Ill (try to) keep this short...
To describe Kill la Kill into 3 words: ''over the top''
5 seconds into the show it goes full throttle an it rarely takes it food of the gas. Over the top action, over the top comedy, over the top (stereotype) characters. Unfortunately also over the top (semi) nudity. But still over the top entertainment.
Girl (Ryuuko) has recently lost her father and is searching for the killer for revenge and answers. During her search she stumbles upon a town where the school student council president (Satsuki) is the absolute ruler. The performances of the students determines how high the social status of their family is. The higher the status the more privileges and power. (Parody on society)
Satsuki seems to know about her father so Ryuuko tries to question her about it but is forced to fight the several school clubs first before Satsuki will reveal what she knows.
Not much to add, a girl fighting for her revenge but there are some plot twists which are somewhat cliché but they aren't easily predicted.
The biggest issue, the animation is not that good. Took me a while to get used to but there were still several moments where the animation seemed to get noticeably worse. Not only the background but the character animations as well. There however were some comic style scenes (line art) which were refreshing and nice to see.
Another big issue in the animation was the fan service. The show contains a butt load *bad pun* of (nearly) naked people. This is not a problem for the secondary characters such as the Nudist Beach organization where it is comical but the main characters would be better off with less revealing outfits and surely with a lot less transformation scenes. And do not forget the mother who seems to has an obsession for incest?
(Comic / line art syle)
The music was very good with a wide range of genres. Usually the background music isnt noticeable or something to remember but the show had many moments where the music jumped out. Especially the characters theme songs are great.
With one or two exceptions there were no complaints about the characters
Ryuuko is a strong main lead character. Satsuki the coldblooded enemy/rival. And several very stereotypical characters such as *hallelujah* Mako who is the main comical relief. Very incomprehensible with 0,0% brain activity but a lot funnier than the regular dimwitted comedic characters which you see in other shows. The devas and Nudist beach were great as well who keep switching from comedy towards serious.
Most of the points I deducted from the animation where for the fan service and a few (irregular) quality issues. Else it would of been perfect since this over the top nonstop comedy and action anime is totally my style.
With an impressive creative bloodline to draw from, Kill la Kill is visual feast for the senses. Were it a meal, it'd be shooter sandwich: a ridiculous amount of delicious ingredients crammed into a small space, squashed down to fit and then consumed with zero regrets. But is it a meal you'll want to go back and have again?
Against the background of a dystopian world, Ryuuko Matoi arrives at Honnouji Academy, and her intent is made clear from the start: find and avenge her father's killer. The murder weapon is one half of a giant red scissor, and also happens to be Ryuuko's signature blade which she wields with abandon. Wasting little time, she confronts Satsuki Kiryuuin, the student council president who rules the academy with complete domination with the assistance of her devas, four fellow council members who possess considerable power thanks to their life fiber-infused uniforms. It's these mysterious life fibers that is the primary mechanic that drives KLK's storyline.
As a scifi story, there's nothing that stands out in regards to how the characters battle and ultimately face off against the threat of the life fibers. It's merely a convenient base to serve the ingredients that we're all here for: over-the-top characters, imaginative visuals and fantastical action sequences.
Ryuuko and Satsuki are immediately appealing and it's easy to see why. For both characters, their resolve to achieve victory is unflinching, and while they possess enormous power and fighting skill, ultimately it's their sense of determination, loyalty and sheer will power that fuels their drive to succeed. The visual design of these characters, along with the side characters, effectively matches their personalities. A significant part of their visual package is the life fiber uniforms which transforms the characters into powerhouse entities. In the case of Ryuuko and Satsuki, there's little argument that the skin-exposing transformation is less of a plot device than a simple means of appealing to the target audience of the show, namely teen and young males. Even with the excessive titillation, the uniforms provide a wonderful outlet for the show's creative team to go all out.
It wouldn't be unfair to describe the characters as standard archetypes that we've all seen before. Beyond their appealing visual design, there is little that makes them stand out. The characters do develop and grow throughout the course of the series, and with friendship and loyalty a primary theme in the show, the characters play a satisfying, if somewhat straightforward role in driving the story forward.
In addition to the visual design, the other stand out of the show is the action sequences. As expected of the show's production team, nothing is held back when it comes to animating the battles. It's hard to avoid using the term 'over the top', but it applies perfectly in when it comes to depicting the fantastical combat that are a hallmark of Kill la Kill. It's also in the battles scenes where the personalities of the characters really shine, their stoic will to win perfectly aligns with the stratospheric energy levels of the fighting.
Kill la Kill is a lot to take in, and the pacing of the show is pedal to the metal throughout the course of the series. While almost frantic in its story telling, there is an appropriate level of efficiency in its design. I would've liked to have seen more development in the characters, but really this show is not about delivering a story that examines human complexity. It's a no-holds-barred visual feast with simple but effective characters that tie it all together. The wonderfully creative visuals and the amazingly choreographed action sequences are enough to make this series a classic. Along with copious amounts of fan service, Kill la Kill is easily digested and enjoyed. It's a meal that you'll look back on and desire more of.
If you watch the show for the crazy action and the fan service, you will be rewarded with a whole lot of braindead entertainment. If you are offended by lots of nude, you will drop it early on. If you start thinking about its plot and themes, you will be completely lost and stop caring from a point on. If you start making allusions and symbolisms, and comparisons to every little detail to everything else out there, then welcome to the overthinking group, where no matter how stupid something is, you will still find some excuse to make it seem like it’s amazing.
And now that we clarified the different types of viewers this show creates, let’s proceed to what it really is. It is a zany action comedy about fighting teenagers. Yes, later on they try to make it seem like it’s a lot more by throwing in a convoluted conspiracy about clothes eating up humanity because aliens and shit, but it all boils down to neurotic teenagers yelling and beating the crap out of each other. Yes, it does have a plot that escalates from a simple revenge story to a war for the salvation of the planet but it happens in such a random way that you are better off not paying attention to how things move from point A to point B. The heroine, Matoi, can pretty much level any opponent past the school president since episode 1 and after episode 3 feels like the she forgets her revenge issues and just goes to school like nothing much happens, while her nemesis is not destroying her right away just so to stretch the series to 2 cour. And lots of other similar stuff like that happen later on.
But who cares about that; in terms of style Kill La Kill (KLK) is pretty much eyegasm for retro fans, as it offers a tribute to several dozen titles from earlier decades. The animation is fairly jerky to the most part but stuff will be moving around so fast, you won’t really mind that after awhile. It will keep your eyes constantly wide open, and your willies constantly hard and upwards, and that is more than enough to keep a big portion of the audience entertained.
Of course as good as it is as dumb entertainment, it is equally bad as a well written story with deep characters. You are not going to be watching it for any deep thinking; unless you are one of those overthinkers out there who will be writing a wall of text for every bouncing pair of hOOters being some sort of pro-feminism message. And as much as the show attempts to foreshadow major events in a lazy attempt to make you think it knows what is doing, when the gloves come off it all comes down to “I win because I said so”. Which is no surprise coming from the same creator as Furi Kuri, Tengen Toppa, and Panty & Stocking. Compared to those KLK shares the same zany style and has the highest amounts of entertainment, but is also the most barren in content and planning. Also the nudity is so omnipresent that it will either make you disgusted early on, or eventually give you immunity to it. Which in a way is double lose for me, since it is also supposed to be its main theme and gets treated like a joke that gets tiresome after awhile.
What the show manages to achieve is being the most entertaining fighting chicks anime I know of. And I know all of them (most famous being Cutey Honey, Ikki Tousen, Queen’s Blade, and Freezing). In terms of campy fun it also has nothing to be jealous of famous live-action movies such as Kill Bill or Sucker Punch, thus it manages to be a sort of cult classic overshadowing most of the earlier competitors almost instantly. Which is not a small feat I must say.
It isn’t a masterpiece by any stretch of the word and it definitely didn’t save anime, like most yell while chuckling. It is not for everyone, since lots of its content is plain bizarre and gross to non-fans, while its nudity is too much even for many who already are fans. It is just silly fun and should not be viewed as anything more past that.
There is nothing left besides some fairly simplistic (just like the show is) scoring system.
Art/Sound: 8/10 (good artwork, but jerky animation; good dynamic songs but not amazing to relisten to every so often)
Script/Cast: 4/10 (stuff happen because you yell a lot, character growth is hampered by random twists)
Value: 8/10 (easily memorable and rewatchable, but still the worst of Imaishi’s works to date
Entertainment: 6/10 (depends on how much you are content with brain dead action and fan service; I personally, am not that much)
"Oh, I get it. Very clever. How's that working out for you?" - Tyler Durden (Fight Club).
Kill La Kill is plain stupid. Kill La Kill tries too hard to be stupid, to the point where you can imagine the staff patting themselves on the back and chuckling "we're so clever, aha, aha, ahaha". The overly self-aware, parody of everything itself included, smug, try-hard ideas behind this anime ultimately are nothing more than an intellectual curiosity that fails to be anything other than repetitive garbage with style. They are a refrigerator with plenty of condiments but no food.
There are actually no redeeming features to Kill La Kill. It is all form and no function. Everything is dumbed down and made so "extreme" in order to be "edgy" and make people laugh ends up being beaten into the ground. When a series has only one idea, and that idea isn't good, then no manner of technical execution can fix it. Or in other words, when a series is built around a vision, but the vision is that of a moron, then you get this. Kill La Kill is Jack's wasted life.
Now, don't misunderstand. I have no problems with parody. If Kill La Kill was six, maybe even ten episodes long, I would have actually said that it is worth it just because of the style. But it is overly bloated with repating every point. It is like a guy explaining his joke over and over after no one laughs because while clever, it is not laugh out loud funny. Kill La Kill has bitch tits.
There is fan service galore - and by that I mean shameless and obvious near pornographic pandering. There are enemies intentionally larger than life that are so ridiculous that it is just hilarious. The concept behind the superpowers and plot is so outlandishly and shamelessly stupid that it should be funny. All of the elements of a great parody are here. But twenty four episodes is just massive. Kill La Kill has enough fat to make enough bars of soap for everyone who watched it.
I won't bother explaining the writing. It is utter garbage, and proud of it. The story is moronic, the characters ridiculous and annoying, the way they combine is an abject failure. I won't bother explaining the art. It does well in being as over the top as the writing. But alas, Kill La Kill is not special. It is not a beautiful or unique snowflake. It is the same decaying organic matter as everything else.
And that's it in a nutshell. Kill La Kill tries so hard to be cool and funny in a super self-aware way. Unfortunately, sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken. It ends up on the bad side of mediocre, and fails in offering more than repetitive fight scenes. It is a complete waste of time. We're a generation of viewers raised on self-aware parodies. I'm wondering if another self-aware parody is really the answer we need.
"This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time." - Narrator (Fight Club)
Where to begin? Hmmm the best way to sum up this magical masterpiece is to watch a hentai called Papillion Rose which Kill la Kill stole the whole concept of its story from. Everyone knows that Hentai sucks but being a thief is so much more awesome. Not to mention this is the saviour of anime so you won't even notice when they introduce a plot point in the 2nd half of the series that completely destroys everything that just happened in the first half of the series. Also you can tell when a series has a truly incredible story when it has to try and fail horribly at attempting multiple parodies that it becomes a parody itself. So if you support theft and awful humor that doesn't even try to have a concise story that ties everything together then Kill la Kill has a story that is just for you.
Does she seem Similar? Well guess what this isn't a certain someone's mother this is the main villain from Lingerie warrior Papillion Rose called Regina Apis not Ragyo Kiryuin. Who also happens to wage war with clothing. What is even more funny is that Ryuuko and Satsuki wear even skimpier outfits than these girls who are in a hentai if that doesn't tell you how incredible Kill la Kill is I don't know what does.
In episode 3 it shows its mastery of animation as Satsuki forgets how to walk so chooses to glide along instead...In episode 18 Ragyo somehow dodges Satsuki's sword skill by moving a step rather than actually dodging the blow. This fluid mastery of distrotion cannot be rivalled by any anime.
Worried that this anime is just a waste of time that cannot parody well, make you laugh or amuse you in anyway what so ever well don't be even the dullest moments are brought to epicness by an incredible soundtrack because Kill la Kill knew it was so dire it wouldn't be able to grab your attention in any other way.
In this unforgettable story you will be amazed by the memorable characters who will bring tears of sadness to your eyes every moment they are on screen. First of all we have the main character:
When this bundle of joy isn't busy having an incestual scissoring contest with her family members she will happily strip down just to remind you how badass she is. Ryuko is quite possibly the most badass female of all time she not only shouts and demands for information through force she could have gotten through theft or hiring a private investigator but she also loses to people who are over 60-80 times weaker than her on a regular basis. As proven in the 2nd half she has regen and the ability to cut buildings in half even without using Senketsu it just makes you think how she ever lost to begin with. In her remaining free time to remind us how deep a character she is, she will be busy having a mental break down that she has high speed regen and has the strength to cut buildings in half. Don't let her looks fool you Ryuko is quite possibly the most pathetic female character in anime ever. Not even the most sexist of anime have female characters that lose that badly with that much of a difference in power. Her favourite pass time is being perved on by Mako's fat old dad and his snotty little brat as she is a role model for all female exhibitionists.
When this adorable individual is not busy putting the mannlinest of men to shame with her epic eye brows and huge nose she will be busy moping about how she doesn't get to scissor and not get as much incestual actions as her sister. She bears this grudge with pride and is quite happy to show she comes out on top by stripping off at any opportunity even when she doesn't need to. Her favourite pass time is reading Mein Kampf.
A lovable character that never ceases to annoy you and will not ever step out of an incredible fight scene to get in the way and make some utterly useless comment that you would need to be heavily drunk to find funny. But then again most things are funny when you are that drunk...
If you want know more about this incestual scissoring dominatrix who is far too fond of clothes remember to look no further than the series she originally came from named Lingerie warrior Papillion Rose.
So incredible they are no longer associated with this masterpiece.
The rest of the memorable cast
They are so memorable and deep you feel so emotionally connected to all of them that you will have already forgotten them just like I did.
Summary (A more serious look at a series that isn't meant to be taken seriously)
Enough joking around it seemed appropiate for April's fools but now let's have a more serious look at Kill la Kill.
The story is a mess, such a mess there is little to no consistnecy first you have your typical facist regime with school council fights reminscent of Madoka box to the end of the world alien/zombie apocalyspe situation where they have a fight in space. If you enjoy the humor you might be able to rate it much higher but anyone who rates this story a 10/10 is lying to you to call this story a masterpiece is offensive to other incredible series like FMA.
Animation could be a lot better but its is pretty damn good for a newly established studio I wish them all the luck and hope more of the budget is put into constructing a better story next time. Since I am sure they will make a profit from Kill la Kill I think the studio can only get better and for my sanity I really hope they do.
Soundtrack is incredible in fact its what keep me going through watching this atrocity even the most mundane fights would excite you until Mako interupted them :(
Characters now this is where I had the biggest issue with the series it can be extremely funny when a parody is executed well in fact the Ragyo incest with her daugthers might not have been so bad if it wasn't for the fact it rammed it in your face on a fairly regular basis. No matter what reviewers or other fans say there is no defence for either showing this in such detail on a regular basis. I hate to criticise people directly rather than the anime itself but anyone who can defend the studio being this excessive is kind of a little creepy not the people who enjoy the anime just those who defend the incest scenes. These could have been alluded to or implied with the same impact but its clear that because its between two women it gets a free pass where as between brother and sister its considered creepy and two men would have made the fanbase drop to zero.
Finally I personally found Kill la Kill not only to be offensive with uneeded amounts of fan service for both genders but it was also an unfunny waste of time which is trying to undo all the positive feedback that Attack on Titan had generated for the anime industry recently. Any other issues I have with the plot are and the characters are explained above in a far less serious manner which of course is appropiate for a series not meant to be taken seriously. Now anime fans will once again be seen as basement dwelling fat people who are the bane of society and have creepy fetishes when anime fans are some of the nicest people I know its sad for Kill la Kill to not become the Saviour of Anime like it said it would be but the Bane of it. A 2/10 for the soundtrack and Nudist beach which did make me chuckle but a minus -1 for being a horrific influence the world of anime could do without.
Think I am wrong and love Kill la Kill then be sure to check out SAO season 2 and Fairy tail which has started re-airing I hate both of those series too. However I have more respect for Fairy tail and SAO than I ever will for Kill la Kill.