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Kill la Kill 13 – And Now, Back to the Show

kill-la-kill-nui-still-breaking-the-fourth-wallNui must have some killer balance if she’s able to stay steady on that thin nameplate. Wait, didn’t I already make that joke? God damn it.

Back from a brief hiatus with shit very decidedly going down. Hopefully the two-week break gives later episodes a bit more punch, though, because, jeez, even I can’t defend the animation dodging at this point. The art direction is so good that it’s not like I’m going “ew ew ew UGH OH MY GOD” when I watch Kill la Kill, but PowerPoint presentation-level fight scenes are not so much fun. At least it’s not such a huge detriment in this episode since the whole point is Nui beating the crap out of Ryuuko without breaking a sweat. Ryuuko getting pounded into the ground is not such a surprise, but the aftermath? Now, that’s something!

One thing I’ve really enjoyed Kill la Kill is its tendency to shake things up when the show seems to be getting boring. Ripping Senketsu to shreds and distributing them to various people around the campus? Consider things quite shaken! The really obvious, boring thing to do would be to make Ryuuko fight each of these thugs in turn to reform Senketsu, so I hope the show doesn’t go down that route. It doesn’t seem as if the series would have the time to do that what with Satsuki packing off the whole school and sending them to war. Perhaps it will be worth it if Ryuuko has to sneak around school bases Metal Gear Solid-style. This also makes me wonder if at some point Nui will get curious and try on Senketsu for herself. What a hoot that would be!

I would probably be a pretty crappy anime writer. Literally every episode would be “WHAT IF THIS THING HAPPENED THIS WEEK” with no connection to previous weeks. I’d be the Vince Russo of anime writers.


Sorry, I couldn’t resist using this screenshot due to the shadow. Also, the weird angle at which Ryuuko is standing. It looks like she’s going to fall over at any second!

Enough of Ryuuko for now. This episode also gives a better idea of the dynamic between Satsuki and her mother, Ragyo. Earlier episodes were sort of vague about whether Satsuki was acting of her own volition and Ragyo let her conduct herself as such because it amused her, but this episode shows that Satsuki is acting more or less at Ragyo’s discretion. She’s going ahead with her own plans, sure, but there’s the clear threat that should Satsuki act against the interests of their organization, REVOCS/COVERS, that support will disappear in a hurry. Satsuki is deadly serious about everything she’s doing, but Ragyo seems to regard Satsuki with a “Hey, kids’ll be kids!” attitude. She’s even tacitly allowing Nui to keep annoying Satsuki. Ryuuko was pretty easy to push to the point where her clothing exploded. Satsuki, though? That’s something to be curious about. They made the clothing, but do they truly know everything about it? Why not push the clothes to their limits and see what happens?

I’m very sad that my clothing isn’t important enough to be Original Sin, though. Actually, I’m pretty sure my clothes make me dumber for wearing them.


It’s pretty clear who has the most important shine going on right now.

Next episode: War never changes. Or maybe it does. Who knows how prepared these other schools are from an all-out assault led by someone backed by an organization that controls a rather large portion of the world? Doesn’t seem very fair to me. And poor Mako will be down in the trenches, in the shit, huddling in the foxhole. You can make it, Mako! You will survive! Also please make sure to hang onto your precious, expensive blood.

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  1. JoeQ
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I give up! This show has defied my expectations time and again, so I’m not going to even try to predict how things will turn out.

    BTW, are you going to cover Robot Girls Z?

  2. Posted January 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Love the upending of the status quo in this episode. So excited for the raid and for whatever the hell they’re going to do with Senketsu and Ryuko.

    also, rainbow underhair.

    • jherb33
      Posted January 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

      the rainbow underhair is epic! also, mako will survive and possibly become gamagori’s girlfriend..

    • Pusswookie
      Posted January 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      Rainbow underhair didn’t make me think of what you intended.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted January 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

        Rainbow underhair is a pretty good phrase.

      • Posted January 14, 2014 at 7:27 am | Permalink

        I couldn’t think of what else to call the underside of her hair, ya know?

  3. Langer
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Permalink


    ^ Pretty much confirmed then? What with leaving her with that that one piece of Senketsu and covering her with a blanket.

    Also, I was way too amused with the hovering captions staying behind the eyepatch girl at different angles.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      I can’t even imagine Satsuki with something as normal as a significant other.

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    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

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  5. Akuma
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I’ve been enjoying Kill la Kill, but there’s something about Satsuki that’s been annoying me for a long time. At first I thought it was just because I didn’t buy into this perfect person image, I’m not really a fan of it. But now I think it’s more to do with the complete lack of agency any other character has in this series.

    I don’t think I’ve once felt good about Ryuuko’s victories, since they all seem to be part of the ‘plan’. They don’t feel like struggles because really nothing has been achieved. Satsuki’s complete dominance in this series makes her more of the main character, I know it’s part of the point of her character that she’s never struggled to attain her vast power (She simply needs to take it with little effort) but it makes her very unlikeable to me.

    I am however giving the series time to change my mind with her rebellion against her mother, but at the moment I’m not fond of this idea that Ryuuko’s struggles are a waste of time. I’m really hoping there’s some humble pie at the end of this road.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I hope Ryuuko is able to get a bit more agency by the end. She’s become a bit less interesting as the series has gone on because she doesn’t feel like a true player in these events.

  6. Silverbeard
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink


    This is a good tag.

    • Nagisa33
      Posted January 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Seeing that tag made my day.

      • ANON
        Posted January 13, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

        Please tell me that’s a katanagatari reference.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted January 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

        Thank you, and yes, it is.

  7. Nagisa33
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I like the part where Ragyo and Satsuki were standing across from each other as shown above. Satsuki may be cool but she’s not grossly incandescent rainbow cool!

    I was hoping Satsuki would lead an uprising against her mother but it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. No more bad guys turning good guys it seems! :(

    • Tricerabortion
      Posted January 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      Really? I was getting the distinct image that there’s a lot of animosity between Satsuki and her mother but she pretends to get along with her mother to serve her goals and Ragyo knows that. It seems to me that Satsuki, Nudist Beach + Ryuko and Revocs as the main three players in this anime, but we all know trying to guess where this show is going is kind of pointless…

      • Shinmaru
        Posted January 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, that’s basically what I’m thinking right now, too. It all comes down to who of Satsuki or Ragyo is able to disguise their intentions best.

  8. Pusswookie
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m sad that that revolutionary guy was actually just Nia all the time, I was really liking him :/

    • Posted January 14, 2014 at 1:38 am | Permalink

      I was thinking about how he would develop and coexist with the other characters should he stay, but then the twist came and I was just D:

  9. Posted January 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    They made a point of invaded schools being close to each other so I am assuming that Ryuuko is going to travel a bit and beat up all the people with parts of Senketsu in their uniforms. But eh, this is Kill la Kill, there is nothing we can be sure about.
    I was kinda expecting newspaper guy to betray Ryuuko, he seemed too similar to that trapmaster girl that pretended to have a broken arm, but I would never expect it to actually be Nui. I feel rused.

  10. gedata
    Posted January 12, 2014 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Everyone gets stripped completely nude when they lose their uniforms except for Ryuuko.’m totally callin BS plot armor (underwear?) right there.

    • Posted January 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      Actually Mako still had her underwear as well, when she lost her banchou uniform. Looks like Satsuki’s underlings just like not wearing underwear.

  11. Posted January 14, 2014 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    I did NOT see twist coming. Nui must be an award-winning actor in their universe.

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