With the end of Akame ga Kill’s and even before the anime ended, there’s a lot of controversy regarding the difference between the manga and the anime. The reason being the anime surpassed the manga. While the series didn’t 100% reflect the manga, it was VERY identical in terms of major events and how the story progressed.
Note: This post will probably contain every spoiler possible for the whole series so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Let’s start with the ending of the anime. TLDR; Everyone dies except Akame and Najenda, the kingdom is restored, and Akame becomes a lone wolf traveling and killing all the bad guys. I personally thought the ending was absolutely brilliant, I have zero complaints and while I don’t think it was perfectly executed overall, the concept of the ending is amazing. Over the course of the show they constantly brought up the point that even though they’re assassins who serve justice, assassins are still killers and “carries sins”. IMO, It’s very fitting that the majority of Night Raid was wiped out at the end.
Now to the main point, the difference between the ending of the anime and the manga (which currently cannot be compared due to the lack of material in the manga). Like I stated earlier, A LOT of manga readers are upset and pissed at how the anime ended. You see a lot of hate comments about the anime from manga readers that say something along the lines of “The anime is pure filler shit”, “Read the manga, it’s much better than the crappy anime”, “The anime doesn’t do the manga justice”, and so on. From what I’ve seen (and read), the manga and anime are pretty god damn identical. While some of the details in the manga are obviously different from the anime, the major events that happened in the manga was animated pretty much the same. Everything crucial to the story line was in the anime, and for the minor differences in the crucial parts of the story, such as Lubbock’s death, can explained by the anime’s attempt in making certain scenes shorter/longer to fit the overall length of the series. The same logic can be applied with the exclusion of the minor stuff in the manga such as Run not being Kurome’s pet.
The cutting point to where the anime got ahead was around episode 21, where Mine and Susanoo dies after Night Raid’s attempt in saving Tatsumi. People say “there’s no way the manga will follow this” or “this is not how the manga will proceed with the story” are obviously oblivious to the fact that this is no different from when Sheele, Bulat, Chelsea, and Lubbock died in the manga. This is the main reason why I believe the manga will 95% follow the anime and I can’t find a reason to believe otherwise.
Everyone has their own opinions and obviously not everyone will be pleased with the outcome of the anime. I know there are those who like it and those who hate it. It’s not like I don’t understand where all the hate is coming from, for those who hate the outcome of the anime, the manga is currently their “only hope” for a different ending. While I personally believe the chance of that happening is close to 0, it’s definitely NOT impossible which is why I can’t say for certain that the manga will follow the anime. HOWEVER, I do believe that those who have hope shouldn’t be bashing the anime and saying the manga will be different this early. There is no solid proof that it’ll be different and the more things you say now, the more impact it’ll have when it comes back to bite you in the ass.
In conclusion, I’m not saying the manga will 100% follow the anime, there is a HIGH chance that it will. I’m not telling all the people who hate the ending to lose hope and give up on the series as a whole but you shouldn’t get ahead of yourself and start spewing all these controversial thoughts about how the manga will definitely have it’s own ending or how the anime was terrible and didn’t do justice. When the time comes and the odds are not in your favor, you’re only going to get more upset and angry. If the odds are in your favor, you’re free to rejoice and shit on the anime all you want, fine by me.
Bonus: People say this scene at the end is portrayed wrong because both Tatsumi and Bulat are shown with Incursio but I say otherwise. This scene is supposed to show Night Raid as a whole, both the members AND their respective imperial arms (See: Susanoo behind Najenda). Because both Bulat and Tatsumi were users of Icursio, it makes sense for them to show all three, just a speculation countering the argument where the production company fucked up.