Gurren Lagann – Anime Review

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is an awesome futuristic high action mecha themed action anime. I have always wanted to watch this anime since it premiered a few years ago but finally managed to watch the entire 27 episodes of Gurren Lagann properly over the past few weeks in between spring and summer 2009 anime that caught my interest. Gurren Lagann easily makes my 10 ten favourite anime list.

Gurren Lagann

The story evolves around Simon a teen-aged digger who is forced to live underground by oppressive beast men. With the help of his friend Kamina and the very voluptuous YokoΒ  they manage to escape a difficult life underground and start their quest to free the people of their planetΒ  from the vile beast men and their leader Lord Genome. The story develops into an out of this world experience in which the main characters start out as nobodies but end up fighting wars on the other side of the galaxy but I’m trying not to spoil too much.

Kamina is the definition of arrogance or confidence depending on how you look at it.

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Gurren Lagann is split into two major story arcs which is kinda cool especially with a synopsis episode slapped right in the middle. Personally I preferred the first arc though although I can’t say why because I’d spoil a major element in the story for those who haven’t watched it yet. All I can say is that the life of the anime went missing and trying to replace him with a copycat in the later half of the anime just frustrated me more.

Yoko is my third wife after Teresa and Balsa

Remember whats coming soon to a Jamaipanese near you? Detailed post and pictures coming soon! Now go watch Gurren Lagann if you haven’t already done so and leave a comment telling me what you think.

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Meet Guren, he’d kick the stuffing out of Exia with his eyes closed

I’m a sucker for anime females with large weapons

Lots and lots of battles involving Mecha

Watch the anime to see what they all are looking at


7 thoughts on “Gurren Lagann – Anime Review

  1. I wish I could share your sentiments. I admit the art is great, and the first couple of episodes I liked but by the time the death occurred, the show lost it’s luster and began to feel very cookie cutter. The characters motivations felt questionable and the suddenly become stronger out of no where, felt way too repetitive.

    If I was 5 years younger I would’ve probably loved it. But I’ve seen it way too much.

  2. Well “CS” I would really like to know which animes you are comparing Guren to because I found it to be crazy fun personally I’m more for the serious animes so I mostly watch anime movies, after this is Japanese humour and I’m a Westerner so I rarely find animes that I actually consider funny and I found Guren rather amusing in some animes you see things that are clearly impossible and its a turn off to how drastic and overly unrealistic it is (even for an anime or manga) but even though Guren may have been the craziest most far fetched anime I have seen in a while the way it was scripted they way it was executed I just loved it. Only one anime comes to mind that could be compared to Guren well two actually one series and one is a movie the series is Fooly Cooly or FLC or FCL I don’t quite remember it it was another way out there and rather extreme anime and I wasn’t rather fond of it the other one is “Dead Leaves” which was much more graphic but it had the extreme, way out there, very far fetched scenes.

  3. Comparison wise it was probably sub-conscious and done across all the anime I’ve seen.

    Other than the art it just didn’t feel like it stacked up to FLCL and Dead Leaves which are both on my top list of anime.

    I would need to rewatch it again and give you a play by play on all the things I found ridiculously strange and every time my Suspension of Disbelief tried to kick in my brain would call bullshit.

    I can understand the appeal from a show that just feels absolutely unbelievable, and thus bring a sense of wonder. But it’s just not something that appealed to me.

  4. [anime] fun series, watched it straight through in 2 days. i like the maturity that grew in the characters into. but i would still like to see couples get together in the end instead of dieing all the time hehehe.

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