After the murder of her father, Ryuuko Matoi has been wandering the land in search of his killer. Following her only lead—the missing half of his invention, the Scissor Blade—she arrives at the prestigious Honnouji Academy, a high school unlike any other. The academy is ruled by the imposing and cold-hearted student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin alongside her powerful underlings, the Elite Four. In the school’s brutally competitive hierarchy, Satsuki bestows upon those at the top special clothes called “Goku Uniforms,” which grant the wearer unique superhuman abilities.
Thoroughly beaten in a fight against one of the students in uniform, Ryuuko retreats to her razed home where she stumbles across Senketsu, a rare and sentient “Kamui,” or God Clothes. After coming into contact with Ryuuko’s blood, Senketsu awakens, latching onto her and providing her with immense power. Now, armed with Senketsu and the Scissor Blade, Ryuuko makes a stand against the Elite Four, hoping to reach Satsuki and uncover the culprit behind her father’s murder once and for all. – My Anime List
Based on 46 review scores:
Kill la Kill isn’t like any anime you’ve seen before. From the character design and voice acting to the story line, it is definitely one of the most original anime to come out in quite some time. There are anime, and shows in general, that you watch and forget about a year down the road. Kill la Kill is one of those where you’re remember specific details and all of the character names for years to come. With the plethora of anime out there to view, it’s hard to find a true gem. Well, ladies and gentlemen, here’s your diamond in the rough.
The Top Tens
It’s hard to believe that I barely knew about this series until I learned about it from my sister, who at the time I found out about Kill la Kill, was experiencing the greatness of it in its original run while it grew in popularity all over the Internet. And after seeing all the episodes of Kill la Kill including the OVA, now I finally know what I was missing out on all those years that I wasn’t into anime. It only took about 1 or 2 years after Kill la Kill finished airing that I began to binge watch the entire series after watching Deadman Wonderland and Attack on Titan as I started to get into anime again ever since the time I watched all the episodes of Digimon Tamers on Netflix. Badass battle scenes, astonishing animation and art, bundles of legendary songs and original soundtracks, an engaging story, ideology clashes, incredible characters, tons of fanservice that all the weeaboos and otakus in the world could possibly be catered with, hysterical comedy and deep and complex drama, complete with an original premise, Kill la Kill has it all.
The Otaku Judge
The over the top battles are a blast to watch and I found myself consistently chuckling at the cartoon’s visual gags. The show’s soundtrack is simply superb and although the artwork isn’t the sharpest thing you will ever see, I would still argue that the visuals are pleasing on the eye thanks to a good use of colour, captions that pop out from the screen and fast paced action. I can’t name a character I disliked from the cast, with my personal favourite being Ryuko’s best friend Mako Mankanshoku. I normally find hyperactive sidekicks to be annoying, but Mako won me over with her comical motivational monologues.
Little Cloud Curiosity
Kill La Kill is one of those series that you start for the action, perhaps the fan service, and the crazy exaggerated combat, but you ultimately stay for the twists, the story and the epic battle that you just KNOW Trigger has planned for the end. I have to admit that some people said that Kill La Kill was just an action-driven anime with no substantial plot in the beginning when the story was confined to Honnouji Academy, however it turned into a much more comprehensive and well thought out story. There were great character designs aesthetically and amazing outfits cause the show is so clothing/fashion-oriented. As well, all supporting characters got some semblance of a back story and ultimately no one important was left underdeveloped in terms of personality. Satsuki became one of the most complex characters of the show instead of just a dictator-like student body president, Nui as a creature bred from life fibers is also a subject of debate seeing as she has little to no human morals and one might even say that Mako, in all her simplicity is a complex little girl on her own
This show has a very unique twist on identity, and how one feels about one’s self. But, the plot is more insane when you throw in super-powered school uniforms! And the twist in the end is one that I thought was amazing. If you had to watch one show this entire year, it is definitely this show. Please take a look at Kill la Kill — I’m very sure you will have a spectacular time and be thoroughly entertained. It’s for sure a thumbs up in my books!
Overall Kill La Kill had a ton of plotholes and if you are looking for a great story then this show might not be for you. If you are looking for good characters and comedy then this would be a much better fit because this show is not meant to be taken seriously. Kill La Kill never let common sense get in the way of an over the top story.
My Shiny Toy Robots
Some overenthusiastic anime fans have heralded Kill la Kill as the series that “saved anime”, something I can’t ever see myself agreeing with. If the medium was in such desperate need of saving, I don’t think one series would be able to manage it alone. A title like that is also going to bring a certain level of expectation with it, a level that I’m entirely sure anything could live up to. So ignore the hype and watch Kill la Kill for exactly what it is – an absolute rollercoaster of a series that amps everything up to 11, is clever in its sheer ridiculousness and features an unforgettable cast of characters. Those familiar with Imaishi and co’s previous works will be thrilled to know that absolutely nothing has changed except for the studio name slapped on it, and newcomers to their unique brand of craziness will find this a great place to start. Welcome to anime Trigger, you have certainly made your impression.
Kill la kill is an anime that’s created by the same team that created Gurren Lagann. Kill la kill is absolutely ridiculous and all over the place. I don’t mean that in a bad way though. The anime is hilarious and yes I mean incredibly funny. It is also very chaotic. You may forget at some points in the anime that it has a story, but I assure you it does have a story and its sending a very strong message. That’s why its hectic and all over the place. I believe that’s the only way to convey that message and they did a great job at it. The anime is about people being prisoners to their cloths, and Matoi Ryuuko is trying to change that. I believe in the message that the anime is trying to convey. cloths have no power over you, you have the power over your cloths. I cant go into much detail to explain this, I rather you would watch the anime and tell me whether or not you agree with me. Kill La Kill is no Gurren Lagann but its still a masterpiece.
Tam And Eggs
I love how this anime is very consistent to the themes and how well folded out the plot sequences became.
Dr Animaniac Unscripted
Kill La Kill really defies the boundaries and rises to become an amazing anime. It shares the unique animation and over the top antics of Gurren Lagann, making it a fitting anime to follow Trigger’s highly successful work that is Gurren Lagann
This anime is a 10, full stop, one of the two amazing anime I’m watching this season
Overall, it was a nice run. Trust played a big role in Kill La Kill. And hey, if you watch the anime only because you have strange fetishes, go right ahead! No one’s stopping ya!
Enjoyable project by Trigger. A masterpiece for Trigger’s first project. Thank you, Trigger.
While KLK is not meant to be taken seriously in the slightest, this show admittedly can get a little TOO silly and makes you complain that it doesn’t take itself seriously enough. Plus it’s chalked to the brim with some of the most excruciating and shameless fanservice that I’ve ever seen, but WHO F***ING CARES WHEN THE FIGHT SCENES ARE JUST SO F***ING AWESOME?! After watching this as well as Trigger’s OVA Little Witch Academia, I can already tell that Trigger has a bright future ahead of itself! Kill la Kill kicks all kinds of ass! WATCH IT!
Because of the brevity of the series, the quick pace, and the relatively easy dialogue I’d say this is a good introduction anime for anyone who wants to jump in and try a different culture.
Ladies Geeking Out
I don’t believe the show is rape apologetic at all. The actions of all aggressors, Ryuko, Senketsu, the Kiruyins and the life fibers, are never glossed over or forgotten. The effect they have on one another is always remembered, from Ryuko lashing out at the people closest to her, to Satsuki’s domination of the people around her. Hell, even after the whole world is saved from the life fibers, people continue to wear clothing. Rape is a very difficult thing to get over, and it leaves its mark on victims in various ways. To gloss over and ignore what happened is the worst insult to rape victims, and I think this show does a decent job in showing those lasting effects.
Seriously, if you’re looking for heavy duty feels, you’ll be better off with something like Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica or Fullmetal Alchemist. Kill la Kill is here to entertain, and in that regard, Studio Trigger has made something very special.
Mr. Movie Film Blog
Recommend to anyone who is looking for an epic and somewhat emotional anime that will make you feel some crazy feels and be able to talk about for a long time to come.
One of the best anime I’ve seen in a while since Deadman Wonderland back in 2012, and I will be very sad to see it depart from our lives. Hopefully one day Studio Gainax will make a Season 2, or maybe a movie of it to show the aftermath of what goes on. Kill la Kill, you will be missed, and we’ll never forget you.
An Anime Generation
Recommend to anyone who is looking for an epic and somewhat emotional anime that will make you feel some crazy feels and be able to talk about for a long time to come.
It’s certainly the right beginning for the studio, with a television anime that bombards you with action, nudity and style. Kill la Kill is immensely fun and entertaining, and if all that hasn’t encouraged you to give it a go, who knows what will?
World WIthout Horizons
The only part that could possibly be a down side would be that the basis of the main story is too ridiculous. Watch it and you will understand. It is so ridiculous that its funny.
It’s a damn good anime that I would recommend to anyone who loves kickass well-written women and a diverse cast of odd-balls. It has an engaging plot, and an even more engaging sense of style.
The Sushi Times
Daily Anime Art
The show is definitely something I enjoyed, it’s something I could rewatch a few times till I get tired of it. The creativity behind the anime is quite unique, I really liked the show and would recommend it to any new or veteran anime watcher.
The Button Smashers
When Kill la Kill was on its baby steps, I thought it was pretty cool for what it was. It was over-the-top, bombastic, and completely action-packed. After putting it on hold for a while (for reasons unknown), I found that the show is getting grander in terms of scale and awesomeness, after which I decided to follow the show on a weekly basis. And I must say, I am definitely impressed by what Trigger has done. I loved the show as a form of entertainment, though that is not to say that its plot was crap. It’s action-packed, funny, climatic, and, most of all, plain epic. Its soundtrack is a feast for the ears; the characters are a treat to watch on-screen; the animation is brilliant when it needs be; the ending was phenomenal and the story was all wrapped up: what more can I say?
Jan DJ Productions
While some might hate the series due to the hype and large fanbase, Kill la Kill gave me exactly what I was expecting from the series, as well as some unexpectedly strong characters.
My Anime List
For Studio Trigger’s first original, seasonal anime series, Kill la Kill came in and went out with a bang. While it doesn’t quite hit the status of masterpiece, I’ve been made a fan. I will be looking forward to whatever creativity their future works will bring.
All in all, this type of anime is rare. Its silly and surprisingly good. Not to mention the generous amounts of fan service that the creators crammed into every scene.
I would give Kill la kill an 8/10 because it had me interested the whole time, and it was funny and action-ey with intense moments of suspense. It made me want to watch it a second time, however I was left with some questions, and some parts were simply awkward to watch. If you want a show that is NSFW (not safe for work) but that you’ll be amazed by in the comfort of your own home, Kill la kill is a show for you. Definitely a show for more avid anime watchers, but can be enjoyed by almost anybody.
while there definitely were a LOT of very noticeable flaws with Kill la Kill, most of them can be easily overlooked simply because of the massive amount of hype and intensity that it has managed to funnel directly into whatever part of your brain likes epic fights and explosions.
Kill la Kill comes off as silly and over the top and full of fan service at first. To be fair it is in many respects but there is a lot more to the show if you keep with the series. There is comparison to how real war is fought, how weapons can easily turn against their owners if not careful. How things are not always as they seem.
When I watched the series a second time I noticed a lot that didn’t make sense before make a massive amount of sense the second time around. So when looking deeper its more than just the action and fan service keeping you interested it is the story as well.
“I highly recommend you give this anime a chance
The Grand Shuckett
Kill la Kill is a fun anime to watch with strong female characters, tons of action, and a decent amount of backstory to flesh out a plot that’s much more than it seems. NUUUUDIIIIST BEEEEEEACH!
This anime is a combination of funkiness from FLCL, exuberance from Gurren Lagann, and sexual energy from PSG. Kill la Kill is all about audacity, and that’s why it’s good.
All in all, Kill la Kill may not have been the next masterpiece of the ex-Gainax crew, let alone the unrealistic “savior of the anime industry”, but it’s still a show that I’d recommend to nearly anyone. Yes, even after the whole fanservice grab, I’d still suggest it when you see how it barely becomes a concern. I can say, while not perfect, I thoroughly enjoyed Kill la Kill and I give it a solid 4/5, more than worth a watch. Join me next time when I make a new school club.
You have to wrap your mind around that. It’s a super amazing anime…about clothes. That’s something that doesn’t make much sense to me,
Tall Guy Talk
It’s blend of comedy, action and drama (no matter how often or annoying) really sets it apart from other anime titles. Even with skimpy outfits, the female protagonists aren’t defined by them. They aren’t embracing their sexuality as much as they are proving that they are badass women. And I think that’s what people should take from the show. It’s basically what Burst Angel wanted to do on a grander scale.
A few episodes in and you’ll probably be thinking “what did I just commit to?” I mean, it’s a lot to take on and this anime is in a way akin to a retarded dude who only knows how to hit things. But give it a decent shot, there’s a charm in there amongst the lunacy that you might just discover and love.
A rather average plot driven by strong and likable characters. The supposed messages concerning fanservice unfortunately falls prey for fridge logic.
HS Media Nerd Reviews
Overall, Kill la Kill is a mixed bag depending on your tastes and the mindset that you watch this anime with. If you love over-the-top action and flat-out entertainment, you’ll probably love it. If you’re into the more subtle shows with a complex story and characters, you’ll probably hate this show. For your average anime watcher, though, you’ll probably enjoy it for one reason or another.
Those of you who like fighting anime will probably love this series. The others may well like it, as long as you can ignore some of the disturbing aspects I listed above.
It isn’t a masterpiece by any stretch of the word and it definitely didn’t save anime, like most yell while chuckling. It is not for everyone, since lots of its content is plain bizarre and gross to non-fans, while its nudity is too much even for many who already are fans. It is just silly fun and should not be viewed as anything more past that.
It’s an anime you have to experience on your own and draw your own personal conclusion. Every viewer has different opinion about it but the intense moments in the story and amazing fight scenes complemented with a range of colors and decent camera angles are details that kept me watching
LOL Anime Reviews
Kill la Kill was exactly what I needed after watching all those romance animes. I needed some extreme violence that was super straightforward. I enjoyed this very much from a basic standard. I did not even feel like I had to think too much. I liked the characters and the story even though it was flawed. I think people who need a good ‘ol beat’em up anime should really watch this because I think it proved its hype. Sadly, I felt it had too many flaws to be a high ranked anime.
Game It All
To be frank, Kill la Kill doesn’t impress me much. It’s mediocre at best; very been-there-done-that kind of show. The subs throw me off sometimes, numerous typos aside, because it often doesn’t look like the words on the screen really match what’s occurring. Would I turn it off if I had nothing else to watch on a lazy Sunday? No. Would I spend money to watch it? Also no. There is more suspense and drama in Forrest Gump.
In conclusion, Kill la Kill is not particularly remarkable or special. Despite my almost strictly negative words about it, the show isn’t atrocious, but just below average. Admittedly the soundtrack was fantastic, and Ryuko’s sidekick, Mako, was a joy to watch, but everything else just wasn’t there. There are a few aberrations from the norm; the awkward and plentiful fanservice, for instance, but other than that I find that there’s little here to keep my attention.