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Kill la Kill – 07

「憎みきれないろくでなし」 (Nikumikire Nai Rokudenashi)
“A Loser I Can’t Hate”

You never truly appreciate something until it’s gone.

Chances are, you’ve heard that quote somewhere before. Continuing with the social commentary it’s now famous for, Kill la Kill takes the time this week to address this topic, and it does a fabulous job as usual. Taking the forefront as the philosophical guinea pig? Who else but the Mankanshoku family? Finding themselves in a new, luxurious lifestyle, they find themselves completely changed by the experience—speaking to the base greed of human nature and the notion that even the most civilized of humans can become “pigs” given the right circumstances. As it turns out, the great family atmosphere is the thing that gets lost in this case, and it speaks to the notion that money isn’t everything. Sometimes, having a great family is all you need, and while it might take a great deal of willpower—insert intentional trope bastardization here—Mako proves that it’s possible to overcome even your basest desires.

It’s too bad that this too was within Satsuki’s calculations—yet another trope reference—as our two main characters end up walking right into her hands. At least though, it left a ton of fond memories and gave us even more movies references—Brad Pitt would be displeased—on its way towards flipping everything on its back. Indeed, it’s all about flipping things this week—as we got the Mankanshoko clinic becoming a front alley one, people being flipped over as they try in vain to challenge Matoi, and Matoi trying to use a club to take down the system from the inside out. Just fabulous stuff, especially when you consider the social commentary you can go into in regards to the dialogue—

“More stars mean a better life. / The system’s pretty messed up.”

—and Matoi’s whole transformation sequence. Whereas she had previously shown shame at exposing herself too much, she’s no longer doing so despite transforming more than ever before, and it’s interesting to note. Because whereas one could argue she just got used it, one could also say—actually, I’ve seen this mentioned around various places already—that this is all a commentary about stereotypes involving women and their bodies too.

Ultimately, what else can I say? Kill la Kill makes tossing out “cannon fodder” an art form, and tears down many other tropes and social stereotypes while it’s at it. Furthermore, it does it in fabulous fashion—how about those classic movie references and sparkles?—and it’s safe to say there are few shows quite like this one.

 

ED1.07 Sequence

Preview

November 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm
49 comments »
  • November 14, 2013 at 7:49 pmPTYW

    When UroGen came out and said to be surprised by Episode 7, i was prepared for the worst.

    I was pleasantly entertained this ep.

    • November 15, 2013 at 1:36 amergZay

      Can you give a link to that? People often quote UroGen, but I’ve not seen where they’re from.

    • November 15, 2013 at 6:40 amjustin

      i still wonder what mystery croquette is made of??

      • November 15, 2013 at 12:26 pmstarss

        Deep-fried love.

    • November 17, 2013 at 5:33 amJohn Hayabusa

      After watching this episode, I learned a very valuable lesson from Satsuki-sama: Having a rich life can lead us to greed. With greed, we are blinded by our own desires as we ignore everyone and everything around us.

      Anyway, epic episode as usual. With Ryuko and Mako’s (the president) Fight Club, they fight other clubs in order to get a better social standing. They and their family get to have the luxury of a rich life but they end up neglecting Ryuko. As Ryuko is about to resign from their club, Satsuki gives Mako a two-star Japanese delinquent uniform to fight Ryuko. While Ryuko lets Mako pummel her, Mako realizes the greed within her and her family. Immediately, Mako disbands their club and takes off her newly-obtained uniform, which Ryuko destroys. As they get back to their normal life in the slums, Satsuki issues a re-election of the academy’s clubs, with Ryuko doing the work for her.

      Friendship sure is powerful. Also, Mako in a suit AND in a Japanese delinquent outfit? All in one episode?! Best episode ever! Also, Ryuko keeping that lump she got from Mako until the end was amusing.]

  • November 14, 2013 at 7:50 pmFlagen

    Kill la Kill just keeps shining with each passing episode. Period.
    Friendship/Family > Everything.
    Take that Satsuki!

  • November 14, 2013 at 7:56 pmAbsaroka

    The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.

    Someone had to say it…

  • November 14, 2013 at 7:57 pmlol

    too bad we won’t be seeing anymore badass Mako for a while at least
    even with just a two star uniform she can already make a huge crater like that lol

  • November 14, 2013 at 8:00 pminfo600

    And with this episode, Trigger have completely turned the boss of the week format upside down and empty it of blood for some crazy shuffle next week (seeing how Ryuuko and Mako’s fight club demolished the other clubs in one fell swoop of an episode).

    *goes to look for a time machine-modded delorean*

    …fyi, Ryuuko’s comment on how Mako utilized the full power of her 2-star uniform gave me some lingering afterthoughts…

  • November 14, 2013 at 8:03 pmstarss

    They took the standard moral of “greed is bad” and presented it WELL! And Mako’s developing more into a character all her own than just a funny sidekick!

  • November 14, 2013 at 8:33 pmVor

    If Trigger did a Mankanshoku Family spinoff, I’d watch it.

    I’d watch it ALL.

  • November 14, 2013 at 8:45 pmSDFGS

    That dog got all the bitches~
    But its nice to see female characters that just don’t care about flaunting it and going all “Eiiiiyaaa~~! Daammee!” whenever their bodies are show (I’m looking at you DXD).

  • November 14, 2013 at 8:51 pmTez

    I knew it wasn’t going to happen but I really wanted Mako to keep that suit. She’s already a great side kick, but she can kick a little but too.

  • November 14, 2013 at 9:51 pmlivid

    And here I though Mako doesn’t wear underwear…guess I was wrong.

    • November 14, 2013 at 11:09 pmTez

      LOL I was thinking that too when she took her clothes off. Every other episode she’s flashing under-boob

    • November 14, 2013 at 11:33 pmYoshi Kirishima

      You could say that she is wearing her “sexy panties” (as mentioned in episode 1 when she regrets not having worn them) because she expected something like this would happen. Just another little detail, this time showing in a humorous and subtle way that Mako never truly lost her way on the inside. How cute?

    • November 15, 2013 at 10:27 amfrubam

      You have to remember that she was stereotyping the role of a businesswoman as the club’s level rised, so undergarments with the business suit would make sense. Generally though, I don’t think she wears them. Too much avoiding Mako panty shots for that NOT to be the case =02.

  • November 14, 2013 at 10:07 pmDark

    I have to say that was a nice banchou reference they did with Mako shame we won’t be seeing it again…

    Also is it me or dose it seem like Satsuki isn’t all that bad of a person. I mean if she really wanted too she could’ve had Matoi taken out while she wasn’t transformed. It’s almost like she testing her rather then out right trying to fight her.

    • November 15, 2013 at 6:13 amSinsI

      I think she actually wants Matoi to prove her wrong. She looks kinda like a “reluctant antihero” in this episode – “since the people are pigs, I have to rule them for their own good”.

    • November 15, 2013 at 10:36 pmNitro

      no, she’s an antagonist through and through. remember that the only reason why Satsuki let them do what they want was because she was manipulating Ryuko into weeding out the less powerful club presidents.

      • November 24, 2013 at 7:58 pmChunmeista

        I think, on the flipside, Satsuki was weeding out all the clubs that wanted to defeat Ryuuko and thus craved power– the true “pigs”.

  • November 14, 2013 at 10:34 pmKF

    She made it look so easy!

    TQ

  • November 14, 2013 at 10:43 pmPancakes

    Another big quote featured this episode is “living beyond your means.” Without Ryuuko the Mankanshoku family would never have had any opportunity, they were effectively living on borrowed time as long as Ryuuko remained on the system destroying path. Interesting idea to play with for an episode considering the current stagnant economic climate and rampant debt as people seek to be “somebody”.

    Top that off with a little social Darwinism (the strong get stronger at the weak’s expense) and you have a solidifying of a coming battle between structures and individuals. Satsuki exemplified this best when pondering whether Ryuuko’s fight club would assimilate (strengthen the system) or continue on until either victorious or dead (fight for the individual/family).

    As an aside there was something hilarious about the dog Guts getting allllll the b*tches (while eating chow off the roof of a convertible as he looked on in his blinged out glory). Probably the fact pugs are so damn ugly.

  • November 14, 2013 at 10:55 pmCarVac

    I loved the clover stem in Mako’s mouth.

    Is that a reference to something?

    • November 15, 2013 at 1:01 amCrook

      Either it is, or they just gave her aaaaaaaaaall the cliche design aspects of such a character. I’ve seen enough characters with a little straw, or other variants like that.

    • November 15, 2013 at 4:49 pmNawe Gr

      General McArthur – whom the Japanese fought in WWII (continuing the references there) was known for dressing in a similar (though masculine) manner. Including the clover or a corn cob pipe depending on the occasion…

  • November 14, 2013 at 11:16 pmXxVanitasXx

    I think Mako’s uniform might have been a reference to Jotaro, at least hat wise. But when she went blazing fists on Ryuuko I internally went “Oraoraoraoraoraoraoraoraora…”

  • November 15, 2013 at 12:18 amthedarktower

    we can see how much Ryuuko cherish family. not only Mako’s family or her own family (=following her father’s path), but the fact she has family and friends is affecting her.
    Ryuuko is quite a loner, we see it since ep 01. she acts on her own, with no help and the way she believes it’s true. we can actually feel it the way she open up her true emotions only to Senketsu at the shower or before sleeping. moreover, except Mako, she doesn’t have any friends in school. however, not only she needs a family, but yearning to have one. Mako’s family giving her exactly what she needs with the atmosphere of a family. and the key here is atmosphere, not just dinner, shower, bed..she can get that at a hotel or something…but the little things of everyone around you..give a different feeling and relief to Ryuuko, she is interacting with them, something we don’t see her doing at school. otherwise she wouldn’t be able to carry on day after day.
    so that episode brought not only an interesting matter of family to the front, but also what it means to Ryuuko, our MC.

    p.s
    it was lovely to see Mako in action :P

  • November 15, 2013 at 4:01 amEspada

    an anime teaching family values.
    truly the anime is saved.

  • November 15, 2013 at 4:47 amcutemi2

    1st RULE OF FIGHT CLUB is DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB

  • November 15, 2013 at 7:40 amKevin L.

    I don’t know about you guys, but the dog’s lavish lifestyle moment made this episode for me as far as the family’s lavish lifestyle moments.

    With his hoodie, goldchain, and newfound female companions, that was a pretty funny and short scene.

  • November 15, 2013 at 9:01 amJunglepenguin

    Satsuki and her keikaku doori face at the end.

  • November 15, 2013 at 12:31 pmTre

    This episode would make for a great article on Zero Hedge*.

    * In the faint hope that there is actually a segment of the Random Curiosity anime fanbase who understand what I’m talking about.

    • November 20, 2013 at 12:35 amWiley

      zero hedge went down the drain years ago, when they started catering to the goldbugs, doommongers certain slices of the rightwings and others who revel in perpetual snark, bad news and government conspiracies.

      this article you mention would be wasted on that site ;)

  • November 15, 2013 at 1:18 pmr1lla

    PLz trigger take my money for make more anime !! open a donation in your website !

    you are almost the only one who make anime im enjoying anymore

  • November 15, 2013 at 5:46 pmBrent

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    I hope there’s no subliminal messages in the numbers

  • November 15, 2013 at 10:39 pmNitro

    can we talk about the soundtrack for a bit? because christ, the soundtrack… it just elevates this show to a level completely unheard of.

  • November 15, 2013 at 11:51 pmDangerism

    Just when they were making me think Mako was the final boss… she’s actually a midboss! You got me there, Studio Trigger. :)

  • November 16, 2013 at 7:42 amsophia

    • November 16, 2013 at 8:13 amHanabira.Kage

      Oh hey, I was there…though all I saw was the girl getting chewed out by the cops at the side, probably after the whole fiasco.

  • November 16, 2013 at 7:55 amBoozerX

    This show is awesome.
    That is all.

  • November 16, 2013 at 11:28 amGiorno Giovanna

  • November 17, 2013 at 10:19 amGrahav

    They should have stopped at medium-class apartment since there they had better money but they still weren’t rich snobs.

    I will miss 2 star Mako. I wonder if we will see her and the trap maste again in the future.

  • November 18, 2013 at 2:16 amNamzor

    • November 18, 2013 at 5:56 amstarss

      They’re both modeled on the standard Japanese high school delinquent outfit.

    • November 19, 2013 at 5:45 amNamzor

      I do realize that its the general basis, but I was looking for a narrower character reference. Oh well….

  • November 18, 2013 at 4:15 amewok40k

    This show has scandalous way of highlightng things:
    It was when nobody was there to peep on her, when Ryuko realised the family has truly fallen apart!

  • November 18, 2013 at 4:23 amTeabie

    Totally looking at Satsuki-sama with a different lens now. She’s really smart – in a supremely manipulative but amazing way. Hopefully Ryuko will not only grow in power, depth (which she already is), but also strategic intelligence to rival Satsuki in their Kamuis.

  • November 23, 2013 at 6:54 amNamaewoinai

    Nah…Forget about Urobochi Gen (or Rarely Mr. Takamura), The guys who behind this show are more inspired with Go Nagai! just saying BTW!