TIME FOR KILL LA KILL YOU SHITHEADS. Aw man, it has been a while. Maybe it’s actually out of kindness that Trigger left us not with a cliffhanger, but with a kind of underwhelming plot-resolver – that certainly made the vacation break somewhat more bearable. Then again, my permanent neural link to twitter has informed me this episode has some serious holy shit moments in store, so I guess I shouldn’t be taking anything for granted.
Anyway. Hope you all enjoyed your new year/holidays/satanic gatherings, and it’s good to see your cold, anonymous handles again. Let’s ring in the new year with some KILL LA KILL.
0:13 – This show is so proud of its own goddamn ideas. Yeah, yeah, we’re all excited
0:32 – Only the finest technology. Well, this is a world where appearance dictates strength, so I guess “only the most badass looking technology, regardless of actual usefulness” makes sense
1:24 – Already impatient to see whatever Ryuuko’s new status actually is. I mean, she did beat the Elite Four in the Naturals Election, right? Doesn’t that make her Special Advisor to the Student Council President or something?
…alright, yeah, I really just want to see Ryuuko and Satsuki doing their buddy-cop thing already. At least we’re moving through this invasion stuff quickly – so quickly it seems like the show actually isn’t particularly interested in this stuff either
1:50 – Obviously this still feeds into the “just you wait until the REAL battle!” baiting they’ve been doing all along,but this “there is no shame in defeat” theme has been mentioned so many times that it seems almost a fundamental component of Satsuki’s philosophy. Defeat at Satsuki’s hands made these people the Elite Four, a second defeat powered up Sanageyama, and defeats all around to Ryuuko/Nui seem to have strengthened them again. And Satsuki’s philosophy aside, this all also seems to play into the ways this show makes its heroes and villains ambiguous – Ryuuko as the hero is the one who’s continuously winning, but it might be the “villains” here who are maturing the most through their weekly defeats.
This all makes me very interested in what would happen if Ryuuko actually were to defeat Satsuki in the near future
2:27 – Aw, what, no new OP? This OP sucks!
Well, it’s not like this show actually has money to throw around, I guess. FIIINE
…or it’s another indicator last episode was actually a fakeout, and this week will be the real game-changer, but they don’t want to give away the show’s new variables.
4:34 – Some translator must be giggling to themselves about this translation choice Unless “short bus” actually is a thing in Japan
4:52 – It is good to have you back, Mako. I’m glad you didn’t die
5:18 – Wow, fantastic effect. Watercolors for a melancholy flashback? Yes please
5:39 – A new challenger approaches! Complete with a… really bizarre, atonal, broken-string theme song
Newspaper committee, huh? I like where this is going
7:11 – This show and its graceful transformation sequences. And Ryuuko’s finally addressing her central issue, which works nicely as both a character and thematic turn. Her problem is she’s just driven by rage – pure emotion, with no purpose beyond destroying what she dislikes. Not only is that unhealthy personally, but it’s also just not an ideology – she can’t compete with someone like Satsuki when she doesn’t really believe in anything herself. Time to find what you want to protect, Ryuuko!
8:06 – Aaand yep, that’s where this is going. This is also a song I can get behind
8:23 – Better think of that philosophy quick, Ryuuko! You’re a revolutionary now!
Granted, plenty of revolutions actually get much further than this without a philosophy beyond FUCK THIS, but I believe in these guys
11:09 – Well, that was an interesting exchange there. First of all, alright, I guess we’re going deep on some Christian mythology here. Clothing correlated with gaining knowledge itself, since the first thing Adam and Eve acquired was knowledge of their nakedness, which I guess you could even correlate with self-awareness? Yeah, that works. That dovetails with the fact that power in this world is contingent on acknowledging and embracing your appearance, and thus your identity – Ryuuko has done this on an appearance level, but not on an emotional/philosophical identity level. That “it has been man’s fate to cover his body in the clothing called sin… we alone know man’s sin and create clothing for clothing’s sake” also seems to echo Satsuki’s speech in the third episode about forgetting shame and using whatever tools are at hand.
Well, I guess we’re diving right back into the Philosophy of Appearance and Identity, then. Remember to come up for air, kids.
11:53 – Man, they are just throwing out these sentences like they don’t know how loaded they are. Ragyo may be a leader, but she allows her subjects individual identity – allowing them control over their self-expression makes them, and thus her, more powerful. Something Satsuki’s anti-free-press society may be weaker for lacking
12:03 – But apparently there’s a limit to that. Nice to see the show itself at least somewhat nodding towards how bullshit Satsuki’s philosophy is – you can say “I make their strength my own” all you want, but your mom’s the one who writes the checks, Ayn
13:45 – Nice to see Nudist Beach awards its members custom cellphones. Or did he decorate it himself?
14:09 – This show’s sense of humor. Mako, of course, is unfazed by him stepping out of a lady’s room toilet
16:24 – Ryuuko says she won’t fight for others, but it’s looking like she just might anyway. Kinda what Kyousogiga was going for – you don’t need your own purpose, you just need people with purpose who you care about
17:23 – Having free will means you have to learn to control yourself, Ryuuko! Oh man, this fruit of knowledge stuffdoes work nicely…
19:10 – Okay yeah I did not see that coming, and in fact it’s kind of so randomly unlikely that I have to give them props for even doing it
19:28 – Her title casts a shadow, of course. Goddamnit Nui
19:38 – Nui you are just the best
20:23 – AW SHIT SENKETSU DOWN
20:45 – Man, I missed this show’s shots
22:29 – Oh jeez. Oh jeez. It’s all happening so fast!
Yep. Those fuckers. Play it safe with the first half finale, and then BAM – Senketsu’s blown to tatters and reassimilated into lackey uniforms. And just when Ryuuko started finding a reason to fight, too! Guess she’s the one who’s gonna learn some “strength through defeat” after all.
Well, Senketsu’s maybe dead, Ryuuko’s unconscious, clothes are Original Sin, and Mako’s off to war. You win this round, Kill la Kill.