SO! It finally happened – Satsuki declared her independence from her mother, and literally crucified her on her own stage. That must have felt good – Satsuki hates being subservient, and being a pawn of both her mother and clothes? Yeah, that’s gotta sting. So the show’s over, then, I guess? Conflict averted, clothing defeated, Satsuki and Ryuuko now realize they’re not so different after all?
Alright, let’s see what horribleness Kill la Kill is planning.
0:23 – An old speech, too. Though now we know it’s not just random Orwell – Satsuki’s philosophy really is built on contradictions. Your power is mine as long as I say it is and no one else can question it. “Might makes right” not just as a practical reality, but as a code to live by
0:59 – They may be fighting clothing, but if they can bend it to their will, it is their power. Have to admit, Satsuki’s done a decent job of cleaning up her philosophy here
1:15 – Goddamn troll cliffhangers
2:55 – Master plan unveiled! And it’s pretty much what it always obviously was – she was training her for the Real Fight
3:12 – SHOW ME YOUR RESOLVE!
4:17 – And now she’s acknowledging it, and talking directly to the audience. This wasn’t meant for entertainment, it was a lesson made visceral through stagecraft. Hm
5:02 – Silly Nui faces. I love how they always just bend Nui’s still frame at the hip, and don’t actually animate her. It’s both kind of mocking and seems a little awkward/inhuman – another tiny benefit of forgoing transparency and acknowledging this is animation
5:43 – It’s such a cartoon
6:05 – Another random echo of the first episode. This episode’s apparently pretty important!
6:42 – I entrust this task to you! Good to see Gamagoori immediately taking advantage of them being allies now
7:28 – So Satsuki’s father opposed Ragyo… Yeah, that’s some powerful “secretly sisters” evidence there. But Kill la Kill does like to screw with standard expectations
7:47 – They really, really highlight that “this will be your wedding dress” line, and now they’re associating that directly with subservience. I don’t think there’s a consistent read there or anything, but it’s interesting – most of this show’s thematic aspirations seem to be more “hey, here’s a cute thing we could tie this part to” than, you know, actual themes
8:02 – Baby Satsuki is adorable
8:16 – Yep
8:59 – Great shot. And that hair!
9:28 – So do you, Ragyo. You’re both born performers
11:44 – And once again they come into conflict. They may have the same final goal, but as she stated at Kyoto, Ryuuko doesn’t believe anything is worth this kind of destruction
11:51 – Goddamnit these mechs
13:08 – It’s a nice visual effect. I’m less thrilled by this turn overall – it being a very convenient power aside (obviously this show’s action is about spectacle, not grounded conflict, just like Gurren Lagann), we’ve seen these two whack each other enough. Hell, we’ve even seen “berserker Ryuuko” before
13:28 – Speaking of random-ass powers
14:22 – Hah, great. DAMN YOU BRAIN. I’LL PUNCH YOU, BRAIN. Ryuuko’s tactics are definitely consistent. Glad they didn’t drag that out
15:48 – Now this is a hurdle the show has actually built towards. Ryuuko says she’s gotten over her simple, self-oriented quest for revenge – but hey, look, revenge! Right there!
Also kind of telling that it’s Ryuuko who has the “I’ll handle this” line for the lieutenant while Satsuki goes off to fight the final boss
17:00 – That’s a nice one
17:41 – Quite a shift to see her say this. Beneath the ideals, she’s more like Ryuuko
18:03 – And more nice shots
20:49 – Well that can’t be good. Gettin’ kinda Eva in here
22:32 – Man, this show loves its theater
Goddamn! Another extremely fast-paced episode (in the “the plot moved forward a lot” school, not the “lots of stuff happened” one – though lots of stuff did happen!), full of dramatic fights, dramatic reveals, and all sorts of beautiful frames. We finally got that “I’ll deal with you after we kick her ass!” moment between Satsuki and Ryuuko, we got the sisters reveal, we got Satsuki’s rebellion getting squashed… we got pretty much everything the show has promised so far, actually. And there are still a bunch of episodes to go!
I particularly liked the stuff about Satsuki’s philosophy and goals this week – it’s nice that she acknowledges and even holds as a strength her own contradictions. People are complicated! They don’t always make sense, and they believe things for contradictory reasons. This week was the first time she admitted she’s more sentimental than she lets on – but we’ve already seen her behind the mask, showing how she values the people close to her. I wonder how she’ll take learning she still has a sister?
WHOSE BEATING HEART IS CURRENTLY HELD IN THE FIST OF HER HALF-CLOTHING DEMON MOTHER WHO SHE JUST BEHEADED my god this show.