Kill la Kill – 01
「あざみのごとく棘あれば」 (Azami No Gotoku Toge Are Ba)
“If Only I Had Thorns Like A Thistle”
Here we go. Kill la Kill’s first episode is here, and we’re given a warm welcome to Honnouji Academy—a place where fear is freedom, subjugation is liberation, contradiction is truth, class lessons revolve around nothing but fascism in Germany, and the bodies of dead students are hung outside as warning messages by the Student Council. Sounds quite nuts doesn’t it? Well, because it is, and I loved every minute of it.
Indeed, Kill la Kill comes in to the fall season as one of the series I personally expected quite a lot from, and the first episode delivers in a fashion only Studio Trigger can pull off. Chock full of ridiculous, over the top action scenes and an animation style that does a bit of a throw back to an older era, it’s safe to say there ain’t any better word to describe the series other than “unique,” and it looks like things can only get better from here. After all, who doesn’t like ridiculous power-ups, dramatic fights, and a premise that’s essentially all about rowing and fighting the power—all while having a main heroine wearing this and fighting with a scissor shaped sword?
That was rhetorical by the way—because look, this ain’t going to be a series that appeals to everyone. Part of the thing about especially unique series is that they’re not going to do so, and the fact of the matter is that we probably won’t get much in terms of a complex or mind-blowing plot here with Kill la Kill. Sure, it’s entirely feasible they end up concocting some kind of crazy story that wows everyone at the end, but I’m more of the feeling it’s going to be about Matoi Ryuuko beating down everyone in her way in order to search for her father’s killer, and what Kill la Kill will likely end up being is a series that’s purely made with entertainment value in mind. The fact that it’s advertised as essentially a pure-action series just hammers this in, and the bottom line is this: whether this show ends up being down your alley or not is something you can determine with this episode alone, and if any of the aforementioned doesn’t appeal to you, then that’s something that likely won’t change as time goes on.
Obviously though, I’ll be sticking with this series, and why not? It’s not every day you see people stripping people naked when they’re defeated, your main character getting assaulted by a shirt, and important lessons about why you should go to school instead of mugging people on the streets to top things off. The only problem? The fact that I’m probably going to be pretty hard pressed to write much in regards to this series on a weekly basis. Because really, how exactly do you even begin to talk about a show as crazy as this? I mean, even the character introductions are just FABULOUS! Look at that FABULOUS red text! Anyway, don’t mind me. This is probably just my real life fever talking, so I guess it’s a good time as any to call it a post, and I’ll catch ya guys again next week. Just for the love of—if they have Ryuuko wear that every week… I don’t know how I’m going to survive to the end of the season without nosebleeding to death.
OP: 「シリウス」 (Sirius) by 藍井 エイル (Aoi Eir)