Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 16


In which aliens and glowing nipples

And just like that, the curtain has been pulled back from many of Kill la Kill's ongoing mysteries.

The exposition episode has come and gone, leaving behind a wealth of new information and revelations. Things on the show will likely never be the same, and it would appear as though the gears in the big machine are finally moving.

Also glowing neon nipples. Let's do the thang.

With the great battle for the Kansai region having come to a close, things are dying down for the cast. Satsuki returns home after being summoned by her mother (and the always creepy Nui). It's here that Ragyo decides to reveal the innermost secrets of the life fibers to her daughter, though not before completely dominating her physically and psychologically. Back in Osaka, Aikura reveals that Nudist Beach is far from defeated, as he had ordered the troops to pull back to one of their hidden bases. It's here that he sits Mako and Ryuko down, explaining the truth behind Nudist Beach and Senketsu.

As it turns out, Ryuko's father founded Nudist Beach as an anti-Revocs organization when he discovered the truth behind Ragyo's ambitions and the nature of the life fibers. He created Senketsu with the hope of passing it down to his daughter so that she might stand up against the enormous organization. The truth behind the life fibers, as Ragyo reveals to Satsuki, is that they're an organism from space that have manipulated the evolution of mankind for thousands of years. All of Revocs' clothes have pieces of the fiber built into them, just waiting for the moment to activate. With everything out in the open, Aikuro once again asks for Ryuko to lend Nudist Beach a hand in the fight against Revocs. She strips Senketsu off and declares that she refuses to acknowledge her partner as just a weapon made for fighting.

And with that, the truth behind the life fibers has finally been revealed. I can't honestly say that I expected any of this to be the case. You win this round, Kill la Kill.

Highlights include a very uncomfortable sequence between Satsuki and Ragyo, a strange situation that really underlines just how much power the latter has over the former. Satsuki has proven to be a proud, powerful woman who bows in the face of no one, but this whole episode was her playing second fiddle to her mother. Seeing her in a subservient situation was odd to say the least, and the bath scene made it clear just how dominating Ragyo truly is. It was also interesting seeing how much of a toll her uniform was taking on her post-battle. Unlike Ryuko who was completely fine after the big Kansai battle, Satsuki was in dire condition, having to go as far as taking it off and sealing it away.

As I mentioned last week, I felt that while Satsuki might have completed her mission on the surface, the reality said otherwise. This week it's confirmed in the form of Nudist Beach's survival. Aikuro is proving to be a much more competent leader than I think many were expecting given his tendencies to strip at a moment's notice. The truth of the situation then, is that Satsuki's little campaign managed to accomplish not a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.

I'd be making a grave mistake if I went without mentioning the crazy alien reveal. All things considered, I think it's a good direction to take the series, and it explains away all the craziness about clothes being so oddly powerful and the like. It ups the scale of things significantly too, which is something I'd been waiting on for a few episodes now. I'm interested in seeing where they take this given that Ryuko is only one person. I still love how Mako is willing to follow Ryuko to the end of the universe even if she has no real power to speak of. Talk about loyalty.

I find the world of Kill la Kill to be fascinating, so getting an entire episode of exposition was something I was hoping for from the start. Hearing about the truth behind Revocs, Ragyo's ambitions, and the founding of Nudist Beach made for an entertaining half hour of anime, something I've come to expect from TRIGGER at this point.

Before I forget, I'd just like to give a shout out to the new opening and ending. The new OP is a significant improvement over the original both in song and visual style. What it lacks in animation it makes up for through its fashion show-like aesthetic. The ending is a bit boring compared to the last one, but I'm always game for more Mako-themed stuff so I'll give TRIGGER a pass on this one.

Onward to episode 17!

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