Kill la Kill Review
So, what happens when you are the daughter of a murdered scientist? Why you go to school to track down his murders of course. But wait? You get a living sailor fuku and must fight against a woman who wants to take over the world through clothes. Or is it the sanctimonious student council president that claimed to have killed your father the real enemy? Welcome ladies and gentlemen to Kill la Kill.
While I just gave basic statements of the plot, Kill la Kill is a show that deals a lot with clothing as a weapon, a means of control and even identity throughout the show. Kill la Kill also focuses on themes of family and what family means.
Trigger lets loose for its first anime since becoming their own studio. Kill la Kill follows Ryuko Matoi, a school girl whose father is murdered and given a special, living sailor fuku named Sekentsu in order to fight off whatever was responsible for killing her dad. Ryuko makes friends with Mako Mankanshoku, who takes her in. Ryuko then faces off against the student council president, Satsuki Kiryuuin and her Elite Four. Yet, as the show goes on, it seems that Ryuko and Satsuki are after the same thing … after fighting each other with living sailor fuku. Yet, as things build to reveal the main villain of the series, Ragyo Kiryuuin, the other two factions in the show are then thrown together.
Kill la Kill was created by Trigger, a studio that split off from Gainax after working on shows like Gurren Lagann. It is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, who worked on Gurren Lagann and Full Metal Alchemist. The show was written by Kazuki Nakashima, Hiroshi Seko and Hiromi Wakabayashi.
Trigger creates a great anime full of fan service, characterizations, homages to other anime and great underlining story that might not be overt at the start of the show but gets deep into it during the course of the series.
Voice acting-wise, this show gives a tour de force from Ryuko’s voice actress, Ami Koshimizu; who plays the tomboy-ish yet somewhat vunerable Ryuko extremely well. Toshihiko Seki’s Senketsu is smart and full of great emotion while Ryoka Yuzuki’s Satsuki is as commanding as she is powerful. These three make the backbone of an outstanding voice cast that includes Aya Suzaki’s lovable yet dim-witted Mako, Nobuyuki Hiyama’s strong yet passionate Sanageyama, Tetsu Inada’s overly loyal and steadfast Gamagoori and much more. The voice really does a great job of sucking you into the story and really making you feel for the characters.
The show’s energy cannot be denied as it’s soundtrack is among the best in anime history with such tunes as “Before My Body is Dry” by Mika Kobayashi, “Blumenkranz” from Cyua or “I Want to Know” from artist Benjamin Anderson. Each song crafted toward animation or pivotal moments in the show which only heighten the experience.
Overall, Kill la Kill is one of those anime that you will remember for years. It has stellar cast, a great story, interesting characters, fan service for both sexies and a fantastic soundtrack. This show has gotten a lot of hype but it is deserving of every last bit of it. This is an anime classic to be. I give it 5 stars out of 5.