Warning: angry rambling ahead. You have been warned.
Kat Bailey from IGN wrote an article describing Kill la Kill as “a magical girl anime on speed”. This is the same person who described Devil Survivor 2 as “Neon Genesis strategy”, claiming that DS2 was inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion (it’s totally not, and she has completely misinterpreted Evangelion’s religious symbolism).
That is the absolute worst way to describe Kill la Kill. Magical girl anime? I really wonder what her definition of “magical girl anime” is. If it is because of the battle transformations, then by the same logic, all sentai shows like Power Rangers would also technically be classified as “magical girl (with magical boys)”.
I really, really do not want to shame a fellow game writer like Bailey — we should all be helping each other become better writers with constructive feedback. But it pains my heart that so many people like her are still misinterpreting Kill la Kill. First, the whole incident about Ryuko’s costume at last year’s AFA, and now, magical girl anime?
Ryuko Matoi, from badass protagonist of Kill la Kill, to magical girl. I need to lie down and cry for awhile.