I thought this was supposed to be a sports and cultural festival? There hasn’t been a single display of sporting prowess beyond a single dramatic sword thrust, and even the cultural side of it is questionable. I suppose matricide is a significant cultural touchstone in all societies if we want to put it that way, although I’ve never seen an anime where alongside the usual suggestions of ‘cafe’ and ‘haunted house’ for a class cultural festival project they also have ‘Killing Your Parents’. I kind of want to see Kill la Kill do a haunted house and a cafe. The cafe would be full scale teatime warfare with people in maid outfits throwing explosive saucers at each other, while the haunted house would be…well, you know the main dude from Hozoki no Reitetsu will be checking in on their progress if you get what I’m saying.
Since this is only the second time I’ve written about Kill la Kill since deposing Shinmaru, I’ve realised I’ve got all these observations from over the course of the series I can finally tell people. Firstly, I love that all flashbacks are shot in 4×3. It’s a silly trick but incredibly clever. Kinda reminds me of that part in Aquarion EVOL where they flashback to the original and the animation is all shoddy and it too was shot in 4×3. Kill la Kill has a bunch of similar tricks where they play with presentation and interaction. It’s not quite breaking the fourth wall rather than an acknowledgement in-world that characters are part of TV show settings without it being a TV show. Things like characters leaning on the giant letters that stamp across the screen, which will make the show incredibly difficult to localise. Not sure the Trigger staff ever for a second considered that maybe stamping giant Japanese letters central to many jokes in the series across the screen would make it difficult to promote abroad.
Other things I haven’t been able to say before now and are worth saying even though everyone else probably knows this already: Mako is the best. Far and away the best character in this show. Everytime she appears the show instantly becomes greater. Everytime she appears she not only is charming and funny but she somehow does a better job of explaining whatever nonsense just transpired in the plot. Not that the plot was difficult to follow this time around. Satsuki betraying Lady Gaga and plunging that sword into her was fairly predictable, if admittedly made less predictable by how nonsensical normal Kill la Kill is. Can’t normally apply standard operating procedure to predicting Kill la Kill events. But yes, Satsuki has such high ambitions it’s not surprising that the one thing standing in her way is her own mother. Not only that, but the clothes technically stand in her way too.
I was originally surprised to see Lady Gaga survive the stabbing in the next episode preview, but outright destruction isn’t Satsuki’s style. She’s more of a subjugate kind of person. Defeat them and then use them. She’ll probably do the same thing with the clothes, although predicting that far into the future in Kill la Kill is difficult. We have had several events that would normally be considered series finales happen over the course of these 17 episodes since episode 3. They still have to hold the final graduation ceremony if we’re going by school anime trope rules. Plus there should be an exam period and a beach episode and so on and so forth. God only knows what will happen on the beach episode. Aliens invade probably.