Author: K Quach
Kill La Kill is gearing up to be one of Madmans flagship anime series, they already intend to release the entire series and are doing so at a nice consecutive pace. Volume 2 picks up right where volume 1 ended, resuming from episode 5. Please check out our first review of Volume 1 to get an understanding of the plot and characters. Ok so picking up immediately after defeating the members of the biology club, Ryūko scolds Mako for being careless, but suddenly Mako is shot with numerous needles, sending Ryūko in a panic. Ryūko asks him if he belongs to a "Pervert club", but he tells her that he does not belong to any club and he stops Ryūko from transforming. Before he can finish Ryūko off, he is shot with a pin that pierces his hand, forcing him to retreat but not without warning Ryūko that he will fight her once again. The next day Ryūko and and Tsumugu fight each other, but he overpowers Ryūko, even when she transforms. Tsumugu then tells that Ryūko should hand over the Kamui to him and that Kamui are murderous parasites which kill their user but Ryūko blankly refuses to which he proceeds to kill her, but Senketsu telepathically threatens Tsumugu that if any harm shall befall Ryūko he will kill him, leaving Tsumugu surprised. He arrives at Aikurō's house and they talk a bit, while Ryūko thanks Senketsu for saving her tells him that he is her friend making him pleasantly surprised.
A mysterious sniper named Tsumugu Kinagase attempts to assassinate Ryūko, but is interrupted by the gardening club, who he manages to defeat. The next day, Ryūko confronts Tsumugu, who attacks her with needles that drain power from Goku Uniforms and Kamui, whilst they both come under attack by the gardening, rakugo and hyakunin-isshu clubs. With the clubs wiped out and Ryūko backed into a corner, Senketsu gives himself up to protect Ryūko, but Mako stands up to Tsumugu and returns Senketsu to Ryūko. At first Aikurō feigns innocence but after she shows him the picture of him and the man drinking he tells her that the person, Tsumugu Kinagase is a member of the Nudist Beach and that he was sent to fight Ryūko to test her abilities, but Ryūko does not believe his statements and leaves angrily. Ryūko manages to escape but accepts the fact that elite four aren't show offs and that they are tough as they come.
After learning of his connection with Tsumugu Kinagase, Ryūko tries to press Aikurō Mikisugi for more information, but does not get much outside of his organization's name, Nudist Beach. He has the advantage due to his fast eyesight reading all of Ryūko's moves, but Ryūko overcomes this by using a part of her uniform to block Uzu's vision, allowing her to defeat him and destroy his uniform. However, before Uzu can deliver the final blow, his Goku Uniform overheats due to him being more powerful than it can handle, giving Ryūko the opportunity to escape. These newer episodes I did notice were also much better paced than the earlier ones, still leaving room for character development. We really begin to see Ryūko fleshed out and becoming far more developed, she is now an independent character and an icon of strength.
Hearing about how many students have been starting their own clubs in order to become eligible to get better uniforms, and thus better living rights, Ryūko decides to start her own Fight Club, assigning Mako as the club president to handle all the paperwork and meetings. As Ryūko increases the club's reputation by defeating other club presidents, Mako manages to earn a One-Star Goku Uniform, upgrading the Mankanshoku family to a better apartment. Just as Ryūko decides to resign from the Fight Club, Satsuki gives Mako a Two-Star Goku Uniform, telling her to defeat Ryūko if she wants to keep her life of luxury. Ryūko decides to take the brunt of Mako's attacks, which leads to Mako eventually realizing the error of her ways, deciding to disband the Fight Club and return to her life in the slums. The end of this volume left myself in suspense and anticipation for volume 3, Madman will be releasing it in March of 2015, until then I was highly impressed by a stronger volume and really look forward to seeing which direction it goes next.
Blu-Ray Special Features
Madman have included the usual extras, we get to see an uninterrupted title page with no text. It works really well as a music video by itself. Also we get a collection of web promotions for the series.