It’s almost as if this movie is some kind of exploitative piece, that likes showing violence and naked women for no reason whatsoever. There really should be a name for this genre. Exploit…? Exploitate…? Ahh, I’ll think of it later.
Yeah, I’m going there. Actually I’m sure The Cinema Snob would love KILL la KILL (no clue as to Brad Jones himself) (Yes all caps. Yes, every time, Tom.)
Because after weeks of pondering, this is undoubtedly the conclusion I have to draw about KILL la KILL. Not a remarkably original idea, mind you, but this show is big, it’s all been said before.
KILL la KILL is an exploitation film in anime form. And really…that quote above, though completely unrelated to KILL la KILL in inception (indeed, said many years before the show was even conceived) illustrates the point quite clearly.
The reasons are numerous. And there is no doubt I enjoyed it as a series. But it shares far too many elements with this style to avoid this label altogether. Now…the more jaded among us might say “but all anime is exploitation art in some form”. Even if we take your argument as true, some are more exploitative than others.
I’m rather late to this party, so I have had time to absorb several other overall critiques of the series where thoughts may have been better articulated. I’m grateful for them, and hope I can contribute my own small piece to this discussion.
KILL la KILL is a visual masterpiece. Let’s be clear on that. If you want me to decry it as the next vapid step in Humanity’s collective retardation, you’ll have to look elsewhere. And if you are looking for the short version? As a self-aware popcorn-action series, it’s fine. Nothing wrong with its energy and presentation.
But neither are we going to Loose Change the series into something more than it really is. Here, let’s explain what I mean by that. But we’re going to get into the theory of narrative here. Again, this is just my take on the events, your viewing experience is probably different.
Or, to lift a quote from another well known critic…
“Exploitation doesn’t appeal to the brain; it appeals to the gut.”
That is KILL la KILL. To the letter.
This series is way, way bigger than anything we’ve tackled so far, so if you are new to this blog, this will not be a dork thesis with citations and an attempt to draw from at least three chapters of the anime textbook. This is, in short, a summary of what this lone viewer will remember of this series, one person sorting out their feelings on a show. I don’t watch action pieces to relax, I don’t even think I can name five action movies that have aired in the past ten years. My enjoyment is universe building and storytelling, and those are the areas where this will be focused. So I repeat again: If you want to find out if KILL la KILL is a good action series? It is. Your time is not wasted. None of the following is really directed at that aspect of the show. Continue reading