Oh shit you guys it’s happening. The battle’s been set and the stakes have been raised – time for Trigger to kill everybody.
Or not. Who knows!? The old rules don’t apply anymore – Honnouji Academy has in one character reveal switched from antagonist to uneasy rival (OR POSSIBLY ALLY?????), and Kill la Kill will never be the same. Personally, hey, I’m ready for some blood. As long as it’s not Mako’s.
0:15 – Sanageyama’s always been the monkey, of course, but this is close to “pig in human clothing” in its own way. Wonder what thoughts the official couturier has on clothing versus inherent strength
0:36 – Her voice is just great. This song, too. The high-level bosses are getting all the nice things
4:07 – This show’s animation is best. Seems like she’s intentionally provoking Ryuuko
4:38 – Additional animation. Nui really likes messing with her two dimensions, huh?
4:51 – I like this shot. Senketsu actually taking the place of her left eye, symbolizing their connection. It seems like Nui’s treating their clothing as a shield, and wanting to see the “true Ryuuko” beneath it – but Ryuuko and Senketsu actually reflect each other
5:00 – She’s kind of terrifying
6:05 – Between this and the “hate is close to love,” seems like she has a philosophy of her own here. Perhaps she’s the first one to actually embrace the performance
6:31 – Everyone’s a critic
6:50 – Goddamnit Kill la Kill
7:15 – I, uh, guess that wasn’t a fakeout! Killer revealed!
7:40 – Man these shots are pretty. I’m nominating this show for best animated lighting
8:16 – It’s too unstable! Well, Nui’s getting her wish
8:47 – oh god
9:43 – Goddamnit Mako. It’s dangerous out there, but… you’re the only one who can save her now. Just… just be careful, goddamnit
10:11 – Nonon yes
10:34 – Aw they’re all still buddies
11:44 – A better hero than we deserve
12:53 – This show’s characters really make the most of their appearances. She’s had about two-thirds of an episode, and Nui’s already got more charisma than anyone in Golden Time
14:08 – EVERY CHARACTER MUST FIGHT
14:32 – Satsuki points out that just like Nonon, Nui’s affectation is not true self, but performance
14:48 – They could have been frieeends
15:37 – I guess this is kind of a natural step for Ryuuko. She’s always been driven by emotion, not ideology – now she’s basically pure id, chaos incarnate, fighting against Satsuki’s strict, ordered view of the universe
16:51 – OUR SAVIOR ARRIVES
17:36 – Holy shit even Satsuki respects the power of Mako friendship. It’s not even a joke, Mako is just actually the most powerful force in the universe
17:40 – Well, there’s a distinction. The difference between having a goal and defining yourself in opposition to one
18:26 – The season ends with Mako just slapping the shit out of someone. Thank you for saving Christmas, Trigger
20:31 – Only blood will satisfy Nui
21:00 – So Nui gets yellow, then. All primary colors in residence!
Yeah, I feel kinda underwhelmed by that. We got to see Senketsu go berserker, but there weren’t any big reveals about the kamui related to that. We got a flashback revealing Ryuuko’s father’s death, but it didn’t actually reveal anything about the larger schemes of the Kiryuin family. And we got a fight, but it was pretty much a fight of stops and starts, and Ryuuko mainly just ran at people wacking them the whole time – it wasn’t the most visually impressive nor the most dramatically paced battle.
Satsuki and Ryuuko aren’t even friends yet! I was so sure this episode would at least reveal some larger threat/goal beyond “subjugate all the other schools” – what about Satsuki’s relationship with her mother?
I guess it’s mainly that this was a paradigm-shifting episode, but the paradigm didn’t shift enough for my tastes. I’ve got the gist of Ryuuko and Satsuki’s relationship at this point, or at least their initial one. I was kinda hoping to shift from this school to the world.
Well, at least Mako was fantastic. Let her heroism be an inspiration to us all!