So in my last post, I somewhat lamented how the lack of wearing clothes, stylized or not, was at the forefront of the show. It felt up to this point that it was over done and without a higher purpose. But that changes in this episode, in a fairly dramatic fashion. While I can’t tackle this subject with any philosophical dialogue, I highly recommend you read AJtheFourth’s latest KLK post. Her comparisons of Japan’s culture of shame and modesty to this show and Go Nagai is an enlightening read.
Embracing ones’ shame is an interesting concept. It’s one our female leads have to address to order to gain the power that each desires. Shame is a consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. As long as they feel shame, the cultural rules that influence it, they can never reach their full strength. They have to shed a piece of their cultural morality (in this case, their clothes), in order to move on and gain power.
To be shameless means to be senseless, uncouth, and impudent. It’s a very marked state of being out of control, out of touch, and exceedingly self-absorbed. Shamelessness typically lives in people who don’t have any relational skills. Shamelessness defines our student council president almost perfectly, which is why she could unlock the full power of her uniform Junketsu from the beginning, while Ryuko could not. But as all good heroes and heroines do, she conquers her internal self consciousness, and embraces being shameless as well.
Now that she’s conquered her shame, what’s next? The gauntlet has been thrown, and Ryuko must battle here way to the top to get the answers she seeks. But what other challenges is she going to face along the way?