Kill La Kill (2013 IMDb)

Viewing

Seen in 2014.

Categorization

Fabric-softened SF action.

The first major work of Trigger, branched off from Gainax, where director Imaishi and writer Nakashima both worked on Tengen toppa gurren lagann (2007), a show that exaggerates mecha conventions. Kill la Kill similarly exaggerates the shounen tournament flavour of school drama. The two are very similar in tone and overarching plot.

Subject

At a gigantic school in the middle of Tokyo Bay, one delinquent seeks to avenge the death of her father, a man who believed that clothing is a virus.

Commentary

The energy level here is even higher than Gurren-Lagann, full of wild incidental detail. I like the idea of the fashion industry being dominated by interstellar evil, but I have yet to make the show—or myself—sound good to anyone by saying so. Gratuitously sexualized character designs and situations afflict both sexes.

References here: Sex & Violence with Machspeed (2015).

Japanese production animation series