English: KILL la KILL
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
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SynopsisRyuko Matoi is a vagrant school girl traveling from place to place searching for clues to the truth behind her father's death—the "woman with the scissor blade." The journey has led Ryuko to Honnouji Academy.
Honnouji Academy—where an elite group of students is granted superhuman power by their special uniforms called the "Goku uniform." With the power of the uniform, the student body president, Satsuki Kiryuin rules the students with unquestioned power and fear.
Satsuki holds the secret to the "scissor blade" and Ryuko confronts Satsuki to gain information but... Was their encounter a mere coincidence or fate? The clash between the two will soon consume the whole academy!
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It's been said by many veteran anime watchers that anime is dying. In the old days we had our Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Wolf's Rain, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Akira, FLCL, Berserk, Fist of the North Star, and Miyazaki; we had Space Captain Harlock, Lupin the Third, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Ghost in the Shell. Even if you haven't seen these, you've likely at least heard of them and the impact that they've had on anime as a whole. Anime was an intellectual, creative medium that reflected flair and pizazz. It wasn't just silly entertainment for kids, like many Western cartoons, and people of all ages could enjoy it. As of late it seems that anime has been stuck in a rut of moe, harems, rom-coms with unrealistically dense male MC’s, and onee-chan/imouto obsessive garbage. Lately there's been a lack of courage to sack up, step outside of the box, and say, "Hey, let's try something new." After you peruse season after season of the same regurgitated genres you might find yourself wondering if anime has lost its way... And to answer that question Trigger will look down and whisper: "No."
Watching the story of Kill la Kill unfold was confusing, exhilarating, comical, lively, and god damn refreshing. What began as a simple revenge story, with a shaky plot direction, overabundance of fan-service, and obnoxiously flashy fight scenes, ended in a surprisingly competent and satisfying fashion. Although Kill la Kill is entertaining, it is still a series that prioritizes style more than substance. This isn’t to say that the series is shallow in the slightest, but it’s often difficult to overlook the abundance of panty shots, suffocatingly tight and revealing outfits, the FLCL-esque action, and all their allure.
While there is a lot of wild enjoyment to be had in Kill la Kill, it's also easy to disregard what makes this series so brilliant. Part of the genius behind Kill la Kill is the fact that the show itself is a parody of many overused tropes in recent anime. Oversexualized, provocative clothing and fan-service for no reason? Check. Student council is overpowered? Check. School system based off of uniforms? Check. Story about revenge? Check. Not only does the series poke fun at commonalities in anime, it also fires shots at the oppressive nature of the Japanese education system. The most astounding part about all of this is that Kill la Kill doesn't just adhere to the common tropes itself for shits and giggles; it actually takes these tropes and literally makes them its plot. Even if you don't take the stance on viewing the series as a parody, you'd probably still find the series entertaining and fun to watch on a different standard. That's ingenuity, ladies and gentlemen.
Trigger did something interesting with its characters in Kill la Kill that you don’t see in anime too often, adding to the fresh factor of the show. They took a series that banks on testosterone-based, over-the-top action and made the main characters girls. It's not often that you come across an anime with a strong female lead that can not only stand up for herself, but against tyranny and male counter parts, and Ryuuko personifies these values. There’s a struggle within our current modern-day society to fit in with social norms. It’s tough to be that black sheep individual that goes about their own business without being judged by the majority, hence why we generally follow fashion trends, region-specific social etiquette, and so forth. The growth of Ryuuko reflects this as the development of her character is steadily shown across the span of the series. Ryuuko starts as a teenage girl with attitude looking for retribution against the one who killed her father. When introduced to Senketsu, a revealing sailor uniform made of life fibers, she is submitted to humility in exchange for power. It’s things like this that should make you raise an eyebrow and wonder whether or not this is reflective of the advantages and disadvantages that sexuality offers women. Maybe I’m looking too much into it, or maybe I’m right. What’s great about Kill la Kill is that there isn’t a right answer. You take from it what you want.
While Ryuuko portrays big themes and intricate lessons woven into her character, it would be a crime to disregard the rest of the cast of the series. The character body of Kill la Kill is quite diverse and there are plenty of likable characters. Each character brings something to the table in terms of entertainment and, as a whole, makes sure that there’s never a dull moment. Characters that are depicted as the antagonists, such as Satsuki and the Four Devas, are likeable. Mako, who is essentially the fool, is actually funny. The way these characters fit the mold of wacky, but wacky with personality, is astounding. Characters feel like they fit into the show seamlessly and that can be hard to come by.
The art and animation is similar to the chaotic, yet extremely fun style that Gainax offered in both FLCL and TTGL. It’s hard to ignore the resemblance when Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ohtsuka, originally from Gainax, are now a part of Studio Trigger. The action defies logic and physics, the art is stellar, the animation is fluid, the backdrops are majestic, and all of it meshes together nicely. The sound criteria of Kill la Kill is also quite exceptional itself. The OP’s and ED’s are good, the OST is great, and the voice acting is on point. There’s nothing else to ask for. With that being said, I think the biggest problem is that Trigger has with Kill la Kill is that while retaining the style, they also retained dips in the quality of the art and animation, similar to those in TTGL. There's a lot of repeated animated scenes, such as the Kamui change scene, the shot of the heel clicking the ground, and even sword swinging. It’s not horrible or extremely detrimental to enjoyment, but it is there. The animation drops for a series as chaotic as Kill la Kill is understandable, given that Studio Trigger is also very new, and so I’d take this fault with a grain of salt.
For Studio Trigger’s first original anime series, Kill la Kill came in and went out with a bang. While it doesn't quite hit the status of masterpiece, I’ve been made a fan. I will be looking forward to whatever creativity their future works will bring. read more
Welcome to Studio Trigger's Kill la Kill. Where fanservice is plot, style is substance and every episode plays out like the finale. This is anime.
The tale of Kill la Kill begins with a transfer student, Ryuuko, wielding a scissor-sword looking for her father's killer. From then on the story spirals out of proportion and throws the viewer into a jet plane with afterburners all the way to the end. Kill la Kill takes all the worn-out tropes and clichés of anime, amps it up to eleven and then delightfully invert them to give something exciting and fresh. In terms of plot, the viewer will have no problem following the main vein of the storyline even through its crazy spectacle. However, there is little filler and the show has a good amount of subversion by playing with the viewer's expectations and then completely changing the outcome. Throughout its 24 episode run, there are metric ton of references and homage to western culture (Marvel Comics, classical music, and ) while being mindful of its Japanese heritage and legends (Oba Nobunaga, 70s to current anime) and not being overly heavy-handed with its presentation. This forces the viewer to take an active role seeking out all the extra subtle hints hidden away. And this is where the beauty of Kill la Kill lies where it appeals to the causal action-oriented viewer by giving a rollercoaster ride while offering plenty of opportunities for analysis and discussion.
The characters themselves are outstanding in the way they project themselves onto the screen and overarching plot. Ryuuko feels much less than any singular/combined archetypes and more of a person being thrust into absurd situations and coming to terms with the world around her. Her nemesis and student council president, Satsuki, commands respect and exerts power and is a force all her own. Bolstering the formidable leads, the supporting characters are very memorable in their own right from the Elite Four, off the rails Mako, the homeroom teacher, and other organizations. There are few shows in recent memory that comprises such a large and strong cast that won't be forgotten soon.
Animation-wise, Trigger takes every possible shortcut in producing this show and sometimes even coming down to Inferno Cop levels. However, the style and energy put into the visuals more than make up for it technical shortcomings. The backgrounds are drawn as if they were painted and provide a epic and cinematic feel to the show instead of the drab outlines that other shows present. As well, the show adopts a warm color palette that is reminiscent of cell animation at its peak in the late 1990s. Trigger knows that this is an anime and plays around with its GIANT RED TEXT on everything and breaking the fourth wall constantly by changing the perspective and character proportions. Everything is presented with the force of charging rhino and doesn't let up until the viewer gives up or walks away.
The soundtrack composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, of Attack on Titan and Blue Exorcist fame, contributes tremendously to the overall atmosphere and holds up the show when the animation takes a break. Combining genres ranging from rock, electronica, vocals, jazz and bass, Sawano creates a score that is distinctive, addictive, energetic and flows perfectly with the over-the-top nature of Kill la Kill. Some standouts includes the rock-oriented 'Before my body is dry', 'Blumenkranz ', and the disturbingly haunting Harime Nui's theme. Voice acting is equally as strong as the soundtrack with Koshimizu, Ami having done Kallen Stadtfeld (Code Geass) and Holo (Spice and Wolf), portrays the hot-blooded and bash Ryuuko, Yuzuki, Ryouka as the totalitarianistic Satsuki and the relatively new Suzaki, Aya as Mako. Opposing the main leads, Paku, Romi plays wonderfully as the sadistic Kiryuuin Ragyou and Tamura Yukari (Rika from Higurashi) as the batshit crazy psycho Harine Nui. Male leads are excellent with as Hiyama, Nobuyuki (Viral from Gurren Lagan), Inada Tetsu and Miki, Shinichiro voicing Sanageyama, Gamagoori, and the fabulously stripping Mikisugi, respectively.
As for Kill la Kill weaknesses, the animation sometimes does take a nose dive that is too steep to ignore (Episode 4) with repetitive sequences of frames and sloppy frames. Another point of contention is the hit and miss nature of Mako's antics which can sometimes get on the viewer's nerves.
For its first production work, it feels that this is the culmination of Studio Trigger's history and lineage by combining the energy and randomness of FLCL, over-the-top nature and scale of Gurren Lagann, and sexualized content of Panty and Stocking into something very unique and deserves all the hype that it is given.
Simplistic plot but perfect execution
Characters that you can't help but cheer for
Awesome animation for such a small budget
Can be as shallow or deep depending on what the viewer wants the show to be
Go watch and judge for yourself.
This serious is full of ridiculousness and crazy fight scenes. It's by the director of Gurren Lagann and it truly shows. We get crazy outfits, villains and fight scenes that just make us think of fire through the flames!
Kill la Kill has many references to TTGL and is about a badass main character who obtains a special power to battle against the tyranny. Both are epic beyond imagination.
Extremely dynamic and fast pace, pure and over exaggerated epicness and awesomeness, resulting in concentrated wtf and energy.
Those two shows should go together and actually by many are considered as set in one universe - the same adventurous spirit, the same riddiculous actions, many epic fights, unique, memorable characters. There is no end of that positive creaziness :D
TTGL and Kill la Kill are series by the same director so they retain the craziness, excitement, and wild epic battles that both perspective series share (minus the mecha part for KLK).
Both series have similar artwork with the main protagonists going out-all, odds against their adversaries.
The action presented from both of these series is over-the-top in the sense of craziness and insane movements. The main female protagonists also share a trait of being natural-born fighters with gifted talents.
There is also over the top comedy that both series share to deliver entertainment that you deserve.
Kill la Kill is the spiritual successor of Gurren Lagann. Made by Studio Trigger, which was composed of mostly the same crew that brought to you Gurren Lagann. There are some striking parallels between the characters (sometimes even the same voice actor). Fights are brought to ridiculous proportions of awesomeness. Both are quite random at the first half, but in the second half the plot gets moving.
It's made by the same makers and has the same drawing style. It is just as EPIC, and over the top but this one will makes you al ot more sexually frustrated ;) (In a good way)!
From the same creators of Gurren Lagann brings you Kill la Kill
1: Perverted Scenes just like TTGL.
2: Action just like TTGL.
3: Randomness just like TTGL.
4: Awesomeness just like TTGL.
Both are very flashy and over the top, also share some of the same staff and style. They have blatant fanservice and characters aren't afraid to be silly.
If you look on it closer you will see that mechas and clothes are pretty the same, you get in them and get superpowers, jet-packs or other useful stuff to destroy super evil enemies.
It's all about nonsense.
Very similar art styles in just about way from the character designs to the action to the fanservice. The action is always as over-the-top and nonsensical as it can possibly be and (almost) no one in the show ever finds it the least bit strange. Similar mixes of comedy and drama (most of the comedy comes the nonsensical parts). Strong people are extremely overpowered and keep getting stronger. Matoi is kind of a mix of Simon, Kamina, and Yoko all rolled into one girl.
-both are by the same director
-both deny logic and common sense and put forward ridiculousness
-both are epic to the MAX
-both have epic action
-both have similar art style
-both have crazy badass characters
-both are extremely exhilarating and exciting
Conclusion: If you liked one or the other, you will most likely/definitely like the other.
Same animations, same ridiculousness, same great character awesomeness. Both have great plots along with plot twists, and both have some really good scenes.
Both shows are very similar except some replacement so it isn't a copy.
-plot goes from personal fight to galactic level
-similar plot twist and progression
-focusing on friendship
-will power is the strongest power
-instead mechas kill la kill has Goku uniforms
-MC is female in Kill la Killa
-Kill la Killa has ecchi
-more cartoon style
They are both by the same director, and both are crazy as hell.
if you liked fighting highschool super uniform boobs you'll love bikini sniper boobs
but seriously same director and equal manliness
the animation and over-the-top nature of the two shows is prevalent throughout each series. Kill La Kill was directed by Gurren Lagann's directors. If you like explosions, ridiculous fight scenes and a great story, these are both shows that you should try out.
Both are super over the top not to mention that ''aniki'' looks like one of the characters in kill la kill.Ttrust me when you see him you'll get what i mean. Also in both the Mc's get super powers battle someone with almost the same powers if you consider clothing mechs Kill la Kill is even more similar to Gurren Lagann.
And if you consider the premise with the beastmen ruling the world thats pretty similar too
While it may not be a mech-based anime, Kill La Kill is made by the same people who made TTGL. It certainly has the same over the top feeling that TTGL had, and its what makes me love both series so much. If you enjoyed Kamina's outrageousness in TTGL, you'll surely love every character of Kill La Kill.
It has similar fight scenes
It has the same good amount of action
It has a really good storyline
The characters are both extremely good
It gives off the same vibe of wanting to continue
It is very good.
Both shows are created by Studio Trigger and have over-the-top super powers and creative, crazy, nonsensical action and comedy.
Like the over the top action of Kill la Kill? Then you'll love the SUPER over the top action in TTGL!
These shows are very similar in their over the top nature. Kill la Kill is very high energy and constant action, whereas FLCL has it's moments of peace. Both these shows are very interesting and fun to watch.
Similar feeling and humour
the art might seem alike as well
FLCL and Kill la Kill are the epitomes of craziness with their delivery.
Both series possess an explosive energy that will draw you in with their action, comedy, drama, and dialogues. By explosive standards, both shows go beyond logic and intensify themselves with their artwork and characters.
Both series' main female protagonists also possess a high degree of energy that unleashes itself like a time-ticking bomb. Their artwork is also similar along with their stunning soundtracks.
Wild animated and wild story
These two anime have similar art styles, and both deal with adolescence (FLCL with a boy and Kill La Kill with a girl). They also both have crazy fight scenes, and similar humor.
If you're looking for the craziness similar to Flcl then look no further, the action is crazy and pretty much throws logic out the window.
The soundtrack on both are awesome, but Flcl easily takes the cake with its amazing soundtrack. They also share that Over-the-top nature.
Both are full of high-action ridiculousness and randomness. The animation is also similar and so is the comedy.
Kill la Kill and FLCL are both just all-round really fun to watch.
Fooly Cooly. One of the first animes I saw and one of the reasons I started my...well, obsession of wanting to watch anime all the time. I was always a little sad at how short Fooly Cooly was and how there weren't that many animes like it around. Then 12 years later Kill La Kill jumps into my life and fills the hole that was once in my heart. Imaishi, Hiroyuki strikes again. The art, random ass story, animation style, and comedy are VERY similar in these two anime. If you've seen FLCL or have been watching KLK I highly recommend the other. Really excited for Kill La Kill. Hope it gets a good reception so this style of comedy can thrive in the anime world.
Over the top insanity and nonsense. Similar art styles and fighting styles with bizarre characters that keep getting stronger and more bizarre. Basically the two shows are just some of the weirdest thingd you will ever watch and if you like that, then both of these are good for you.
They're both just crazy.
They're also extremely fun and essentially have you saying "I don't know what I'm watching but I love it!"
Both are ridiculous but have a lot of action's scene.
It's a wonder these two shows don't come from the same studio. Both anime have a strikingly similar overdramatic feeling, accentuated by changing soundtracks and ridiculous animation. And if you thought Kill la Kill's plot was hard to follow, you'll be blown away by FLCL's. The latter also has the advantage of much less fanservice.
Similar animation, characters, and have almost constant action, with a similar type of comedy
Opening Theme#1: "Sirius (シリウス)" by Eir Aoi (eps 2-14)
#2: "ambiguous" by GARNiDELiA (eps 16-23)
Ending Theme#1: "Sirius (シリウス)" by Eir Aoi (eps 1, 15)
#2: "Gomen ne, Iiko ja Irarenai. (ごめんね、いいコじゃいられない。)" by Miku Sawai (eps 2-14, 24)
#3: "Shinsekai Koukyougaku (新世界交響楽)" by Sayonara Ponytail (さよならポニーテール) (eps 16-23)
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