So the performance quality of the kamui depends on how unashamed the wearer is with it, which pretty much translates to needing to not feel embarrassed about exposing your breasts to everyone. I love how this show using the fanservice now for thematic purposes and not just titillation. Even though the kamui are still pretty asinine looking, it’s neat how they’re now being used now to play with the concept of purity and “wedding outfits.”
The idea of female purity has long caused women to reject their sexuality, concealing their bodies and remaining virginal until they wed (which in modern society, has evolved to where women commonly have sex anyways but are branded as “slutty.”)
Satsuki, the woman who holds the power over the militaristic fascist school, rejects all these notions of purity and does whatever she must to fulfill her plow for more power. If she must wear a ridiculously skimpy outfit in order to master the kamui, than she sees no issue with it and does so without any objection. And when Ryuuko tries to take a stab at her by calling Junketsu an “exhibitionist getup,” Satsuki brushes this insult aside and proclaims that she should have no reason to feel ashamed of her wonderful, magnificent body worthy of the applause from a crowd of one-star uniform wearers. She inverses the whole concept of female purity and states that to feel no shame for your body is true purity. Which is really how it should be in real life.
Since this leads to Ryuuko resolving to wear the kamui with no shame, the fanservice in Kill la Kill is now more empowering to the female characters—even if it’s still there for people to oggle at. And that’s a good step in the right direction amidst all the controversy that has arisen over the show, though it still has the tendency to use “rapey” undertones for humor (even if those rapey scenes are hilarious, but I’m trying to be objective here.)
It seems kind of odd for the kamui to depend on the wearer feeling unashamed though when their creators could have just designed them to be less revealing in the first place. I would hope there’s more to it than Ryuuko’s father just being a huge pervert, otherwise that’d probably be another thing to add to the list of things about Kill la Kill that are vaguely rapey (and really I need to find a better word to use than “rapey.”)
I was kind of hoping that this episode would throw out the ladder climbing structure of the plot, but now it seems like we’re back to where we started in episode 2 with all the school clubs targetting Ryuuko. The only difference now is that the final boss is more intimidating than before. But oh well, it’s been great so far and I have faith that Trigger will churn out something good no matter how the story ends up beings, and we can probably bet on it being anything but predictable. So I should probably avoid writing any “what will they do next?” paragraphs in these posts now. The episode did end yet again with Satsuki going deciding to spare Ryuuko when she could have easily done away with, which continues to get slightly more annoying each time the conflict is resolved in such a fashion.
The pacing seemed a tad slower and less rushed this time, so that was I nice improvement over the last couple episodes.