Well that was a long seven days. Fuck you guys, no preamble. I wanna see this fight!
0:16 – Even the simple linework of this show is so damn distinctive. That sketchy furrowed brow, all the jagged angles, and they’re using something similar to Titan’s thick-line effect to make his more defined features really pop. Plus there’s that scissor effect again, where the sharp diagonals of his face converge to force you into eye contact with him. Great stuff
1:39 – And of course the camera angles are so regularly dynamic. I can’t think of a show that creates more energy with less animation
2:03 – And then actually portraying him that size relative to their background, making a joke of their own artistic flourish . Something that could only work in anime
4:37 – You’ve waited a week for an epic battle? Time for a Makanshoko comedy routine!
7:09 – Oh shit, they’re actually explaining Satsuki’s magic staircase! They’re fiber-powered, obviously
7:21 – Seriously, so little actual animation. This episode has been so sparse that I’m kind of terrified to see what they’re saving for the second half
8:16 – Great Ryuuko expression
8:38 – Another great Ryuuko expression. She gets all the crazed villain looks
8:58 – Hadn’t even crossed my mind
9:07 – Goddamnit. This show. This shot even has the fuckin Kamui – it might be the most Kill la Kill shot possible
10:14 – Awesome. I love it when this show just fucks with its own rules. “It’s not working? But I put up the title and everything!”
10:31 – Goddamn nebulous special powers! Every time!
11:01 – They’re really playing up the voyeurism angle this episode. I wonder if they’ll actively address that again some time soon
11:16 – This image is exactly what people who don’t watch anime think anime is. No, I did not expect the show where the girl in the underboob outfit swordfights a tentacle-wielding masochist to be one of my seasonal favorites
13:38 – Jeez, those tiny little feet. Gamagoori must suffer some serious ankle strain
14:19 – SHE IS THE SUN. This shot is great
15:03 – Or is he twenty feet all, or…? This is pretty adorable, though
15:31 – I kind of agree. Ryuuko has pretty much defined herself either in personal, revenge-focused terms or simply in opposition to Satsuki – this isn’t yet a war of real ideals
17:32 – Goddamnit Gamagoori. Still, his philosophy is certainly consistent
17:58 – This is a goddamn awesome way to portray this sequence. And it looks like we are looping back around to the philosophy of the kamui
18:25 – It’s interesting that he’s trying to force her to conform. That’s not really Satsuki’s wish
19:14 – Really hammering on that “proper appearance” line. It also seems like we’re getting a clear picture of at least one philosophical point where Ryuuko differs from Satsuki – she’s perfectly happy to rely on the strength of others when necessary
19:19 – This is not happening
20:56 – Well, that’s pretty sweet
22:11 – And one last great shot
Well, that fight was satisfyingly weird. That victory pretty much works for what Gamagoori was trying to do – he was trying to make her conform into an obedient shape, and she proved too damn spikey for that to be a good idea. I really liked that series of rapid panelled flashbacks during their uniform debate – that’s yet another trick a show that doesn’t really care about maintaining suspension of disbelief can dabble in. Along with Gamagoori actually shattering Ryuuko’s victory screen, which was brilliant. It’s looking like last week’s promise actually wasn’t a tease – we’re seriously burning through the Elite Four here and now, preparing for the war Satsuki’s apparently got brewing in the second cour. The battle continues!