If someone told me years ago that I would watch an anime about a girl wearing a school uniform that talks, to fight people with super powers that they gained from said uniforms I would have laughed in their faces. I would have laughed even harder hearing that she uses a “scissor blade” to cut down her enemy’s clothes. During the Fall 2013 anime season, that very thing happened. The main character, Ryuuko, was defeating enemies by stripping them of their clothes before it was cool. Talking to you, Akiba’s Trip!
Here is a quick synopsis of KLK. Ryuuko Matoi, our main character, finds her father murdered. She has only one clue: the missing half of the Scissor Blade he created. This lead takes her to a school sitting at the top of the city called Honnouji Academy. The school is ruled by Satsuki Kiryuuin, the student council president, and the Elite Four. No, I am not talking about Pokemon but man it would be interesting to see Ryuuko and Ashe switch places! Most of the students of the school have to fight for “Goku Uniforms”, which grant superhuman abilities to the user. After being defeated by someone with the Goku uniform, Ryuuko runs back to her home only to find a uniform that throws itself onto her after tasting her blood. With this new uniform and her scissor blade, Ryuuko will work her way up to defeating the Elite Four and Satsuki to find her father’s killer.
Crazy story. I apologize for the not so quick synopsis. This series is one of kind. The only series I can really compare it to is Gurren Laggen, for obvious reasons. Studio Trigger is no stranger to creating some very over the top, insane and ridiculous anime. If you are very new to Trigger, I strongly advise checking out Space Patrol Luluco. That series is just a sample of everything Trigger wrapped into one short series.
KLK oozes fanservice. This can be a huge turn off to many anime fans. Usually people will see fanservice at the beginning of a series and run for the hills. With KLK it gets increasingly worse as the story unravels. To someone like me, this isn’t a deal breaker. Especially if it is used for comedic relief (which it usually is). Some might feel that KLK is over-saturated with it but I say give it a shot! You may find it hilarious as I did versus feeling offended, as long as you aren’t the overly sensitive type.
Now that we got some of the “negatives” out of the way, I’d like to tell you why you should give KLK your attention. Hiroyuki Imaishi, the director of this series, has a very distinguished resume. Most notably before the release of KLK, he was lead animator for a very popular series you may know as Neon Genesis Evangelion. Also, to huge battle anime/manga buffs you will find a ton homages to some classics. You may also find that KLK has some of the best magical girl transformations you will find(even if it is full of boob physics and elastic snapping to other areas *wink*).
The action scenes of KLK. were in a league of their own. At the time of it’s release, there was nothing like it. Each episode brings the series to a new level of insanity, but who doesn’t love chaos? You get any type of scenario you can think of ranging from a tennis match to battles in space.
You are guaranteed to have a great ride watching this series. Granted this series may not be for everyone but if you can get through the first episodes, you will be rewarded kindly. Don’t lose your way! All seriousness, check this series out and let me know what you think. Like and comment and also please check out weekly podcast!