キルラキル ep. 21 SPOILER Review
KILL la KILL episode 21
After a flashback showing how Ryuuko was turned against Nudist Beach, and while Nui completes her work for the day, Satsuki squares off against Ryuuko, activating Senketsu. The Elite Four see Satsuki about to fight, but before they can go to her aide, Mako stops them with a message from Satsuki. Satsuki does well in the initial stages of the fight. Senketsu tries to reach Ryuuko, but she’s not interested in wearing something ugly. Ryuuko figures out that Satsuki is only giving Senketsu commands, not actually using Senketsu as Ryuuko had done, so she turns the tables on Satsuki, giving her a beating as the Nudist Beach folks look on helpless.
Ryuuko moves in for a finishing blow when Nonon comes in with rocket launchers to stop Ryuuko. Ryuuko destroys the rockets, but before she can move on Nonon, Uzu shows up to battle Ryuuko. He leads her to a trap by Houka, whereby Ryuuko takes a massive blast from Hadaka no Taiyou-maru. Ryuuko is not impressed, but it allowed Ira to get his weapon to extract Ryuuko from Junketsu into play. Satsuki returns, causing Ryuuko to realize that she’d set herself up as bait. Ira’s weapon jams and is unable to extract Ryuuko. Satsuki suddenly senses the danger and has Ira flee just as Nui arrives to destroy the weapon.
Tsumugu attacks, but has no effect as Nui tells them that she merged the Seimeisen within Junketsu with the Seimeisen within Ryuuko, meaning Ryuuko will die if Junketsu is removed. Meanwhile, Ragyou has her loyal employees absorbed into Seimeisen outfits while her personal staff are absorbed into the main Seimeisen ball. With that, the Seimeisen ball transforms and launches, Ragyou standing atop. Back at the fight, Ryuuko uses her scissor-blade to cut Senketsu off of Satsuki. Ryuuko goes for the finished blow again, but this time, she’s stopped by Mako, who makes her usual, over the top maneuver to try to reach Ryuuko. Nui sees this and decides to put an end to Mako. Senketsu launches himself to save Mako, whereby he ends up replacing Mako’s school uniform.
Satsuki launches into Nui, who wonders why Satsuki doesn’t understand that a mere human cannot defeat her. As they ferociously battle, Satsuki tells Nui that Nui is what gives her hope. Satsuki points out that if Ryuuko was wholly fighting for Ragyou and Nui, Nui wouldn’t still have possession of the other half of the giant scissors. The Elite Four go after Nui as she orders Ryuuko to kill Mako and Senketsu. Mako’s family and Senketsu are determined to prevent it as Satsuki arrives, causing a wound in Ryuuko for Senketsu (and Mako alongside) to be absorbed into. There, the two reach Ryuuko. They are expelled as Ryuuko, after pinning Nui to the hull of the ship, rips Junketsu from her body.
You know, I really could have done without the incestuous, yuri scene at the beginning of this episode. Ugh. Creepy and nasty don’t even begin to cover it.
As expected, Satsuki and Ryuuko do battle. Well, they had to fight one more time as part of the standard, “we were foes at the start, so we have to fight again” story element as well as the “I have to reach the main character, even if I have to beat some sense into them.” While expected, it was still fun.
Satsuki has always been the most interesting character in this whole series. Obviously, a lot of guys like the chick who can kick arse, take names, but is still all woman. For me, it was the element of her strategic mind and her ability to think on the fly, which is most evident in this episode. As such, Satsuki becomes the heroine and maybe always was the heroine, even if we followed Ryuuko around for most of the series.
Because of Satsuki’s strategic thinking, the Elite Four got to be used in a meaningful way, which was something I liked. After all, while Satsuki may be the top dog, she has a pack of big dogs, carefully selected, to assist her.
Mako got to be awesome in this episode with her usual flair. I laughed out loud when she revealed that Satsuki had written her plan details on Mako’s hands just so Mako wouldn’t forget. ^_^
With the precedent set that Mako could reach Ryuuko, even when Ryuuko was in the grips of madness, it is no wonder that Nui wanted her dead.
(And as an aside, I loved the little moment of Ira being concerned for Mako’s safety. ^_^)
Satsuki’s battle with Nui was interesting in that Satsuki wasn’t using a Kamui robe, but simple Nudist Beach gear. Yet she was able to keep up with Nui. I don’t think for a moment that Satsuki can defeat Nui, which is why I believe Ryuuko and Satsuki will now be teaming up to fight Nui. I figure that fight will be next.
After that, I suppose we’ll have the final showdown as sisters battle their insane mother and the Seimeisen, wherever they went off to. Oh yeah, there’s also Rei to worry about.
So, a good episode as things start winding down to the climax. I’m looking forward to seeing how things end.