Now, this was just delightful…
I remember one of you vicers breaking down the major anime studios’s differences a while back, using a rather clever extended metaphor which personified each one as a type of person you might encounter at art school. As I recall, Gainax was the lonely, bi-polar savant whose work oscillates as wildly as his mood - - swinging between the extremes of manic playfulness and brooding angst.
Time will tell if Trigger develops its own identity separate from Gainax, or if we’re just seen the talent we associated that ethos with getting their own space. Either way, KILL LA KILL has rather extremely smooshed together the gutter-minded hyperactivity of PANTY & STOCKING with the headier pondering of EVA (which, suitably enough, was the temperament of GURREN LAGANN) into a something that is often confounding, but always entertaining.
There’s just such a delirious urgency here as Ryoko and her friends breathlessly navigate this rapid gauntlet of challenges, rushing to get to school in time for what might as well be this world’s equivalent of move-up day. Separating our lead from her signature weapon (the uniform, not the scissor, natch) for an entire episode is a brilliant conceit. It's the kind of imagination that few other shows can claim to be fueled by - - the stuff that just tickles my brain into feeling like it’s in a lucid dream - - and it brings a big, goofy smile to my face.
It brings a big, goofy smile to me even as I’m well aware of all the other thorny stuff that’s poking out of this. The show’s still weaving together its larger statement about clothes, or the culture of clothes, and I’m still not sure what it’s getting at. It’s dialed the T&A back to a level that’s more and less uncomfortable: but I’ll admit that I’m still anxious, knowing that some of the nasty stuff from before could reappear with the flick of an animation cel.
And I’m sure that’s exactly the kind of state that Trigger wanted to evoke in its viewers. It’s certainly what Gainax wanted to do with a most of its shows...
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