Time for a little change in pace. Thanks to Hunter X Hunter carrying on airing from now until the end of time and you evil lot giving him Sakura Kiss to blog, Shinmaru’s a bit overloaded with series. Meanwhile I, since I gave up on Samurai Flamenco, only blog Nisekoi. So for the last 10 episodes or so, I’m going to be blogging Kill la Kill. I haven’t written about it since…ever on this blog, shockingly enough. Always something slightly better to write about for the monthly roundups, Shinmaru did the first impressions post. I’ve been watching it and thoroughly enjoying its nonsense, and now I have the perfect outlet to explain why. To keep it as short as Senketsu’s own recap, it’s an anime consisting almost entirely of all the crazy ridiculous legitimately entertaining parts of terribad anime back when I watched that stuff.
So in this episode, the massive revelation behind what Senketsu and the life fibres are was revealed, and it was complete and utter nonsense. Particularly when they started trying to justify their existence and how clothes made humans evolve (which, if we extrapolate further, means those dogs that batty old ladies dress up in costumes are on a higher evolutionary plane than your normal everyday dog). It reminded me of dream logic. It made perfect sense to you in the dream, but when you get out of the dream and start explaining it to someone else, you realise what a lunatic you sound. Oh of course there’s a secret underground organisation of nudists, and of course their headquarters is a literal beach. That’s why they’re called Nudist Beach.
In general though, Kill la Kill feels like it’s made up on the spot every week. You know the way in stories about making manga, you’ll get the scene where the co-writers or writer and editor are trying to come up with ideas for the plot and one person goes “hey you should introduce a villain” and the whole thing gives off the impression that they literally haven’t thought any further than next week in regards to how the story will go? That’s what I feel like Kill la Kill does. It’s still a fun show because the ideas they come up with are “and what if the life fibres were ALIENS” and “what if Satsuki’s mum started fingering her daughter in a romance bath”, but it doesn’t do much for continuity.
I don’t think there’s been a single instance of foreshadowing in the entire show. Certainly nothing I can think of implied the life fibres were from space. Every new character that re-appears seems to come out of nowhere. That pink umbrella girly, the Nudist Beach assassin, even Satsuki’s mum. It’s just plucked out of the air. Fucked if I know what the direction for this series is and what they’ll come up with next, because quite frankly I don’t think the writers know what’s coming next either. Which must be quite exciting from the writer’s own standpoint. “Oh boy I can’t wait to see what happens next. I hope Senketsu gets defeated and splits up with the main character…oh wait, I’m the writer, I can make that happen.” And then next week the writers get bored, as they always do, and that plot point gets resolved and we’re onto the next hair-brained idea. It’s not good storytelling, but it’s made for an entertaining show all the same.