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Kill la Kill 10 – Muppet Babies

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I wasn’t sure anything could be more delightful than the Studio Ghibli’s Satsuki+Gamagoori flashback from last week, but Muppet Babies Satsuki+Nonon is at least in the conversation. Kids speaking like hardened, wise adults is something that rarely fails to delight me. (It’s why the Legend of the Galactic Heroes tribute in Sengoku Collection is my favorite episode in that series, for instance.) Nonon being a little brat who can get a sandcastle made for her in an instant is of course wonderful (and apparently she also had the Sphinx made, as well), and Satsuki as the Child Messiah is also great. I wonder if Satsuki was born making some grand speech about how she will remake the world in her image. Like, she dives out of the womb and the doctor tries to spank her, but she grabs his wrist just before the strike and gives him the Satsuki Glare.

I mean, if a baby gave me the Satsuki Glare, I’d probably shit my pants.

Shifting gears a bit, the fight between Ryuuko and Inumuta makes sense as far as his character is concerned, but is nonetheless disappointing because, you know, we all want to see both these fighters go all out. Too bad Inumuta’s nothin’ but a NERD. Nah, seriously, though, I think he has at least an inkling of what Satsuki’s aims are, so he’s happy getting the data and sacrificing his uniform for whatever Satsuki’s aims are. This episode makes the general direction of the plot clearer for dopes like myself: It’s clear that for whatever reason Satsuki wants to accelerate Ryuuko and Senketsu’s evolution. Maybe she is curious about what would happen, or maybe she knows what would happen. An outsider created the uniform, so there could be alterations, but the foundation is based on the Kiryuuin design. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that she would have at least an idea of how Ryuuko could change while wearing an evolved Senketsu. Could Satsuki hope to tame a wild beast? Or will there be something weirder that I probably can’t see coming, because I never see stuff like this coming? The latter might be more fun.

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At least Inumuta got to show off a silly costume and silly poses before he bit the dust and joined Gamagoori on the bench. This outfit reminded me of so many things: the Deckers from Saints Row: The Third (themselves heavily inspired by Tron, which I imagine many other people thought of), good ol’ Grey Fox from Metal Gear Solid (I had many chuckles thinking about Inumuta bellowing “HURT ME MORE” to Ryuuko and Gamagoori getting pissed because Inumuta is stealing his gimmick), the skintight plug suits from G Gundam (just look at that butt and tell me you aren’t thinking of Domon’s walnut crunchers right now), and even K from Virtue’s Last Reward (unfortunately, my quick Google searching unearthed no screenshots of the back of K’s head; basically, the power button on the back of Inumuta’s head vaguely reminded me of the keyhole on the back of K’s mask). Wow, that’s a lot of parentheses!

Then the grand, glorious Battle of Nonon. I like how she gets riled up beforehand with Satsuki addressing her relatively formally (maybe another hint that she’s just using her Elite Four for whatever purpose she has in mind for Ryuuko?) and Sanageyama rubbing it in afterward, along with his burn about warming up his uniform ahead of time. Your weird skeleton suit doesn’t scare anyone, Nonon! Neither does your palindrome name! Her musical attacks, however, are quite frightening. Who knew musical notes could be so deadly? Wouldn’t that be a great calling card for an assassin? You hear some classical music welling in the background, and all of a sudden you’re decapitated by some note. (I am musically ignorant, so I have no idea what the deadliest musical note would be. Any thoughts on this?)

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Oh yeah, and also EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IS JETS AND MISSILES. God damn, that whole ending is just anime as fuck. That’s what I really need in my life right now: some ANIME fuckin’ anime. Good lord.

Have lots of screenshots of stuff that made me laugh:

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Mako is the champ, don’t front.

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I like imagining that Mako’s vision is actually three times sharper when she does this.

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Nothing I could possibly write would ever improve upon this.

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The phrase “DOES NOT COMPUTE” in all caps is always a winner with me. ALWAYS.

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21 Comments

  1. Posted December 7, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Recorder Tomahawk Missile Anime of the Year goodbye

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Basically.

  2. Posted December 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    The deadliest musical note?

    Easy. C sharp. (Or else you’ll B flat.)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  3. strukingfourd
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    All hail Nonon’s glorious voice!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Hail hail!

      • Posted December 10, 2013 at 4:53 am | Permalink

        Ryuuko x Senketsu 5ever. I always had biased favoritism toward talking weapons/clothes, and episode 5 made Senketsu my favorite. Call me a big stupid sap but his obviously-not-death scene slightly teared me up a bit.

  4. Ken
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m totally shipping Mako and Ira Gamagoori. The perfect odd couple. I’d like to see Mako take him home for dinner some time. Though he would find it hard to even fit into their cramped house.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      I would love to see him very grumpy around Mako’s undisciplined family.

  5. Cobrah
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know which mental image is funnier, newborn Satskuki doing her glare or Gray Fox Inumuta screaming “hurt me more!” I’m so ready for the rest of the Elite Four battles and the inevitable Ryuuko vs Satsuki showdown AND whatever the second half might be. Whatever happens though, I swear that if anything happens to Mako or if she is taken out for some reason there will be riots in the streets.

    • Ken
      Posted December 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      Comic relief characters are usually immune from dying. I feel the same way about Potato Girl in Attack on Titan. If she ever gets eaten I would be so pissed at the writers.

      Mako’s indomitable spirit gives this show life and makes her essential as the perfect cheerleader for Ryuuko.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:27 am | Permalink

      I actually thought Inumuta reminded me of Monsoon from Metal Gear Rising more than Gray Fox

      • Shinmaru
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

        I am a poser so I haven’t played Metal Gear Rising.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Will riot so hard if something happens to my Mako.

  6. Nagisa33
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Let me tell you two useful (not really) pieces of information:

    1) You can see the words “Senketsu Shippu” reflected in Mikisugi’s sunglasses.
    http://s28.postimg.org/drzkp3sn1/Screen_shot_2013_12_07_at_3_56_21_PM.png

    2) Kill la Kill’s ending was inspired by Sukeban Deka. Here’s the plot as described on wikipedia:
    “The series follows a delinquent schoolgirl who is taken in by the government and forced to fight crime to redeem herself. She is given the codename “Saki Asamiya” and a metal yo-yo that doubled as a badge and made to infiltrate high schools around Japan to investigate and stop criminal activities.”
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xyyjz6_sukeban-deka-1985-ending_shortfilms

    I like how Jakuzure’s suit simply crushed the instruments to utilize them. It’s like squeezing the juice out of an orange to make orange juice. I was thinking of Spiral Energy from Gurren Lagann but that’s more willpower. In any case, I loved the classical music!

    The new girl has an eyepatch of sorts. What’s the deal with anime girls and eyepatches? Relatively recent examples include Rikka Takanashi, Mei Misaki, Marie Mjolnir, Mio Sakamoto, Laura Bodewig, and Asuka. Is having an eyepatch supposed to be moe~~~ or something?

    Lastly, I love the Zero Escape games. It seems like it’s a niche series so I’m always happy when I hear someone playing them.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      I heard about the second piece of information, but how did I not notice the first?? That’s pretty funny.

      Eyepatches are totes moe.

      The Zero Escape games are cool! Big fan of them here, warts and all. I’m excited for the third, though a bit nervous as well (I felt the same about Virtue’s Last Reward, haha).

  7. C
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Ihave a feeling that Inumuta is not as loyal to Satsuki as the rest of the elites. I think he is up to somthing.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, he doesn’t strike me as particularly loyal. He’ll go where the greatest interest is. Whether that’s still with Satsuki or with Ryuuko or some yet to be seen third party remains to be seen.

  8. Pusswookie
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Nonon’s palindrome name actually frightens me quite a bit. I wonder if, as a last ditch effort, her ultimate attack is the infamous Brown Noise?

  9. Shinmaru
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    That would definitely be something!

  10. Posted December 10, 2013 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    I like how this series is progressing so far, even with the cliches. Digging the art styles and crazy suit designs. It manages to make me “hmph” in amusement at least once an episode, something Watamote failed to halfway through despite having the perfect comedic character and setting for me.

    Also Inumata greatly disappointed me. He looked so cool before in the intro and that experimentation scene a few episodes back… Sadly he was, indeed, a NERD.

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