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.
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