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Kill la Kill 11 – A New Challenger Has Arrived


And she’s already won me over via incredibly silly sight gags. Those name plates are rather large, and although they look sharp, they at least seem comfortable enough to lean on, so why not give it a try? Nui is just doing what would come naturally to anyone. Heaven help us all if she decides to actually sit on it one day. I wonder if it’s possible to make a swing out of these large names. There are several convenient holes through which one could loop rope. Just find a sturdy tree, and you’re all set!

Nui’s arrival muddies the waters just a bit more in Kill la Kill. The last few episodes have been shifting the view on Satsuki bit by bit. We don’t know the full particulars of her grand plot or her motivations beyond the general “people are dumb pigs and need a firm hand to guide them,” but it seems clear the series is trying to show something of Satsuki beyond the menace of her square jaw. Maybe she’s actually good. Maybe she’s the lesser of two evils. Maybe she’s just a silly kid rebelling against her parents. Who knows?

Grand Couturier Nui and the master she serves, Satsuki’s mother, Ragyo, are framed a bit more squarely in the “bad” end of things at the moment. They do have all the power right now, after all. There hasn’t been much of this world shown to suggest that anyone who wields the ultimate power here is all that nice a person. (By the way, if you didn’t Google search “couturier” after this episode and are also lacking in dignity and culture like me, then allow me to briefly explain: Nui makes unique, high-class outfits to order for whomever employs her. So, really, that was made pretty obvious by the show itself and didn’t need any explanation. I just wanted you all to know I did a little bit of work!) Nui shows strength that alone makes her pretty dangerous, but the fact that she has such intimate knowledge of what makes the uniforms tick makes her that much more dangerous.

And what if instead of simply defeating Ryuuko, Nui decides to push her ever more just to see what happens? Ragyo knows what Satsuki is up to, and that her plans involve Ryuuko in some way. (Satsuki’s “It’s in your hands now, Ryuuko Matoi” seems rather telling to me.) Maybe Satsuki’s mom wants to borrow Satsuki’s new toy and play around with it some? Why else would Nui so blatantly provoke Ryuuko given that Ryuuko was going to fight her, anyway? They want to force the next step in Senketsu’s evolution.


But, really, could anyone who takes part in such an adorable sight gag truly be evil? You are allowed to bend the laws of space only if you are being cute while doing so. That’s Anime Law.

Aside from Plot Stuff, I enjoyed the usual things in this week’s Kill la Kill. The conclusion of Ryuuko and Nonon’s wonderful battle is a delight, particularly the contemporary vs. classical music Kamehameha showdown between the two ladies. At least one person other than me was reminded of the final battle between Gohan and Cell in Dragon Ball Z, so I get to be in my corner acting the part of a partial rather than total loser. (Side note: I’m sure someone, somewhere has made an AMV of the Cell vs. Gohan battle set to classical music. There must be some Dragon Ball Z fan somewhere with a taste for classical music who also has too much time on their hands.) The more I see of Nonon, the more I want to see EVEN MORE of her, particularly if she is grumpy. Smug!Nonon would also do in a pinch.

Anyway, screenshots and stuff because you can never have enough crazy stills from this series:


The dedication to this flashback motif is endlessly amusing. Even flashbacks to previous episodes get this treatment.


I also love that the text appears on television. No wonder every character can interact with their names. They’re totally real!


Grumpy Gamagoori frightens poor Mako.


Mako cuts through all the bullshit.


Almost too much Mako to handle. Almost.


Never forget Mako’s name, you unworthy peons.


She seems evil, but she’s also composed entirely of rainbows, so I guess she’s cool.


Ryuuko’s freakout is wonderful, but Nui’s smile growing slowly wider as she goads Ryuuko to her emotional limit is also great.

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  1. Adreme
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    I simply took it as Satsuki merely wanted to learn the weaknesses of her underlings uniforms and improve on them so that they can take on whoever she plans on taking on (there was a scene where they said they were analyzing the battles for weaknesses in the uniforms after all).

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:43 am | Permalink

      Sure, that’s a nice bonus, but she’s definitely plotting more than that at this point.

  2. Cobrah
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    As fun as these battles and plot has been, I think my favorite parts of the recent episodes have been Mako interacting with the Elite Four. All of the Elite Four have been really likeable so far, especially Nonon and Gamagoori.

    Also lol at that tag.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

      Mako is the best everything.

  3. Erif
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    That final shot of Ryuuko, bro.

    Quick note, I really think you should download the episodes from Underwater; I can’t account for the subs (which I think are good but w/e), but the way they incorporate the typography into the red name plates is genius.

    • Erif
      Posted December 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Oh, forgot to say somwthing of actual worth.

      I do agree with you that there is definitely more to Satsuki that meets the eye, and I suspected some other Big Bad would get reveled sooner or later. It be crazy interesting if Ryuuko was converted to the Satsuki cult, almost in reverse Gurren Lagann fashion; instead of a likely alliance being broken, an unlikely one is formed.

      And the preceding battle in this episode was totally epic, definitely one of the most well choreographed battles so far.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:49 am | Permalink

        Well, I watch basically everything these days on Crunchyroll via the PS3 app, haha. I haven’t downloaded a current anime since Crunchyroll picked up Kyousougiga! (Well, downloaded for purposes other than screenshots, anyway.)

        That would be a neat scenario! I can definitely imagine Ryuuko putting up some resistance at first, unless there’s a situation where she and Satsuki basically HAVE to team up immediately.

  4. Cirith
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Geez many colored hair with gradients is going a bit fair even for anime standards!

    Btw I’m curious do the other two also still watch KLK?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:50 am | Permalink

      Pretty sure they do!

  5. BigFire
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    In the first screenshot, she also cover up her panty (or did she wear one) with her curled right leg…

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:54 am | Permalink

      Very observant.

  6. Posted December 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    You should’ve mentioned when Nui was introduced, she put her arms on top of her introduction text while talking to Satsuki. Truly bending the laws of space.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:57 am | Permalink

      It’s right at the top of the page!

  7. Posted December 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, Kill La Kill is one of the animes that apparently all of my anime-watching friends are watching so we had a chance to really go at this episode with debates.

    I think it’s slowly come to light (if not really pushed into the spotlight with this episode) that Satsuki isn’t the real antagonist, it’s her mother, Ragyo. With all of the flashbacks we’ve had to Satsuki’s earlier days and the formation of the 3-Star team, I think it really paints Satsuki as a good girl. She always runs around saying how she’s going to change the world and the power controlling it. Well.. it’s been made apparent that power is her mother.

    I have a prediction there that Satsuki and Matoi are going to team up to defeat Satsuki’s mother. Perhaps this is Satsuki’s true intentions with the academy itself?

    • Adreme
      Posted December 15, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      It would explain why Satsuki isnt all that worried about Matoi since she knows Matoi will join her once she knows the truth and that meanwhile she can use her to help improve her elite 4.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:59 am | Permalink

      I wonder even if Satsuki’s mother is the ultimate enemy. We’ll see!

  8. Nagisa33
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    I’m glad it’s looking more likely for them to team up and wreck face. It’s a shame we didn’t get to Sanageyama pull out all the stops. He’s my favorite out of the Elite Four.

    I’m glad you posted that gif! I was so pumped when it happened.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 1:07 am | Permalink

      I’m sure Sanageyama will get his opportunity to wreck things eventually. Would be shocked if he didn’t get a chance for vengeance against Nui.

  9. Mr.RR
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    I wonder if Nui’s attacks will “break the fourth wall” like in pic 1 and 2.

    Also: Satsuki and Ryuuko will become friend.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 1:10 am | Permalink

      There will be plenty of fourth wall-breaking moments to come, I am sure.

  10. Posted December 16, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    When I first saw Nui move Satsuki’s hair from that distance I thought they had some sort of psychic or spiritual connection that allowed them to move each other’s bodies. Maybe they do o_O

    Also the music shifting during the fight’s finale was brilliant.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 1:15 am | Permalink

      The power to use sight gags is a devious sorcery.

  11. Friend_guy
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I know I wasn’t the only one who could hear Ryuuko, literally snapping as she was being goaded. Maybe because I watch to much anime and my brain adds sound effects that aren’t there, but like wire being tightened to much I literally heard Ryuuko snap.

    Also woot for Berserker Ryuuko! I hope Senktsu looks even more awesome while she loses her shit, or rather instead of getting lewder or rather she becomes fully clothed as her anger boils

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 1:17 am | Permalink

      I bet Senketsu’s appearance will change radically as Ryuuko takes the next step in uniform evolution.

  12. Ken
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    Don’t forget, there’s also that magic bullet. How is that going to play into all of this.
    Ryuuko had a clear path to victory and then several monkey wrenches get thrown into the mix. This is a fun ride.
    The Mako side story is also great. I bet with her adorable underachiever energy she will win over the elite four in the bleachers and they will elect her student body prez over Satsuki.

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