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Kill la Kill episode 22 – She’s ‘armless really

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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.

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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.

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16 Comments

  1. ANON
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    They’re calling this the best episode ever. What are your thoughts on that?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      ‘They’ say a lot of things

      • Posted March 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

        They said they’d give me a million dollars if I gave them the details to my bank account. Also, that they’d enlarge my wiener.

  2. shytende
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Mako’s praise without showing her fighting outfit ?

  3. Nagisa33
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    The seemingly endless blood spewing on Ragyo’s right hand woman was really funny. How much does she have??? I was wondering when Nui would loose her cool again and it looks like this is it. They had that close up of her eye erratically moving which made her even creepier.

    I was also wondering when Mako would go all JoJo’s again and this episode delivered on that too. Hopefully she doesn’t die now that she’s a part of the fray. She’s only a 2-star.

    • Raymondjram
      Posted March 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      Remember that Ryuko’s father made those Rending Scissor blades that can permanently cut any Life Fiber. Harime Nui felt it first when he took out her left eye and she can’t grow it back. So she is honestly upset that she lost her sewing arms and cannot regrow them. Later in the episode she has to use her teeth to continue to sew the special cover!

      We know now what the sisters must use to kill their alien mother Ragyo and that Harime Nui in the last two episodes.

  4. Erif
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I’ve worked so hard to avoid spoilers this whole man. :/

  5. Ken
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Another neat part of this episode was the dual transformation scene but the highlight was the closing shot of Fight Club Captain Mako.
    Really looking forward to seeing Mako in action, maybe this time Mako will pay back Gamigoori by saving his life.

    http://www.alexanderwebworks.com/i/Mako_Rocks.jpg

    • jherb33
      Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      her golden brass knuckles say MAKO!!! epic.

      • Ken
        Posted March 18, 2014 at 5:52 am | Permalink

        Yes! The brass knuckles rock!

  6. Adreme
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I think Gamagori might now have eclipsed Mako as my 2nd favorite character purely on the last 4 episodes because I think he has been the funniest part of all 4. I liked how he just was staring at the DTR and then looking at the weapons and then he is just like “I will grab a bunch of them and that will work better” when everyone else just grabbed one.

    I liked his reaction after saving Mako a few episodes ago and I LOVED his reaction after when Ryuko saved everyone at once and he just looked at his weapon and felt inadequate.

  7. Posted March 17, 2014 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    *insertobligatorymontypythonreferencehere*

    The top picture is part of one of the most demented and comically amazing moments this series has had, in my opinion. I seem to shamelessly adore crazed, massively bleeding pink-themed cartoon psychopaths rage on about stuff.

    Can’t wait for 23!

    • ANON
      Posted March 17, 2014 at 3:42 am | Permalink

      I’ll just leave this here:

  8. Shinmaru
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    This is probably the funniest episode in the series so far. I think I laughed through almost the entire first half.

  9. ANON
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ll just wait for all your teams. Registration is now open for FAL!

  10. R1CK_D0M
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Fight club mako is back. This is pretty much all I care about right now.

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