What are Imperial Arms in ‘Akame ga Kill!?’

If you’ve already decided to put your all into the warrior lifestyle, it makes sense to wield a weapon that will do your fearsome reputation justice. After all, your weapon is your trademark, in a manner of speaking, and if it looks bad, so do you. Luckily for the warriors of anime Akame ga Kill!, their Imperial Arms deliver a new meaning to the concept of glory on the battlefield.

That being said, such glory is often hard-won in real life, coming at a great personal cost, and the price of wielding an Imperial Arms in Akame ga Kill! is no different. As a general rule, the more flashy, elaborate, and powerful the weapon is, the higher the stakes for its user. So, what are Imperial Arms, anyway? In the world of Akame ga Kill!, Imperial Arms are rare “relics” that can be wielded as weapons by only the strongest of warriors, and they all have unique abilities that their owner can utilize in battle. They can be based on the design of ordinary objects (such as scissors, gloves, or threads), traditional weapons (such as a katana, rifle, or axe), or certain animals (such as a dog, lion, or dragon). Some were created from the remnants of Danger Beasts, rare creatures with unique powers, while others were forged from Orichalum, a rare alchemical super steel. Still others boast powers yet to be discovered.

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