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Kill la Kill 7 – MakoKo’s Bizarre Adventure

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My favorite detail in this episode is of course that Mako wears a variation on Jotaro Kujo’s hat as part of her bancho outfit. How can you tell it’s Jotaro’s hat? Because the hat morphs into hair at the end! (I like that it’s clearly not Mako’s hair, either. The hair is literally built into the hat.) If JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure continues after JoJolion is finished, then obviously Mako must somehow be the next JoJo. It is her destiny.

I’m a bit torn on this episode, if only because I don’t totally buy that Mako’s family would flip so hard to “greedy, selfish loner” upon getting to the heights of status in town. Yeah, it’s another ridiculous exaggeration in a show full of ridiculous exaggerations, but I wasn’t feeling the “power + money corrupts” aspect of it here since it’s a pretty easy line to take. (Also, I think Mako’s family being themselves and gorging like pigs in such a classy setting would be hilarious.) On the other hand, it leads to bancho!Mako and business professional!Mako, and also to the hilarious moment where the whole family strips down, rolls over to Ryuuko and prostrates themselves in front of her, begging for forgiveness. Even when I’m not totally with what Kill la Kill is dishing out, it somehow finds a way to bring me back to its side.

It’s mainly the sharp turn in Mako’s family that I didn’t dig, however. The central conceit of the episode is a pretty good one, I think — Ryuuko tries to game the system by forming her own club and reaping the benefits while remaining on the outside, but she can’t quite do it because she’s not the type of person who is comfortable taking advantage of the rules the school sets (and which encourage people to be selfish asses and walk all over everyone else). Ryuuko tries to sidestep this by putting it all on Mako (who knew that stifling bureaucracy would be the thing to put Ryuuko down for the count?), but she’s punished with the slow corruption of her best friend and Mako’s family. In this sense, that part of the story does work, even if it’s still a bit of a stretch for me. It’s pushing that theme of artifice and being genuine yet again: Ryuuko tries to play by Satsuki’s rules, even though that’s not her style, and she pays for it. Meanwhile, Mako tries to put her family in a position that doesn’t totally fit them, and she ends up pretty miserable by the end of her fight with Mako.

Though, really, maybe it would have been nice if they could have stayed in one-star territory. They seemed plenty happy there, and it was a nice place. Being cripplingly poor ain’t such a happy-go-lucky time, but whatever, haha.

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Also, a wealthier Mako means more Business Professional Mako, so I can’t pretend I don’t have selfish reasons for wanting Mako’s family to have a bit more in the coffers. Or maybe I just want Mako to play dress-up every episode. I’m sure she has many wonderful personas she’s yet to display. Mako is like Cutey Honey in that way — one moment she’s a janitor; the next, she’s president of a well-to-do club; later, she’s a bancho. But you know her as Cutey Mako!

Yeah, Cutey Mako. I would watch the hell out of that spinoff. Especially if it’s filled to the brim with pantomiming.

Meanwhile, Satsuki is still being all diabolical, what with her apparently using Ryuuko to wipe the school clean of all the riff-raff that don’t deserve the high status Satsuki ever so graciously bestows upon them. Is there an actual aim behind this, or is Satsuki just being Objectivist Superhero and wanking it to Survival of the Fittest fantasies? I doubt this will be the last time Satsuki tries to corrupt Ryuuko or someone close to her, especially if Kill la Kill continues along the artifice vs. being true to yourself line. If Satsuki can conquer anything, then wouldn’t the greatest victory being winning over her greatest enemy to her side rather than simply slaughtering her?

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Also, Mako stuffing her face with food.

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16 Comments

  1. gedata
    Posted November 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Ryuuko’s logic was weird here, “I’m trying to make this family dirt poor again, how could they turn against me!”

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted November 17, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      Well, more like “even if it means they go back to being dirty poor, how can they want to kill me when I was the reason for them getting rich in the first place? (Also I saved their daughter’s life, like, a bajillion times)”.

      I think the point of the episode was sound, it just felt unnatural because it all happened so fast. But then again, a surrealistically fast pacing is Kill la Kill’s signature. Ultimately, the point is: Satsuki controls by giving power in small amounts and binding people to her in this way. At the same time, she despises those who are so easily bound, as she clearly feels above such lowly obedience (they are “pigs in human clothing”, after all. Clothes again. And anyone sensing an “Animal farm” reference there…? Satsuki may think like Ayn Rand, but she seems to read more Orwell).

      • Shinmaru
        Posted November 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, this makes sense. I got the point, but the speed at which it goes through everything is a bit weird. Still enjoyed the episode, though.

  2. strukingfourd
    Posted November 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Ryuuko destroyed my heart along with the bancho uniform. Also I need that hat.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

      EVERYONE needs that hat! Let’s all get before some group everyone hates makes it uncool to wear.

  3. Pusswookie
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    I desperately need someone to put Kamina shades on that picture of business Mako.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      SECONDED

  4. Zacsi
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Next episode is Gamagoori learning to drive for the sake of Satsuki and to drive Mako and Ryuuko to school every morning.

    How do they keep comming up with this stuff? This is amasing.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      I look forward to a wacky episode!

  5. shytende
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Love the tags !
    Every show that contain Mako is the best show.
    So, ultimately, I on’t care if this was the most cliché scenario ever, because more Mako can never be a bad thing.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Agreed on all points.

  6. Nagisa33
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    Ahhhh, I love this show.
    http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/642/478/a92.jpg

    With Satsuki’s clearing out the “undesirables” I’m thinking she’s more and more like Hitler. Or really she could be compared to any leader who wields massive power and who’s influence reaches like an octopus.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 18, 2013 at 5:31 am | Permalink

      holy shit that drawing rules

  7. Di-Dorval
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    Personally I didn’t find Mako family being corrupted that much of a stretch.. They are indeed good hearted people but they are also a bit dumb. I could see them getting influenced by they new world they have been thrown in without any warnings. I actually know a few people of this kind that get influenced very easily despite being good people.

    I’m also always for a bit of anti-capitalist propaganda! It was well delivered in this episode without being annoying about it. You can’t play this game without getting somebody hurt. It doesn’t work that way (Ryuuko having to beat everyone up to get to the top).

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      “I’m also always for a bit of anti-capitalist propaganda!”

      Same. (Even though I am a horrible consumerist pig.)

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