Kill La Kill

Type: Kill The Kill


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


I love her Goku Uniform

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

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4 thoughts on “Kill La Kill

  1. Artemis says:

    I think I’m probably one of the only ones, but I got way more pumped up over Kill la Kill than I ever did for Gurren Lagann. I don’t dislike the latter – I just appreciate Kill la Kill way more. I attribute this partly to Mako, but also to the fact that Kill la Kill is just so crack-tastic and so ridiculously camp that I can’t help but be charmed by it. It’s like a really bawdy Looney Tunes. While Gurren Lagann isn’t necessarily lacking in the loving stupidity department, I feel like that series doesn’t take it to the absolute extreme like Kill la Kill does.

    • lexor831 says:

      Granted, I’d say Kill La Kill is an overall improvement over Gurren Laggan, and that’s saying something. It also has more re-watch value. But I liked Gurren more.

  2. I particularly loved this show. (I wrote seven articles on it. That’s a record any other show is not likely to break!) My own opinion on Kill la Kill is that it narrates a similar story to the Oresteia in order to preach about the vices caused by wealth and the necessity to content oneself with little. But, that show has spawned many interesting interpretations!

  3. lexor831 says:

    Interesting! I actually had a hard time determining what the themes for this show were. They’re a little less obvious than Gurren’s whole “Spiral Power” thing.

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