Review: KILL la KILL Volume 1 Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray

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Not to sound bias, but KILL la KILL is one of my favorite animes to air in the past couple years. With that in mind, I will remain truthful and righteous to the nerd code. So what we have here is the first four episodes on both Blu-ray and DVD, brought to the US by Aniplex. The box also contains some goodies any KlK fan would greatly appreciate.

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, you’re missing out on an adventure full of action, plot twists, amazing animation, and the first female protagonist that doesn’t annoy or take away from the plot in years. Not to mention the costumes, that to my great approval, have been so popular with cosplayers everywhere.

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Synopsis (No Spoilers)

KILL la KILL is centered around a series of events at the prestigious Honouji Academy. But this isn’t some ordinary school ( I know it sounds cliche so far, just bear with it), Honouji Academy is a school with super-powered humans, wearing “Goku” uniforms which range in stars to signify their strength. But the uniforms need to be earned, since they are the true source of strength.

Satsuki Kiryuin (my favorite female character of all time) is the headmistress, owner, and overlord of this peculiar establishment. Our heroine, Ryuko Matoi, while on the hunt for her father’s killer has stepped into Satsuki’s realm. Insane battles, skimpy uniforms, and a plot deeper than any you’ve encountered, will have you marathon-ing the series in one night.

Contents and Price

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Retail: $74.98
Online Order: $59.98

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Subtitles: English & Spanish
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: Episodes 1-4
  • Number of Disc: 3 Discs (Blu-ray, DVD and Soundtrack CD)
  • Total Run Time: Approx. 100 min.
  • Rating: 16 UP

Bonus Contents

  • Textless Openings
  • Web Version Previews

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Rearrange & Remix Soundtrack CD by HIROYUKI SAWANO
  • Postcard Set
  • Double-sided Poster

Video

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While enjoying the episodes to their fullest in Blu-ray, I also took a look at the DVD version and noticed that the difference isn’t quite noticeable, aside from the audio, but we’ll get to that in a bit. Originally watching the series on Crunchyroll in 1080p, the picture quality increase is close to negligible on the DVD version. The Blu-ray version, however, will give you a smoother conversion, which with a fast paced anime such as this makes quite the difference in epic fight scenes.

Audio

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This is where DVD and especially Blu-ray make a significant difference. While the box doesn’t state that Dolby surround is available, I was indeed able to watch it in full, glorious, surround sound. Swords clashing, Satsuki yelling, everything echoed throughout my living room, putting me smack dab in the middle of Honouji Academy.

Sadly, while the original soundtrack gave new meaning to epic themes, the remixed versions simply fall flat in comparison to their predecessors. nZk, while talented, toned down the music for an anime all about a fast paced story, with faster paced action. I do wish that the original soundtrack was instead included, but may be in future volumes.

The English dubs are quite legit. My favorite among the new voices has to be Mako’s. Her actress caught the same bubbly, persevering personality that was originally so well portrayed. The dubbed version will have you re-watching the series with a cast comprised of great talent such as:

  • Carrie Keranen – Satsuki (Mami Tomoe – Madoka Magika)
  • Erica Mendez – Ryuko (Alladin – Magi)
  • Christine Marie Cabanos – Mako (Silica – Sword Art Online)

Final Reaction

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KILL la KILL has become my new “anime-noob” intro to the wonderful world of Japanese animation. With Blu-ray quality audio and video, newcomers and veterans alike will enjoy this anime to it’s fullest. While I do wish that more Volumes were available, the first four episodes will suffice the lust for more of a show that kept me on edge from start to finish. It’s an absolute buy for any fan of the show, if not for the extra web content and postcards alone.

5/5 Atoms

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That being said, can we please see more alpha female protagonists without crappy love stories?

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