「どうにもとまらない」 (Do Ni Mo Tomara Nai)
“Don’t Stop Me Now”
Going back to the topics I started on last week, Kill la Kill is increasingly looking like a series that seems more action-oriented than story-oriented. Because like many previous episodes, this week’s episode delivers on the action side of things—providing plenty of flashy fight scenes between the finally deployed Nudist Beach and the Student Council members and between Satsuki and Matoi as well. What does ends up being a hit and a miss are the story developments in between those however, and it’s a pity that this is the case. I love entertaining action series as much as everyone else—in fact, I probably love them more considering my affinity for Kawamori series—but it just feels like there could’ve been more here to develop considering the content and expectations put upon it initially. Don’t get me wrong though, this doesn’t make the series a bad one at all. It merely misses the mark somewhat—which still says a lot more than some of the series we’ve been given in the past year.
That said, one of the things Kill la Kill is really trying to emphasize is the friendship element between Matoi and Senketsu, and how their affinity for one another allows them to reach a power level normally unattainable for someone like her. In this sense, Satsuki’s regard for her Kamui is markedly different, and it’s also apparent why. After all, her involvement in the production of Goku Uniforms make the Kamui merely another piece of clothing to be worn, and her treatment of Junketsu clearly reflects this. And that’s fine. It’s a solid foundation from which to develop things from, sure, but there seems to be a missing component that makes this more than solid, and part of it stems from their inability to give a convincing argument against Satsuki.
Because as many of you may remember, a lot of us mentioned that Matoi was arguably the bad guy within this context—an anti-hero main character more than anything. She came in wielding her scissor sword, and essentially started wrecking things to try and find out information about her father. Meanwhile, Satsuki’s the one with an actual noble goal and a whole legion of loyal supporters—strong ones too—at her side that’d gladly sacrifice their lives for her in the face of any challenge.
Considering these initial developments, the fact that Matoi’s ends up accusing Satsuki of being too heavy handed this week ends up ringing a tad bit hollow—precisely because she was pretty much doing the same kind of carnage initially. Satsuki was the one developed as the paragon of virtue among the two, yet suddenly Matoi’s also one in the span of 2 episodes? It’s unconvincing to say the least—especially when you consider the methods she uses to obtain Satsuki’s sword. Not only that, but Matoi’s accusation that Satsuki is alone just because she doesn’t interact with her Kamui rings hollow as well. Yes, she’s alone in terms that none of her peers can match her skills or charisma and in the Kamui interaction context, but she’s far from alone in terms of allies. With the Student Council by her side, she has at least four people she can rely on when she needs to, and she’s had them for a number of years as well. Number-wise, that’s more than what Matoi has in terms of equivalent strength friends, and just one of Satsuki’s relationships is already longer in length than all of Matoi’s combined.
It makes you wonder if Satsuki wouldn’t have been a better main character instead… but I digress. In general, this episode ultimately ends up being similar to many of the previous. It’s far from a bad episode—especially in terms of action—but it’s also not exactly the pinnacle of the genre either. I will admit there were a few developments here that surprised me—such as how Matoi obtains Satsuki’s blade—but much ends up as expected, and even the ones that surprised me were a tad bit of a hit and miss. Next week however, does seem to hold quite a bit of promise. With the supposed revelation of details surrounding Matoi’s father upcoming, it could very well flip the entire series on its back, and I’m quite interested to what exactly those revelations will entail. Depending on how they do things, it could very well be a game-changer in many respects.