News & VideosGalleries

Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07

9:00 AM on 11.19.2013
AA: Kill la Kill 07Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07 photo

Back when Kill la Kill first started airing seven weeks ago, Mako Mankanshoku came as a pleasant surprise to me. Now that we've finally had an episode with the spotlight on her, my opinion remains unchanged.

Mako gonna Mako.

I don't think that episode seven is nearly as strong as the past few entries, but I do believe it does a good job of giving some insight into the type of character Mako is and why Ryuko is so drawn to her and her family.

In earlier episodes it was established that the higher your uniform rank, the more comfortable your living circumstances become. This week we get to see that system in full force, as Mako and Ryuko found the Fight Club and beat their way through club leader one after the other in an effort to make use of Satsuki's system and improve the Mankanshoku family's quality of life. The Elite Four, in particular Jakuzure, can't seem to wrap their heads around why Satsuki is permitting them to get so close to the inner student council circle. Satsuki stresses that if a club leader is defeated by Ryuko, it just means they weren't worthy of having a Goku Uniform in the first place.

Meanwhile, through hard work and a whole lot of fighting, Ryuko and Mako have pretty much gone as high up as they can without challenging the Elite Four directly. With the upgrade in living however comes a drastic change in family dynamics, and Mako's family begins to quickly drift apart. Ryuko finds herself questioning if this is really what she wanted all along, leading to her decision to quit the Fight Club. Mako takes this rather poorly, and Satsuki uses the opportunity to give her a two star Goku Uniform. An all out battle ensues, but the power of friendship wins out.

Can we please take a moment to talk about how goddamn rad Mako's Goku Uniform look is? It's a nice throwback to the bancho/yankee designs that permeate so much of older manga and anime, and having her fight with her fists was a nice change of pace. In a show filled with weird powers and weapons, it's refreshing to see a character just throw down for once. The actual battle proper is brief but explosive, though it had the unfortunate side effect of leaving me wanting more. I'll be horribly disappointed if Mako never gets another chance to be a badass; Ryuko could use the back up.

Elsewhere, I felt like the dramatic bits were hit or miss. A lot of it worked for me; the finale in which Mako stops short of punching Ryuko and falls to her knees crying was genuinely moving. Some parts however suffered from underdevelopment, primarily due to a lack of time. My biggest problem with this particular story is that it needed more space to breathe. The Mankanshoku family goes from rags to riches in the span of a few minutes, and we're not given enough time to appreciate how big the difference in living quality actually is.

That being said, I do think this was a good enough Mako-centric episode that manages to flesh out her personality. The audience is shown just how much she cares for the people around her, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness. On the flip side, Satsuki is further portrayed as a puppet master of sorts, manipulating Ryuko and Mako into destroying the weak clubs and giving her the chance to rebuild from the ground up. I suspected early on that the villain of the week format wouldn't stick around, and it looks like that's the case.

Episode seven of Kill la Kill may not be the best of the bunch, but it's still an entertaining romp in which one of the best characters has a real chance to shine.

Bring on the Gamagoori.

Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07 photo
Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07 photo
Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07 photo
Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07 photo
Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07 photo
Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07 photo
Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07 photo

Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*]   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.

Facebook Shares

From other sites around the web

timeline following:

10:00 PM on 02.27.2015
Don't lose your way with KILL la KILL's 8-bit opening

Listen up, you pigs in human clothing; Studio Megaane has used the power of his Retro Kamui to transform KILL la KILL's first opening theme into a stylish chiptune. Of course, the threads in the guy's latest work are sewn ni...more

12:00 PM on 12.28.2014
Japanator Awards 2014: Sal's Top 5

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. While I didn’t get to watch a lot of anime shows during the year, there were still a few titles that brought joy to my life. I guess you could say that I was lucky wi...more

1:00 PM on 05.29.2014
Look at this preview of the Kill la Kill dub, you pigs in human clothing!

As Aniplex gears up for the Kill la Kill localized release, we're given a glimpse at the lead voices that will make up the English dub.  I was initially quite nervous about it but overall, I have to say that this short ...more

9:00 PM on 04.18.2014
Nail art is taken to a whole new level

Who doesn't want anime characters on their nails? The artists over at Color's Beauty Salon tweeted their most recent work at it got beyond popular in a matter of days. The famous Kill la Kill nails are making their way around...more

5:00 PM on 04.10.2014
Bask in the glow of Satsuki Kiryuin's Kill la Kill shirt

Hardcore Chocolate has become well known around these parts for spinning some cool fibers for Kill la Kill characters, using flat, monochromatic illustrations that really pop. Their yellow-themed Mako Mankanshoku design and r...more

12:00 PM on 04.03.2014
Final Impressions: Kill la Kill

The final episode of Kill la Kill has come and gone, with the story of the lone transfer student seeking revenge for her father's death having come to its conclusion.  Things exploded, Gainax references were made, people...more

11:00 PM on 04.01.2014
4kids takes on Kill la Kill: Meet Bully la Bully

I'm tempted to post this without comment, but that would be unprofessional of me. So meet Bully la Bully, the 4kids-style redub of Japanimation sensation Kill la Kill. Tumblr user Tony Le created the video based on this old ...more

9:00 PM on 03.28.2014
Pre-order your Kill la Kill and Fate/Stay Night Nendoroids

Goodsmile Company has three new Nendoroids available for fans: Kill la Kill's Mako Mankanshoku and Ryuko Matoi, and yet another version of Rin Tohsaka from Fate/stay Night. These will make the perfect gift for yourself o...more

8:00 PM on 03.28.2014
Oh look, it's a Kill la Kill OVA teaser video

Kill la Kill might be over, but that doesn't mean you won't get one last look into the world! A short teaser of an OVA has shown up, giving us the very briefest of glimpses. It's mostly just background art, to be honest, but...more

2:00 PM on 03.21.2014
Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 23

To quote a good friend of mine after watching episode 23, "my body exploded and then came back together." With Ryuko back on the side of good, Kill la Kill dashes full throttle toward its climactic conclusion, bringing out al...more

Back to Top

Advertising on Japanator is available: Please contact them to learn more