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What Gainax Shows Does KILL LA KILL #9 Make Me Think Of?

Episode #9 -- Watch & Learn. Swelling with fun!

Watch enough of this stuff and you start fixating on the minutest qualities that link or differentiate a couple given shows. Having only just recently been informed (or simply just realized) that animators from FLCL are working on this, I can’t help but see similarities now between the swelling transformations of our sadomasochistic friend and the various protuberances that popped out of the head of that show’s lead.

It’s amusing to think there was animator at Gainax who was known as “that guy…”

While we’re making super-specific comparisons to previous Gainax shows, I hate to say it, but the show slightly veers off into over-general, shapeless philosophical monologues at points in this episode. What I appreciated about GURREN LAGANN was that its themes focused on very concrete terms that you could relate to real life experience. The episodes doesn’t get totally bogged down in this stuff, there are definitely moments where the gimp’s ongoing monologue devolves into a bunch of gibberish.

Luckily, the show shakes that all off by the time Ryoko’s zeros in for one of the more creative “deathblows” I’ve seen in a while. It honestly gets kind of gross when her fight with this guy gets so… close, but again, it actually does the show a favor by turning the T&A into just one part of an overall “refined bad taste” experience (instead of letting Ryoko’s dress be the sole prurient element).

To make one final comparison, the manic comedic timing of this definitely recalls PANTY & STOCKING and ABENONBASHI at points. I got a big ol’ chuckle over Ryoko being forced to abide by a very strict appointment for her duel with the bad guys, and it’s a joke that’d fit right in with either of those shows.

And it’s a probably a sign that I’ve watched too much of this stuff.Watch, A Once in a Lifetime Chance” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

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Marshal Victoryon Dec. 2, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.

So we can say this episode whiped the show into shape?

No_name_here staff on Dec. 2, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

@Marshal Victory said:

So we can say this episode whiped the show into shape?

AY-OH!

Kino88on Dec. 2, 2013 at 3:14 p.m.
I actually gasped a little when Ryoko's opponent nearly committed sepaku,
takashichea moderator on Dec. 2, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Speaking of Fooly Cooly, I finished the series last Sunday night (I tend to record Adult Swim and Toonami every Sat. night). The series is crazier, looney, and confusing than Kill la Kill. What I like about Fooly Cooly was behind its crack induced animation and story that it was a coming of age story like Gurren Lagann. Gurren Lagann was serious and hit you with a emotional brick.

I knew Satsuki or someone would stop Ira from committing Seppuku. No one has died in Kill la Kill on screen yet (if you count Ryuko's dad), and the atmosphere of the series is just warm hearted fun with a little T & A.

Level of Insanity

  1. Fooly Cooly
  2. Kill la Kill
  3. Gurren Lagann
Bigheart711on Dec. 2, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.

@Kino88: I actually cried out "OH SHHHH..." when that happened. Woke my poor father up from that. Thankfully, he didn't hear everything. XDD

Marshal Victoryon Dec. 2, 2013 at 8:45 p.m.

@takashichea: Thought the spy in episode 1 died ?

also Fooly Cooly is neet but Kyousogiga tops all that. A story of a family some member where were drawn , in alternate universe..Its way out there.

ZombiePieon Dec. 2, 2013 at 10:33 p.m.

@No_name_here said:

@Marshal Victory said:

So we can say this episode whiped the show into shape?

AY-OH!

Hey everyone I just wanted to chime in as a negative Nancy as I have been doing for a while.

So I'm not a fan of tournament arcs. It's just a personal preference that I have especially when the conclusions are foregone. Especially when Goku suits function at a power level well below that of kamui suits. I get the Samus Aran argument that Matoi is gaining her abilities as she goes, but come on. The Elite Four are a whole 70% less powerful than her. I think the writers shot themselves in the foot because for all intents and purposes these battles shouldn't be lasting as long nor be as competitive as they have been thus far.

Now if my guess is correct the battle with Houka is going to take two episode seeing how his flashback and origin story wasn't introduced prior to this battle like Ira or potentially Uzu. Speaking of which they should have done this shit instead of a fucking obstacle course episode that had no bearing in the grand scheme of things. I'm going to say the same for Nonon (two episodes), and a final battle with Satsuki will most likely take at least an entire episode.

That means that we are going to hit episode 14-15, if my predictions hold, before this arc ends and the "true big bad" is finally introduced. That said let's not bullshit...it probably has something to do with Satsuki's mom. I have a problem with this in that it limits the number of locals and risks preventing the show from have a proper conclusion by the end of the first season. Even though this show isn't made by Gainax, it was made by former Gainax employees. So if rushed the ending might do that Gainax horseshit of having some weird, out-of-nowhere ending that either makes no sense, contradicts the mood and or message of the rest of the show, or both.

takashichea moderator on Dec. 3, 2013 at 6:44 a.m.

@Marshal Victory:

No. Funny that you mentioned it. When I was editing Ira Gamagoori's wiki page to add his powers & abilities, I think KingofAsh wrote that Ira killed the spy in episode 1. I fixed it. Isn't Kyousogiga produced by Toei Animation? I was scaling Gainax shows, the only ones I know.

zaldaron Dec. 3, 2013 at 7:47 p.m.

@ZombiePie: I was hoping they were going to do some she kills all of them in one episode with the fights BUT this show is 25 episodes all ready so doesn't have to come to a "conclusion" in one season.

Tom I REALLY disagree with the "philosophical ramblings stuff" but then I like Ghost in the Shell even the second movie....

Still the philosophical ramblings here ARE about real life - see any liberal I know what is good for you more than you do and you see the philosophy here in action. Bloomberg comes to mind. This was very relatable to anyone who pays attention to philosophy or politics (which I know you do). Without this it would simply be another Naruto or Dragon Ball...thankfully it has higher aspirations.

ZombiePieon Dec. 4, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.

@zaldar said:

Tom I REALLY disagree with the "philosophical ramblings stuff" but then I like Ghost in the Shell even the second movie....

Still the philosophical ramblings here ARE about real life - see any liberal I know what is good for you more than you do and you see the philosophy here in action. Bloomberg comes to mind. This was very relatable to anyone who pays attention to philosophy or politics (which I know you do). Without this it would simply be another Naruto or Dragon Ball...thankfully it has higher aspirations.

You know I think I should come out and say that politically speaking...I am not "liberal." That said I still honestly feel that Kill la Kill is about as heavy handed as Avatar about sending a message. The show takes time to depict the Student Council President as an authoritarian dictator who says comically evil speeches, and when orating said speeches the show has the common courtesy to use the exact same shots Leni Riefenstahl would use. That's not creative...that's called "spelling it out to the audience." It's lazy writing with sheep's clothing.

zaldaron Dec. 4, 2013 at 10:54 p.m.

Wow ok I disagree as people use her type of logic in real life all the time and people don't call them evil. Given that fact though maybe I think you need to spell it out for the audience more. Western literature would sure as hell spell this out waaay more than this is. Now does some other anime spell it out less, perhaps, but this is an adventure anime so who is good and who is evil is going to be more obvious than in something that is not as close as this is to shonen.

99_cellson Dec. 16, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.

@Marshal Victory said:

So we can say this episode whiped the show into shape?

BARBARA!!!!!!!

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