Hey Baltimore, it’s cold outside. However, don’t worry, you’ll warm right up as the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center brings you “Jersey Boys.” Happening from November 12th through November 24th, don’t miss the chance to catch the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Four Scenes. Just know, that tickets are primed to go fast, so don’t let this chance blow past you. And in the season of these reviews, let’s jump into our new anime. This week, we’re doing Kill la Kill.
Kill la Kill is an anime that pops up as contender for the most outrageous over the top awards, but in a good way. Featured on Crunchyroll.com, the anime focuses on our heroine, Ryuko Matoi and her quest. What is her quest? To find the owner of the other half of her own scissor blade that killed her father. To that effect, her investigations into this matter bring her to, and enter the outrageous, school. And not just any school, but the pinnacle of schools sitting atop a gigantic hill covered in houses that serve as dorms for the students based on how well they do. Most of the hill is slums by the way. Wait, where were we? Oh! And so Matoi enrolls into this school ruled by the “stylish” student government that all have these uniforms that give them super-human abilities called Goku uniforms. And at the top of this school sits a girl who has claim to be the most sadistic dominatrix in “her” known universe, Satsuki Kiryuin. She’s also Matoi’s main nemesis. After being in school, for what had to be only two hours, she gains a crazy bestie, Mako Mankanshoku. Oh, and she picks a fight and gets beaten REALLY badly in front of everyone. She escapes and makes it to her old home where her family used to live, falls through a trap door and embarks on one of the most outlandish and over-the-top clothing swaps ever.
Put simply, Kill la Kill is made to be exactly what it is, over the top and dramatic. What more could you ask for from the makers of Gurren Lagann? But it is for that reason that the anime, which is only five episodes in, is very addictive. The story itself is nothing original: Child comes home looking for the killer over her parent(s). But the way it’s gone about that is what makes it awesome. Matoi never gets an answer. What she does get is constantly embarrassed and gawked at. This anime serves out a big heaping helping of fanservice and is unapologetic about it. And while the anime doesn’t take itself very seriously, the story, the setting, and the characters all have their dark, violent, and hidden sides. Of course this doesn’t stop us from laughing at it all regardless. Obviously, the plot doesn’t take an exact direct route to who killed who, but pinballs around the arc of “this girl needs power-ups”. Which in the way that its sequenced and played forward, is perfectly fine. The audience gets to laugh at it and not get weighed down by a boring or otherwise overly depressing plot.
As characters go, Matoi is practically gushing with guts, determination, and a budding exhibitionist fetish. Ahem… She has a goal and she is serious in that she’ll do almost anything to accomplish it. Which makes Senketsu happy, as his goal seems to coincide with her. And the fact that she’s collecting his food for her helps too. As for Kiryuin, she’s most everything you can expect from a hot superficial cut-throat ruler. She lives by her own truths and doesn’t seem to wear the goku uniforms like all her minions. Yet, she really doesn’t need to wear it, she’s pretty dangerous without it. Plus, she’s sadistic to a fault and her sights are wholly set on Matoi and Senketsu. Though, her vision does get blocked from time to time by Mako. For lack of better words, that girl is off her rocker. Mako provides the much needed comedic role for the anime. You never know what the heck she’s on about, but she does manage to always pop up whenever Matoi is in a pinch and completely kill any sinister mood that was going on. Her tangents seem to be the stuff of legend as most people, except the utterly dense, know what the heck she’s going on about. Her words and her actions make you laugh but leave you dumbfounded.
Wrapping things up, this anime is something that definitely deserves to be watched and looked out for in the future. To add to that, do so if you’re an older teen. While fun, this anime is practically gravure, and is definitely ecchi. There’s also a fair amount of swearing and jokes that most adults would get that you wouldn’t want a kid going to school and repeating. Other than that, it’s a must see for at least the first run through. Love it or hate it, you can’t discredit its reputation as being “out there”. Let’s hope it stays that way for the future.