Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill 13


Ok yeah, Nui is still creepy as hell

2013 has come and gone, which means it's time for the return of TRIGGER's Kill la Kill.

When last we left off, Ryuko was in a not so great place, the treacherous Nui was causing all sorts of problems, and Mako was off being Mako and saving the day. The puzzle pieces have started to fall together and we had just started to get a peek at Revocs, the huge organization that seems to be at the center of Kill la Kill's odd world.

Let's do this.

In the aftermath of Ryuko going berserk, the world has changed quite a bit. Satsuki is preparing to take her conquest on the road by bringing the fight to the schools in other regions. To further her goals she's had new gym uniforms developed for her foot soldiers, and is in the process of creating brand new three-star Goku uniforms for the Elite Four. The time for games is over. Elsewhere, Ryuko is terrified to wear Senketsu after causing him so much pain. She doesn't ever want to put him or Mako through that kind of experience again, which has caused her to fall into a slump of sorts. Ryuko is approached by Shinjiro Nagita, former head of the Newspaper Club, who attempts to convince her to don her uniform once more to fight the good fight. Things don't quite go as planned for him however, and he's back on the run after multiple futile tries.

Meanwhile Ragyo seems to be preparing for something big at Revocs HQ. Satsuki confronts her mother and makes it clear that she does not want Nui meddling in her affairs, especially regarding Ryuko and Senketsu. Back at home, our heroine finally comes to terms with her fear of wearing Senketsu and puts him on in order to save Shinjiro. However, things take a turn for the worse when it's revealed that he was actually Nui in disguise. The whole shebang was a ruse to get Ryuko back into fighting condition so she could crush her. Unfortunately the plan works perfectly, and Nui cuts Senketsu in hundreds of small pieces: Flawless Victory.

This was undoubtedly a cheap episode of Kill la Kill, with not much in the way of notable animation to speak of. That being said, it did a lot to flesh out the world which is more than enough to make me a happy camper. Not every week can be a stylish action romp. Still, I continue to adore the way that Imaishi and crew develop Ragyo on a visual level. I find her rainbow lighting to be a really interesting way of expressing her overwhelming presence and nature; it consistently makes for striking shots of her. I'm also fond of the Nui closeups that terrify me simply due to her creepy smile. She's an odd character that stands out in a sea of them, which is especially appealing to me. 

As I said though, on the narrative side we get a whole lot of movement. Revocs' presence in the series is becoming larger and larger, and we finally have the shape of some kind of end goal. Ragyo's speech about clothes and their importance crossed with Satsuki's striking response/entrance made for a great moment that perhaps begins to reveal the gap separating the two. Ryuko has a great character moment with Senketsu that did a good job of reminding me that I probably care way too much about the relationship between a girl and her uniform. I love that Satsuki's campaign is truly on the move now, and I love what that could mean for the series as a whole. I (and many others) had been predicting that we'd see a major move away from the academy, and it looks like it's finally happening. With Mako in tow and all the main characters on the move, I'm really looking forward to the next few episodes. 

Before I forget, one moment that really stood out to me was the sequence when Aikuro finds Ryuko's unconscious body. She's inexplicably covered by a sheet which could only have been placed there by Satsuki; she was the first to find our fallen heroine. It's a small gesture that I think speaks volumes of her rather mysterious character. 

In any case, bring on episode 14.

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