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Kill la Kill episode 21 – Let Mako into your heart

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Status report: Mako still the greatest part of Kill la Kill.

New favourite thing about Mako from this episode: Seeing her Hallelujah speech being told from a different angle, so we see her standardised posing from the back.

Things this episode needed: More Mako.

Things Kill la Kill needs: More Mako.

Kill la Kill - 21 - Large 37Since I took over this show from Shinmaru, I’ve had to take a more serious look at why I like Kill la Kill. Blogging something is quite a bit different from just watching the show. You are forced to think about what you’re watching if you are going to come up with something to say about it. It’s a bit of an issue with Kill la Kill because my enjoyment of it is a rather shallow one. As I may have hinted at before, I don’t care much about the story nor characters at all (apart from Mako obviously). So even if my enjoyment is shallow, holy crap is it an awesome shallow enjoyment. Like look at that scene above. It’s a galaxy exploding from a girl’s chest. That’s fucking awesome. I don’t need to explain any deeper thematic whoop de doop. It’s a galaxy exploding from a chest.

Plus the way it uses the visual is funny. Like the way in the above scene the floor slopes on either side. A pretty common fish-eye lens trick. But then there was a scene with Satsuki and Nui furiously clashing blades in an animation loop and while they were attacking each other, the camera would swing back and forth depending on who was yelling. It wasn’t a dramatic well-animated swooping camera angles. It was just the camera falling from side to side as though a guy was holding up the frame on a piece of paper and just waving it back and forth in front of the camera. It’s funny, and made funnier because the show jumps from the amazing visuals to deliberately looking silly with scenes like that.

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Or how Harime Nui is always done in the most limited animation of all. While I don’t care much for her character, I do love how they animate her. Specifically whenever she’s completely not bothered about anything, she won’t move. Her body acts as though it’s operating on a purely 2D plane. The scene above where the elite 4 tried to punch her? She spins around on a 2D plane, disappearing as she turns sideways. The only time she shows anything resembling a bit more emotion is when she’s perturbed by something. Otherwise it’s all hee hee hee desu desu desu.

Kill la Kill - 21 - Large 35I was a teeny bit disappointed that Mako didn’t start fighting with Senketsu and instead merely used herself as a torpedo to transport Senketsu. I would have loved to see Mako transform and take on Matoi. And then take on the life fibres. And then take over the world. Because the world needs more Mako. Everyone needs more Mako.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    No thanks. Mako is the biggest one trick pony this show has to offer and her schtick got old after she did it for 4 episodes straight. I’m bored of Mako.

    • Jay
      Posted March 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

      Look at how wrong you are

    • Posted March 9, 2014 at 2:08 am | Permalink

      Her being a one-trick pony becomes fairly excusable because of how well she does it and how useful it is to the protagonists.

  2. Nagisa33
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    The way Nui spun around reminded me of Paper Mario so that made me laugh. Judging from the blood splatter in the mind invasion scene I thought that Ryuko actually killed Mako and Senketsu. Thankfully that didn’t happen and instead we got to see Ryuko rip off Junketsu in badass explosion of blood.

    What’s the deal with the Ragyo molesting her daughters? She fingered Satsuki and slapped her ass. In this episode there was a threesome with Ragyo, Ryuko, and Nui. Is it in here to show that Ragyo is messed up and does it to mentally disrupt or unnerve her daughters? Is it another form of fanservice? Maybe both?

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted March 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      I think both. Also this anime likes its sexual metaphors. As in, being worn by life fibers is so good it’s like sex. A LESBIAN THREESOME TO BE EXACT. Jokes aside, I’m okay with it because the whole sex angle is kind of the point imho – clothes after all (or the lack thereof) are strictly related to sexuality, so it’s just fair that all this ruckus would tie in strongly with it. Plus it’s also been a kind of instinctive animalistic hedonism vs. human determination battle, so what’s better to represent the “hedonism” side than an incestuous lesbian threesome followed by DAT KISS?

  3. shytende
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    The way Harime Nui is animated also serves a purpose : She’s not human, she’s mostly constituted of life fibers.
    In any other show, it’ll be cheap, but here it makes her extra creepy.

  4. Nagisa33
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    They seem to make Gamagori even bigger every time he’s shown. It’s always funny to see how they compare him to the rest of the characters.

  5. Posted March 9, 2014 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    This was an awesome episode. Having weaker characters win against the odds with crazy unexpected tactics is always highly entertaining. Also that upside down code theory saying she’d die in this one was semi-true.

  6. Ken
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Why wasn’t Mako in the Olympics. It would have been so much more fun to watch. In fact adding Mako to anything would make it better.

  7. Ken
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    It’s a record! Mako’s name appeared 10 times in this article. (not counting the comments)

  8. Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    If he keeps this up, I’m thinking on starting a fund to donate a Mako wig for Scamp to wear.

    • Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      I’d be glad to donate the sailor uniform myself. And pay for interpretive dance lessons.

      • ANON
        Posted March 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        Which reminds me, I haven’t seen even a picture of scamp yet.

  9. Ken
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    The cult of Mako will be forming soon. All members must wear (non life-fiber) sailor uniforms and speak while doing overly dramatic pantomime. All donations will go directly to Mako because … she’s Mako.

  10. gedata
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    “I would have loved to see Mako transform and take on Matoi”

    Matoi would make mincemeat of Mako. She doesn’t have Satsuki’s superior sword-swingin’ skills. Going from Satsuki to Mako would be a down-grade as far as combat goes.

    • Matthew
      Posted March 10, 2014 at 6:06 am | Permalink

      Slander! Mako is a secret combat badass who has been hiding her talents all series*. In the final episode, she will defeat every enemy singlehandedly.

      *Except when she wore a life fiber uniform, fought Matoi to a draw, and then we find out she wasn’t even trying for realsies.

    • Ken
      Posted March 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      The cult of Mako deems this to be blasphemy! You must cross your hands in the air and say three hallelujahs as penance.

  11. Someone Else
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Must be very enjoyable even without subs huh?

  12. Di-Dorval
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Just to be sure.. it’s pure energy not galaxies.

    Also while Mako is a fun character shes definitely not the main attraction for me nor my favorite character.

  13. Mazz
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Some bad, mostly good. It got kind of annoying seeing Tsumugu get smacked around all episode, and I still haven’t warmed up to those naked scenes. That kiss between ryouko and nui was better than all 9 episodes of Sakura Trick combined though, so that’s a plus. Also, we needed more Mikisugi (the teacher guy) this episode. As great as Mako is (and believe me she is great), we didn’t get enough of her to make up for the lack of Mikisugi. On a side note I’m happy to see the E4 is still relevant to the story, I thought they would get shafted early on as everyone got stronger and I’m glad to see I was wrong.

    Overall great episode. So far the guys at trigger have been delivering ever since the second half (episode 17+) started, with each episode getting better and better.

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