Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kill la Kill First Impression

Kill la Kill is an extremely popular over-the-top action series that has recently concluded. 
In a fictional future where Hitler and the Nazis won World War II, there is a Honnouji Academy where the students of the academy wear uniforms called "Goku Uniforms." These Goku uniforms give the wearer superhuman abilities. The student council president and main antagonist of the story, Satsuki Kiryuin, rules with an iron fist. She gives out the Goku Uniforms to her most trusted underlings to help her rule the school. Also, Goku uniforms are designed by a Star-Class-System with higher stars meaning a more powerful suit.
The main story follows Ryuko Matoi, a 17-year-old that wants revenge for the death of her father and she believes that Satsuki may be the one responsible. In short, stuff happens and then she finds a special Goku uniform named Senketsu that uses the wearer's blood to give them incredible power that exceeds that of all others. This plot summery makes the series seem significantly more serious than it actually is, but trust me, it is rarely serious.
After watching three episodes of Kill la Kill, I have to say that I am enjoying watching the series. However, this is the type of series that you basically have to turn-off your brain to enjoy. Typically, I do not enjoy series such as this, but Kill la Kill is certainly an exception. While far from amazing, it is fun and action packed.

Mako Mankanshoku is another character from the series and her primary purpose is to be comedic relief as Ryuko's sidekick, and she certainly fulfills the role effectively. Unfortunately, her family plays a supporting role, and basically all of her family's scenes in the series are so utterly stupid and annoying that they are nearly unwatchable for me. Thankfully, they are only in a few scenes, and so far, Mako is the best comedic relief character I have seen in a very long time.

The animation style of Kill la Kill is unique. However, this should be no surprise since it comes from Studio Trigger, which is comprised of animators of series such as Gurren Lagann and FLCL. In fact, Kill la Kill reminds me quite a bit of the insanity that is FLCL in many regards. If you are a fan of either Gurren Lagann or FLCL, chances are, you will find something to enjoy with Kill la Kill. The only real problem with the animation is that it is occasionally inconsistent, particularly during the aforementioned scenes with Mako's family. The other possible issue is the copious abundance of fan-service. Seriously, there is quite a lot of fan-service. There is kind of a purpose to the fan-service and the series is self-aware of it, but it makes it no less fan-service. It is definitely not a deal breaker for me, but it is something to know in advance.
Not entirely true, but that's what the series wants you to think.
After watching three episodes, Kill la Kill is definitely a series that I am going to finish watching mostly because it is so popular. The best parts about the series are the comedy, action, and that Ryuko and Mako are actually likable characters. Kill la Kill is not is amazing so far, but it is fun and entertaining enough if you turn your brain off and enjoy the madness.

A full review of Kill la Kill will be coming at some point, and if there is any currently airing anime that you want me to give my first impression of, please comment below and let me. Also, have you seen Kill la Kill? What did you think of it? Are you interested in watching it?

Side note: Sorry if there are any mistakes in the writing. I injured my right hand so I have been typing with my left hand.

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  1. I've been seeing this series a lot of tumblr lately and I'm glad you are enjoying it :) That's cool that the girl is the comic relief- that's not something I see to often, so that's nice.
    Sorry your hand is hurt, I hope it gets better soon.

    1. It is one of the most popular anime of last year after AOT, so I suppose that's why it is so big on Tumblr. :) I never about it, but you are right, female characters are not usually the comedic relief, and Mako is definitely one of the best comedic relief characters I have seen. She is hilarious! :D
      Thanks for the good wishes.


  2. I haven't heard of the series (I don't watch anime, just Marvel cartoons or such), but I'm glad you're enjoying it. Sorry to hear that your hand is hurt, I hope you get better soon!

    1. If you are even somewhat interested in anime, I say give the Iron Man anime a watch. It is actually good for the most part. It is a little strange, but it is a cool Iron Man story in Japan. And thank for the good wishes!



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