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Kill la Kill

August 17, 2019

Kill la Kill is an anime television series
produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi
on her search for her father’s killer, which brings her into violent conflict with the
iron-fisted student council president of Honnouji Academy, Satsuki Kiryuin, and her mother’s
fashion empire. The series is Trigger’s first original television
anime project, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, both of whom
had previously worked together on Gurren Lagann. Kill la Kill’s 24 episodes aired in Japan
between October 3, 2013 and March 27, 2014, with a 25th OVA episode to be released in
September 2014. Aniplex of America has licensed the anime
for a simulcast and a home video release. A manga adaptation by Ryō Akizuki began serialization
in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine from October 4, 2013. Plot Kill la Kill is set at Honnouji Academy, a
fictional high school situated in Tokyo Bay, Japan. The school is dominated by its fearsome student
council, led by Satsuki Kiryuin. The council members wear special uniforms
called Goku Uniforms + seifuku) that grant them superhuman abilities, which they use
to oppress the rest of the school’s students and staff. Ryuko Matoi, a student wielding half of a
scissor-shaped longsword, transfers to Honnouji Academy in search of her father’s killer,
who is assumed to be the owner of the other scissor blade. After her initial defeat at the hands of the
council, she comes across a sentient sailor uniform who forces itself on Ryuko. The uniform, Senketsu, gives Ryuko extraordinary
powers that enable her to battle Satsuki and her henchmen, the Elite Four, as they put
her through various trials and obstacles at school. In the meantime, she is befriended by classmate
Mako Mankanshoku, and lives with the Mankanshoku family in the slums surrounding the academy. As she defeats the Elite Four and faces off
against Satsuki, Ryuko encounters her father’s murderer, Nui Harime, who works under Satsuki’s
mother Ragyo as Grand Couturier of the Kiryuin-owned clothing manufacturer Revocs Corporation. Ryuko is taken in by Nudist Beach, a paramilitary
organization that Aikuro Mikisugi and his ally Tsumugu Kinagase are members of, set
to stop Ragyo’s plans of using the Life Fibers that make up the Goku Uniforms to take over
the world. During a confrontation with Ragyo, Satsuki
reveals that her reasons for forming Honnouji Academy and its student council are to overthrow
her mother with her army of Goku Uniforms users. Ragyo recognizes Ryuko as her own daughter
and Satsuki’s younger sister, whom Ragyo attempted to fuse with Life Fibers as an infant before
being taken and raised in secrecy by her missing husband under the assumed identity of Isshin
Matoi. Ryuko, Satsuki and their allies join forces
to stop Ragyo from carrying out her plan to detonate the Earth in order to propagate the
Life Fibers throughout the universe. After Ragyo and Nui are defeated, Senketsu
perishes together with all other Life Fiber clothing, and the survivors are free to live
a normal life. Characters
Main characters Ryuko Matoi
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu, Erica Mendez Ryuko is the main protagonist and a 17-year-old
vagrant schoolgirl who transfers to Honnouji Academy in search of clues relating to the
death of her father. She wields the Scissor Blade, one-half of
a giant pair of scissors created by her father, with the other half stolen by his killer. Her weapon is capable of destroying uniforms
empowered by Life Fibers. At the start of the series, she acquires a
special “Kamui” uniform named Senketsu, which grants her special abilities. She lives with the Mankanshoku family. During the battle at the Honnouji Academy
Cultural & Sports Grand Festival, it is revealed that Ryuko is Ragyo’s presumed dead daughter
and Satsuki’s younger sister. Ryuko was merged with Life Fibers when Ragyo
Kiryuin performed an experiment to fuse Life Fibers into humans. Senketsu
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki, David Vincent A living sailor uniform that Ryuko finds beneath
her house, Senketsu is a Kamui, an outfit made entirely of Life Fibers, which provides
its wearer with superhuman abilities in exchange for their blood. Initially, it absorbs a large amount of her
blood and only allows her to act for a limited time, however, it is soon able to fully synchronize
with Ryuko as she gets over her embarrassment of wearing such a skimpy outfit. Whenever Ryuko destroys a Goku Uniform, Senketsu
absorbs its Life Fiber. After Ryuko defeats Ragyo, Senketsu returns
her safely to Earth before falling apart into oblivion. Satsuki Kiryuin
Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki, Carrie Keranen Satsuki is the 18-year-old ruthless student
council president of Honnouji Academy. Because her mother leads the school’s board
of directors, Satsuki dominates the school to the impotence of its principal and teachers,
effectively making her a dictator. She administers Goku Uniforms to students
based on their skill sets. She wields a katana named Bakuzan, which can
sever Life Fibers; and dons the Kamui named Junketsu early in the series. Although antagonistic to Ryuko at first, she
reveals during the Honnouji Academy Cultural & Sports Grand Festival that she created Honnouji
Academy as part of her plan to defeat Ragyo and the Life Fibers. During the ensuing battle, Ryuko is revealed
to be Satsuki’s younger sister. Mako Mankanshoku
Voiced by: Aya Suzaki, Christine Marie Cabanos An energetic second-year student and Ryuko’s
classmate, Mako immediately befriends Ryuko upon the latter’s arrival at the school. Mako lives with her parents and younger brother
in the slums of Honnouji. She is a bit slow-witted and more often than
not finds herself in dangerous situations, but she has a good heart and cares for Ryuko,
providing her with constant encouragement. Senketsu notes that Mako is vital for getting
Ryuko to relax. Secondary characters
Honnouji Academy Elite Four Ira Gamagoori
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada, Patrick Seitz An imposing figure, Ira is Satsuki’s loyal
enforcer who leads the disciplinary committee at Honnouji Academy. His three-star Goku Uniform is the Shackle
Regalia, which takes the form of bondage gear. By undergoing various masochistic attacks,
he can activate its second transformation, Scourge Regalia, which covers his body in
thorny whips. Later he receives an upgraded Ultima version,
Shackle Regalia MK.II, which resembles a mummy/sarcophagus. He is 20 years old, having waited two years
after graduating middle school before enrolling at Honnouji to assist Satsuki with her plans. After obtaining his driver’s license, he assumes
the role of Satsuki’s personal chauffeur, driving a pink 1959 Cadillac Eldorado. Uzu Sanageyama
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama, Grant George Uzu regulates the athletic clubs at Honnouji
Academy, including the boxing and tennis clubs. He himself specialises in kendo and possesses
the three-star Goku Uniform, Blade Regalia, which takes the form of a large armored bōgu. He initially possesses Tengantsu, which allows
to him to predict his opponent’s moves with super fast eyesight. However, after suffering a defeat from Ryuko,
he chooses to have his eyes sewn shut, heightening his other senses and giving him the more powerful
Shingantsu, which allows him to perceive everything around him with no blind spots. He also receives upgraded uniforms including
Blade Regalia MK II, and eventually Blade Regalia MK.III. Houka Inumuta
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Steve Cannon Houka is in charge of Honnouji Academy’s information
and strategy committee, aiding the student council by analyzing information via his laptop. He is also in charge of the analysis of the
Goku Uniforms made in the Sewing Club. He possesses the three-star Goku Uniform,
Probe Regalia, which allows him to quickly calculate attack trajectories and use optical
camouflage to hide from his opponents. Later he receives an upgraded Ultima version,
Probe Regalia MK.II, that makes him appear as a polygonal model. Nonon Jakuzure
Voiced by: Mayumi Shintani, Sarah Anne Williams Nonon regulates the school’s non-athletic
clubs, such as the gardening and biology clubs. Among the members of the Elite Four, she has
been with Satsuki since kindergarten and thus claims that she knows her best. She possesses the three-star Goku Uniform
Symphony Regalia, which takes the form of a giant sound system that produces powerful
soundwaves and can transform into a flying airship. Later, she receives an upgraded Ultima version,
Symphony Regalia MK.II, that miniaturizes the airship in a jetpack/weaponpack. Nudist Beach
Aikuro Mikisugi Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki, Matthew Mercer
Aikuro is Ryuko’s enigmatic homeroom teacher. He secretly observes and aids Ryuko by leading
her to Senketsu. Whilst generally having the appearance of
a frail, shaggy teacher, he is actually a glamorous smooth-talker with a habit of slowly
stripping his clothes and making moves on Ryuko whenever they are in private, much to
Ryuko’s chagrin. Aikuro reveals to Ryuko the existence of Nudist
Beach and his being one of its members. Whenever he strips, a pink light radiates
from his nipples and from his crotch, obscuring them. Mikisugi’s character design is based on people
such as TM Network’s vocalist Takashi Utsunomiya and Kenji Sawada, people who appear smart
and good-looking. Tsumugu Kinagase
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi Tsugumu is an acquaintance of Aikuro who sports
a red mohawk on top of short black hair. He bears a strong hatred of Kamui, which stems
from an experiment where his close sister, Kinue, died when the Kamui she had volunteered
to test ran her blood dry. His weapon is a sewing machine pistol that
fires needles which severs the connections between the Life Fibers in Kamui and Goku
Uniforms and their wearers. The needles also act like acupuncture, in
that it can immobilize opponents and invigorate them afterward. His catchphrase is “Let me tell you two useful
pieces of information”. Isshin Matoi
Voiced by: Kinryū Arimoto Isshin is Ryuko’s deceased father, and the
creator of Senketsu and the Scissor Blades. He was murdered by Nui, who stole the purple
blade, whilst he left the red blade to Ryuko. He is also the founder of Nudist Beach, an
organization created to oppose Revocs. He is actually Soichiro Kiryuin, Satsuki’s
father and Ragyo’s husband, who faked his death and took on the identity of Isshin Matoi
to raise Ryuko. Revocs
Ragyo Kiryuin Voiced by: Romi Park
Ryuko and Satsuki’s mother, who watches her elder daughter’s actions from afar and soon
becomes the main antagonist. She is the CEO of the Revocs Corporation,
a conglomerate that manufactures and supplies all of the world’s clothing. Ragyo is a figure of great elegance and power. In all her appearances, she is surrounded
by multicoloured light, which also emanates from her hair. She also has several scars on her back, though
how she got them is not revealed. She has merged her body with the Life Fibers,
able to heal any injuries she receives and even survive being decapitated, so long as
a single thread remains. She dons the ultimate Kamui, Shinra-Kotetsu,
in the final battle. After Ryuko saves humanity, Ragyo crushes
her own heart at the cost of her life, but not before she makes a cryptic warning to
Ryuko that the Life Fiber home planet will retaliate in time. Nui Harime
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura Nui is the Grand Couturier of the Kiryuin
family. She murdered Isshin Matoi, stealing the purple
half of his Scissor Blades, but lost her left eye to him in the process. She has the ability to use her hands to target
and destroy the Banshi, a special Life Fiber that keeps a Goku Uniform from falling apart. She also has the ability to manipulate lifelike
puppets and even change her appearance. Just like Ryuko, her body is made up of Life
Fibers; the difference is that Nui was born in an artificial womb made of Life Fibers. Nui created Ragyo’s ultimate Kamui, Shinra-Kotetsu. During the final battle, Nui cuts her own
head off, sacrificing herself to the original Life Fiber and Shinra-Koketsu itself. Rei Hououmaru
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura Rei is a Revocs corporate officer and Ragyo’s
personal secretary. Other characters
Barazo Mankanshoku Voiced by: Kenyu Horiuchi, Michael Sorich
Barazo is Mako’s father. He runs a back-alley clinic; he admits that
he may have killed more patients than he has saved. Sukuyo Mankanshoku
Voiced by: Yukari Fukui, Erika Harlacher Sukuyo is Mako’s mother. She is a carefree housewife who is kind to
Ryuko. She is also a gifted fry cook, able to make
delicious dishes even with “mystery meat” sources. Mataro Mankanshoku
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura, Lindsey Eaton Mataro is Mako’s younger brother. He is a delinquent who initially tries to
rob Ryuko. Guts
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi, Derek Stephen Prince
Guts is the Mankanshoku family pug. Shiro Iori
Voiced by: Yūji Ueda, Todd Haberkorn Shiro is the president of Honnouji Academy’s
Sewing Club. He works closely with Houka in improving and
upgrading of the Goku Uniforms. Despite not being part of the student council,
he ranks alongside the Elite Four, taking orders directly from Satsuki and wearing his
own three-star Goku Uniform, Tailor’s Regalia. Mitsuzo Soroi
Voiced by: Akio Nojima, Doug Stone Mitsuzo is Satsuki’s personal and trusted
butler, who is almost always seen by Satsuki’s side, having served her since her early childhood. He is also Shiro Iori’s uncle. He often serves tea to the student council,
and even the rebellion members, regardless of the situation. Production
According to director Imaishi, much of the plot is based on his observation that the
Japanese manner of pronouncing “fascism” is nearly the same as the word “fashion”, his
observation that the pronunciation of the Japanese words “school uniform” and “conquest”
are identical, and that the titular kiru may mean “kill”, “to cut”, or “to wear”. Media
Anime The television anime project, directed by
Hiroyuki Imaishi at his animation studio, Trigger, was first teased in the March 2013
issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s NewType magazine released on February 7, 2013. Kill la Kill was officially announced on May
8, 2013, with scripts written by Kazuki Nakashima and character designs by Sushio. The series aired on MBS’ Animeism programming
block between October 3, 2013 and March 27, 2014, also airing on TBS, CBC and BS-TBS,
and its release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD began from January 8, 2014. Soundtrack CDs will be included with the first
and fifth volumes, making-of documentary DVDs will be included with the third, seventh,
and ninth volumes, and drama CDs will be included with the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth
volumes. An original video animation episode will be
released on the ninth volume released on September 3, 2014. The series is licensed in North America by
Aniplex of America, who simulcast the series on, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. For Anime Expo 2014 held in Los Angeles, California,
Aniplex premiered the first English dub episode, and hosted a performance by theme song singer
Eir Aoi, and a panel with script writer Kazuki Nakashima, director Sushio, producer Yosuke
Toba, and voice actresses Ami Koshimizu and Ryoka Yuzuki. The series will be released in five BD/DVD
volumes in North America, the first volume was released on July 15, 2014, releasing in
limited edition BD/DVD combo packs including soundtrack CDs, as well as standard Blu-ray
Disc and DVD releases. In Australia and New Zealand, the series is
streamed by Madman Entertainment. The series is licensed in the United Kingdom
and France by Anime Limited under its All The Anime label, and was simulcast on Wakanim. The series is due to be released in home video
format in Q4 2014. Manga
A manga adaptation illustrated by Ryō Akizuki began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young
Ace magazine from October 4, 2013. The series’ first tankōbon volume was released
on December 2, 2013. The second volume was released on March 7,
2014. Music
Music for the series is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. For the first fifteen episodes, the opening
theme is “Sirius” by Eir Aoi, while the ending theme is “Gomen ne, Iiko ja Irarenai” by Miku
Sawai. From episode 16 onwards, the opening theme
is “ambiguous” by Garnidelia, a duo consisting of vocalist Maria and composer Toku, and the
ending theme is “Shin Sekai Kōkyōgaku” by Sayonara Ponytail. Aoi’s song “Sanbika” was used as an insert
song to accompany climactic events in episodes 3, 23 and 24. First soundtrack album
The first soundtrack album was published on December 25, 2013. Aniplex USA also released the CD on January
17, 2014. It features 18 tracks, including six vocal
songs performed in English and German. The background music tracks feature titles
that are typographical variants of “Kill la Kill”. Track listing
All music composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. Second soundtrack album
The second soundtrack album was released in Japan as part of the fifth DVD/Blu-ray disc
set on May 7, 2014. Reception
Kill la Kill was well received by critics. Japanator called the “uniquely fun, even gripping”
series “a reminder of how fun and creative anime can be at its best”, despite the readily
apparent budget constraints. IGN, describing the series as “magical girl
anime on speed”, noted that its over-the-top absurdity was part of its charm. Otaku USA described the series’s concept as
“mostly straightforward setup for revenge and shonen-style ‘stronger! STRONGER!’ battle progression”, but praised
its execution. Kotaku appreciated the series for “perfectly
mixing comedy and action”, its pacing, internal consistency and over-the-top straightforward
adaptation of standard action anime tropes. The animation of fight scenes and character
movements, as well as the “keen selection of music”, were particularly praised by UK
Anime Network, which called it the “best streaming anime” of 2013. The reviewer of Anime News Network also appreciated
the inventive and funny animation and the series’s “retro shonen action pushed to loony,
hyperactive extremes”. GMA News Online likewise noted the “superb
pacing”, to-the-point storytelling and well-realized characters in the series’s “whirlwind of gorgeous
visuals, story, and unfettered insanity”. References
Kill la Kill anime Other references External links
Official website Official website
Kill la Kill at Anime News Network’s Encyclopedia

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