Studio Trigger has struggled for weeks to promote When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, also known as Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de. After the astounding success of Kill la Kill, old and new fans alike were confused by Trigger’s new show, a slice-of-life harem comedy with supernatural elements adapted from a series of light novels.
The series has mercifully ended this week, but both of Inou-Battle‘s fans were shocked by the finale. Rather than wrapping up the adventures of the Senko High Literature Club or resolving the Fairy War, episode 12 of Inou-Battle was simply an episode of Kill la Kill.
“It’s the only way we could be sure anyone would watch,” guest director Hiroyuki Imaishi told Anime Maru. “The most talked-about episodes of the show were the ones which featured Kill la Kill references.”
The series had until now only featured momentary references or cameos from Kill la Kill. Examples included Life Fiber sporting equipment, or Mako, Satsuki, and Ryuko appearing in the background. These episodes, according to sources who did not wish to be named, were the most-watched in the series, while the numbers of viewers in episodes without these were staggeringly low.Reports indicate that episode 12 of Inou-Battle and episode 26 of Kill la Kill, “Mama Said Knock You Out,” was a beach episode featuring Ryuko and Satsuki attempting to bond as sisters, while Mako goes on a date with Gamagoori. Senketsu, Junketsu, and Nui Harime all appeared to return for this episode. These reports are unconfirmed, because Anime Maru was unable to find anyone still watching Inou-Battle.
When asked for comment, Inou-Battle creator Kota Nozomi expressed disapproval of Trigger’s decision. “I trusted Trigger to faithfully adapt the story of Jurai, Tomoyo, Chifuyu, and the rest, The fact that they wouldn’t even care to finish the story is truly-”
Nozomi was then cut off by Imaishi, who entered the room with a new drawing of Satsuki in a school swimsuit. As such, nobody cared what Nozomi had to say anymore. We think someone said something about doing this again with Ninja Slayer, but Satsuki had her hair up in twintails, so we weren’t really listening.
The final episode of Inou-Battle aired on Monday, and will be streamed by CrunchyRoll sometime next week, as usual for Kill la Kill. Daiz is currently inventing new English words for the setting elements introduced in the episode, and will release his subs when he’s sure they’re sufficiently stupid-sounding.