nakashima kazuki


Shinagawa Hirokis (品川 宏樹) illustrations for the light novels of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (天元突破グレンラガン), which was written by Kazuki Nakashima (中島 かずき), screenwriter of the series, as well as KILL la KILL ! 

Satsuki Name Origin

In an interview Nakashima said that “Satsuki” originally meant “killing spirit”, written like 殺気 (kanji for “kill/murder” (satsu) and “spirit/will” (ki)) instead of 皐月. But he changed that considering the fact that Satsuki was supposed to be a “double heroine”, saying that 殺気 would be too inhumane. (It still sounds the same though.)

He chose 鬼龍院 “Kiryuuin” as her surname because of its similarity to 着る (“kiru”), which means “to wear”. In the beginning the name was only 鬼龍 (“Kiryuu”) but it sounded really bad so he added 院 (“in”). 

Source: KlK guidebook Kamui Bansho

Things you need to know about KILL la KILL:
  • Yoh Yoshinari (animator) single handedly sketched, designed and created the first OP because no one in Studio Trigger were free to do it, it sacrificed a whole day of not eating and pure determination to complete it.
  • Nui is designed it a sense where the designer commented that “It would be fun if Nui is designed to look spooky or scary”. The first draft was sort of rejected because she looked far too sadistic or ill-natured. 
  • By July 12, 2013, Animation for ep.1 is almost done, Kazuki Nakashima, the series composer (script writer) was requested to fix some parts for ep.7 by the director because the director faces some problems advancing the story.
  • The whole story and its script was already done a year before. So changes are done when needed.
  • Hiroyuki Imaishi (the director) personally supervised the animation for ep.3, and rejected some cuts because “it had too many movements”. The keyframe animator was surprised that he had to reduce the cuts ( usually it’s the other way round). Imaishi’s message to the keyframe animator: “Sorry”
  • The 1st OP animation post production is achieved in only 2 days! (Composite the cuts -> Color -> Send it to Sanzigen for video production and effects -> Put in music -> Broadcast).
    Imaishi commented that this particular process is the biggest hurdle of the whole KLK process.

EVERYTHING was mentioned on the “KILL la KILL Making Of” Documentary

Inumuta Houka: A character analysis

If you know me for any amount of time, you would know that I love Houka Inumuta. He’s obviously pretty cute and well designed and I have a type for pretty asshole characters, but when people ask me why I actually like him, I have a hard time explaining it. In truth, I think he’s a very interesting character, for several different reasons. This character analysis is kind of me trying to truly and completely explain all the different aspects of him that I really like and also maybe bring light to what he’s like as a character since the majority of the klk fandom either ignores him or makes him just the ‘tech guy’.

(look at this smile he’s so cute but anyway let’s begin)

Keep reading

The latest Kill la Kill (キルラキル) poster in Newtype Magazine (08/2014) illustrated by Sushio (すしお). The back of the poster is an extensive Kill la Kill feature, with a studio walk-through interview with Sushio and Ryuko’s voice actress Ami Koshimizu (小清水亜美) as well as a talk about what’s coming up in episode #25 with creator Kazuki Nakashima (中島かずき) and storyboard & episode director Akira Amemiya (雨宮哲).


Stay tuned next time for the eventual conclusion.

anonymous asked:

Kazuki Nakashima (one of the creators of KLK) said in this month's NewType that the second half of Ambiguous is Satsuki singing to Ryuuko and that Satsuki and Ryuuko yearned to connect to each other before the sister reveal.

oh my fucking god, i knew all the GARNiDELiA songs are full of Ryuko la Satsuki


Reasons the Kill la Kill voice actors are the best ever.

Here’s a couple of my favorite quotes from the Anime Expo talk sessions and Q and A panels featuring Ami Koshimizu (Ryuko’s VA) and Ryoka Yuzuki (Satsuki’s VA)

“Who’s your favorite character that’s not your own?”
Ami: “Onee-san…Onee-san…hey onee-san…”
Ryoka: “Ryu—-Ryu—-Nonon!”
Ami: “Eeeeeh??”
Ryoka: “And what about you?”
Ami: “My favorite character is Satsuki.”
Ryoka: “But what about Senketsu??”

“Can you recite your favorite line from the show?”
Ryoka: “RYUKO MATOI!!!!”

“What’s your favorite episode?”
Ami: “Episode 4, the no tardy to school day”
Ryoka: “Oh. That was my least favorite. I didn’t get to be in it and everyone else looked like they were having a lot of fun. My favorite was episode 20, when I got to show up wearing Senketsu. It was like I stole someone else’s boyfriend.”

“Can you recite Satsuki’s opening lines?”
*She stands up and starts pointing wildly at the audience*
*instantly switches back to her normal voice*
Ryoka: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to insult you. That was all Satsuki!”

“Are there traits of your character that you can see in yourself?”
Ryoka: “Hmmm…”
Ami: “You look like Satsuki.”
Ryoka: “Yes, I do have rather thick eyebrows. ”
Kazuki Nakashima: “I think the entire cast is quite similar to their characters.”
Ami: “What?? I’m not gangster!!”
Kazuki: “You’re the most gangster of us all!”

“What was one difficult part of voice acting?”
Ryoka: “There were times when I was really doubting myself and my ability to portray Satsuki. During those times, it was always the actors who play the Elite Four who really encouraged me and insisted that I was their Satsuki Sama.”
Ami: “Particularly Nonon?”
Ryoka: “Yes, especially Nonon. Nonon actually gave me a tool to help me sculpt my eyebrows.”

And a couple quotes from the artist Sushio. Because Sushio.

“So, what did you think of the English dub?”
Sushio: “I thought the animation was really great!”

“How did you come up with the outfit designs?”
Sushio: “I just sat there and meditated and then came up with it.”
*Ami stands up, gesturing to the rather revealing Sensetsu that she’s wearing*
Ami: “You thought of this when you were meditating??”
Sushio: “Yup.”

Unfortunately, merely writing out what they said in no way captures their facial expressions and interactions. Those were golden. Ami in particular was super adorably expressive ^^

Also, Eir Aoi KILLED it in her concert!!