Hello, and welcome to the latest installment of Anime of The Week #67! Do you like action? Do you like comedy? Do you like Studio Trigger? Then this is the anime for you! The anime is Kill la Kill.
Oct 4, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014 (Fall 2013)
After the murder of her father, Ryuuko Matoi has been wandering the land in search of his killer. Following her only lead—the missing half of his invention, the Scissor Blade—she arrives at the prestigious Honnouji Academy, a high school unlike any other. The academy is ruled by the imposing and cold-hearted student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin alongside her powerful underlings, the Elite Four. In the school’s brutally competitive hierarchy, Satsuki bestows upon those at the top special clothes called “Goku Uniforms,” which grant the wearer unique superhuman abilities.
Thoroughly beaten in a fight against one of the students in uniform, Ryuuko retreats to her razed home where she stumbles across Senketsu, a rare and sentient “Kamui,” or God Clothes. After coming into contact with Ryuuko’s blood, Senketsu awakens, latching onto her and providing her with immense power. Now, armed with Senketsu and the Scissor Blade, Ryuuko makes a stand against the Elite Four, hoping to reach Satsuki and uncover the culprit behind her father’s murder once and for all.
Back when it first aired, I loved it all the way to the end with its animation, characters, story, music, it’s everything, really. Even when rewatching it with a more critical eye, I still can’t help but enjoy the show quite a lot. I believe the show’s biggest strength are its characters. Mako especially was my absolute favorite with her optimistic, go-getter attitude. Though that doesn’t exclude Ryuko’s determination to get to her goal, but does know when to relax and spend time with her friends. Once again, all of the characters are likable in some way, whether it’s the Elite Four’s determination to Satsuki and their reasoning for sticking with her to the end, or Satsuki’s refined yet powerful authority to the “pigs in human clothing”. The animation is usually over-the-top, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Especially when it gets to some of the action scenes (Which there’s plenty). The music is also top notch, the show’s arguably most famous song, “Don’t Lose Your Way,” being really catchy to listen to. Overall, Kill la Kill was, and still is, an excellent and entertaining ride from start to finish. And I recommend any anime fan, both new and old, to at least give it a shot. Who knows? Maybe you won’t regret it.
Seasons and Episodes:
Seasons: 1 Episodes: 24
Thanks for reading, See you on the next anime of the week! 🙂