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Kill la Kill 12 – The Monster in the Uniform


This is out way, way later than I would have liked. My apologies for that. As you have no doubt noticed in the past week or so, The Cart Driver has been pretty damn busy! All that writing + work + various other things I have to do that are (shockingly enough) unrelated to the Internet left me with precious little time throughout the week.

“But Shinmaru,” you might say, “surely you could have anticipated this would happen? Why didn’t you write everything you could ahead of time during the period of the month when things were slow and time was plenty? That would have saved you a lot of trouble!”

To that, Dear Reader Invented for the Purposes of this Silly Dialogue Delaying the Actual Post, I say this: If I were an actual Responsible Adult, then I wouldn’t spend so much of my time writing about cartoons. So there! *thumbs nose at you and makes fart noises*



Whoops, sorry, got a bit overexcited there! Some interesting stuff going on this week, in particular Satsuki still positioning herself as de facto villain in the way of Ryuuko. She’s the one who ordered the hit on Ryuuko’s father, since he’s such a nosy scientist and all. (Well, the Crunchyroll subs leave this a bit ambiguous. Satsuki says she ordered Nui to steal the Rending Scissors, and also later says she knows why Ryuuko’s father was killed. Even taken together, those pieces of information don’t necessarily mean that Satsuki intended for Ryuuko’s father to die. But being who she is, Satsuki probably accepts responsibility for the actions of her subordinates, which is why she tells Ryuuko to fight her instead of seeking Nui.)

Like some other folks, I thought Kill la Kill might pull the trigger on making Satsuki a tweener, if not an outright good guy, albeit one who still has some shady shit going on. But perhaps it is too early for this when there’s still a bit of mystery about. Not totally sure what Satsuki would have to gain by bringing Ryuuko into the fold right now, anyway. There would obviously still be resistance on Ryuuko’s end, and I doubt Ryuuko would be sympathetic to Satsuki’s plot as it currently stands even if Satsuki had nothing to do with Dr. Matoi’s death. And, oh yeah, when she’s too pissed off Ryuuko turns into a vicious, horrifying monster. That might be a problem, too. From their respective reactions, I gather that Nui was way more interested in seeing what happened when Ryuuko was pushed to the limit than Satsuki was. Poor Ryuuko is just in Satsuki’s way at the moment.


Here is Mako’s perfect, all-over tan. Even her clothing is tanned! Being a good friend saved Mako a trip to the tanning salon. Friendship helps emotionally AND financially!

One thing I am curious about: Does Satsuki’s kamui have the potential to overtake her the same as Ryuuko’s, or did that happen simply because an outsider crafted the clothing? I can’t imagine anything being powerful enough to erode Satsuki’s will to that extent, but you never know. Also, I have no idea how Satsuki does anything in her kamui with that spinal column plunging into her butt crack. That doesn’t look comfortable at all! I hope there are no cosplayers attempting to emulate that. Even in the interest of accuracy, I would not want anyone to walk around a convention hall with that all day.


I have nothing else to add at the moment, so I leave you with Nui’s reaction upon learning that Kill la Kill would be taking a little break.

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  1. gedata
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    my eye almost exploded into a blood fountain after reading that tidbit of news at the end

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 24, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

      I hope you get a nice eyepatch.

    • Posted December 24, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

      At least there’s a break ahead of yet another shitstorm.

  2. Erif
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Gah fuck you had to remind me that there’s no KlK for the next two weeks. ;-;

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 24, 2013 at 7:08 am | Permalink

      I didn’t know about it until after I finished the episode and I saw the “Kill la Kill 13 — available in 20 days!” (or whatever it was) on the Crunchyroll app, haha.

      • Posted December 24, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

        Twenty days is pretty short, though. Not even close to “manga jump” worthy.

  3. Nagisa33
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    The best part in this episode was when Mako swam through the wave of stars. My brother and I we watching it together and both laughed out loud.

    Even though it pulled a Power of Friendship moment, it felt appropriate as it’s been established that Mako is Ryuuko’s support. I’m digging it!

  4. Posted December 24, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    It wasn’t Senketsu who was corrupting Ryuko. Rather, it was her own emotional rage that was empowered by Senketsu’s ridiculous power. He knew something bad was going to happen with them because of the crazy imbalance right before, and she even apologized afterwards for bringing him in with her outburst. I wonder if that was the case with the woman Kinagase knew…

    Also I love Nui losing her eye in that flashback. They should have Ryuko take the second one like in Kill Bill.

  5. Adreme
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Satsuki probably realizes that the only way to stop Ryuko from going after Nui and dying because she clearly isn’t ready to fight her is to keep Ryuko focused on beating Satsuki and getting stronger (lets face it Ryuko isn’t smart enough to not pick fights she cant win)

  6. Pusswookie
    Posted December 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I mean, I wouldn’t MIND seeing someone cosplaying that outfit.

    btw, how do Asian girls tan? I’m ginger so I….don’t.

  7. Ken
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    I liked how casually Mako reveals that her father steals his patients blood and they sometimes dye of blood loss. No matter how expensive medical care gets here in America I’m staying away from back alley doctors.

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