Holy shit you fuckers, it’s Thursday. Time for friendship and violence and the power of questionable empowerment. Last episode was great, Ryuuko and Senketsu’s friendship is beautiful, and Mako was glorious as always. I am ready to be dazzled.
0:09 – Moving right along! What secrets lie behind the ominous Nudist Beach?!
I actually do like how this whole “Nudist Beach” nonsense has tied his exhibitionism/sexual harassment into the “don’t let your clothes define you” gobbledigook. Never thought I’d say exposition through stripping works on a narrative and thematic level, but here we are
1:28 – Calm down Ryuuko, we’ve got two whole seasons here. It’s not like we’re tossing off filler episodeshalfway through our running time
1:30 – You know I love these shots. Obviously it’s got the many-layered effect going on, what with the light blooms and painted sunbeams and great texture work in the background. But even the poses of the two characters here are so dynamic – it’s like a dance or something, with the sharp angles of their bodies mirroring and playing off each other. The eye rides all continuous lines to that narrow band of unshadowed space between them. As I’ve said before, if you don’t have the budget to continuously animate, make sure the stills you choose have some goddamn impact
1:56 – Yep, I’ve heard enough
2:55 – So yeah, obviously this identity/clothing stuff gives these shots some actual significance. If Trigger wanted to make a show where everything I normally try to ignore is everything I’m contractually obligated to point out, they certainly succeeded!
4:28 – Two giant balls of yarn. Obviously. Does even their freight elevator have giant spikes coming out of the walls? That seems somewhat unpractical
4:50 – Man I love these designs. Sharp angles everywhere
5:19 – Oh man, backstory for the four kings? You know things are getting serious
6:11 – The lighting’s just awesome today. Another great shot
8:33 – More shots
10:20 – Oh jeez this episode you guys . That sequence with the song was goddamn fantastic. Building tension for this fight, doubt about Satsuki’s control over her ranks, and… introducing Satsuki’s mother? Alright, I’m on board
10:38 – No playing favorites today!
11:01 – I love Ryuuko’s crazy-eyes
11:30 – More messing with the perceived size of the opponent to create an imposing impression . He’s big, buthere he’s “holy shit it’s the start of the fight how can we possibly beat this guy” big
11:55 – This is kind of adorable
12:08 – Damnit, I was just about to write a story centered on this! Curse you, Kill la Kill
12:44 – These angled dashes are an effective trick. This show is like a master class in creating dynamic shots with no actual budget
13:04 – These shots are so great. Animation!
13:24 – Man these lighting effects are great. More shows should get all stylized and interpretive like this – there’s no reason for animation lighting to always try and mirror filmic lighting
14:15 – Well, at least he doesn’t surrender when he’s lost his clothing-shield. Also, note Mako stealing the episode
Jeez, one of the Elite Four down! Between that and the introduction of Satsuki’s mother, it’s looking like we really will move into new plot territory soon!
15:04 – Try telling that to Eren Jaeger. GREATER GOOD, YOU WHINY CHILD
16:33 – LOOK at this goddamn shot! Love the colors, and this angle is fantastic – we get the opponent with the school rising ominously along with them, but we also get Ryuuko standing tall and dominating the right side of the frame. And again, the composition of the school and ridge of the platform make yet another of those dark scissor angles with the light in between
17:36 – Good ouch face
18:06 – Pfff, only sewn shut? Yeah, you’re real hardcore
19:13 – This also could be something. Not getting caught up in overt appearances allowing him greater power yada yada. Not really much to it though
21:07 – She has never been more proud
21:15 – Backgrounds yeaaah
21:39 – One more for luck
Ahh, another fun episode. Lots of stylish shots, action-packed, and we’re finally getting into the Elite Four. This may have just been a tease, but I doubt it – I believe Imaishi specifically said that this show’s scope is going to surprise people, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Elite Four start to go down soon (or some other conflict to surface in the meantime). The clear standouts this week were Gamagori’s old hair and Nonon’s old hat, but there was a lot of other good stuff too. And next week’s apparently the serious-business Mako episode directed by the Death Billiards director. So I guess it’s time to go sit down and wait for that, then.