Kill la Kill Review — A-

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Ryuuko enters a war against clothing with her sailor uniform at her side.

It’s good. Go watch it. Quite funny, will never leave you bored.

  • Storytelling – A – Glorious. Funny, clever and stupid. It is a bit thematically inconsistent in that it builds up all this stuff thematically for the final message to simply be “Yeah! We’re awesome!” Not that that detracts from how entertaining it is.
  • Voice – A – What other show is about fighting clothing? Everything involving Mako also helps to set this series apart and make it feel unique, even if many of the ideas behind it are quite similar to Gurren Lagann.
  • Characters – B – From Satsuki to Nui to nudists to Mako, we’ve got quite a variety. All are insane but in their own distinctive way. Although somehow, I can’t say I ever formed much of an emotional attachment to the characters like I did in Gurren Lagann. For example, in Gurren Lagann, I was quite upset when the president (the kid they found in the cave, forget his name) turned against the old guard and imprisoned them. But when Ryuuko became possessed and turned evil, I was like “This is awesome! Evil Ryuuko is so much cooler than good Ryuuko! I hope she stays evil.” and I enjoyed watching her beat the crap out of Satsuki.
  • Attention Grab – A – Never lost my interest.
  • Production – A – Quite the unique visual style! Awesome fight scenes.
  • Overall – A-

Recommendations – Gurren Lagann, Diebuster

10 thoughts on “Kill la Kill Review — A-

    1. Can understand. For me it’s good but just not quite that good. 🙂 Gurren Lagann and Diebuster both do something quite similar for me, but do it much better.

  1. The disconnect with the characters seems to be at the core of most people’s critiques of the show. I know I also can admit to feeling completely alienated towards Ryuuko and Satsuki (I actually felt closest to Senketsu of all things!), so I understand where they’re coming from.

    Such a common “problem” seems to me to indiciate though that the show didn’t intend for us to relate to the characters in the first place, and puts it in the same category of shows like Panty & Stocking (which I don’t think was nearly panned as much for how non-relatable Panty/Stocking were). Maybe too many people came in expecting something closer to TTGL, found something that was a cross between TTGL and other aspects of Imaishi’s recent work, and left feeling bitter?

    1. Yeah, I felt closest to Senketsu as well. I’m not sure, I think we were supposed to identify with the characters. The “we’re so awesome!” ending doesn’t work too well if the viewers don’t believe that the characters are, indeed, awesome. I never watched Panty and Stocking, but my impression was the characters there were supposed to be pricks? I definitely don’t think we were supposed to dislike Ryuuko.

      1. I mean, I’m not sure you really need empathy to believe that much. I don’t think I empathize much with, say, comic book heroes like Superman, but I still think they’re pretty damn awesome. So I was just thinking maybe it’s a bit more like that – everyone’s like a hero/villain/character we can all have fun watching, but not necessarily “see” much of ourselves in. Does that make more sense?

        1. Oh, yes, that makes complete sense. It’s a rather weird criticism. I barely see myself in any anime characters, actually.

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