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.