Hazama Shou is a true man.
I was wrong in a previous post. A lot of things happened since then and ultimately, I reversed my opinions about them. I thought Code Breaker would be a refreshing series with a strong protagonist who would do anything in the name of justice. However, it quickly deteriorated into something familiar and unoriginal, the same-old bland and linear shounen. Comedy was forced into the plot and the action portion dwindled into nothing. The pacing is off and events that do happen are very inconsistent. On the other hand, I believed Akumetsu would be an inferior version of Deathnote. However, as I found out, that’s a very superficial observation. While both have leads who tries to correct the wrongs in society, Light did it in an indirect way through the use of Ryuk’s spare notebook. The terrorist group known as Akumetsu were very direct with their methods. One kill per person. There won’t be any more casualties since they wear an explosive mask that would detonate once their job is done. Where Light waged a mental battle against L to avoid arrest, Akumetsu used innovative measures to get to their targets. Two different sides to the same coin.
If the definition of terrorism is “an act to spread terror to cause chaos and panic”, then Akumetsu is certainly a series that puts terrorists in a good light. However, the motive behind their attacks makes that classification a murky one. It’s not so clear cut as black and white. Shou intends to correct Japan by eliminating all of the corrupt bureaucrats. While that sounds like a noble goal, the biggest flaw is determining which officials are bad. Throw in the morals of executing them for their crimes and that vision of a perfect government is bathed in blood. Obviously, for those in power, eliminating them would be no easy matter for they’ll use every means to protect their own lives, even if that puts the innocent in danger. For an organization dedicated to removing evil, they’re also trying to win over the hearts of the public. That means, a little collateral as possible.
So what is Akumetsu? It’s a series that highlights the worst in the upper echelons of society, the policy makers and those who influence them. It also shows how powerful and devoted the terrorists are in their goals. Crazy methods at times like the car race. However, one thing persists throughout the series. Shou never wavers and he keeps his friends close. He prioritizes them over himself, an ideal that really shows itself near the end.
A great series that starts out a bit generic… but filled with action and gore. Thus, it won’t be boring. Not entirely perfect but the finale is definitely epic.