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Kill la Kill

Contributed by Peiran Tan on Sep 8th, 2016. Artwork published in .
    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Kill la Kill’s logotype.

    Kill la Kill (キルラキル) is an anime TV series that first aired in 2013, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (今石洋之) and produced by the animation company Trigger, most of whose staff are former GAINAX employees.

    Imaishi wanted to reference both the visual style of title cards in Neon Genesis Evangelion (minimalistic huge characters stacked up) and the posters for Tokusatsu (特攝) monster movies like Godzilla (huge, hand-drawn characters with rough edges). His team eventually settled on FontWorks’s Raglan Punch Ultrabold (ラグランパンチ UB), a single-weight typeface, as the starting point. The characters are later modified to occupy the em square even more fully.

    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Reads “Matoi Ryuko”, name of the heroine.

    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Reads vertically left-to-right, “Crush with Iron Fist”.

    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Reads “Honnōji Gakuen” (Honnōji School).

    Kill la Kill 5
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Kill la Kill 6
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Design trials for lettering styles. This one uses a high-contrast Mincho typeface to reference Neon Genesis Evangelion.

    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Design trial 2: Kanteiryū-style (勘亭流) lettering, referencing big, bold woodcut titles for entertainment displays in the Edo period.

    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Design trial 3.

    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Characters set in the unmodified Raglan Punch UB typeface.

    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Modified Raglan Punch with rough edges. The inner whitespace is almost invisible.

    Kill la Kill 12
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Kill la Kill’s logotype.
    Source: http://www.lets-member.jp ©TRIGGER・中島かずき/キルラキル製作委員会. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Various title cards.

    3 Comments on “Kill la Kill

    1. kin says:
      Jul 28th, 2018  5:47 pm

      thanks for the info, do you know where is possible to download the Font?

    2. Jul 30th, 2018  1:35 pm

      Hi Kin,

      To me it looks like Raglan Punch UB is available as part of Fontstore’s Mojimo service.

    3. Peiran Tan says:
      Oct 6th, 2018  7:20 am

      Mojimo actually released the very same version of the modified font for personal purchase. This “limited edition” of 500 has been sold out.

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