Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Satire, Ecchi, Magical Girl (has transformative powers a la Sailor Moon, etc.)
Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (A LOT of skin service, blood, language, some mature themes)
Platforms: Netflix, Crunchyroll, Hulu
Episodes: 24 (+1 OVA on the DVD/Blu-ray)
TheAwersome Rating: 9.2 / 10 (Might not be for everyone, but a Must-See otherwise).
Premise: The militaristic rule of Honnouji Academy (high school) by the fearsome student council is absolute, thanks to their Goku Uniforms which grant them superhuman strength and abilities. Until a transfer student, Ryuko Matoi, shows up and demands information about the death of her father. With her mysterious scissor blade that can cut Goku Uniforms, and a sentient sailor uniform that allows her to transform and gain even greater power, she’ll cut down anyone in her way to finding answers. That is, of course, if she can overcome the student council.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: Holy goodness moly me. Y’all remember about 15 years ago when Homestar Runner did a spot-on parody of anime? This is that taken to the extreme. The student council president is literally a militaristic dictator of the school and the city. The magical girl transformations and outfits are so hilariously over the top, as is the entire show.
AND YET despite making fun of how ridiculous anime is, it manages to be one of the best I’ve seen. Amazingly animated action sequences, bizarre and hilarious comedy, intense soundtrack, a captivating story all with incredibly fast pacing truly set Kill la Kill apart. It takes about two episodes to get into the absurd vibe and artistic style of this one, but it is definitely worth it. If you have a problem seeing a lot of boobs and butts you might want to pass, and there are two or so episodes with some pretty disturbing content; NOT for kids.
TLDR: Combine the absurdity of Scott Pilgrim with Anime, crank up the flashy skin-servicey outfits, add a whole lot of great action.
You’ll likely enjoy this if you enjoyed:
- The absurd parody nature of One Punch Man
- The high octane intensity and animation of Gurren Lagann
- The well animated sequences and fights of Demon Slayer