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Kill la Kill review

Updated on October 27, 2015
Kill la Kill anime cover
Kill la Kill anime cover | Source

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Anime title: Kill la Kill (キルラキル)
Genre: School-life, ecchi, comedy, action
Rating: R – 17+ for violence and profanity
Duration: 24 episodes (24 min per episode)

Status: Complete

Synopsys: "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:

First Impressions

I went into this anime with very little knowledge of what it was actually about. There was a sudden explosion of Kill la Kill cosplayers roaming around the local anime conventions, postings of fan art on every anime website, and every mention of Kill la Kill brought on a very lively discussion between my friends. My first impression was one of a serious, drama filled anime with a deep plotline.

Five minutes into the first episode, I realized how wrong I was.



Kill la Kill is ridiculous. Everything about it is absolutely, positively, without a doubt, something that should NOT be taken as a serious anime. However, is it worth the time to watch it? ABSOLUTELY.


While there is nothing revolutionary about Kill la Kill, it does hold a certain amount of entertainment value for the watcher. Each character was purposely designed to be over-the-top with their assigned archetype, creating an environment of hilarious chaos while simultaneously encouraging the viewer to continue watching (if for nothing more than to watch the shenanigans). The ecchi part of Kill la Kill is pretty much what you would expect of it to be. Hot young high school girls transform into slutty outfits after an overdrawn transformation sequence that shows them nude for longer than really necessary. There are plenty of panty shots as well.

Unlike most ecchi anime, the fanservice in Kill la Kill actually contributes to the plot. The plot, of course, being that clothing is trying to take over the world. (Seriously, the clothing has magical powers and comes to life!)

Overall, the thing that makes Kill la Kill most worth the watch is, in fact, the plot. Setting aside how cheesy it sounds, the show shifts into a setting that is (mostly) serious. All the events that seemed pointless at first end up lending a huge part near the end, and there is a plot twist that I can guarantee you will never see coming.


I highly recommend that anime lovers watch Kill la Kill at least once. If you have tried to watch it before, go back and force yourself to get through it. You won’t be displeased!

Personal Rating: 8/10 for overall story, characters, and soundtrack.

Ryuuko and her rival Satsuki, both transformed by their clothing.
Ryuuko and her rival Satsuki, both transformed by their clothing. | Source
Gamagoori Ira
Gamagoori Ira | Source

Personal Favorites

Ira Gamagoori

Gamagoori is the head Student Council Disciplinary Committee. He is loud, dedicated to his goals (and the goals of others), and has great pride in what can only be described as a sense of duty, justice, and gentlemanship. His body has the amazing ability to never be the same size at any given point, and he transforms into a weird bondage mummy monster. What’s not to love?

Mako Mankanshoku
Mako Mankanshoku | Source

Mako Mankanshoku

Mako is the main character, Ryuuko Matoi’s, best friend and fellow classmate. She is a sweet, kind, and goofy girl who is generally the source of both comedic relief and a driving force in the story line. As shown in all her “hallelujah” scenes (where Mako has a spotlight on her and she gives a short, sometimes confusing speech about something that other characters have not noticed), Mako is incredibly observant where it counts and she is very considerate towards her friend’s needs.

Episode List

Episode and Air Date
Japanese Title
Episode 1 (October 3, 2013)
"If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle..."
"Azami no Gotoku Toge Areba" (あざみのごとく棘あれば)
Episode 2 (October 10, 2013)
"So Sexy She Might Pass Out"
"Kizetsu Suru Hodo Nayamashii" (気絶するほど悩ましい)
Episode 3 (October 17, 2013)
"Junketsu" (純潔)
Episode 4 (October 24, 2013)
"Dawn of a Miserable Morning"
"Totemo Fukō na Asa ga Kita" (とても不幸な朝が来た)
Episode 5 (October 31, 2013)
"Hikigane" (銃爪(ヒキガネ))
Episode 6 (November 7, 2013)
"Don't Toy With Me on a Whim"
"Kibun Shidai de Semenaide" (気分次第で責めないで)
Episode 7 (November 14, 2013)
"A Loser I Can't Hate"
"Nikumi Kirenai Rokudenashi" (憎みきれないろくでなし)
Episode 8 (November 21, 2013)
"I Will Wipe My Own Tears"
"Ore no Namida wa Ore ga Fuku" (俺の涙は俺が拭く)
Episode 9 (November 28, 2013)
"A Once in a Lifetime Chance"
"Chansu wa Ichido" (チャンスは一度)
Episode 10 (December 5, 2013)
"I Want to Know More About You"
"Anata o Motto Shiritakute" (あなたを・もっと・知りたくて)
Episode 11 (December 12, 2013)
"I'm Not Your Cute Woman"
"Kawaii Onna to Yobanai de" (可愛い女と呼ばないで)
Episode 12 (December 19, 2013)
"Spit Your Sadness Away"
"Kanashimi ni Tsuba o Kakero" (悲しみにつばをかけろ)
Episode 13 (January 9, 2014)
"Crazy for You"
"Kimi ni Barabara... Toiu Kanji" (君に薔薇薔薇…という感じ)
Episode 14 (January 16, 2014)
"Ride Like the Wind"
"Isoge Kaze no Yō ni" (急げ風のように)
Episode 15 (January 23, 2014)
"Don't Stop Me Now"
"Dōnimo Tomaranai" (どうにもとまらない)
Episode 16 (January 30, 2014)
"The Girl Can't Help It"
"Onna wa Sore o Gaman Dekinai" (女はそれを我慢できない)
Episode 17 (February 6, 2014)
"Tell Me Why"
"Naze ni Omae wa" (何故にお前は)
Episode 18 (February 13, 2014)
"Into the Night"
"Yoru e Isogu Hito" (夜へ急ぐ人)
Episode 19 (February 20, 2014)
"Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"
"Tadoritsuitara Itsumo Amefuri" (たどりついたらいつも雨ふり)
Episode 20 (February 27, 2014)
"Far from the Madding Crowd"
"Tōku Gunshū o Hanarete" (とおく群衆を離れて)
Episode 21 (March 6, 2014)
Mikansei" (未完成)
Episode 22 (March 13, 2014)
"Tell Me How You Feel"
"Kuchibiru yo, Atsuku Kimi o Katare" (唇よ、熱く君を語れ)
Episode 23 (March 20, 2014)
"Imitation Gold"
"Imiteishon Gōrudo" (イミテイション・ゴールド)
Episode 24 (March 27, 2014)
"Past the Infinite Darkness"
"Hateshinaki Yami no Kanata ni" (果てしなき闇の彼方に)
OVA (September 3, 2014)
"Goodbye Again"
"Sayonara o Mōichido" (さよならをもう一度)


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    • iviskei profile image

      Kyou Capps 3 years ago from In your computer, stealing your internet.

      She's a nutjob, but I love her so much too. XD

    • Mena Guy profile image

      Mena Guy 3 years ago from New York

      I love Mako so much lmfao she's crazy