I’ve said some mean things about Harime Nui since I took over blogging the series from Shinmaru, so now it’s time to say some nice things about her. In many ways she plays to Kill la Kill’s strengths. As a character with an interesting story or depth or any of that high falutin nonsense, she completely fails. As a cartoon, she’s brilliant. Kill la Kill I’ve always found is at its best when it’s being a spectacle, both on a dramatic scale and on a silly level. Nui is such a great cartoon by herself. The sight of blood pouring out of her arms in endless spraying is hilarious, albeit not as funny as the scene where the arms just popped off as if they came out of a figurine’s joint socket. Her crazed, larger than life faces that fill the screen as though she’s been channelling Gamegoori to just make a point. She’s highly entertaining to watch in that regard.
Actually let’s talk about these larger than life, cartoonishly over-dramaticed shots Kill la Kill does so frequently, because they’ve been probably my favourite part of the show since the very start. I remember one of the moments that sold me on Kill la Kill right at the start was Satsuki standing on top of that big pillar she always stood on top of towards the start of the show. Ryuko had just whooped some ass down on the ground and Satsuki wanted to chat to her for a little bit. This giant staircase of about 5 billion stairs shoots down from nowhere and you wonder where on earth it’s come from, until you realise it has somehow come all the way from the top of Satsuki’s pillar. You can just, barely in the distance, see Satsuki’s outline on that tower with the sword between her feet in that power pose. It’s a physical real-world manifestation of what is normally just shown as metaphor.
That’s also part of the reason why I love Gamigoori. Normally when someone with immense power is shown towering over someone, it’s a sign of their greater power of them. With Gamigoori, he just literally towers over the other person. He finds it difficult to even fit into rooms. And that is also why Mako is the best. In her hallelujah moments she personifies all those anime visual metaphors in a single character. She’s even literally frozen in a Dezaki pose at one point, trapped in watercolour forever.
This post was supposed to be me praising Nui but turned into Mako praising as per usual.