Kill La Kill is revisited again
It is an original animation. It is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kayuki Nakashima. The production company is Trigger. It is a animation studio founded by former Gainax employees Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko and Ohtsuka in 2011. It is only 24 episodes of action packed excitement and fun. It stated out as a high school battle story. But it is more than that. A hero is Ryuko Matoi a 17-year-old schoolgirl. She comes to Honnouji Academy in search of revenge for the death of her father. She wields half a scissor blade. She believes the other half is there. The student council president is Satsuki Kiryuin. She is appears to be the evil of the piece. Another character is Senketsu a Kamui which is made of Life Fibers. I am not going to spend this whole feature give you the plot of the story. That would take more than an hour to do. Instead I want to talk about what the series did for me.
The artwork is very reminiscent of Gurren Lagann especially where Aikuro Mikisuigi is concerned. He is first seen as Ryuko homeroom teacher at the Academy. But secretly he is a member of the Nudist Beach group. Later in the series we get to see him in his true form/outfit or lack of. The use of the purple beam to hide his naughty bits is really funny. I like the smartness of the device. I found it so clever. And the beam is so bright! The artwork is what brought me into the series. I enjoyed Gurren Lagann, so this was easy for me to get into. The character designs are great. Ryuko, Satsuki and the rest of the academy student have a similar design. It’s when you get to Mako and her family that there is a slightly difference design look. Mako turns out to be a great hero in a little package. She looks like a bumbling fool, but she is stronger than she looks. And she is a great friend of Ryuko. Her family is very supportive of Ryuko also, by taking her in. Her father and brother are prevs too. Plus don’t forget Guts the dog. He can eat with the best of them. The family appears to be constantly hunger.
Another interesting element to the series is the episodes names. At first they appear just title, then I began to see a pattern. They are song titles! I love it. This is a series I would consider buying so I could do a marathon viewing. You know, watch it over an entire weekend.
The music is by Hiroyuki Sawano. He has worked on various animation series, television works and a few movies. He is currently working on a video game. Looks like his first one. By the way, his bio lists the animation series he has worked on, one of the being Attack on Titan! The man is good. The series music CD is available. Unfortunately you can’t buy it in the US. It is available through cdjapan.co.jp Item number: SVWC-7973. Amazon is too expensive. Cdjapan is about $29 compared to Amazon’s $52.
My overall review of this series: two thumbs up! And I haven’t gotten to the end yet. I have about 5 more episodes to go. This series has never disappointed me. As I said before, I would seriously consider buying this one and the merchandise that comes with it.
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