Remember last week when I said change was coming to Kill la Kill? Be not afraid, because those changes don’t seem as drastic as we thought they would be(at least for now).
I know that at this point, it’s impossible to ignore the silly attempts this show has for metaphor. Their main metaphor is based on the value of clothing and how your status in society depends on it. They take this concept literally here by building a dictatorship based around the power of their clothes, and that eventually people are consumed by that hunger for more. It’s not exactly a deep message, but it’s quite obvious thanks to the numerous shout-outs by Satsuki or how the symbol to losing power is being stripped naked.
But enough of that nonsense, because the main focus for this episode was Ryuuko’s rampage. Other than cheap animation(seriously, did a kindergartener scribble that?), it manages to demonstrate just how powerful Senketsu can be if left out of control. It easily manages to overwhelm everyone opposing it, thus sidelining anything that could drastically change the sh0w’s formula. Harime Nui’s involvement is restricted to flashback sequences or chats with Satsuki. This way they could progress with further details in the plot(scissor-blade’s true purpose, secrets of life fiber) without leaving current set-ups(Satsuki vs Ryuuko) at jeopardy.
Speaking of which, it’s nice to see that the only possible opposition to this rampage are the early set-ups mentioned before. Satsuki’s junketsu is the only one that manages to push back the berserk Senketsu, and Satsuki’s ambition remains the one thing in charge of which direction the plot is headed(from tournmanet ot conquest). Mako remains an important part of Ryuuko’s character, being able to stop Ryuuko’s rage by slapping her silly. Either Mako is secretly the most overpowered character in the series or her friendship with Ryuuko is that deeply influenced, and i’m pretty sure it’s the latter.
Halfway into the show, and it still leaves me dumbfounded on a weekly basis. It shoves every predictable aspect in anime, serves it on a silver platter, and yet still leaves me wanting more. And even if I get what I expect, they switch the other ingredients so often that i’m left anticipating what combination they’ll come up with. We’ll have to wait till January 10th for the next episode, but I can safely say that I’m excited.