Kill la Kill #24 — A Big Sweaty Naked Pile

March 27th, 2014


And yet, still less of a disaster than the other show.


After the other show today not only stumbling at the finish line, but somehow managing to impale itself and the judge from Germany with a hurdle, the bar was set incredibly low. I’m not sure it cleared it though. We had all the awful expected cliches, from “this is serious” to “friendship power” to a ‘heroic’ death reset within minutes, to the final battle taking place in space against the true ultimate final super form.

So really, no great surprises except for how obnoxious Mako was and the truly horrible ‘death’ scene. Ragyo gained a sudden and unexpected vulnerability to being attacked, so of course she had to eat Nui (who had also gained a newfound vulnerability to the entire Job Squad), thus making her 100% invulnerable again until someone shouted enough about friendship at her to convince her to kill herself. I don’t know which was worse, the immunity to all attacks, or Ryuko instantly regenerating from everything. “Everything-proof shield!” and “Regenerate all damage instantly!” don’t make for an interesting fight.

Throw in some awful insert songs and terrible shouting about friendship, not giving up, wave some brightly colored lines across the screen, let Ragyo give a moronically long monologue and another few insert songs  (there were seriously like 5 this episode) and show’s over. Senketsu’s gone, it was the real world all along, nobody’s special anymore, and Satsuki becomes a middle-aged secretary, just like everyone hoped it’d end.

Final Thoughts:

Repetition and repetition and repetition and repetition. The show blew its load very early on with Ryuko and Satsuki’s quite well-done initial fight, but then the entire first half (and large chunks of the second) were trying to build up to… Ryuko and Satsuki fighting… again, and again, and again. There are lots of ways they could have made it work, but they were so hung up on the singleminded duo of power levels and friiiiiendship that those two things just got hammered in over and over and over and over. Even on the rare occasions that Ryuko lost, she either outright forgot about it by the time next week rolled around, got a hug to boost her power level, or simply pulled heretofore unseen abilities out of her ass. The problem only got worse as the show went on as every fight became completely one-sided to ridiculous levels of characters regularly getting beheaded or chopped into small bits, but it only counted when God descended from on high and said it did. I can already hear the braying of the hounds but I’m fairly sure that most of it will boil down to “They MEANT to do that,” but that’s all the more reason to be dismissive of both their inability to escalate well and their inability to execute it.

The budget also collapsed quite quickly. Fights soon became shout-fests over very basic animation loops or stills of weapons on a black background. Often, they were cut-aways to have the other characters explain how cool and awesome the things we weren’t actually seeing were, and at its worst, the characters themselves shouting about how they were fighting while not. All noise and exposition about how badass things were while forgetting to actually BE badass. Most egregiously were the side characters, whose whole existence in life was to job over and over and over again to make Ryuko and Satsuki ‘look’ cool. Its continuous attempts to shove the extraordinarily out-of-place comic relief Mako into the center of everything despite Ryuko never really showing the slightest inkling of care for her was also a constant source of annoyance. Characters in general only existed to shout exposition, be unwelcome series gags, or to job to the main couple, often in unpleasant flashbacks.

I remember saying at the very start that it seemed like it could be a cool OVA series and that I had no idea how it was going to be stretched out to a full show, so now I feel a bit smug. More than usual. It had a fairly strong start, but instead of continuing to build beyond that, the show was content to go backward and try to do the same things again and again, but with less and less budget to swing around each time and more relying on the hand of God to both reset things and to determine when the stars aligned and THIS TIME, the finishing blow counted. Watch the first few episodes and you’ve seen the show at pretty much its best. The rest is increasingly weak attempts to recapture that.

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10 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anon999 says:

    I’m just glad it’s finally over.

  • Kitsu says:

    Letter To Aroduc:
    ”Dear Aroduc, we sorry if you dont value Friendship the same as us because you are miserable”
    We love, Japan.

    • Although... says:

      You know, I’ve always been bothered by the whole “power of friendship” thing. People are aware that friendship doesn’t have any inherent power, right? People can’t like bank up their friendship and give it to other people to enhance their power level. The value of friendship is the stuff people actually DO for each other. Like tangible actions and meaningful investments of emotion and trust. Not shouting about how cool somebody is because they’re your pal. But then again understanding friendship only on an abstract conceptual level makes a certain amount of sense when you consider the source.

      Also to be honest a lot of the characters seemed to have deep respect and admiration for people who appeared not to give a crap about them in any meaningful sense. Which is kinda sad, if you think about it, in addition to being pretty weak characterization.

      • OverMaster says:

        In general, most ‘friendships’ in manganime are actually quite shallow and feel token more often than not. We see these people yelling about their friendship in battle ad nauseam, but rarely we see any believable, sincere bonding building up their supposed all powerful friendship.

  • Sanjuro says:

    I like middle-aged secretaries.
    I also liked the show for about the first 4-5 episodes which was surprising cause I thought I would hate it. Then after that it went downhill and turned into something worse than I initially thought it would be. Apart from most fights being 3 frames of two people hitting eachothers weapons the thing that I disliked the most was the use of music. They would play a track for 5 seconds, then randomly change it to a similar one then stop that after 3 seconds to play that lose your way track. Jesus, they loved that track.

  • GhostintheMuffin says:

    I was really digging the first few episodes too…then the rest of this show happened and I stopped digging it. My main problem is I just couldn’t be bothered to give a shit about any of the characters at any point. Ryuko was an incredibly weak protagonist. Mako, like Aroduc stated, just felt out of place. Satsuki had room to be a good character, but they always made her take a backseat to Ryuko. The Elite Four or whatever they were called always felt tacked onto every scene. Nui was the obligatory psychotic moe character because every goddamn anime needs one of those these days. Outside of the action, none of them really do anything or have any moments that make you care about them in any capacity. They just do some cool shit from time to time and apparently we’re supposed to fall in love with them.

  • SinsI says:

    > nobody’s special anymore

    I’m pretty sure Ryuuko is still Super Sayan, with her Life Fibers safely stored inside.

    • Anon says:

      Yes, and Nui surly still lurking around…. IF there will come a 2nd season…

      remember? the mother Skyrocket to the satellite with Nui’s new body, but loosing some empty boosters on her way up? Some of them are Nui’s body…

  • algorithm says:

    That gotta be the worst death scene I saw in a while.

  • Serocco says:

    I gotta disagree with all of you. While it was hammy as hell and all, I thought it was a suitably epic show.