There were a lot of good things here, and a lot of things I personally didn't like at all.
Sometimes being a girl who likes anime is tough, because there's so much that we really want to like and sometimes can't. Being a girl doesn't mean I can't like a show full of fanservice, that's true, and I've stated before that fanservice isn't something I dislike if done right, for whatever sex. Personally I'm unaffected by fanservice in the way it's supposed to work; I'm an asexual, I feel no excitement at seeing sensuality at work on boys or on girls, but I appreciate what it does and why. It'd be stupid to say that humans are all asexual because they're not, even if I am, and I don't think sexuality is a bad thing at all. But there are times that as a feminist, I do feel a little awkward when I see a really blatant bit of fanservice, though note that this isn't always the case. I do think it works in plenty of shows, like Hataraku Maou-sama!, for instance, or Free! in another (though that's a can of worms I could talk about for hours and won't), but in the case of Kill la Kill, I don't think it does.
See, I very much want to like this series, it's a quirky, old school thing with plenty of great animation, style, and even good humor. Yet despite that, I have this odd feeling that I can't decide whether I like it or not. I'm reminded heavily of FLCL, a series I always tried to like but couldn't, and which every guy I've ever known who has seen it raves about. Now I don't think that fanservice is where the line is drawn, but there's something about the manic energy of these shows that feels odd to me as a female viewer. It's like I'm watching something that wasn't quite meant for me, especially when it comes to the latter series; oh I understood the symbolism and the quirkiness and message just fine, but somehow, it made me feel like an outsider looking in, rather than something I was supposed to identify with. Interestingly enough, that's the exact opposite feeling that I hear from male viewers of the series. Perhaps it's just me, and that's very likely, but FLCL just didn't work for me, and I'm afraid Kill la Kill might be a similar story.
Fanservice is an issue, yes; Matoi Ryuuko (Koshimizu Ami) is a very good female character driven by revenge and badassery, but her magical suit is just a little too much to take without feeling insulted as a female. It's something about the way her appearance is commented on, about how her sexiness is distracting and how her face looks flushed and ashamed while she wears it, about how there's something of a rape reference in the way the suit forces itself on her and she later comments on "not having decided to wear it"; it feels gross to me, it's not very flattering, but it's part of a bigger problem. Again, I feel like I'm not really part of the audience who's supposed to be watching this; I feel left out even though the protagonist is female, and I'm not really sure what to make of such an odd feeling. It's hardly something I could explain, and it's not like I think the anime is purposefully sexist or anything over the top like that; it just doesn't work for me, and it doesn't have to. It's a very good show, and I know that, but everyone gets to choose what they watch and why. I'll definitely still be watching (though not blogging), because there was still plenty for me to enjoy from the premise and animation, but we'll see if this odd feeling persists further in or not.
Episode 1 Screencaps: "If Only I Had Thorns Like A Thistle"