Anime Lounge #09: Kill la Kill

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Series: Kill la Kill

Episodes: 1 to 6

Premise: A school­girl, Ryuko Matoi, goes on a search for her father’s killer — a per­son wield­ing a scis­sor blade — while wear­ing a spe­cially made suit — Sen­ketsu. Matoi comes into con­flict with Hon­nouji Acad­emy and its leader, Sat­suki Kiryuin, who rules with an iron fist. Matoi gains allies in her fight, start­ing with best friend Mako Mankan­shoku and her fam­ily, and gains oth­ers in the form of Nud­ist Beach.

Is it worth watch­ing?: Yes. The premise of a liv­ing uni­form giv­ing a girl super pow­ers is intrigu­ing enough, but the action and the way the ani­ma­tion works is an even big­ger rea­son to watch it through to the end. The dia­logue is snappy, and the char­ac­ters are inter­est­ing and unique.

Break­out char­ac­ter: Mako Mankan­shoku. Mako is quite weird and plays her role as the side­kick quite well. She’s funny and inter­est­ing enough that you notice her almost imme­di­ately. She stands out from the crowd of char­ac­ters introduced.

Fun­ni­est episode: Episode 4, Dawn of a Mis­er­able Morn­ing. Mako and Ryuko can’t be late for school, as it’s the one day of the year that requires every­one to be on time or risk being expelled. The route to school is pur­posely booby-trapped and set up for fail­ure, with the prime objec­tive of weed­ing out the ranks of the school. The duo make sev­eral attempts to get there on time and are nearly killed. What they don’t real­ize is it’s basi­cally one trap after another, right down to walk­ing in the door.

Where it’s going: Ryuko is going to get some answers in her quest to find her father’s killer. She’ll learn just who she can trust, the rea­sons for his mur­der and why work­ing together is such a good idea.

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