Anime Review-Kill La Kill

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By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

There are times when a series is released and you watch it, and can’t quite decide whether you really like it or not. You know it’s good but you just can’t put your finger on why. And when you’re asked to describe it to someone, you’re somewhat at a loss for words other than to give a large general statement somewhat describing the series, but not really. Confused yet? Over six years ago director Hiroyuki Imaishi and writer Kazuki Nakashima created the quirky mecha anime Gurren Lagann. Now they have re-teamed for Trigger’s first anime series. Please welcome Kill la Kill.


Ryuko Matoi is a 17 year-old-girl who travels the land looking for the person who murdered her father. The only clue she has is one half of a life-sized scissor that had impaled her father. Now she uses it as her weapon of self-defense. Finally, her travels have brought her to the Honnoji Academy, a militarized school broken down to a form of class system, with the higher tiered students receiving specialized clothing giving them “powers” to do battle. The higher you are in the school ranking, the better the clothing you have. Ryuuko believes that student council president, Satsuki Kiryuuin , who is also the daughter of a powerful corporate CEO, may have knowledge of her father’s killer, or be the killer herself. So it’s up to Ryuko to fight her way through the ranks to obtain the answers she needs and avenge her father.

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Now, as I said in the intro, you “give a large general statement somewhat describing the series, but not really.” While this description of the show is, at the core, the basis for the plot, there is so much more to it. From the amount of characters, the types of clothing, the powers these students possess, the family Ryoko comes to live with, the twists and turns that arise… to give any of that away would be to ruin some of the plot and how it plays out. But Kill la Kill is more than a “fight to the top” action anime. It is that, to some degree, but not really. Kill la Kill is also a comedy with some great animation causing laugh out loud moments. There is also a fair share of fan service and, ladies, there is equal amounts of fan service for you as well. Shocker, I know! But the fan service isn’t too extreme, nor does it lend itself to perversion (thankfully). And, to top off the action, comedy, and fan service, there also happens to be good quality drama and character growth, which is essential with any great narrative.

Another thing a great anime needs are great voice actors, and Kill la Kill has a tour de force! Ami Koshimizu plays Ryuko, giving her a tomboyish flare, goal driven but also with a soft side while Ryoka Yuzuki’s Satsuki is ever authoritative and commandeering while also being pristine and chic. One of the real joys of the voice actors would be Aya Suzaki’s lovable yet dim-witted character, Mako. Mako also gives the show some of its best comedic elements, being so full of passion and intensity displayed through overly animated body language. You just have to see her in action.

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Kill la Kill isn’t like any anime you’ve seen before. From the character design and voice acting to the story line, it is definitely one of the most original anime to come out in quite some time. There are anime, and shows in general, that you watch and forget about a year down the road. Kill la Kill is one of those where you’re remember specific details and all of the character names for years to come. With the plethora of anime out there to view, it’s hard to find a true gem. Well, ladies and gentlemen, here’s your diamond in the rough.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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