Well here we are again, fuckers. First episode really did it, huh? Great visual aesthetic, tons of fun tricks of direction, stupidly fast-paced, unabashedly in love with its ridiculous self. Everything promised was delivered – the aesthetic, the intensity, the extremely ridiculous-looking uniform. As I said last week, this show basically outraces my method of breakdown, so the format might have to bend a bit to accomodate. Stay tuned.
0:07 – I mean, how you can hate these visual designs? Well, costume aside, it’s very reasonable to hate that. But I freaking love the styles and colors they’re using for these backgrounds
0:44 – It is the MOST shounen
1:08 – I love every element of this. The glorious background, the awesomely overwrought song, the line of dialogue that just drives in how in love with its own absurdity the show is
2:52 – And there’s our OP. Definitely done a bit on the cheap – you can tell this show is making every dollar count. It knows it doesn’t have the budget to be KyoAni, so it rides on making every still as goddamn iconic as it can be, and using other tricks like the actually pretty sweet 2D object-shifting it did in episode one (I don’t know the name for it – the effect it used as Ryuuko was first attacked by the kids, and then again just after she rescued Mako).
Also, that transformation sequence. Jeeezus. I guess the fanservice comes with the “everything anime to 11” territory, and the show certainly doesn’t take anything it does seriously, but it’s… well, it’s the price I pay. I certainly enjoy plenty of other problematic stuff! Just gotta live with it
2:55 – Someone get this stitch. The sunset shots are so nice in this show. Once again, that clearly incongruous light beam clashes with the perspective of the background in a strange and strangely effective way
4:49 – This is best. All dogs needs hoodies. Again with the incredibly overdramatic music
5:17 – Alright we gonna go deep Kill la Kill? We can do that
They already started off with those references to Hitler’s Germany, and the first episode had lines basically cribbed directly from 1984 (which is more a reaction to Stalinism, but whatever). The point is, totalitarianism bad. Here we’re getting more 1984-speak, with Satsuki basically referring to the masses as proles, people literally domesticated to the point where they do not seek anything above their station. Where we’re going with this? Well, the only real hints we’ve gotten so far are the star motifs and the whole uniform thing. The uniform thing is interesting – as tundranocaps brought up, it’s a representation of power that divorces it entirely from the individual, aligning it instead with their clothing. And here we have Satsuki referring to the humans as “pigs in human clothing” – considering how it seems all power in this world is derived from clothing, that seems like a bit of an odd statement. Where will they go with this incongruity? Well-
Ah, look at the time. That’s all for now, kids
5:27 – This is a great shot, and also makes explicit how power in this world is crafted on an assembly line
6:29 – I love how they create these backgrounds. Just like in the previous image, there’s like five layers there – that strange mist effect layered over the characters, the characters themselves, a second mist layer to create depth, those painted vertical lines to create texture and add color, and then the actual background with the absurd club lighting. Making the most out of frames indeed
7:09 – Aaah, and she doesn’t wear a uniform. Iiinteresting
7:24 – Another nice expression. The designs are exaggerated, but her expressions are extremely specific
8:07 – This one’s beautiful. I can’t believe they’re applying those beautiful Little Witch Academia-style backgrounds to a full production
Just kidding. Deriding shows for previously used elements and not their execution is a sure sign of brain problems
9:32 – You’d think it’s overly simplistic, but that’s… pretty much exactly how it works in 1984. And the real world, for that matter
9:47 – I admire her spirit.
I also like that Ryuuko just… came to school. Do they have to go and hunt down the fugitive? Of course not, she’s got class tomorrow
10:03 – What a great design. Love how the sharp angles of her mouth and shoulders are repeated all over
10:39 – Mako don’t give a fuck
11:26 – Even the simplest shots have such nice scribbly detail in the texture. Man this show makes me mad about style homogenization
13:05 – CAUSE I FEEEEEEEL
13:24 – Whyyyyyy
13:46 – Looovely
14:03 – The tennis club killing fields
15:52 – He raised an excellent point
16:55 – You know it actually seems like this school isn’t so bad. Sure the rules are strict, but apparently random shit like this happens all the time
18:40 – Pretty
21:01 – Thread Get!
21:04 – I like the scoreboard
21:56 – Yissss
22:39 – Won’t we all
It’s holding up! First episode definitely wasn’t a fluke. This episode definitely “lived up” to its title (if this actually turns into powered-by-sexiness I am going to kill someone), but it was also really funny, regularly beautiful, and found tons of great new things to do with this drunk-on-its-own-ridiculousness style. NO STOPPIN’ THIS TRAIN.