Kill la Kill episode 12: The Birth of Ryumbie

Episode description (from CR): Ryuko comes face to face with her father’s killer, but can she contain her rage? Mako and the Elite Four look on as she rampages on, coming closer and closer to death. Will Satsuki or anyone else be able to stop her?

If you has asked me how I felt about Kill la Kill before I watched this episode I would have told you that it was getting better. But now, I couldn’t say that because episode 12 has brought it crashing back down into a giant mess of things that makes no sense.

Nui Harime has successfully baited Ryuko into fighting her. Harime easily overwhelms Ryuko, even going so far as to cut one of the ‘banshi,’ a life fiber that holds the outfits together. Senketsu however has multiple banshi to prevent easy destruction. This saves Ryuko from being defeated easily but Ryuko is Ryuko so she ignores Senketsu’s warnings. Senketsu tells her it isn’t good for her blood to boil for long but Ryuko doesn’t care. She’s basically blind with rage at this point. But Ryuko really should have listened because with her blood the way it is it causes Senketsu to lose control and consume Ryuko’s body basically turning her into a zombie.

Yes, a zombie. I could not make this stuff up people. If I’ve said it once, I’ve typed it a million times. I’m not sure what I thought was going to happen this episode but it wasn’t that. Zombie Ryuko, Ryumbie as I will now call her, goes around destroying the school. Satsuki order the immediate evacuation of the students as Ryumbie is really destroying things. Harime sticks around because hey, this was what she wanted to happen after all. And off on the roof top of a building Mikisugi and Tsumugu are still aiming the gun at Ryumbie. However, Mikisugi missed his ideal time to shoot and now requires Tsumugu to go down there and hold Ryumbie in one place. However he fails because Ryumbie is crazy strong.

So strong that the only hope of stopping her is for Satsuki herself to fight. But first Satsuki informs Harime that she is banned from her school and that she better not come back. Satsuki starts her brutal fight with Ryumbie but doesn’t get very far before she is interrupted by, you guessed it, Mako. Mako gives a ridiculous speech and forces herself onto Ryumbie. Ryumbie tries to get Mako off but Mako is dedicated to this hug, so dedicated that Ryumbie magically turns back to normal having somehow regained her senses.

-One Week Later-

Ryuko is back up, the school is being rebuilt, and Satsuki has finally perfected the three star Goku uniforms. She even thanks Ryuko for helping. Ryuko wants to fight but is in no real condition to do it. Satsuki also announces her plan to finish taking over the schools. All thanks to Ryuko.

Rating: 2/5

RIP Ryumbie

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