I was originally skeptical of watching this anime since it was created by the same duo that made Gurren Lagann. I was never a fan of that show and I was assuming that would be the same case for this series. Now I must say that I have never been more wrong in my entire life. Kill La Kill was a spectacular combination of action, adventure, comedy, drama and fanservice. It’s good fun to watch and it always keeps me anxious to know what happens next.
Ryoko Matoi is a valiant high school student traveling all over Japan for clues to the truth behind her father’s death. This journey takes Ryoko to Honnouji Academy. This odd school is set up with a unique social system. The students are placed into classes and depending on social standing and strength, you are presented with Goku Uniforms. These aren’t ordinary clothes as they grant the user unimaginable power. The leader of this system is Class President Satsuki Kiryuin who rules over the class and teacher body with an iron fist. Ryoko believes that Satsuki holds knowledge of her father so she boldly challenges all of Satsuki’s subordinates and the class president her self to a mighty fight to gain intel on the secrets of her deceased parent.
Kill La Kill is by far the most unique anime I have ever seen. I am amazed that an anime could provide such a perfect blend of serious action and comedy AND throw in some fan service for a bonus. Not just that, but the story is actually decent. I thought that the idea of having an anime based around clothes that give humans superpowers to be a bit ridiculous. But in reality, this anime managed to make even an outrageous plot like that work really well. However, I am not a fan of how rushed the series seemed to be. There were many occasions where I believed that the story was moving too fast.
Overall, the character development was somewhat decent. Other than Satsuki Kiryuin and Ryoko Matoi, the secondary characters and minor characters had pathetic background stories if any at all. But the stories of Satsuki and Ryoko are so amazing that they provide plenty of satisfaction for me.
Despite this being an anime that suffered budget issues, the animation was stunning. It was very unique and actually quite attractive even though it was a low-key style. The fight sequences were a spectacular showcase and I loved every minute of its near-perfect presentation.
The soundtrack was perfect! The openings and endings were decent but the background audio for the show always managed to give me shivers. Every time the fight theme came on, every hair on my body stood up as I became shrouded in goosebumps. It’s a beautiful fighting theme and I think it fits perfectly with this anime.
When all is said and done, Kill La Kill managed to become one of my new favorite anime. It’s a rowdy fun fest and I highly recommend watching it.
Final Grade: B+