By Popular Demand! And because I want to! Welcome to the Okazu review of, streaming right this second for free, legally (with regional restrictions) on Crunchyroll…Kill La Kill.
I’m going to say this plainly and simply, right up front – it is going to be very, very hard to topple this anime from my #1 of the year spot. It was just fantastic in every way. This is why I watch anime, in the same way that reading Mori Natsuko’s books is why I learned to read Japanese. It was outrageous, it was offensive and I loved it.
The plot is very much the driving force of the anime, so I’ll keep the synopsis short. Matoi Ryuko arrives at Honnouji Academy seeking revenge for the death of her father. What she finds is a plot so complex that the lives of all humanity is at stake.
Because this anime really is just that fabulous, and I don’t want to ruin one single second of the “wtf was THAT!?!???? Hahahahaha!!!!!” that you will experience, I refuse to spoil the story. Which of course means you’ll have no idea why I liked it so much. So without spoiling the actual plot, I’ll try to explain what made this anime so good.
Story: The plot is insane and absurd…and wonderful. The writing has a kind of internal consistency and plausibility that I long for in my own writing. Having created a world, the writers take that world to the absolute limits…and it works. 10 out of 10
Character: These may well be the greatest characters every created. Full stop. And I cannot tell you why until every last one of you has seen the anime. 10 out of 10
Art: Every once in a while, as you’re watching Kill La Kill, the art style switches, not to “funny SD” or “hyperbolic action” but to a specific period or genre and suddenly you realize that that scene was an homage to something you recognize. The speech patterns also change from time to time to fit that homage as well. This is basically the most fun I’ve had actually watching an anime in a long time. 10 out of 10
Service: By the gods, does this series have service. I don’t hate service. I hate coy or creepy service. Grow the fuck up and look at the girl’s tits. Stare at the guy’s ass, don’t be a creep about it. Don’t titter or giggle. This series doesn’t creep, titter or giggle. It’s over the top and downright hilarious with the service. Naked girls, sure, naked guys too, by the end everyone’s naked…and it totally works. It’s actually part of the plot! And funny! And sort of honorable, and yet funny. 1000 out of 10
And, of course….
Yuri: There is Yuri. There’s actually quite a bit of it. Creepy, incesty Yuri, Fan-pairing Yuri, slightly less creepy incesty Yuri, rival Yuri, friend Yuri and in the end, there’s actually a potential couple. A good one. Not a creepy one. 10 out of 10
Overall – 10
This anime is a 10, full stop, one of the two amazing anime I’m watching this season (Hozuki no Reitestsu is the other) and a very strong contender for #1 of 2014. Kudos to the translation team. You did a bang-up job.
Quick contest – Who’s the best character? There’s only one right answer. Winner gets something cool. Answer in the comments. Don’t know? Go watch it and see!