As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Lumalee Lumabob left the staff of Bravenewmoe and left me in charge of his series. Kill la Kill was of course his most popular series, so I’ve decided to cover it weekly after this post. Keep in mind that I have a different mindset to that of Lumalee Lumabob, but I share his enthusiasm for this particular show. I LOVE Kill la Kill!
Obviously the first thing to mention about Kill la Kill before anything is the style. Rather than impress with fluid animation, fast choreography, or even stunning detail, everything is shot with the goal of highlighting expression and energy. There is not a single moment when the show is standing still and even the cheap-looking scenes feel vibrant. Use of still images and rough designs that would usually deserve harsh criticism are perfectly acceptable thanks to this, and the moments when the action starts feel that much more exciting.
When it comes to content, Kill la Kill is very simplified. Basically the great Honnouji Academy holds its classmates and citizens in Totalitarian rule, led by the Student Council President Satsuki Kiryuuin. Matoi Ryuuko is the transfer student who’s seeking for vengeance for her father’s death while rebelling against the almighty Council, with her Scissor blade and Talking Uniform Senketsu. Yes the story has been slowly building up with information on Life fibers and the Nudist rebels, but the show seems intent on cramming every popular trope in the Shonen genre and making it explode.
The real reason for why this show works for me, regardless of its simplicity and over-the-top nature, is how self-aware it is. It embraces how “Cartoonish” it is and lacks any self-restraint when it comes to what it shows. In fact, it’s treated so casually that even the craziest moments seem acceptable. An apartment complex with old people contains enough bullets to destroy the Alamo? Fine. A school that has a higher body count each day than the first 15 minutes of Saving Private Ryan? Why not? The bond between a tomboy and her talking uniform being emotionally compelling? Surprisingly it is!
Now is this the SAVIOR of ANIME that I’ve heard some people talk about? I can’t say for sure, but it’s unlike anything i’ve seen this year. It’s basically what would happen if Gurren Lagann took place in a high school, and so far it shares the same energy and lack of restraints. And those two traits are what make this so silly, yet so epic at the same time.