Kill Your Cares (蟠りを斬る, Wadakamari wo Kiru) is the third episode of the Akame ga Kill! anime.
Some assassins were found lurking near Night Raid's base, provoking Najenda to give orders for their elimination. Tatsumi tags along with Bulat, who gives him advice since he hasn't been in a combat fight before. Telling Tatsumi to either call him "Bro" or "Handsome, (which the latter of which seems preferable), Bulat then reveals his Teigu transformation, Incursio.
Akame bumps into three assassins by the lake, who are quickly killed after a brief clash. Akame's Teigu, Murasame, is revealed to contain a cursed poison that will kill any target in one hit, regardless of actual lethality.
One assassin attempts to flee the battle scene, but is caught by Mine and her Pumpkin Teigu; Sheele, evidently nearby, takes out another opponent as he tries to sneak up on Mine. Leone hears the explosion some distance away and grins as she sits on top of her victim, freshly killed with her Teigu Lionelle.
Lubbock is first seen within a cave, after catching an assassin trapped in Cross Tail's strings. Although bothered that his target was female, he doesn't hesitate to kill her on the spot, claiming that he once knew a guy who been killed after being seduced by a girl.
Tatsume and Bulat swiftly finish off the remaining assassins, the former earning praise on his first mission.
In the morning, Sheele informs Tatsumi that he has been assigned to work with her for the day.
Tatsumi and Mine are walking through the Capital and Tatsumi notices the expressions on the citizens' faces are gloomy. When he asks about them, Mine explains the reason and then stops when they pass an alleyway. They find that two citizens were enslaving a refugee. Mine took this on seriously and asks them why they did this. Their response is that they are of a higher rank because they are citizens of the Capital and the little girl is a refugee. Tatsumi scares them away when he slices at their pants. The little girl thanks them, but Mine saye that she needs to become stronger. As they walk around again, Tatsumi asks why they are allowed to roam the Capital if they are Night Raid members. Mine answers by saying that the people's attention are focused on the wanted posters, which Tatsumi and Mine aren't on.
Throughout the day, Mine and Tatsumi walk around Capital buying Mine clothes to wear, which Tatsumi has to hold. When they sit outside a shop to rest, Tatsumi is upset that the day was used for shopping. Both Mine and Tatsumi know that he isn't strong enough to fight in an actual battle, but Tatsumi still wants to get stronger, saying 'I still have to keep moving forward', which makes Mine blush because his speech was nice. Then, they hear and see people running into an area and Tatsumi wonders what is happening. Mine says that it's a public execution and Tatsumi doesn't like it.
Tatsumi wonders what the Emperor is like, which leads the scene to change to the throne room. The Emperor is sentencing a man to death for his late actions. Then the Prime Minster walks in, eating food and the man takes his chance to tell the Emperor that the Prime Minister is manipulating him. The Prime Minister denies the fact and the Emperor tells the guards to send the man away to be killed. The Prime Minister then walks up to the man and says that he'd take good care of his wife, insinuating that he might use her body or kill her, too.
Najenda orders the members of Night Raid to kill the Prime Minister's relative who was using women for pleasure. She also wanted the five guards who were with the relative killed too since they took part of the relative's shares. Tatsumi and Mine were set up far from the palace but close enough for Mine to get a shot. Tatsumi then asked about Mine's teigu and she explained, also including that no one knows how the teigus were made. Mine started concentrating and that made Tatsumi impressed. When the relative of the Prime Minister came out of his palace, he was surrounded by women. Tatsumi thought it was impossible for Mine to shoot the man without hurting or killing one of the women but she was able to do it. She announced to Tatsumi that she was a 'master sniper'.
Four of the guards of the Prime Minister's relative were running through the forest when they met up with the other members of Night Raid. Mine was annoyed about the route that she and Tatsumi was taking as it was hard to transverse. Tatsumi then wondered if the enemies were all eliminated which Mine responded with the guards were trained in Imperial Fist, so they would be hard to beat. Tatsumi then thought about what happened in Mine's past and as if reading his mind, Mine told him her past, that she lived in the western parts and was half foreign. The people there used to torment her because of who she was and she disliked it. She then said that once a new ruler is made, people won't have to worry about where they were from and they wouldn't have to go through the horrors that Mine went through. At first Tatsumi was impressed with what she said but as she carried on, he found it foolish since she said she'd be rich after revolution happens.
The other members of Night Raid had finished off killing the guards but they thought it was weird since there were supposed to be five guards, not four. Lubbock was then annoyed since he didn't get to kill a guard. Leone joked and said that he'd get half of what he'd earned. Tatsumi and Mine made it to the meeting point. Whilst Mine was occupied with talking, she hadn't noticed that the last surviving guard, Shihandai , was behind her and Tatsumi immediately pushed her out of the way, taking the hit. Mine was angry at first but found that he saved her. She then started shooting but every shot was dodged. When Shihandai was close enough to hit her, Tatsumi jumped up behind him and slammed his sword down. The guard blocked the hit but was surprised when Tatsumi wrapped his arms around the waist of him, keeping him in place. Tatsumi then told Mine to take the hit, saying that she could do it without hurting him because she was a master sniper. Shihandai tried to get Tatsumi off him as the gun was loading but he was too late and the shoot blasted a big hole in his chest. Mine was about to acknowledge Tatsumi but when he flicked her in the forehead, she got angry and demanded why he did that. The reason was because she was so close to killing him shown as the top part of his hair was burned. They then got into a bawl, without noticing that the other members were watching them. Then a man was seen staring at Akame's wanted poster, saying that she was like him.
Characters in order of appearance
- The scenes from the manga that were excluded in the previous episode were added as a part of this one instead. This includes the scenes after Tatsumi was initiated into Night Raid, Lubbock noticing intruders, resulting in Tatsumi's first fight as a Night Raid member against the bandits that initially wanted to report back to the Capital the location of their hideout.
- In the anime, Tatsumi's first kill as a Night Raid member was executed without any remorse nor question. In the manga, the man he was about to kill attempted to sympathize with him, noting their similar situation and the desperate need to support their own village. As Tatsumi began to hesitate, the man took this opportunity to kill him but was ultimately struck down by Akame, who told Tatsumi never to let his guard down.
- The scene where Tatsumi walks in on Mine while she's changing after Najenda orders him to wake her up is an anime original scene.
- Akame Ga Kill! manga; Chapter 2
- Akame Ga Kill! manga; Chapter 2, page 27-53