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Episode #13 -- Watch & Learn. Explosive T&A!

The effect will be lost on anybody who eventually watches the whole series all together, obviously, but at this moment, there’s something nicely meta about KILL LA KILL ending a three-week hiatus with Ryuko coming out of sick leave. Why, it’s like the show was sick, too! (Well, we all knew that anyway). Of course, to push this metaphor about ‘gaps’ further, I’m a little worried that the show may wind up falling into a MAGI-like pitfall, where it’ll never be quite able to shake off an overlong arc.

The tournament arc with the student council leaders should’ve been twice as short - - no bones about it - - and because of that, my enjoyment of these new developments is sullied a little by the thought that they should’ve come sooner. For a show so explicitly about exhibitionism, prudishness and the power of appearances, you’d think they would’ve tied in the notion of clothes’ inherent link to Original Sin closer to the start.

The introduction of this new faction is inspired, no doubt, but such a twist makes me question if this show is actually being made up on the fly. Usually, I’m thinking about that because the show almost makes a game out of… * AHEM *… guessing where the animation budget is being spent. However, the aforementioned structural issues, and the display of lore that probably should’ve just been there from the beginning, do make me wonder if Trigger actually is going at this willy-nilly. (Another explanation for the hiatus?)

Again, if I were to put on the fantasy anime-producer’s hat, I would’ve introduced Ryuko’s new nemesis a lot sooner. She’s one excellent heel - - and the fake-out preceding her re-introduction was just diabolically crafted. She makes such a show out of humiliating our heroine that my sympathies are honestly shifting a little.

Watch, Crazy for You” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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FoxxFireArt moderator is online on Jan. 9, 2014 at 2:22 p.m.

SENKETSUUUuuuuuu!!!

Here I was getting concerned that the series might be developing some sort of romantic interest for the protagonist. Thankfully, that was just a slight of hand. I find the lack of romantic parts refreshing.

Yet again, Satsuki and her actions confound me, but that confusion just seems to draw me to her even more. I seriously doubt she's as cooperative to her mother's plot as she behaves, and her mother seems to sense that, as well. Of all the people to come to Ryuko's aid, Satsuki was the last one I would have figured. She even covered Ryuko before leaving.

I don't know about the hiatus specifically. That was probably little more than an issue of the holidays. Even ONE PIECE was off for a week. No one likes putting on new episodes during the holidays.

The introduction of a new nemesis is pretty standard, and I don't have any issue with how long it's taken to reveal her. Think of how often DRAGON BALL did stuff such as this. NARUTO and BLEACH are similar. Heck, ONE PIECE still hasn't made completely clear who the real nemesis is going to be. Although, Blackbeard is the best bet and this point.

What's the point of introducing one villain if you're just going to introduce a bigger bad soon afterward? Develop the relationship between the characters. I enjoy the slow reveal that made me start to question Satsuki's motives. They were telling the first arc of the story, which was about Ryuko discovering the truth behind her father's death. I prefer to see it as the first arc of the series concluding.

I'm also happy to hear that Ragyo is voiced by Romi Park. I love her in pretty much everything she does.

Lurkeroon Jan. 9, 2014 at 7:09 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt:

It's definitely great to have a slow buildup to the REAL villain of a series, but sometimes writers can get too crazy. In this case I think Kill la Kill is handling it well.

I think of shows like Bleach where new and more powerful threats arrive because the writer needs more powerful villains and not really because of some great storied interest.

hitsusatsu11on Jan. 9, 2014 at 8:29 p.m.

Good episode, had an "empire strikes back" kinda vibe to it.

Kino88on Jan. 9, 2014 at 9:02 p.m.
Yeah I totally agree, all of these cool new ideas and characters feel a bit late to the party, As if the first season's endless tangents and red herrings were just stalling time till the other guest arrived, Still better late than never I suppose, it's party time!, now let's see how long Trigger can keep us dancing,
zaldaron Jan. 9, 2014 at 9:57 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: I agree completely...tom got to let things develop and not go right for the throat. Loving everything about this show.

SpectroRaphaelon Jan. 10, 2014 at 6:14 a.m.

I agree with the above. Everything has been moving smoothly along for me. I don't want it to be rushed, and all the reveals have been on point so far. Still loving Ragyo's theme too. It's just too epic!

Kino88on Jan. 10, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.
Yeah Ragyo's pop theme is perfect, Love her hair too,
DocHauson Jan. 11, 2014 at 6:58 a.m.

Time to play a game of "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BUDGET?" Pick one:

  1. They shot their wad in the first few episodes and don't have any more moneys for long drawn-out fight scenes.
  2. They are just saving it for the ULTIMATE BATTLE later.
  3. They never had that much of a budget to begin with, being a new-ish studio, and hope this will bring in the cash so that they can animate other shows in the future.

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