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Kill la Kill 5 – My Uniform Is My Best Friend


This definitely doesn’t remind me of anything at all.

Friendship, beautiful friendship. The friendship between humans is undoubtedly a beautiful thing, but what of the friendship between a person and their clothes? Clothes are a part of how we present ourselves to the world. Kinagase’s beef with the people wearing the special uniforms gets at the core of this: In his eyes, they rely on the life fibers of the clothing to give them power. It’s not power that inherently exists within them. They’re faking it. Their power comes from Satsuki and the Kiryuuin clan allowing them to wield power. If you strip them of their clothes and false bravado, is there anything left?

Ryuuko, as we saw, was plenty confident and sure about herself even before donning Senketsu. Even if she wasn’t powerful enough to scratch at Satsuki’s true power, she would have gone after her or died trying. Then she got Senketsu and was powerful, but what held her back is the same issue: There was something false about how Ryuuko wielded Senketsu, in that she wore the clothes to get power and not because she liked them or enjoyed how they made her look or anything. Then Satsuki comes, doesn’t give a fuck, and Ryuuko sees that’s the way she must progress — not just wearing Senketsu, but owning the image. Befriend the clothes and be comfortable with them! There’s apparently a great evil within them as Kinagase seems them, but Ryuuko has pride in Senketsu, and Senketsu repays that in kind by offering itself in exchange for Ryuuko.

Sadly, I could never see any of my shirts doing that for me. I’m not entirely sure how much power they grant me, anyway. Do your clothes grant you power, friends?


So yeah Deep Thoughts are nice and all, but seriously, Mako as a janitor. Either Mako did an amazing job cleaning this bathroom before Ryuuko and Kinagase arrived, or these bathrooms are WAY cleaner in general than expected. My money is on the former. I could see Mako being an enthusiastic janitor.

From the PLOT standpoint, this episode is interesting in revealing what most people probably figured by now — Stripper Sensei isn’t all on his lonesome in his undercover work at the school. It wasn’t just him and Ryuuko’s father acting against the Kiryuuin group. He’s got his appropriately named group, Nudist Beach. A bunch of Nudists using clothes to combat evil. Ha ha! And Kinagase is the Naked Snake, although I suppose he’s more the Arnold Schwarzenegger type, particularly with his silly catchphrases. Couldn’t you see Arnold telling people he kills a couple of Very Important pieces of information before he offs them? I should write a script based solely on this concept and hawk it to every studio in Hollywood. Bonus points if Arnold wears Senketsu the whole time.

What’s also interesting to me is that our Nudie Beach friends have weapons crafted specifically to counteract the effects of the life fibers. Makes sense if Ryuuko’s pops understood how they worked enough to make his own super uniform. I wonder if they have anyone else with this knowledge, or if it died with Papa Matoi? Regardless, we’ll undoubtedly be seeing more Nudists as the show goes along. I imagine that’s how the series will keep things fresh and mix everything up as it goes along with the Monster of the Week format.


By the way IRONS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR TO ORCHESTRAL MUSIC. What a beautiful series. It speaks to me on such a deep level.

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  1. gedata
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I hope this show doesn’t try too hard

    I’d like it if most of the episodes were just Ryuuketsu (that’s what I’ll call the two of them together from now on) vs random club presidents.

    • Posted November 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      That is an awfully narrow view of things. I for one ahve great confidence in Imaishi and the talented people at studio trigger to come up with a much better idea then that. That idea just sounds repetitive and too much like the failure that was star driver.

      • gedata
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

        I’m actually hoping this more towards Utena then Star Driver (and if you think Utena was a failure too, then you deserve a flick to the forehead). I don’t think introducing continuity/plot-points is bad in this case, and I’m plenty confident in Trigger too. Just save the heavy stuff till a bit later and focus on having fun getting us attached to these characters. That’s all I want.

        But yeah, I shoulda rethought that statement I made “most” is going way too far.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

        For what it’s worth, even if they go the Monster of the Week route for the majority of the series, it’s basically the execution that counts. People may decry it for being “repetitive,” but Monster of the Week is merely a framework. Card Captor Sakura is a Monster of the Week series, for instance. Who gets on that show’s case for being repetitive? Nobody, because the show uses that framework to tell good, interesting stories. Kill la Kill can do the same thing in its own way.

  2. shytende
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes. This girl really has a great sense of dramatization. She knows what’s good, for sure.

    And, once again, Mako proved how amazing she is. I will never get bored of her antics.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      Mako is truly a Great Hero.

  3. FBC
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    I have a shirt that actually give me a superpower… the power to be an asshole in every situation! hey don’t give me that look, I didn’t say that it was a good superpower.

    All joking aside, I somewhat liked this episode the revealing of the resistance, although their name is questionable imo. well if the resistance thing falls through they could always open a strip club.

    • FBC
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

      also in the first episode it was mentioned that the scissorblade was made to combat the uniforms, does that mean that the scissorblade is a nudest weapon? and if so does that mean that mad scientist matoi was assassinated by nudie beach?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

      None of my shirts has that power, thankfully!

  4. Cobrah
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    I laughed out loud at the mention of Nudist Beach. Trigger is dedicated to this clothes theme and it’s working.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

      You gotta have confidence in your ideas!

  5. Redcrimson
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    I actually do have a Lucky Shirt. It works. That shit’s totally legit.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

      But is it a Lucky Star shirt?

  6. prants
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    My favorite part of the episode was when that full symphonic piece including strings, brass, and percussion was performed by just a woodwind quartet. I guess that’s the power of life-fibers.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

      Haha, I didn’t even think about that.

  7. ANON
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    HAHAHAHAHA the karuta club appeared this episode when I thought it would appear in ep24!

    and would now be a good time to “gripe about” the Monster of the Week™ format of this show?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

      If you want to. I don’t think it’s been boring, though, so I would certainly disagree with complaints.

  8. Matthew
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    Here’s something interesting that was pointed out to me. During the musical montage of the defeated, we see a lot of club members. Some were taken down with sewing needles and cloth and such, but there are some who were taken down with brooms. That’s weird, though, our Naked Beach agent doesn’t use brooms. Who beat up those students?

    A couple of minutes later, what character shows up holding a broom? Hmmm. Hmmm. Yeah sure, Mako, you were just cleaning the bathroom. Come to think of it, she’s never said she couldn’t fight. We’ve just never soon her do it.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

      Also something I didn’t think about. Hm. That will be an interesting thing to keep an eye on!

  9. Coolwihp
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I wish everyone would just embrace and love Monster of the Week. It’s so great!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I don’t think there’s anything inherently “good” or “bad” about it. It’s all in how the framework is used.

  10. Erif
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Best episode by far. And that’s ridiculous.

    Also, the Nudist Beasts currently consists of: A) a stripper, B) a pervert, and C) kinky old man. Oh yeah~

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      Truly a wonderful group.

  11. taka
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    I can’t believe how dedicated Trigger is to the theme that they have created for this series. It is just so darn strange but whatever. Was the bathroom scene the most emotional moment in the anime so far or am I just smoking weed.

    Also, calling that Mako is the one who takes out the final boss. Her little freakout/explanations are always so perfectly timed.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      Speaking of which. Did you see the bit of speculation coming from /a/ about lots of enemies having been taken out with mops and brooms… and Mako being the only one seen wielding those in the episode?

  12. Gaffuwaffu
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Let me tell you two useful pieces of information:
    1) Nudist Beach is the greatest name for anything ever.
    2) Best show this season.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

      I’m surprised it took this many comments before someone did this.

  13. Nagisa33
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Mako’s pulling a Vash the Stampede on us, acting all goofy but secretly a badass.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

      But where are the donuts?!

  14. Otsuki2Art
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I found a mindblowing video on Youtube. It’s the Kill la Kill OP but with Sorairo Days as the song. It fits perfectly, it’s almost like Trigger did the Opening while having the good ol times in mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxsYF7IjtaM

    • shytende
      Posted November 7, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      That doesn’t mean that much…
      Someone once posted the Nichijou OP with Game of Thrones music, to great effects.

      • Otsuki2Art
        Posted November 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

        No, it’s just that in this case both things are from the same studio and Kill La Kill is Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggans spiritual successor so it actually means a lot.

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