OP2: 「ambiguous」 by GARNiDELiA
「女はそれを我慢できない」 (Onna wa Sore o Haman Deki Nai)
“The Girl Can’t Help It”
Kill la Kill’s highly anticipated episode 16 is here, and it’s not without a boatload of story line revelations—all amid a new OP/ED and a “recap episode” that was thankfully cut into only a minute’s duration. Needless to say, every one of these story line bombshells are vital to the overall story, and some of these will be listed below for reference’s sake:
With those revelations in mind, it’s easy to see why many had this episode pegged as the series’ game-changing episode. After all, the “ultimate enemy” has been finally revealed, and it’s likely that there aren’t any huge revelations left to give out from this point. The cards are all on the table and it’s an interesting spread that could lead to some interesting developments—including the ever appealing possibility of having Satsuki and Ryuuko fighting on the same side. Because if one considers the fact that Satsuki seems to have been gunning for Ragyo for a while now, the fact that the latter’s essentially turned the family into a spokesperson of an alien being just adds more wood to the fire, and both of our MC’s are ultimately on the same side in this respect. Indeed, it can be said that many of Satsuki’s actions regarding Ryuuko—she did make sure not to kill her when she had the chance—have been done with the intention of priming her for the upcoming Culture and Sports Festival, and it’ll be interesting to see how her inevitable involvement changes the Satsuki vs. Ragyo equation. Because while it’s entirely possible they end up on the same side, it’s also possible that Ryuuko decides to go through both of them instead, which would be a sight to behold.
That said, the show’s really taking the whole evolution and clothing thing pretty far, which ends up fitting right in with how the series has been up until now. It might be causing a few select biologists to roll in their graves, but it’s a generally interesting twist on what’s been a rather grounded series so far. And by that, I mean grounded in the sense that the series has been playing within a certain set, formulaic boundary—one that did not suggest the involvement of extraterrestrials. But now that they are involved, well, let’s see where it takes us. I’d hesitate to say this is a game-changer episode without seeing the rest of the episodes, but it could very well be one.
Author’s Note: I’ll be taking a significant exam next week so I will be unavailable to cover episode 17. As of now, it looks like Stilts should be able to cover episode 17 in my stead, but this is not a guarantee. If anything, the episode will be made up with a double post the following week.
Full-length images: 26.
ED2: 「新世界交響楽」 (Shinsekai Koukyougaku) by よならポニーテール (Sayonara Ponytail)