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*
SO HEY HOW ‘BOUT SATSUKI BATTLING TRANSFORMED RYUUKO I MEAN GOD DAMN
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.