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Kill la Kill 2 – Worship Thy God

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I, too, would like to join the Cult of Satsuki. Where are the applications? Do I need a referral? My life will surely change when I am bathed in that golden glow. But of course all those employed by the cult must be wrapped in those meticulously stitched uniforms. What black magic informs their creation, I wonder?

The tennis nonsense in this episode is fun — particularly to me, because I love me some ridiculous tennis — but the real standout aspect in my mind is the physical humor with Mako. In the first episode, I mentioned that I enjoyed Mako’s antics because her behavior comes off like the crazed desperation one would probably give in to so that sanity and survival would be ensured in a place like this. However, this episode really shows that her behavior isn’t so much a response to the world as it is she’s just as nuts as everyone else, except in the way of love and hope rather than destruction. Much like Ryuuko is the badass shonen protagonist with the volume turned up, Mako is Next Level FRIENDSHIP. She is built such that her relentless positivity is a healing factor, and thus the physical comedy feeds brilliantly into her character. You can beat Mako with tennis balls for as long as you want, and she will never die, because she has found her bestie in Ryuuko and will never let go. I imagine that if she’s cut into pieces that she will magically coalesce into a shining beacon of hope and love within seconds. She is indestructible.

That’s really why the scene with Mako tied up and pelted with tennis balls is funny rather than uncomfortable. She shrugs it off, because she gives zero fucks. Why waste time with pain, unhappiness and discomfort when you can give HOT-BLOODED SUPPORT and also fall asleep and stuff? Mako gives not a shit for your infliction of pain upon her. What an admirable cartoon. I also like how her home life shows that she’s basically the same with her folks, though I imagine she is more intense around Ryuuko because BEST FRIENDS and all. Mako is basically as happy eating worms bursting from croquettes as she would be in the most luxurious portions of the city.

(Side note: I love the idea that student housing is based on rank at the school. This is basically the endgame of high school anime — even the family is dragged along for the ride. No wonder this place is so apocalyptic; students are already cutthroat enough without meaningful rankings directly leading to better housing and treatment and such (I suppose scholarships would feed into that feeling somewhat).)

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I also love Hakodate’s two-star tennis uniform. It’s so strong that it holds a legion of tennis balls! I wonder how comfortable that would be while running around the court and whacking stuff, but it didn’t seem to hinder her much at all. Such is the power of the two-star uniform — no itch, no rash, no nothing. Also, I would question the practicality of a racket with such wide gaps between the strings, but taking FIGHTING SPIRIT RULES into account, I bet Hakodate swings her racket so hard that the wind force propels the ball forward somehow. It’s not like you need regulation tennis rackets to win this thing, anyway, because Ryuuko is basically using a lacrosse stick when she wields her scissor.

Ah well. Still nice. The only thing the match lacks is, of course, the mass slaughter of the dinosaurs:

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Tremble in fear at the might of true tennis.

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36 Comments

  1. Posted October 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Not going to lie, the tennis player girl looks a lot like Cure Sunshine.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

      Trigger PreCure please

  2. Steinspisar
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Any of you planning on blogging kyousogiga? (sorry about the off-topic)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Well, Scamp just wrote about it, though I don’t know if he’ll blog it beyond the first episode. But it is quite good!

  3. Nagisa
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Tennis Girl reminded me of Viral with her toothy grin.
    http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/29100000/Viral-gurren-lagann-viral-29157092-2000-1128.jpg

    I thought you were going to include the most fanservicey shot yet. Hahaha!
    http://postimg.org/image/qstdvy6z9/

  4. Jinkaine
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Now that you mention it, with the way some schools have “honors dorms,” frat row and athlete housing, college housing is somewhat based on your rank in life.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      This is true, though in that case it’s just the students themselves and not their whole families as well haha.

  5. shytende
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I read “beacon of hope” as “bacon of hope”.
    It made a surprising amount of sense in context.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:26 am | Permalink

      That’s because Bacon is the salve that heals all wounds.

  6. ANON
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    How many more “ryuuko fights the head of x club this week” do they have to show? because this series is 2 cour and I don’t think there are that many club leaders in that school.

    at the rate this is going ep24 will be:
    “Behold! this is the 3-star uniform lady satsuki gave to me when I headed the karuta club! it augments all my karuta playing skills!”

    “I will defeat you and finally ask satsuki if she knows who owns and where the 2nd half of this scissor is!”

    “oh no I was defeated in this karuta match even with this uniform on! I am a disgrace to lady satsuki!”

    “I lost too much blood and will pass out in 5 minutes! I’ll be back tomorrow satsuki!!!”

    • Pusswookie
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:59 am | Permalink

      She has done exactly that 3 times in 2 episodes…
      Maybe later she gets a combat IV?

    • Someone Else
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:13 am | Permalink

      She will do that for 12 episodes then Ryuuko will die and we will get gurren lagann Simon with Mako. Then she will equip the uniform who’s absorbing Goku uniform energies as she fight a giant school uniform in a form of school worn and piloted by Satsuki

      Valvrave level of wtf but just done million times better

    • Nagisa33
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

      I wonder if Ryuuko will have anyone to back her up with her fights? I’m guessing it would be the mysterious stripping guy. Then again, it is her revenge story so who knows?

      For his other work, Kamina and Simon are heavy hitters for a while but eventually the supporting characters play a big role as well. In Kill la Kill, it would be nice if other characters shared the spotlight. I hope there’s going to be some subplot to mix it up, even if it’s minor.

      • Posted October 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

        Here’s hoping that Viral-expy guy will become Ryuuko’s rival-ally.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      I think 2 episodes is a bit soon to gripe about this, haha.

  7. Someone Else
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Housing based on rank in school? Very metaphorical. It’s like they are telling that your performance in school determines your future. This anime is deeeeeep

    • AG
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 1:57 am | Permalink

      And if you think about it, the Goku Uniforms are the degree of popularity you get, which is why if they do something embarrassing such as losing against the new kid they lose all popularity and therefore all power. It also makes sense that it’s Satsuki giving them out since because of her father running the school, she has the most influence over the other kids. Ryuko’s uniform is different and also powerful because she doesn’t give a crap about popularity and decides to go against the herd, which gives her a different kind of power. It sorta teaches you that you don’t need to go with the herd or find your value in others to be strong but to find your own value within yourself.

      Or I’m looking too much into a show that has a uniform getting more powerful as it becomes skimpier and uses blood as fuel…yeah that’s probably it

      • Shinmaru
        Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

        Haha, I know you’re joking, but as long as it makes sense within the context of the story, I don’t believe there’s such a thing as looking into a piece of fiction too deeply.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      Too deep for me.

  8. Pusswookie
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Well I don’t think Ryuuko’s situation is all that bad; she should just have more blood.
    Problem solved.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Very easy!

  9. Ken
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Okay, I surrender. Kill la Kill has won me over. I apologize for ever doubt its insane genius.

    I donate blood on a regular basis and I would gladly give Ryuuko a pint to help her feed the vampire sailor suit.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      Same.

  10. Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    It’s very very difficult not to fall in love with Kill La Kill. Much like Gurren Lagann was an examination of Super Mecha by way of taking the very idea of Super Mecha as far as it will possibly go, this series is taking the very idea of High School Fighting to it’s logical extent. It’s a little bit dumb, a little bit smart, a little bit insane, a little bit sleezy, and a little bit badass. I think anyone who isn’t blogging this show this season is either insane or wants to dodge the massive crowd of other people who will be blogging it. But when we talk about 2013 in anime, we will be talking about Kill La Kill for a long time.

    http://sekijitsu.com/2013/10/11/kill-la-kill-ep-2-just-a-simple-tale-of-vampire-uniforms-and-scissor-swords/

  11. Erif
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    Mako is hilarious, but she doesn’t come any where close to levels of funny in the stripping scene.

    • Kiseki
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      I can’t stop referring to Mikisugi as Kamina.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      That is a very funny scene, yes.

  12. Taka
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    No mention of Guts, the most gangster dog on the scene?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      I am hoping he is Berserk Guts transmogrified into dog form.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted October 15, 2013 at 4:07 am | Permalink

        Too seldom does one get the opportunity to use the term, “transmogrified.”

  13. Kioku from Laptop
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Animals in human clothing, all of them!

    • gedata
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 1:21 am | Permalink

      Pigs to be exact

  14. gedata
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 1:24 am | Permalink
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