「果てしなき闇の彼方に」 (Hateshinaki Yami no Kanata ni)
“Beyond the Infinite Darkness”
The end of the winter season is upon us and Kill la Kill’s run comes to its ultimate conclusion. As expected, the series ends with a literal bang, and it was a Trigger show through and through. There’s something to be said about the uniquity of the series they create, and it’s quite clear that this series was one that fit the bill. All things considered though, I must say that the ending felt somewhat lacking considering the build up and developments of previous episodes.
Make no mistake, it was pretty fun to watch all the action-packed goodness we got this week. The Mako x Gamagoori moments in particular were nice and it was pretty cool seeing Ryuuko wearing all the Ultima Uniforms at once too. The thing for me however, was just how easily the Ragyo and the transmitter “went down” in the first half of the episode, and it just felt a bit convenient that she’d reveal her weakness right in time for Senketsu to plow through. Furthermore, the whole “I’m neither human or clothing” bit was nice in concept, but it felt like it might’ve taken away from the experience more than it added to it. It fit in with the whole “you’re so incomprehensible” bit from the last few weeks, but there’s a difference between being literally incomprehensible and being incomprehensible in the sense that you’d fight despite the odds being against you. Probably would’ve been better just having the “return humans to the way they once were” part rather than the whole claiming that you both are and aren’t and aren’t human/clothing, then saying that humans are humans and clothing and clothing…
In the end, they’re not exactly big issues and some of it does end up fitting some of the things they’ve tried to present here, but one just does wonder if it couldn’t have been done somewhat better overall. The general consensus does remain that it was a satisfactory ending however, so I suppose that’s all that really matters here. Otherwise, there’s not much to say here to be honest. It was pretty straight forward for the most part and generally as over the top as expected too. Some parts reminded me of the Third Impact from Evangelion and it was quite fun to see the DTR’s combine, but yeah, that’s really about it. The screen caps tell most of the story here this time around. You’ll find the final impressions below.
Full-length images: 08.
In looking back at Kill la Kill, I’d have to say that this is probably one case where a lot of the hype may have actually worked against it. Many people expected something along the lines of TTGL or something of top tier story, execution, and action, and it’s something that inevitably led to disappointment for some. One could go into a whole essay discussing expectations, hype, and the like, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll just say that Kill la Kill at least ended up being great in terms of its action aspects. In this sense, as well as the sales and popularity it’s garnered during its run, it can be said that it was a successful overall, and it’s a notion that should help Trigger continue along as a studio that produces both unique and memorable series. It occasionally lacked in regards to execution and it didn’t quite “save anime” as some people wanted it to, but the fact remains that it was quite entertaining, and that’s arguably one of the more important factors to consider among many people who watch anime. I for one know that Kill la Kill’s entertainment value counters much of the issues I had with the series, and ultimately it was just a solid series worth tuning in for from week to week—even if it was filled with more ups and downs than I hoped it would.
Looking forward, it looks like the OVA (“Episode 25”) and Little Witch Academia 2 are next on the agenda, and time-willing, you’ll bet that I’ll cover those as well. Last but not least, I’d just like to say thanks again for those of you that come week in, week out to comment and read the posts we do here, and here’s hoping you’ll stick around (and enjoy) our coverage of the coming spring season as well.