Well here we are. Allies gathered, enemies looming, stage set. It’s been a long and somewhat uneven ride for Kill la Kill, but it’s pretty much always held on to its core strength – an earnest and beautifully articulated love of pure spectacle. It’s generally kept things visually interesting in spite of anything approaching fluid animation, but this is the very last episode, so I’m guessing we’re actually gonna See Some Shit this time. I don’t expect this show to suddenly become a narrative masterpiece, but I’m perfectly happy to settle for twenty-three minutes of absurd visual excess. Let’s Kill la Kill.
0:23 – For a show that’s supposedly championing individuality, Kill la Kill sure does like abusing its faceless drones
0:35 – So they can’t get at the penis-rocket because of its condom-barrier. Brilliant work, Kill la Kill
Also, very like Kill la Kill to have Mako interrupt the complicated over-explanation with “it’s a bad barrier! we gotta fight it!” Anyone who overthinks anything in this show gets ignored
1:38 – So we’re actually doing something with the stars imagery? Alright Kill la Kill, ball’s in your court
1:51 – Ah, shounen mumbo-jumbo. Of course! Well, it’s still a nice image
2:16 – I can definitely respect what they’re going for – “don’t let what you wear define you” is a fair point. That even kinda sorta works with Ryuuko being forced to accept the appearance of Senketsu – the argument could go, “you won’t always be able to control your representation, but you should still work to own your ground.” If that’s actually all intended, I do wish the show had spent a little more time focusing on and articulating it – Satsuki’s episode three speech kinda faded into just being an articulation of her character more than the show’s goals, since the show didn’t really go anywhere with it
3:12 – Aaand now a little Eva
3:57 – Mako’s last stand
3:58 – And of course Nui can cut through Mako’s intermissions. That’s another element I kinda wish they’d done more with – Nui and Ragyo’s abilities to break the fourth wall could play off both the “performance” theme and the stuff about controlling your presentation in interesting ways, but they’re really only used for meta gags
4:08 – GAMAGOORI NOOO
4:19 – HE’S NEVER BEEN BIGGER
4:54 – Hurray, identity crisis over
5:08 – OH MY GOD GAMAGOORI SO NOBLE
5:17 – MAKOOO
5:18 – Ahaha yes Kill la Kill
5:53 – Well, yeah
6:22 – An effective but also strange color scheme. Red on white is a pretty abrasive contrast
7:50 – Of course Ryuuko counters with a headbutt. WHAT ELSE IS MY HEAD GOOD FOR
8:00 – Did you girls practice this pose? Well, looks like we’re finally getting all that sweet, sweet animation
8:39 – GAMAGOORI? BUT HOW?!?
8:46 – Oh my god Kill la Kill this fanservice is getting disgusting and I love it
8:51 – OF COURSE
11:18 – All of Ragyo’s dreams have come true. She can now molest one of her daughters with her entire body at once
12:48 – Trust Mako to try and tie a thematic bow on the series. Maaaybe if Ryuuko had actually been able to remake Senketsu in the form she chose… but still, it’s a noble attempt, Mako
13:08 – THIS MAY TAKE A WHILE
13:42 – Dang. Finally put the “chain of people making up the life fibers” imagery to work, too
14:20 – This episode itself is at least nicely thematically consistent. Ragyo marveling at the beauty of a homogenous cocoon world, and then mocking the patchwork quality of a dress made from all the various people supporting Ryuuko
15:50 – Yeeep. I feel like Kill la Kill’s narrative structure and thematic weaknesses make a lot of sense if you imagine its creators are the type of people who fast forward through movies and only stop at the action scenes
17:03 – Sure! Why not?!
17:52 – Fantastic effect. I wish they’d used this one more
18:20 – RYUUKO TAKES THE MIC
18:26 – Again, it’s doing its best to consolidate. This idea hasn’t been represented consistently enough to come off as natural, but if the show’s going to choose one theme to officially assign itself, this is a fine choice. “So what if my outfit’s ridiculous, it’s not me” is fair
19:26 – YOU SEE THIS SHIT RYUUKO?!?
20:21 – Senketsu’s the one character who dies?! The guy who put up with Ryuuko’s bullshit for the entire series, was alternately abused or mocked by the one person who could understand him, and who basically started the show as a well-adjusted person dealing with a team of idiots and assholes?
Man, being Senketsu is suffering
20:32 – Oh, now they reach that turning point. Little late there, Kill la Kill
21:31 – Adorable
22:05 – Wait, all the Life Fibers are going to die now? That seems a little… extreme
23:00 – Nice callback to the first ED
23:36 – Ermahgerd
23:42 – YOU STOP THAT KILL LA KILL
That was pretty solid! It didn’t really go crazy in scale as much as I’d expected, and the actual fights weren’t so exciting, but it was still fun throughout, and the character-beat fanservice moments were all adorable. Lots of nice shots, too, and though the show’s been too scattershot for this episode’s thematic pretensions to come off as a natural conclusion, the fact that this episode had coherent thematic pretensions is still a plus in my book. Kill la Kill doesn’t really stick with me, but I’ve definitely enjoyed my time with it. Sometimes that’s all you really need.