If I were to sum up this whole series in a sentence it would go like this: “A group of over-developed students with family issues who cannot decide if they should dress or not” (Those who watched it might catch on). Of course the show’s plot goes way deeper than just that. Let’s start off with the main character, Ryuko Matoi.
Ryuko is an exchange student who transferred into the Honnouji Academy where she meets her one and only friend throughout the series, Mako Mankanshoku, and the student council president Satsuki Kiryuin, alongside with many other school club presidents. Matoi has recently lost her father to an unknown murderer’s action leaving behind Matoi’s future weapon, half of the scissor blade longsword embedded in his body, and she suspects the Academy’s faculty is involved. This school functions under special uniforms called Goku Uniforms made from “Life Fibers” which end up being the main cause for most of the conflict. Because on the Rims of the Academy there’s a secret force called the Nudist Beach who is completely opposed to the mass production of the Goku Uniforms since the school principal, Ragyo Kiryuin, seeks to dominate the world by manipulating Life Fibers. So Ryuko’s purpose is to avenge her father’s death by defeating the other scissor blade half’s owner who may possibly be associated with Ragyo. And did I forget to mention Ryuko finds a talking sailor uniform under her house that feeds on her blood? Don’t worry, they become really good friends.
The series kept me glued to the screen 24/7. I’ve never series so quickly, running in 24 episodes. One of the best factors I enjoyed the continuous action and plot twists offer you. Though, I three really important aspects that I personally consider flaws. The plot and character development seemed too vast for 24 episodes, but the producers at Trigger had to fit it in. Also, most characters encountered themselves in dead-end situations but they were constantly granted with power-ups, one after another. And although the anime itself had plausible reasons to why they showed so much skin, there’s enough fan service to make some watchers uncomfortable. I personally believe two of these flaws could’ve never even a problem if the production would have gotten the possibility to extend the run time.
But overall, it’s an anime you have to experience and draw your own personal conclusion. Every viewer has different opinion about it but the intense moments in the story and amazing fight scenes complemented with a range of colors and decent camera angles are details that kept me watching and series a strong 6/10.