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KILL LA KILL #3 -- Watch & Learn

Maybe this show actually has something intelligent to say...?

I don’t know how… coherent it’ll wind up being when all is said and done, but I can’t help see some subtext about exhibitionism (to use a neutral term) being woven here. I mean... has the show harped enough on how these characters’ strength comes from their outfits?

When you get down to brass tacks, then sure, that isn’t actually uncommon for superheroic fiction (going anywhere from mech armors to symbiote suits). However, this show takes a distinct angle on that trope by equating power with fashion; seeming to blow up the sort of catty antagonism about dress choices and face-biting that you’d see in something like HEATHERS or MEAN GIRLS. It blows it up in the same way tennis was mutated into an Earth-shaking duel last episode, but it’s a kind of conflict that’s so specific to the experience of high school girls that it frames this whole installment from much more of a female perspective than any previous portion.

At first, that all feels enormously confusing because of… well… the rampant T&A that’s there to please the guys - - but it maybe makes a little more sense as the metaphor stretches further.

Look at the crux of this episode again: it comes down to our arch villainess shedding her bland, frumpy uniform for a skimpy outfit that will grant her enough power to defeat our heroine in her slightly-less-revealing get-up. The whole time these two are fighting, they’re each accusing the other of secretly loving to dress sexy in a manner so self-contradicting that nobody even needs to say “she doth protest too much.”

My best guess? It honestly seems like the message here is that a gal who embraces her sexuality (or, at least, her desire to flaunt it) without any apologies will ultimately triumph. If that’s the case, then this might actually be an epic deconstruction of T&A in anime by Trigger - - and maybe an epic trolling of dudes who get off on this stuff - - and I don’t know if my mind’s ready to process that.

(Yes, it’d be very easy to accuse me of over-thinking this show. So be it. I need some justification for watching all the bouncing).

Watch this episode, Junketsuhere, and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Marshal Victoryon Oct. 23, 2013 at 11:32 a.m.

Possible .It also could be trolling ( picking on ) of those are slaves to fashion.It could be aimed at those who do protest to much ,those who want their cake an eat it to with what is an is not demening.

Dont exaclty see the trolling of of dudes ( cough cough an females ) who get off on this stuff.But thats not out of the realm of posibilite by any means.Creators intent an a consumers view on the subject mater does not always match.An it could just be a looney toon anime.Cigar is just a cigar so to speek.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 23, 2013 at 12:05 p.m.

There's something about Satsuki Kiryuin in this episode that I find really appealing. I'm not talking about all the gratuitous ass shots. There is just something about this Vegeta-like quality she has here. I disagree with so much of her communist ideology, but I can't help but admire to confidence she has in herself.

The battle of this episode was so epic, and this was only episode 3. Just imagine what they have planned for the finale.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 23, 2013 at 12:11 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: You cach they mentioned nazi germany again?

Daniel_Newton moderator on Oct. 23, 2013 at 1:12 p.m.
(Yes, it’d be very easy to accuse me of over-thinking this show. So be it. I need some justification for watching all the bouncing).

How about the fucking AWESOME fight in this episode that you didn't even touch on? Seriously, it takes a show like Fairy Tail or Bleach months and months to build up to a fight of that scale, and we got it in episode 3!

@FoxxFireArt said:

The battle of this episode was so epic, and this was only episode 3. Just imagine what they have planned for the finale.

^ ^ ^ ^ ^

This guy know what I'm talking about.

There's something about Satsuki Kiryuin in this episode that I find really appealing. I'm not talking about all the gratuitous ass shots. There is just something about this Vegeta-like quality she has here. I disagree with so much of her communist ideology, but I can't help but admire to confidence she has in herself.

You know, Vegeta is the last person I would have considered comparing her to... but yeah, she does have a few Vegeta-esque qualities to her. She's the queen of all students!

Kino88on Oct. 23, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.

this episode was fantastic, loved the battle! and who knows maybe it really will be some kind of deconstruction metaphor.

after all these are the same folks that brought us FLCL, and ROW, ROW, FIGHT THE POWER! so I ya never know, but if nothing else, this show has been an absolute riot so far, love these characters!

takashichea moderator on Oct. 23, 2013 at 7:58 p.m.
Believe in me that believes in your boobs
Believe in me that believes in your boobs

Love how they poke fun at the magical girl transformation and spice it up a bit.

Okay, it's a lame Gurren Lagann reference. Kill me anyway.

zaldaron Oct. 23, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.

@takashichea said:

Believe in me that believes in your boobs
Believe in me that believes in your boobs

Love how they poke fun at the magical girl transformation and spice it up a bit.

Okay, it's a lame Gurren Lagann reference. Kill me anyway.

You sir when every anime caption contest anyone could every put on. Close it up...we are done here.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 24, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

I did notice that, but the focus as been on Germany in 1933. At that time, The Nazi Party hadn't yet overthrown the original government. It was just beginning their purge of political enemies.

@Daniel_Newton:

It was unfortunate that the battle didn't get any attention. That's where my focus was.

The whole time these two are fighting, they’re each accusing the other of secretly loving to dress sexy in a manner so self-contradicting that nobody even needs to say “she doth protest too much.”

Satsuki doesn't mock Ryuko for her attire. She says that she's shocked Ryuko can have so little power while using a Kamui. In fact, she mocks Ryuko for being concerned about such matters. Satsuki explains that Ryuko's embarrassment is based upon her personal concerns of the thoughts of others, and that proves how small she is.

Satsuki doesn't care for what others think, because she feels her ambition is pure. Other people's excitement or discomfort in her appearance doesn't get in the way of her goals.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 24, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: On some other sites read soem rather intresting rants about the "overuse " of nazi in this series.Some were more ofended by it than any lack of cloth.

Also i belive your discribption of Satsuki is spot on.She really doenst care what others think of how she is dressed.As long as it gives her power to pursue her "ideals" .Kept thinking of some of pops past idols when reading your discription of her.Which could play into that whole greater message thing.

zaldaron Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:17 p.m.

After watching this and episode 4 which I can't wait to see tom's reaction to I have to say OH HELL YES DOES THIS HAVE A POINT AND IT IS BAD ASS! The "slow" student is episode 3 says it right out. GET NAKED! This is the epitome of the anti-slut shaming anime. I mean both the antagonist and the protagonist have to get over there fear of their own bodies and accept them and accept the power their bodies give them. The quote above (which really did win every caption contest ever) was presciently actually predicting the them of the anime which for me will now forever be - believe in the me that believes in your boobs.

Oh and yes the fight was BAD ASS!

mooned_knight staff on Oct. 28, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

@takashichea said:

Believe in me that believes in your boobs
Believe in me that believes in your boobs

Love how they poke fun at the magical girl transformation and spice it up a bit.

Okay, it's a lame Gurren Lagann reference. Kill me anyway.

A million times yes. "Believe in the me that believes in your _____" Should be common nomenclature around here.

No_name_here staff on Oct. 29, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.

@mooned_knight: And yet, you still haven't seen the show.

takashichea moderator on Oct. 29, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.

@mooned_knight: @zaldar:

Thanks, I hope it doesn't get overused.

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