C’mon… now who didn’t see all that coming?
I’m not just referring to Ryuko and Satsuki’s (pun intended) blood ties. Pretty much everybody watching was convinced by the fourth episode that these two would-be rivals were eventually going to team up. The real surprise here, of course, is that Satsuki has actually been using her entire private school as a facade to stage a rebellion against her mom. Turns out that all this battling with a Ryuko was just a means of testing her half-sister’s mettle to see if she had what I took to fight in this insurrection...
This surprise is probably going to make less sense if we ever go back over the various flashbacks and try to reconcile the secret origins of the school council with this added infomration. I also question the logic of all these kids being so adamantly against clothing and life fibers and whatnot when they’re still using their Goku uniforms to fight the real bad guys.
Taking a step back from that questioning, I realize I’m trying to evaluate KILL LA KILL in terms of logic when the show so clearly wears its amusement at any of that stuff on its sleeve. I’ve already made my point about this in previous write-ups, but I’ll still contend that one of the show’s biggest failings is its unsuccessful attempt to walk a line between comedy and drama.
All the philosophizing about clothing is mumbo jumbo we’re intended to laugh at - - yet it’s still occupying as much screenplay as it were a serious dissertation. It’s especially hard not to roll your eyes during Satsuki’s monologues on the subject. Characters can die, they can be brought back, they can face bloody setbacks, and none of it matters because the show stresses that it’s all ridiculous. There’s no point in speculating about what comes next because none of it carries any weight.
Evil Strawberry Shortcake’s pithy one-liners continue to be quite sharp, though. I want to see more of her every time she’s on screen. She’s great heel in the wrong show, maybe.
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