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Trigger’s First TV Anime Kill la Kill Turns 10

Trigger’s First TV Anime Kill la Kill Turns 10Ready to feel old? Kill la Kill, the first televised anime series from Studio Trigger, just turned a decade old.

Man, it feels like that wacky, amazing show just aired the other week!

Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, the 24-episode series traced delinquent schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi and her talking, transforming sailor school uniform as they fought for revenge for her father’s death. Yeah, it’s weird!

To celebrate, Trigger tweeted a (new?) Kill la Kill illustration by SUSHiO and thanked the fans for their long support of the series. There’s also a bit of a pun in the Japanese: 10-year anniversary is usually written 十周年, but they’ve switched out the middle character, writing 十襲年. It’s pronounced the same, but means something like “tenth year of attack.”

Now that I think about it, I haven’t watched the series since it aired. Maybe this is a good excuse! Folks who enjoyed recent Trigger productions like Promare or Cyberpunk who haven’t seen Kill la Kill yet: you’re in for a treat.

Here’s the official description of the show via Aniplex:

Honnouji Academy, a school ruled by students clad in special outfits called Goku Uniforms. Deriding the student body as “pigs in human clothing,” Student Council President Satsuki Kiryuin, along with her loyal lieutenants, the Elite Four, takes absolute control of the entire campus. One day, a vagrant schoolgirl named Ryuko Matoi appears and tries to get Satsuki, who recognizes her Scissor Blade, to talk. Was their encounter mere coincidence, or was it fate? The clash between the two will soon consume the whole academy!

Source: Trigger

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.