There’s this quote from Hayao Miyazaki that I really like to take to heart, as both a writer myself and as a lover of fiction.
It goes like this:
Hayao Miyazaki: I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where they two mutually inspire each other to live—if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love. (x)
Against all my expectations, Kill la Kill ended up being the type of show that managed to get pretty damn close to this “true expression of love” that Miyazaki describes. Because unlike the generic action shounen with generic monster-of-the-week battles that I’d initially written the series off to be, Kill la Kill is, at its heart, not really about the fighting. It’s a character-driven story, and a story dedicated to the relationships between these characters.
You could probably make an argument that there’s some true lovin’ going on with a lot of the relationships the show explores, but the purpose of this post is to make an argument for just one: the relationship between Ryuko and Senketsu.