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Kill la Kill episode 17 – No sports whatsoever

vlcsnap-2014-02-06-23h16m03s83I 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.

vlcsnap-2014-02-06-23h14m23s122Since 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.

vlcsnap-2014-02-06-23h16m12s187I 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.

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  1. Micchi
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    But we did have a beach episode! Where do you think our favorite dong-swinging purple-glowy-nippled NUUUUUUDISTS’ headquarters are? Silly Scamp.

    • Kiseki
      Posted February 6, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      Speaking of which, he lacked nipples in this episode. :c

      • sqa
        Posted February 8, 2014 at 1:21 am | Permalink

        It was a trip to Kyoto & a Beach Episode, in one!

        Only Kill la Kill would double those up with a massive tower destruction in the same episode. And a crab taking a dump.

        Can’t win them all.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 6, 2014 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

      YOU’RE RIGHT! Damnit Kill la Kill, you outsmarted me

      • T1g
        Posted February 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

        Yeah I thought that one was obvious, although I want to see Senketsu modify himself to be a swimsuit, and Gamagoori in a speedo. He could totally be the lifeguard!

  2. Cobrah
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see you acknowledge the greatness of Mako, Scamp. I was worried you didn’t see the light like the rest of us and Shinmaru have. Even if Kill la Kill were to completely bomb at least it gave us Mako, which is certainly something worth celebrating.

    This episode was pretty awesome, and even if Satsuki’s betrayal was pretty predictable it was no less awesome seeing her stab her mom right in the back and then crucify her in her own stadium. Now I’m just waiting for Ragyo to morph into some big stupid giant monster or something equally ridiculous.

  3. Nagisa33
    Posted February 7, 2014 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Mako’s snoozing face was gold

    as was the eternally radiant Ragyo

  4. Posted February 7, 2014 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Great episode, but played its Matricide card a little quick. There’s got to be another side to this, whether it be the assistant with the shades even better than Mikisugi’s or the “perfect-tea” butler. I’m expecting a twist that even the creators didn’t see coming…which would be pretty amazing in itself.

  5. Posted February 7, 2014 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    So did anyone else get Eclipse vibes? Because I got Eclipse vibes when they were sacrificing the crowd to the Life Fibers. Only thing that would make this better was if Satsuki got a Femto suit.

  6. Cirith
    Posted February 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Since it’s still hyped (though not by everyone) a question: Did it change from the beginning or is it about the same? Or to ask what I actually want to know, if I thought the first 6 episodes were bad is there a chance that watching further would be worthwhile for me?

    • Posted February 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, it gets much better when Ryuko’s in the middle of fighting the Elite Four.

    • Sjg
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:12 am | Permalink

      If you didn’t like it through the first 6 episodes there’s pretty much no chance that will suddenly change. You should have a very good understanding by that point for the pacing and aesthetic of the show.

  7. Nagisa33
    Posted February 7, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Will The Manga Driver be making an appearance sometime soon? I really enjoyed those posts. Plus, they exposed my brother and I to some different series.

  8. Shinmaru
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Lady Gaga crossed with a Final Fantasy villain.

    • Mr.RR
      Posted February 8, 2014 at 5:46 am | Permalink

      Kefka obviously

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