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Kill la Kill episode 20 – Robe Reversal

Kill la Kill - 20 - Large 08Look 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.

Kill la Kill - 20 - Large 13One 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.

Kill la Kill - 20 - Large 39I 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.

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  1. Friend_Guy
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Mako and Nui sharing a scene together? Wouldn’t that simply result in a universe ripping moment? Harime Nui who breaks reality around her to do outlandish things and Mako who is simply Mako (Bancho pic here). That would be the most interesting scene of all times either with Harime Nui trying and failing to you around with Mako because she would se her supreme Mako-ness to resist her. Or they go get cake together.

  2. Posted March 5, 2014 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I’m not fond of Nui either. Her obnoxious “heheheheheheheehe!” laugh, high-pitched voice, constant evasiveness, and smile that pretty much says “Can’t touch this!” gets to me. There was that one time her eye got taken out and her face changed in to something hideous.

    Anyhoo, during this episode I’m like, Woah, that happened?, what’s this now!?, what’s THAT!!!!!???? The greatness just kept on piling up. One of the hilights of this episode was when Satsuki used her razor sharp toenails to take out the enemies. I got an immense kick out of that!

  3. Posted March 5, 2014 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    If Scamp’s comfortable with nudity now, that means I have no qualms with writing my doujin.

  4. Posted March 5, 2014 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    “Stronger thematic justifications” …you mean that clothing can have negative connotations? I think that was implied by the 2nd episode where it showed a sneak peek of Ryuko being consumed by a monstrous-looking Senketsu.

  5. Posted March 5, 2014 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    I’m still waiting for Nui to lose her second eye so the Kill Bill connection can be met.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted March 5, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Despite the eye, I’ve always seen Nui more as Gogo Yubari than Elle Driver, though.

  6. jherb33
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    this show is heading towards a super-epic ending.

  7. Johnny Joestar
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    The Dosh King’s salute was the episode’s finest moment.

  8. Someone Else
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m actually starting to think that the creators are actually reading reviews and fan made theories and build up on it

  9. Ramiel
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    > Shame a lot of these battles revolve around Harime Nui, who is a crap character.

    Go to hell

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