Kill la Kill – First Impressions

Kill la kill poster

At first glance, Kill la Kill looks like a Gainax anime. It has the distinct animation style, the over the top action, and the ridiculous plot you’d generally expect from Gainax.

But here’s the thing: despite having all the trademarks of a Gainax anime, it’s not one of their shows.

But wait, if Kill la Kill isn’t by Gainax, who is it by?

The studio involved in the creation of Kill la Kill is a relatively new one called Trigger. And the reason why this show feels so much like a Gainax property is because Trigger was started by two former Gainax employees, Masahiko Ohtsuka and Hiroyuki Imaishi. Both of these animators were involved in the creation of some of Gainax’s biggest hits such as FLCL, Gurenn Lagaan, and Panty, Stocking, and Garterbelt, so it should come as no surprise that Kill la Kill feels a lot like a Gainax show.

So what is Kill la Kill about anyway?

Kill la Kill is the story of a Ryuuko Matoi, a mysterious student who wields a scissor blade. She arrives at Honnouji Academy to get answers from Satsuki Kiryuuin, the head of the student council and the only one who may know who killed her father. Unfortunately for Ryuuko, Honnouji Academy is a school known for it’s powerful Goku uniforms, which give those that wear them amazing speed and strength, and it’s unstoppable student council, who won’t hesitate in destroying anyone that threatens Satsuki Kiryuuin.

Now let’s take a quick look at the show itself.

Excellent animation?

Kill la Kill animation
Excellent animation.

Heart-pumping action?

Kill la Kill action
Heart-pumping action.

Attitude out the wazoo?

Kill la Kill style
Attitude out the wazoo.

Sounds great right?


So far am I enjoying the show a lot, but like a lot of other shows, Kill la Kill asks you to leave your brain at the door. The story makes absolutely zero sense, and not in the way FLCL initially made no sense. It just makes me go “Huh?” way too often (and this is only three episodes in). Also, the characters aren’t exactly complex or deep, but at very least the supporting cast is extremely funny.

And lastly, what kind of action anime would this be without this:

Kill la Kill fanservice screenshot 01
Kill la Kill fanservice screenshot 02
Kill la Kill fanservice screenshot 03
Glad we got those suspenders there for support.

Sigh. Fanservice.

On one hand, I know not to take fanservice too seriously. On the other, I’ve lost count of the number of shows that would have been great if they’d removed, or at very least toned down, the sexiness. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sexiness and fanservice if it works together with the story, but far too often anime that’s animed at teenage boys or older men just throws it in for the sake of it.

Having said that, I am three episodes in and enjoying the show for what it is: a light-hearted, incredibly stylish action romp. It just happens to be filled with cleavage, short skirts, and bare midriffs.


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