>villains defeats mc or one of the mc friends
>goes out of their way to not actually kill the mc or his friends
>villains ends up being defeated five pages later
You can say a lot of shit about Akame ga kill, but the characters actually looked like they were fighting in a war, both sides would try to kill each other without holding back, and if you fucked up once, you were dead, 99% of the time. This is much different from some mangas where the villains have to go out of their way and suddenly spare the mc and friends for no actual purpose, cmon dude, its a fight to the death, kill the fucker already, if the author does not want his precious mc or friends dead, then dont write the story in such a retarded way, its a war, a fight to the death, not a game of tag.