Anime Assault: Kill La Kill


Kill La Kill, for the most part, holds equal parts allure and scathing human insight into our world. Made by the same people who brought you Gurren Lagann, this anime was, for the most part, traditionally drawn and animated. It revolves around a girl named Matoi Ryuuko as she transfers to Honnouji Academy, a school ruled and controlled by Kiryuuin Satsuki, which for the most part is an all-around upstanding antagonist. Fuelled by the death of her Father, and wielding one half of a giant scissor sword, Matoi goes on a quest for vengeance against the patricidal murderer and the god robes, powerful school uniforms worn by Satsuki and her school elite. This isn’t some run of the mill battle anime either, it holds a lot of World War II symbolisms, let me just go through a few.

Hail Hy- W-We mean Satsuki!

War… War Never Changes unless the Fighters are Half or Fully Naked

The first few episodes revolve around the arrival of Ryuuko, who for the most part, represents the allied powers as they enter the fray…. Okay, are the weak ones gone? Let’s get down to business. Kill La Kill offers viewers a good splash of color, action, animation, score, and yes, feels all rolled up into one big throw back to Gurren Lagann. Being made by the same team, it is filled with reality punching sequences and all out spam attacks that leave you begging for more.

Oh wait… Did I mention fan service?

We got boobs for days…

Well there is a lot of it. From panty shots to upskirts, underboob, sideboob, and even boob flopping, it’s all in there. Not to mention, the character designs and animations are just gorgeous. The way they use a chalk and doodle style for the effects are simply amazing. That’s not to grab away from the dialogue and the Music though, but you will revel at the colourful backgrounds of the slums to the near uniform grey of Honnouji academy, they all look beautiful on your screen.

Hits all the right Notes

The score is something worth listening to as well. The Four Devas, students who basically serve as area bosses for Matoi to reach Satsuki, get wonderful background music that sets the mood and suspense. Even the magical girl transformation from high school student to semi-nude, leather clad, warrior princesses has this distinct song during the whole transformation to get you pumped for the upcoming battle filled with stars, explosions, and undergarments.

Watch it Because…

It is of note that, as much as the whole of the series alludes to the Second World War, it can be interpreted as a really good coming of age story of Matoi, as well as Satsuki. The way this plays out can’t be stressed enough without you watching the whole series, which I massively push you to do sometime right now. There are moments where you just well up with a feeling of warmth and how you feel for the characters. And in the end, a big lesson of overcoming rebellion, desire, preconceived notions, and clothes gives you a sense of passion with moving on and being content.

I highly recommend you watch this anime if not for the feels, then the fan service and the good battle animations. If you like more of the things you saw in Kill La Kill, you could try Gurren Lagann and Space Dandy for some over the top action and a few good laughs.