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Kill la Kill 3 – Dress la Dress

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Some interesting conversations have sprung up regarding this episode. I particularly enjoyed this post and the comments therein. I don’t have too much to add to this myself, beyond that I do enjoy the direction of Satsuki and, later, Ryuuko owning their images and gaining all the more power from them. Sexuality is a tricky thing; here in the States, there are many double standards and hypocrisies in our society that color people’s views and tear down and destroy what should really be a pretty positive thing. People having confidence in themselves and their appearance should be the default, and it’s always sad when it’s not, particularly when it is no fault of the person made to feel shame.

There are still definitely skeevy elements to the series, and it still feels a bit like it’s trying to have its cake and eat it, too, with the message of pride side-by-side all the standard anime ogling, but at least encouraging pride and positivity is a decent thing. Fanservice is a bit more fun when everyone is in on it. (Just ask the homeroom teacher!) Even if their outfits still look pretty dumb. (Sorry, I had to indulge in one hypocritical moment there. I probably have no room to speak, anyway, since my fashion sense is rather boring.)

So how about that ridiculous sword fight?! I really enjoyed Satsuki as immovable object in the beginning; I get a kick out of those sequences where the hero tries their hardest to chip away at the villain, but the person on the receiving end of the blows is just so damn implacable that they scarcely need to move to gain the upper hand. There’s a beautiful arrogance in knowing that you are so powerful that it’s but a trifle to win a fight. It’s also enjoyable how the bursts of steam from the kamui punctuate moments in the battle. Those uniforms have their fingers on the pulse of great drama.

The tumble through the school building is rad, too, although Satsuki’s trot inside is … not so much. Probably the only time in the episode the obvious CG really bothered me. But that tumble! Just give me people flying around everywhere and hacking at each other with that dynamic camera, and I will be happy. The sheer power on display during that scene is the grandest thing.

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All hope nearly lost before Ryuuko’s comeback. Look at Satsuki hogging all that precious light and color for herself.

If I had to pick a favorite moment in the skirmish afterward, it’s probably Ryuuko demanding that Satsuki spill the beans about who killed Ryuuko’s father before they headbutt and then THEIR UNIFORMS HEADBUTT. I was already all in by that point, but I was extra all in after that. It’s another thing I quite enjoy: hero and villain fighting for onscreen space until they literally come head-to-head and bash each other. Who couldn’t get behind that? Even the uniforms are getting in on this!

Senketsu has been show to house a will of its own, and I imagine Satsuki’s Junketsu is much the same. I wonder if the two uniforms “know” each other and have a hatred for one another that matches the enmity Satsuki and Ryuuko feel for one another? We’ve already got Ryuuko and Satsuki talking smack to each other while they’re battling — I would like to see the uniforms get in on the act, as well. As long as they’re talking trash and not grandstanding on some bullshit philosophy like they’re Gundam pilots or something.

One thing, though: I do wonder where they go from here. The episode clearly shows that 1) Powered-up Ryuuko is exceeded only by Satsuki, and 2) going higher than even 50 percent on the life thread scale brings madness. There will probably be something to make the remaining folks a threat to Ryuuko. I can’t imagine why all that stuff would be shown if there weren’t some sort of trick up the sleeve.

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And, of course, I would be a fool if I did not heap yet more adoration onto Mako. Who among us wouldn’t feel more pumped up and confident in ourselves after Mako’s interpretive dance? Hers is a message that transcends written and aural communication. One look and all her feelings are immediately apparent. Mako is a true hero.

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35 Comments

  1. fdsfgs
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    I can’t help but wonder if Mako is trying to summon the Ideon in that last image.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      I have not seen Ideon, but several people I know who have stated that it is a reference to Ideon.

      • Nagisa
        Posted October 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, it’s the Ideon Gauge that signals the main character to wreck everyone’s day. I wan’t a fan of Ideon overall though. It was really drawn out and the animation hasn’t aged well. The final conclusion movie was much better than the rest of the series.
        http://counter-x.net/ideon/episodes/caps/03-04.jpg

        https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/4184883456/hB8E0299D/

        Also, I have to say, as much as I like Gundam the philosophy behind the cockpit gets annoying. If I had a dollar for every time I heard the phrase, “Their souls are weighed down by gravity.” I’d be a very rich man.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted October 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

        Haha, half of Gundam philosophizing annoys me, but the other half is amusing in a weird way. I can’t really think of Gundam without pilots shouting at each other in the middle of battle!

  2. fdsfgs
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Also, am I the only one who thinks Ryuko unlocking the true power of her Kamui/Godrobe is a metaphor for how you cannot reach your true potential unless you’re acceptive of and proud of who and what you are? Granted I might be reaching, but this is probably the first time that I’ve seen fanservice have such a profound deeper meaning.

    • Zabilegacy
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

      Yes and no. While the idea of accepting yourself was *A* meaning of that sequence, the sexual and power dynamics of this series are resoundingly complex. I completely agree that this series uses it’s fanservice to tell a more nuanced story, but to limit it to just that isn’t quite what the show was getting at.

  3. strukingfourd
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    After witnessing countless discussions of whether skimpy clothes are the product of a patriarchal society or a symbol of girl empowerment going nowhere, I’ve decided to just enjoy the show and take its good intentions for granted for as long as it entertains me.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      That is a perfectly valid way to approach it.

  4. Cobrah
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    I had to keep reminding myself that this was just the third episode and not the finale. And I don’t know if it’s just because I’m used to Ryuuko’s outfit, but Satsuki’s seemed even more risque than hers.
    Also, I’m on board with Mako now. Wasn’t too sure during the first episode, but now I’m fully on her side. Mako 4 Life.

    • MeiMei
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 4:55 am | Permalink

      Yes Mako has my full support now.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      I am glad more people are jumping on the Mako train with me! Choo choo!

      • stushi
        Posted October 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I found Mako annoying at first, but now I definitely love her~
        Wait for me, Mako-train!

      • Shinmaru
        Posted October 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

        The Mako Train has INFINITE ROOM

  5. K
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    some of the fanservice made me uncomfortable, but i especially liked some of satsuki’s lines

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      It’s definitely … a lot to take in, haha.

    • Kotobuki
      Posted October 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Yeah man, uncomfortable with the ecchi, but Satsuki’s dialogues are interesting, and her seiyuu is doing a really good job.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted October 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

        I’m probably less affected by it because (for god knows what reason) I am watching Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, and that is infinitely sleazier than Kill la Kill.

  6. Pusswookie
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Well that’s funny, during the midpoint of that fight Mako and I were shouting pretty much the same thing:
    “Get naked! You HAVE to get NAKED!”

    …You know, me-metaphorically; own your outfit…and, you know, all that.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      lol

  7. Johnny Joestar
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Honestly, Mikisugi seems pretty sinister to me.

    I’m kind of glad the show is becoming so divisive. I’m bad at enjoying things that everyone else likes.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think he’s bad (yet), but there’s definitely still more to him than we’ve seen thus far, even with his revelation that he worked with Ryuuko’s father.

  8. gedata
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    who’s up for more Makoservice?

  9. Someone Else
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    There are actually few arguments around that the show is complete nonsense and shouldn’t be taken seriously because it’s a parody. Which is weird since parodies are pointing out the bad stuff right? Or I’m mixing satire and parody here. Which one is this anime?

    Anyways I am so happy that there’s no such thing as over analyzing in this show. Also the guys on reddit has been pointing out that this episode is very TTGL so I’m gonna leave this here
    http://i.imgur.com/Ov1xQ51.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/r8xO0Rc.jpg

    • gedata
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink
      • luffyluffy
        Posted October 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

        I don’t see how that’;s ‘very ttgl’ those are both standard power poses.

        This reminds me of all the ‘references’ to evangelion people were ‘finding’ in pacific rim all those months ago to be honest

      • gedata
        Posted October 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

        I was gonna post the other two but the dude above got to it first.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      Eh, I don’t really buy that argument since parody often has things to say.

  10. Posted October 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey! Thanks for the shout-out. ^ ^

    Something that occurred to me while re-reading your post here was that if there’s one character in the series who is *completely* shameless, it’s Mako. Even though she’s thrust into the role of being a victim, she refuses to play along.

    Mako, you’re on notice. I want to see more of what you’re made of.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      No problem! I’ve been lazy about reading other folks, but I always enjoy your perspective on things. :)

      Yes, that shamelessness makes Mako a fun character. I liked her in the first episode, but the brazen way she takes her lumps and keeps on going without a care at all in the second episode made me love her even more.

  11. Erif
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    I was hoping that Kill la Kill would stray away from the monster of the week format, but it seems to have affirmed its position there with this episode. And yeah, it’s weird that they made Ryuuko as powerful as she could (seemingly) possibly be, because that doesn’t give her much room to grow. Unless they unveil some ultimate big bad near the second half of the series a la Gurren Lagann, I’m not quite sure what they plan to do here. What’s the point of fighting enemies that are obviously weaker than you?

    As much as I love Kill la Kill, it appears to me that it is doomed to not become Trigger’s, or Imaishi’s, best work but rather a starting point; on a thematic level, so far it’s a bit too unfocused. But this is not a bad thing, Kill la Kill is something that they can stretch their legs with. Trigger is exploring the outer limits of ambition and relinquishing all possible creative freedoms with this, and it’s almost like the training in the mountains (as Scamp calls it) required for them to create the true masterpiece that they are destined to create.

    Because, solely through a technical perspective, their animation is already genius.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted October 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      I don’t mind the Monster of the Week format in and of itself, because like many formulas, it’s all in the approach and how one maneuvers within it to keep things interesting. It’s more than possible to take that skeleton and be incredibly creative. Hopefully that’s what Kill la Kill does. The creative team does seem to be actively challenging itself with this episode.

    • JoeQ
      Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      Considering the way things have been progressing so far I fully expect them to subvert the MotW formula after maybe a few episodes (or even straight away). And yeah, Satsuki has so obviously been set up as the fake antagonist/rival that I’d say it’s pretty much guaranteed that the REAL bad guy will someone completely different (Manservice-sensei is preeetty suspious…).

      I predict that around midway point of the series there will a final clash between Ryuuko and Satsuki, followed/interrupted by a SHOCKING REVELATION that will turn everything on its head. Satsuki’s katana will break, but she’ll take up the other Scissor Blade and reluctantly become BFF’s with Ryuuko.

  12. T1g
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I went to a Halloween Party as the teacher. I slowly, discreetly unbuttoned my shirt over the course of the entire party. It was hilarious

  13. fbc
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I am going to make a prediction and I will look back on this post when the series is over just to see if I was right. Mako will get her own kamui and will become the stronger than anyone else, fighting off both Ryuuko and Satsuki at the same time. before revealing that she is actually the one who killed ryuuko’s father. Ryuuko and Mako fight, and then the real “final boss” shows up and Mako sacrifices her self for their friendship.

    • Posted December 9, 2013 at 3:49 am | Permalink

      That bullshit plot twist idea gave me goosebumps. Make it happen, Trigger!

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