Ranked #239

Kill la Kill

Alternative Titles

English: KILL la KILL
Synonyms: KLK
Japanese: キルラキル


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Trigger
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.261 (scored by 212,037 users)
Ranked: #2392
Popularity: #30
Members: 378,104
Favorites: 11,235
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Ryuuko 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 Ryuuko 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 Ryuuko 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!

(Source: killlakill.com)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Matoi, Ryuuko
Matoi, Ryuuko
Koshimizu, Ami
Koshimizu, Ami
Kiryuuin, Satsuki
Kiryuuin, Satsuki
Yuzuki, Ryouka
Yuzuki, Ryouka
Mankanshoku, Mako
Mankanshoku, Mako
Suzaki, Aya
Suzaki, Aya
Seki, Toshihiko
Seki, Toshihiko


Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Episode Director, Storyboard
Tachikawa, Yuzuru
Tachikawa, Yuzuru
Episode Director
Nakamura, Shouko
Nakamura, Shouko
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(24/24)

Episode Title Aired
1 If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle...
Azami no Gotoku Toge Areba (あざみのごとく棘あれば)
Oct 4, 2013
2 So Sexy She Might Pass Out
Kizetsu Suru Hodo Nayamashii (気絶するほど悩ましい)
Oct 11, 2013
3 Junketsu
Junketsu (純潔)
Oct 18, 2013
4 Dawn of a Miserable Morning
Totemo Fukou na Asa ga Kita (とても不幸な朝が来た)
Oct 25, 2013
5 Trigger
Hikigane (銃爪ヒキガネ)
Nov 1, 2013

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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Mar 28, 2014
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 pizzazz. It wasn't just silly entertainment for kids, like many Western cartoons, and people of all ages could read more
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Mar 27, 2014
Welcome to Kill la Kill. This is where fanservice is plot, style is substance and every episode plays out like the finale. This is anime.

From the makers of FLCL, Gurren Lagann and Panty and Stocking, Kill la Kill is the first television production series under the newly formed Studio Trigger. Its is a tale of a transfer student, Matoi Ryuuko, wielding a scissor-sword, comes to Honnouji Academy to look for her father's killer. Opposing her is the Student Council President, Kiryin Satsuki, as well as her personal guard of the Elite Four, who are developing uniforms of immense power. After an initial fight, where Ryuuko read more
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Mar 28, 2014
Witnessing the Kill la Kill hype train chugging along made me enter the show with negative expectations. The generic revenge plot, school setting and ridiculous designs left me folding my arms and rolling my eyes. It was and still is boldly proclaimed that Trigger is 'saving anime', whatever that means, but while Kill la Kill may be refreshing, is it really a cut above the rest? For better or worse, I could not help but feeling vindicated for holding my initial expectations. With the closing of the last episode, I felt I had just watched a slideshow rather than an engaging narrative.

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Mar 15, 2015
Kill la Kill has been praised as hilarious satire of action anime, but it ultimately fails to communicate to the watcher that it is satire by attempting to include profound thought amidst a spectacular display of skin and stupidity.

Story: 3/10
When I saw Ryouku Matoi arriving at Honnouji Academy with half of a scissor to discover who killed her father, I'll admit that I was excited by the premise of this show. However, the plot for the first third of the show was repetitive and dull, and felt like 8 episodes of filler. Then, Ryouku finally made her way to battle the woman she read more
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Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Both are outrageous series, with an over-the-top animation style and some ludicrous character designs. If you like one of them, you'd most likely enjoy the other. 
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Anime: FLCL
The anime have very similar fast paced zaney action and over the top comedy. The art style and use of colours can also be thought to be similar. Definitely both are worth a watch.  
reportRecommended by Malcavic
Anime: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
They kinda have the same feel. The sequences are really fast. Both deal with "wrong" topics (such as dictatorship, death, fighting), but in a funny and careless way. The animation is great and singular. Both have a very particular, colourful, and enjoyable art. Lots of gags during each scene. Both have fanservice and sexy gags. Both are quite messed up, though Kill La Kill seems to have a plot to begin with. Overall strange but somewhat epic. If you enjoyed P&S, you'll love Kill La Kill. 
reportRecommended by SanzuNoKawa
Anime: Shoujo Kakumei Utena
The series that Kill la Kill truly reminded me of on the most consistent basis was definitely Utena. I saw so many elements of the first season of Utena in this series that it became a bit ridiculous - RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME that is! If you like the fighting aspect of Kill la Kill, than you are certain to enjoy Utena's duels. BONUS for you Touga fans - there is definitely a boy for you in this fantasy! ^_^ 
reportRecommended by starshinesMonet
Anime: Needless
Both have over the top fighting scenes, post apocalyptic universe, fanservice and hilarious characters.
The 'villans' are a group of four with a leader.
Kill la Kill has Imayoshi's special touch in animation where as Needless certainly influenced by Gainax but not as crazy as Kill la Kill 
reportRecommended by DarkRoseOtaku
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Having the much alike backdrop of a divided Japan with different factions vying for more territory, it's quite easy to compare "Kill la Kill" to "Rolling☆Girls". To expand more on the setting, within both of their hierarchal societies, there exists leading combatants who don on costumes as well as standard uniforms for their subordinates.

Additionally, the over-the-top nature in the action scenes of these two shows make them stand out from many other series. The lively colour palettes of both these shows also add to their seemingly randomness. "Rolling☆Girls", though produced by Studio Wit, is very reminiscent of a Studio Trigger production,  read more 
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