In Kill La Kill Episode 13, “Crazy for You,” Satsuki and her team prepare a strategy to conquer the big three, on her “battlefield road trip”. She issues Goku uniforms to students based on data from Ryuko’s battles. Mako is concerned by Ryuko’s behavior, she continues to suffer from fear over loosing control over herself. A student named Shinjiro Nagita arrives to attempt to convince her to fight against Satsuki.
Ryuko at first she refuses, then she changes her mind when Senketsu encourages her. Mako Mankanshoku joins Shinjiro in distributing his newspaper. She suits up to “save” Shinjiro, but this proves to be a trap. I turns out that Shinjiro is actually Nui in disguises. Ryuko is hampered by her fear of losing control, she is defeated easily by Nui. In the process of defeat Ryuko, Nui manages to cut Senketsu into little pieces. Before she can kill Ryuko, Satsuki intervenes, taking what remains of Senketsu to use in her goal of domination.
Kill La Kill Episode 6, “Don’t Toy with me on a Whim” introduces a second member of Elite Four. In the previous episode, Nonon Jakuzure debuted. After discovering Aikuro’s connection to Tsumugu, Ryuko interrogates him to find out more. She manages to only get the name of his organization, “Nudist Beach” (and a close-up of his shining nipples). Uzu Sanageyama seeks permission from Satsuki to fight Ryuko. We are treated to a flashback of Lady Satsuki and Uzu when they were in the third year of middle school. Satsuki easily dispatches Uzu and his fellow gang members. She then invites him to attend Honnouji Academy to release his potential.
Uzu transforms into a mecha uniform called Three-Star Ultima Uniform: Blade Regalia. Uzu can read all of Ryuko moves with his Secret Technique: Heaven’s Eye!. He then uses a second technique God-Speed Thousand Thrusts!, gaining the advantage. Ryuko with the help of Senketsu allows Uzu to cut off a piece of her uniform so she could blind him. She quickly capitalizes and uses her Finishing move: Thread Stripper!, and destroys his uniform.
Uzu isn’t done yet. He begs Satsuki for a second chance and she grants it. His new suit is the Three-Star UltimaUniform: Blade Regalia Mk 2!, Ryuko assumes she can use her plan from their previous fight. However, Uzu asked Iori to “sew his eyes shut” so he’s no longer susceptible to her plan. Satsuki explains that by sewing his eyes closed Uzu acquired the “Minds Eye”. Ryuko is being thoroughly thrashed until Uzu’s uniform overheats giving her the opportunity to flee.
Kill La Kill Episode 5, “Trigger,” introduces us to the rebel organization Nudist Beach. Tsumugu Kinagase is an assassin and anti-uniform Guerilla with his sights set on Ryuko. He is interrupted by the gardening club and promptly defeats them. Ryuko rescues Mako from the biology club by using her Finishing move: Thread Stripper. Ryuko can now alter the size of her scissor sword so that it’s pocket-sized. Senketsu criticizes Ryuko for becoming too cocky and explains that she can “immediately spot any change in your physiology” including her weight (as he criticizes her eating habits).
Mako is then attacked by Tsumugu and he attempts to strip Ryuko of her Kamui. Aikuro stops him and they meet later to discuss his search for the “God robes”. Mako’s family provides their usual humor as they spy on Ryuko as she has a conversation with Senketsu. Ryuko and Tsumugu face-off but before they can complete the fight they are attacked by the ” gardening, rakugo and hyakunin-isshu clubs”.
Tsumugu manages to defeat Ryuko and the clubs, he tells her about a woman who once wore (I’m assuming) a god robe that appeared to have betrayed her. Mako continues to save Ryuko when she’s down with one of her rants. Tsumugu finally understands the bond between Ryuko and Senketsu. Nonon Jakuzure, one of the Student’s Council’s Elite Four. She’s responsible for regulating non-athletic groups. Nonon attempts to capture both Tsumugu and confiscate Senketsu. Tsumugu, Senketsu, and Ryujo manage to escape to Aikuro’s house.
Kill La Kill Episode 4 is a clear change in tone from the previous episodes. Focusing on humor rather than the usual action. While Senketsu is being washed and pressed by Maki’s mother. Ryoku learns of “No-Late Day“, an event where school students must navigate a complicated and dangerous obstacle course. If they fail to reach school on time they’ll be expelled. Ryoku and Maki begin to make their way across the course where they encounter Maiko. She was “injured” while attempting the course. Meanwhile, Maki’s family all attempt to deliver Senketsu to Ryoku.
The girls hijack an armored bus to avoid the traps, a mother opens fire on them with a machine gun as she nurses. They manage to make it to school with 15 minutes to spare, however, they are betrayed by Maiko. She reveals herself to be the “Disciplinary Committee Head of Trap Development” and steals Senketsu. Her main job was to surveil the student body and developing traps for them. Maiko hopes to overthrow Satsuki Kiryuin’s rule. She’s able to use Senketsu because of her “shamelessness.”
However, when she puts Senketsu on she becomes immobile due to the starchiness of Senketsu. Maiko sets off one final trap as she is defeat and expelled but Ryuko and Maki manage to get to school on time anyway. This episode’s goal was simply to humor the audience and personally I think they succeeded.
Kill La Kill Episode 3 is centered around one thing. Fan Service. Its clear fan service is going to be an integral part of the story and I’m fine with it. However, there’s a point when the fan service can become cheesy and over the top. I think Kill la Kill is aiming to push some boundaries with fan service, and I wonder how far they will go. Back to the story, we learn a little more information about the Goku uniforms. Each uniform possesses some percentage of “Life Fibers”.
Life fibers give uniforms their power. One Star Goku Uniforms consist of 10% Life Fiber, Two Stars contain 20%, and Kamui uniforms are composed entirely of Life fibers. Satsuki puts on her very own Kamui called Junketsu (Purity). As a child, Satsuki fell in love with “beautiful” Kamui. Her father told her “it will be your wedding dress.” She is annoyed that Ryoku was the first to wear a Kamui. She takes the Junketsu without her mother’s permission, strips naked, and feeds Junketsu her blood.
The following day Satsuki challenges Ryoku. The ensuing battle is spectacular, Satsuki gets the better of this battle. She effortlessly overwhelms Ryoku, appearing to not even be trying. Maki proving to be this series comic relief interrupts the fight to tell Ryoku ” she should get completely naked”. During the battle, Ryoku learns to truly become one with Senketsu she must get over her shame regarding her appearance. The battle ends in a stalemate with Ryoku stating that she will stop Satsuki’s ambition.
In Kill La Kill Episode 2, Ryuko confronts Satsuki Kiryuin, however, due to the fact that her uniform ” Senketsu” drinks her blood, Ryuko is forced to escape. She passes out and ends you in the care of “backroom doctor” Barazo Mankanshoku. The father of Mako, who comically states that “if you compare the number of people he’s killed versus those he’s saved, he’s killed more!” I found meeting Mako’s family to be the most humorous part of the episode. Mako’s family is quirky, cheerful, and inappropriate. Her mother Sukuyo Mankanshoku puts questionable ingredients in her “Mystery Croquettes,” her brother Mataro is a thief, and her father is a pervert. Mako herself is the most fun. She is full of over-the-top energy and at the same time can’t stop sleeping during class.
Aikuro Mikisugi proves to be rather inappropriate, strangely opening his shirt and pants to show off his body. He also provides Ryoku with insight about her uniform “Senketsu”, telling her that it’s a “Kamui” that requires blood. He gives her a glove that aids her in this regard. Kill La Kill seems committed to the fanservice. However, it extends to the men as well. That’s refreshing, but the sexualization of women is still different from men. Regardless, I think it’s a good decision for this series, even if I could do without all of the fanservice.
Ryuko returns from break points
This episode’s main villain is tennis club captain “Omiko Hakodate“, who just received her two-star Goku uniform. Like the boxing in the previous episode, this episode featured exaggerated tennis. Ryuko faces off against Omiko in an epic tennis match. Ryuko is at a disadvantage and quickly falls to 0 – 40 but using her scissor blade gets the upper hand and wins. Satsuki quickly appears in front of Ryuko and challenges her to a battle. She seems to overpower Ryuko, who escapes to battle at another time. Considering the fact that Satsuki crossed swords with Ryuko at the end of this episode I’m starting to think she’s not the strongest villain in the series. Despite being the main character, Ryuko loses often. She’s likely to win in the end but I’m surprised she fails as much as she does.
Kill La Kill Episode 1 opens with a dramatic showdown between Ira Gamagori and student Suzuki. The main theme of Kill la Kill is simple, revenge. Ryuko Matoi is the main protagonist. She is a young girl who travels in search of the person that killed her father. Armed with a single red scissor blade she arrives at the Honnoji Academy. She believes her father’s murderer is in possession of the other half of the scissors. Honnoji Academy is a high school that’s ruled by a five-person student council, led by a President, Satsuki Kiryuin.
When Ryuko sees Satsuki she instantly instigates a fight. Her revenge is halted when Takaharu Fukuroda (Boxing Club Captain) interferes. After being thoroughly defeated by him she flees. While sulking in the rain she decries her defeat to her dead father. Ryuko (aided by homeroom teacher Aikurō Mikisugi) comes across a living school uniform named Senketsu, who forces itself onto Ryuko. Now with Senketsu, Ryuko returns to the school to stand up against Satsuki. She defeats Fukuroda, destroying his uniform in the process. She questions Satsuki again about the wielder of the other scissor blade.
A reason for fanservice
The character design of Kill la Kill is pretty simple. The school uses powerful uniforms known as Goku Uniforms. At first, they seem like standard Japanese school uniforms we’ve all seen before. However, the leaders of the Honnoji Academy student council seem to have more unique qualities. Ryuko’s Senketsu Unifrom clearly is designed with fan service in mind. A combination of metal and fabric ( what little it has ) is different from other uniforms in this series so far. The concept of the Goku Uniforms (instantly thought of Dragon Ball Z) isn’t the most unique but interesting.
Basically, there are four levels of uniforms identified by the number of stars. They range from no stars to three stars (only one to three have superpowers). Ryuko is armed with half of a scissor (obviously much cooler in anime than real life). Senketsu doesn’t appear to have any stars but we could assume it’s at least stronger than a two-star. After Ryuko defeats Fukuroda his uniform disappears as her sword destroys it and her uniform absorbs a strain from it. I’m guessing she’ll gain power from each student she defeats (and maybe more fabric).
Kill La Kill is the sucessor of Gurren Lagann
Trigger has my confidence when it comes to animation. As shown with Gurren Lagann, Imashi, and Nakashima clearly have the talent to create great animation and it shows. The same fluid quality animation that was used in Gurren Lagann is apparent here. The camera angles are dramatic and there’s a combination of moving animation with detailed stills. The abilities of some of the characters are interesting particularly Fukuroda (in this episode anyway). I’m hoping that this is a precursor to more unique abilities that add to what seems to be a promising anime.
Overall, Kill La Kill is entertaining, funny, violet, and a little sexy. The series has a rapid pace that can be too much to take in at first, causing confusion. However, once you re-watch the episode a few times it will make more sense. If this episode is any indication this series has a lot of potentials. It’s clear that Kill La Kill is inspired by Gurren Lagann‘s visual aesthetic (Ryuko and Simon are almost identical) this can only be a good thing. Hopefully, it lives up to my expectations and the excitement Kill La Kill Episode 1created.