Kill the Imperial Arm Users
Akame ga Kill Title 04
Season 1, Episode 4
General Information
Series Akame ga Kill!
Kanji 帝具使いを斬る
Rōmaji Teigu tsukai o Kiru
Air Date July 27, 2014
Adapted From 5, 6
Opening Skyreach
Ending Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta
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In town, a young woman begs Zanks not to kill her and that she will do anything. Zanks asks her what it's like to feel her head getting cut off from her body. Over at Night Raid, Bulat instructs Tatsumi on how to swing a sword without unnecessary motion. Then, Akame arrives to get Tatsumi to help her make breakfast, croquette bowls. Akame finishes off Sheele and Mine's meals. Seconds later, Sheele arrives late to find her meal gone. Elsewhere, Najenda meets up with a dying soldier who hands Najenda a list with names of supporters for the rebellion. Later that night, Najenda debriefs her group on a new mission, stopping Zank. Mine explains Zank was the executioner of the biggest prison, and with the increase of mass executions due to the prime minister, Zank has gone rogue in attacking anyone. When Tatsumi gets riled to stop this man, Bulat tells Tatsumi it's safe to travel in a pair, causing Tatsumi to feel awkward in Bulat's presence.

As soon as Tatsumi asks about the Imperial Arms, Akame whips out her sword. Najenda starts explaining the origin of Imperial Arms. Tatsumi wonders if he gets an Imperial Arms. Najenda assures him that he would get one. During the mission, Tatsumi asks about Akame's weapon as he recalls that he almost had died. Akame states this weapon has a weakness that it cannot inflict a curse if it doesn't cut the skin. On a tall roof, Zank watches Night Raid and spots a suitable prey, Tatsumi. Later, Tatsumi has to relieve himself due to build up of tension. He spots Sayo and gives chase until he arrives at a secluded area. Zank reveals himself after dispelling the illusion. Tatsumi thinks Zank had read his mind. Zank confirms that one of his 5 abilities, perspective sight, allows him to read the thoughts of his opponents by reading their expressions. Tatsumi charges at Zank who was still explaining his abilities.

Zank easily blocks and evades Tatsumi's attacks as he easily reads Tatsumi's expressions. Rather than being discouraged, Tatsumi continues battling. Zank states that he is taking his time and asks Tatsumi to beg. Tatsumi refuses to beg. Tatsumi readies himself for a final strike. He surprises Zank with his agility, but he gets cut at the back. Suddenly, Akame jumps in, congratulating Tatsumi on winning this battle mentally. Zank uses his Transparent Sight ability to check if Akame had any hidden weapons. Tatsumi warns Akame that Zank can read her thoughts. Akame charges in at Zank with a flurry of attacks. Tatsumi is impressed by Akame's speed. Akame decides to empty her mind. Zank responds by using Future Sight to read the movements of her muscle. Zank is able to cut Akame. Akame notes that they are evenly matched.

Then, Zank asks Akame if she hear voices. Zank shares that he kept hearing voice and the only way to shut them up is to talk. Zank decides to peer into Akame's mind with Illusion Mind, forming the person she most values. Once Akame spots Kurome, flashbacks start fluttering. Confident that he won the battle, Zank blindly charges at Akame. However, Akame breaks Zank's weapon during the furious battle and kills Zank. Zank notes the voices have stop and thanks Akame for giving him peace. The next day, Tatsumi holds a moment of silence for his fallen comrades. Akame arrives to asks Tatsumi for his assistance in making dinner. Tatsumi asks Akame what she saw back there in Zank's fight. Akame assures Tatsumi that she will tell everything later and states everyone in Night Raid is valuable.

List of Characters

Points of Interest

  • The origin of Imperial Arms are revealed. There are 48 weapons. Imperial Arms are created from Danger Beasts' materials. A civil war 500 tears ago dispersed all of the weapons across the land. See Imperial Arms for a full list of weapons.


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

Abilities, Moves, & Items Used

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

  • Far Sight
  • Perceptive Sight
  • Transparent Sight
  • Future Sight
  • Illusion Sight
Spected (Crunchyroll's subs)/Spectator
Akame Muramase

Manga & Anime Differences

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

  • In the manga, Akame explains to Tatsumi what Imperial Arms are Tatsumi during the Zank mission. In the anime, this is done during the group's debriefing.
  • The image of Akame & Kurome being brought before 3 figures is different between the manga and the anime. In the manga, 2 of the figures are obscure & the one in the middle wears a monocle. In the anime, the monocled man has been moved to the side, and the centre figure now resembles Akame's 'father' Gozuki from the prequel manga Akame Ga Kill! Zero.

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