「気分次第で責めないで」 (Kibun shidai De Seme Nai De)
“Don’t Toy With Me On a Whim”
The power of connections. Never underestimate them. Depending on who you know, it could mean the difference between getting your dream job or not. It could get you out of a situation you otherwise wouldn’t have gotten out of. Or in Ryuuko’s case, it could get you some valuable information. And remember: “information is power” and “with great power comes great responsibility.”
True to those words, this week has Ryuuko “taking responsibility” for all the upheaval she’s caused (by getting her ass kicked), and it’s exactly as Inumuta says: “it’s one unbelievable thing after another, and that’s what makes this academy so interesting.” With Elite Four member Sanageyama jumping into the picture as Ryuuko’s newest opponent, things get interesting indeed, and even Satsuki ends up attending the festivities the second time around. Yes, you heard me. The second time around.
Because if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again—even if you need to sew your eyes together to get another chance. Sanageyama ends up totally overpowering Ryuuko in the rematch, and it’s no wonder her homeroom teacher doesn’t find her trustworthy enough to divulge any secrets regarding Nudist Beach. She’s just not strong enough as she is now, and it’ll be interesting to see how she manages to bounce back following this major serving of reality. Ryuuko’s lucky to be alive, and it just looks like it’ll be a long road ahead.
That said, it’s amazing how Aikurou’s stripping routine manages to stay hilarious despite happening almost every episode. The small pose tweaks (and the added sparkles) are a testament to how the smallest things can make the biggest difference, and that’s a fabulous chest if I do say so myself. Kill la Kill continues to be ridiculously entertaining—especially when one considers the opening dialogue between Aikurou and Ryuuko. There are just few things funnier—and more ironic—than talking about how you don’t trust someone, and getting shot down by that same person when you actually get around to trusting them enough to reveal the name of your secret organization. Granted, “Nudist Beach” is a ridiculous name to have—I wouldn’t believe him either if I were her—but I guess it doesn’t matter as long as things work out regardless, even though it looks like Ryuuko’s intent of “growing stronger” has been temporarily delayed…