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Is Tatsumi Stronger Than Akame? Did He Have Feelings For Her?

Tatsumi and Akame steal the show because of their fight scenes that put many viewers at the edge of their seats.

As the main male and female protagonists of Akame ga KILL!, not only are their powers fascinating; but their close friendship also leads many fans to believe that they are in a relationship.

1. Is Tatsumi Stronger Than Akame?

No. Tatsumi is weaker than Akame if the latter activates her Murasame Trump Card. If Akame doesn’t activate it, then that’s when Tatsumi will hold an advantage against her.

I. How Strong is Tatsumi?

Tatsumi’s strong enough to beat Akame, but only if you consider the endurance and agility of his Incursio’s final form.

Is Tatsumi stronger than Akame?
Tatsumi calling Incursio | Source: Fandom

For example, when he was up against The Emperor, Tatsumi dodged his Shikoutazer’s missile attacks and laser beams from the outside wall just to reach The Capital’s centre.

This proves that Tatsumi’s power level is comparable to that of Esdeath, who, is one of the strongest characters in the Jaeger faction!

Another example is his battle with the dual Teigu wielder, Wave. Tatsumi’s Incursio remains intact after defeating his opponent’s Grand Fall (Stage 2).

Moreover, he is an intelligent fighter; he can withstand against Esdeath’s Trump Card. If you rank the strongest Night Raid characters in the show, Tatsumi should be within Top 3 or Top 5 at the bare minimum.

Tatsumi can beat Akame (using Murasame) if he can control himself in his Final Incursio Evolution form. Frankly, I have doubts about this, but I was proven wrong because his Incursio has 4 stages:

  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4

As Tatsumi goes higher in each stage, the durability of his demonic armour is enhanced. However, his body cannot adapt to the Incursio’s core skills; hence, why he’s losing control as his Teigu’s stage goes up.

On the other hand, Akame’s strength can match Esdeath’s level alongside her Murasame.

So, if she goes up against Tatsumi now, it should be when his body composition is struggling to adapt against all Incursio’s composite forms.

If she can land a sword on Tatsumi at least once, she will likely be proclaimed the winner because of her Trump Card.

2. Does Tatsumi Die?

No, Tatsumi doesn’t die in the manga; however, he almost died when Esdeath and General Budo attempted to execute him via crucifixion.

In the anime, Tatsumi and his girlfriend, Mine, died. (They became a couple after the Seiryu arc). Mine died first when she’s fighting General Budo; then, Tatsumi died afterwards when The Emperor charged on him during a battle.

Akame ga Kill | Tatsumi vs Emperor

On the other hand, the manga had a happy ending for both characters. Mine entered to a coma state after defeating General Budo, but she woke up at the end of the series.

Tatsumi transformed into a large dragon after his Teigu’s composition shared its draconian powers to its user. He was then able to fight The Emperor in a fierce battle, but survived in this clash, nevertheless.

The manga also ended with the couple retiring from military service, settling as civilians, and starting a family. By the end of the manga, Mine revealed to Tatsumi that she’s pregnant with his child.

As much as I love the show, I understand why the animators killed them off: they had to cut the anime short to avoid sequels, spin-offs, and the likes.

3. Did Tatsumi Have Feelings For Akame?

No. Tatsumi doesn’t see Akame as a romantic partner; and neither does she. However, fans ship them a lot because their friendship grew in episodes 2, 4, 7, 10, 13, 22, and 23.

Many animes romantically tied titular characters to the protagonist; in this case, fans drew romantic fanarts of Tatsumi and Akame caressing one another.

This is a very common trend in Shōnen animes where romance is a major subplot (e.g. InuYasha, Rurouni Kenshin, etc.). Not only does it drive a lot traffic from men; women are also inclined to binge-watch because of the romantic drama!

Subverting common romantic tropes (strongest girl plus guy) sends a clear message: women can be as strong and independent as men.

This is supported by the prequel spin-off, Akame ga KILL! Zero, where Akame entered a lesbian relationship and becomes sexually romantic with a fellow female.

Is Tatsumi stronger than Akame?
Akame | Source: Fandom

While this is non-canonical, Akame’s relationship in the original series is only limited to her strong friendship with another female Night Raid assassin – the upbeat and “Big Sis” Leone.

Akame is not declared as a lesbian by Takahiro (mangaka) and Tashiro Tetsuya (manga illustrator). But fans view her this way and ship her with Tatsumi because of Takahiro’s continuation of the original manga in “Hinowa ga CRUSH!”.

4. Conclusion

Akame and Tatsumi are two eye-catching characters whose dynamic surprised many fans to the point of wishing they become romantic!

What about you? Tell me how you see these two powerful characters in the show 😊

5. About Akame ga Kill

Akame ga KILL! is based on a 2010 Japanese manga written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. It has published 15 complete tankōbon volumes.

The story revolves around Tatsumi, a young swordsman, who travels to the Imperial City with his two friends to earn money, but all is not what it seems.

One night, Tatsumi’s entire life changes when he is approached by a group of assassins called Night Raid. He joined them in their retaliation against the corrupt Empire.

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