「夜へ急ぐ人」 (Yoru e Isogu Hito)
“Into the Night”
If there’s one thing that last week bought to the forefront, it’s the fact that many of the developments in Kill la Kill haven’t exactly been the most unpredictable. Many of the events from last week happened as expected and were mentioned at some point either in my posts or via the comments, and it’s a notion that stays largely true this week as well. As it turns out, Satsuki and Matoi are indeed related—something predicted in last week’s post—and all things considered, this episode ends up doing quite well considering its predictability.
Because if there’s one thing a fair amount of viewers will likely agree on, it’s the fact that predictability doesn’t typically do any favors when used as a label for a particular work. It’s a positive contributor if it’s a story that relies on you hoping that something specific doesn’t happen despite all signs pointing to it, but this isn’t the case here. And it’s something that makes it all the more surprising that I actually liked this episode quite a bit. In fact, I’d go as far as labeling this episode as the best this series has offered us so far, because to me, this is the episode that finally declares what kind of show Kill la Kill wants to be: a series powered by its unique art style and action-oriented scenes.
Up until now, there’s been the occasional teaser that some deeper themes may be explored, but nothing ever materialized aside from what’s literally depicted or discussed in a particular scene. Suffice to say, it’s been frustrating trying to see whether or not they were going to go more in depth in that regard, and it’s something I felt has held the series back from its full potential. It was as if they were saying “look, we could tell a story if we wanted to,” but were intentionally choosing not to—a notion that reeked of wasted potential. Now that we’ve gotten the revelations we have and confirmation that things seem to have been intentionally predictable though, it’s easy to look at this series as something where the story comes second, which ends up making all the difference in terms of enjoyment. And enjoy this episode I did.
After all, how couldn’t I? This was the flashiest episode of them all—filled with all the action-packed goodness you could ever want and great usage of vocal inserts. Satsuki was taken down, Matoi’s heart’s just floating in mid-air, and there really isn’t much more you can ask for in this respect. To top things off, they’ve managed to build a tad bit of suspense as a result—an added bonus considering how predictable things have been up until this point—and it’s a perfect example of it being high time to just sit back and enjoy the show. Literally.