Kill la Kill (キルラキル) concept art for the Elite Four and Nui illustrated by character designer Sushio (すしお) in The Art of KLK Vol.1. Though overall the Elite Four didn’t undergo drastic changes, Nui sure did.
Looking at these always make a bit upset, because sometimes there are cases where certain designs didn’t need to be changed.
Just look at this Gamagori. He’s just perfect like that. He’s still the one towering everyone else and is essentially the same character design wise but without that borderline Rob Liefeld proportions they ended up giving him in the final look and could have still work out the “bigger than you” jokes without grossly exaggerating said proportions in the 2nd cour of the show.
Inumuta’s “Cyber Claw” seemed like an interest concept.
Not surprised that Nonon barely changed. Why fix what is not broken? too bad Gama’s case was different.
Now Uzu with curls? oh wow, no. Good thing that Sushio took Imaishi’s advice in this case.
And Nui sure had a lot of changes. It seems that Sushio was looking for a balance between cute and menacing but settled for just plain cute. Interesting.