Right. Let's talk about Kill la Kill. If there's one show out there that will proudly take the title of 'Extravagant Craziness', then this show will do just that and display it in a blinding beacon for the whole world to see; while being bare-naked in fact! Or to put it another way, it's basically an extraordinary trip through everything that you can find in an action anime.
My reaction, or set of reactions I should say, from the first episode can be extended throughout the whole show. That one single episode is honestly enough to outline what Kill la Kill's explosive entertainment is all about: a condensation of bewildering, eccentric, exciting, loud, crazy, eroticized, flashy, and wacky qualities. And there are 24 episodes of that. I think it's easy to visualize just how wild of a ride this was.
So, without further ado...
Enter Honnouji Academy! One crazy school where powerful clothes decide your social hierarchy and shouting like a maniac is everyone's favorite pastime. You can find a nudist teacher who has nipples that glow a purplish pride, all kinds of not-so-normal clubs, and a strong student council called the Elite Four that's led by an even more strong girl named Satsuki here. Yeah, a pretty weird school to be enrolled to but worry not! Beneath all of these stylized absurdities, there's an actual story that knows how to intensify common battle tropes to entertaining levels, with a chain of events that never fails to leave me excited for the next one.
Ryuuko Matoi is the protagonist we're following this time around. After circumstances led to her finding Senketsu, a sentient sailor suit who grants her great powers, she's now able to start an arduous journey and challenge Honnouji Academy, the place where she can find the answers to the murder of her father. A loner at first, but gradually accumulates into a girl who is reckless, badass, easily embarrassed, and earnest all at the same time, she personifies what it means to be a well-rounded female lead. The first half is particularly essential to establish the crazy world of Kill la Kill, although the seemingly constant clashing does make it a bit draggy at times. However, it's still important in providing a background to the parentless Ryuuko; most importantly, in how she grows up to being taken in by an eccentric family. She might look like someone who only has an attitude to fight anyone for her own benefit, but when you see her softening up to caring people, blandness is definitely not a part of her characterization.
Of course, other characters are also here to steal the show. Not a single one of them are what you should consider to be normal people. Just imagine what it's like when a show has a large cast of unrestrained quirkiness—with all boasting their own crazy fighting style and personality—then let them duke it out wherever they go. Hopefully, what you imagined is a fast-paced battlefield full of exaggerated entertainment. From tough people like Satsuki and the Elite Four, to the weird exhibitionist teacher I mentioned before, and even buffoons like Mako, everyone weaves together into an overall thrill that's simply engaging to experience the whole way through.
Another thing worth mentioning are the overarching themes that are entwined within Kill la Kill itself. The family stuff I've discussed already is perhaps the most notable one, but things like fascism in Honnouji Academy, womanhood through the female characters, and the fashion of the clothing powers made of Life Fibers—which serves as another pivotal mystery in conjunction with the murder of Ryuuko's father—are some of the other topics that are present here. These underlying connections to real-world society may be glazed by over depending on how much knowledge you have, but if you pick them up, you'll realize there are a lot more interesting layers to this show than just mere exaggerations and fan services.
Then there's the art. Yep. The one that's responsible for giving the show its own distinctive style—and it's marvelous to look at. The cel-shaded appearance exudes so many great personalities, with Trigger using a large number of visual techniques such as warm red tones, magnified expressions, bold typography, blinding rays of light, bizarre clothes designs, physics-defying animation, dramatic speed lines, and a mostly well-blended use of CGI to go all over the place; anywhere and anytime it wants. As simple as that. It embraces chaos and it's not afraid to be chaotic, which makes up for a lot of exciting action scenes. The only thing that slightly diminishes the show's fast-paced nature is with its tendency to repeat certain scenes, but they aren't detrimental enough to ruin the epic cinematography.
Similarly, an arrangement of booming soundtracks can be heard alongside the visual, another technical aspect that packs an energy to turn the over-the-top levels up to the highest elevation. Most notably for the character themes, every time the tracks start playing in the background, you'll know it's time for the scenes to get some majestic propulsion. And I also have to say. This show is loud. The characters are loud, the battles are loud, the comedies are loud. Roaring is what it will always blast and there's never a dull moment around when you have that for the entire run-time.
In the end, Kill la Kill is a crazy show, but it's crazy good. It takes everything that is great in an action anime and energizes them up like an adrenaline rush, making for an entertainment that's a blast to watch through. Just don't lose your way watching this. Stay on the path for the entire ride, because you're about to get fully pumped-up.