As usual, Kill la Kill moves at breakneck pace once again this week. I feel as thought the series could have benefited from a 26 episode run rather than a 24; even just two episodes around when Ryuuko was knocked out and the ‘ultimate 5’ were formed could have really helped pad things out a bit.
That said, this week was still incredible. We had some, uh, out of place yuri in the beginning (which seems to be par for the course for being evil in this show) and the inevitable flip flop battle of Ryuuko vs Satsuki. Seeing Satsuki this week was unusual because it’s hard to see her so vulnerable; even so far as 5 episodes ago we doubtlessly could have even imagined someone getting the better of Satsuki. Pretty crazy how that ends up turning out for you once you’re on the protaganist’s side! All jokes aside, Satsuki’s strength is respected as I doubt she could have beaten Ryuuko in this state or not, deus ex machina aside. Satsuki also holds her own relatively unarmed against Nui (who is the single most irritating character in the show). She’s have a scissor blade thrown in her stomach by the end of the episode so it’s not all bad.
Ragyo, on the other hand, begins to bring her Life Fiber plans to fruition by announcing that 100% of the world is wearing Revoc’s clothing (quite a statistic; I’d make sure the number cruncher’s aren’t fudging them, Ragyo). She begins by, big surprise, turning all of Revoc’s workers into COVERS, including the fat groveling dude that’s been following her around for some time. How will Ragyo even be defeated? I think most people would guess with the completed scissor blade from Nui…Only time will tell, but that seems to be the most obvious route at the moment.
Satsuki draws Ryuuko’s attention away as the Elite Four prepare a gambit (of Satsuki’s own design of course) to remove Junketsu from Ryuuko. As expected, it doesn’t work, but Satsuki does not falter. As expected, it is Mako who takes advantage of an opening in Ryuuko’s defenses (created by Gamagoori) and brings her to her senses just in time.
It’s also worth noting that, unfortunately, Tsumugu got no respect this episode and was relegated to getting punked by Nui. If Nui isn’t dead by next episode this show can consider itself dropped. Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating, but I just want to see her dead! Who can blame me seriously? She hasn’t been relevant for a while now.