Tatsumi about the emperor, an only child, who is controlled by the Prime Minister like a puppet. He explains the corruption stems from the Prime Minister. Tatsumi realizes his village is suffering from high taxation because of the Prime Minister. The knight informs Tatsumi about the Night Raid.

Later that night, Aria's mother walks happily while reading her diary. Suddenly from behind, Sheele cuts Aria's mother's top torso off with her gigantic scissor. Tatsumi notices a murderous intent in the castle. He spots the Night Raid outside from the hallways, standing on wires from Lubbock. The three guards rush towards Akame. The top knight charges towards Akame only to get his throat slit. Bulat kills one of the guard by throwing his spear through him. When the last guard tries to run away, Mine shoots him in the head. In the castle, Leone chokes Aria's father who begs her to spare his daughter. However, Leone spares no mercy after choking him to death. Near the storehouse, a gunner tries to get Aria to safety. As Akame arrives, she hops over Tatsumi due to him not being her target. Akame easily dispatches the gunner. Before Akame can kill Aria, Tatsumi defends her. Arriving out of the forest and walking towards the storage house, Leone spots Tatsumi fighting Akame. Akame easily outmaneuvers Tatsumi and stabs him in the chest. Lucky, Tatsumi's keepsake protects him from a fatal injury. Tatsumi begs Akame to stop, yet Akame tries to decapitate Tatsumi.

In the nick of time, Leone stops Akame from killing Tatsumi. Leone reveals the storehouse is a prison of people who were tricked and tortured by Aria's family. In one of the cells, Ieyasu calls out for Tatsumi and explains that Aria's family had drugged them. Ieyasu cries out that Aria had tortured Sayo to death. Aria yells out that they are a bunch of hicks and that Sayo's hair was too pretty than hers. She made Sayo suffer for that. Tatsumi decides to kill Aria himself to avenge Sayo's death. Ieyasu collapses due to the final stages of Lubora. Akame states that Aria's mother enjoyed drugging her victims and recording in her diary. Ieyasu proudly mentions that Sayo never submitted to Aria's torture at the very end before dying with a smile in Tatsumi's arms. Leone suggests taking Tatsumi in and assures Tatsumi that they will let him give his friends a proper burial. She congratulates Tatsumi in joining their group. Bulat grabs Tatsumi and promises him that things will turn out better.

List of Characters

Points of Interest

  • Prime Minister appears during the knight's explanations to Tatsumi. He makes his official debut in episode 3.
  • Night Raid is a group of assassins who target the upper elites.


The following quotes are from the Crunchyroll subtitle script, timestamps are approximate.

Ieyasu: "Sayo... She never gave into that bitch. Even to the very end, she was so cool... So Master Ieyasu has to have a cool end..."

— Ieyasu's Last Words


Abilities, Moves, & Items Used

Abilities include types of magic and combat. Moves include spells and techniques.

  • Sheele - Extase
  • Akame - "One-Cut Kill" Murasame
  • Lubbock - Cross Tail
  • Bulat - Incursio
  • Mine - Pumpkin
  • Leone - Lionelle

Manga & Anime Differences

The following points show notable alterations from the source material. Click on an icon to show the full image.

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