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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill 10

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In which music happens

Well that was certainly a loaded episode.

Kill la Kill picks up this week with Ryuko taking on two more members of the Elite Four, Inumata and Nonon. There’s a whole lot less phallic imagery this time around, but much more in the way of tight body suits, dramatic posing, and classical music being played from giant flying mechs.

I swear I’m not making this up.

Inumata is the second member of the Elite Four to take Ryuko on in the ring, and rather than wielding a giant mech-like transformation like the rest of his comrades, he equips a tight body suit. This gives him the ability to camo himself completely, making Ryuko easy pickings. Well, at least that was the idea anyway. Ryuko manages to stretch Senketsu out and use him in an attack covering the entire battlefield. Inumata is down for the count, but surrenders before having his three-star uniform destroyed. He ends up joining Mako and Gamagoori on the sidelines because these three are clearly a match made in heaven.

Nonon decides to take this opportunity to demonstrate her power and special relationship with Satsuki. After a brief musical number of sorts, she transforms into a giant flying mech that shoots missiles and all sorts of projectile weapons, hovering just out of range of Ryuko’s attacks. Things go from bad to worse as Nonon obliterates the battlefield, sending our heroine to the ground and very nearly to an unavoidable disqualification. Senketsu has got another trump card in his pocket however, and the two of them transform into human rocket, flying straight up into the sky to meet Nonon on her own turf.

The first half of episode 10 was more of a slog than I was expecting. Uzu’s battle, while not without a few cool cuts and funny moments, was largely a bore. It looks like most of the animation budget was saved for the second half, because there’s just not a whole lot happening in the first ten or so minutes. That being said, we do get another cool flashback revealing how Inumata first met Satsuki, and the circumstances of their relationship. His attitude definitely seems to have calmed down a bit since their first encounter; he’s the most cool and composed of the Elite Four. If anything though, the best parts of the opening half come from Mako and Gamagoori’s strange back and forth. These two characters are such extreme opposites that putting them together equals instant comedy.

The back half of the episode was much stronger, with Nonon getting the brunt of this week’s animation budget. Her fabulous magical girl-like transformation wasn’t the only thing about her fight that left an impression; classical music being played over explosions and combat never gets old. Her flashback didn't quite match my expectations, but it’s interesting to see how she was pretty much the leader, trying to be the one to guide and protect Satsuki. At this point, our “main villain” is basically a walking speech, so I’m looking forward to when we finally see a more human side of her.

I’m genuinely surprised that we’re already seeing Ryuko blow through the Elite Four, and I can only hope that it means bigger developments coming up. Next week looks to introduce a brand new mysterious female character into the mix, and with Nudist Beach entering the picture again I’m feeling the hype.

All aboard the Kill la Kill train, choo choo!

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