Tengen toppa gurren lagann (2007– )

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Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral King, who forced mankind into subterranean villages.

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 Simon (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Kamina (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jamieson Price ...
 Lord Genome / ... (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Viral (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michelle Ruff ...
 Yoko Littner (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
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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. Written by ANN

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ADV Films had the license at one point. A script had been written and voice actors had been casted. Then ADV dropped the title and it went over to Bandai. See more »

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Simon: Even if we were to be enslaved by the galaxy's cycle of rebirth...
Yoko: ...The feelings that were left behind will open the door!
Leeron: Even if the Infinite Universe was to go against us...
Viral: ...Our burning blood will cut through fate!
Dai-Gurren-Dan: We'll break through heaven and dimensions! We'll show you our path through force! TENGEN TOPPA GURREN-LAGANN! JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?
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Remade as Gurren Lagann (2008) See more »

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happily ever after
Ending theme (episode #16)
Performed by Shôko Nakagawa
Lyrics by meg rock
Music and arrangement by Katsuhiko Kurosu
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Outrageous and Infectious... But a little too ridiculous.
2 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gurren Lagann follows the story of a young man named Simon who lives in an underground village in a seemingly post-apocalyptic future, where humans beings are forced to live below the surface to avoid the wrath of the evil Beastmen, and their King, Lord Genome. Simon and his friends must venture to the surface and destroy the Beastmen, reclaiming the Earth in the name of humanity.

The series is very intensely action oriented and all of the fight scenes are masterfully crafted and are very entertaining to watch. The animation in generally is beautiful, with the exception of one episode which was apparently directed by a different director.

The characters in the series are predictable, but lovable at the same time. However, Gainax certainly didn't take modesty into consideration when they designed Yoko, the female lead. Her half naked body, while fun to look at, takes center stage in almost every scene that she's in. However, despite using her to sell out to sex appeal, Yoko is revealed to be subjected to loss, sadness and pain throughout the series just like the other characters, and personally, is my favorite character in the show.

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. I feel like Gainax spent almost no time brainstorming the plausibility and design of the antagonists from the second half of the series as we are mostly treated to our heroes fighting giant stone faces and hands and other stupid shapes, which is also found in their other notable series: Evangelion.

Overall, Gurren Lagann is fun to watch until the point where the story enters the realm of absolute absurdity.


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