Episode description: Overwhelmed by recent events, Ryuko demands answers from her homeroom teacher, Aikuro Mikisugi. Meanwhile, Uzu Sanageyama, Honnouji Academy’s Athletic Committee Chair and on the Elite Four, makes a request of his own… to challenge Ryuko to a duel!
So this was a rather eventful episode, I guess. I find myself unable to understand this show a little more each episode and this episode was no different. For starters the pacing of this episode is terrible. There really should not have been two fights this episode. In my opinion it ruined the development they tried to give Sanageyama.
Normally I would try to summarize the episode and talk about what annoyed me or what was just ok but I can’t even do that with this episode. It starts out normal enough with Sanageyama, an Elite Four member in charge of sports, he himself does Kendo, asking Satsuki for permission to fight Ryuko. Permission is granted with the ominous “you know what happens when you lose.” Unsurprisingly he loses based off of the most pointless fight in Kill la Kill history.
So that leaves Ryuko, bipolar as she is, super confident. Welp. We’ve seen this before. Sangeyama does the unthinkable! He blinds himself. (This has to do with his power so while I’m not providing specifics understand that it does have a point). This act proves himself worthy to be taken back in by Satsuki and he rechallenges Ryuko to a fight. Ryuko, witty girl that she is, makes comments about how soft Satsuki must be to give a second chance to a person who lost.
And then Ryuko gets her butt kicked. Let’s be honest here over-confidence is Ryuko’s tragic flaw. And she’s been informed of it too. She knows that this is her problem and yet even when Senketsu warns her about the change in Sanageyama she just uses the same tactic she used in the first battle. It’s annoying. Ryuko is annoying. She’s half the reason I don’t like this show.