Look guys, I’m not Inushinde. I’m not very good at puns. So when I make a pun, even one that’s only half-decent, I’m really dead proud of it. So allow me a moment to say that I think my pun for this week’s episodic is pretty good. It’s simple, short and relevant. Yeah OK it’s not that funny nor even that clever, but I struggle at puns so this is a big deal for me. Be proud of me mum.
One thing I have to give credit to Kill la Kill for is I am now totally accepting of the fact everyone’s naked. At the start of the show the way it presented the female characters made me uncomfortable. Senketsu’s design was dumb and the way it tried to justify it came off as Kill la Kill trying to have its cake and eat it too. But since then, between the MASSIVE amounts of male nudity, the incorporating the concept of nudity more thoroughly into the narrative, and that now basically every single character flounces about in the nude with varying degrees of sexual gaze, I’ve realised it no longer registers with me as being a negative point.
So well done Kill la Kill on that note. I now don’t roll my eyes when Matoi flings off her cloak to reveal a naked body. It’s gotten to the point that I’m starting to believe my early season impression was off-base. I don’t think it was, particularly since I still think the show has been made up as it goes along. It’s stronger thematic justifications for having everyone naked came later, as did no longer being quite creepy with all the viewings of nakedness in the show. It will be interesting to go back though and see if there is a stronger coherent story throughout the show. I’ve gone back to Gurren Lagann and that show is also quite clearly made up as it goes along. Now it does a better job than Kill la Kill of being coherent because their singular goal was to always go bigger, so no matter what it would always feel like the story scaled.
I really loved the final scene. That robe reversal (ok fine I admit it, it’s not a very good pun at all shut up stop making me feel useless). It’s a great OHCRAP moment, more specifically because they start telegraphing it a few minutes before it actually happens. It’s a great feeling because you start the slow build of the ohcraps as its happening, which makes the tension towards the inevitable quite entertaining. In general that’s something Kill la Kill does really well. It can build action like nobody’s business. It pulls all the tricks of dramatic tension, battle scaling and whatnot. Shame a lot of these battles revolve around Harime Nui, who is a crap character. I thought perhaps some eventual reveal would make her interesting but nope, still don’t give a crap about her. Give me more elite four and Mako combinations. Or Senketsu and Mako combinations. Or more Mako. Maybe that’s Harime Nui’s problem. She hasn’t spent any time with Mako.