If Only I Had Thorns Like A Thistle…

If Only I Had Thorns Like A Thistle… is an anime episode of Kill la Kill that was released on 10/03/2013
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Ryuko Matoi is a vagrant school girl traveling from place to place searching for clues to the truth behind her father’s death – the “woman with the scissor blade.” The journey had led Ryuko to Honnouji Academy.
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Plot Summary

If Only I Had Thorns Like A Thistle…
RomajiAzami no Gotoku Toge Areba
MangaCh. ? (Vol. ?)
Theme Music
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Ira enters the classroom.
Ira enters the classroom.

A history lesson is in progress at Honnouji Academy, second year class K, in which the teacher is giving a lecture on Germany's history. Suddenly, a loud thud on the door surprises the class, and the door is kicked off its hinges and flies across the room. A large, muscular man with blond hair squeezes through the doorway and introduces himself as Ira Gamagoori; Disciplinary Committee Chair. He explains that he's looking for someone who intends harm against the academy. A nervous student stands up and throws a tear gas bomb in order to escape. However, Ira catches up to the student and throws him into the courtyard.

Punishment is swift and humiliating.
Punishment is swift and humiliating.

The student quickly equips a One-Star Goku Uniform, which he had stolen, and easily dodges Ira's whip attacks. He goes on the offensive and punches Ira in the stomach, but Ira doesn't even flinch because of his own Three-Star Goku Uniform. Ira pummels him with his whips, hog ties him and repeatedly slams him into the enormous walls that surround the courtyard, while speculating that he must be a spy who was trying to steal the uniform. He strips the student's uniform and reminds everyone watching that, as long as he draws breath, the academy's rules will stand firm, the rules created by Student Council President Satsuki Kiryuin. Ira notices Satsuki standing on the very top of the academy building and has all of the students salute "Lady Satsuki" out of respect. Holding her katana, she makes a speech:

"Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! These are the truths of this world! Surrender to those truths, you pigs in human clothing!"

The next day, a new transfer student, Ryuko Matoi, walks in town towards the academy. Around the stairs, a young boy attempts to rob Ryuko blind. Though he finds that he grabbed a lemon instead of her wallet.

Mataro call out his thugs and surrounds Ryuko. When they all try to jump her, Ryuko defeats them with ease. Quickly realizing her fierce strength, Mataro and his gang bow and apologize to Ryuko. Out of nowhere, Mataro's older sister dive in and kick Mataro and does the Boston Crab maneuver on him to teach him a lesson. Later, Ryuko transfers into Mako Mankanshoku's class. After class, Mako has Ryuko bow down when Ira walks by. Once Lady Satsuki arrives, Ryuko challenges her and attacks her when she thinks Satsuki had stolen half of her scissor Blade. Then, Takaharu intercepts Ryuko. Takaharu pounds Ryuko into ground with his special boxing gloves. Despite being defeated, Ryuko flees the scene after Lady Satsuki orders Takaharu to confiscate the Scissor Blade.

In Lady Satsuki's throne room, Ira scolds Takaharu for letting Ryuko escape. Elsewhere, Ryuko falls down through a trapdoor where Senketsu attacks her when Ryuko shed blood earlier. Ryuko feels energy surging through her when Senketsu forces her to wear him. Over at the academy, Takaharu prepares a trap to use Mako as bait, and he demonstrates his deep fryer. Then, Ryuko jumps out to save Mako. She faces off with Takaharu for another rematch. Despite Takaharu's furious attacks, he only shreds Ryuko's cloak, revealing Ryuko's scantily clad, skintight uniform. Takaharu takes off his safety glove and reveals his level 2 gloves.

When Takaharu punches Ryuko with all of his might, his glove cracks. Ryuko strikes Takaharu with her Scissor Blade three times before stripping his uniform to pieces. A thread from the uniform goes into Ryuko's uniform. Then, Ryuko sends Takaharu flying towards Satsuki. However, Satsuki's men block the flying student, but a drop of blood stained Satsuki's face. Ryuko states her name proudly in front of Satsuki.

Points of Interest


  • Mako's wrestling move is reminiscent of Ultimate Muscle.

Abilities, Moves & Items Used

Abilities include types of magic and combat. Moves include spells and techniques.

Ryuko MatoiItems
Takaharu FukurodaItems

Characters & Voice Actors

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Mitsuzo Soroi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Aikuro Mikisugi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Matthew Mercer ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Shinichiro Miki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Nonon Jakuzure ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mayumi Shintani ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Houka Inumuta ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Steve Staley ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Hiroyuki Yoshino (voice actor) ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Uzu Sanageyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Nobuyuki Hiyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mataro Mankanshoku ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayumi Fujimura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Takaharu Fukuroda ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mitsuo Iwata ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ira Gamagoori ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Patrick Seitz ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Tetsu Inada ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mako Mankanshoku ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Christine Marie Cabanos ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Aya Suzaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Senketsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Toshihiko Seki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ryuko Matoi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Erica Mendez ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Ami Koshimizu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Satsuki Kiryuin ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Carrie Keranen ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Ryouka Yuzuki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


Add a credit to If Only I Had Thorns Like A Thistle…. (No voice actors. Add voice actors to characters above.)
Kazuki Nakashima Series Composition Kazuki Nakashima is a Japanese writer and producer.
Hiroyuki Imaishi Director
Yo Yoshinari Set Design
Miku Sawai "Gomen ne, Iiko ja Irarenai." (ごめんね、いいコじゃいられない。 Sorry, I'm Done Being a Good Kid.)
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