「銃爪(ヒキガネ)」 (Juu Tsume (Hikigane) )
Ladies and gentleman, I present to you Tsumugu Kingase—the newest member of our fabulous cast. Armed with a needle gun and willing to go nude if necessary, he comes bearing gifts for Matoi and the rest of our fascist Academy. Accompanying him is just more chaos, and there’s no better time to tell you two important pieces of information:
Kill la Kill’s fifth episode just continues spitting on tropes and societal stereotypes—all while referencing various series and movies. This week, the satire victims include a few shounen staples (epic finishing moves and the power of friendship) and female stereotypes (worries about weight and exterior appearances), topped off with Terminator references up the wazoo. Tsumugu’s “I’ll be back… to strip you tomorrow” quip ends up particularly funny, even though the corresponding quote wasn’t quite the same. I guess I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt though, considering how he manages to defeat Matoi without wearing any kind of power-enhancing uniform—and it’s a total victory that makes it so she can’t even run away this time. An impressive accomplishment to say the least.
But yeah, ultimately this week gives us more of the same in regards to what we’ve come to expect from Kill la Kill. It doesn’t end up giving off the same amount of fabulousness as previous weeks—maybe it’s just my tiredness talking—but it was entertaining regardless, and ends up revealing the organization opposing Honnoji Academy too. Known as “Nudist Beach”—quite the fitting name, if I do say so myself—the organization seems to be a group formed around Matoi’s late father, and it’s interesting to see how despite their obvious strength, they seem to be losing a lot of ground to Satsuki and her cohorts. I guess Tsumugu was right after all—victory is not determined by superior physical abilities—and it looks like Matoi might be getting herself involved in something much bigger than she ever anticipated. Indeed, what this episode ends up doing is gradually bringing the rest of the world (and plot) in view, and it’s definitely gotten my attention—even if I do find myself aching for more of the series’ past fabulousness. Guess we’ll see how it goes.