「イミテイション・ゴールド」 (Imiteishon Gorudo)
In heaven’s stead, we smite clothing.
The final battle against Ragyo and the Original Life Fiber is here and it’s a chock full of action-packed goodness. We got our sisters wrecking havoc with their respective Kamui, Mako rocking power levels over 9000, and the Four Devas packing heat with their Supreme War Regalia too. With the S.S. Naked Sun turning into a literal blade and the return of almost the entire series’ cast to top things off, it’s pretty easy to say this was Kill la Kill’s best episode yet—making it quite literally the definition of “saving the best for last.”
I must say though, in the end, the highlights of the episode wasn’t so much the action scenes as it was the obvious uptick in art (and animation) they put in for this episode and the links it made with some of the previous ones. I mean, look at those full cast shots! Those are some fabulously crisp lines they have there. And what about the whole repeat of Satsuki being grabbed by the face again or the “of course you can’t understand us because we’re incomprehensible” bit? How about the return of all of Ryuuko’s previously defeated foes or the repeat of episode 22’s ending dual transformation sequence? Did I mention the bit where our favorite nudist pulls another one of his nude jibes? There’s just a boat load of nostalgic references all throughout the episode and it’s something that provides a little to everyone no matter who you’ve rooted for throughout the series’ run.
More importantly however, it sets up the final battle vibe this kind of ending (and show) needs to have. Things haven’t always been smooth developmentally with this series, but the fact is that these last few episodes look to end the series on a high note, and it’s something that does notably even out some of the short comings in the previous episodes. Needless to say, it’s these kinds of episodes that I love to watch in action-oriented series like these, and they’re really nice reprieves from weeks as busy as the one I’ve been having. It only helps that there’s an adrenaline rush inducing soundtrack here to keep you on your game too—how about that sudden Blumenkranz insert near the end?—and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it’s an OST (the second one comes out May 7th) that we’ll likely be talking about come the end of the year. That’s just Sawano Hiroyuki for you.
Looking forward, there’s really not much else to say. There is no phrase more fitting than “let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride” in this case, and it’s quite likely next week may actually trump even this week’s theatrics—which is just fine with me. Prep your Ultima Uniforms, because it’s time to take the damn academy back. Till then though, we have an awesome full-length for you guys below. It’s just one, but it summarizes everything about this episode in one shot.
Full-length images: 29.