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Ryuko is actually Kinue, Tsumugu's older sister
Iori was a very sickly child.He wears a mask and a Two-Star Uniform because he has a low tolerance for Life Fibers after being constantly bedridden throughout his childhood. It's also why he's so thin and short now.
Satsuki will eventually wield the other Scissor BladePossibly what's going on in the new opening, or maybe not. It's a chance. combine the two halves again (double points if the purple blade becomes a matching red) and cut Ragyo Kiryuinís head clean off. BecauseÖ
Mako will defeat Nui Harime.As silly as it sounds, Mako could have the potential to defeat Nui. Because of Mako's influence on Ryuko, she will become a more prominent target to Nui in order to completely destroy Ryuko, and repeat what happened in episode 12 if Senketsu is still there. In episode 13, She even knows to separate Mako from Ryuko before confronting her. However, a few small details found in episodes 5 and 7 may hint that Mako is stronger than she seems. She even manages to slap Ryuko in her berserk form! It's not very possible that Ryuko should be able to fight Nui again due to her psychological torment, but Mako has enough silliness in her that this might just work.
Mako helped defeat the clubs in Episode 5Some of the students were defeated by brooms. Brooms are not Tsumugu Kinagase's (who defeated the other students) schtick. Mako was cleaning the bathrooms that day...with a broom.
Mako is only Obfuscating StupidityShe's actually a real badass but only pretends to be an average no-star student because she doesnt want to conform to Satsuki's ideals.
Mako's putting up a happy front.In episode 5, she says that, if Ryuko could make friends with her, then surely she could make friends with a piece of clothing, which implies she sees herself as less than clothing. She also lives in the crappiest part of Honnouji with a mildly dysfunctional family. Granted, clothes are a huge deal in the world of KLK, but it's probably still unhealthy to think of oneself as worth less than an inanimate weapon.
The combined scissor blades will defeat Ragyo.With Bakuzan broken in episode 18 and Ryuko's single scissor blade described as less keen than that, having the whole scissor used to fight Ragyo seems like the only option in sight.
The monkey skull on her uniform is a hint that Nonon will try to kill Sanageyama at some point.His upgraded uniform may be insanely powerful, but Nonon's can utilize his one weakness: sensory overload. Alternatively, if she doesn't fight him head-on, she'll abandon him at a critical moment or otherwise arrange for him to be killed.
Satsuki will take up the other half of the scissor bladeOne of the most common WMGs is that Satsuki will join forces with Ryuko to take down the Bigger Bad of the series. So wouldn't it make sense to give Satsuki a weapon to match? Once Ryuko manages to defeat Niu, Satsuki will take up the blue half of the scissor blade and she and Ryuko will fight against REVOCS/Satsuki's Mother/whoever the Bigger Bad is.
Satsuki is a member (possibly the leader) of Nudist Beach, and no one knows it but Satsuki and whoever the leader is.She didn't seem to mind that Tsumugu was rampaging around her school and attacking her students. She probably sent Jakuzure to fight him to keep up appearances.
Harime Nui has physical control over Satsuki's bodyWhen Nui appears to break the 4th wall by reaching across the split-screen to toy with Satsuki's hair, it is only Nui's hand in the first shot. In the next shot of Satsuki, the hand playing with her hair is clearly not Nui's (she has pink frilly sleeves, whereas the new hand is bare). The first split-screen was a visual metaphor, and Satsuki's own hand is actually mimicking Nui's gesture against her will. This would explain why Gamagoori, Jakuzure and Inu were shocked even though they couldn't see the split-screen gag.
Sanageyama is Wrong Genre Savvy, and because of this, would eventually become a Battle Couple with Ryuko.I'm just telling what I typed in the CR forum, Sanageyama is the typical shounen hero, with tropes of being a male Japanese Delinquent with Anime Hair, Sports Captain, Power Armor/Mech Pilot, Blind Swordsman, The Rival to Ryuko, etc. However, because of this, he is not made for a world with powerful Action Girl(s) and Women with powerful Magical Girl Warrior outfits. The only tropes he hasn't had yet for the MGW genre are the romance tropes of being a Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold, Useless Boyfriend, and Battle Couple. Part of me that likes to ship kinda wants him to be a Love Interest and Battle Couple with Ryuko, but I think it's a bit unlikely with how Ryuko is too driven with fulfilling her revenge on her father's killer and other players behind his death, making her more of a Chaste Hero, although it's not impossible barring character death. So if he somehow wraps his resolve of accepting that he is not the shounen hero of this anime's universe and improve from there, I think that's how he could succeed.
Mako isn't human and is possibly immortalWhile Kill laKill is known for flaunting it's disregard of anything even remotely resembling the laws of physics, Mako takes this Up to Eleven with her absolutely bizzare antics. Alsom she never seems to worry about being killed, such as how when she was about to be boiled in oil she was worried about her clothes becoming see-through, or how she was worried about her stomach being sliced open and her lunch falling out. She also seems to have no concerns about dropping in to extremely dangerous situations, like the Ryuko vs Satsuki fight in episode three, or sitting next to pissed-off Elite Four members. All of these things suggest that Mako is not human, but something much more.
Mako's eyes hint that she has superhuman powersNotice how she has four-pointed stars in her eyes when she gets really enthusiastic? Perhaps those add to her "star rating" - i.e. when she wears a Two-Star Uniform, her overall power level is four stars, explaining how her attacks easily matched or exceeded any Three-Star uniform in the show. Could she be a Life Fiber hybrid or some other sort of test subject?
Mako is Nigh InvulnerableHer Skewed Priorities are because the punishments she faces can't actually hurt her much, even though they'd kill most people.
Satsuki is trying to shape Ryuko into her rival as a way to test herselfSatsuki is extremely dismissive of Ryuko's attitude and goals whenever they fight, but at the same time she also seems very eager to fight her, especially on an even level. So now I have the theory that Satsuki is trying to build Ryuko into an appropriate opponent to match herself. Satsuki's goals appear to be a kind of world domination where she reshapes the "pigs" of the world into something better, more befitting her vision, and Satsuki is the one to do this, due to her own clear mental, physical and philosophical superiority. However, if you have nothing (or no-one) appropriate to test yourself against, how can you be completely certain of your own superiority? The corrupt pigs of the world clearly are no match for her, and even those who became her Elite Four were no match for her, though they were worthy of joining her mission, and at this stage they're all too loyal to try and fight her or try to move her from her course. Now enter Ryuko, the only person who really seems to have the ability and the spirit to oppose Satsuki directly (even if for what Satsuki herself sees as petty reasons). She encourages Ryuko to become stronger, both to better her soldiers by giving them an enemy to work against, but also as a kind of measuring stick for herself. In her mind, Satsuki may picture Ryuko as her (potential) Worthy Opponent. If Satsuki can fight Ryuko on equal ground and prevail, it shows that her cause is the more righteous, and also difinitively proves that no one can surpass her. But if someone of equal or greater power can best her, then maybe her goals are as noble and pure as she thought. (Though Satsuki might not be self-aware enough to consider that last bit.)
The last Ryuko vs. Satsuki will end with a fist fight.And may be naked while doing so.
In the final battle Ryuko will fuse with SenketsuRather than wear him like she normally does she will fuse with him, their bodies will become one which will give them an enormous boost in power. It will be like her berserk form but much more elegant and with them firmly in control. It will be also a Deadly Upgrade because it will overwhelm Ryuko's nervous system and will start killing her. It was said that putting Life Fiber inside a living being overwhelms and kills them but at the same time Life Fiber can get much more energy. It stands to reason that fusion would grant Ryuko much greater power but at a risk of losing her life.
Satsuki will eventually kill Nui.Nui has been a thorn in Satsuki's side ever since she arrived on the scene. Satsuki went so far as to ban her from entering the Academy, and yet she continues to find ways to mess with her. Ragyo has explicitly stated that she is not planning to protect Nui from Satsuki. Further, it's entirely possible that Satsuki will end up wielding the blue half of the Scissor Blade, to cement her position as Ryuko's opposite number. The most likely chain of events leading to that scenario involves her going up against Nui and defeating her, possibly with Ryuko involved somehow.
Satsuki has other plans for the people who were trapped by the Goku uniforms during the festivalSince Honnouji is her fortress to fight COVERS, then it doesn't make sense to have her army be defeated/consumed by the Life Fibers. This means then that the special uniforms that they gave out for the festival don't actually work the way Ragyo thinks they do and the people inside aren't actually consumed. Rather, their designed to some how give Satsuki and Honnouji some other advantage against COVERS.
Satsuki is angry with Ryuko because she sees the girl as a wasteful, petty Born WinnerBear with me please because this is going to be a bit long. The things Satsuki respects the most in a person is resolve, strong-will and spirit. What she holds in contempt is weakness and hedonism, wallowing in debauchery and pleasure. As far as we can tell she actually lives a nearly ascetic lifestyle. The only pleasure we have seen her engage in is drinking Soroiís tea and even that seems to be bitter with no sugar added. We have not seen her eat sweets, engage in any form of entertainment, itís almost as if she shunned worldly pleasures altogether. Even her room in the tower is almost bare and bath facilities seem to only have a simple shower, something incomparably more modest than the Kiryuin Manor bath or Two Star baths. During his fight with Ryuko, Gamagoori stated that "Satsukiís form is forged of her iron-will and well-trained body". At first glance it seems like a hypocrisy he is using to defend Satsukiís exhibitionist appearance when she is using Junketsu. He is probably speaking the truth though. While we donít see it, Satsuki is probably training regularly and her training must be quite arduous to produce the results we see. It is altogether possible that she has been training since very young age. Altogether we get an image of an extremely focused and strong-willed woman who eschewed all kinds of pleasures and focused solely on her goal. She abandoned everything else. Now we get Ryuko, a girl who pretty much fell into power, she got Scissor Blade from her father, a weapon that is only marginally inferior to Satsukiís Bakuzan. Soon after that she got a powerful Kamui and could not only put it on but also use it easily. After her first fight with Satsuki she only continued to grow in power while Satsuki herself began to suffer from just wearing her Junketsu. And all Ryuko does with all of that power is trying to find the one who killed her father. From the point of view of Satsuki, who dedicated her life to stopping her mother and subjugating the Life Fiber, that is extremely petty. Here is a girl who possesses power comparable to Satsukiís, girl who pretty much got that power as a present and didnít have to go through hard training or hardships Satsuki endured and what does she do with all that power? Squander and waste it on something extremely petty.
Ryuko will, after killing Nui, learn how to Dual Wield with the purple Scissor BladeThis series already runs on Rule of Cool, so why not?
Satsuki will get a brand-new KamuiSatsuki may need a replacement due to Junketsu's theft by Ragyo, So she and Ryuko will go to Ryuko's old house and learn how to make a Kamui like Senketsu, but with Satsuki's DNA in the Life Fibers instead of Ryuko's
Ryuko will develop her own Holy Backlight later onSince she's a Kiryuin herself, she'll most likely gain one as part of some character development later on. As for the color, it'll be red, just like the highlights on her hair.
Gamagoori (and possibly the rest of the Elite Four) will start treating Ryuko like SatsukiSince The Reveal that Ryuko is Satsuki's younger sister the Elite Four will begin to treat Ryuko in a roughly similar way to their treatment of Satsuki, but Gamagoori will go overboard with it, calling her Ryuko-Sama, bowing to her, apologizing profusely for repeatedly trying to harm her and demanding to be punished for it, and doing all the things he does for Satsuki for Ryuko whether she likes it or not. This will, of course, be Played for Laughs.
Mako will befriend Satsuki in the same way she befriended RyukoWether she likes it or not. Once Mako decided she wants to be your friend, it's not like the other person really has a choice in the matter.
Mikisugi as Sanageyama's fatherThey both have similar hairstyles, and they both have glowing junk. Coincidence? I think NOT!!!
Satsuki and Takarada have more history than they acknowledgeAs heirs apparent to rival megacorporations, the two of them are arguably each others' only real peers, both clearly socially awkward in different ways and set apart from the rest of society by class and character. The garden party meeting they both downplay was more than that: it was in fact a brief, awkward adolescent romance, in which Satsuki - confused and consumed by self-loathing due to Ragyo's ongoing sexual abuse - latched onto Kaneo for companionship which none of her subordinates, even Nonon, could offer. Of course Satsuki's inability to embrace and/or express her emotions in a positive manner (due to Ragyo's molestation), together with their families' mutual enmity, soon drove them apart. Takarada, unaware of Satsuki's tragic history of abuse, did not understand, and Satsuki, still confused and afraid of her own sexuality, tried to forget the entire episode. Thus when they finally met again at Osaka, neither of them acknowledged their past. This explains why Takarada enthusiastically assists in organizing an operation to rescue someone who just destroyed everything he had - once he learned the full story about the pattern of psychological and physical abuse which his Satsuki has suffered, he forgave her and threw himself into rescuing the girl he once loved.
Tsumugu will use the Life Fiber Bullet to incapacitate RagyoThey still have that bullet and the situation is bad enough to warrant it's use. The best they can probably hope for is immobilizing or incapacitating Ragyo long enough to be able to escape from her.
Tsumugu will fly off the handle in the next episodes.Considering the reveal that not only is Ryuko Ragyo's daughter but she is also part life fiber Tsumugu, who already had a strained relationship with her, will probably get extremely angry. Even if he won't he'll grow extremely suspicious of Ryuko and will watch her like a hawk making their situation is even worse.
The Naked Sun will transform into something even greaterProbably a giant blade or a mecha. The thing is, usually when characters, weapons etc. are introduced their names appear in red kanji. For Naked Sun however white ones were used. This might suggest that it has not achieved its Final Complete Form yet.
The scissor blades were made by Isshin Matoi for RyukoNui flat out calls her half the other half of Ryuko's blade when she pulls it out.
Kinue is Ryuko's adoptive mother.We know that Ryuko's adoptive mother died when she was a few years old, and we know Kinue died a few years before the series begun. Also, she was pretty much the closest person to Matoi Isshin and he wasn't the sort of person likely to have a lover, which means she could have filled in as Ryuko's adoptive mother. And there's the fact that nobody in the series ever described Kinue to Ryuko nor has anyone asked Ryuko how her (now we know adoptive) mother looked like, and whenever Kinue was shown her face wasn't really visible. Amusingly, that would sort of make Tsumugu her adoptive uncle.
The Scissor blade is meant to be wielded as two halvesSpecifically by two people working together, Ryuko and Satsuki. After all, it was pretty ineffective when used by Dr. Matoi, having no decapitation mode or the like.
Satsuki's mother killed Ryuko's fatherIt's mentioned that the student council get away with their actions because of her mother being the school chairwoman. In the end either Satsuki will have Heel-Face Turn or, more likely be defeated and shown to be Mummy's Little Villain causing the chairwoman to show up as the woman behind the girl.
Ragyo's Unlimited Wardrobe is made up entirely out of Kamui.Ragyo asking her numerous dresses, "Now, which of you will adorn me today?", with one of them responding by beginning to move suggests that most, if not all of her clothing is sentient. And the only sentient clothing we've had in this series so far are Kamui.
Harime Nui is not human, or used to be.While pleading with Ryuko to unleash her Kamui's full strength, Harime questions how Ryuko misjudges her cutesy looks, implying that her goth-lolita fashion is *not* the default. She's dismissive of anything short of a Kamui or it's wearer, dispatching & insulting Sangaeyama, and stating to Ryuko directly that she does not wear a Goku Uniform. Harime seems inhuman, not just insane — her power & bizarre features (her Banshi-shearing fingernail especially) may be hints of her being something beyond even the title and status as Grand Coutrier. Also, it's clear that most all Goku Uniform development has been a succession of risky and potentially deadly trials. Harime could be the result of another uniform experiment gone horribly wrong at REVOCS, either as a "ultimate" uniform or a developer-gone-mad (a precursor to the Kamui?)
Ragyo will at one point fight Ryuko in a Kamui and willingly let herself be consumed by it.For some reason or another, Ragyo Kiryuin will allow herself to be consumed by her own Kamui and even after still actually remain the one in control and use the overwhelming power it will give her to take down Ryuko once and for all. You gotta admit, seeing something like that as a sort of final boss would be damn mundane.
Nui Harime is a living doll made of Life FibersWhen Isshin strikes her in the belly, something that ambiguously resembles either foamy saliva or cotton stuffing falls from her mouth. Her eyepatch stays in place without anything visible to support it; perhaps it's a sewn-on patch? And nothing has been shown to harm her besides the Scissor Blades. And this is a minor one, but her being a doll would complement her lolita fashion nicely.
Ragyo Kiryuin, formerly Kinue, fused with her Kamui and became a Hive Queen of clothingTsumugu's old partner Kinue was decapitated when the Kamui consumed her◊, and Ragyo wears a distinctive sort of metal choker - possibly to keep her head on what's little more than an animated mannequin. She also has scars resembling Life Fiber stars across her back; her eyes are in multicolored segments like those of Senketsu and Junketsu. After the incident, she changed her name to signify the birth of a new being utterly devoted to fabric. She doesn't resemble Ryuko's berserker form because she's achieved total control and balance. In conjunction with the above theory ("Ragyo's entire wardrobe is Kamui"), Satsuki most likely invented the Goku uniforms to be impervious to her mother's control. Since the Goku uniforms are clearly still being tested, and yet the Kiryuin Conglomerate has been in power since before Satsuki started Honnouji Academy, Revocs must have had some other way to wage war through clothing; possibly brainwashing, or at least being able to physically manipulate the people who wear their products. Also, her name contains the character for silk; Ragyo's contains the character for gauze, which was originally made from silk, further signifying her 'evolution'.
Combining those two WMG, we get...Ragyo and Nui were Kinue. The head became Ragyo, the rest of the body become Nui. Satsuki, being Kinue's daughter, either wants her mother to be restored, or put an end to those inhuman monsters. To this end she is perfecting the Goku uniforms so she will have an army to fight those two abominations, who will most likely object to their existence coming to an end. If the name Honnouji is to mean anything, Ragyo and Nui are Oda Nobunaga while Satsuki is Akechi Mitsuhide...
Nui Harime a decoy puppet for a remote human operator — and just one of many.The real Nui is remotely controlling this puppet and staying out of harm's way. It's possible that she is actually crippled or in suspended animation for some reason, and her lack of true connection to the real world is what has caused her sociopathic streak. And there's more than one Nui doll walking about; she somehow managed to be at Honnouji Academy and REVOCS headquarters at the same time, after all. Later in the series she's going to Zerg Rush against Ryuko after losing her own Scissor Blade.
Nui was brought in purely to infuriate Satsuki enough that Junketsu would consume her.Satsuki's not a nice person. Not even close. But she does have a will of iron, and incredible patience; she wouldn't be a good leader without it. The only time so far we've seen Satsuki panicked or extremely annoyed has been specifically when Nui showed up and when Nui tried talking to Satsuki after causing Ryuko's uncontrolled Senketsu rampage. Having her best soldiers lose against her #1 threat (Ryuko) or when said chaos Nui causes puts the students in danger, she's still calm; that extreme annoyance with Nui is more of a Tranquil Fury at best, even. This basically means that when it comes to Nui, Even Satsuki Has Standards. So what if Nui was actually a Jerkass childhood friend to Satsuki, and Ragyo knew this, bringing her in specifically so that she could get Satsuki to get so angry and annoyed that she loses control and gets consumed by Junketsu? Ragyo would have Satsuki completely under her control; granted, as a disgusting beast, but still an incredibly useful weapon, considering Junketsu's strength. Nui's clothing designing is also a very good reason to have her on your side, but who else could possibly try Satsuki's patience so well? The reason Nui denied to undergo Satsuki's "blood purge" wasn't because Nui was afraid of getting killed or anything like that; it was because that with Satsuki dead, she can't be consumed, thus failing the mission Ragyo gave her.
Shinjiro Nagita was real, but not in the way you'd expect.Seriously, even in this series, Nui Harime being able to completely render herself unrecognizable in almost every way because she's just that good is a bit of a stretch. She initiated a Batman Gambit using her own Split Personality. By the time Nagita realized what she was doing, it was already too late and Nui took over again. Maybe there will be an episode where Nagita and Nui will fight for dominance.
Nui will backstab Ragyo and become the show's Final Boss.As of Episode 16, Nui serves as the Grand Couturier for Ragyo's conglomerate. Moreover, Ragyo allows Nui to to act on her own agenda with the excuse of being an artiste. However, Episode 16 reveals that Ragyo's actually collaborator of COVERS, the will of the Primordial Life Fiber. Moreover, Life Fibers are extraterrestrial life forms that accelerated human evolution so that humans would start wearing clothes, allowing Life Fibers to be worn by, and subsequently feed on, humans. If the above WM Gs in this section regarding Nui are true, then one could see Ragyo's decision to be an act of utter Genre Blindness. Not to mention if Nui is in fact entirely made of life fibers then she has no reason to stay loyal to the conglomerate since Ragyo is the one following the fibers' will. In short, if Nui is in fact a life-fibers monstrosity, then one should be ready for Ragyo's handling of this psycho to backfire.
Kill La Kill is a reference/homage to the tale of Oda Nobunaga, and Ragyo represents Oda Nobunaga.Seeing as Oda was killed when went to stay at Honnouji temple (to put it in simple terms) and how Ragyo is currently going to visit Honnouji Academy in the next few episodes. It can be seen that she will meet her end here. And Oda was betrayed by a trusted general of his Mitsuhide. Now Ragyo views Satsuki as essentially a trusted tool in her plan. Now to connect Satsuki to Mitsuhide, we need to go into some theories on why Mitsuhide betrayed Oda in the first place. 1. Theorists have said that it had been out of revenge from Oda's insults and derisive treatment towards Mitsuhide (sounds exactly like how Ragyo has been seen talking and acting towards Satsuki) 2. He felt Oda was showing more favor towards another vassal of his Hideyoshi. (Similar to how Ragyo treats Nui compared to Satsuki.) and 3. Mitsuhide had found out of a rumor that Oda Nobunaga was engaged in a ritualistic and homoerotic relationship with an attendant of his Mori Ranmaru. (Now this might be where it gets a little different, in that Satsuki after her chakra opening scene/fanservice/Ragyo showing her superiority over Satsuki shows clear resentment towards her mother with the cold "We will welcome you with open arms mother." That scene could be the reference to that 3rd theory.) It is at Honnouji Academy where Ragyo will meet her end, at the hands of her own daughter ( and of course also in help with Ryuko...she is the main character after all)
Ragyo Kiryuin and Nui Harime are in a villainous relationshipNui and Ragyo seem to spend quite a bit of time together, and Ragyo often allows Nui to get away with quite a lot of really crazy things, often complimenting her. It also makes sense given Ragyo's loyalty towards the alien lifeforms known as Life Fibers, if it turns out that Nui is, indeed, a living doll/corpse animated with Life Fibers. L Aso, the two of them seem to have similar sexual tastes and a disregard for social and cultural taboos, as evidenced by Ragyo's repeated molestation of her daughter and Nui straight-up saying that "(paraphrasing) Taboo things are what feel the best." Given these facts (even if one of them is an assumption) it would not be completely nonsensical to assume that the two of them have at least a casual sexual relationship. It definitely wouldn't surprise me.
Rei Hououmaru is a badassShe seems to hold a position of authority that is on par with Satsuki's, and regularly accompanies Ragyo, and even speaks on friendly terms with her. In a world where Asskicking Equals Authority and Authority Equals Asskicking, it is safe to assume that she is at least somewhat competent in a fight, and that it is entirely possible that her clothing contains Life Fibers that augment her skills substantially.
Harime Nui is also Ragyo's daughter.Only she isn't conceived naturally, but created through cloning and genetic engineering, and imbued with the Life Fibers right in the womb. While alive and powerful, this process had negative side-effects on her mind, and she's become difficult for even Ragyo to keep in check, and may in fact be even closer to the will of the COVERS than even Ragyo is. She may also be incapable of synchronising with a Kamui due to her altered genome, which makes her only a partial success in Ragyo's mind.
Ryuko kissing Nui is going to be what kills her (Nui, not Ryuko).When Nui asked if Ryuko was still going to get revenge for killing her father, her reply is to kiss her. Now, here are a few things we know about Ryuko: she isn't the type to give up, she's resourceful and getting revenge for her father is what kickstarted the show in the first place. While she learned her lesson about letting revenge consume her, I doubt she's just going to let things slide. Also, Evil!Ryuko went berserk on anyone that she perceived was going to take away her happiness - and getting revenge for her dead father seems like just the thing the that would make brainwashed Ryuko happy. The kiss probably messed up Nui's Life Fibers in some way, and this time, her getting stabbed isn't going to be a No Sell this time.
The school is a giant mecha.The school looks so much like a sailor uniform. There is the possibility that it's simply stylistic choice. But I have the strange feeling that it's going to get up and start walking around before the series ends.
The Axis won World War IIConsidering the many Third Reich references it's possible
The entire show takes place after Tengen Toppa Gurren LagaanFirst, the world they live in is totally desolate, and yet there is no danger in the outside world save for starving to death, because humanity can build skyways across the wasteland from city to city. That reflects the ending of Gurren Lagaan, where there is a limited number of people living in a highly-populated city, simply because the technology to live there already exists and life is easier within the city. Why not just mirror Tepplin as you expand across the ruined earth? Second, the life fibers. The life fibers are shown as highly advanced forms of technology, with constant research being done to upgrade and manipulate them. It could follow that this research comes from the fact that Life Fibers aren't inherently understood, and that they are highly-reformed versions of Spiral Energy engines. Both Life Fibers and Gurren Lagaan operate on the confidence and fighting spirit of the user, and openly defy conservation of mass and energy (to start with!). By using blood, one can tap into the spiral energy directly, allowing for better miniaturization. But one Life Fiber wouldn't be enough to pull off TTGL action, so the creators wove them together for greater power. And with such combat power in packages the size of clothing, why would anyone need giant robots to do the same thing?
Theories on Kamui, Goku Uniforms, Life Fibers, and Kamui Destroying Weapons
Mako will get her own kamuiIt will be called Kinketsu, or "slowly going broke"
Junketsu killed Kinue.It is mentionned in episode 17 that the experimental kamui that killed Kinue was the prototype for Senketsu. Considering all the new information on life fibers and kamui in the last couple of episodes (16 and 17 at the time of writing), one question comes to mind: Where the heck did Junketsu come from!? It's possible that Junketsu is in fact the prototype for Senketsu, and if so, he/she/it is responsible for Kinue's death. Considering how violent and vicious Junketsu is already, it's not too far of a stretch.
Senketsu isn't quite so dead.In ep 13, spoilers, Senketsu was shredded by Nui and reduced to scraps. However, Ryuko kept one fragment in her hand. And Senketsu absorbs Life Fibers, meaning that if Ryuko manages to destroy more uniforms with the Scissor Blade, Senketsu can eventually regrow into a new form. Said new form will be used to rip Nui and the rest of the Kiryuins a new one. Half Confirmed, half Jossed
Junketsu is going to kill Satsuki.Have you SEEN the animalistic thirst for blood that thing has?! She has to keep it pinned to the wall just to keep it from jumping on her and sucking her dry! One day, it's gonna take its toll and kill her mid-battle one day... Knowing this anime, it'll probably happen in only a few episodes. Then Ryuko'll have to deal with the vengeance of Ragyo for the rest of the show...
The Scissor Blade is made of Death Ore...Or some similar analogue material that represents Death and is contrary to the Life Fibers, explaining why it's an anti-Goku Uniform weapon.
Senketsu is the only truly and independently sentient KamuiLife Fibers are either all non-sentient animal-like beings with only Primodial Life Fiber being sentient or have a Hivemind. Senketsu is unique because he is independently sentient and intelligent. Satsuki has never shown any indication that she can communicate in any meaningful way with her Junketsu and the thing seems to be more of a wild animal than a sentient being. When Isshin created Senketsu he didn't just create a Kamui, he created one that has high-level of intelligence and is sentient unlike it's brethren.
The reason why three-star uniforms can inflict damage to kamui while one-star uniforms can't hurt three-star ones is ...... the fact that the uniforms need to spend some of their power on keeping the connection and on the most basic protection. With that, let's say that the uniforms need to sacrifice just 5% of total possible power on this. That means the one-star uniforms, which operate on 10% total possible power even if the power levels are linear, are really 5 times weaker than the three-star uniforms and most of that power goes to protection. Most two-star uniforms are also more defensive than offensive in nature, which means they are the same in that regard. But because three-star uniforms are for elites who don't have to worry about that, they are thus more offensive and have enough power to attack with to hurt even a kamui.
There are different colors of Life Fibers, each color has a different effect.In Episode 16, right before the Great Sports and Culture Festival, Ragyo is seen holding spools of thread that glowed with various colors. So it is possible that there are different kinds of Life Fibers that have different effects when used.
Satsuki's Bakuzan is made of the same material as the Scissor Blades
At some point Satsuki will be forced to perform full-body transformation of Junketsu and it will then go berserkIn episode 15 Satsuki used partial transformations of her shoulder fins, one turned into a grapling hook and the other in the drill. In the next episodes it was those two elements of her Kamui which started to go crazy. If she is ever forced to perform a full-body transformation like when Ryuko uses Senjin or Shippu forms then her Kamui is almost guaranteed to go completely berserk.
Isshin created another Kamui other than Senketsu, but it was never fully completed.In episode 18, Ragyo steals Junketsu from Satsuki, and then a couple minutes later revealed that Ryuko was Satsuki's younger sister. It may be possible that Isshin knew about who Ryuko really was since he found her, and made another Kamui for Satsuki in the event that Ragyo rose to power.
Ryuko is actually the one absorbing Life Fibers and her suicide will finally defeat them.Numerous times the Life Fibers which Ryuko tore out of Goku Uniforms went where her heart is. It is possible that it's actually Ryuko who absorbs the Life Fibers and not Senketsu. Senketsu have actually withhold some information from her. After Nui destroyed him he told Ryuko that Satsuki took his pieces but not that she covered Ryuko in a blanket so he might not be telling her entire truth. The final solution Isshin prepared and what he called Terrible Fate when Ryuko found him is that Ryuko will have to commit suicide. After she absorbs all of the Life Fibers into her body she will have to kill herself with the Scissor Blade to finally defeat them.
Tsumugu could hear Senketsu because Kinue's body was synchronized with Senketsu's life fibers.It's been revealed that Senketsu has been made with the intent of being worn by Ryuko, and has been spliced with some of her DNA in the process to make this easier. This is what allows the two to communicate. Since Kinue has been involved in his development as a test subject, it's possible that Senketsu's partly synchronized with her too (or would have been if not for the obvious). Tsumugu, being her brother, is genetically similar to her, would thus have a very limited commection to the kamui, which doesn't manifest until Senketsu gets up close.
Kamui aren't actually Life Fiber creatures and Senketsu is SoichiroWhen you look at the full transformation sequence of a Kamui wearer it looks like some sort of demon or dragon transforming from the Kamui and then devouring the user. But then Life Fibers appear and restrain that creature, forcing it into the form of a Kamui. Kamui actually Aren't Life Fiber creatures, Life Fiber only serves to restrain and cram a being into the form of Kamui but the Kamui itself takes it's mind and sentience from the creatures which was sealed. Also Senketsu is actually Soichiro. We have not heard his voice yet and there may be only one reason for that, because Soichiro is someone we know. Satsuki and Ragyo, probably the only people who could identify Soichiro by his voice can't hear Senketsu. When Ragyo went after him, Soichiro was either devoured by Life Fiber or heavily injured. Matoi Isshin then used his knowledge to preserve Soichiro's mind or soul and then crafted Senketsu from it. Soichiro might have seen it as Atonement for his crimes, he lives as Senketsu, though not knowing it, because he wishes to protect Ryuko and atone for his crimes.
There are other Life Fiber Hybrids beside Ragyo and RyukoRagyo says that "Very few humans are merged this perfectly with Life Fibers." implying that there are more than just two of them. Nui is an obvious candidate, Hououmaru may also be one.
Junketsu is also sentient.Ragyo criticizes Satsuki for forcing it to bend to her will, but she also uses Life Fiber Override because she knows or suspects that Junketsu might take violent exception to being worn by her. After all, it was presented to Satsuki by the same person who later made Senketsu. If Satsuki learns to use Life Fiber Synchronize, she might begin to hear Junketsu's voice.
Junketsu is very old, also there might be other Kamuis aroundWhen we first see Junketsu we get a sound effect for strong, cold wind and snow. This could mean that he originates from a wintery region like Hokkaido. Now the word used to describe clothing like Junketsu is Kamui which is close to Kamuy, the word for Ainu gods. It is also translated as God's Clothing. Folk legends about Gods and mighty heroes were actually originated from the Kamui clothing. Humanity at that point was nowhere near as advanced nowadays. Kamui provided the wearer with incredible, god-like abilities. They are resistant to firearms and absurd amounts of punishment, they would seem even more powerful to people for whom a bow and a spear are pinnacle of warfare. Some humans back then found the Kamui clothing and became bonded with it, when they showed off their abilities they began to be revered as gods/heroes. After the Kamui finally devoured them the mitologization only grew stronger as people believed they ascended into Heavens. Junketsu was either one of those Kamuis or The Kamui from back then. It might have slept for hundreds or thousands of years since those times and just recently was discovered by Ragyo who donned it and also found the Primodial Life Fiber.
If things go south for Satsuki she will order evacuation during which Honnouji will pull Balamb GardenSatsuki must have some contingency plans in case she fails to beat Ragyo. For that purpose the entire Honnouji can turn into a giant sea-faring island much like Balamb Garden. Honnouji, as seen in the second opening, is placed entirely on water in the middle of Tokyo Bay and the school itself bears a strong resemblance to a warship with pipes and strong metal doors. It would be only reasonable that if her coup fails she'd evacuate and get away from Ragyo's sit of power in Japan.
Kill la Kill is a retelling of Devil May Cry 3Bear with me for a bit here. So, we have a protagonist with a very forceful, Chaotic Good personality, who wears a red and black color scheme and carries a large, somewhat unusual sword. The plot begins with the protagonist's arrival at a massive, towering structure, at the top of which stands the protagonist's bitter rival. This rival prefers the ideals of power and ambition, wields an absurdly sharp katana and dresses in primarily blue and white. The first time the two face off, it's a clear win for the rival, though this motivates the protagonist to try harder to bring the rival down; their second encounter is a draw. The protagonist and rival both have the unique ability to transform into more powerful forms, and while the rival eagerly embraces this power, it takes the protagonist a little while and some character development to finally warm up to it. At the same time, the rival is working with the main villain on some master plan to rule the world, though the rival ultimately betrays the villain to pursue their own goal. The main villain is also opposed by a revenge-seeking individual who lacks the same power as the protagonist and rival, but compensates through heavy use of guns and explosives, and they arrive on the scene riding a motorcycle. Quick: am I talking about Kill la Kill or DMC 3?
The first ending credits of the series is foreshadowing of the end of the series...figurativelyWe know from interviews that the 1st ending credits has something to do with the final episode, what this troper thinks is that Ryuko ends up cutting the fabric of space and time itself to kill Ragyo or whatever she'll be facing in the finale and ends up getting herself stuck in an alternate dimension where only a few elements of her world still exist in there. Even then they aren't the same in their attributes, just alternate versions (ex. the Senketsu uniform and Ryuko poster you see are respectively a gimmicky and eccentrically designed outfit, and the poster is for Kill La Kill the series, however everyone in the alternate dimension just thinks Ryuko herself is coincidental.) Ryuko is forever stuck in this world, in which it never experienced the apocalypse of her world, it is a nice world, but she finds herself alone despite being surrounded by people, never again will she ever see everyone she knew from her own dimension.
When the scissor blades recombine, it will gain a double-Decapitation Mode attack called Kill La Kill.Probably wielded by Ryuko and Satsuki together.
There's going to be a Last Episode Theme Reprise, and it's going to be epic.Most likely using OP 2, which is far more energetic, and, well, epic.
Bakuzan will be reforged
By the end of their rivalry, Ryuko will stop hating Nui.No, she won't grow to love or respect her either. Ryuko will grow flat out apathetic in response to Nui's manipulation of her previous emotional outbursts. The grinning Life Fiber abomination will stop being a rival or enemy, and will be just a roadblock towards stopping the ever-growing madness that's engulfing the world. If Nui values love and hate as two sides of the same coin, how would she react if that coin was thrown out entirely?
Sanageyama will abandon his Goku Uniform and will gain a power up because of thatWe don't see him wearing his newest Goku Uniform in the second opening because he won't be using it. Just as he abandoned his sight to gain a much greater power, he will also abandon his Goku Uniform. He will come to a conclusion that he became too reliant on it's power and because of that grew weak himself. He will train himself up and will become even more powerful than when he had the Uniform.
Satsuki isn't Ryuko's father's killer...Rather, it's Mako. She only befriends Ryuko to get her red Scissor Blade back and finish what she started, after Ryuko takes down the Student Council for her first so they won't get in her way. She pretends not to notice or worry about the carnage around her because she's just that used to death around her. Her white and blue outfit goes well with her blue Scissor Blade, the opposite of Ryuko's black and red outfit. That, and she cut her hair so Ryuko can't recognize her.
Satsuki is going to get stripped of her Goku UniformBut unlike the Boxer, it won't stop her for a single minute. Satsuki may be a subtle as a bunch of bricks expy of Hitler, but she's also a badass warrior lady. Once she loses her uniform and stands before the student body in her birthday suit, it's likely that she'll throw fists at Ryuko.
Satsuki is so strong becuase she has the Four Star Goku Uniform, which has the unique ability that its effects are permanent, and so they persist even when she isn't wearing it.
The Four Devas have been together for a very long time.Their families all serve Satsuki's family, and they have served Satsuki since they were children. They all came from influtential families, Satsuki of course is the richest, then Jakuzure's, since it is canon that Satsuki and Nonon are the closest, then Gamagoori's family, then Inumuta's, and lastly Sanageyama's.
Aikuro Mikisugi is the Big Bad, or at least, the killer of Isshin.For a guy who is working with the daughter of his dead friend, he doesn't seem upset about making her feel uncomfortable during their talks; he also seems far too willing to put his life on the line to help someone he just met. He spends his spare amount of time in sinister lighting (especially the end of episode 3) as well as being both too ambiguous in his assistance to Ryuko and helping her out just enough to get her by.
Satsuki actually is the person who killed Isshin Matoi.At this point, the only thing we know for sure is that there will be some sort of twist. Given the fandom's pinpoint accuracy at predicting the show so far, it is thus to be expected that there is no twist at all.
In episode 5, Mako will die.In the preview, if you look closely, you can see her get impaled with what appears to be sewing needles. This episode also looks like it will be a much more serious one.
Ryuko's father's killer was someone from Nudist Beach.Nudist Beach despises Goku Uniforms and, by extension, Kamui. The weapon left by the killer was half a scissor blade made for cutting up Goku Uniforms. Ryuko's father made a Kamui before he was murdered. There's no reason for anyone from Honnouji Academy to want to kill Ryuko's father, especially with a weapon made to destroy their very own uniforms. Nudist beach, however, has plenty reason to want him dead, what with making a Kamui.
Mako will die in episode 8.Let's look at all the supposed connections... In episode 7 In Mako's reflection on her glasses as she makes a calculations on a calculator and the numbers "51 1 013" can be seen, this could be meant as "Si I die" or "Yes, I Die." Now in the preview of episode 8 it involves driving and a car. Now remember what day does this episode air? On Nov. 22 2013, which is also the 50th remembrance/commemoration of the JFK assassination. Now why exactly is this important? Well in the preview for episode 8, you can see Ryuko and Mako in the backseat of a car, with Ryuko holding Mako trying to protect her from gunfire, which you can see from the bullet holes in the car and the broken window in the same shot. This is same type of events that happened in the JFK assassination. Also the episode's title "I'll wipe my own tears" seems to speak alongside this theory. Having Mako die in this episode would also explain the special ending episode 7 had, which is usually saved for season finales or series finales, and that episode 7 featuring Mako in an mundane manner and her being the main focus of that episode would serve as a last grand hurrah for our comic relief girl.
Harime Nui is the leader of Nudist Beach.Or at least a member. The word "Nui" is very much likely derived from the japanese verb "nugu", which means "to take off", "to strip".
Harime Nui is NOT the person who assassinated Isshin MatoiI could see Nui as being one to play dirty and strike psychological chords ruthlessly, and what more dirty than telling you killed a man to said man's very daughter ? One thing's for sure : she's trying to get a reaction out of Ryuko, and that succeeded big time. As for how she got her hands on the scissor blade and the information surrounding the assassination of Ryuko's father, she would have probably gotten it from Satsuki's mother or the actual assassin.
At the very least, the half of the Scissor Blade that Harime Nui has is a forgery created for the purpose of misdirection.Through Freeze-Frame Bonus, one can see that both halves of the blade don't match up, either through the hilts or through the flat edges of the blade; one of these two won't match up with the other no matter how you arrange them.
Harime Nui is lying.She's not Isshin Matoi's killer, and if she is, then only in a very technical sense. She just said she's the killer to get Ryuko riled up, and oh boy, did it work. Supporting this is that her scissor blade is purple, not blue nor red, and the hints(Mainly, how the background in Ryuko's flashback is comprised of fabric) that Ryuko's memories are unreliable.
One of the Elite Four, or all of the Elite Four, are going to live with the Mankanshoku family at least temporarilySure, it may seem like a bit of a far-fetched idea at first, but hear me out : where else would they go to ? Back to Satsuki ? I highly doubt she would take them back in that easily, elite four or not. They are confirmed no-stars since Ryuko beat them, and the closest relation they have in no-stars is, you guessed it, Mako. Plus, let's face it : the interactions would be hilarious. Four individuals that were practically nobles getting downgraded to no-stars and trying to get used to it with one of the most eccentric families around (not to mention the very person that beat up most of them up is living under the same roof as them) ? Yes, please.
The entire school will grow jet engines/tank treads/what have you for the Battlefield TripAs opposed to, you know, the army itself moving about.
Goku Uniforms were made of SenketsuFrom what can be seen on the official arts Satsuki has a Sentient Uniform like Senketsu as well. Her however is pristine and complete. Senketsu on the other hand is heavily damaged and rather stripperific. The thing is that this is not it's default appearance. It only looks like that because large parts of it were torn out at some point in the past. Someone defeated Senketsu, tore it to shreds and then used those shreds to make Goku Uniforms. After Ryuko beat the boxer captain and destroyed his uniform a small strand has returned to Senketsu. It was pretty much evident that Takaharu's uniform was no match for Ryuko. That was because it only had a small strand of Senketsu inside it as a power source, it couldn't compete with the original. This would also mean that the higher level the outfit is the larger fragments it would have. Over the course of story, as Ryuko and Senketsu destroy more uniforms, Senketsu will repair itself to a state that is closer to Satsuki's.
Senketsu is actually Isshin Matoi, Ryuko's dead father.This works on downright scary levels. With his human body was killed, Isshin transferred his soul into one of the Kamui that he created, and he lost his memory. This pretty much explains everything: How Senketsu always knows exactly his own powers work (even when he canít explain WHY he knows), why Isshin and Senketsu both have the exact same eyepatch, and why Senketsu will only drink Ryukoís blood (claiming other blood tastes awful).
Life Fibers are made of Exactly What It Says on the Tin — people's livesI'm basing this mostly on the visual motif in the opening and end credits that shows rows of interlocking red human figures, which might mean we're going to have a Soylent Green-esque reveal coming up about the true nature of the Life Fibers ala the Philosopher's Stones in Fullmetal Alchemist. The constant Third Reich references don't help matters.
Ryuko and Satsuki had the same father and two halves of his soul were transplanted into Senketsu and JunketsuVery off the wall theory for a sec. Isshin is not actually Ryuko's father but her grandfather or godfather. Ryuko's and Satsuki's true father was Ragyo's first Grand Couturier and her eventual Husband or Lover. He was the one who found out that Life Fibers were the physical manifestation of a person's lifespan and used his own Life Fiber to extend Ragyo's life. (See the theory on the Kiryuin Conglomerate section). Because he knew he didn't have much time to live with Ragyo and take care of his daughters, he volunteered to be a guinea pig to Isshin's soul transfer experiment by splitting it in half in an Evangelion-eque fashion as a way to protect them in the afterlife. His soul is in the form of a darker, passive, protective side in Senketsu, and a lighter, aggressive, destructive side in Junketsu. Both Kamui have fragments of his memories that can't be completely uncovered until they are fused together again.
Ragyo Kiryuin used to be an Ill Girl and her eventual Husband/Lover's Life Fiber was used to cure her illness or deformities.This is an interpretation of the symbolism of the translated lyrics from Ragyo's Leitmotif, "Blumenkranz". I would like to be stronger. Because our world is very cruel. It is advisable, to remove withered flowers. You ask me if Iíll go with you. You whisper in my ear. You ask me if Iíll take your hand. I have no reason to reject you. (You whisper to me). Ragyo used to be a Spoiled Sweet, but very Ill Girl who didn't have long to live and depreciated herself because of it. But she met someone who was her ideal man and he loved her very much. He would eventually become Ragyo's lover and Satsuki's and Ryuko's father. Yes, I am much stronger than I ever thought. Fly higher! Walk a lot faster! Do not forget the truth! Yes, I am much stronger than I ever thought. Iím removing withered flowers. Why do you look so sad? Ragyo became more confident about herself and did everything she couldn't do before. She became a perfectionist so she could be a perfect match to her lover. However, Ragyo noticed he was trying to hide his sadness of the truth of his life. This world is cruel. It is sad but true. This world is strange. It is questionable but true. Is the flower garden real or fake? This after finding out the man she loved sacrificed a good deal of his life so she could live a more fulfilling one, Ragyo started to become cynical about the world and questioned if it was her own power or it was because of her lover's sacrifice for her happiness. What do you want from me? Whether I want to or not, I have the enemy to pursue. I am not free from this world No matter how tough you are. Fly higher! Walk a lot faster! You are very strong. You bind a wreath of flowers. Why do you look so sad? Ragyo bitterly questioned why her lover gave so much of himself away for her and used every opportunity to gain everything she can in her life and would treat everything and everyone as her enemy to conquer since he would be gone before her and nothing to free her from the feeling. The "wreath" her lover binded was the funeral wreath for his eventual death. And what was left of his being was transferred to Senketsu and Junketsu to protect his daughters even in death. ...Yeah, this is very unlikely theory, but very heartbreaking if something like it happened.
Ragyo will betray Satsuki in the episode 16In the preview for episode 16 there was a bit at the end where Satsuki was visiting Ragyo in her bathhouse and appeared that they were having a conversation, and it ended with a look of shock on Satsuki's face. So either Ragyo just betrayed her, or she revealed something big VERY to Satsuki.
Nonon is nowhere near as close to Satsuki as she thinks she isDespite however much Nonon goes on about she's the one that knows Satsuki the best and is her BFF or whatever, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of Satsuki actually reciprocating that affection shown.
Senketsu, and maybe Junketsu, used to be human.They may have been used as test subjects in order to create life fiber, and somehow ended up becoming Kamuis in the process.
Ragyo intends for Satsuki to be consumed by Junketsu.Another WMG related to the "Ragyo is the fusion of Kimue and her Kamui": Ragyo is setting up Satsuki to be consumed by Junketsu in a similar way, based Nui's comment that Ragyo desires "to see her (Satsuki) go all-out" - Junketsu is bloodthirsty enough that it would jump at the first chance it got. There are a few different reasons for this.
Ryuko is not human.Remember that woman called Kinue mentioned by Tsumugu? In his memory, she tried on a Kamui and was promptly devoured by it right before his eyes, thus causing him to utterly despise anything related to Life Fibres. In memoriam of her, and to continue research on the Life Fibres in-depth, Tsumugu and Ryuko's father made a daring attempt: they wove a life-sized rag doll out of Life Fibres, and managed to transfer her soul onto it, resulting in a living being who can interact with Kamuis, and lives to see if she could unlock their full potentials.
Satsuki recruited the Elite Four for no other reason than to act as stepping stones for Ryuko.Not Ryuko specifically, but so that if she ever found anyone who could actually measure up to her in power, then she would have these guys to act as a way to train the other person under the guise of fighting through her Elite Four. And when she saw Ryuko defeat a few two-star Club leaders like it was nothing, she decided to test Ryuko directly, hence their fight in Episode 3. after Ryuko proved herself as strong enough to Satsuki, she put her plan into action, allowing her to make Ryuko not just stronger, but also fight more strategically, without her mother knowing exactly what she was doing.
Aikuro is Satsuki's father.Popular speculah on /a/. Much like Satsuki and Ragyo, Aikuro is highly luminous, and concept art◊ shows him wearing a suit very similar to that worn by Satsuki's father in flashbacks.
The woman Tsumugu talked about was Ryuko's mother and his sister (making him Ryuko's uncle).Take into account the slight family resemblance between Ryuko, Tsumugu, and what we can see of the woman, and we get this conclusion. Also, Senketsu will turn out to be the Kamui that killed her.
Tsumugu and Ryuko are related.The two of them look eerily similar. Two people with one single red highlight in a head of otherwise black hair? Too distinctive to be a coincidence, so there's no way it isn't a family trait. The woman in Tsumugu's flashback is more than likely his sister as well as Ryuko's mother (Ryuko explains in episode 7 that her mother died when she was young). This would make Tsumugu her uncle. It would also explain why Aikuro knows both Tsumugu and Isshin personally. Ryuko's mother, wife to Isshin and sister to Tsumugu, was a shared acquaintance that brought the four of them together in the early days of Nudist Beach.
Satsuki didn't actually Backstab her motherIt was actually Nui Harime in disguise (Ragyo DID say something to the effect of "Wear something I would deem acceptable"), that, or it was a doll controlled by Nui like the One-Star Students in episode 13.
Mikisugi and Kinue are Ryuko's parentsAnd I do know how squicky it sounds, considering all the stuff Mikisugi said and did during his meetings with Ryuko. Ryuko bears quite a strong resemblance to both of them. She has the colour and gloss of Kinue's hair as well as the spiky, chaotic hairdo of Mikisugi. They also have similar eyebrows and Mikisugi seems to have blueish eyes. Furthermore Mikisugi and Kinue seemed to have been close in the flashbacks. It is rather unlikely that Isshin would be Ryuko's father, on one hand he was old and on the other he didn't seem like someone who'd be interested in starting a family. As for why Mikisugi acted like he did around Ryuko? It might be a way to draw further parallels between Satsuki and Ryuko. Parents of both of them are crazy sexual harassing weirdoes.
Matoi Isshin is actually Ryuko's Grandfather and father of Soichiro.He worked for Ragyo along with his son but when Soichiro realized what a monster Ragyo was he had his father smuggle out little Ryuko out and leave the Kiryuin Conglomerate.
Matoi Isshin is actually a Kamui himself, possibly a renegade COVERS.Consider his peculiar appearance (especially in silhouette), his name, his clothing which looks like the COVE Rs suits, and the fact that given Episode 18, Ryuko probably isn't his real daughter. Also consider that Satsuki now lacks a Kamui for the final act. It's altogether possible that she'll stage a comeback, and the most dramatic way for that to happen would be wearing a Kamui. Or perhaps he's the same thing as Nui, whatever she is...?
Sanageyama will die in Episode 19Sanageyama is the only member of the Elite 4 not shown in all his outfits during the second opening. Also, the preview for Episode 19 shows Sanageyama in the last frame bruised and grimacing in the rain. This could be foreshadowing his death, possibly by Heroic Sacrifice.
Mako will snap Ryuko out of her Heroic BSOD in episode 20Mako has always been a source of comfort for Ryuko, but given Ryuko's emotional state at the end of episode 19 this may be the thing that pushes Mako into Living Emotional Crutch territory for Ryuko.
Harime Nui is a walking corpseThe easiest "evidence" for this claim is when she touched Senketsu, he immediately jerked away from her, claiming her to be freezing. Corpses, due to a lack of flowing blood, are naturally cold. Additionally (and while this wouldn't normally count being an anime, it's worthy of note here), Harime is abnormally strong for a human, and, unlike Ryuko or Satsuki, who need to wear Kamui, or Jakuzure or Sanageyama, who need to wear Goku Uniforms to increase their abilities, so far, Harime has shown immense physical abilities beyond the human limit without any form of Goku uniform. This would imply her body is no longer heeding the natural limits the brain places on a living body; fitting if she's a corpse. Finally, she doesn't seem to bleed as easily as the other characters ó a cross gash across her stomach barely elicited a drop of blood, it took a slash to her eye to cause any real damage.
Satsuki will wind up being the one to break Ryuko from her brainwashing, via the power of familyIn the fake memories implanted by Ragyo, Satsuki is never seen. This logic issue could come up if Satsuki ever addresses Ryuko as her sister, Ala "Who are you? I have no sister..." etc.
Satsuki has some sort of connection with Matoi familyIt's very slight but when she is told Ryuko's name she is surprised for a moment and then smiles gently. It's a very out-of-character action for someone who was presented as a tough-as-nails badass Hitler-expy. It might just be that she knows Matoi family, maybe even was friends with Ryuko when they were both kids.
Satsuki isn't the Big Bad and will have a Heel-Face Turn or simply turn into The Rival later on. We'll see the true big bad appear later on.Having Satsuki remain the big bad over the course of 2 seasons would be hard to pull off. Not to mention that the series is supposed to be about the relationship between Ryuko and Satsuki which would be hard to develop if she simply remained the big bad, or at least the big bad that Ryuko had to chase after. If we follow the precedence of Imaishi and Nakajima's previous 2 cours show (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), there's whole program with the Goku uniforms is most likely a response to some other outside threat - a threat that whoever is the wielder of the other half of the scissor blade may be linked to.
Sanageyama will suffer the Worf Effect at the hands of Nui HarimeI'm guessing that before Ryuko will start her final match with the Elite Four, Nui will interupt them and say she wanted to finally meet Ryuko. Sanageyama will get pissed off that Nui is interupting his rematch but Nui kindly dismisses him or else he will get hurt. Sanageyama didn't listen and she uses removes the "needle" Restraining Bolt eyepatch to show her sensory and Power Nullifier eye and quickly eliminates him. Just a guess on her possible introduction.
Satsuki's true goal is to take on REVOCS herself with Ryuko at her sideIt's pretty much known at this point that Satsuki is working towards a new world order. The thing is however, is that REVOCS is pretty much entrenched with the current world order. Furthermore, despite being on the board of directors, Ragyo pretty much doesn't seem to exert much influence on the goings on in Honnoji (outside of providing a way for Satsuki to be in charge). The dialogue between her and Soroi in episode 11 seems to indicate that they are secretly working against REVOCS and that Ragyo may be aware of her plans. Plans which include having Ryuko eventually join her in her fight. Everything so far seems to indicate that she's doing all that she does as a test of Ryuko's resolve as well as a way to make her stronger. Hopefully strong enough to face the people under her mother such as Nui Harime who is able to dispatch a 3-star Goku Uniform wearer with ease. The biggest clue so far is in episode 11 when Satsuki quietly expresses that everything is in Ryuko's hands now as the latter goes to fight Nui Harime. Her worried tone is one of some leaving everything in the hands of a trusted ally, not an enemy.
The Elite Four were recruited by Satsuki to act as generals/lieutenants in the fight against her mother.Think about it; Jakuzure was recruited because of her loyalty to Satsuki, Gamagoori because of pretty much the same reason, and his Iron Will, Sanageyama because of his fighting ability, and Inumuta because of his computer skills. All of these people (except Jakuzure) once stood against Satsuki and she recruited them for their skills and has spent the past several years making sure that they were loyal to HER and not her mother or REVOCS, all so that she can use them to fight her mother for whatever reasons she needed.
Satsuki is building an army to attack her mother or some other Bigger Bad using Honuji Gakuen as a base of operationsAlmost everything Satsuki does can be explained this way.
Satsuki has further plans for Ryuko.There is no way that Satsuki does anything for no reason. She has said that she knows all about Life Fibers and Isshin's murder; so if she is done with Ryuko, why keep her around and further more, why not fight her? If Satsuki has no further use for Ryuko, then why would she keep her around. Ryuko may wind up mucking up Satsuki's plans if the she stays at Honnouji, she's a total wild card. She may not have plans to team up with her in the future, but she almost definitely has plans to use/exploit Ryuko's power in the future.
Satsuki is running a Xanatos Gambit of EPIC proportions.Her plan is to create an army capable of taking on REVOCS/COVERS and the Honnouji Academy Student Body isn't large enough, so she needs the other schools students to form a large enough army, so she sets out to conquer them, but she is not sure that her own forces will be able to cut it, so she created a backup plan. She gave the shredded pieces of Senketsu to various students so that Ryuko would have to intervene and attack the invading Honnouji students and become a hero to them so she could get back the Senketsu pieces, allowing her to use Ryuko as a figurehead to control the other three schools in an invasion against REVOCS/COVERS. If her own forces can win, she has the schools in her control and she has her army, if they cannot, Ryuko repels them, and she has Ryuko lead them by convincing her to attack for the sake of killing Harime Nui, who works for REVOCS/COVERS.
Satsuki's ultimate goal is the the subjugation of Life Fibers.Her emphasis on will and ambition isn't just a personal philosophy, she truly believes that this is the key to being able to subjugate the Life Fibers instead of being controlled by them as parts of COVERS. Hence the reason she made Honnouji Academy and the social order around it. It's a way for her to create an ordered society with those able to control Life Fibers at the top, weeding out those who's will or ambition isn't strong enough. All of this in a way to create a human society strong enough to resist and subjugate the will or COVERS and the Primordial Life Fiber.
SATSUKI will betray RAGYONot the other way around, a ton of theories centered around the idea of Satsuki partnering up with Ryuko after she being betrayed by her Mother and REVOCS. However, after learning that Life Fibers are alien life forms and Ragyo's endgame is to have all of humanity consumed by them, Satsuki did not look particularly enthused at that idea. So at the "World Sports and Culture Festival" that Ragyo is throwing as the final stage of her plan, it is possible that Satsuki will betray her mother in an attempt to stop her from allowing humanity to be consumed by Life Fibers.
Ryuko is a Human/Life Fiber HybridIf her mother is either Kinue or Ragyo then Ryuko was born after either of them got infested by the Life Fibers. Unlike her mother she is not controlled by Life Fibers but they are part of her own body. That gives her both a much greater compatibility and resistance to Life Fibers, makes it easier for her to communicate and grants her greater natural power than that of a human. Ryuko has been shown to do things even One-Star Students are incapable of without Senketsu being transformed or even after it was shreded she easily curb-stomped armies of even Senketsu-enhanced students. This also explains why more of her hair turn red when she activates Senketsu, the dormant Life Fiber in her body is being activated.
Satsuki and Ryuko's mothers are one and the sameMostly due to both characters being conspicuously absent in the story thus far. We have seen Satuski's mother briefly, but no sign of Ryuko's yet.
Ryuko and Satsuki have the same mother, and she killed Ryuko's fatherNatural conclusion of several previous theories.
The new character, Nui Harime, is the person who killed Ryuko's father.
Satsuki's mother will dethrone her daughter when it comes to being the big badIt is hinted that she's the one who ordered the assassination, and if we follow the theory that Nui is not the murderer of Isshin Matoi, it would make perfect sense for Ryuko to seek out the bigger bad. And even if it was revealed that she was in fact the assassin, would Ryuko really be the type to stop there ? She would certainly want to know the whys of the situation, and exact her revenge upon the true mastermind of this story.
Ragyo killed her husband or contributed to his death. Also Bakuzan originally belonged to Satsuki's fatherIt's quite clear that something traumatic happened to Satsuki when she was small. She is a very different girl in her flashback in 3rd episode and the one Nonon had to their kindergarten days. That something was most likely her father's death or perhaps his escape. That single flashback we see him in is the only time he is ever shown or mentioned. It might be that Ragyo killed him or fed him to the Life Fibers. Alternatively he escaped and is working towards crushing Ragyo as a member of Nudist Beach. We never hear his voice and the only reason for that would be if he was part of the active cast and Trigger wanted to conceal his identity. Back to theory proper, Satsuki was traumatized by the loss of her father and possibly started to plot Ragyo's demise as early as then. She treasures Bakuzan because it belonged to her father.
The scissor Blades were made for the specific purpose of fighting the Kiryuin ConglomorateRyuko's father is a member of Nudist Beach and created the Scissor Blades for the members to use as weapons to fight. However, the Kiryuin Conglomorate was informed of this, possibly by a Mole, and sent Nui Harime to kill him and steal the weapon. But he managed to somehow keep the red half of the Scissor Blade and gave it to Ryuko for safe keeping so that she might give it to Nudist Beach so they could mass produce it.
Ryuko's highlight is connected to the life threads.Her hair is red, like the life threads. When she transforms, it gains even MORE red highlights. Obligatory transformation aside, Ryuko's easy synchronization with Senketsu could be connected to this.
Satsuki will wear Senketsu at some pointAs of Episode 18, Ragyo has taken Junketsu for herself and Ryuko may be incapacitated (probably unconscious) , so Satsuki and Senketsu will work together out of a mutual desire to protect her.
Mako will wear Senketsu at some point.And perhaps she'll end up turning into a monster like Kinue, Ryuko's maybe-or-maybe-not-mother.
Nudist Beach and the Elite 4 will team up to rescue Ryuko and Satsuki in episode 19The Elite 4 want Satsuki back, and now that it has bee revealed that Ryuko is Satsuki's younger sister, Satsuki would probably be furious at them if they left Ryuko behind. Since they will be going up against enormous and terrifying odds, they ask for Nudist Beach's help, as they probably have a vested interest in freeing two of the most powerful warriors in the fight against the Life Fibers.
Ryuko's mother will end up being importantSo far there's been no mention of her, and while context suggests she's dead it's odd she hasn't been mentioned at all. Relatedly...
Satsuki and Ryuko's FATHERS are one in the sameThe reason there's been no mention of him on the Kiryuin side is because he's already dead and Satsuki's mom keeps a tight lid on the information. He used advanced technology to change his appearance whenever he went between one household and the other. He was a two-timing bastard who only kept up the facade because he actually held affection for his daughters, thus his creating the Kamui for both, but got caught red-handed (probably by Satsuki's mother) and was killed for it, either by whoever found out or by an agent hired by them. This happened while he was Matoi Isshin, thus leading to Ryuko's actions. Additionally, Satsuki and Ryuko met at some point when they were children and became best friends, but neither was aware of their relationship. Satsuki was never informed of Ryuko's gender, and Ryuko's mannerisms did not help, so she was convinced Ryuko was a boy, developed a crush and made a Childhood Marriage Promise (cluelessly on Ryuko's part), explaining her gentle smile as postulated in an above WMG, as she doesn't care about gender, because, in her own words, what does she care about the values of the Faceless Masses? Why bother typying this paragraph? Because I'm me. Once the truth of it comes out, both will ally, Ryuko will turn out to be the older one and the ever hierarchical Satsuki will start calling her Oneesama and prompting everything from horror to Nosebleeds to Squee from everyone, and a great deal more of Ship Tease will follow despite the fact that they are half-sisters. Supporting facts: Their similar appearances (busty, above-average-height girls with dark blue hair and eyes. Ryuko's red bang comes from her mother), their shared headstrong personalities, their strong will and ability to press on against all hardship, the lack of true development on the front of their parents, inherited research of Kamui from their parents. Yes, I'm extremely bored right now. Challenge: Given the extraordinarily insane nature of the show, how long will it take the show to prove me horribly, horribly wrong?
Gamagoori is associated with Nudist Beach in some way.It's said in episode 4 he sleeps in the nude. Former agent? Sleeper agent?
Kaneo Takarada is part of Nudist Beach, and his family is funding it.He had the same Mini Mecha as the Nudist Beach agents and they were also planning to rescue him from Satsuki's forces along with Ryuko. He'll probably have a more significant role after Episode 15. While we're at it, it's unlikely that it's true, but maybe Kinue was his mother and he's in Nudist Beach to avenge her death.
Isshin Matoi is just an older Soichiro Kiryuin.Soichiro and Isshin are both genius scientists who worked for the Kiryuins before becoming disillusioned and turning against the Conglomerate. They're also the only two people in the show drawn like 70's anime characters. The reason Soichiro wasn't around for most of Satsuki's life wasn't because he was dead, but because he was busy running the resistance and raising his other daughter.
Nui Harime is a Life Fibers/Human monstrosityShe's a monster who came to exist after a Kamui devoured Tsumugu's S.O. The Kamui have gained human form and some measure of human sapience. That's why she both vomits cotton when struck as well as bleed when cut. She also fervently dislike Prof. Matoi for creating Scissors Blade, since it's the only thing in the world that can kill her (at least in its perfect form). The monstrosity is obviously more powerful than any Goku Uniform, even the Kamui ones. Kamui are 100% Life Fibers, she's at least 1000% Life Fibers— the human side of her body is also made of Life Fibers. And the monster uses boku because it's aware that it's not a human girl.