Conclusion: Blood Rain on Your Wedding Day

I’ve enjoyed the Gamako ship, but I realized what a threat it posted to my reading of Kill la Kill. If the last episode ends with a Gamako wedding, how effective will the show have been at showing an ideological war between parasite singles and their meddling mother? I probably would have excused it as being a “good wedding” as opposed to the more exploitative type Ragyo represents, but hey, the show does me a favor by never going there. Sorry Gamagoori. We still love you.

Let’s review how the ending ties into the themes I believe the show already expressed.

Right from the bat, Ragyo's nice enough to state her symbolism to the audience.

Right from the bat, Ragyo’s nice enough to state her symbolism to the audience.

Even the phallic symbols are feminine. An ocean of blood envelops the lipstick.

Even the phallic symbols are feminine. An ocean of blood envelops the lipstick.

Ragyo clearly reads her mission of forcing her daughters to marry as a mother's true role.

Ragyo clearly reads her mission of forcing her daughters to marry as a mother’s true role.

Anything else is simply AGAINST NATURE.

Anything else is simply AGAINST NATURE.

Mako suggests another possibility...

Mako suggests another possibility…

But Ryuuko herself doesn't quite fit into easy categories.

But Ryuuko herself doesn’t quite fit into easy categories.

Ryuuko acknowledging her adolescence that has occurred throughout the show? Acceptance of her body completes the arc.

Ryuuko acknowledging her adolescence that has occurred throughout the show? Acceptance of her body completes the arc.

Disappointed and defeated, Ragyo chooses to merge with the essential feminine that is Nui.

Disappointed and defeated, Ragyo chooses to merge with the essential feminine that is Nui.

Coupla ways to read this.

Coupla ways to read this.

Fight for the parasite singles, Ryuuko!

Fight for the parasite singles, Ryuuko!

The date is an opportunity for self-expression outside of the confining "wife and mother" role.

The date is an opportunity for self-expression outside of the confining “wife and mother” role.

Equality through nudity. Now Nudist Beach is the most clothed of all.

Equality through nudity. Now Nudist Beach is the most clothed of all.

Satsuki's hair is short - traditionally associated with married women. Moving on from the Kiryuuins? The cost of her use of Junketsu? Or just out of the marriage market?

Satsuki’s hair is short – traditionally associated with married women. Moving on from the Kiryuuins? The cost of her use of Junketsu? Or just out of the marriage market?

Sorry Gamagoori. Mako wins. But look on the bright side - if this were Gurren Lagann, you'd be dead!

Sorry Gamagoori. Mako wins. But look on the bright side – if this were Gurren Lagann, you’d be dead!

It’s a happy end, with both Mako and Ryuuko and Satsuki able to define roles for themselves. Having grown up in her mother’s (and father’s) shadows, Satsuki must learn how to be herself for herself. Ryuuko has accepted her social and physical changes, and Mako is the driving force of the universe.

As the end settles in, and people re-evaluate the show from the beginning, I hope to look more into the ideas Kill la Kill presented.

Even though it’s disappointing there never were any pink hi-tops.

5 Responses to Conclusion: Blood Rain on Your Wedding Day

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  2. Beautiful articles.

    I have to say, for myself the only real female trouble I had with the show was the weird rape vibe Senketsu gives off when they first meet and then another ep I can’t number offhand.

    I, of course, don’t know if it’s the translation, intention or just me.

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  5. patriarchal landmine

    actually, I kinda felt the opposite.

    how did ryuko so easily fall into the mind control spell of being married in the first place.

    in her own words, it’s because she said it made her happy. she only escapes because she is given a better reason to leave: her hatred of her mother. grinding her mom into hamburger made her happier than living a life of contentment and peace (in the short term, anyway, she does seem content at the end of the series).

    the first half of the series shows clips of ryuko around town during the end credit sequences. one clip is her looking at a wedding dress. the desire was already inside her. is an end credit sequence relevant to the actual characterization? maybe not. but to me, it speaks volumes.

    perhaps she doesn’t really want to be married, perhaps she just wants a wedding. but getting into fights does not make her happier.

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