Bakuzan

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Another moment when Satsuki’s sister senses were tingling. Even though she didn’t know they were related yet, she still shows up and stops Nui from killing Ryuko. At this point, Satsuki probably didn’t even value or need Ryuko anymore. Senketsu was chopped up and she would be useless without him (at least to Satsuki), so keeping Ryuko alive would be pointless. Instead, she shows up ready to just straight up kill Nui.

Satsuki: There’s only one way to deal with those who choose to disobey my orders.

Nui: Oh my gosh. Now what could that be?

Satsuki: *unsheathes bakuzan* The blood purge. Prepare yourself!! 

 At that point, Satsuki was just tired of Nui always screwing up her master plan with her psychopathic whims.

Satsuki still scolds Ryuko for making her have to go all the way over to the slums to save her neck by calling her, “Pathetic”. Then she snatches all the leftover pieces of Senketsu.

She could have just left her to Nui’s nonexistent mercy, but no. She, unknowingly, saves her lil’ sis in her time of need.

aguagi  asked:

What do you think about Satsuki entrusting Ryuuko with Bakuzan at the end of the Raid trip? She didn't know Ryuuko was just going to hand it back to her right then and there, and she needed Bakuzan to enact vengeance upon Ragyou during the Great Sports and Culture Festival. Do you see it as Satsuki finally acknowledging Ryuuko as an equal (and not at the moment when she confessed her shortcomings on the Naked Sol) and entrusting Ryuuko in coming to her aid later? (1/2)

That is, she gives Ryuuko her sword, creating an unspoken honorable bond between them. From what she knows, only life fibers can kill life fibers, and Bakuzan is currently the only life fiber weapon she has besides Junketsu, which showed a very limited range of transformative use as a lance. Did she expect Ryuuko to hand back Bakuzan and fight beside her as equals once she backstabbed Ragyou? Or for Ryuuko to attack Ragyou and Satsuki backstabs her (Ragyou) while she was distracted? (2/2)

Satsuki: As long as there is breath left in me, Satsuki Kiryuin has a chance at victory!

The way I see it, Satsuki is a character who has devoted her entire life to stopping Ragyo—and this shows. Satsuki’s plans have none of the impulsive, spur-of-the-moment, let’s-see-how-reckless-we-can-be qualities that her sister’s do, because unlike Ryuko, Satsuki is immensely thoughtful and methodical, and she takes care to consider every possibility.

And it is good to be well-prepared, of course, but Satsuki takes her strategizing to such an extreme that it makes her cold. While Ryuko is ultimately able to fight Satsuki to a draw at the end of the Raid Trip because she puts her complete and utter faith in Senketsu—even without having a clue about what he intends to do!—prior to the reveal that Ryuko is her sister, I struggle to see Satsuki make a similar choice. There is nothing sensible about wholeheartedly trusting someone as Ryuko does, and up until Satsuki’s change of heart later in the series, her priority is to behave in ways that make sense to reach her objective—even if making sense can be harsh, detached, distancing, and, as she puts it herself, even if it makes her a villain.

So, when it comes to relying on and believing in others, Satsuki is highly lacking—in fact, it’s her greatest flaw, and what she herself acknowledges as her greatest flaw in her confession on the Naked Sol in episode 22. While she certainly expects people to help her in her goals, Satsuki is careful to never particularly count on it at first, because to count on somebody else would be to trust them… and that’s dangerous. Unknown. Illogical. Reckless.

Satsuki: If you [Ryuko] won’t like my way, I will fight you afterward.

And while Satsuki’s hesitance to trust can be seen in how she treats her Elite Four (and particularly Uzu, who blinds himself due to her horrible manipulation), this quality is probably most obvious and overt in her behavior towards Ryuko. Not only is it her poor treatment of Ryuko that pushes Satsuki to reconsider her actions, but Satsuki also blatantly never counts on Ryuko to fight for her cause, which she even notes directly: if Ryuko doesn’t want to help, Satsuki’ll just fight her, too. Satsuki may urge Ryuko to be on her side because she acknowledges that Ryuko’s aid would be useful, but she never, ever lets herself especially rely on Ryuko as an ally—well, before her big realization, anyway!

Satsuki: I shall leave Bakuzan in your [Ryuko’s] care. To mark today’s battle.

Ryuko (tossing Bakuzan back to Satsuki): Kiryuin.

Satsuki: What?

So, when Satsuki entrusts Ryuko with Bakuzan at the end of the Raid Trip (episode 15), I would argue that Satsuki is absolutely not holding out on the hope that Ryuko would use the sword to help her out later. She’d like Ryuko to lend a hand, but she’s not going to count on it.

Satsuki’s inability to trust Ryuko at this point is only furthered by her shocked reaction when Ryuko tosses Bakuzan back to her. The return is something Satsuki absolutely did not expect from Ryuko, because doing so is a sign of trust—exactly what Satsuki can’t do. The English dub especially pushes this idea, with Ryuko justifying her action by saying, “You seriously think I don’t trust you?”

But what’s interesting about this scene is how, well, nonsensically Satsuki behaves. Here I’ve been yapping about how sensible Satsuki is, but there’s really nothing sensible about leaving your weapon with your enemy—and definitely not when, as you pointed out, that weapon is pretty crucial to your goals!

While I wouldn’t say that Satsuki sees Ryuko as an equal yet (as Satsuki still doesn’t trust her), I would say that the act of giving up Bakuzan is a sign of honor and respect. Satsuki may be manipulative, deceitful, and tyrannical at this point in the story, but she won’t play dirty—even if it makes things a whole heck of a lot harder on herself. No matter what, Satsuki will be true to her word, and more than that, she’ll treat her “enemies” humanely.

And while I don’t think Satsuki giving Ryuko Bakuzan totally destroys her plans—remember, she has some Bakuzan toenails, so she clearly considered that she’d lose her sword along the way, and as pictured at the top of this post, she’ll do whatever it takes to stop Ragyo as long as she still lives—this moment at the end of the Raid Trip is a good one for her character because it emphasizes that Satsuki is not her mother. 

Though Satsuki utilizes similar methods as Ragyo to get what she wants, Ragyo would never display the kind of respect and honor that Satsuki does here. All Ragyo cares about is her own goal, and while Satsuki may even think she’s the same, she’s not. Satsuki has humanity, she cares about human life, and as she shows later, she’s willing to change—and willing to embrace the nonsensical that she would once only dare show shades of.

anonymous asked:

Bro, you seem to like berserk!Ryuko, have you seen the beta designs for Berserk!Ryuko from the new klk art book b/c they're hella cool. Here's the link artbooksnat(.)tumblr(.)com/post/127255520018/kill-la-kill-concept

i’m glad that sushio didn’t go with one of the previous ones because they are all a design mess

ryuuko’s berserker design is near perfect because there are logical explanations for just about everything

1.) Her left eye lacks a solid pupil because Senketsu’s left eye fills that role. If he had both eyes when she went berserk she’d effectively be blind and forced to see the world through Senketsu’s eyes (and mind you, this is when he’s crazed, so it’s not a good thing).

2.) The arm is larger on the left because of the Sekki tekko.Which brings me to the third point

3.) Arm fusing with weapon. This could happen to Satsuki too with the Bakuzan. Without the weapon, being in the same red bloody state as her right leg

4.) Bloody legs since the majority of Senketsu’s fabric is being used for the arms.

5.) Literally losing her head lol. Going against the idiom to keep one’s  head on one’s shoulders.

I haven’t exactly figured out why the spikes are only on one leg. I was hoping the rough designs would give me an insight but it obviously hasn’t. I’m guessing it’s to give a more asymmetrical and thus disturbing design element to it, created with the rest of Senketsu’s teeth that dont make up the skirt. I’m also guessing it might be because the Sekki Tekko is on the left (and therefor it reached her left leg much quicker and allowing deformities like that to form, whereas her right leg and arm are mostly untouched), and having the spikes on the right might give too much balance for someone who’s not supposed to be mentally stable enough to be balanced like that.

A lot of the designs in the original concepts were very haphazard and went more based on how cool a certain idea looked rather than the practicality of its berserker design in relation to Senketsu’s normal form. then again, that’s part of the process of concept design.

Anyway, that’s the stuff I took notice of when I was designing Berserker Satsuki

KlK Drama CD 4
KlK Drama CD 4

Aniplex posted the first 10 minutes of the forth KlK drama CD, apparently it’s about what happened after Satsuki destroyed the Ragyo stadium with that explosion. 

What I find most interesting is that after the devas found the remains of Bakuzan but no Satsuki, Uzu was furious and wanted to go and search for Satsuki immediately but was stopped by Nonon. Uzu was like wtf you don’t wanna rescue Satsuki and Nonon got really mad at him shouting OF COURSE I WANT but Satsuki said that if her plan was to fail their top priority has to be to help the citizens. Nonon loves Satsuki so much she was willing to do what mattered to Satsuki rather than following her own desire to go and find Satsuki… HOW COULD NAKASHIMA DO THIS TO MY FRAGILE KOKORO

There was also a part where Nonon calls the Dotonbori Robo “shiri marudashi” and Aikuro snapping back “DTR!!!!!” lol.

And Ragyo was very pissed at Satsuki omg I do not wish to hear what torture she had to endure during the month that followed oO