「可愛い女と呼ばないで」 (Kawaii Onna to Yoba Nai de)
“I’m Not Your Cute Woman”
Just when you thought Kill la Kill couldn’t jam more into their episodes, we get this. On top of this. And this. It just leaves me in awe how much they toss in every week, and it looks like we’re finally getting to the method behind their madness in Ragyo Kiryuin, who seems to be the ultimate antagonist within all of this. This doesn’t come as a surprise—some mentioned this possibility in the comments previously—but it doesn’t change the fact that I wasn’t expecting them to reveal what they did this week. It’s one thing to give a face to the vaunted Kiryuin mother, but another thing entirely to do that AND reveal the person behind the murder of Matoi’s father. Oh yes, did I mention how fabulous Ragyo was? No? Here, let me give you some sunglasses.
With that said, a lot of the discussion up until this point was centered around the large contrast there is between Matoi and Satsuki in general. They wear Kamui on the opposite sides of the color spectrum, possess opposing views on the value of order, and each have their own unique group of people by their side. And while Satsuki saying she’ll leave Harime Nui to Matoi won’t change the fact they’re still radically different people, it’s interesting to note how this suddenly opens up the notion of them being able to work together regardless of those differences. In the end, it seems like Satsuki wants to free herself from the shackles of her mother as much as Matoi wants to get her revenge on Harime (and thus, likely Ragyo as well), and it could very well end up being another classic “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” moment.
The question thus becomes: how will things end up from here? Satsuki herself seems unwilling (or unable) to fight off Harime Nui herself at this time, which means that using Matoi to defeat her will be the best thing possible. At the same time, it seems highly unlikely that Matoi’ll be able to defeat Harime at the current time, making you wonder if either Satsuki or Nudist Beach will get involved herself in someway. At the same time, there’s always the possibility Matoi defeats her but goes out of control while doing so. There’s a load of potential routes the story can go from here, and it’s nice to see how the story’s developed in such a way to facilitate the twists in this episode. For instance, it doesn’t look like the future would’ve held much in terms of time to give us any back story on characters like the Elite Four, which made it crucial that they developed the previous episodes in such a way that we got some back story before it was too late. Furthermore, this back story looks like it’ll serve well in giving us a foundation for each member’s motivations in the future—especially when Satsuki’s attempt to rule the world inevitably ends up going through Revoc and her mother.
At the same time though, the developments do leave me somewhat torn as to what to think about the series in general. As awesome as the over-the-top antics have been and as awesome as the potential of this series could be, I’m a bit worried about the developments here. Because (for me) a lot of the greatness of this series came from the natural contrast and interactions between our two Kamui wearers. As such, if the series suddenly decides to pull the “let’s all work together to bring down the big bad guy first” card, it feels like it’ll cheapen the story somewhat by tossing those contrasting views to the back burner. Of course, it’s highly possible that they don’t end up joining together—wouldn’t it be a twist if the rest of the story changes focus to only Satsuki?—and my worrying could be for naught. So I guess we’ll see how it goes for a bit before revisiting this thought. In the mean time, I gotta say… that darn TV owner’s earning a killing with his 100 yen/10 minutes of TV/person gig.
Author’s Note: Apologies on slight lateness of this post. Been trying to churn through final projects, preview and AOTY work while being sick the past week. Just a heads up though, next week’s post is likely to come out on Friday instead.