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Kill la Kill 15 – The Return of Senketsu

kill-la-kill-ryuuko-bloody-attackThat’s how I want to see my heroes fight: dirty tricks, nothing but dirty tricks. Anything for that win, baby.

Watching Kill la Kill and noting its pacing is a weird thing. For this type of series — battle-oriented nonsense — it moves rather quickly. Ryuuko has powered up, fought her rivals several times over, lost and regained her power-up, etc. all in the space of 15 episodes. That’s like a fourth of the time for a lot of other shows. But it is also paced such that it feels as if way more should have happened than is actually the case. It feels as if we’re still getting all the puzzle pieces when we should be gearing up for endgame madness. Perhaps we as watchers are incapable of being totally happy, though, I dunno.

I will say that watching Ryuuko continually run into roadblocks reminds me of when I watched wrestling once upon a time. Wrestling was different from now in that not a ton of stuff happened on the weekly shows, at least as it pertained to actual wrestling. They’d do just enough story stuff to string the viewer along and get them interested in buying those juicy Pay Per Views at the end of the month so that you’d see that weaselly asshole you hate so much finally get their comeuppance. (Whereas when I stopped watching — and which I assume is still the case now — you could see a lot of PPV-quality matches on free TV.) Every time Ryuuko is close to some breakthrough, Satsuki will come along and be like, “Nope, this was actually a plan to draw out your friends so that we could totes nuke ’em lol.” She’s so close, but she has to wait until the Pay Per View to get Satsuki back.

(In this metaphor, Ragyo is Vince McMahon, Satsuki is Triple H, and Ryuuko is Shawn Michaels or Daniel Bryan or some such.)

kill-la-kill-mako-cheeksSo much Gamagoori x Mako in this episode, except Mako’s ties to Ryuuko are getting in the way of that. SO MUCH LOYALTY.

With the way Mikisugi acts at the end of this episode, the dude is either crazy pragmatic or has something else up his nonexistent sleeve. Probably both. Nudist Beach lost a ton of forces in the effort to rescue both Ryuuko and snotty rich kid. They don’t seem to be hard up on funding with all the crazy people launching weapons and such they have, but you never can be short on allies who hate a common foe. (That is, of course, assuming that snotty rich kid’s family wasn’t already a secret Nudist Beach backer or something. Maybe he contributed to their Kickstarter campaign. I heard one of the reward tiers was an autographed picture of Mikisugi’s glowing nipples.) Satsuki’s family already controls most of the world’s economy, so there’s probably only so much he can give them, but he’s probably got a safe full of Takarada Bucks somewhere.


But enough of practical concerns — clearly the most important part of this week’s Kill la Kill is the extended joke where Sanageyama shoves his sword up a crab mecha’s butthole after it shits out golden, gloppy crab ass mucus. I would really like to know if Takarada specified that feature for use in his mecha.

“Sir, we have your mech all ready to go! It is quite crab-like, just as you requested!”

“Good, good. But I had a thought just now — what if I could bend the mech over someone and shit all over them?”

“… Sir?”


“Um, would it be OK if the substance used hardened quickly for the sake of tactics … ?”


“… Yes, sir.”


also I heard there were some pretty things in this episode, I dunno (source because I am oh so ethical)

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  1. JoeQ
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    They were also clearly hinting at Nonon X Inumuta. I approve!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

      I suppose that would be OK.

  2. Posted January 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I liked Hulkbuster and Galactus.

  3. gedata
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Get hype for new OP

    • Shinmaru
      Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      I liked the OP being interrupted this week. Made everything just a bit more serious.

  4. T1g
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    My favorite part is when Mako and Gamagoori are standing off and Mako just gets increasingly up in his grill like DO SOMETHING PUNK


    Also I think its funny that they required combat data and expert analysis to determine that the best way to improve Gamagoori’s uniform is to enable him to move his arms while its in the shackle form

  5. Nagisa33
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Mako is the bayst! I want to see her back with her JoJo / delinquent uniform.

  6. Cobrah
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see why more villains don’t incorporate their mech suits with the ability to literally shit on their enemies. That’s the ultimate insult.

    Also, Ryuuko needs to not get in the way of Mako and Gamagoori anymore. They are made for each other. Who knew Kill la Kill would have such a complex and compelling romantic subplot?

    • Yin
      Posted February 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      I don’t see how Gamagoori and Mako were made for each other? There’s not much interaction between the two, if anything it’s just arguments. Besides, I honestly say Ryuko and Mako have a better chance, it makes much more sense to me what with Mako’s loyalty to her. And it would be fucking sweet to have an action/yuri. A badass one at that, too.

  7. Ken
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    What put me on the floor laughing was the Nudist Beach assault gear with the gun holster in the center. I visualized that when one of them would reach for his gun it would look like he would be grabbing his Willy.

  8. Pusswookie
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    It feels a bit like Satsuki’s the only one accomplishing anything.

  9. Rhadamanthys
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    I’m with you on feeling like more should have happened. We’re like 2/3 of the way through the series and it’s still not clear what the main problem is or why anyone is doing any of this. To be fair it looks like we’ll find out next episode, but IMO that should have been more of a halfway mark thing than a near end-game thing. It’s hard for me to care about an epic battle when neither the stakes nor the character’s motivations are clear.

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