I watched Kill la Kill, or, that anime where the magical girl costumes involve stripper gear.
Note neither character is transformed here, because their actual outfits are Not Safe For Work.
Here is what I can tell you about it:
1) I watched all of it in a few days.
2) I almost never had the slightest clue what would happen next.
3) Fight scenes.
4) Really loved the female characters.
5) Japan why must you be so rapey.
So! When I say I would recommend it, definitely consider that last bit. The initial stuff is mostly ogling/flashing, where it’s a matter of your tolerance for the joke of “the man is doing an inappropriate but not explicitly threatening thing, the woman threatens or assaults him in response”, and while the implications there are terrible I personally can roll with the idea this is taking place in an alternative universe where things work that way. But then actual sexual abuse happens in the second half. This is probably meant to be part of whatever Kill la Kill is saying about sexuality/clothing/society, and I may not be entirely clear on what’s going on but I can say with certainty it was not necessary for whatever that was.
Kill la Kill is definitely saying something, though. I’m pretty sure it’s saying a lot of things, in fact, but it’s saying them in a very Japan way at a million miles an hour, so I likely missed half of it. I honestly found the question of objectification an interesting one, in part because while the outfit is completely designed around it the frantic and brutal fight scenes actually keep the camera from focusing the way anime normally does. Similarly, the magical girl transformation is pornographic, but the need to stuff more fight scene into an episode means they often skip some or all of it. The outfit is in-universe ridiculous but out of universe the anime’s overall design is actually conspiring against taking full advantage of that. Is the fact Ryuko needs to get over her embarrassment at wearing the outfit to succeed echoing the idea women are empowered by showing skin, or is the point that people need to stop reading anything into what people wear? Why is her outfit a guy, and is the blood a metaphor for sex or menstruation? Both? Life itself? Her opposing number’s outfit is a “wedding dress” called Purity, which at first pass suggests the former, but on second pass that whole side of things is wrongheaded and in denial, so it’s probably not a clear cut duality.
A large part of what I found enjoyable about Kill la Kill is simply how the narrative focus is centered around female characters far more than the camera is centered on female butts. It’s not impossible that my standards have just been destroyed by the fact the last dozen animes I poked were of the “here’s a cool girl but sorry, Sir Boring is our protagonist so deal” sort, but the story revolves around Ryuko, who is “avenging her father” in a way that sure looks a lot like it’s more about avenging her own shitty life and feelings of isolation; Mako, who’s Ryuko’s biggest supporter (and who Ryuko will stop on a dime for, even while out of her mind); and Satsuki, who manages to pull off an ice queen you’re so beneath me I didn’t even notice you thing while still being utterly obsessed with everything Ryuko is doing and who’s also busy with some 4th dimensional chess level plotting. And while surprise villains-behind-the-villain naturally pop up as the series continues, the bigger bads? Still female. Male characters exist, but they stay in their lane rather than try to usurp the plot. Is that one dude possibly interested in Mako? I guess. Is he going to get time to actually address that? No, Mako has to give another speech about how great Ryuko is and how they’re going on a date later.
In conclusion, while searching for a picture to stick on this I found a Ryuko body pillow and it’s awful because Ryuko’s demure blush is massively OOC. Whatever else you can say about the rationale behind this anime, Ryuko does not blush demurely when she’s embarrassed, she’s either stone-faced or furious and either way she will absolutely be following it up with city-leveling amounts of violence.