Throughout the years, Gainax has put out a bunch of good shows, with some of the biggest ones being Gurren Lagann, FLCL, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, and, biggest of all, Neon Genesis Evangelion. However, at some point, a bunch of the people at Gainax split off and created another production company called Trigger. On October 3, their first show started to air – Kill la Kill.
Kill la Kill is a new show directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, both of which had worked on Gurren Lagann in the past – so, of course, with names like those two tied to it, there was quite a bit of talk going around about the show – to the point where it is being simulcast on Daisuki.net, Crunchyroll, and even Hulu.
The premise is an interesting one, to say the least. Taking place in yet another post-apocalyptic world, it introduces a high school that is dominated by its student council, headed by the mysterious Satsuki Kiryuin and her group of council leaders. The show introduces a transfer student named Ryuko Matoi, who has come to the school in search of the wielder of the mysterious scissor blade – she has half, and she is looking for the other half. Because whoever has the other half was the person who killed her father.
Yes, it’s another “you killed my father, prepare to die” plotline. However, the way the Trigger people work with this is quite fascinating – they go over the top. They introduce these uniforms that power up the wielder depending on what number star they have on it. So of course, the main character couldn’t defeat it all on her own, so she had to get her own outfit – and cue the skimpy outfit, which, apparently, turns to iron when it is hit.
The fight scenes are ridiculously over the top, and the characters are complete caricatures. However, one of my only problems with the pilot was with how she obtained her outfit – the scene in which she got it was clearly supposed to be ridiculous, but the way they tried to make it ridiculous was that they made it so her new outfit forced itself onto her. It was something that actually was quite disturbing when I first saw it, considering how afraid she appeared to be.
The rest of the episode was good. That nice mixture of ridiculousness and good animation made it quite fun to watch, despite that bump in the road involving her new outfit. It was an anime that I’m looking forward to watching this season, and you should too!
I rate it a four out of five scissor blades.