Kill la Kill Volume 3: Limited Edition (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)
December 27, 2014 by Dennis Amith
The third volume of “Kill la Kill” reveals the killer of Ryuko’s father and thus setting up a major battle between Ryuko and the person responsible. Overall, an action-packed/humorous volume of “Kill la Kill”!
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TITLE: Kill la Kill Volume 3: Limited Edition
DURATION: Episodes 10-14 (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: December 23, 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
As they enter the final stages of the great King of the Hill battle, Ryuko must face Uzu Sanageyama again after defeating the other three members of the Elite Four. But the combat is brought to a sudden halt when a mysterious girl clad in a gothic Lolita outfit and an eye patch suddenly appears. Her name is Nui Harime, and she claims to have killed Ryuko’s father, Dr. Matoi! Overcome by uncontrollable rage, Ryuko goes berserk and turns into a monster. Only Mako is able to knock some sense back into Ryuko, but not before Senketsu is cut into pieces by Nui.
Meanwhile, Satsuki and the Elite Four commence their Tri-City Schools Raid Trip, a large-scale invasion of the regions yet to be conquered: Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka. Ryuko learns that Senketsu’s pieces were being used in this campaign to test the new Goku uniforms. Now, Ryuko rides into a new battlefield to make Senketsu whole once again!
The final stages of the King of the Hill Battle are approaching and Ryuko must now take on the one person who was responsible for her father’s death!
Will Ryuko finally get her revenge on the person responsible? Find out in volume 3 (episodes 11-15) of “Kill la Kill”!
What is “Kill la Kill”?
“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 3 of “Kill la Kill”, the Kings of the Hill Battle continues and as the final stages are approaching, Ryuko confronts a fighter who claims to have killed Ryuko’s father. And now, Ryuko wants her revenge!
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 3: Limited Edition″ comes with the following special features:
- Web Version Previews
“Kill la Kill Volume 3: Limited Edition” comes with a double-sided poster, two postcard, a Weiss Schwartz card of Satsuki and the “Kill la Kill Original Soundtrack CD #2” featuring music by Sawano Hiroyuki.
- “Kill la Kill” Original Soundtrack #2 Track Listings – Duration: 75 Minutes
- 劇伴特化型1☆極★服 3:24
- リズム強化型2☆極★服 4:12
- 日常劇場型3☆極★服 3:36
- 服着豚型4☆極★服 4:14
- 名付扇子0型5☆極★服 5:12
- 追加発注型6☆極★服 4:16
- 背景敬具型7☆極★服 4:22
- MT変装型8☆極★服 4:51
- 多分裸SBOSS-型9☆極★服 3:32
- 前半再収録型10☆極★服 4:46
- 追加最終録型11☆極★服 2:55
- 重要物発光強調型12☆極★服 4:09
- Before my body is dry <空OK> 4:09
- Suck your blood <空OK> 3:41
- Blumenkranz <空OK> 4:19
- Light your heart up <空OK> 3:56
- I want to know <空OK> 4:07
- Till I Die <空OK> 4:41
Finally, we get one major question answered and that is who killed Ryuko’s father?
As the battle reaches its final phase for the “King of the Hill” Battle and Ryuko taking on the members of Honnouji Academy’s Elite Four, and as Ryuko gets closer to taking on Satsuki, she ends up meeting the one person she wants to exact her revenge on.
An action-packed volume with the usual Mako Mankanshoku humor, these latest challenges will no doubt put Ryuko Matoi and Senketsu in a major test, especially with the Life Fibers.
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 the second original soundtrack, two collectable postcards and a dual-sided poster.
Overall, “Kill la Kill” is an exciting series and these latest episodes have been captivating and addicting. “Kill la Kill Volume 3: Limited Edition” is highly recommended!
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