Monthly Archives: May 2014

Kill La Kill

Type: Kill The Kill

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Synopsis: I’ going to be honest, I have no idea what was going on in this thing. I think the first half was about a girl entering this weird school with superpowered uniforms to avenge the death of her dad. Then, I think the second half was about fighting an army of evil clothing. I don’t know, I get the feeling that the writers really didn’t like wearing clothes.

Pros: Alright, there’s probably no way to talk about Kill La Kill without making comparisons of Gurren Lagann, since the same guys made it and they share very similar artistic styles, so lets get to it. First off, Kill La Kill is highly stylized, with an excellent attention to detail. The fights are exciting, creative, and downright funny. I’d say its more funny that it’s predecessor, with an obvious focus on visual gags. I also appreciated that Ryuuko lost a lot of her early fights, making her wins later feel earned (as opposed to Simon, who just beat everybody blindfolded). Like Gurren Lagann, Kill La Kill can also get you really pumped at times. There was also more character work in this than Gurren Lagann, making you care for the supporting cast way more than before (seriously, there were maybe 5 people you cared about in Lagann, but this one had at least 9).

Cons: Kill La Kill is kinda slow. Part of this is because it’s really one long story, with certain plot points and elements repeating every couple of episode. Ryuko is looking for her dad’s killer, she wants to fight Satsuki, the school is crazy, etc. Again, it may just be slow compared to Gurren Lagann, which went by a mile a minute in comparison. Kill La Kill is definitely a thicker show, but it wasn’t able to grab my attention as much as Gurren Lagann did. It’s not as bombastic, and the story is kinda dumb. I also felt that the Ryuko-Satsuki rivalry wasn’t as great as it could have been. Then there’s the matter of her costume. Lord all mighty! Senketsu’s powered up form would be passable for a comedic show like this, but the animators go the extra mile to remind you how skimpy it is. The fact that part of Ryuko’s transformation sequence shows Senketsu riding up her vagina tells you all you need to know.

Watch it: You can tell a lot of love went into making this (5/5)

MVP: Mako Mankanshoku

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I love her Goku Uniform

Best Episode: “A Loser I Can’t Hate” (friendship is beautiful)

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Hetalia

Type: Cute U.N.

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Synopsis: Imagine if all the world’s events, from the mundane to horrific, were caused by emotionally volatile anime characters that doubled as actual nations. Now imagine that these nation-characters are adorable!

Pros: Hetalia is a multiple series franchise with over 40 characters, but each episode is only about 5 minutes long (less if you count the credits), so it’s not as daunting as it appears. Truthfully, this short run time may be just what the doctor ordered if you’re aching to scratch that anime itch, but are too busy to watch an anime proper. Each of the characters are one-dimensional, which works perfectly for this comedy series. It was always a treat to be introduced to new countries, mostly because I was interested to see how different countries are viewed from a Japanese perspective (because even jokes have grains of truth).

Cons: I wish there were more countries. No, let me rephrase that. I wish there were a wider variety of countries. Most the characters are European Nations, with the exception of America, China, Japan, Cuba, and Canada. Granted, modern history tends to involve Europe a lot, but I would have appreciated a Mexico or Australia cameo. There’s also a distinct lack of female characters.

Watch it?: You could probably watch the entire franchise in a day if you really felt like it (4/5)

MVP: Chibi Italy

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Best Episode: All the Chibitalia segments (AWWWWW)

 

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