Title: Kill la Kill
Genre: Action, Comedy
Summary: Ryuuko Matoi carries a large weapon shapes like half of a pair of scissors. She’s looking for the woman with the other half, who killed her father. Satsuki Kiryuuin, student council president of Honnouji Academy, is said to know the woman’s identity, so Ryuuko transfers there. Those who arrive at the school receive a special “reverse uniform,” and Satsuki has used that power to rule the school in fear.
Review: Despite giving this anime such a high rating I actually don’t have much to say about it. It’s difficult to give an anime praise after praise without becoming repetitive but I’ll try my best. Kill la Kill was something that exceeded all my expectations; everything about it was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t sit still when an episode started playing. It hit the ground running and pulled you in faster than you could say, “Whoa”. It reminded you of all the things that make anime, well, anime. This classic-not-classic series has easily become one of my favorite action anime of all time. But let’s get down to business and actually go over why I couldn’t get this series out of my head.
Despite having watched this series months ago I still remember it quite well. Every image, every fight, every character, stand out from all the other anime I’ve seen. It was the old style animation given an HD remake that made me feel nostalgic when the first episode started to play. Everything about the art makes the left side of my brain jump for joy. The characters were not only unique, they were branding. I actually saw a girl with a red streak through her hair and instantly thought back to Ryuuko. The anime had such a large impact on me that even the mention of stars made me think of the Goku Uniforms the students wore. Now one of the biggest problems I have with anime is the lack of diversity when it comes to scenery. Kill la Kill didn’t actually take you to many places, but the constantly changing background and environment made you feel like you were traveling the world because it didn’t recycle the same backgrounds over and over again. I cannot continue with this review until I talk about the action in Kill la Kill. It had some of the best action scenes I’ve seen, all the battles unique and exciting to watch. In addition to spectacular choreography, the entire world was swooped up in the battle; buildings crumbling, clouds blasting away, and the ground stained with blood were some of the visual beauties we got to experience in Kill la Kill. The sheer number of wallpapers that came out during and after the series’ release should be enough evidence of how awesome the art was.
The thing that makes a great anime is how gripping it can be. It has to pull you in with the art, pump you up with the music, and captivate you with the story. Kill la Kill did just that. I couldn’t believe the amount of fun I had watching this series. I feel like it truly brings audiences’ back to the root of anime with its over the top action, hilarious support characters, loyal sidekicks, unbeatable enemies, and ridiculous amounts of food consumption. The story can be summed up in one word: fun. When someone asked me to explain the story of Kill la Kill I realized how ridiculous it sounded. The summary doesn’t even touch the tip of how crazy the story got half way through the season. Yet the thing about it was I never stopped enjoying it. Kill la Kill was the perfect example of an anime that did everything purely for entertainment. On top of the jaw dropping action, the series had some of the best characters of the season. I absolutely loved the Ryuuko and Mako combo; they made the perfect dynamic duo of skill and comedy. The anime made you feel an affinity toward them because of how loyal they were to one another. Mako became more than just a sidekick, she became a true friend. However, in terms of the best character development I have to give it to Satsuki. She was easily my favorite character of the series because she played both a brilliant ally and villain. Her strong loyalty to both her school and student council was unmatched. She was a complete badass. Everything about her screamed fighter and even when the world was about to collapse around her she never lost hope or faith in her student council. To sum everything up, Kill la Kill made me feel like a kid again. It didn’t need to have a complex story or in-depth character development; it just needed to take me back to a time when I cheered for the hero and booed the villain. And quite frankly, it did just that.
The soundtrack for Kill la Kill was absolutely amazing. The hardcore metal for Ira Gamagori’s theme, house music of Houka Inumata, and classic of Uzu Sangayama were all fantastic. I suggest everyone to check out the full volume of Kill la Kill’s OST because you will be shocked by the number of great tracks. It’s definitely something that matched the series’ amazing art and story. The background music during the fights pumped me up and had me jumping out of my seat in excitement. This series truly touched on all of my senses and emotions and I couldn’t have asked for a better anime.
Final statements: I’m sure everyone would enjoy this series because of how wild and crazy it is. It’s easily a must see for any anime and non-anime fans. Sometimes you don’t need to take home a message or sit down and think carefully about an anime’s themes; instead just sit back, relax, and enjoy some Kill la Kill.