Now, that’s how you introduce a new heel…!
Zombiepie’s got this show’s number pretty square. While I suppose any battle in an adventure series is going to be predictable, on that basic level, fight tournament set-ups like this make it almost impossible to forget how things are going to play out. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that you, the viewer, are just playing along with as the show goes through its paces.
That said, KILL LA KILL has really fallen into a wire-crossing rhythm like ATTACK ON TITAN where it’s delivering the good and bad at the same time. None of the individual battles with the Student Council heads should be longer than half-an-episode, and this “mini-arc” should’ve really been wrapped up in a couple episodes. At the same time… the amount of creativity on display here - - especially with the design of the villains’ powers - - is nothing short of brilliant. Even when I feel that giving the band leader an extra gimmick is excessive, I’m still marveling at the ingenuity of it.
Bringing it back to my first point, this same rock/suck double whammy applies just as solidly to the villainess who makes her debut at the end. It’s almost like Trigger was intentionally trying to bore you with the length of the tournament, just so they could give you that cathartic release when she makes her Akuma-like dramatic entrance.
As weird as it sounds, I think cruelty is something you don’t see enough in the villains of these shows. Yeah, they do bad things, but they haven’t been designed well enough to make you love to hate them. So, you can imagine how much I was digging this evil cutie pie’s taunting monologue to Ryoko - - capped off with a dramatic reveal of the other scissor! It actually wasn’t the Council Leader, after all!
I’ll be tuning in next week to see what dark secret this unveils, of course, and I’m sure that unveiling will cross all the same wires, once again.
Watch, “I'm Not Your Cute Woman” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.
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