We’re more than halfway through this series and I can’t think of any explanation for the title other than “it sounds cool.” And hey - - that’s really what’s more important, ain’t it?
Y’know, this episode was actually delayed half a day and - - if you can take a step or two back away from any frustration about the wait - - it’s amusing to think that the show’s being produced by skin-of-the-teeth that’s that thin. I feel like there’s got to be another in-joke or two woven into the faux recap episode that baits us at the beginning of this episode. Trigger had to be totally aware of what kind of reaction that would provoke, and that’s the kind of programming agility that’s afforded only when you’re producing episodes as quickly as SOUTH PARK does.
Of course, we all know the animation being offered is vastly more sophisticated, so I can’t help but picture a runaway train with a caboose full of dynamite.
Again, the show’s greatest strength and weakness lies in its evident lack of structure/planning. I was thinking about this while the School Council finally manifested as a “chaotic neutral” super team that Ryuko’s essentially aligned with. It’s an awesome chance to get to root for the bad guys, but the show should've settled on that dynamic sooner. I’ve talked about the lack of lasting ramifications, and ZombiePie made good points about how things just keep coming too easily to Ryuko… and I’m starting to see what the real issue with the show is.
KILL LA KILL can’t decide if it wants to be a serious adventure or bawdy farce.
Now, before you shriek at me for being narrow-minded, I’ll stress that I’ve seen shows successfully strike the right balance between the two. This show, however, has started to smell like an animation studio steam blow-off (ala FLCL and DEAD LEAVES) that’s gone on longer than it should. All of these furious battles and breathless rattling off of philosophy on clothing are not meant to be taken seriously, so the show needs to be as brief as it is anarchic.
However, the show keeps going like all the stuff is meant to be taken seriously, so now we have to look at how we have a protag who no longer has any compelling reason left to keep fighting. Ryuko's not avenging anybody any more, she’s not trying to save anybody… she’s just ambling forward. And that amble is rather aimless.
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