Dr. Latency’s Freak Report: First Impact

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Tracklist:

01. 他愛も無い二人の博物誌 (3:29)
02. 凍り付いた永遠の都 (4:00)
03. Dr.レイテンシーの眠れなくなる瞳 (3:55)
04. 九月のパンプキン (3:46)
05. 須臾はプランクを超えて (3:46)
06. シュレディンガーの化猫 (3:39)
07. 空中に沈む輝針城 (5:04)
08. 禁忌の膜壁 (3:56)
09. 故郷の星が映る海 (2:33)
10. ピュアヒューリーズ ~ 心の在処 (5:12)
11. 永遠の三日天下 (3:46)

I warned you. Useless opinions posts COULD still pop out sooner or later.
It’s so strange that this wordpress is mainly about Touhou music but I never actually had the chance to talk about the real touhou music, in other words ZUN‘s works.
Today at the Reitaisai a new CD by ZUN has been released, titled 燕石博物誌 ~ Dr. Latency’s Freak Report, and being that I’ve been listening to it just few hours ago and I haven’t yet a clear idea about it, let’s just speak a bit about the first impression each track has left me.
Note that I haven’t bought the CD yet (I plan to do so, as I already bought every other ZUN’s music collection from vol.2 to vol.7) and so I haven’t read the story too.
This post is only about brief opinions of what I’ve listened to, just in terms of music.
It will be short and pointless, just like any other opinion posts. But I feel like writing a bit, so let’s talk about this CD!
PS: Of course, those are my personal, stupid and pointless opinions.

01. 他愛も無い二人の博物誌 (Natural History of the Childlike Duo)
The first track from this new CD is an original track which surprised me a lot. Compared to previous CDs (such as Ghostly Field Club or Changeability of Strange Dream) this song is really cheerful and energetic. Even more than cheerful beginning songs such as Welcome to the Moon Tour (Magical Astronomy), Green Sanatorium (Trojan Green Asteroid) or Hiroshige No. 36 ~ Neo Super-express (Retrospective 53 Minutes).
It’s one of the most happy-sounding touhou themes I’ve listened to in a while, and has a really positive feeling to it which is not very common amongst touhou themes.
Some parts of it seems to match Riverside View ~ Higan Retour, and that’s something I’ve apreciated a lot, being one of the first touhou themes I’ve listened to. Basically, this song set a happy mood and made me smile, and that’s something I’ve liked a lot.
Its impact may be different compared to most Touhou themes, but I think it’s still really fitting with the crazy and unbound world of Touhou project.

02. 凍り付いた永遠の都 (The Frozen Capital of Eternity)
Straight out of the latest game, Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, this was the first “new theme” we all listened to when the full version of the game came out.
I remember I liked it a lot at first, because it perfectly fit the stage and danmaku movements… well, like always!
But it’s not the exactly the kind of theme that I could enjoy listening to outside a LoLK run. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like it, of course.
About the DrLFR (I’m calling the CD this way from now on) version, I didn’t like how it didn’t change much between the first and second version in terms of sounds, but I like the new section ZUN added to it. After all, adding the Theme of Eastern Story inside a touhou track is something that never fails to get my attention. I’m extremely weak against it!

03. Dr.レイテンシーの眠れなくなる瞳 (Dr. Latency’s Sleepless Eyes)
The second original track from DrLFR, which also has “Dr. Latency” in its title. Who is him? Well, we’ll probably figure out once we’ll read the CD’s scans!
By the way, this theme is something that I can easily imagine to listen inside a touhou game. There are lots of original ZUN tracks that can’t possibly be stage themes or such in a touhou game, but I can see this one, kinda like Trojan Asteroid Jungle, as a stage theme in some not-yet-produced touhou chapter.
To be honest, that’s probably the original track that left me the weakest impact compared to the others, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t like it. As I said before, this CD is pure gold. But of course not every piece of gold has the same weight or shines the same way… doesn’t it?

04. 九月のパンプキン (September’s Pumpkin)
Ringo’s theme, from LoLK. It looks like ZUN wanted to give more space to his latest game in this new CD.
Turned out that this song got some more effects to it that, in my opinion, made it better.
When I first listened to Ringo’s theme in the LoLK demo I was like: “ZUN… dude… that’s not a stage 2 boss theme!”
Am I the only who thought that? This theme is so powerful! Is it really fit for a dumpling-eating rabbit? Oddly enough, yes. Because somehow ZUN’s music always matches his other artistic choices.
The beat added on this track is surely something that I liked a lot, though the piano on some parts got weaker on this second version. A mix between the two versions would be the best! (I like the ending segment a lot, it’s brilliant)

05. 須臾はプランクを超えて (Beyond Planck in an Instant)
Hey, remember in Magical Astronomy when Renko said “I’m in a different field, but maybe I am as smart as Planck”?
Is that foreshadowing? Or does it mean that this is the new theme for Renko? Either way, this theme is amazing. It starts off pretty weak, but once the beat comes in it becomes amazing.
I found this theme to be both relaxing and mysteryous. It gaves me a similar feeling as the one that Strange Bird of the Moon, Illusion of the Strange Cat does.
In terms of music, it has lots of points which are not exactly very ZUNnish (?), mainly the first and last part.
It looks like ZUN is experimenting new types of music. And that’s perfectly appropriate for a CD which talks about phisicians and theories and Planck. Doesn’t it?
Makes me want to write an arrange for it… If only I had the right tools…

06. シュレディンガーの化猫 (Schrödinger’s Bakeneko)
This theme is absolutely crazy, I love it! If I close my eyes while listening to this, I can already see titles of non-yet existing arranges done by lots and lots of bands. I have the feeling this one will be the most arranged theme from the whole CD.
Its fast paced rhythm and joyful sounds reminded me of Greenwich in the Sky, even though this one has also a shady side on it. Some parts of it are a bit dark, and if you listen closely there’s a background distorted sound that sets a different mood from the other track’s cheerful vibe.
Also, the faded away ending completes the circle, making this the most old-fashioned touhou theme on this CD.
While some tracks are really different from older ZUN’s tracks, this one could have easily been on other CDs without seeming out of place. And that’s not a complain about it. I really like this theme and I look forward to arranges of it!
…Also, dat bass!

07. 空中に沈む輝針城 (The Shining Needle Castle Sinking in the Air)
DDC is one of my favourite Touhou games, both in term of characters and music.
I always thought that, IN aside, this game has the most beautiful stage themes, mainly because they’re really appropriate for the stages / mood themselves.
For example, Bamboo Forest of the Full Moon was perfect for stage 3, just as much as Magical Storm was the best choice for stage 4, and just like this theme was great for the stage 5’s atmosphere.
Again, this new version doesn’t really add more than it already had before, so I don’t really know what to say about it.
The drums are clearer on some parts and more unclear on some others, so it’s like ZUN took this theme and placed it on a hammock, letting it sway back and forth, back and forth…

08. 禁忌の膜壁 (Membrane Wall of Taboo)
The last original track from DrLFR, and the one whose title caught my attention the most. Title-wise, I remember reading a theory about this song being about something… you know, lewd. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
But we’re not here to talk about songs’ titles or pr0nz, I’m here to talk about music.
This song is like a straight line which changes color over and over as it goes on. Meaning that while it doesn’t have a huge set of instruments as other songs on the same CD have, its mood always changes even though its rhythm stays more or less the same.
Therefore, it’s like a static crescendo, a storm in a teacup.
I’m really, really curious to know more about this song. It’s probably the song that caught my attention the most, and, just like previous tracks, it seem an experiment ZUN made again blending different music styles along with his usual technique.

09. 故郷の星が映る海 (The Sea Where One’s Home Planet Reflects)
Okay, let’s start off saying that this, along with Junko‘s theme, is my favourite theme from LoLK.
Lots of people have complained about the fact these two themes are similar between them, but I don’t think so. They share the same notes but with completely different moods.
When I learned to play this song on my bass, I used to play it nonstop, to the point that I changed it a bit, slowing it down to make it more “dramatic” according to its nostalgic mood.
ZUN did the same on DrLFR, and thus this song became slower, lower and even more atmospheric than its original version. That’s why I like this version more than my already beloved LoLK version.

10. ピュアヒューリーズ ~ 心の在処 (Pure Furies ~ Whereabouts of the Heart)
Another theme that I love, as I stated before, which sadly wasn’t upgraded well as the previous theme was.
While I like a lot its new ending and effects on the last section, some of this screams “MIDI” everywhere, and has some unrefined soundfont compared to the original track that makes me wonder if ZUN really actually tried when arranging it.
If this was an original track, I would have love it, but being that it’s a remix of an already existing touhou theme that I liked a lot, it’s quite a shame that not much changed.
And that it was… like, halved in terms of soundfonts.

11. 永遠の三日天下 (Eternal Short-Lived Reign)
The exactly same comment I made about the previous track. Read it again.
…But add the fact that I actually liked some bass tracks on this one more than the original, while the drum soundfonts worsened and the other instruments got weaker.

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So, in the end this CD was amazing and my expectations were fulfilled. I didn’t care much about the remixes from the previous themes (I almost never cared about them that much even on the previous CDs), but the original were amazing and the few re-arranges I was looking forward to were really appealing.

If you read this through the end, I must tell you the truth: You wasted some precious time.

Winter 2014 Anime: First Impressions (Part 2)

Part 2 of yesterday’s post. Let’s check some more winter 2014 anime.
Once again, note that these aren’t reviews, and that wether you should watch it or not, it’s up to you. I’m just expressing my opinion only on first episodes.

Seitokai Yakuindomo*

Second season of the comedy anime “Seitokai Yakuindomo”. Watching its second seasons (and yes, that (*) is part of its title) is exactly like watching the first season. Full of (dirty) jokes and usual gag, Seitokai Yakuindomo will surely entertain the watcher, being a hilarious anime. I recommend to watch the first serie before it, though. Just to be sure to get to know its characters properly.
Genre: Comedy, School
Should I watch it?: Yes (be sure to watch season 1 first)

Gin no Saji 2

Another sequel from a successfull anime, Gin no Saji (also known as Silver Spoon). A pleasant comedy about agriculture (a thing that I found kinda original, with the first season) which I recommend if you’re searching for a full-lenght nice, easy to watch and carefree comedy. Second seasons directly follows the events of the first season, so you should obviously watch this after season one!
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Should I watch it?: Yes (be sure to watch season 1 first)

Nourin

Just when I was talking about an agriculture-themed anime being original… here’s another one! Though, Nourin is different from Gin no Saji. Both are funny and nice to watch, but Nourin seems to have raising romance element in it. I thought it would turn up being another idol-themed anime but it’s not like that. I don’t know how it will continue, but the first episode was nice (though I could see some clichés). Probably some more released episodes are needed in order to have a solid opinion.
Genre: Comedy, School, Romance
Should I watch it?: More Yes than No

Onee-chan ga Kita!

I must say, animes with brother-sister incest have really bored me. But, that’s not the case of this on. First of all, each episode is 3 minutes long, so it’s not a big fuss to watch it. Second, the main character has a stepsister, not an actual sister. In other words, that might work better! Anyway, it’s funny and short, so it’s not a problem to watch. Plus, I like the voice of the female protagonist and her “:<" expression!
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Should I watch it?: Why not?

Strange+

I must say this is not going to be a memorable anime (in my opinion), but I kinda laughed when the flying thief-maid is defeated with explosive butts. To put it simplier, I don’t think this will be a good remarkable anime, but I’m sure it will have several funny moments in it. Also, being 3 minutes long per episode, it doesn’t make it very annoying. I don’t think I’ll watch it right now, though.
Genre: Comedy
Should I watch it?: More No than Yes

Robot Girls Z

Another short episode serie, and probably the funniest among this season’s. I liked how the antagonists are somewhat the true protagonists, and overall it has not a relevant plot, is just a mix of gags and fun. Being just a comedy, is really enjoyable, and not having any further elements to deal with, makes it a good anime. I mean, why a total comedy show should turn into something like an annoying romance? (ex: Baka to Test 2) Carefree and hilarious: A must watch.
Genre: Comedy, Sci-fi
Should I watch it?: Yes

Due the fact that some animes are not out yet, there will be a part 3 that will complete this season’s animes (coming out when Sekai Seifuku is coming out)
~Shion

Winter 2014 Anime: First Impressions (Part 1)

After having took a glance to the first episodes of this season’s animes, I decided to write a little aboout this season on this post. I’m not one who judges a book by its cover, and again, I’m not reviewing anything. It’s impossible to review an anime (or anything else) only after have watched the first episode (for instance, I enjoyed a lot the first episode of Symphogear season 1, but it turned out to be one of the worst anime I ever watched, in the end)
So, basically, what I’m writing there are just thoughts about first episodes and some expectations.
Well then, it’s going to be brief, but let’s start soon anyway!
(note that: the animes are listed without an order)

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Second Season from the popular omonimous anime, which came after a 12 episode first serie and a movie. It’s nice to see that the two main characters are now a couple and they share the same home (for various reason), and to see everyone back, changing as the time goes by. A nice start for the long-awaited second season, which is surely going to have some surprises (as you can, for example, see with the new character in the opening).
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Romance
Should I watch it?: Yes (If you watched season one, obv)

Noragami

Though the overall plot doesn’t seems that unique by now, Noragami looks quite an enjoyable anime. Tons of funny moments and a cool main character, bizarre animations, colourful monsters and nice voice acting. Also, loved the ending by supercell. I have high expectations from this, hoping it won’t end up in clichés. (Also, I loved how the main character’s partner goes away before we get to know her)
Genre: Action, Supernatural
Should I watch it?: Give it a try

Pupa

I don’t know why an anime like that should have a mere 5 minutes episode lenght. It looks very promising, being horror animes really rare those days. I’ll keep on watching it, though I dislike its lenght, its censorship and… What the hell is wrong with the main character’s face? Seriously, a flower on the head and a scar? I don’t know what are those for or if they’re going to be explained but they kinda… piss me off.
Genre: Horror, Supernatural
Should I watch it?: I suggest to watch it once it’s all completed, having short episodes.

Pupipo!

Short episodes, few plot, cute drawings: enjoyable. Pupipo! is a short anime which deals with paranormal and creepy stuff such as monsters or ghosts, but in a cute and innocent way. The story revolves around the main protagonist who can see ghosts since long time and was always alone, until the day she had her first friend, and found a strange pink ghost called Pupipo. It is clearly intended to a younger audience but everyone can watch it.
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy
Reccomended?: If you enjoy short light-hearted comedies, yes

Sakura Trick

Yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri yuri
Genre: Comedy, Yuri
Reccomended?: Yuri.

Space☆Dandy

Probably Space☆Dandy will be my favourite anime from this season. Carefree, sarcastic, incredibly entertaining. Cool animations and nice trippy artstyle are the center of this anime, which doesn’t seem to be an ordinary anime. What makes it a good anime is the fact that it’s itself somewhat a persiflage to animes. Have you ever seen the entire cast dying on the first episode? Just check this out, already.
Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy
Reccomended?: ALL MY YES

Super Sonico The Animation

What’s the point of this anime? It looks like the usual ecchi-comedy filled with clichés. It was obviously made as a merchandise move for the main character, the mascot of Nitro+, Sonico, which already gained a huge success by… showing her boobs? Well, that’s kinda how the anime goes. Also, the fact that she’s always wearing headphones pisses me off more than Pupa’s main character (lol). Nice things about this? I guess it’s relaxing. Way too much. It’s kinda boring, in fact. Oh, and boobies.
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Music
Reccomended?: No

Tonari no Seki-kun

One of the most interesting anime of this season. The story (if we can refer to it as “story”) is aboout a boy, Seki-kun, who always do strange things at school, like creating huge domino tracks with rubbers during lesson, and Rumi, the girl who sits next to him who always gets in trouble because of him. Awesome animations, interesting art and overall very enjoyable. Also, episode are less than 10 minutes long, so it’s very relaxing and easy to watch.
Genre: Comedy, School
Reccomended?: Yes

Part 1 ending now. Part 2 coming out tomorrow.
~Shion

Kill La Kill – Episode 13

And Kill La Kill is finally back! Damn, it felt like an eternity, this timespan without its broadcasting.
So, what happened those days? A lots of things, I must say. First of all, being Kill La Kill-related, the OST from this anime has been released. As expected, its tracks were epic (My personal favourite is 斬LLLア生LL) but there are several segments of tracks that weren’t that necessary (and yeah, I’m also talking about the rap part on “Before my body is dry”): even on my favourite track, the intro is not that great, as well as from 1:41 onwards. In other words, I only listen to this track from 0:34 to 1:40 (lol).
I hope there will be some arranges of those tracks, because they’re really epic.
About other stuff, let’s see…
Gaki no Tsukai news: I won’t release new Gaki no Tsukai clips on my channel (or at least, not in great quantity). Yeah, I kinda promised I’d release a new clip, but stuff happened and (as you can see from the header) I’m now part of TeamGaki fansub group! So, basically, I’m now working with those guys on big Gaki no Tsukai clips (I’m also currently working and helping on the new batsu game!), and I won’t release long clips of this show on my channel. Short clips? Probably. I also plan on releasing more subbed stuff related to Kantai Collection. I only need some time to start with this project of mine, and than on my youtube channel there will be several kancolle clips— I hope so, at least.
About this episode. Stuff happened. Lotsa stuff. Let’s see briefly:

KILL LA KILL #13 MOMENTS

In the previous episodes: Ryuuko defeated the elite four. Nui defeated Ryuuko and was banned from the school grounds by Satsuki. A plan to conquer the whole Japan starts. The end.
Now, present situation: The elite four are reunited (and they’ll have a new Goku’s Uniform soon). Also, as you can see, they devoted their own life to protect Wall Maria

Kill01

After having show her doubtful geography skills, Mako seems to be a bit down. That’s because of the fact that she wants to join the “free trip” with the goku-uniform guys conquering Japan, but she can’t fight at all. But actually, that’s not the only thing that’s bugging her…

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Another reason is Ryuuko, that doesn’t want to wear Senketsu anymore. After what happen, anyone won’t, right?

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Glasses guy appears! He seems to be the former president of the journal club, banned from the school grounds for trying to go against Satsuki’s dictatorship with his writings. He grabs Mako and heads towards her house, where Ryuuko is resting. He needs Ryuuko to put her Senketsu back, in order to fight the current system!

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And so, while Ryuuko is still so depressed she won’t even grab a bite of Mako’s mom delicious (?) croquettes…

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The guy breaks the mood appearing everywhere. That was kinda hilarious.

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He tried to explain the situation, but failed to persuade Ryuuko. He then got gtfo’d from the house.

Kill07

I seriously need to know who’s the hairstyler of Satsuki’s mom. Anyway. pointless and idle talk about dressing and stuff. That’s probably the thing that I hate the most about Kill La Kill. Satsuki and her mother are ready to conquer your an*s.

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Meanwhile, saw by Gamagoori while illegally spreading illegal newspapaer sheets, Mako is forced on working with the guys sending the needed items on the vans for the voyage. Poor her.

Kill09

The guy with the glasses (lolreference?) was pursued by some guards of Honnouji’s Accademy, and ends up breaking towards Mankanshoku’s place. Literally breaking.

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Ryuuko has no choice. After talking with Senketsu, she’s now ready to wear her uniform again. And here we are with the usual slashed nudity scene! Ryuuko won, but…

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Looks like they were puppets. Well she managed to win anyway. I remember one time, when I was a kid, I was defeated by a puppet. Anyway, what’s happening?

Kill12

It was all a trap set by this guy. And to think that I liked him at first! Hey, where did I already saw that eyepatch…?

Kill13

“IS THAT B*TCH ISN’T SHE? OMG DIDN’T EXPECT IT, F*CK” – My reaction
She basically planned to fight Ryuuko outside the school’s grounds, in which she couldn’t enter. That clever b*tch.

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The fight hasn’t started yet, and Nui already broke the 4th dimention, every possible perspective and physics rule and the 4th wall. Nice.

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Even though Ryuuko tried to keep her cool in order to avoid having her blood start to boil hot, and managed to slash her sword around, not a single scratch was made on Nui.

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On the other hand, Ryuuko is getting beated up for good. The situation is getting bad for Ryuuko, and what happens next is…

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…No
Just no
Why.
WHY.
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY-

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Probably Nui also planned to kill Ryuuko, anyway, Satsuki points her swords towards her, making her leave at once. Then, gets a look to Ryuuko’s condition. Awful.

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Senketsu’s remains are collected by Satsuki and presented to the laboratory, in which they will be used for… for… I don’t remember. We’ll surely find out (arguable) in the next episodes.

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And lastly, the Honnouji’s Accademy expedition finally begins.
Oh, and yeah, Mako seems to be inside one of those veichles.
For unknown reasons.

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This episode got really interesting in the last part. I seriously want to know how it continues.
See ya next post!
~Shion

Kill La Kill – Episode 12

I didn’t like this episode at all.
Okay, I said it.
It sucked, probably the worst by now.
Full of shonen clichés, disappointing, and threw the entire show’s plot in a pit from where it will be difficult to emerge again.
I couldn’t believe that Nui was the culprit, after all. Ryuuko’s father was pretty cool, though.
I also didn’t like the fact that Satsuki is still behind everything (as it is now).
Dunno, I just hope it will get back to the epic-awesome yet careless and hilarious Kill la Kill of the first episodes.
Anyway, this will probably be the beginning of the second half of Kill la Kill, which I hope will be better than this last episode (which though I didn’t liked a lot, was pretty epic indeed).
Now, some moments!

Kill La Kill #12 moments

Last week’s episode ended with Ryuuko’s anger towards the wielder of the other half of the scissor-blade. Ryuuko obviously attacks her without thinking twice. I mean, she told Ryuuko that she herself killed her father!

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All of her attack seems pointless. Nui keeps on avoiding them all (and moves as if she was a 2d character. Well she kinda is, though…)

Kill02

Aaaaand, once again FLASHBACK TIME! I love how Ryuuko’s father appearance was meant to be a gag on the first episodes, but then is confirmed to be as it was reminded by Ryuuko. Anyway, Ryuuko’s father’s coat is made of life fibers, which helps him regenerate even his own wounds. Nui came here to steal his ultimate work…

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Yup, the scissors that are able to cut through life fibers. Of course, she’s not going to take them peacefully, and Ryuuko’s father is not going to hand them down to the enemy so easily.

Kill04

Though I kinda liked Nui at the beginning, I’m now not so fond on her. You could say I dislike her.
….
…Okay, I hate that b*tch. Why is she so strong if she’s not even wearing a Goku’s Uniform or a Kamui? That’s what I don’t like about overpowered characters. Anyway, sliiiiiice.

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Even if pierced by his own weapon, Ryuuko’s father deals his last blow against Nui, resulting in her losing her left eye. Well done, doctor!

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Your tears are delicious.

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His last blow, angered Nui even more. She deals her last blow too. The blow that left Ryuuko’s father cornered, back to the wall. The flashback ends here, following the story, that’s exactly before the moment Ryuuko enters the Matoi’s mansion.

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Back to reality, be prepared for some clichés. First, Having heard this story from Nui, Ryuuko gets angrier and angrier, which results in having her blood heat up. The bond between Ryuuko and Senketsu becomes weaker, and Senketsu can’t hold anymore the amount of blood Ryuuko is giving to it. In other words, Ryuuko gets literally eaten by Senketsu’s power.

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Cliché achievement #1 unlocked! – The main character can’t hold her own powers.
Cliché achievement #2 unlocked! – The main character becomes a monster on berserk.

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Having Ryuuko in this state, everyone tries to stop her and Nui in order to having things return to “normality” (does normality exists in Kill la Kill’s world?)
Satsuki is ready to use her Junketsu again. The elite four are going to make the students of Honnouji’s Accademy leave the field as soon as they can…

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Ryuuko’s teacher is trying to shoot her with a special bullet which can destroy her Senketsu, but has a chance of killing even its wearer…

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…And the punk guy tries to stop the two monsters fighting each other with his own hands… without any good results. Well, at least he tried!

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I didn’t like this part. I felt like it was more reasonable for Satsuki to stop Nui instead of Ryuuko, but she ignores her in order to fight against the monster. Dunno, I didn’t like that choice.

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…SUDDENLY!
Cliché achievement #3 unlocked! – The hug that ceases the fight.
Mako’s in order to return the favour to Ryuuko (which saved her when her mind was clouded by the power of moneys), stops her with the hug of justice. And her usual motivational-speech.

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Cliché achievement #4 unlocked! – The power of friendship solves everything!
Cliché achievement #5 unlocked! – Friendship changes back monsters into humans.
Also, b*tchslap combo.

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Ok, so, Ryuuko returned normal and is still alive, Mako got a nice tan and Satsuki seems to know who she is. I guess… that’s all?

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Oh, right. Nui is expelled from the school by Satsuki for causing such a fuss.

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After some days, Ryuuko meets Satsuki again. Her election plan was a facade in order to achieve more power, and she also reveals Ryuuko that she was the one who ordered Nui to steal the scissors. In other words, she’s saying Ryuuko that she should fight against her, if Ryuuko wants to avenge her father, because it’s all her fault: Nui was just a mere pawn moved by Satsuki herself.

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I still don’t believe that’s all. Satsuki is a very enigmatic character, and I’m positive something unexpected will happen, sooner or later.
Anyway, that was all from episode 12. Hoping it will get better, see you back next week!

~Shion

Kill la Kill – Episode 11

I F*CKING LOVED THIS EPISODE.
Okay, first thing: New post already? Yes. I kinda need to justify my previous “post”.
Before talking about this last Kill la Kill episode, just something about the upcoming videos: the new Gaki no Tsukai clip I was talking for ages is almost done, and will probably (this time no jokes!) come out within sunday. After that, a new touhou pv is going to be subbed before Christmas, and I’m also working on another Gaki no Tsukai clip that I’m going to sub within 2013. So yeah, in other words, three new subbed clips will be uploaded within the month! I’m grateful for the feedback of my uploads. Really, I read every single comment and I’m happy to see that people is laughing watching things that I’ve translated and subtitled. Plus, I’m getting tons of views, likes and subs. As a subber, I’m really happy to see how my “work” is being repayed! Thanks!
Ok, now Kill La Kill.
This.
F*cking.
Episode.
Something unexpected happened, something that everyone was expecting didn’t happen. New characters, new abilities, new epicness and…
…LET’S CHECK!

KILL LA KILL #11 MOMENTS

As the previous episode is portrayed on the television screen the Makanshoku family is watching, let’s see once again what happened in episode 10. After defeating the blue-haired d*ck, Ryuuko is currently fighting against the Orchestral loli, and also learned how to change shape of her Senketsu under her own will, allowing her to fly. The fight is taking place mid-air.

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Amongst the crowd watching the match, we can get a clear close-up of this gothic-lolita chick, which we’ll later know who she is. Keep her on mind!

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Back to Honnouji Accademy, while Mako is (ARGUABLY) enjoying her stay with her (VERY ARGUABLY) friendly (ARGUABLE) friends,

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Ryuuko is proving the audience that she can easily become the main character of a future Touhou Project chapter by flying around and beating the crap out of the rockets the pink-haired loli is shooting at her.

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Uh, yeah, about rockets, one of them is literally throw back by Ryuuko to the loli which fired it. Priceless reaction, as her face is covered by the shadow of the giant-recorder-rocket.

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And that’s it, Ryuuko strikes her last attack, defeating the loli. The life fiber is not retrieved, by the way, and that’s because…

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…”Encore! Encore!” One more last performance from the pink-haired chick, whose uniform changed into something smaller. She can now perform her last piece of music.

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Beethoven, uh? Her sound waves seems to be way more powerful than before, so powerful Senketsu can’t connect to Ryuuko because he can’t hear her.

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…But! Ryuuko focuses, generates a vortex with her blade and conceals the sound the pink-haired chick is making with her own beat in her mind. …Uh? Well, that’s… obvious! Isn’t it? And it’s also perfectly clear!

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And there’s an exemplification on the laptop screen for the one who didn’t get it.
…Very, very, very clear.

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What’s important is that Ryuuko now is able to deflect the sound waves and ignore them, in order to advance. I liked that frame. She uses the waves to weaken her opponent, and then, after charging a boost…

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Strikes her killer move. Nice! I mean, I didn’t expect to see 3 out of 4 Elite Four lose without much problems. Way to go, Ryuuko! Only the one who once defeated you is left now!

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Meanwhi- OH! Guess who’s back! Well if it isn’t the Punk guy! It’s been a while, uh? I like him. Anyway, he seems to have some business with Ryuuko’s teacher (remember, right? NUUUUUUUDIST BEAAAAAAAACH).

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They both seem to be worried about how strong Ryuuko is getting, and they also seems to be interested in using a special bullet (which looks like it’s made of life fibers). Sadly, we don’t get to know nothing more in this episode. Oh well.

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And here’s the match we all waited! Sanegayama makes his appearance on the stage. Transformation sequences. Ryuuko and Sanegayama are about to strike each other, when…

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SUP B*TCHES!

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Satsuki appears to recognize her, and seems to be worried. I didn’t think Satsuki could even make worried faces as this one.

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Unrelated note: The Makanshoku family has decided to reach Honnouji’s Accademy in order to watch Ryuuko’s battle (due the fact that the guy at the tv shop is not going to show anymore because they can’t pay anymore).

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This b*tch (which actually is Satsuki’s mother) is plotting something, meanwhile. We don’t have many informations about this, but seems like Satsuki is not in a great relationship with her.

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The gothic lolita (name: Nui. Easy to remember, hence I’m going to call her like that) wants to fight against Ryuuko, for some reasons. Sanegayama is obviously against her getting between him and Ryuuko during their fight, but he receives a punch as answer to his gripes…

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…And inserts a finger on Sanegayama’s uniform, pulls a string out of it and…

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…Sanegayama stripped. I didn’t expect this. “Banshi” is the name of the string made out of life fiber that allows the uniform to gain its will to became a battle uniform. In other words, is the most important life fiber inside a Goku’s uniform. Pulling it out means destroying the Goku’s uniform itself. It’s not something a newbie can do that easily. She sure is someone.

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Having defeated Sanegayama, she gains the permission to fight against Ryuuko by Satsuki. Ryuuko is confused: Who is she? Why should she fight against a little girl who is not even wearing an uniform? This time, Nui gives Ryuuko a reason to fight her…

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…And that’s the reason. The other half of the scissor-blade.

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Ryuuko is astonished. She knows what this means, but asks her anyway.

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With a sinister smirk on her face, she confirms it: She’s the killer of Ryuuko’s father.
…(Though, for some reason, I don’t believe that’s the truth anyway..!)

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Truth or not, that’s enough to get Ryuuko absurdly angry, so angry her blood starts to heat so fast it destroys her Senketsu-activation-device. We’ll get to see some serious battle scenes on the next episode for sure!

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See you next post!
~Shion

Kill La Kill – Episode 10…?

Ok, it’s late. It’s almost Tuesday and I haven’t released this post yet.
…BUT! It’s not my fault.
I got hella sick during the weekend, and I wasn’t able to write anything without realizing what the heck was I actually doing.
I’m already recovering, though I don’t feel so well anyway.
Obviously, I wasn’t able to put effort and time on the new post, and I think it’s too late right now to start a full post, considering that a new episode will come out in 3 days.
And, one more thing, I didn’t like this episode so much. Let’s check why (Without pics: it takes me time and I’m not in the best shape to focus on copy-pasting stuff).

Episode plot by far:

I thought the blue-haired hacker would be the main villain of the episode. I was wrong. The episode starts with a flashback from when he tried to hack Satsuki’s system, and after being caught by her subordinates, he was spared and accepted by an amazed Satsuki, impressed by his skills. So, after the starts fight, he doesn’t do anything good, and he’s about to being defeated until he surrenders about after 10 minutes of episode. That was disappointing. Looks like he gave up in order not to lose the data he has kept inside his uniform. Nice. So, here comes the pink haired chick, the next challenger. WAY TOO SOON. Another flashback. She was a good friend with Satsuki. Her uniform is f*cking huge and can fly. Ryuuko flies too, defying the laws of gravity and confirming the unreasonable laws of animes. Than, the episode ends, with Ryuuko not showing a trace of fatigue.
pros: It was fun, Gamagoori was hilarious, Ryuuko showed some amazing techniques.
cons: too short, way too fast.

Next week I’m going to post a regular one, I promise!

I’ll post a gif of the best moment of the episode in my opinion:

The blue haired guy clicking the buttons on his ass around while saying stuff like “I’ve analyzed every single movement you can possibly perform!” while Ryuuko, mocking hime, says something like “I know that guys like you who says that they knew every imminent movement of their opponent are nothing but talkers!”
Well, congratulations, Ryuuko.
You destroyed years and years of shonen anime with just one sentence. [slowly claps]

See you Friday~Saturday with a proper Kill la Kill post!
~Shion

Kill La Kill – Episode 9 – Part 2/2

After the fight against Sanegayama, I understood the fact that Ryuuko can win as well as she can lose. So, I didn’t clearly know how her battle against Gamagoori would end up. Being the protagonist, I was positive about her triumph, but can we really say something like this for sure? I mean, she’s going to fight the elite four one after another, can she really keep up the pace?
Anyway, in the next half we have our lovely flashbacks and battle scenes, as well as some really entertaining battle strategies and some wonderful scenes and frames: I really like this episode.
Let’s not waste further time, the show must go on!
(And the next subbed clip is coming soon… and right after it, another one, shorter but entertaining anyway!)

Kill La Kill #9-2 moments

The battle continues and the Makanshoku family found a spot with a television from where they can finally see the match. Ryuuko is having trouble, anyway.

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But suddenly flashback! Remember when Gamagoori was helped by Satsuki on the rooftop of his former middle school? Well, it seems he didn’t like the speech of Satsuki about her ruling the entire world. He tries to fight her, but she is far stronger than him.

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A spinning GTFO knockdown and Satsuki easily defeats the armored Gamagoori, who…

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…Even all beaten up, still refuses to kneel before her. Satsuki liked this act of bravery, and decided to accept Gamagoori.

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…And so the two villains joined for- WHAT THE HELL, JUST HOW F*CKING HUGE IS GAMAGOORI? OMFG

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Back to the present, the battle continues, and while Ryuuko gets naked pleasing the audience and a suddenly lesbian Mako…

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…She seems to find new ways to avoid getting her butt slapped around by the armored giant. I seriously thought that she was going to win using this technique, but some seconds later…

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…A third form of Scourge Regalia with new weapons and sh*t. Just how many times can a Goku’s Uniform change its form?

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Ryuuko is in trouble: she changes back the form of her Senketsu in order to escape a trap set by Gamagoori, and loses her scissor blade. Also, I forgot to mention that Gamagoori’s armor is so thick that she can’t use her final skill to destroy it, because the life fibers are protected by an heavy armor. And yeah, her finishing move kinda hits only the life fibers.

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Gamagoori attacks. She seems to have some kind of plan. She grabs a huge wire shot by Gamagoori with her and Senketsu’s teeth (Your shirt has no teeth. Just a reminder.)

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…And as the wire returns from where it has been fired, she is sucked inside Gamagoori’s armor. 10/10 pure genius.

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Without her scissor blade, she has another plan: first of all, activating Senketsu’s powers…

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…Aaaand that’s pretty much it. Yup. Spikes!! (because a Kamui can change its form too. I mean, a Goku’s Uniform can and has only 30% life fibers, a 100% life fibers Kamui can do it better! Am I right?)

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*riiiiip*

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Having Gamagoori’s life fibers exposed, Ryuuko catches an easy victory by dealing her final blow. You fought well anyway, Gamagoori.

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Satsuki prevents a crying and ashamed Gamagoori to commit suicide in front of anyone. “Just wipe your tears by yourself”.

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I felt so sorry for him ;_; he failed to protect the one he swore to protect… But I hope he’ll eventually come back in the future, I really liked him thanks to this episode.

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Lastly, the episode ends with the fierce look of the next fighter, as he gets on the stage.
Yes, him: The blue-haired four-eyes.

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See you next week!
~Shion

Kill La Kill – Episode 9 – Part 1/2

Damn, It doesn’t matter how many times I’m going to write this, I’m always going to remind every reader of every post the same thing: Just watch Kill la Kill, it gets better and better as each episode is released. Though this episode’s overall storyline was kinda obvious and expected, I liked it a lot. We get to see lots of amazing battle scenes, as well as some more flashbacks about the main characters and, obviously, some comedy moments (which is the thing that makes the anime greater than others that seems to be like it).
This episode also raised my love for Gamagoori. I mean, he’s a total badass and I liked his thoughts and actions a lot. Even in the final scene, I loved his reaction. I hope we’ll get to see more of him, even th
On a side note, I’m sorry for everyone waiting for it, the new Gaki no Tsukai clip is currently being translated, but I’m working very slowly… You know, study, university, human relationships… some duties and burdens that I need to get over with. It will be subbed eventually, so fear not! Just keep waiting a little more… Forgive me!
And now, kill la kill #9 (part 1) moments!

KILL LA KILL #9-1 MOMENTS

The episode begins as the previous one ended: Gamagoori and Ryuuko on the stage. We also get to know that Ryuuko is going to fight one after another, and that the order is decided by the number of students that they have defeated during the last few days. Gamagoori is the first, having defeated the fewest number (because he only attacked for self-defense). Next are: Glasses guy, Pink chick and finally our blind Sanegayama.

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…But the fight against Gamagoori is not going to start until it will be 13:00, the time set for the match. How could she accept this decision? That’s only 8 A.M.!

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…Neverming, f*ck it. Looks like Ryuuko has some free time to spend. (can’t argue against prefect Gamagoori when it comes to rules)

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The battle of Ryuuko against the elite four (lol, kinda reminds me of pokémon-) is going to be broadcasted to everyone in the city. That’s why, meanwhile, in Makanshoku’s house begins the journey to find a working television.

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While Ryuuko is having lunch with her friend Mako, she’s interrupted by her teacher, who immobilizes Mako and forces Ryuuko to retreat, by telling her that fighting against the elite four one after another is the worst decision she could possibly make.

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“GTFO I’m having lunch with my best friend. Let her go and get the f*ck away” – Gently replied Ryuuko. She’s a hothead, isn’t she? That’s what I like about her.

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13 o’clock. Time to start the battle between Ryuuko and Honnouji’s Academy’s Unbreakable Shield: Gamagoori Ira.

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Welp, that’s it. I’m out of this review.
…Okay, leaving the jokes aside, what the hell is this armor? It surely was something.
Yup, something.
Something regrettable.

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[Intense Stare]

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[Most badass stare ever]
…In other words, no one is doing anything. That’s because Gamagoori’s armor is released once he gets hit by someone, and Ryuuko, knowing this, is not going to hit him.

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Ok, that was clever of you, Mr. Masochist Gamagoori.

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By doing so, Gamagoori gains enough fire power to store energy…

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…And release the true form of his Goku’s Uniform: Scourge Regalia.
Is Ryuuko going to be in deep sh*t?

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Part 2 coming out tomorrow!
~Shion

Kill la Kill – Episode 8

Once again, a delayed post on sunday, which means that this won’t be cut in two halves.
This week’s episode was filled with flashback and action, I liked it a lot.
I’m no more bound on the opinion that Kill la Kill is like Panty & Stocking, because it is more serious and way more epic, but I like them both anyway.
Of course, Kill la Kill’s stupid moments are far greater than most animes, and that helps me appreciate it.
As I’ve probably said before, what I don’t like about Kill la Kill is the excessive fanservice.
Ryuuko is so badass and masculine that fanservice on her is kinda wrong and hard to accept, in my opinion.
Well, not that I can complain about it, it’s from the same creators of Gurren Lagan.
Lastly, seems like after this episode we’ll get to see the action we waited for, aka Ryuuko vs Elite Four. Can’t wait until next episode-
Let’s cut the chit-chat and see the review and best moments of episode 8!
(For everyone wondering about it, probably next Gaki no Tsukai video will be out before next Kill la Kill post. I hope so!)

KILL LA KILL #8 MOMENTS

I’ve kinda forgot to mention that last episode (episode 7) ended with Satsuki’s decision to set the rules of Honnouji’s accademy anew, and so it begins: the struggle for the power where every student attempt to destroy each other in order to gain a higher uniform, a higher status, a better life.

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Obviously, Satsuki is protected by a virtual shield. I’m sorry Ryuuko, but she seems to be the last boss, you can’t just fight against her in the eight episode out of 25!

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And so, while every student is fighting with all their might in order to raise…

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…The Makanshoku family enjoys their days of slumber. Being a 0 star family, they have nothing to gain and nothing to lose, and so Mako doesn’t need to fight at school.
(So, they eventually learned the lesson from the previous episode, uh…)

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Meanwhile, Ryuuko takes a ride on the scooter lent by Mato’s father (since when he had a scooter?)
—Anyway, Mako hops in for no reason. Can’t complain, and Ryuuko seems to be fine with having Mako with her. Senketsu, however, is being strangled by Mako’s arms as she holds Ryuuko’s waist.

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Ryuuko’s destination was the Matoi’s residence, in other words her former house. She’s here to find out something new about her father’s death, but…

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…SUDDENLY FLASHBACK! We get to see Ryuuko’s age progression, threatened by other people, distant from her father and without a mother, she grew up becoming a total badass bully. I love how she looks in this pic.

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Funny thing is that the exact same day her father contacted her saying that he wanted to talk with her daughter, Ryuuko finds his father stabbed with the scissor blade inside his devasted house. Oh, by the way, you look nice, gramps.

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Why this happened? Who’s the culprit?
But most important thing…
Why is her father talking about philosophical sh*t instead of telling her who’s the culprit? Oh God.
Anyway, Ryuuko gets a glimpse of the culprit, and decides to follow him/her/it/wat.

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We get a glimpse of the culprit’s shadow too. Silky black hair that waves in the wind. We could obviously assume that she was Satsuki, but it’s really her? I think they’re just trying to confuse us. It would be way too expected by everyone.

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Without knowing what he wanted to say to Ryuuko, nor who killed him and the reason behind this, the Matoi’s mansion is set to fire. R.I.P., Gramps. [/flashback]

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After having activated Senketsu, Ryuuko destroys the floor in order to find some more informations beneath the mansion, but nothing was found. I love Ryuuko’s eyes in this frame.

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The scooter stops midway on their way back. As expected from good ol’ Makanshoku’s family! But…

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…Gamagoori appears! In a fashionable pink car, too! He offers Ryuuko and Mako a ride, promising he won’t attack them.
…Obviously, because he’s going to fight against her in the school’s field the last day of the hellish natural selection.

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As soon as they hop in, Gamagoori, being a three-star-uniform user, becomes targeted by lesser school clubs, the soft gun clubs and the car club (which now are allied).
…And, those guys are ugly as f*ck.

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You ruined Gamagoori’s fashinable car. You’re gonna f*cking pay for this.
…BUT BEFORE THAT…

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SUDDENLY FLASHBACK! (part 2)
We get to see how Gamagoori met Satsuki.
While he tried to save a bullied kid, he failed to preserve the order and rules of the school in which he was a committee member.

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But Satsuki came, save the bullied kid, kicked the bullies’ asses and made Gamagoori a sex slave (??)
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And that’s Gamagoori’s masochist’s uniform! Basically, he gains more fire power the more hits he gets. A complete Masochist.

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And after beating the living cr*p out of everyone, everything goes back to normal. Gamagoori rides Ryuuko to a gas station and promises her that they’ll fight soon.

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The day has finally come, and as Satsuki watches everyone from atop the school building, everyone gets ready to brawl.

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After the battle begins, 5 pillars emerge from the eart: whoever gets on the top of them will be prized by entering Satsuki’s Elite. Epic frame. Epic musics starts: Ryuuko is aiming to get on the top of one of those things.

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Secret Brawling Skill: GTFO-Style scissor swinging.

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Unreasonable Rush Art: Fuck Gravity.

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…And lastly, by using her amazing physics-defying skills, Ryuuko gets on the top of one pillar. Of course, the other four pillars are occupied by…

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…The elite four. So, now that everything is settled, a stage appears in the middle of the pillars, and Ryuuko lands on it.

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And Gamagoori joins her, opening a challenge against her.

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With this epic frame, the episode ends. Next week we’ll surely see how they are goin- OH WAIT, DAT ASS!

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See you next episode!
~Shion