|Original airdate||October 24, 2013|
|English airdate||February 28, 2015|
|Episode director||Hisatoshi Shimizu|
|Writer||Kazuki Nakashima, Hiromi Wakabayashi|
|Animation director||Kōtarō Nakamori|
|Opening theme||"Sirius" by Aoi Eir|
|Insert themes||"Tocata and Fugue in D minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach|
"Piano Sonata No. 2 (Funeral March)" by Frédéric Chopin
"The Blue Danube" by Johann Straus II
"Before my body is dry" by Mika Kobayashi
|Ending theme||"Gomen ne, Iiko ja Irarenai." by Miku Sawai|
"Dawn of a Miserable Morning" is the 4th episode of Kill la Kill.
While Senketsu is laundered, Ryūko Matoi faces up against "No-Late Day", a school event where students must navigate a trap-filled obstacle course and reach school on time, or else they will be expelled.
Ryūko and Mako Mankanshoku make their way across the perilous course, along with an injured girl named Maiko Ōgure, while Mako's family attempt to deliver Senketsu to Ryūko. After hijacking an armored bus, the girls manage to make it to the school grounds with 15 minutes left.
However, Maiko is revealed to be the disciplinary committee's head of trap development, who steals Senketsu and puts it on herself in a bid to overthrow Satsuki Kiryūin. However, Senketsu immobilizes Maiko and allows Ryūko to retrieve him. With five minutes remaining, Maiko sets off one more trap to send Ryūko and Mako back to the start of the course. The two, fortunately, reach class on time using an express cable car, while Maiko is expelled for her treachery.
- Ryūko Matoi
- Mako Mankanshoku
- Maiko Ōgure
- Barazō Mankanshoku
- Sukuyo Mankanshoku
- Matarō Mankanshoku
- Ira Gamagōri
- “Poor Ryūko's abandoned me! Ah-Oooh, that feels nice... The wrinkles are melting away... oooh-ho-ho.”—Senketsu being ironed.
- Mako mentions that she wears pajamas with the design of "Mt. Fuji, two Hawks, and three eggplants". These symbols refer to Hatsuyume, which is the sign of luck for a dream for the upcoming year.
- This is the only episode without Satsuki Kiryūin.
- The hijacked bus scene appears to be an homage to the 1977 film The Gauntlet.