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.