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Kill la Kill 8 – Naturals Election

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just lol “naturals election” so dumb, and yet so beautiful

The whole election farce basically ends how everyone expected it to: with the Elite Four standing at the top and raring to take on Ryuuko. Satsuki may be planning something, but I think she also wanted to see some chaos because the mortals fighting each other for a taste of greatness is funny. Everyone put their all into dethroning the Student Council (well, one dude put two clubs together and tried a drive-by shooting), but the end result is that the finale is essentially rigged to provide the ideal result — the Elite Four vs. Ryuuko.

“Well, well. I see you aren’t called the Elite Four for nothing.” Ha. You ain’t foolin’ anyone. A big event as agent of change ends as reinforcement of the status quo, with Satsuki watching in amusement as her crew rumbles with her greatest enemy. You know, the Student Council wonders among themselves what Satsuki’s grand scheme is, but do any of them even factor in it? What if this is all just amusement to her as she does what she needs to in the shadows? She was ready to throw away Sanageyama in a hurry before he proved his devotion and became just a bit more amusing. Are they anything more than convenient toys to her? They probably don’t care all that much if that’s the case. At least Gamagoori seems self-aware enough to realize exactly what he is to Satsuki, so I imagine the others know that much, as well.

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ANYWAY VROOM VROOM GET IN THE CAR, FRIENDS

That’s a pretty sweet ride. Pink is an underrated color for cars. It’s distinctive, but it’s also light enough to not make your eyes explode on a sunny day. (Unlike yellow cars. Yellow cars are the spawn of Satan. If you drive a yellow car, then we must race the Race of Death, you and I. I’ll lose because lol me drag racing, but at least I will have fought on the side of good.) I would drive a pink car, and everyone would want to ride with me because how could you turn down a ride that dope? You couldn’t. Mako has the correct idea here, although I’m surprised Mr. Punishment didn’t snap at her for getting fingerprints all over his pristine vehicle. Perhaps he doesn’t care all that much since he’s such a dirty guy on the inside. Well, not that far inside since he doesn’t bother to hide it all that much.

This is getting into one thing I enjoy a lot — giving the bad guys ridiculous powers so that the heroes have to bend over backward to find a way to defeat them. (It’s one thing among many I’ve looked forward to with each part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, since it’s practically guaranteed that the story will allow the villain to achieve his ultimate goal, and the JoJo du jour will have to find some nutty way to defeat him.) How do you defeat a guy whose power is to absorb all damage inflicted upon him and throw it all back? It doesn’t seem as if it’s just a matter of hitting him with so much damage that he can’t handle since he absorbed a FUCKTON of damage from the car+airsoft club. I dunno, this is one of many reasons why I’m not a hero or an anime writer.

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My only worth is grabbing screenshots and then giggling at how Gamagoori has a mullet in his flashback. I never met a middle schooler who had a mullet, but I am sure they exist somewhere. I also enjoy that even though the flashbacks are in 4:3 aspect ratio and have that sepia tone for the good, old-fashioned feel, I’m pretty sure the students here have smartphones. I wonder if that’s what it would be like in the far future when smartphones are crazy out of date and are on the level of floppy disks in the technological world. How quaint they will be!

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16 Comments

  1. Ken
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I think he chose a pink car for Satsuki. He wants to be her chauffeur. He secretly wants to be her boyfriend and get into her pants. But unfortunately for him, nothing is going to get between Satsuki and her 100% life fiber panties.

    The flashback in this episode was interesting. It showed Ira to originally be quite a noble character fighting for what is right. Satsuki turns him to the “dark side” and convinces him to fight for her self interest. He has a sense of justice in him. That’s why he gave Ryuuko a ride. He genuinely believes he’s doing the right thing even though his sense of right and wrong has been corrupted.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:26 am | Permalink

      If I worked for Satsuki, I might want to be her chauffeur, too.

  2. gedata
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    I’m expecting this should Ryuuko win
    http://i.imgur.com/YTKH1Vh.jpg?1

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:25 am | Permalink

      It would be even better with Gary’s annoying music.

  3. Wodes
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I was getting major Akio Ohtori vibes from that car … so sexy it hurts.

  4. Nagisa33
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    I’m thinking that Satsuki didn’t kill Ryuuko’s dad and that her parents did it. This would further Ryuuko’s quest for vengeance.

    I was wondering what the completed scissor can do. It seems like another weapon for Nudist Beach as it’s related to mending clothing but now the other side has a piece. Maybe it can grow like the drill in Gurren Lagann. It was already shown that the scissor blade can shrink.

  5. Posted November 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Alright, Gamagoori has climbed steadily in my favourites list for KLK after this episode. Usually I wouldn’t have much hope for him moving to being a main character, but the show is insane enough that the possibility exists.

    You say you’ve never seen a middle schooler with a mullet, Shinmaru: that says you’ve never been to Australia (well, we don’t really have middle school here, but it’s the same thing). Come, experience our wonderful culture! And please take the mullets back with you.

    Also, I didn’t notice the joyous pun of ‘naturals election’ until seeing this post. I’m not sure whether Trigger intended it and translated it to Japanese, or if the subbers added it in themselves, but my eternal love goes to whoever thought it up.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:24 am | Permalink

      Haha, I would have to overcome my irrational fear of Australia’s many deadly creatures first.

      • Posted November 30, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

        This is where I’d usually say ‘oh, it’s not that bad’, but today I had a spider fall on me from the roof for the second time this year (the first time was a quite dangerous one too), so I’m not exactly in the mood to defend our wildlife right now.

    • passerby
      Posted December 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Credit goes to the subbers on that one. Trigger made a pun on the Japanese for ‘snap election’, kaisan-sousenkyo, by replacing the first bit with the characters for destruction and suffering, and changing the ‘sen’ in ‘election’ to the character for war.

      So it’s something like a ‘general battle of destruction and suffering’ instead, I guess.

  6. Nagisa33
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    I hope the members of the elite four are won over and assist or fight for Ryuuko. If they changed their outlook to fight for Satsuki, maybe they can do the same for Ryuuko. She could reason that their loyalty is ill-placed. I love it when the “bad” guys become the “good” guys.

    • Di-Dorval
      Posted November 27, 2013 at 4:14 am | Permalink

      I could maybe see Satsuki doing that. Or at least using Ryuuko has a pawn for a while making her think she changed.

      But I don’t see the elite four quitting Satsuki for Ryuuko. She doesn’t have any of the presence nor engaging big ideals has her. You feel like Satsuki could accomplish anything while Ryuuko is always struggling.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:23 am | Permalink

        Yeah, I enjoy it when the bad guys turn good, too, but I’m not totally sure any of the Elite Four would do it for Ryuuko. But you never know, I suppose. She’s more with it right now than Young Simon was, at least.

  7. Erif
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    I’m gonna go ahead and gander that Satsuki a too strongly convicted person to be doing all of this for sheer amusement. She has ambitions and principles, so I’d say she’s working towards some larger ideological goal.

    and this post was basically you rambling, so lol. I hope you noticed the Gamagoori’s big, fat boner.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

      I do enjoy my rambling.

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