History Anime / TengenToppaGurrenLagann

27th Dec '16 7:29:20 PM R.G.
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25th Dec '16 5:22:47 AM Morgenthaler
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Lonely orphan Simon ([[NoPronunciationGuide pronounced "SHI-mon" in Japanese and "SEE-moan" in the English dub]]) lives in an underground village, digging for ancient artifacts and eating pigmoles. His [[BigBrotherMentor self-appointed big brother]], Kamina, is a [[HotBlooded hot-headed]] {{badass}} who dreams of going to the "Surface" as his father did (despite the village elder constantly saying the "Surface" doesn't exist). One fateful day, Simon discovers a strange drill-shaped key and, soon after, [[MiniMecha a pint-sized mecha]] which responds to the key. While taking an unapproved excursion to see it, Simon and Kamina are interrupted by the village elder... then by the roof of the village collapsing... ''then'' by [[HumongousMecha a massive, bestial, robotic head]]... and '''''then''''' by Yoko, [[SmallGirlBigGun a woman with a very big gun]] ([[{{Stripperiffic}} and very little clothing]]) firing at said beast-mecha--a "Gunmen".[[note]]''Ganmen'' in Japanese, meaning "face"[[/note]]

Thus begins a rollercoaster ride of {{Fanservice}}, over-the-top fight scenes between mecha, [[HotBlooded hot-bloodedness]], [[CoolShades epic sunglasses]], massive {{Badass}}ery, and mind-blowing heroism. The show seldom takes itself seriously; it could be described as the exact polar opposite of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Gainax's other series about giant mecha.

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Lonely orphan Simon ([[NoPronunciationGuide pronounced "SHI-mon" in Japanese and "SEE-moan" in the English dub]]) lives in an underground village, digging for ancient artifacts and eating pigmoles. His [[BigBrotherMentor self-appointed big brother]], Kamina, is a [[HotBlooded hot-headed]] {{badass}} badass who dreams of going to the "Surface" as his father did (despite the village elder constantly saying the "Surface" doesn't exist). One fateful day, Simon discovers a strange drill-shaped key and, soon after, [[MiniMecha a pint-sized mecha]] which responds to the key. While taking an unapproved excursion to see it, Simon and Kamina are interrupted by the village elder... then by the roof of the village collapsing... ''then'' by [[HumongousMecha a massive, bestial, robotic head]]... and '''''then''''' by Yoko, [[SmallGirlBigGun a woman with a very big gun]] ([[{{Stripperiffic}} and very little clothing]]) firing at said beast-mecha--a "Gunmen".[[note]]''Ganmen'' in Japanese, meaning "face"[[/note]]

Thus begins a rollercoaster ride of {{Fanservice}}, over-the-top fight scenes between mecha, [[HotBlooded hot-bloodedness]], [[CoolShades epic sunglasses]], massive {{Badass}}ery, badassery, and mind-blowing heroism. The show seldom takes itself seriously; it could be described as the exact polar opposite of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Gainax's other series about giant mecha.



* {{Badass}}: Just about the ''entire stinkin' cast!'' Kamina takes it to RefugeInAudacity levels.



* BadassPrincess: Nia, though she isn't really {{Badass}} until she stops being a princess and slowly becomes a HotBlooded freedom fighter as she hangs out with the Team Gurren.

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* BadassPrincess: Nia, though she isn't really {{Badass}} badass until she stops being a princess and slowly becomes a HotBlooded freedom fighter as she hangs out with the Team Gurren.



* DareToBeBadass: Kamina's whole character is pretty much based around providing this sort of motivation to the other characters. Hell, this could be considered basically the entire message of the series, seeing as all the incredibly awesome stuff they accomplish is caused simply by daring to a {{Badass}}.

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* DareToBeBadass: Kamina's whole character is pretty much based around providing this sort of motivation to the other characters. Hell, this could be considered basically the entire message of the series, seeing as all the incredibly awesome stuff they accomplish is caused simply by daring to a {{Badass}}.badass.



** And of course, [[spoiler: Episode 8, in which Kamina dies. He suffers a blow that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat nobody could possibly survive, and is]] LeftForDead, (It's implied he actually ''is'' dead.) and Simon enters the DespairEventHorizon, the Dai-Gunzan goes beserk, all hope seems lost... and then Kamina turns out to be NotQuiteDead, [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan throws his own mech's arm at Simon in the most epic BrightSlap ever]] ([[SerialEscalation indeed, it was the second one in that episode]]), combines with Lagann, destroys some {{Mooks}}, and invents [[FinishingMove Finishing... MOVE! GIGA... DORIRU... BREAK-AAAAAH!]], utterly obliterating Thymilph, then dying again. You know someone's {{Badass}} if they die twice in a series in such an epically awesome fashion.]]

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** And of course, [[spoiler: Episode 8, in which Kamina dies. He suffers a blow that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat nobody could possibly survive, and is]] LeftForDead, (It's implied he actually ''is'' dead.) and Simon enters the DespairEventHorizon, the Dai-Gunzan goes beserk, all hope seems lost... and then Kamina turns out to be NotQuiteDead, [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan throws his own mech's arm at Simon in the most epic BrightSlap ever]] ([[SerialEscalation indeed, it was the second one in that episode]]), combines with Lagann, destroys some {{Mooks}}, and invents [[FinishingMove Finishing... MOVE! GIGA... DORIRU... BREAK-AAAAAH!]], utterly obliterating Thymilph, then dying again. You know someone's {{Badass}} badass if they die twice in a series in such an epically awesome fashion.]]



** In the DistantFinale, it's just those 3. But don't forget, this show does have a 7-year timeskip, where pretty much everybody counts as a FutureBadass. If they started {{Badass}}, then they got ''more'' {{Badass}}. FutureLoser? In ''Gurren Lagann''? What the hell do you think this is?!

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** In the DistantFinale, it's just those 3. But don't forget, this show does have a 7-year timeskip, where pretty much everybody counts as a FutureBadass. If they started {{Badass}}, badass, then they got ''more'' {{Badass}}.badass. FutureLoser? In ''Gurren Lagann''? What the hell do you think this is?!



* SerialEscalation: No matter how cool the last fight was, no matter how big their current mecha are, and no matter how HotBlooded and {{Badass}} they are, the next episode will top it all in mind-blowing fashion. Keep in mind, this series is what happens when Creator/StudioGainax makes a ''SaturdayMorningCartoon.'' They can't really help it. It's just what they do.

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* SerialEscalation: No matter how cool the last fight was, no matter how big their current mecha are, and no matter how HotBlooded and {{Badass}} badass they are, the next episode will top it all in mind-blowing fashion. Keep in mind, this series is what happens when Creator/StudioGainax makes a ''SaturdayMorningCartoon.'' They can't really help it. It's just what they do.
27th Nov '16 6:28:51 PM JRads47
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See also ''Anime/GunBuster'', ''Anime/DieBuster'', and ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', its predecessors; ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', its SpiritualAntithesis; ''Anime/CodeGeass'', another popular yet DarkerAndEdgier anime with mecha that aired around the same time; and ''Anime/KillLaKill'', its SpiritualSuccessor.
17th Nov '16 11:39:05 PM Knightofbalance
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* SmarterThanYouLook: If the Fridge tap is any indication, in a meta example, the show itself is far smarter than what one would assume form it's face.
17th Nov '16 11:36:00 PM Knightofbalance
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* PoesLaw: Started out as a parody of the HotBlooded SuperRobot shows that inspired it, but after [[WhamEpisode Episode 8]], it gradually became more and more the GenreThrowback we all know and love.

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* PoesLaw: Started out as a parody of the HotBlooded SuperRobot shows that inspired it, but after [[WhamEpisode Episode 8]], it gradually became more and more the GenreThrowback DeconReconSwitch we all know and love.


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** Oddly enough, It can also be considered one to the show that it's so often contrasted against, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. On the surface, the show seems to be the exact opposite of Evangelion but upon closer inspection, ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' holds onto some of the themes present in ''Evangelion'', such as TheAntiNihilist, HumansAreFlawed mixed with HumansAreSpecial, PoorCommunicationKills, deconstruction of tropes found in the mecha genre as a whole and depression. Wheres ''Evangelion'' shows the darker sides of these tropes and ''FLCL'' shows the lighter side of these tropes, ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' walks the lien between them, showing both the good and the bad and giving a surprisingly realistic viewpoint on them. All while being as hammy, hotblooded and over the top as it can be.
14th Nov '16 1:55:39 PM Knightofbalance
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* DeconReconSwitch: Up until [[spoiler: the death of Kamina]], this is a deconstruction. It does not take itself seriously, and mocks most of the tropes comprising it. After that event, it bops us over the head, asking us: "Dude, did you not forget that these things are awesome?"
** The series also deconstructs the HeroicWillpower and TelescopingRobot tropes present in the SuperRobotGenre: [[spoiler: Spiral energy, the physical form of HeroicWillpower, can create matter out of nothing, but its overuse is slowly killing the universe; the Anti-Spirals are performing a mass Spiralcide to prevent this]]. It gets reconstructed in the end, when [[spoiler: the galaxy unites to address the issue, having been enlightened by the Anti-Spirals]].



* GenreThrowback: After Creator/{{Studio Gainax}} made Franchise/{{Neon Genesis Evangelion}} a novelty by depicting a constant fight to the death as rather unpleasant and rushing HotBlooded into the battle without any kind of plan as a generally bad idea, Gurren Lagann goes back to the days before, where [[NeverTellMeTheOdds the notion of something being a bad idea is scoffed at,]] [[HotBlooded screaming loud]] makes something happen that let's the heroes win every battle, and only those get shoved in the spotlight who can handle being a hero.


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* {{Reconstruction}}: Many of the tropes that were dissected in ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'' were then put back together here, like being HotBlooded.
13th Nov '16 12:09:51 PM Knightofbalance
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** In all seriousness, ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' is surprisingly right in the middle of the scale with a slight leaning toward idealism. While on the surface it seems like a normal Good Vs. Evil story, the main villains are very much like the heroes [[spoiler: one of who being a FallenHero and the other being a WellIntentionedExtremist with very understandable reasons]] and are never treated as being whole wrong. Likewise, the heroes are full of flaws and are never treated as being fully right [[spoiler: especially as they were on a path to causing an ApocalypseWow for the whole universe .]] The only time the heroes are treated as being fully right is when they take the phiosophy of the BigBad into themselves, changing their views into a combination of their's and the enemy's. While the series does promote a ScrewDestiny message, the ending shows that just because they can screw destiny doesn't mean they should. And while the heroes are able to create a path for a bright future for all, it comes at the cost of many lives, implied that it will be a very hard path to transverse and [[spoiler: the main character gives up on being a big famous hero and simply walks the earth, old and forgotten.]] In short, while things may have turned out for the best of all people, the heroes had to make a lot of sacrifices and changes to get things this way.
22nd Oct '16 8:21:10 AM StFan
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* CommediaDellArteTroupe: The entire cast fits just fine in the HighSchoolAU. Or in a BuddyCopShow. [[DoubleK Observe]].

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* CommediaDellArteTroupe: The entire cast fits just fine in the HighSchoolAU. Or in a BuddyCopShow. [[DoubleK Observe]].BuddyCopShow (observe ''Webcomic/DoubleK'').
18th Oct '16 4:19:11 AM NNNnobody
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* GenreThrowback: After Creator/{{Studio Gainax}} made Franchise/{{Neon Genesis Evangelion}} a novelty by depicting a constant fight to the death as rather unpleasant and rushing HotBlooded into the battle without any kind of plan as a generally bad idea, Gurren Lagann goes back to the days before, where [[NeverTellMeTheOdds the notion of something being a bad idea is scoffed at,]] [[HotBlooded screaming loud]] makes something happen that let's the heroes win every battle, and only those get shoved in the spotlight who can handle being a hero.



* {{Reconstruction}}: This show is pretty much the polar opposite of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
18th Oct '16 3:10:46 AM NNNnobody
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* PoesLaw: Started out as a parody of the HotBlooded SuperRobot shows that inspired it, but after [[WhamEpisode Episode 8]], it gradually became more and more the reconstruction we all know and love.

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* PoesLaw: Started out as a parody of the HotBlooded SuperRobot shows that inspired it, but after [[WhamEpisode Episode 8]], it gradually became more and more the reconstruction GenreThrowback we all know and love.
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