In the episode 7 of the show Luluco Space Patrol, a lot of references to the anime Kill La Kill are made:

  • The planet they are visiting is named KLK (initials for Kill La Kill)
  • The characters are talking about living fibers and how it is necessary to use special scissors to cut them
  • Some of the characters from Kill La Kill are present, such as the dog and the white clothes in background
  • The "big excessive titles" we can see in Kill La Kill are present in this episode:

    宇宙ナントカ 詐欺現行犯

  • At 5:20, we can hear the main theme of Kill La Kill

  • etc.

My question is: what links those two shows? Same editor/writer? What common points link those two anime close enough to have an entire episode of Luluco dedicated to Kill La Kill?


My question is: what links those two shows? Same editor/writer?

Same everything, pretty much. Both shows are original IPs by Trigger (the animation studio), directed by studio founder Imaishi Hiroyuki, and I assume that many other staff members worked on both shows.

Trigger (or maybe it's just Imaishi) is known to be fond of reference humor - there were, for example, oblique references to Kill la Kill even in Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de, the latter of which was an adaptation of a non-Trigger IP. Given the opportunity to reference one of their own IPs from another of their own IPs - which means they don't have to tiptoe around copyright issues - the results are what you see in episode 7 of Space Patrol Luluco.

In addition to the Kill la Kill thing in episode 7, there's also Little Witch Academia in episode 8; Sex & Violence with Machspeed in episode 9; and Inferno Cop in episode 11. These three things are also original Trigger IPs.

  • I'm sorry, but I do not know what the "IP" term means...
    – Ikaros
    Aug 30 '16 at 21:44
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    In this context, what I mean by "an original IP" is something like "a show and its associated franchise for which intellectual property rights are held [by Trigger]". Likewise, "a non-Trigger IP" is "a show/etc for which intellectual property rights are not held by Trigger". This usage is a bit weird, I'll grant; I think it originates in discussions of video games, where something like "the Mario series" would be called "an IP" (from "intellectual property").
    – senshin
    Aug 30 '16 at 21:51
  • Ho, makes more sense! Thanks for your answer
    – Ikaros
    Aug 30 '16 at 21:52

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