「悲しみにつばをかけろ」 (Kanashimi ni Tsuba o Kakero)
“Spit Your Sadness Away”
The last episode of the year is here and what ends up happening is generally what we expected. As mentioned in the previous episode’s post as a possibility, Matoi does indeed go berserk, and ultimately forces even Satsuki into action. Mako ends up being the one that “saves the day”—that is, she prevents Matoi from having to either be put down by Satsuki or shot by Nudist Beach—but the significant developments here end up lying with the revelations before that, rather than the act of salvation itself. Because ultimately, the big things here are the confirmation that Harime Nui did indeed take the scissors initially—or at least, neither of them want to reveal who it is yet—and the fact that Satsuki’s been using this entire Naturals Election in order to finalize her academy take-over plans. Satsuki’s decision to get involved with Matoi’s berserk mode also ends up important, but it’s mostly par for the course considering her personality, the fact that she’s essentially the symbolic representation of order and responsibility, and the necessity of it to ensure something remains of the school so she can lead her conquest.
With that said, the aforementioned ends up bringing up one important question for me in particular, and that’s whether or not series predictability is a good thing. Because if there’s one thing the series tends to do, it’s that a lot of its future developments are made obvious before hand. Not only that, a lot of the “social commentary” and the “deeper elements” within this series aren’t exactly subtle either—with many of these aspects mentioned literally in the dialogue at some point in the episode. That’s not to say the show isn’t enjoyable—the action elements alone make it so—but like Guardian Enzo before me, I’m admittedly running out of things to say here regarding this series. I had been holding back on discussing this for a while in order to see how the series developed in this regard, but now that we’re at the mid-way point, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be any significant changes in regards to the overall formula of how this series is going to be.
And so what’s the point? Well, the general thing is that I feel as though Kill la Kill isn’t quite as complex as it’s being made out to be by some. This doesn’t mean that feel there’s no complexity within this show or that I’ll drop coverage of the series (it may see reduced content per post, however), but I felt like it was high time for me to explain exactly why some of my posts for this show in particular have been either under par or less enthusiastic compared to the other shows I write posts for.
Serious topics aside, I could swear that Mako’s comment of “people die when they lose their blood” was a reference to Fate/stay night’s “people die when they are killed” quip. Of course, it’s not exactly confirm-able whether or not it was, but I have to say that the guys behind this show deserve a few claps if it was an intentional reference. Either way, you have to give the creators some props for getting your viewers intentionally looking for this stuff, and I guess that’s one reason why there are so many different opinions regarding this show. At least, that is one thing this series seems to do particularly well—even though it makes it a hell of a lot harder to blog. Guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.
Author’s Note: According to the broadcast schedule, episode 13 will not be aired until January 10th. Until then, keep an eye out for the Winter 2014 Preview (sometime between X-Mas and New Year’s) and RC’s annual AOTY post (sometime around when episode 13 airs).