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KILL LA KILL #17 Makes Villainy Cute!

Episode #17 -- Watch & Learn. Is this the real arch foe?

Well, kudos to this episode for going full-out Gran Guignol in its final moments. Phew…

I might question the semantics of Satsuki declaring herself to be in open rebellion against this matriarch after she’s just gruesomely crucified the old bag in front of a stadium of innocent bystanders - - one might question what’s left to rebel against, that is - - but nobody should really act surprised if this arch villainess just shrugs off the skewering, right? The show hasn’t exactly shown itself to be interested in letting the consequences of ultra-violence ever get in the way of a shocking twist.

(Though I suppose this all showed what the point was in showing… whatever it was that happened between Satsuki and her mother in that bathhouse flashback last episode).

We might be at the point so many of you have anticipated for a while, now - - when Ryuko and Satsuki formally team up. In the broader scope of things, it’s put an iconoclastic spin on the familiar shonen formula where the heroine’s first foe eventually turns face and joins the home team. In this case, of course, it’s pretty much all the bad guys we’ve seen so far who are getting co-opted by our lead, and I appreciate the sort-of Snake-Eyes-leading-COBRA novelty of that.

The question still does remain about who’re the bigger bad’s that they’ll take on. I suppose we could have another ten odd episodes where everybody rallies against our evil Strawberry Shortcake?

Again, though, it’s really hard to tell where the show could be going because it’s awkwardly straddling the line between farce and drama. I might speculate on how this botched Life Fiber harvesting at the stadium could lead to something, but the show’s demonstrated that it obeys no rules. It can just keep pulling rabbits out of the hat.

Watch, Tell Me Why” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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Marshal Victoryon Feb. 7, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.

Would like to say again this episode was epic. An I would like to point out the show has been sucker punching the whole time. They really so like to mess with the watchers head a bit.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:27 a.m.

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I saw that turn coming for a long time, but I was still shocked by how violent and graphic it was. That rage in Satsuki's eyes was chilling. There must be something serious that creates that level of anger. I went into this series thinking I was going to hate her, but now I adore that character.

It was also a surprisingly touching moment with Soroi.

When has this series made light of the consequences of ultra-violence? Ryuko's face was all swollen after she took that beating from Mako. It doesn't do any more than other shonen-based action series. Just look at DBZ. How many times do people get holes blown through their chests and they're still talking, or Frieza the floating torso. Ragyo is likely far more bonded with the Primordial Life Fiber. That might explain her back scars.

The turn happening at this point makes me excited and curious for where the series is heading next.

takashichea moderator on Feb. 9, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

Satsuki stole Ryuko's spotlight. I knew Satsuki wasn't a bad person judging from how well she treats her subordinates. She doesn't punish them for losing to Ryuko.

zaldaron Feb. 10, 2014 at 7:54 p.m.

you really need to go back and relook at the definition of farce....and since when is not obeying rules a bad thing and why should it keep you from guessing? I certainly didn't predict her changing sides and I am sure her mother has some sort of clothes power as well so know she isn't dead and it would be really odd if she was....but yes the evil strawberry shortcake is I expect the true evil and THIS is going to be awesome. The fight between satsuki and ryuko was awesome just imagine how bad ass a fight with EVERYONE is going to be. Best show of the year by far. Titan but with a point, a message, and a damn good one.

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