And here we are again. Senketsu in pieces, Mako shipped off to war, Ryuuko filled with conviction only to be slammed immediately back down by Rusemaster Nui. Back at the end of the first half, I was somewhat frustrated the show hadn’t kicked into changing-the-paradigm gear yet – last week certainly did work on that front, but we’re not there yet. At this point, with the episodes ahead outnumbered by those behind, it’s time for Kill la Kill to put up or shut up – with no more time left to dick around either narratively or thematically, if it wants to continue sleeping on the couch, it’s gonna have to get to work.
You hear that, Kill la Kill? Get off the fuckin’ couch, Kill la Kill. Go out and get a fuckin’ job!
Ahem. Anyway. Let’s go to war.
0:28 – Another one of those nice, angular, full-frame compositions. They make good use of this guy’s office for framing shots
1:08 – Ryuuko definitely does seem more comfortable in her underwear around this guy now. Whether that’s something to be encouraged…
1:50 – Goddamn fetch quests
1:58 – Satsuki once again playing Ryuuko for a fool. She can’t make Ryuuko go to war, but she can throw a stick in that direction and yell ‘fetch’
2:41 – Ahaha this show
7:01 – Goddamnit Gamagoori.
7:20 – Well here’s some manservice. What’s with the gundam in the corner?
7:50 – The scale has changed. The switch to their tracksuits has pretty much formally turned the Elite Four into secondary protagonists, I guess
9:22 – Yeah sure we’ll go with that. I guess the main thing this episode is actually doing is getting us use used to these chuckleheads as POV characters. Or something
9:31 – This is a very silly show
10:12 – I’m with Nonon on this one
11:47 – First, this shot is great. Second, oh hey, maybe they’re actually going somewhere with this!
12:22 – This is a very silly show
12:40 – Why don’t more currencies feature faces like this. This is brilliant
13:57 – Mako thirsts for battle
14:43 – Mako faces all day
15:28 – First of all, that’s a goddamn tank covered in steak. Secondly, now I get the concept of this episode. All three of these schools are reliant on outer (and thus false) power – these guys (Kobe beef lol) with their foreign connections, Nonon’s opponents with their empty mysticism, and Sanageyama’s with money. They’re all going to fall to Satsuki’s naked ideals and naked strength. Cute.
16:48 – Okay, that’s pretty cool
17:05 – Yep, pretty damn cool. And Senketsu actually looks pretty sweet as a billowing scarf. Maybe she’ll get to sew him back together in the style of her choosing… but that might be asking too much
21:00 – Another nice shot. For some reason, this episode has felt a lot higher-budget than many of them. Maybe it’s just there’s so much dynamic stuff happening, but they’re definitely lingering on shots less than they usually do. Plus that sequence with Ryuuko interrupting Nonon’s victory was actually some damn good continuous animation
21:40 – Wise Mako knows all
22:26 – Oh man, this episode really is pushing her forward. Ryuuko don’t need to rely on no clothes!
22:41 – One more great shot
Nice! Ryuuko’s finally got a legitimate goal, even if it is just immediate one – it may not be an actual philosophy, but it’s certainly an improvement over FAAAATHERRRR DESTRRROOOOYYY. And that was just a busy-as-fuck episode – they basically fast-forwarded through the grand takedown as quickly as humanly possible, giving us all the silly battle highlights along the way. The arc looks all set to resolve within the next episode or two, which is apparently when we’re supposed to be hitting the Grand Turn (and, hopefully, a new OP). I am very ready for this arc’s flashy finale!