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At the end of Honnouji Academy's Naturals Election, the one who appeared before Satsuki is not Nui, but Ragyo!? What is the reason behind Ragyo's sudden appearance? What is going on with all the strange phenomenons that has been occurring?
The story premise from the official website
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Kill La Kill - IF is a game based off of Kill la Kill, developed by A+ Games and published by Arc System Works in close relation with Studio Trigger. The game was released in the summer of 2019, available on Steam, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. You can read more information on the official website.

The story is a What If? scenario of the anime's story, diverging directly at episode 8, at the conclusion of the Naturals Election story arc.

You initially control Satsuki Kiryuin as the main protagonist of this game, and proceed along with the story while battling against various characters. All scenarios are completely new and fully supervised under the watchful eyes ofthe original scenario-writer, Kazuki Nakashima. You will be experiencing the story unfolding from the perspective of Satsuki Kiryuin, the rival of the original series' protagonist Ryuko. After completing Satsuki's story, a new What If? story focusing on Ryuko will unlock.

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The game is a one on one fighter that takes place on a 3D open area. The game places emphasis on a Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors mechanic that can give one player a significant advantage in combat if they do well enough.

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Base Game

  • Satsuki Kiryuin
  • Ryuko Matoi
  • Ira Gamagoori
  • Uzu Sanageyama
  • Houka Inumuta
  • Nonon Jakuzure
  • Nui Harime
  • Ragyo Kiryuin
  • Ryuko Matoi (Dual-Wield) - Alternate version where Ryuko has possession of both Rending Scissors.
  • Satsuki Kiryuin (Dual-Wield) - Alternate version where Satsuki uses both Bakuzan Koryu and Bakuzan Gako.

Free Downloadable Content

  • Mako Mankanshoku
  • Ultimate Double Naked DTR (Dotonbori Robo)

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  • Abnormal Ammo: Nui Harime's long-ranged projectile attacks has her send out clones of herself.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Building up to a Three-Star uniform requires using a lot of your SP gauge to initiate Bloody Valors. Once you reach Three-Star, your SP gauge will automatically fill up, giving you a chance to pull off a Fiber Lost Secret Arts.
  • Cast From Hitpoints: True to his character, Gamagoori can sacrifice some of his health in order to flog himself and build up strength for his next attack.
  • Combining Mecha: The Ultimate Double Naked DTR, composed of the Dotonbori Robos of Mikisugi and Kinagase.
  • Dual Wielding: Both Ryuko and Satsuki have different modes where they wield two weapons. Ryuko has possession of both Scissor Blades, while Satsuki has both Bakuzan Koryu and Bakuzan Gako. You choose which version you play as on the character select screen, and the mode give both characters completely different move sets.
  • Eleventh Hour Super Power: Just the same as how Ryuko's Senketsu obtained its Kisaragi form in the final episodes of the anime, Satsuki is introduced to Junketsu Shinzui in the same manner.
  • Finishing Move: Every character has access to a Fiber Lost Secret Arts, which require a Three-Star uniform obtained through Bloody Valor clashes, and 100% SP Gauge earned from fighting. Successfully connecting will initiate a flashy cinematic that instantly defeats your opponent.
    Ryuko: Life fiber override! SEN-I-SOSHITSU!
  • For Want of a Nail: The game diverges from the anime's plot when Nui doesn't interrupt Ryuko's fight with Sanageyama, instead showing up with Ragyo to watch Satsuki fight Ryuko.
  • Forced Tutorial: The first proper battle in the story mode has Shiro Iori explaining the game's mechanics to Satsuki as she battles Ryuko. Iori places a list of button commands to execute each type of move that you must complete before moving on.
  • Foregone Victory: The story's first battle is impossible to lose. Being a tutorial, Satsuki must defeat Ryuko in order to advance the story. Satsuki's life bar will restore itself to full no matter how much damage she takes, and the timer is set to infinite.
  • Fragile Speedster: True to form in the anime, Inamuta is extremely fast, but also extremely frail.
  • Genre-Busting: The game is a 3D arena fighter, but the official website lists the game's genre as "KLK Battle Action".
  • Hack and Slash: The story mode has a couple of levels where the player squares off against hordes of COVERs.
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: Shiro Iori explains the game's mechanics to Satsuki in the first battle of the game as she battles Ryuko.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Both Japanese and English dubs try to match up with the very stiff mouth animations with varying degrees of success. There are plenty of lines where the audible sentence ends long before the character's mouth stops moving.
  • Instant-Win Condition: A Fiber Lost Secret Arts will instantly defeat your opponent if it connects, regardless of what round or how much health your opponent has.
  • Limited Animation: Keeping in line with Nui's alien nature from the series, Nui is animated at 30 frames rather than everyone's 60 frames, which makes her movements look notably more rigid. She also briefly turns two-dimensional during her Evasive Actions, as opposed to everyone remaining three-dimensional during theirs.
  • New Game+: Beating Satsuki's storyline unlocks a new story mode focusing on Ryuko, which also plays out differently from the anime.
  • Self-Duplication: Nui Harime's moveset revolves heavily around creating clones of herself in combat.
  • Super Mode: Satsuki gets her own equivalent to Ryuko's Senketsu Kisaragi, Junketsu Shinzui.
  • Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors: The game's combat system is a two-layered system of Rock Paper Scissors.
    • Basic combat consists of Normal Attacks (fast, basic attacks that can make combos), Break Attacks (slow, heavy attacks), and Guarding. On top of that, there Evasive Action (sidestepping attacks), and Anti-Evasion Attacks (moves that attack where you predict your opponent will move to)
      • Normal Attacks > Break Attacks > Guard > Normal Attacks
      • Normal Attacks > Anti-Evasion Attacks > Evasive Action > Normal Attacks
    • On top of basic combat, there's the Bloody Valor system, where both opponents clash off in a cinematic "debate" of Rock Paper Scissors. The selection the victor chooses will give them various boosts to their attack, increases their SP gauge, restore some of their life, and adds a star to their uniform (up to three.)
      • Mock (Paper) > Taunt (Rock) > Provoke (Scissors)
  • Theme Music Power-Up: "Before My Body is Dry" plays when you pull off a Fiber Lost Secret Art on your opponent.
  • What If?: The premise of the game diverges into an alternate story that plays out from Satsuki's perspective after the events of episode 8 of the anime.

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