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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Released Year : 2007

No of Episodes : 27 (Completed)

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Rating: 8.1/10 (70 votes cast)

Genre : Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Plot : In their closed-off underground village, Kamina and Simon chafe at the limits imposed by the village elder. Yet all this will change, when Simon stumbles across a fantastic device - just as the village's peace is broken by a violent intrusion.

Our Review : Epic is probably the single best word to describe this show; epic in both scope and scale. From the technical aspects of the truly incredible, fluid and stylish animation; to the story with it's take on humanity, evolution and the potential finish lines to which we're sprinting; to the battles, ranging from underground guerrilla warfare in the early stages and ultimately culminating in a climactic finale of truly galactic proportions. The problem I find with Gurren Lagann, is that half way through, it exits the land of bad ass giant robots fighting giant robots, and enters the land of obscenely huge robots doing battle with entire universes and alternate realities and all manner of ridiculous science fiction. Overall, Gurren Lagann is fun to watch until the point where the story enters the realm of absolute absurdity.

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  1. You don’t seem to get what’s going on in Gurren Lagan at all. Gurren Lagan isn’t a serious anime. Certainly, it’s entertaining, and even brilliant in some ways, but it is not attempting to be a serious or in any way realistic story.

    Gurren Lagan is a parody. Most people forget this because they get caught up in the mask of ‘epicness’, but before anything else the show is actually one of the most clever pokes at all the ridiculousness of typical shounen anime, and the Japanese samurai aesthetic or “the romance of manliness” ever created.

    Almost everything in the series is designed to display ridiculousness of some shounen trope or cliche. Just think about it, the premise of the show ‘revolves’ around “bros” drilling into eachother, “becoming one”, going at every situation and problem with their “drills”… From a certain perspective, the entire series is one enormous gay joke.

    Just recall the scene where Simon peirces Kamina’s mech with his drill resulting in a rainbow explosion with a ‘volcano’ erupting in the background if you don’t believe me….

    That’s why I don’t think the end is a downturn for the series, or even a departure from the flow of the rest of the show. It fits perfectly with the themes of parodying the exxagerated cliches of action anime. In fact, the whole playing frisbe with entire galaxies part is a direct look Dragon Ball Z and other anime like it where every arc has to have some new ultimate pending cataclysm to one up the last one: first the world hangs in the balance, then the galaxy, then the universe, dimension, reality, etc.

    Anyway, I just think you need to read between the lines and realize that incredible attention to detail was applied in making nearly every instant of this show a hilariously insightful exposure of the shounen culture’s absurdities.

    “Don’t just believe in me! Believe in the me who believes in the you who believes in me!”

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