With all the recent uproar over the fanservice (in the form of near nudity) in KILL la KILL, I just want to try to put things in perspective. My personal stance, so far, is that I’m not particularly bothered by it. Mind you, this is coming from someone who is usually sensitive to fanservice and is often the first to complain when it rears its ugly head. This is really a rare case in which it seems so many people are up in arms about the fanservice in a show and I’m not!
The way I see it, KILL la KILL is an equal opportunity offender. By that, I don’t even mean that there’s male nudity as well as female nudity (although there is). What I mean is that there is a veritable slew of significantly objectionable material on display here, and the nudity is only one part of it. And for some reason, that’s the thing that everyone’s latched onto as what makes them uncomfortable about KILL la KILL. Well, I suppose that’s the one thing that’s most in-your-face.
But how about the Nazi-like student council? Is that funny? Did you think the execution of the thieving student was funny? Did you laugh when those poor kids fell into the boiling oil? A schoolteacher making sexual advances toward a student – is that a laughing matter?
By rights, none of that should be funny. At all. But did you laugh?
If your answer is “no”, I can totally understand. Some things just shouldn’t be joked about. But if that’s the case, you really shouldn’t be watching KILL la KILL. Similarly, if you feel that fanservice is always disgusting, regardless of the context, this kind of show isn’t for you.
I don’t know what it says about me, but my answer is “yes.” KILL la KILL is not intended to be taken seriously. It’s a fun, bombastic thrill ride full of lolwtf moments and it’s crazy enough to make light of, well, just about anything. And yes, a sentient uniform literally forces itself on a teenage girl. I have no problem with that.
(Streaming at Crunchyroll)