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.
Since 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.
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.
I 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.