Kill la Kill Episode 3: String Bikinis

Episode description: Having kept her end of the bargain, Ryuko demands answers from her homeroom teacher, Aikuro Mikisugi, and learns the secret behind the power of Senketsu and the Goku Uniforms. Meanwhile, Satsuki Kiryuin returns home to claim a power of her own.

This episode of Kill la Kill was…interesting to say the least. At the start of this episode we see Satsuki Kiryuin finally taking Ryuko seriously as she heads to her home to acquire Junketsu. Junketsu is another Kamui that is owned by the Kiryuin family and has long been promised to Satsuki. Satsuki demands Junketsu now in order to take on Ryuko.

Unlike Ryuko, who has Senketsu forced upon her, Satsuki writhes in pain while attempting to wear Junketsu. Ryuko had no real trouble putting Senketsu on but we learn this episode that this is extremely uncommon. The teacher (Aikuro Mikisugi) whose clothes just refuse to stay on him that Goku Uniforms (the one’s worn by students) are made from life fibers which give them differing powers. A one star contains 10% life fibers, a two star 20% and so on. Kamui however are made entirely from life fibers. Differing people have a hard time controlling the uniforms as seen in an experiment to make a Goku Uniform out of 50% life fiber.

It is around this time that Ryuko ask why Senketsu bares her midriff when he is awakened. But really? Uh, your midriff is always showing Ryuko. Senketsu always shows that. When he activates a lot more of you goes on display than just your midriff. But, I’m just getting distracted here. Back to what matters.

So it appears that Satsuki is upset that Ryuko was able to wear and use a Kamui before she was able to get her own. As mentioned though Satsuki storms her house and puts it on, afterwards quickly challenging Ryuko to a Kamui on Kamui fight. Kill la Kill is ridiculous but honestly until this point I thought the episode was ok.

That is until the string bikini thing happened. Satsuki activates her Kamui in the strangest transformation sequence I have ever seen, and no, I didn’t like it. It is followed by a reveal of an even weirder outfit than Ryuko’s. String bikini is the best way to describe it honestly. Like, I did not want to see that much of Satsuki. I don’t want to see that much of anyone. But as is with this show we get to see even more of people than we want. Such is the case when Senketsu informs Ryuko that they are not at full power because she is not truly wearing him. Truly wearing him requires Ryuko to become slightly more exposed but at least comfortable with it.

However at this point I would like to bring up a very valid question. Why are both Kamui in existence girls outfits? These aren’t made for both genders. These are outfits that have skirts which means that were made for girls; although, I suppose a boy could put one on. That would be interesting. Still, I find it weird that they are both girls’ outfits.

The fight is an interesting piece of work. Overall it looked nice (again minus the mostly naked teenagers). However no winner is announced as Satsuki withdrawals telling Ryuko that if she wants a rematch she must defeat all of the club captains. This starts what I suppose is the real story of Kill la Kill.

Rating: 3.5/5


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