This was another new series that piqued my interest at the beginning of the season - - it’s just impossible for your imagination not to run with a premise like “Tokusatsu’s KICK-ASS” - - but KILL LA KILL ultimately won out. Now that we’re deep enough into the fall, though, there’s enough time and space for a quick catch-up. I am hereby committing myself to the show’s first six episodes. Will I want to keep watching after that? Well, stay tuned.
Matt Murphy mentioned bromance in his write-up, and the de-bro-tion does indeed run strong in this pilot (one of the cop’s first suggestions it to go back to the model’s apartment - - can’t get much more direct than that). It actually makes me think of a vastly scaled-down version on TIGER & BUNNY, and I suppose that just brings the whole conceptual give-and-take of American supeheroes and tokusatsu full-circle in a rather meta way.
Honestly, what strikes me the most is that this show’s premise hinges on the point that a wealthy, attractive male model can be just as nerdy, obsessive and socially awkward as the biggest fanboy you’ll find in the back of the comics store. It’s easy to look at famous people and assume that they’re well-adjusted because they couldn’t possibly have anything to want, right? Well, just because you were lucky to born looking a certain way, and you’ve luckily stumbled into a way to make easy month off of that, doesn’t mean you can't be any less sad than your worst otaku stereotype. Appearances are nothing more than that…appearances.
I don’t know if this was a dynamite hook, but the friendship (right?) is endearing enough to watch that I’m intrigued to keep going. The promo image makes it look like these would-be superheroics are about to get real soon, so maybe it’ll be fun simply to observe how strongly the KICK-ASS parallels persists as the show goes along?
The commitment to detail in the Hara-Kiri show amused me, too. They went so far as to make sure the hero was fighting the villains in what was obviously an unused rock quarry. Ha!
Watch this episode, "Debut of the Samurai Flamenco!” and decide for yourself.
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