Unknown to Ryuko for most of her life, she is the second born daughter of Soichiro and Ragyo Kiryuin. When their experiments on her older sister failed, they then attempted to bond Life Fibers to her almost immediately after birth. She was thought to have died in the lab, but she was secretly raised by Isshin Matoi, a scientist that she believed to be her father.
She was sent to a boarding school at a young age and rarely saw her Isshin. One day when she returned home, she found Isshin on the verge to death. Ryuko only caught a glimpse of the female attacker, and Isshin passed on the Red Scissor Blade that he had been stabbed with. Bent on finding this woman, Ryuko sets out in search of the owner of the other half of the Scissor Blade.
Ryuko Matoi (纏 流子, Matoi Ryūko) is the protagonist of the Kill la Kill anime series that was produced by Trigger. It's directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima. The character design was done by Sushio.
A tie-in manga series illustrated by Ryou Akizuki began on October 4, 2013 in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine.
Major Story Arcs
Ryuko's search for answers led her to Honnouji Academy, and the student council president, Satsuki Kiryuin, recognized the Scissor Blade. Although, Ryuko failed to attack when she was assaulted by Takaharu Fukuroda, the Boxing Club captain, and his Goku Uniform. She ran back to the ruins of her home and fell through a trap door, into a large room. In this room she was attacked by a living sailor uniform that seemed to know her father. She named it Senketsu, and together they returned to Honnouji Academy to defeat the boxing captain, who had taken Mako Mankanshoku hostage. After her victory, she had to flee due to blood loss from activating Senketsu.
A few days after defeating the Tennis Club captain, Satsuki appeared to challenge Ryuko and wearing Junketsu, her own kamui. Satsuki was now grossly outclassing Ryuko but with no idea why. It wasn't until she understood that it was her hesitation about Senketsu transformed state that she was unconsciously rejecting him. When she finally allowed herself to fuse with Senketsu, the battle became an even and devastating conflict. Though ending in a draw, Satsuki challenged Ryuko to defeat all the heads of the student council. If she could, Ryuko was promised the answers that she was after.
After several victories, Ryuko found herself being attacked by a strange man who was after Senketsu. Tsumugu Kinagase tried to take her kamui from her, but Senketsu went so far as to try shielding her by sacrificing himself. Ultimately, Tsumugu refused to separate them after he realized how close the two have become. Uzu Sanageyama, one of Satsuki's Elite Four, openly challenged Ryuko. She won the battle and destroyed his Goku Uniform, but he returned with a new one for a rematch and had his eyes sewn shut. His sneses had so improved, Ryuko was unable to win and ran from the battle.
Not long after, Ryuko tried forming the Fighting Club and tossed off all the administrating duties to Mako. It created a rift between Ryuko and Mako, as Mako's duties was providing a better quality of life for her family. However, it was making them all cold and greedy. It peaked when Satsuki gave Mako and Two-Star Uniform to fight Ryuko. As a test of their friendship, Ryuko allowed Mako to strike without fighting back, and eventually Mako relented then gave up her uniform and status for their friendship.
First Annual Naturals Election
In the coming days, Honnouji Academy was thrown into chaos as Satsuki initiated the First Annual Naturals Election. This served as Ryuko's best opportunity, and she was able to challenge all of the Elite Four one at a time in a tournament setting. With each battle, Ryuko found new and inventive ways of using and evolving Senketsu's abilities. First was Ira Gamagoori, Houka Inumuta, then Nonon Jakuzure. The next rematch with Sanageyama was stopped before it could start by a strange young girl named Nui Harime, who destroyed Sanageyama's Goku Uniform by pulling a single thread. Most shocking of all, she presented the second Scissor Blade and admitted to being her father's killer.
Ryuko's rage completely took her over as she faced her father's remorseless killer, and despite Senketsu's warning was completely taken over. She lost her mind and transformed into a monster that was after Nui or anyone who got in her way. Satsuki attempted to stop her rampage, much of Honnouji Academy was destroyed, and Satsuki resigned herself to finish Ryuko until she was tackled by Mako, who was finally able to reach her. Some days later, Ryuko went to see Satsuki to find Nui. Instead, Satsuki took responsibility for sending Nui after her father for the Rending Scissors and his kamui. To Ryuko's surprise, she even thanked her. Her battles with the Elite Four provided the data she needed to improve her Goku Uniforms for completion of her plot.
Tri-City School Raid Trip
Ryuko struggled with going out of control again with Senketsu until she was inspired to rescue Nagita, but he turned out to be Nui in disguise. Her hesitation have Nui the advantage, and she shredded Senketsu to pieces. When she woke up, she learned from Aikuro what became of the shards of Senketsu, and he returned the Senketsu scarf to her. After rescuing Mako and reclaiming the kamui pieces in Osaka, she made her way to get the Seki Tekko, that was being held by Satsuki. After ripping the last piece from Satsuki, the two had an intense battle across Osaka. It took a desperation move, but she blinded Satsuki with blood to get her sword from her. The two were in a tense stand-off till Satsuki agreed to stand down. However, Nonon had already found and destroyed the Nudist Beach's underground base.
With the battle over, Aikuro agreed to take her to the remains of their base and finally explain to her all that he knew about this conflict. He told her that Isshin was the Nudist beach founder after leaving Ragyo's cooperation, and that Life Fibers are part of an alien species that were the cause of humanities evolution. She didn't like the idea of using Senketsu to kill his own kind. While flattered by her anger on his behalf, he still wanted to fight with Ryuko.
Cultural & Sports Grand Festival
Not long after, they discovered that Satsuki and Ragyo were putting their plan into motion. Aikuro, Tsumugu, and Mako joined them back to Honnouji Academy. However, as soon as they caught Ragyo's attention, Satsuki pierced her mother through the back and was declaring open revolt. In the following battle, Ryuko was possessed by Ragyo's Mind Stitching to fight Satsuki, but she managed to will herself free. Nui then appeared to try and provoke Ryuko and admitted that Satsuki lied about taking responsibility for Isshin's death. This time, Ryuko outclassed Nui in speed and power, but she was unable to defeat her when everyone was distracted by Ragyo's victory over Satsuki and stole Junketsu from her. Ragyo then proceeded to rip Ryuko's heart from her chest to see it was laced with Life Fibers. Ryuko was the daughter that Ragyo and Satsuki both thought to have died in the experiments.
Powers & Abilities
Weapons & Equipment
Ryuko's weapon of choice is the Scissor Blade (片太刀バサミ, Kata tachi Basami) that was created to counter the power of the Goku Uniforms.
What Ryuko wields is only one half of the scissors. It was what was left behind by the killer of her father. She fights with it as her sword as she searches for the owner of the other half.
Decapitation Mode (武滾猛怒, Buttagiru Mōdo)
Duel Scissor Blade Decapitation Mode (弩血盛武滾猛怒, Docchimo Buttagiru Mōdo)
Senketsu (鮮血, Senketsu) is a kamui in the form of a sailor uniform that Ryuko Matoi wears. He has the will of Ryuko's father but with little memory of its past. She discovered it buried under the ruins of her former home. Though it normally appears to be a less-than-average school uniform, it can transform into an incredibly powerful suit of armor that boosts her strength and speed.
However, Ryuko is less than happy with how revealing it can be when transformed. It was reluctance that Ryuko felt while wearing Senketsu that led to rapid blood loss. It wasn't until she started treating it as part of her own skin that she discovered it required far less blood and gave her even more power. This ability is called Life Fiber Synchronize - Kamui Senketsu (「人衣一体」神衣・鮮血, "Jin'i Ittai" Kamui Senketsu). The power and size of Senketsu also increased after she learned to synchronize with him.
Senketsu Senjin (鮮血閃刃, Senketsu Senjin）is the first secondary transformation of Senketsu. In this mode, Senketsu becomes the blade. He's covered in spikes and gives Ryuko three long claws on head hand. It was first revealed during her battle with Ira Gamagoori and used it to shred away the defenses of his Goku Uniform.
Senketsu Shippu (鮮血疾風, Senketsu Shippū）is the second transformation to be revealed. Senketsu transforms himself to create propulsion jets at Ryuko's lower half and allows her to flight and incredible speed. This was part of Ryuko's idea during her fight with Nonon Jakuzure.
Senketsu Mubyoshi (鮮血無拍子, Senketsu Mubyōshi）is the third transformation where Senketsu essentially creates himself into a tuning fork. This was also used during the fight with Jakuzure to counter her sound wave attack.
Senketsu Shippu Senjin (鮮血疾風閃刃, Senketsu Shippū Senjin) is afourth transformation that is a combination of both Senketsu's flight and blade form. This technique was first used by Satsuki when she as wearing Senketsu to fight a mind controlled Ryuko.
Senketsu-Kisaragi (鮮血更衣, Senketsu-Kisaragi) is the ultimate and final form of Senketsu. On top of having vastly superior power, this also allows for flight that can escape the upper atmosphere and sapce. This form was manifestated when Ryuko absorbed all the Goku Uniforms of the Honnouji Academy students and Satsuki's Junketsu.
Finishing Move: Sen-i-Soshitsu (Life Fiber Lost)
Sen-i-Soshitsu (戦維喪失, Sen-i-Sōshitsu) is the finishing move Ryuko uses along with Senketsu and her scissor blade. After slicing apart her enemy's Goku Uniform, Senketsu then absorbs all the remaining Life Fibers into himself.
Kill la Kill (2013)
Kill la Kill (キルラキル Kiru ra Kiru) is the first original anime production created by Trigger, which was founded by two former Gainax employees in 2011. The series is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, Trigger co-founder; and written by Kazuki Nakashima. The first episode aired on October 3, 2010.
Ryuko's first anime appearance was in Kill la Kill - Episode 1 "If Only I Had Thorns Like A Thistle…". Her character in the Japanese series was voiced by Ami Koshimizu.