「あなたを・もっと・知りたくて」 (Anata o Motto Shiri Taku Te)
“I Want to Know More About You”
This week on Kill la Kill, the fight between Matoi and the Elite Four continues, and things end up going faster than I ever anticipated. If there’s one thing the quick dispatch of Inumata—by forfeiture no less!—shows though, it’s that each of the Elite Four have their own distinct personalities and their own personal reasons for being there at Honnouji Academy. Indeed, one of the nice things about the show is how its giving each of the members their own time in the limelight, and it’s kind of amazing how much they manage to fit in each episode. It gets a bit hectic from time to time sure, but I guess that’s just par for the course with this show.
On that note, it’s interesting that we theoretically know more about everyone else’s relations with each other than we do about Matoi, her past, and her own relationships outside of Mako’s family. Combine this with the fact that we also don’t know much about the Kamui she’s wearing either—even Senketsu doesn’t know about himself!—and what this does is further increase the gap between her and those at the top of Honnouji Academy. At this point, she’s a giant mystery box rolled up into one, and it shows in how reckless she is in her fights too. They say there are few things more dangerous than those who have nothing to lose, and Matoi arguably has little to lose considering what she already has and what she doesn’t know.
There’s one problem with this mindset however, and Inumata ends up pointing it out early in the episode:
How long can your body take it?
Historically, those with nothing to lose usually end up losing their lives—the only thing left they can lose—and it looks like Matoi’s setting herself for that exact result. If anything, her Kamui’s evolving far too fast to be considered natural, and it’s something that could backfire before it’s all said and done. Arguably, Senketsu’s the only other thing she has left, and it would not be without irony if Matoi’s body does proves capable of withstanding the onslaught of the Elite Four, but Senketsu proves incapable of withstanding the force evolution Matoi’s forcing out of him. That said, it’s even more ironic considering it’s the Naturals Election, and they’re totally throwing that and the concept of Natural Selection out the window.
For the moment though, it does seem like Matoi’s got everything under control, and I guess we should just sit back and enjoy the show while it lasts. Because if there’s one thing the preview hints at, it’s that we’ll be getting some kind of surprise arrival in the coming week, and it doesn’t look like Matoi’s going to be able to get a reprieve from that. Guess we’ll be keeping the demolition train goin’… though it doesn’t look like Jakuzure’ll end up joining the others on the sideline just yet.
Author’s Note: Due to finals and work on the Winter Preview + AOTY posts, there is a chance that next week’s post will be delayed and combined with the following week’s episode in a double post. I’ll try to get it out as per usual, but it may not be possible depending on how certain circumstances work out.