This is not a penis.
A worthy first battle, and Ryuuko and Senketsu choose probably the clearest path to victory — getting invited in for a little private time with Gamagoori. Some nice Trojan Horseplay from Senketsu in getting Gamagoori’s guard down by reverting back to the at rest form and annoying Gamagoori into trying to finish this shit off on his own. If you can’t get past the ultimate defense on your own, then you find a way in by any means necessary, yeah? Never expose your soft innards, Gamagoori, you silly goose! But, yes, a fun fight. I like how Ryuuko goes for the obvious ploy right away and Gamagoori immediately counters it, since I bet that’s what everyone thought about after seeing Gamagoori’s power in the previous episode. It’s a nice bonus that it players into his character and the nature of his power.
Satsuki can just make mist appear for dramatic entrances and exits. It’s kind of her thing.
It’s still up in the air as to whether Satsuki actually cares about her subordinates, but Sanageyama’s resolve likely opened her eyes to further possibilities with her Elite Four. With defeat comes reflection; with reflection, enlightenment. No doubt all the Elite Four are strong, but how long has it been since each faced a true challenge? Probably their respective battles with Satsuki. They each bend the knee to Satsuki, but in defeat, they gain a purpose possibly more personal than that. None of them wants to be humiliated. (Or, in Gamagoori’s case, humiliated emotionally.) They’ll become stronger by losing to Ryuuko and come to fight again. It’s inevitable.
I’m looking forward to how the series will integrate this with what’s lurking in the background. Kill la Kill has largely been a straightforward battle series, but there are enough wrinkles abound and little things just waiting to come up later and turn everything on its head. (Nudist Beach’s activities, Ryuuko’s father’s work, Satsuki’s parents, Kinagase lurking around, etc.) Fights for school supremacy and learning the truth of a loved one’s death are fun and all, but I’m waiting for the shoe to drop and everything to click into place in a violent way. (Maybe some spankings here and there, who knows?)
But blah blah blah plot stuff. My favorite part of the episode is Gamagoori’s flashback. Anything that makes Satsuki into such a godlike figure can’t be bad at all.
There’s so much to love in the flashbacks we’ve seen. What I enjoy most is how unabashedly romantic they are; not in a love sense, but in that Satsuki has changed their lives so much that they can’t help but look back and see her through these rose-colored glasses and view her as a messiah in their own way. It’s like we’ve viewing a biopic of Satsuki’s life as seen through the eyes of those closest to her. Satsuki is so intensely heroic in Gamagoori’s flashback — she gets cool lighting, the power positions, and cherry blossoms everywhere. If the Elite Four view Satsuki in this way, then no wonder Ryuuko is such a horrible usurper in their eyes!
I MEAN, LOOK AT THIS. It’s like Satsuki is a Disney heroine and just saved and made friends with a giant dog. This would absolutely be the heartwarming moment before Satsuki and Gamagoori team up to wreck shit. All it needs is an addendum where Satsuki rides Gamagoori’s head into battle. Is that not a wonderful image? It’s the only image I could think of that would improve the visual splendor of this episode. One other detail I really enjoy is that Satsuki is basically child!Satsuki here and current Satsuki is adult!Satsuki, because in anime all high schoolers are actually adults. Satsuki has softer features, a plainer uniform, and her voice is much lighter, though still commanding in its own way. These flashbacks are the bestest.
A run of shots I enjoyed. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t watch a movie about Satsuki and her giant friend.
The kanji attack name being integrated into this scene gave me a good laugh.
Frozen Mako is also funny. She’s such a charming statue~
Can’t forget the TV joke! I like that the shot that views the family through the TV screen sets the gag up before pops gradually realizes what’s going on.
Ryuuko trying to make Gamagoori back down with her swagger. Oh my~