Kill la Kill – 15

In an episode riddled with QUALITY shots, Senketsu and Ryuuko are finally reunited body and cloth after their dramatic (in hindsight, anti-climactic) separation. It deserves mention just how many QUALITY shots there were in this weeks episode. It was completely unacceptable. It was downright embarrassing. I have come to expect a certain level of quality from Kill la Kill. It is not that high yet TRIGGER still managed to fall short of it this week.

How could TRIGGER drop their baby on its head so carelessly? There have not been that many tense or climactic moments in Kill la Kill. I am going to have to assume episode fifteen was supposed to be one such moment. In what should have been a landmark episode for the series they left the entire experience feeling half-assed. I am highly unsympathetic to the under-payed animators and artists when they release something of this quality.

Mr. Crabs worshiping the all powerful yen.

Last week TRIGGER destroyed any semblance of suspense or tension when it was revealed Senketsu was fine and after twenty minutes was all but completely restored. I realized then that TRIGGER has no intention of having any sort of drama in Kill la Kill. Every problem that arises within the series will be resolved either in that episode or the next. Following my theory, with Nudist Beach getting destroyed this episode it will be revealed next week that there are reserves hiding out throughout the country and that they will be back at full strength for episode seventeen.

When it was revealed that Satsuki held the final piece of Senketsu I legitimately believed she would just hand it over. That is how pessimistic I am in regards to any sort of exciting development in Kill la Kill. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when Satsuki at least tried to keep it from Ryuuko. It is such a great thing that Ryuuko was able to transform without the final piece. It would have been terrible if something actually happened in the show and she could not use Senketsu for more than one episode. I mean, I was so relieved last week when it turned out that she had become stronger and it was not a problem that she could not use Senketsu to defeat the students imbued with his patches. Heaven forbid there was some kind of problem in Ryuuko’s way that could not be solved in twenty minutes or less.

“He is getting in the way of an actual plot development!”

Now, there are people who are going to disagree, “Were you not watching? Nudist Beach is in shambles! Something crazy happened!” Oh, really? That is downright awful. I mean, up until now they have been the only element in this series that has been fighting against the Kiryuuins’. Oh wait, that was Ryuuko. This is the first time we have ever seen Nudist Beach.

Aside from mentioning once that Tsumugu was attacking schools we have yet to see any kind of impact from the actions of Nudist Beach. Goodness gracious, now they are gone? Satsuki always mentioned how they were a thorn in her side, mind you we never saw or were told how, but good gracious. Who knows what might happen now. Nudist Beach has been all but destroyed. Aaaaaaah (read in monotone).

Why on Earth are we supposed to feel any which way over their destruction when this is literally the first time we have seen them? TRIGGER could have included thirty seconds of Nudist Beach attacking Kiryuuin activities every other episode. They could have had bystanders talking about the recent attack on the Kiryuuins’. They could have done anything with Nudist Beach aside from it being a huge joke, but they did not and now they are gone. I do not even know how to feel about this. Other than disappointment I really do not know how to describe these feelings.

“This may be our first screentime, but we are a big deal and our loss is a huge blow to the Kill la Kill universe.””

I could go on, but I have already bothered you enough. Despite everything I said, I had… fun with this episode. The same kind of fun a child has watching Teletubbies, though. I managed to sit through it all in one sitting so it was not complete trash. However, after expecting so much more from these last two episodes it is devastatingly disappointing to have this kind of resolution. I remember when Nudist Beach was first introduced and I was so excited to see their activities. Let me tell you, this is a far-cry from what I imagined.

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4 responses

  1. Oh my god I totally missed the Mr. Crabs gag. Damnit, now I feel silly.

    Arguably the most disappointing thing about Nudist Beach appearing was how generic they looked. Before, people were arguing “IT’S COMMENTARY ON HOW THE MASSES ARE BESMITTEN TO SATSUKI!” Nope. Just budget. Not that it’s a serious problem for your extra to be faceless, but I still feel bad for those guys xD

    I am reminded of when SFDebris reviewed Star Trek V (you know, the horrible Shatner vanity project), and using elements of the film, made it out to be a great anti-Communist commentary about how their military is incompetent, corruption looms in their leaders, they have poor training, and their doctors practice casual euthanasia on their own families and women are forced to give birth in dirt caves. It works, but only if you spin it that way.

    I am dreading the prospect that KILL la KILL will end up being such a series.

    1. I have to disagree with you about the Nudist Nudist Beach uniforms. They matched perfectly what I had imagined. Mind you, I imagined more breasts than dongs. That was a little jarring.

      It would have been nice to see what those tool-belts had. I would understand if they were just aesthetics, but at the same time this is Nudist Beach we are talking about. They need to have some kind of combat prowess aside from those walkers.

      People will always read into things. I just hope that nobody gets to gung-ho over Kill la Kill. Given the antics so far, it really does not deserve much discussion on that level.

  2. Kill la Kill has been downhill from episode 3. Ryuko and Satsuki are still the most bland and boring characters I’ve seen in a supposedly “cuhrayzeeh” action show. Mako had potential to be something more than an annoying repetitive comic relief sidekick but Trigger says nope. The Elite 4 had very rushed and pretentious backstories, the scenes were trying to look meaningful despite how shallow everything about this series is. Obviously all of those were just to glorify Satsuki-sama. The Elite 4 as a whole is just that, a dissapointment. All their backstories were forgettable and their battles were a huge letdown. Don’t get me wrong, I like the character designs and the voice acting. As for the actual characters and what they brought to the show, meh. Pretty much everything was underwhelming.

    I know I shouldn’t be looking for good writing in an Imaishi anime, but still, when an in-your-face show like this does take itself seriously, I can’t help but cringe. Scenes when Ryuko is acting emo or a character is spewing a dramatic monologue are laughably bad. Also, the characters themselves are inconsistent. We’ve seen how Ryuko is such a GAR-wannabe and always fights savagely. So why in the middle of her fight against Nonon did she suddenly turn into a calm-and-collected strategist, doing that “heartbeat” defense move? I know that was a random example, but it was just too stupid to ignore. Nudist Beach keeps pretending that they’re relevant even though we know almost nothing/don’t give a crap about them. Ragyo has potential to be someone interesting, but given how lazy and uninspired Trigger has been I doubt she’ll be that great. The plot is NOT interesting at all. Even most of the jokes fall flat. KLK is desperately trying to be amusing, it usually only succeeds half the time.

    As for the animation, it’s terrible. It’s stiff and stuttery. The art-style is good, it’s very dynamic. But the actual animation is not smooth at all. And no, I’m not even talking about the scenes that are supposed to look goofy. As a whole the animation is just embarrassing to watch. To be fair, there are SOME rare good looking fluid animations (some of the fight scenes, the transformation sequences, the opening). Overall though, the show just doesn’t look that good. There are so many stills and they keep re-using a lot of the previous animations. The only thing I can praise here is the OST. Hiroyuki Sawano did a great job.

    Sorry for the rant, I was just so excited about this anime when it was first announced. Now I know how terrible this series really is. I don’t even really care what happens at this point, the only reason I still watch it is because my brother makes me.

    1. For a show that claimed to be crazy and breaking all the rules, I found that Kill la Kill has yet to break a single rule. Every time there was room for change TRIGGER decided to stick with the norm. I was fully expecting the Elite Four to be replaced during the competition. I found the idea that everything would ultimately come back to square one unthinkable. The only reason TRIGGER would have this contest would be to introduce new powerhouse characters. Never happened. Every fucking time something happens it is reset the following episode or in the following twenty minutes. I have never seen show make so little progress in fifteen episodes.

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