Kill la Kill Volume 2: Limited Edition (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)
November 15, 2014 by Dennis Amith
“Kill la Kill” is an exciting series with a lot of humor and action. Recommended!
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TITLE: Kill la Kill Volume 2: Limited Edition
DURATION: Episodes 5-9 (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: October 21, 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
Ryuko Matoi spends her days battling student after student as they continue to aggressively confront her in hopes to raise their own status and living conditions as promised to them by Satsuki Kiryuin. In the midst of all the chaos, Uzu Sanageyama, one of the Elite Four, gets permission to face Ryuko in battle. He corners Ryuko with his super-human vision, but Ryuko manages to fight back! This leads Satsuki to resort to drastic measures as she declares to begin the great “Naturals Election,” or “Battle Royale!!”
Now every student at Honnouji Academy must enter an unbelievable ceremony of destruction as they clash to survive for seven whole days to participate in “The King of the Hill Final Battle.” There, Ryuko finally comes face-to-face with the formidable Ira Gamagoori!
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.
In volume 2 of “Kill la Kill” (episodes 5-9), Ryuko continues to face more challengers but also a sniper named Tsumugu Kinagase. Tsumugu will do what he can to stop Ryuko from wearing her kamui. Meanwhile, one of the Elite four, Uzu Sanageyama challenges Ryuko with his Three-Star Goku Uniform know as Blade Regalia.
Meanwhile, Ryuko starts up her own fight club and Satsuki announces her new Naturals Election where students must survive a seven-day battle royal to earn their Goku uniforms. And Ryuko takes on another Elite four named Ira.
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.
Subtitles are in English Screen Text, English Dialog & Screen Text and Spanish.
“Kill la Kill Volume 2: Limited Edition″ comes with the following special features:
- Textless OP
- #7 Textless Ending (Japanese Only)
- Web Version Previews
- BONUS DVD: “Kill la Kill” Making Documentary DVD #1 – (50:30) Featuring the behind-the-scenes making of the popular anime series.
“Kill la Kill Volume 2: Limited Edition” comes with a double-sided poster and two postcards, one featuring Mako and the other featuring Tsumugu Kinagase.
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.
With volume 2 of “Kill la Kill”, the continued storyline of Ryuko taking on the elite of Honnouji Academy and Satsuki issuing a Naturals Election challenge in that if she defeats each of the Elite Four, she will finally get the details that she wanted.
So, you get five awesome episodes with a lot of action and humor. 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 making of DVD, two collectable postcards and a dual-sided poster.
And I have to say that the “Making Of” DVD is worth watching as you can really see what was involved behind-the-scenes prior to “Kill la Kill” airing on television. It’s a fascinating documentary that “Kill la Kill” fans will enjoy watching!
Overall, “Kill la Kill” is an exciting series and episodes 5-10 have been captivating and addicting. The second volume definitely sets the stage up as Ryuko now must take on the Elite Four, so it will be interesting to see how the storyline evolves in volume 3.
“Kill la Kill Volume 2: Limited Edition” is highly recommended!
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