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.)
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?”
“YOU HEARD ME, I WANT MY CRAB MECHA TO LITERALLY SHIT ALL OVER MY ENEMIES”
“Um, would it be OK if the substance used hardened quickly for the sake of tactics … ?”
“AS LONG AS IT LOOKS LIKE I AM SHITTING ON MY ENEMIES, I DON’T CARE”
“… Yes, sir.”
also I heard there were some pretty things in this episode, I dunno (source because I am oh so ethical)