By the duo who give us Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann... This here show has a badass Action Girl with a genuine badass loon of a best friend taking on another Action Girl with a group of other Badasses with badass fighting, badass animation and badass music (Seriously, the music has a page of its own), and it just keep going for each episode, excluding the breather ones. So just read the moments of badassery of this show. It will blow you away.
- Pretty much everything Ira Gamagoori does in the first episode. Probably the best is when the unnamed student in the beginning is fleeing down the stairs, and through a window in the stairwell you can see Ira simply falling while laughing like a madman. When the kid reaches the bottom and flings open the doors, Gamagoori is already there. Remember, folks: you cannot escape the Disciplinary Committee.
- An analysis of the show pointed out that the sequence would, in any other show, be sufficient for two separate action sequences, or that most companies would just animate one or the other: the student fleeing or Gamagoori dropping to the ground. Kill La Kill gives us both.
- Our very first taste of Satsuki's entrance: her introduction is her standing on top of the school's main building, Dramatic Wind blowing, sword planted in front of her, looking down on the clothes-wearing pigs that are the students of her school. She then delivers the first (of many) Evil Overlord speeches. She's so badass that light inexplicably shines from behind her, so anyone would have a hard time looking at her directly. This happens every time she appears, even in flashbacks. Take a look for yourself.
- And all of the above happened only in the first five minutes of the series.
- Ryuko's fight with Boxing Club Captain Takaharu is pretty much set up entirely to prove that Ryuko is a badass. First she shrugs off every single one of Takaharu's hits, even after he takes off his "soft gloves". Then she dodges right through a storm of jabs and unleashes a brutal combo on the poor guy that destroys his uniform, finishing it all off by using the Scissor Blade to fling him at Satsuki, who is way up at the top of a nearby several-story building. Despite a wall of One-Stars and three of the Devas leaping in front of her, a splat of blood still manages to get through and mar her cheek.
- How does Ryuko defend herself against the serve of every member of the tennis team? She cuts every single ball into ribbons in the blink of an eye!
- Ryuko defeating the powered up tennis team captain with her scissors and some string from her uniform as an improvised racquet. Why does she even need that? She kept disintegrating her actual racquets by the sheer brute force of her serves.
- Satsuki proves that she doesn't even need a uniform to keep up with a fired up Ryuko. Her one slash deflected was enough to send dozens of people flying. And her katana Bakuzan is sharper than Ryuko's scissor blade.
- We start off the moments with Satsuki controlling the Kamui Junketsu and achieving its ultimate form through the sheer force of her will.
- Just what you expect from the creators of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Awesomeness Is Volatile. Ryuko and Satsuki already cause huge explosions and send people flying away by staring at each other.
- Satsuki defeats Ryuko.
- In a twist of fate, it's Mako who comes in to save Ryuko and unknowingly reveal the secret to unlocking the full potential of Senketsu.
- Ryuko returns the favor by blocking a killing blow from Satsuki without the help of her Kamui! Backed by this line which doubles as a Shut Up, Hannibal!: 'It isn't nonsense!"
- And of course: Ryuko finally accepting the pervy nature of her costume and finally have the ability to fight Satsuki on equal grounds!
- Ryuko officially challenging Satsuki, and by extension, the entire school. The epic orchestral arrange of her theme that plays during the scene is just the icing on the metaphorical cake.
- Ryuko's Scissor Blade freaking evolving mid-battle.
- Satsuki gets one when she's driven back by Ryuko's Heroic Second Wind and comes narrowly close to being defeated. Even as she bends all the way back, you can see her smile. And then she says that fight has finally gotten interesting and fights right back, matching Ryuko blow for blow until Ryuko finally collapses from blood loss.
- Mako standing up to Gamagoori when he is yelling at Ryuko for not being properly dressed. Not only does he back down and allow Ryuko to continue wearing her PJs at the moment, it is implied that Gamagoori gained a little respect for Mako in the process, showing this by saying that he would remember her name in the future (in spite of being a No Star). Also a Funny Moment with Mako's argument.
- The entire sequence on the bus, with Mako manning a mounted turret against a mob of armed civilians. Easily doubles as a funny moment.
- The woman with a baby pulling out a tommy-gun. And the little old ladies firing a rocket-launcher.
- Tsumugu putting Ryuko against the ropes not once, but twice! The second time, he even lets her transform!
- Even after getting shot and tattered, Senketsu musters the strength to jump up to Tsumugu's face and tell him at point blank:Senketsu: Don't you dare lay a finger on Ryuko. Do, and I'll make you pay.
- Again, he stares dead in the eyes of the man who has the very weapon to destroy him (and has already heavily weakened him, mind you) and, giving absolutely zero fucks, threatens him in earnest. Even better? Tsumugu actually hears him and is convinced that Senketsu isn't just some parasite.
- Sanageyama gets many points in this episode worth mentioning:
- He gets to show off his skills for the first time by transforming his uniform into a huge suit of armor.
- The determination he shows by sewing his eyes shut just so Ryuko won't beat him the same way again takes guts. It even impresses Satsuki, who had just dismissed him for his lack of resolve.
- What really sells the reveal is that there's a brief Dramatic Pause where all the music comes to pause and Sanageyama just mutters Engarde.
- In his rematch with Ryuko, Sanageyama becomes the first ever character to utterly destroy her at her full strength and not even suffer a single scratch. The only reason she gets away is because his own uniform overheated, but only because Sanageyama was far too powerful. In short, he becomes a rare second consecutive Wake-Up Call Boss after Tsumugu from the previous episode.
- Ryuko manages to outsmart Sanageyama's Tengantsu by deliberately slicing off part of Senketsu and using its sheets to blind him. It doesn't work quite so well the second time, but still.
- On a philosophical level, Satsuki and Ryuko both come across very well.
- Satsuki, for starters, shows off her magnificent brilliance when she manages to make a pretty good argument for her misanthropy while simultaneously adapting Ryuko's attack on the system into her plans. The moment Ryuko and Mako agree to make a club and play the game at Honnoji Academy, they're smoothly brought into the system, and everyone except Ryuko is almost immediately corrupted by luxury and greed and starts acting exactly like the pigs that Satsuki argues that humans are. When Ryuko decides to cut and run, Satsuki gives Mako a Goku Uniform and pits them against each other - and whether Mako or Ryuko won, either outcome would prove her argument.
- At the end, Ryuko manages to Take a Third Option, and she and Mako refuse to play the game, going back to No-Star housing to prove that they value friendship more than greed.
- Ryuko endures a beating from Two Star Mako for hours just so that she would come back to the light, refusing to fight her best friend for both her own reasons and to not prove Satsuki right.
- Mako dons a Two Star Goku uniform. Even before Ryuko transformed out of Senketsu, she got quite the beating.
- Don't forget, despite the massive beating Ryuko got, Mako was holding back all along, as revealed at the end of the fight when she punches the ground out of frustration and creates a HUGE crater.
- The sheer power of Mako's uniform utterly dwarfs the average Two-Star uniform, which by this point have turned into little more than Elite Mooks if even that, being curbstomped by Ryuko left and right in seconds. Not bad for an "underachiever", no?
- Satsuki for being a Magnificent Bitch by enacting a Xanatos Gambit with Ryuko being her Unwitting Pawn by weeding out all of the weaker clubs just so she can enact her next plan.
- Gamagoori shows off the powers of his uniform in a scene ripped straight out of Inazuman.
- Ryuko climbs up one of the five towers laid out by Satsuki by running straight up it without having transformed. Take note that other students with one-star uniforms are shown as being unable to reach the top. The only other students able to reach the tops of the other towers are the Elite Four.
- Gamagoori's flashback shows him trying to battle Satsuki, declaring that he will never kneel to her. When Satsuki attacks him, it's revealed that Gamagoori covered himself in steel armor beforehand. Satsuki then proceeds to defeat him anyways, but Gamagoori keeps himself from kneeling by propping himself on Satsuki's sword sheathe◊, so even when he's unconscious he would not submit. This is what convinces her to recruit him.Gamagoori: I can't defeat you, but I won't lose to you, either!
Satsuki: What did you say?
Gamagoori: You can't make me kneel before you. If you intend to use force to conquer this school, I'll take all of it on myself. I will show you that there are those who will never yield to force. That is my resolve!
- Just before the fight between Gamagoori and Satsuki, it is shown that Gamagoori skipped his own graduation ceremony to confront her, for which Satsuki berates him. Gamagoori replies that if she intends to rule his school by force, he will stop her at all costs, for that is his task as Student Council President, even on the last day of school and even if it means skipping his own graduation.
- Senketsu demonstrating that Three Star Goku Uniforms aren't the only clothes that can get secondary transformations!
- Simply the fact that Ryuko managed to defeat the Nigh Invulnerable Gamagoori by combining the above-mentioned secondary transformation with the Eat Me trope!
- Even better, Senketsu didn't know if he could transform. He just reasoned that he could and Ryuko trusted him enough to play along with his plan.
- The end of the fight against Inumuta. He's pushed back Ryuko to the edge of the ring, since Ryuko is unable to find him because of his Invisibility ability. So what does Ryuko do if she can't go up to her enemy and beat the tar out of him? Why, attack the ENTIRE arena at once, of course!
- The whole following battle against Jakuzure. The transformation of her "uniform" is a giant weapons platform that can fly. We get such gems as machine-gun music notes and huge flute missiles, all set to weaponized classical music scores.
- And right at the end, Senketsu one-ups himself from the previous episode and develops the ability to fly, bringing the battle to the skies and royally pissing off Jakuzure.
- Ryuko and Jakuzure's Beam-O-War battle. Said beams are composed of a thundering rock track VERSUS Beethoven's freaking "Fifth Symphony". It's pretty much Awesome Music weaponized.
- Ryuko overpowering Jakuzure's final move through sheer power of will.
- Senketsu's transformation from a super powered school uniform of awesome to a super powered school uniform of awesome that flies.
- Nui Harime makes her arrival and proceeds to steal the show by taking down Sanageyama with her pinky fingernail.
- Ragyo Kiryuin's introduction. It shows us where Satsuki got her deep, sexy voice from, while Ragyo gave off a CONSTANT blinding rainbow-colored light. It also showed us that Ragyo has a closet full of apparently-sentient clothing, Goku Uniform Star-shaped battle scars, all while playing what is quite possibly the most badass OST in the entire series so far. Take a look for yourself.
- Ryuko completely losing it at the end of the episode, while both terrifying and sad considering the circumstances, is a sight to behold. She is so enraged that the pin in her glove simply shoots out without her even touching it.
- The final moments of Isshin Matoi, Ryuko's father. Nui had ran him through with the Scissor Blade he developed and was about to finish the job, when she got distracted by Ryuko's arrival. In that single moment, Isshin detaches half of the blade and retaliates, cutting out Nui's left eye. This is the only time so far where she hasn't been sporting a sickening smile.
- Satsuki sees the hell being raised by the battle between Nui and Berserk Ryuko, and then orders the Elite Four to evacuate the students while she intervenes.
- Satsuki also delivers a scathing verbal beatdown to Nui by implying that she still hasn't gotten over getting her eye cut out by Isshin and is projecting her desire to get revenge by targeting Ryuko. Afterwards, Satsuki banishes Nui from the school without hesitation.
- This really is Satsuki's episode. While Nui spends the entire fight against Berserk Ryuko dodging and defending, Satsuki goes on the offensive almost immediately, matching all of her power blow-for-blow, eventually expending enough raw strength combined to evict the five stone pillars directly through Honnouji's walls. This is implied directly afterwards to not even be her full power, as she then goes into a blue-aura power-up sequence to counteract Ryuko's red. We haven't even gotten started on these two as far as their power is concerned.
- Mako delivers perhaps the most epic Cooldown Hug ever when she swims through... weird star stuff and hugs, then slaps the shit out of a berserk Ryuko.
- Anything to do with Ryuko's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but special props to saving Mako (once more) by giving her assailant a face full of bike tire.
- The Osakan Student Council President, Kaneo Takarada, refusing to give Sanageyama an inch, physically or philosophically, all while being a hammy over the top goofball.
- Mako threatening a Takarada trooper to shoot her with Takarada Conglomerate bonds and catching every single one of them shot at her in midair. In Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken fashion! Made even more impressive by the fact that she is a No-Star while the money guns proved effective against One-Star Uniform users. She then spends the rest of the episode using the money that was shot at her to have the nice big spending spree throughout Osaka that she really wanted.Mako: Don't you dare get between Mankanshoku Mako and something she wants!
- Ryuko gets to fight Satsuki again, without wearing a properly transformed kamui, attacking Satsuki while her hand is glowing a molten yellow from the sheer heat. She then takes back her glove, and it takes both Satsuki and Jakuzure to fight her. Oh, and at that point, Ryuko doesn't have her scissor blade any more, so she's still not at full power. She compensates by spraying her own blood in Satsuki's face to distract her, disarming her and pointing her own sword against her.
- To drive the point home, Ryuko was able to hold her own against a transformed Satsuki without Senketsu. Then, even after she finally got Senketsu back, Satsuki still had a rather clear advantage...and yet, with some quick thinking on Senketsu, she was able to make a comeback at the last second and end the fight with a draw. This officially makes her the only character to come even close to giving Satsuki a hard time in a battle, let alone actually have a chance of winning.
- Plus, the fact that she actually LANDED A DIRECT PUNCH on Satsuki's face! AND Satsuki is forced to create a Mexican Standoff just to make the fight a draw.
- In the meantime, Aikuro and Tsumugu are fighting Sanageyama and Inumuta respectively (though it's not shown in great detail, Aikuro, a Non-Action Guy until now, manages to survive a fight with Sanageyama, the strongest of Satsuki's henchmen). Gamagoori doesn't get to do much, because he's too busy glaring at Mako.
- The fact that Mako was able to stare down Gamagoori, who was now in an upgraded version of his Three-Star uniform, and not even flinch is many levels of badass on its own.
- Not only does Mako stare Gamagoori in the eye without flinching, she actually moves closer to him so she can give the mummy-looking giant of a man a good hard stare.
- Satsuki proves her Magnificent Bastard chops yet again when she agrees to end the fight and order her brigades to stand down, ending the Mexican Standoff. She offers her sword to Ryuko as a good-faith gesture, but Ryuko refuses because she knows that Satsuki wouldn't go back on her word. And yet, while Satsuki had ordered her men to stand down, she knew that one of her Elite Four was currently incommunicado and on course to complete the destruction of Nudist Beach anyway. She did what she said she would and Nudist Beach's base was destroyed anyway, so her objectives were fulfilled regardless.
- Senketsu rapidly narrating the "recap episode" in less than a minute.
- Doubles as Nightmare Fuel, but the pilot of Satsuki's helicopter is suddenly revealed to be Nui Harime. When asked how she got there, she simply states that she goes wherever she wants, and nobody can stop her.
- Made more frightening by the fact that she was present during the whole Satsuki-Ryuko fight. We get to see her only after she reveals herself because she only came as a spectator. Given that she was dressed as Satsuki's helicopter pilot, she probably was there since the beginning.
- It's Mako to the rescue again, issuing a long-winded, tangentially-related speech that pretty much kills Tsumugu's urge to shoot Ryuko.
- Ragyo gets hers big time when Satsuki shoves Bakuzan straight through her heart mid-rant, crucifies her on the stadium roof, and announces a grand-scale rebellion against her and that Satsuki's been planning this since she was a child.Satsuki: Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! Those are the facts of this world, and you will surrender to them, you pig wrapped in clothing!
- To elaborate even further, we get to see Satsuki angry and just the amount of rage is compelling. Ragyou REALLY got hers.
- Barazo and his family Take A Level In Badass by confronting Gamagoori right on his speech podium and demand to know what happened to Mako and Ryuko. Barazo even suddenly gets an Art Shift to a much cooler-looking design and his voice changes with it when he demands to know if they're alive or not — and if there's going to be a catering at the Grand Festival.
- Barazo's glare actually makes Gamagoori step back! Quite an achievement for the, until now, comic relief character.
- Remember, Barazo Mankanshoku has done things like steal blood from his patients and is reputed to have more deaths than recoveries under his belt. Gamagoori should be afraid.
- This shot. It has to be one of the most effective uses of Glowing Eyes of Doom ever, not to mention the use of shadows. It... It just looks so badass.
- Nui Harime serves as an excellent foil to the rest of the gang, showing how far they've grown. Not only can Ryuko now match her pound for pound, to the point where she's genuinely worried, but the Elite Four actually manage to get some hits in on her, even if they have to work in tandem to do so!
- Awesomeness on the Elite Four's part diminishes when you look back and realize that not one of their hits caused any damage, and Nui was still not fighting seriously against them.
- Ragyo shows how much of a Magnificent Bitch she is. Not only does she survive Satsuki's attempted assassination, she beats the ever loving shit out of her. Satsuki had never lost a fight before this episode, at worst tying with Ryuko back in their fight from Episode 16, so seeing her utterly trashed is a sight to behold.
- Before Ryuko managed to break out of Ragyo's mind control, she was fighting on equal footing against a transformed Satsuki without activating Senketsu. Apparently, the mind control undid some sort of mental limiters she was putting on her natural power.
- Ryuko breaking out of Ragyo's mental control. Her red forelock cuts off the Life Fibers binding her brain!
- That's just the start for that scene, Ryuko then proceeds to fracture her own skull to tear the thread out of her brain. There is blood running down that side of her face afterwards.
- And then we learn that she lived through Ragyo subjecting her to ridiculously grotesque medical experiments and then leaving her for dead not long after her birth. If anyone's the Determinator here, it's her.
- It may not appear as much considering the superpowered stunts other characters pull but Soroi, an elderly man, carrying the entire strike force sent to Kiryuin manor on his back was pretty badass.
- Also, the Mankanshoku family continues eating after being un-cocooned. Everyone else in the stadium was a zombie at that point.
- Mako's evacuation efforts: When just telling everyone to leave doesn't work, she jumps in the family truck and puts her beloved snacks on the line to lure the civilians away. Since when could she drive, anyway?
- Satsuki definitely deserves a mention. This episode is a culmination of a lifetime of preparations, gathering allies, equipment and manipulating herself into the perfect position to overthrow Ragyo. She had all her bases covered and was prepared for pretty much everything. The only reason she failed was because she didn't realize just how much of an inhuman monstrosity her mother was.
- Continuing from the end of the previous episode, a battered and Junketsu-less Satsuki shows that she's not defeated even when all her plans are in shreds - she blows up the stadium and sends Ragyo and Ryuko flying from the explosion, stopping Ragyo from capturing Ryuko or the Elite Four right there.
- Nonon Jakuzure appearing in the standard-issue outfit of Nudist Beach, wielding half of Satsuki's Bakuzan to save Mako's younger brother.
- Uzu Sanageyama overseeing the evacuation of his former delinquent cohorts. Even though his efforts cost him his Goku Uniform.
- Isshin Matoi is Soichiro Kiryuin. Faking his own death from an RPG blast then completely changing himself, all the way down to his posture.
- Gamagoori rescues Mako from a COVER with a vacuum fist, which results in an unnecessary yet awesome explosion. "In Heaven's stead, I smite clothing!"
- Satsuki has been enduring a month-long torture session. The stinger shows that she has had a way to escape the whole time. She just wanted some info on what Ragyo was planning.
- A minor one, but Mako's brother staying in town in hopes of trying to save Mako and surviving for a month on his own is nothing to sneeze at.
- When Mako is eaten by a COVERS it becomes ginormous as a representation of her inherent power.
- A group of Kanto delinquents letting COVERS eat them on purpose to wreak havoc from inside. Even if they failed, it was still a great show of badassery and courage.
- The first major thing Ryuko does in this episode? She obliterates an entire army of COVERS with a single stroke of her Scissor Blade WITHOUT wearing her Kamui, AND managing to rescue the people stuck inside the COVERS at the same time.
- How does Ryuko get into the Honnouji Academy? Using a cable car (again) to fling herself over the walls, burst out of the car with her motorcycle and destroy any COVERS waiting for her.
- Ryuko manages to catch and fatally impale Nui, while wearing a huge grin. Nui makes a pained, scared expression and seems to be dying, but then laughs it off to reveal her ability to Ryuko. "Just kidding"!
- Satsuki can take down COVERS while naked, with her hands tied and using only her sharpened toe nail as a weapon.
- The Elite Four and Satsuki manage to silently communicate which makes their eyes glow.
- Followed by an awesome rescue.
- Satsuki puts on Senketsu in order to stop her sister who's been brainwashed by Ragyo and Junketsu.
- Ragyo casually dodges a missile by tilting her head.
- The reveal that Nudist Beach has their own goddamn aircraft carrier. Its launch sequence is awe-inspiring, with Nudist Beach's leitmotif playing throughout, hitting its crescendo as the Naked Sun emerges and transforms.
- A retroactive one for Satsuki considering the revelations of this episode. Every time Satsuki fought Ryuko with Junketsu active she was essentially fighting two battles. The one against Ryuko and the one against Junketsu trying to Mind Rape her into obedience.
- Nonon performs a Shut Up, Hannibal! on Ryuko. With rocket launchers!
- Ryuko finally snaps out of her Heroic BSoD and brainwashed state, then throws her Scissor Blade, impaling Nui, launching her several meters into the air, and ultimately suspending her from the deck by her ribcage. She's just as stunned as you are.
- She then essentially rips her own skin off in order to remove Junketsu so that she can put Senketsu on again. The last shot of the episode has her drenched in her own blood, with more of it raining down on her, and pure determination in her eyes.
- Satsuki gets Nui angry.
- Naked Satsuki is also able to fight Nui on the same level as she last fought Ryuko while both were using their Kamui. Regular human she may be, but the girl has resolve, just like she says.
- All of five minutes after putting on Senketsu for the first time, Satsuki fights Ryuko by using both of Senketsu's Senjin and Shippu forms... and then combines them into Senjin Shippu.
- The fact that Satsuki was able to synchronize with Senketsu at all is pretty awesome in itself, considering the strain it puts on her, as well as their mutual desire to save somebody they care about, that is, Ryuko.
- Ryuko wearing Junketsu is terrifyingly awesome. Satsuki lands two blows the whole fight, and neither does more than make Ryuko angry. She effortlessly destroys Satsuki's transformations while delivering a No Holds Barred Beat Down on Satsuki far surpassing the one Ragyo laid on her. She deconstructs Satsuki's entire life and attitude. She even ignores the Elite Four's strategy because she was sewn into Junketsu. She even dodges Mako.
- Despite being cut to shreds with the Sword Scissor, Senketsu was still able to pull himself together and throw himself back into the fray when he sees Mako in danger.
- When Ryuko is advancing murderously on Mako, her family all assemble to form a human shield.
- Mako punches Senketsu into the wound that Satsuki inflicts on Ryuko, physically forcing him into her body so that he can separate her innate Life Fibers from those of Junketsu.
- Ryuko's synchronization with Senketsu looks like a gattai right out of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. And in true TTGL style, the power of her transformation literally blows Nui away. Most breathtaking is the shot right after she transforms - a brilliant light shining from behind her, her and Senketsu's eyes glowing bright, all while the orchestral version of "Before My Body Is Dry" hits its triumphant crescendo.
- Not only that, Senketsu gets one alone. After Mako gives him a lift so he can synchronize with Ryuko, Nui moves in to eviscerate him with both Scissor Blades. He responds by detaching his skirt to let the attack fly through him, and leapfrog off her head.
- At first it looks like bad news because Nui now has both Scissor Blades, but Ryuko turns the situation around in mere seconds: she avoids all of Nui's attacks, claims both Scissor Blades back and then uses them to slice off both of Nui's arms, absorbing them into Senketsu.
- Nui's initial attack of using both Scissor Blades to shoot an X-shaped Sword Beam is easily deflected with a single, unflinching backhanded block... as in, Ryuko doesn't forcefully backhand it away, but the simple act of raising the back of her hand is enough to deflect it into the water.
- The counterattack against the COVERS, during which Gamagoori takes Dual Wielding Up to Eleven by using NINE Vacuum Fists at once... and getting off a pretty epic series of "kyu" punsnote in the process!
- Satsuki agreeing to take a punch from Ryuko at full power, despite the fact that, because she has no uniform, the hit could kill her. Gamagoori and Sanageyama then take those punches, yelling at Ryuko for not respecting their Lady Satsuki by using her full power.Gamagoori: Such half-assed punches are not worthy of Lady Satsuki!
- The Elite Four defending Satsuki and their epic speech of their Undying Loyalty.Jakuzure: Our face is Lady Satsuki's face! Our limbs are Lady Satsuki's limbs! For her, we could be smashed or sliced off and have no regrets!Inumuta: However, these limbs have a mind of their own, so we can be quite obstinate!Sanageyama: We, the Honnouji Academy Elite Four, are Lady Satsuki's irresistible spear! Her unyielding shield!Gamagoori: If you want to strike Lady Satsuki, strike us! But you'll find that we don't yield easily!
- Hououmaru even gets a moment, being able to speak so calmly while a geyser of blood spurts into her face, and talking down to a complete psychopath who just went off her rocker, at that.
- Finally getting to see Sewing Club President Iori Shiro transform into his Three-Star(!) Goku Uniform, Tailor's Regalia.
- Fight Club President Mankanshoku Mako is back.
- Ryuko and Satsuki's synchronized sisterly Kamui transformation, accompanied by the triumphant return of "DON'T LOSE YOUR WAY".
- Junketsu has copied all of Senketsu's transformations, allowing Satsuki to fly with Ryuko as equals. They're even both Dual Wielding; Satsuki with the reforged pieces of Bakugan, Ryuko with the two Scissor Blades.
- Fight Club President Mako tops Gamagoori's 9 Vacuum Fists with 999 of them, and adds even more "kyu" puns!
- Iori making damn good on his statement from the previous episode that he alone is enough to provide Goku Uniforms for a whole army.
- The Elite Four get their ultimate Goku Uniform upgrades and kick tons of ass.
- Sanageyama's Secret Unleashed— HE'S NO LONGER BLIND!
- Sanageyama deserves special mention here. He managed to HIT RAGYO. Keep in mind that Satsuki and Ryuko were unable to land a hit when double teaming her earlier. His status as the strongest of the Elite Four is NOT for show.
- Inumuta making a glorious return to the frontlines, at last!
- Gamagoori prevents Ragyo's swords from hurting Satsuki by blocking the attack with his arms.
- Sanageyama's Secret Unleashed— HE'S NO LONGER BLIND!
- In order to get to the Original Life Fiber, Ryuko lets herself get cut in half by Ragyo, giving just enough defense so that her Life Fibers aren't completely severed. Then Satsuki continues fighting Ragyo in order to buy time so Ryuko can heal and dive into the Original Life Fiber.
- In a last ditch effort, Aikuro turns the Naked Sun into a GIANT NAKED DAGGER, bent on stabbing right through the Primordial Life Fiber. But unfortunately, the ship's losing power fast. The only functioning turbine left isn't spinning too quickly and they can't accelerate fast enough. How does this get fixed? Through sheer Heroic Willpower courtesy of Mako Mankanshoku and the other Club Presidents, they all run and spin the turbine to power up the ship, even to the extent of leaving the water and rocketing through the air. With their forces and Ryuko's power combined, they all destroy the Primordial Life Fiber!
Ryuko: "Cause being incomprehensible is kinda our thing!"Dub!Ryuko: "That's what you get when you cross us; it's WTF all the way!"
- Break that sequence down for a second, because there is an even more subtle moment of both awesome and badassery for Mako. Remember, only turbine 2 was functioning, and the engine room shot shows the normal humans couldn't hack it. Mikisugi even says so the very next line. The next engine room shot, you see Mako running in the turbine. The next scene, the ship sparkles up, jumps to warp and flies up to the Primordial Life Fiber and stabs it (just like Dai-Gurren in episode 15. Interestingly enough, that scene too was set to similar sounding insert songs, see entry below)! Cue the cute dialogue that shows Mako first spinning fast, then really fast as if she lost control, then back to normal with the addition of all of the Two Stars (Well played joke, by the by, for having the Two-Stars on number 2 turbine. Wink wink, nudge nudge). Think about that for a moment. That very clearly means that for the first half of the Naked Sol's attack run, up to and including the stabbing, Mako was POWERING THE ENTIRE SHIP! BY! HER! DAMN! SELF!
- "Sanbika", the insert song from a few of the bigger moments in the first 12 episodes (namely the Episode 3 Satsuki fight, the Fight Club montage, and Senketsu Mubyoshi/Sound Negation), makes one last appearance during this scene.
- And to top it all off, when Ragyo is going off on This Cannot Be!, Ryuko retorts by saying something fairly close to what the Team Dai-Gurren would say, all while she, Satsuki, Mako and the Elite Four replicate the Asskicking Pose from the final episode.
- Ryuko, Satsuki, the Elite Four, and the Two-Star Club Presidents face-off against Ragyo to reclaim Honnouji Academy.
- The accompanying shot of EVERY SINGLE LIVING PROTAGONIST (including all of Nudist Beach and Honnouji Academy's generics, numbering in what must be the thousands ) standing together at full power, ready for the final battle to save the world. This is Gurren Lagann at a whole other level.
- In a meta example, Studio Trigger managed to finish animating the final episode a mere 14 hours before it went to air.
- The entire episode qualifies, as it is simply one long, extended, continuously escalating battle after the fashion of the Anti-Spiral King fight.
- First off, Ragyo has everyone paralyzed due to Shinra-Kotetsu's Absolute Domination... except Gamagoori, who moves despite this, all while carrying Mako and rest of the Elite Four to the battlefield. Then, when Nui attempts to kill Mako, he takes the blow for her, screaming his title as the Academy's shield and growing in size with every punctuation.
- After Gamagoori falls by Nui's hand, she attempts to go for the finishing blow before being stopped by an underwear-clad Ryuko, also breaking free of Absolute Domination. Because she's neither human, nor Life Fiber.
- Ryuko then directs her attention to Ragyo, and tries to take her on by herself to no avail, as everyone is absorbed into the revived Original Life Fiber. When Ragyo gloats about all of this, she's suddenly impaled by Senketsu, who's also able to move for similar reasons to Ryuko. He then activates Shippu Senjin of his volition, and turns into what couldn't be more of a Shout-Out to the ''Giga Drill Break'' and removes Rei from Ragyo's body, stopping Absolute Domination in the process.
- It's at this point the full version of the second opening Ambiguous begins playing. Ryuko walks up to the weakened Ragyo donning Senketsu. Both of them declare in unison that the real power behind their Life Fiber Synchronize is that they are neither human nor clothing, and give Ragyo the most epic headbutt ever. Then Satsuki tosses her one half of the Scissor blades, while she wields the other and they do an epic Ass-Kicking Pose before cutting Ragyo down together. It has to be seen to be believed.
- While this is going on however, Mako and the rest of the Elite Four try to destroy the transmitter before the Life Fibers cover the planet. Nui tries to intercept them... until familiar maniacal laughter descends from the sky. Gamagoori, surviving his apparent death, proceeds to leave his last mark on the series nearly the same way he debuted back in the first episode: he rips open the barrier covering the transmitter with his bare hands, and grows a second face on his stomach through the power of his Goku Uniform, and gives the opening for Aikuro and Tsumugu to blow it up.
- Gamagoori ripping the barrier open counts for some extra awesome for Iori by proxy. This is the same type of barrier as the one Satsuki used during the Naturals Election. Mikisugi stated that it is so powerful that even a Kamui user going at full power would find it hard to pierce it. That's right, Iori finally created a uniform capable of reaching the power output of a Kamui.
- Through The Power of Friendship, Ryuko and Senketsu absorb the Life Fibers from everyone's Goku Uniforms and turns into his ultimate form: Senketsu-Kisaragi. Senketsu finally opens his right eye as well.
- Ragyo is defeated by a Chekhov's Gun first fired back in the FIRST EPISODE: The real reason that Senketsu had been absorbing Life Fibers all this time was to increase his absorption ability, in order to steal Absolute Submission from Ragyo.
- A dark example, but Ragyo choosing to end her own life and stay true to the path she chose rather than surrender is pretty damn awesome in its own way.
- Before that, Nui also goes out on her own terms by cheerfully decapitating herself, reverting to a mass of Life Fibers and merging with the Original Life Fiber in order to power up Ragyo. Everyone was expecting her to be killed by an opponent, so for her to pull a stunt like this is her final grand moment of Trolling.
- UNLESS you view it as this. Nui did conclusively lose to Ryuko two episodes ago and thus her SPIRIT was what died then. She really was just running on auto-pilot and pure rage up until the above moment. Unlike before, she never fully went back to truly being that same Smug Snake that cheerfully told Ryuko she killed her dad many episodes ago. Thusly, this final act is more of Nui pulling a Rage Quit as she refused to accept her loss.
- Before that, Nui also goes out on her own terms by cheerfully decapitating herself, reverting to a mass of Life Fibers and merging with the Original Life Fiber in order to power up Ragyo. Everyone was expecting her to be killed by an opponent, so for her to pull a stunt like this is her final grand moment of Trolling.
- Satsuki solidifies her position as the mightiest Cool Big Sis by catching Ryuko falling from orbit at terminal velocity in mid-air and managing to safely slow her down together with the rest of the cast.
- Every named character alive at the beginning of the series other than Senketsu, Nui and Ragyo, is alive at the end.
- A villainous example. Rei Hououmaru, a single non-powered woman nearly killing most of the cast with her Evil Plan. You have to give props for her tenacity.
- One tiny little moment. Ryuko orders the Elite Four to help evacuate the school, and they IMMEDIATELY agree and comply. After everything they've been through, after all of the fighting they did, first against each other, and then together against a common enemy, all five respect each other as equals. Fire-Forged Friends indeed.
- A weaponless, Senketsu-less Ryuko managing to hold her own against the past selves of the Elite Four.
- Mako hijacking the The Honnouji robot despite being kidnapped in order to deliver a Rousing Speech. She even forces the robot arms into her classic "Hallelujah" position!
- The Elite Four defeating their Goku Uniform wearing past selves without the help of any Life Fibers whatsoever.
- Nonon creates the same sort of nullification wave that Ryuuko used against her using her heart alone.
- Ira punching his past self in the gut and then pulling out and severing the banshii.
- Houka simply walks up to his past self's blind spot and hit the power button on his uniform.
- Uzu proclaiming how his heart, mind, and eyes are all open as he proceeds to get past his old suit's defenses and then cutting it in half.
- Ryuko calling back her Scissor Blades. A massive Oh, Crap! moment for Rei, and a fittingly awesome way to end the series.
- Ryuuko creating giant size modes for her Scissor Blades. It should be noted that each of these scissors is bigger than the S.S. Naked Sun.
- SCISSOR BLADE, FINAL ADDRESS MODE!
- SCISSOR BLADE, DECOMMISSIONING MODE!
- To put it into perspective exactly how big the scissors are, Ryuuko cuts the whole school in half with them.
- Naturally, this epic moment has a fitting song to go along with it. The triumphant and final return of "DON'T LOSE YOUR WAY".
- Satsuki gets one of her own in a way that doesn't involve combat. Satsuki had spent the greater part of the episode with a severe loss of purpose after Ragyo's defeat. After getting cut by an enraged and knife-wielding Rei, she understands the horrors Rei has gone through and fearlessly asks her to join in creating a better world. The Holy Backlight generated by her intense willpower shines at last, showing that the Satsuki we know is back and has a new purpose in life.