Kill la Kill Volume 1: Limited Edition (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)
July 27, 2014 by Dennis Amith
“Kill la Kill” is an exciting series and it’s first four episodes have been captivating and addicting. I can’t wait until the second volume but I can see why many fans have welcomed this series with open arms and love it. It’s a series that features fascinating characters, cool animation/backgrounds and I’m sure there will be twists and turns along the way. “Kill la Kill Volume 1: Limited Edition” is highly recommended!
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TITLE: Kill la Kill Volume 1: Limited Edition
DURATION: 4 Episodes (100 Minutes)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, Japanese and English Linear PCM Stereo 2.0, Subtitles: English and Spanish
RATED: Suggested 16 and Up
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi
Series Composition: Kazuki Nakashima
Music by Hiroyuki Sawano
Character Design: Sushio
Art by Saishi Ichiko
Art Director: Shigeto Koyama, Yuji Kaneko
Anime Production: Trigger
Featuring the following voice talent:
Ami Koshimizu/Erica Mendez as Ryuuko Matoi
Ryoka Yuzuki/Carrie Keranen as Satsuki Kiryuuin
Aya Suzaki/Christine Marie Cabanos as Mako Mankanshoku
Hiroyuki Yoshino/Steve Cannon as Hōka Inumuta
Katsuyuki Konishi as Tsumugu Kinagase
Mayumi Shintani/Sarah Williams as Nonon Jakuzure
Nobuyuki Hiyama/Grant George as Uzu Sanageyama
Romi Park as Ragyo Kiryuuin
Shinichiro Miki/Matthew Mercer as Aikurō Mikisugi
Tetsu Inada/Patrick Seitz as Ira Gamagōri
Toshihiko Seki as Senketsu
Yukari Tamura as Nui Harime
Honnouji Academy – where the school is ruled by students clad in special outfits called Goku Uniforms. Deriding the student body as “pigs in human clothing,” Student Council President Satsuki Kiryuin, along with her loyal underlings, the Elite Four, has the academy under their absolute control.
One day, a vagrant schoolgirl named Ryuko Matoi appears and tries to get Satsuki, who recognizes her Scissor Blade, to talk. Was their encounter a mere coincidence or fate? The clash between the two will soon consume the whole academy!
From the creators of “Gurren Lagann” comes “Kill la Kill”!
With 24-episodes airing in Japan between October through March 2014 plus an OVA episode that is schedule for release in Sept. 2014, “Kill la Kill Volume 1: Limited Edition” will be released in the U.S. on Blu-ray in July 2014.
“Kill la Kill” is set in Honnouji Academy, a school that is ruled by the iron-fisted student council president, Satsuki Kiryuin.
Dominated by the student council, each member wears a Goku uniform that give each member superhuman abilities and depending by the number of their uniform is indicative of how strong that individual is.
Meanwhile, Ryuko Matoi joins Honnouji Academy. She is brash and wields half of a scissor-shaped longsword in search of the person responsible for killing her father. And if she finds the person that owns the other scissor blade, she will exact her revenge.
Her first day at school, she meets the energetic Mako Mankanshoku and her younger brother Mataro. And as Ryuko and Mako go to school, Mako witnesses a student getting beaten by the student council.
When Ryuko goes to find out who is responsible for her father’s death, she is quickly beaten by the boxing club captain, Takaharu Fukuroda, who sports a two-star Goku uniform.
Having been beaten and feeling that she has disappointed her father, Ryuko falls inside a trap door and discovers a talking sailor uniform that attaches itself to her. She finds out that her uniform, a “Kamui” named Senketsu, has granted her abilities and now, Ryuko is ready to take on any rivals from Honnouji Academy.
And for student council president, Satsuki Kiryuin, she will give the answers that Ryuko has been wanting only if she can defeat the people that challenge her.
The main characters of “Kill la Kill″ are:
- Ryuko Matoi – The main protagonist. A 17-year-old who transferred into Honnouji Academy. She wields half of a Scissor Blade and is looking for the person responsible for killing her father. When a Kamui sailor uniform named Senketsu attaches itself to her, she gains special abilities.
- Senketsu – A kamui and living sailor uniform that gives the user superhuman abilities in exchange for their blood.
- Satsuki Kiryuin – The ruthless student council president who leads the student council with an iron fist.
- Mako Mankanshoku – A bubbly, energetic teen that welcomes Ryuko to her family.
- Mataro Mankanshoku – The younger brother of Mako.
- Barazo Mankanshoku – Mako’s father who runs a back-alley clinic and a pervert.
- Sukuyo Mankanshoku – Barazo’s wife and mother of Mako and Mataro. She loves cooking delicious dishes.
- Ira Gamagoori – Satsuki’s loyal enforcer who lead the disciplinary committee at Honnouji Academy and sports a three-star Goku uniform.
“Kill la Kill” is presented in 1080p High Definition. What I enjoy about this series is its animation style. Creative character designs but also picture quality that is reminiscent of classic animation. Backgrounds are detailed and beautifully painted, while characters are nicely shaded. Colors are vibrant and I didn’t notice any excessive banding or artifacts during my viewing of the series.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Kill la Kill” is presented in Japanese and English Linear PCM Stereo 2.0. The soundtrack is primarily front-channel driven and while voice acting is well-done for both languages, there is no difference in terms of dynamic range.
“Kill la Kill Volume 1: Limited Edition″ comes with the following special features:
- Textless OP (Ep 2 & 3 Ver.)
- Textless Opening and Endings
- Web Version Previews
“Kill la Kill Volume 1: Limited Edition″ comes with a slipcase, poster and six-postcard set plus the following soundtrack:
キルラキル 一 REARRANGE & REMIX SOUNDTRACK CD
Duration: 43 Minutes / 10 tracks
- Before my body is dry: [nZk] ver. – MIKA KOBAYASHI
- Bluemenkranz: [nZk] ver. – Cyua
- Suck your blood: [nZk] ver. – Caramel Apple Sound Gadget
- Light your heart up: [nZk] ver. – Aimee Blackschleger
- Till I Die: [nZk] ver. – Caramel Apple Sound Gadget
- Before my body is dry: [nZk] ver. <Inst.> – MIKA KOBAYASHI
- Bluemenkranz: [nZk] ver. <Inst.> – Cyua
- Suck your blood: [nZk] ver. <Inst.> – Caramel Apple Sound Gadget
- Light your heart up: [nZk] ver. <Inst.> – Aimee Blackschleger
- Till I Die: [nZk] ver. <Inst.> – Caramel Apple Sound Gadget
While I try not to get excited over a series with only four episodes viewed, I will say that from the first four episodes alone, I’m enjoying the series a lot!
From it’s fascinating storyline revolving revenge, a talking sailor school uniform, a high school ruled with an iron fist by its powerful student council president and it’s intriguing antagonists which Ryuko must take on, suffice to say, it’s a captivating storyline with awesome animation and beautifully painted backgrounds.
Voice acting in Japanese and English is well-done and as with most Aniplex limited editions, you also get a box full of swag with a soundtrack, postcard set and poster.
It’s important to note that this is a series that is for teens and up and not a series to have children nearby, as Ryuko has to wear a very skimpy uniform and it has its fair share of violence.
Overall, “Kill la Kill” is an exciting series and it’s first four episodes have been captivating and addicting. I can’t wait until the second volume but I can see why many fans have welcomed this series with open arms and love it. It’s a series that features fascinating characters, cool animation/backgrounds and I’m sure there will be twists and turns along the way.
“Kill la Kill Volume 1: Limited Edition” is highly recommended!
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