Hi there, I’m yukipapapa, the writer.
This is the seventh episode of Space Patrol Luluco, which is an opening episode of season three. Are you sure you want to go this far, in the pilot episode of the new season…? That question to Trigger, the animation production company, was my initial reaction to the round that is jampacked with absolutely crazy jokes and parodies. Hats off to you, team Trigger!
Alright, let’s look at this show together.
Luluco and everybody in the ship are stunned and confused. What has just happened? Where is dad’s body? Where is mom? And.. what about Ogikubo?
While everybody have slightly different emotions and objectives in the given situation, they all agree to take a quick look at the red-and-black planet that is floating right in front of their space ship.
Highlight 1: KILL la KILL Parody Explodes
Ah what a bonus to Trigger studio fans! In the previous episode, Luluco and her friends were blown over to this mysterious part of the galaxy, where this unidentifiable planet awaited them.
My hunch told me that the production staff brought in the world of another show called “KILL la KILL” to merge with this show. Trigger produces both KILL la KILL and Space Patrol Luluco. But, after a more considerable deliberation, I was like, that’s not gonna happen. The staff probably decided to recycle some graphic elements.
You know what? My hunch was right. The black-and-red planet is called KLK-X.
KLK… KILL la KILL. Get it? It can’t be a coincident! The official source has validated this parody!
According to the residents of the galaxy, KLK-X is the closest to the real Ogikubo. The user ratings say “This is as close to the authentic Ogikubo as you can get.” Wait, what? Is “Ogikubo” that super awesome? What is “Ogikubo” in the first place?
The story unfolds that the galactic life fabric thrives on organic human energy, and they use this planet as a tool to suck on energy from humans.
The life fabric sucks human energy… This theme can be found in KILL ka KILL.
An ordinary tool won’t work on this fabric. To cut the thread, you would need a pair of scissor specifically made of hardened life fabric, or whatever that is.
The background music in the battle against the life fabric monster is the same music used in KILL ka KILL! Yay!
On the burning field of the thread-covered planet, try to find two dog-faced ailiens, crying loud, if you will. Those are from KILL la KILL, Mako Mankanshoku’s pet, named “Guts.”
The story itself is actually well-structured and gutty, just like KILL ka KILL, but, the visuals and the parody elements bring this show to a whole new level. The comedy part is dynamic and speedy. You will find yourself laughing out loud, like me.
If you watched KILL la KILL, this is a must-see episode to check out!
Highlight 2: Nova’s Hundreds Face Expressions!?
The life fabric creature discloses that his fingers are connected to humans by the thread of fate, and he takes the appearance of whomever their hearts desire. To Luluco’s eyes, the creature takes the form of Nova, of course.
Because the story progresses from Luluco’s point of view, she ends up busting chops of an enemy that looks like Nova. While the real Nova has soft manner, this fake Nova is a pure villain. His scornful look when he looks down on humans is the opposite from our Nova. What a bad-ass! But actualy I like the gap!
This life thread has a major weak point. Director-General Overjusitce uses his flame-covered body to burn down the thread.
“Ouch! Hot!” The fire eventually reaches fake Nova’s hands, and the creature screams in surprise and anger. The original Nova never loses his coolness, so, the contrast between cool and hot is simply fun. When the fake Nova finally accepts his defeat, he chooses to burn himself down, rather than being caught or sent to jail. This scene is exaggerated with an old classic graphic novel touch, which suits our generation, both unreal and silly. The fake Nova kun is nothing but a sad pretty boy.
If you are a Nova fan, check it out, I bet you will enjoy the rare variation of his sad, bad-boy, and still dazzling, faces!