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Anime Like Kill La Kill Can’t Be Made Anymore, Says Director Hiroyuki Imaishi

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In a recent interview with Febri, renowned anime director Hiroyuki Imaishi talked about why he believes it would be impossible to recreate an anime like Kill La Kill today.

Reflecting on a recent screening event where he revisited past episodes, Imaishi revealed that he was struck by the realization that recreating the magic of Kill La Kill would be nearly impossible today.

Imaishi explained that this feeling wasn’t new and surfaced with every project he undertook, but it was especially pronounced in this instance. He emphasized that Kill La Kill was a product of its time, achievable only under the specific conditions and creative environment that existed back then.

Moreover, the production of Kill La Kill didn’t involve much of a planning (even if it was more than what was done during the making of his earlier work Gurren Lagann) and Studio Trigger didn’t have the resources to fully meet the project’s demands.

This pushed the staff beyond their capabilities. This ambitious approach, although challenging, played a significant role in the studio’s growth and development of the anime.

For that screening event, I had to choose a favorite episode, so I went back and watched bits and pieces. And once again, it hit me: ‘We couldn’t make something like this anymore.’ I feel this way with every project, but it was particularly true this time. It was something we could only create back then. It wasn’t meticulously calculated—well, we were more calculated than we were during ‘Gurren Lagann,’ but still, the studio (TRIGGER) back then didn’t have the capacity to match what the project was trying to achieve (laughs). If the production capacity back then was a 10, we were ordering something like 20. But because of that, we were able to grow.

Kill la Kill is a Japanese anime television series created and produced by Trigger. The series is Trigger’s first original anime television project, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, both of whom had previously worked together on Gurren Lagann in 2007 and would go on to work on Promare in 2019.

Kill la Kill was broadcast in Japan on MBS’ Animeism programming block between October 2013 and March 2014. An original video animation (OVA) was released as a 25th episode in September 2014.

A manga adaptation by Ryo Akizuki began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine from October 2013 to March 2015.

Source: Febri

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