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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Series cast summary:
 Simon (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Kana Asumi ...
 Kiyal (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
 Leeron Littner (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
 Rossiu (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Dave Bridges ...
 Kamina (Animax Dub) (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Yukari Fukui ...
 Nia Teppelin (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
 Kunba (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
 Kamina (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...
 Viral (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Bridget Hoffman ...
 Old Nia Teppelin (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Marina Inoue ...
 Yoko Littner / ... (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Shizuka Itô ...
 Boota (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Tetsuya Kakihara ...
 Simon (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Katsuyuki Konishi ...
 Kamina (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Andrea Kwan ...
 Nia Teppelin (Animax dub) (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
David Lee McKinney ...
 Simon (Animax Dub) (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Daiki Nakamura ...
 Dayakka (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Tony Oliver ...
 Narrator / ... (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Masaya Onosaka ...
 Leeron Littner (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jamieson Price ...
 Lord Genome / ... (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
 Viral (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michelle Ruff ...
 Yoko Littner (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Mitsuki Saiga ...
 Rossiu (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Rina Satô ...
 Kiyoh (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
 Kinon (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
 Kittan (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Doug Stone ...
 Dayakka (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
 Kiyoh (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Kishô Taniyama ...
 Kittan (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Kana Ueda ...
 Kinon (27 episodes, 2007-2008)
Brett Weaver ...
 Kamina (ADV Dub) (27 episodes, 2007-2008)


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 »


[repeated line]
Kamina: Who in the hell do you think I am?
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Minna no Pîsu
(Everyone's Peace)
Second ending theme (episodes #17-27)
Performed by Afromania
Lyrics by Kacchan
Music by Akkî
Arrangement by Afromania and Yôhei Tsukazaki
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An epic breath of fresh air.
21 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Quite a mouthful. Anyway, I won't go on and on here, but I feel compelled to say something about this show because with its perfect blend of comedy, drama, action, and romance, (with no aspect of either feeling forced just for the sake of having it), it is quite simply one of the best animes ever made. Ask a few anime fans to list some of their favorite shows and you'll start to hear quite a few of the greats being repeated. This show easily stands shoulder to shoulder with any and all of them.

To give a little idea of the overall feel of this show for the anime fans out there. Let's say you hold, "Neon Genesis Evangelion", in one hand and, "FLCL", in the other. Now put your hands together and you've got Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

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. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say it involves literally tossing whole planets like baseballs and even flinging entire galaxies like so many shuriken. Epic.

Nothing is perfect though, it does stumble a bit in the audio department. However, it only falls short in comparison to the rest of itself. That is to say, while the rest of the show is, "excellent", some of the audio aspects are only, "very good". The character designs are also nothing special, but that is easily countered by the spectacular animation and the personalities of the characters themselves.

It's probably not for everyone. Some may be put off by the artistic styling such as the unconventional and often bizarre angles and techniques as well as the hyperkinetic feel of the animation. I, for one, couldn't be more thrilled with all of it. I've seen a lot of anime and quite frankly most of it is mediocre at best. After wading through so many anime lately with virtually interchangeable story lines, art and characters, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is like a breath of fresh air.

Sorry, I guess I did kind of go on and on after all. Anyway...

9.5 out of 10, but since IMDb doesn't allow the .5, I'll have to round it up and give my first ever 10.

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