In Z/X Ignition, modern day Japan has had 5 strange black spheres called Black Points appear across it, each connecting to a world associated with a different colour: red, blue, green, white, and black. From these spheres, creatures given the title ‘Z/X’ (short for Zillions of Enemy X) begin appearing, able to maintain their existence on Earth by drawing power from the ‘Black Points’, thus ensuring they’re not able to go too far from them. That is, until something called a Card Device is created, allowing a person to supply energy to a Z/X in lieu of the Black Points.
Five years have passed, and the city of Kobe has lived in relative peace due to it being far from the nearest Black Point – the one associated with the White World. Our main character, Tennoji Asuka, lives in a dorm in this city, relatively unconcerned with the Z/X problem, until one day he is given a Card Device along with a warning about some unspecified impending doom…
Nagi No Asakura tells the story of an alternate Earth… one in which humanity originated from the Oceans, possessing an outer layer of skin known as ‘Ena’ that enables them to function underwater. Some time long before our story takes place, humans who longed for the surface shed this layer and began life on land, still paying homage to the Sea God. As our story begins, those still living underwater and those who live on land have begun to become somewhat estranged, and many of those on land no longer revere the Sea God.
As we enter, our four main characters have had their school closed and are forced to attend school on the surface despite living in the sea. This event is, of course, the catalyst behind the entire story.
Writing during the past weekend was a bit difficult, so I’m a little behind on a few things. Most notably, this article! But let’s get started, shall we? After a rather hectic last few weeks of March, we’re moving into another fairly quiet month.
I know I’m a bit late in talking about this one, but I wasn’t able to watch it for a while. Having finally watched all 12 episodes of the first arc of Kill la Kill, I’m struggling to write a review of a show that is this unique. Kill la Kill stares Ryuko Matoi, a young lady who is a bit of a delinquent. She comes home to see her father murdered and goes on a search to find the murderer - recognizable because half of the weapon used to kill him, a giant pair of scissors, was left behind. Her search leads her to Honnouji Academy, a school that is controlled in virtually every way by the student council led by Satsuki Kiryuin.
It’s a fairly straightforward premise, but nothing else about this show is. Kill la Kill uses absurdity and a rather crude take on humour to provide commentary on several very interesting and intelligent issues, but never in a straightforward enough way as to feel controversial. It isn’t breaking any new ground, but it’s still very interesting to such an interesting way of exploring these issues. It reminds me a lot of Angel Beats except with a much broader reach.