Have we finally reached the final form?
Episode summary: Thanks to the power of friendship, our heroes manage to take down the original Life Fiber (for good?). Unfortunately, Ragyou has one last trick up her sleeve as Nui unveils the Omnisilk Koutetsu.
Notes & analysis:
• Apparently, Mako would receive the biggest boost in combat proficiency out of all of the people there — and don’t forget that this includes the Four Devas — so as a result, she gets her Ultima Uniform completed first. But at the end of the day, it’s still just a 2-star uniform. And if you’re going to do that, why not just arm everyone else as well, i.e. all the other no-stars? And it’s not like giving Mako her Ultima Uniform first heavily impacted the story anyway. She didn’t do anything major at the start of the episode that any of the Four Devas couldn’t have done.
• According to Inumata, the magical reason as to why Nui was unable to regenerate her arms in last week’s episode is because of how scissors work. Supposedly, if you cut a Life Fiber from both sides, it doesn’t have the time to regenerate itself like it normally would. Well, okay… So why are we getting this explanation now?
Just so Satsuki won’t feel useless. Since Bakuzan is now broken into two, she can now use the twin blades like makeshift scissors. Heh, very convenient. But y’know, if that’s how you sever Life Fibers for good, why not just create a giant cleaver-like weapon. This way, even if the Life Fibers tried to regenerate, they can’t… because a giant cleaver is in the way. C’mon, guys, let’s think outside the box! By the way, just in case somebody out there thinks I’m being serious, I’m not. So spare me your magical hand-waving powers.
• But of course, defeating Ragyou is not going to that easy. When the two sisters attack their mother together, the matriarch pulls out twin
blades needles of her own… ones made from ultra-hard Life Fibers. Not only that, they once served as the basis for both Ryuuko’s Sword Scissors and Satsuki’s Bakuzan. So some Life Fibers can cut other Life Fibers permanently, but not these Life Fibers over here because…
• Ragyou says, “The original Life Fiber is everything in one. The beginning and the end both reside within it.” Later in the episode, the monstrous object opens up one end of itself to reveal a cavernous maw lined with sharp tooth-like appendages. Its appearance here kind of reminds me of the creature Atomos from the Final Fantasy series:
There, Atomos is usually just a force of nature that seeks to devourer everything. Since it’s hard to say whether or not the Life Fibers have sentience, you could make the same case for our antagonist in Kill la Kill. And let’s suppose the original Life Fiber happens to succeed in converting the entire universe into nothing but Life Fibers. The name Life Fibers would then become ironic. By converting everything and every sentient being into Life Fibers, all traces of sentience is wiped out: “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” These are famous words from Oppenheimer as he witnessed the detonation of the first atom bomb.
• I guess it was neat to see the Four Devas’ 3-star Ultima Uniforms incorporate elements of Nudist Beach into them. But of course, there’s little to say here as I watch these guys beat up the human-form COVERS. Scenes like these are fun to watch, but they have little to analyze.
• To Ragyou, Life Fibers sit atop the food chain. As such, why is it wrong for Life Fibers to rear human beings as if we’re livestock? Well, there’s a reason why we have qualms about eating dolphins. I know, I know… certain cultures out there — ahem — have no problems slaughtering dolphins, but a lot of us do. A lot of us believe it’s wrong to eat such an intelligent creature. So likewise, the humans in Kill la Kill have a case.
Since they have a will of their own, they’re not going to stand idly by and allow the Life Fibers to consume them. Plus, other than Senketsu itself, it’s difficult to argue that the Life Fibers even have a will of their own. Sure, Ragyou claims that she’s merely carrying out the will of the original Life Fiber, but that is nevertheless a second-hand account. How do I know she isn’t just a very proud owner of a very strong and powerful beast? And if that’s the case, who’s to say the Life Fibers are atop the food chain at all?
• Fittingly, Ragyou taunts Satsuki for being the inferior sister: “The only thing you’re good for is lending your lonely little sister a shoulder cry upon.” This is just a small reminder that Satsuki has no Life Fibers within her, unlike both her mother and his sister. Anyway, I’ve talked about this in previous entries on the show, so I won’t get into too much detail about it here. Needless to say, Satsuki might be weaker than both Ryuuko and Ragyou, but unlike them, she’s a leader. I mean, you could argue that Ragyou’s a leader in her own way, but isn’t she just brainwashing people into doing her bidding? On the other hand, Satsuki never makes anyone follow. Sure, she won’t give a shit about you if you fail to live up to her standards, but ultimately, people are free to come and go at their own accord.
• So apparently, Ryuuko secretly blocked Ragyou’s blades, and “jumped into the ocean before [Ragyou] cut her in half!” This is what really happened despite the fact that we saw our heroine in two pieces:
I guess you just can’t trust your eyes anymore these days.
• And somehow, Sanageyama’s eyes have healed up. Not only that, he now fights better with vision. Oh, okay.
• In the end, Mako becomes a hamster:
• But we know this isn’t the end. After all, take it from Frieza:
In other words, where’s Nui and that Kouketsu thing she’s been working on?
• Oh there she is:
And she’s brought something called the Omnisilk Kouketsu with her. Not only that, Ragyou gives the Grand Couturier bionic arms or something.
• Aikuro says, “And now we’re going to barge into Honnouji Academy, destroy the transmitter, and capture both Ragyou and Harime Nui!” Why just capture them though? For the sake of humanity, why not just put those two out of their miserable existences?
• Well, this doesn’t do much to dispel the idea that our heroes are just pigs in human clothing:
• Senketsu hasn’t had much to say all episode, but at the end, he advises, “This is on a whole different level to what you’ve faced up to now.” Well gosh, we wouldn’t have it any other way, now would we? So behold… Life Fiber Subjugate:
Somehow, this new outfit involves absorbing Hououmaru into itself for true power. Well, I can’t wait to see how this works in next week’s episode. But for now, we are done.