Doin’ a test writeup here. Not the biggest Okada fan, but Kill la Kill may prove to be too fun to watch for me to want to write up, and I’ve gotta waste my time overanalyzing something. So let’s see.
0:03 – Hah! Yes. What an overdone shot, what a cute subversion to open with. I approve
0:31 – Salt concentration forecast? Solid incidental storytelling. A classic trick, but professionals (and Mari Okada is certainly a professional, regardless of my overall feelings about her shows – she knows writing) don’t shy away from the right trick at the right moment
1:11 – These backgrounds are also lovely. The show certainly has a firm color palette – unsurprisingly, the whole thing looks like a sunlit coral reef
1:16 – Ah, right. Nice one-two punch of exposition there – “pretty salty morning” into the bubble reveal
1:50 – Wow are these few seconds ever loaded. The undersea outsiders attempting to diminish the markers of their outsider status to fit in to the establishment – yeah, that’s not historically relevant at all. Alright Okada, let’s see where you’re going with this
2:17 – And they’re being bused in to another school? Holy shit are they making this desegregation angle overt
3:01 – This is pretty interesting
3:19 – And this is really adorable
5:27 – Really like the overall design so far . The overworld maintains the color aesthetic, though they’ll probably create a visual contrast somehow – the contrast between the earth-colored land uniforms and sea-colored ocean ones pretty much already sets that in place
5:59 – That didn’t take long
7:21 – An interesting line. She associates him with the familiar
That “here, cover yourself. That way you won’t stand out as much” was also pretty brutal
8:37 – Well the die has certainly been cast . Let’s see where they take this
9:10 – So is he expositing to himself, or… Wait, he also did this when she first met the boy. So, actually relating this all to someone else?
10:16 – I think I’m actually going to like this guy. He’s aggressively proud of his heritage when it’s challenged, but also sees these guys as fairly simpleminded. That seems like it might speak to an underlying conflict between his emotional mindset and his intellectual one, which could be used well
11:22 – Lovely
12:05 – Well that happened
13:03 – Another nice shot. Nice symmetry with his body and the shrine gate
13:20 – They’re getting pretty aggressive with the adolescent sexuality. A good sign – many people actually do have sex as teenagers, contrary to what most anime would like you to believe
13:59 – That’s just gorgeous
14:34 – Aw, man, sucks for him. He’s just a big brother to her, huh?
14:44 – Wonderfully chosen extended shot. His headspace is bright as day
15:16 – Another one-for-one scene. “Can I feel your hair?” etc
16:34 – And one more beautiful shot. Skin like scales – a great, otherworldly idea
17:13 – More pieces to play out . This one seems a little too routine, but that’d be a really harsh early assessment to make in a show that already seems so smart
17:24 – AWESOME. WHAT an immediate comeback of storytelling. Not only is this a very perceptive view of their relationship, but it also means this guy hopefully won’t just be the token “loves the girl who loves the MC unrequitedly” guy. Meaning he might actually be worth something as a character. YES
18:11 – More visual niceness
18:23 – And even more
19:44 – This is maybe the weirdest intimate moment I’ve ever seen. Nice work, Okada
21:03 – They’re using the lighting really nicely in this scene. I also really like how direct the boy was in the previous one – this show apparently has a lot more to say than “I hope senpai notices me” for a bunch of episodes
21:34 – An underwater park. What a beautiful little idea
Smart, beautiful, thematically pointed, fast-paced first episode. A love story filtered through the context of racism and desegregation in a beautifully realized new world. No complaints. That was a fantastic episode, and I hope this will continue to be a fantastic show. Picked the fuck up, Nagi no Asukara.