Not since ep 1 have my thoughts for Kill la Kill been so mixed. For better or worse, change is coming whether we like it or not.
The first half is what you’d expect to happen in any Kill la Kill ep. We continue Jakuzure’s fight until she’s defeated twice in a row. Nudist Beach has a bullet made of life fiber ready in case Ryuuko loses control, and Sanageyama is ready to have his awaited battle. But suddenly the fight is stopped, with Sanageyama defeated in a thread pull by someone sent by Satsuki’s mother Ragyo. Her name is Harime Nui, and she reveals herself to be the one that killed Ryuuko’s father. Priorities have now changed, and this time Satsuki has no control.
Frankly, this change has me really worried. While Ragyo’s presence and Harime’s reveal feel intimidating enough to catch our attention, it quickly overshadows all that was established before. I don’t like that, especially since part of the appeal for this show was the contrast between Ryuuko and Satsuki’s ideals. This larger threat certainly promises more, but I don’t want it to force previous conflicts to instantly resolve themselves in the face of greater evil.
Yet despite my complaints, I can’t help but feel excited for something different. I was worried since the first ep that where the story was headed would get old. The scale was set from the start rather than gradually rising, and the formula was essentially a king-of-the-hill battle with occasional attacks from a 3rd party. This change opens new doors for potential twists and turns, something that’s sorely needed in this show.
There’s not much I can say now other than state my uncertainty. This twist can either make or break Kill la Kill, but change was definitely needed to keep the show from being repetitive. All that’s left is to find out where it goes from here.