History Tearjerker / TengenToppaGurrenLagann

18th Jun '16 10:59:46 PM drac0blade
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* The [[spoiler: brief shot of Viral playing with his daughter in his alternate reality dream]]. That's the only thing [[spoiler: Viral ever really wanted.]] And yet, [[spoiler: it's the one thing he can't ever have. Viral is a beastman and therefore can't reproduce due to their lack of Spiral energy. To make it even worse, Viral managed to go BeyondTheImpossible and make Spiral energy to form Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but still won't ever be able to have a family because there will never be another Beast(wo)man who also has it. He does get a wife in the epilogue, but no children and he'll outlive her due to his {{immortality}}.]]

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* The [[spoiler: brief shot of Viral playing with his daughter in his alternate reality dream]]. That's the only thing [[spoiler: Viral ever really wanted.]] And yet, [[spoiler: it's the one thing he can't ever have. Viral is a beastman and therefore can't reproduce due to their his lack of Spiral energy. To make it even worse, Viral managed to go BeyondTheImpossible and make Spiral energy to form Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but still won't ever be able to have a family because there will never be another Beast(wo)man who also has it. He does get a wife in the epilogue, but no children and he'll outlive her due to his {{immortality}}.]]
18th Jun '16 10:58:39 PM drac0blade
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* The fact that Yoko turns off her LotusEaterMachine of her own accord. That a single push of a button must have been about as painful as [[ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything tearing off her own arm]], yet she is the only member of the entire Gurren-dan to have escaped without any encouraging words from [[spoiler:Kamina's spirit]] or visions of Simon soaring through the skies.
** Actually, she didn't. It's pretty clear that Kamina is the one that turned it off.
18th Jun '16 10:56:45 PM drac0blade
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** Watching Simon and Yoko grieve after [[spoiler:Kamina's death]]. It is not helped by the entire crew's utter lack of belief in Simon the entire time. Not surprisingly, when Simon overcomes his grief, understands that he has to believe and have confidence in himself, and literally shakes off the tears after his emotional speech, found herself at tear jerker danger level 2.

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** Watching Simon and Yoko grieve after [[spoiler:Kamina's death]]. It is not helped by the entire crew's utter lack of belief in Simon the entire time. Not surprisingly, when Simon overcomes his grief, understands that he has to believe and have confidence in himself, and literally shakes off the tears after his emotional speech, found herself the viewer might find themselves at tear jerker tearjerker danger level 2.
22nd Feb '16 10:10:29 PM navaash
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** The main animation director said that he drew the entire ending sequence with his off hand, which may mitigate this.
16th Feb '16 9:07:09 AM Kelpha
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*** Or in the Japanese version: Abaiyo, tachiko. Followed by Simon's [[spoiler:Aniki? ... Aniki?]]

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*** Or in the Japanese version: Abaiyo, tachiko. "Abaiyo, tachiko." Followed by Simon's [[spoiler:Aniki? ... Aniki?]][[spoiler:"Aniki? ... Aniki?"]]



*** An absolutely horrible moment comes right before that, too. Kittan is arguing with Simon about the latter's refusal to treat piloting Gurren Lagann as a team effort, and Simon snaps that he never asked for anyone to [[spoiler:replace Kamina as Gurren's pilot, and that it'd be better if he just operated Gurren Lagann alone]]. Kittan then grabs Simon by the collar and yells, "If ''you'd'' have held it together, [[spoiler:''Kamina wouldn't be dead right now!'']]" Simon's expression, and the fact that Kittan had just explicitly ''placed the blame on him'' for what had happened the week before, when Simon was already in the depths of despair blaming ''himself'', is just plain harsh.

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*** An absolutely horrible moment comes right before that, too. Kittan is arguing with Simon about the latter's refusal to treat piloting Gurren Lagann as a team effort, and Simon snaps that he never asked for anyone to [[spoiler:replace Kamina as Gurren's pilot, and that it'd be better if he just operated Gurren Lagann alone]]. Kittan then grabs Simon by the collar and yells, "If ''you'd'' have held it together, [[spoiler:''Kamina wouldn't be dead right now!'']]" Simon's expression, and the fact that Kittan had just explicitly ''placed the blame on him'' for what had happened the week before, when Simon was already in the depths of despair blaming ''himself'', is just plain harsh.brutal.
16th Feb '16 9:05:05 AM Kelpha
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** [[spoiler: What makes it even ''worse'' is the HopeSpot. You'd really think it's a DisneyDeath, what with his snarky "Can't a guy get any sleep around here?" line and then performing Giga Drill Breaker for the first time...except that through the whole thing, his voice is straining, and instead of a long, drawn-out death speech to kill to mood, he sums it all up in two gut-wrenching words: "Later, buddy"... followed by Simon's "Bro...? Bro...?"]]
*** Or in the Japanese version: Abaiyo, tachiko. Followed by Simon's [[spoiler:Aniki? ... Aniki?]].

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** [[spoiler: What makes it even ''worse'' is the HopeSpot. You'd really think it's a DisneyDeath, what with his snarky "Can't a guy get any sleep around here?" line and then performing Giga Drill Breaker for the first time...except that through the whole thing, his voice is straining, and instead of a long, drawn-out death speech to kill to the mood, he sums it all up in two gut-wrenching words: "Later, buddy"... buddy…" followed by Simon's "Bro...? Bro...?"]]
*** Or in the Japanese version: Abaiyo, tachiko. Followed by Simon's [[spoiler:Aniki? ... Aniki?]].Aniki?]]



** [[spoiler:[[ScreamDiscretionShot Kamina screaming in immense pain]] from being run through, both mech and body, by Thymilph's Condemn Blaze attack.]]
** Simon's HeroicBSOD in the following episode was almost as tear jerking. Seeing him so broken, utterly distressed and hopeless was enough, but then this line comes... "[[spoiler:I killed my brother. So I'll become stronger. I've got no choice but to become stronger. I'll fight on behalf of my brother, too.]]" His breakdown a second after that was heartbreaking too.
** After [[spoiler:Kamina's death]] watching Simon and Yoko grieve. She could feel their heartache. It was not helped by the entire crew's utter lack of belief in Simon the entire time. Not surprisingly, when Simon overcomes his grief, understands that he has to believe and have confidence in himself, and literally shakes off the tears after his emotional speech, found herself at tear jerker danger level 2.
*** An absolutely horrible moment comes right before that, too. Kittan is arguing with Simon about the latter's refusal to treat piloting Gurren-Lagann as a team effort, and Simon snaps that he never asked for anyone to [[spoiler:replace Kamina as Gurren's pilot, and that it'd be better if he just operated Gurren-Lagann alone]]. Kittan then grabs Simon by the collar and yells, "If ''you'd'' have held it together, [[spoiler:''Kamina wouldn't be dead right now!'']]". Simon's expression, and the fact that Kittan had just explicitly ''placed the blame on him'' for what had happened the week before, when Simon was already in the depths of despair blaming ''himself'', drove to angry tears.

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** [[spoiler:[[ScreamDiscretionShot Kamina screaming in immense pain]] from being run through, both mech and body, by Thymilph's Condemn Blaze attack.]]
]] The expression of pure horror on Yoko's face says it all.
** Simon's HeroicBSOD in the following episode was is almost as tear jerking. Seeing him so broken, utterly distressed and hopeless was enough, but then this line comes... "[[spoiler:I killed my brother. So I'll become stronger. I've got no choice but to become stronger. I'll fight on behalf of my brother, too.]]" His breakdown a second after that was heartbreaking too.
** After Watching Simon and Yoko grieve after [[spoiler:Kamina's death]] watching Simon and Yoko grieve. She could feel their heartache. death]]. It was is not helped by the entire crew's utter lack of belief in Simon the entire time. Not surprisingly, when Simon overcomes his grief, understands that he has to believe and have confidence in himself, and literally shakes off the tears after his emotional speech, found herself at tear jerker danger level 2.
*** An absolutely horrible moment comes right before that, too. Kittan is arguing with Simon about the latter's refusal to treat piloting Gurren-Lagann Gurren Lagann as a team effort, and Simon snaps that he never asked for anyone to [[spoiler:replace Kamina as Gurren's pilot, and that it'd be better if he just operated Gurren-Lagann Gurren Lagann alone]]. Kittan then grabs Simon by the collar and yells, "If ''you'd'' have held it together, [[spoiler:''Kamina wouldn't be dead right now!'']]". now!'']]" Simon's expression, and the fact that Kittan had just explicitly ''placed the blame on him'' for what had happened the week before, when Simon was already in the depths of despair blaming ''himself'', drove to angry tears. is just plain harsh.



** [[spoiler:Nia´s disappearance right after her wedding to Simon, especially the aplomb she faced it with-- ''[[GoOutWithASmile smiling until the very last second so as to not make Simon sad]]'']]--to be a huge tear jerker in its own right. Goddamnit, Gainax, give one of your series a genuinely happy ending for once.

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** [[spoiler:Nia´s [[spoiler:Nia's disappearance right after her wedding to Simon, especially the aplomb she faced it with-- ''[[GoOutWithASmile smiling until the very last second so as to not make Simon sad]]'']]--to be a huge tear jerker in its own right. Goddamnit, Gainax, give one of your series a genuinely happy ending for once.



* The [[spoiler: brief shot of Viral playing with his daughter in his alternate reality dream]]. That's the only thing [[spoiler: Viral ever really wanted.]] And yet, [[spoiler: it's the one thing he can't ever have. Viral is a beast man and therefore can't reproduce due to their lack of Spiral energy. To make it even worse, Viral managed to go BeyondTheImpossible and make Spiral energy to form Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but still won't ever be able to have a family because there will never be another Beast(wo)man who also has it. He does get a wife in the epilogue, but no children and he'll outlive her due to his {{immortality}}.]]

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* The [[spoiler: brief shot of Viral playing with his daughter in his alternate reality dream]]. That's the only thing [[spoiler: Viral ever really wanted.]] And yet, [[spoiler: it's the one thing he can't ever have. Viral is a beast man beastman and therefore can't reproduce due to their lack of Spiral energy. To make it even worse, Viral managed to go BeyondTheImpossible and make Spiral energy to form Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but still won't ever be able to have a family because there will never be another Beast(wo)man who also has it. He does get a wife in the epilogue, but no children and he'll outlive her due to his {{immortality}}.]]



* Episode 25: [[spoiler:Kittan's death]], because it was heart-wrenching in addition to being ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome completely awesome]]''.

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* Episode 25: [[spoiler:Kittan's death]], because it was heart-wrenching in addition to being ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome completely awesome]]''.



* Episode 2: [[spoiler: Kamina finds his Dad's skeleton in the desert. Going back from the end of the series, other than Nia's death, this is probably the saddest moment in the series. Kamina's death non-withstanding for awesome factors.]] The fact that [[spoiler:finding out about the fate of Kamina's father [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] Kamina's death later on [[HarsherInHindsight makes it even worse]]. It is also implied that Lordgenome was the one who personally faced and killed him in combat]].
** Another interpretation, perhaps erroneous, is even sadder: [[spoiler: Kamina's father, whom he's idolized his entire life, the memory of which has shaped him into the Man that he is, died a pointless, inglorious death in the middle of the wasteland, all by himself, having achieved nothing whatsoever of importance.]]

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* Episode 2: [[spoiler: Kamina finds his Dad's dad's skeleton in the desert. Going back from the end of the series, other than Nia's death, this is probably the saddest moment in the series. Kamina's death non-withstanding for awesome factors.]] The fact that [[spoiler:finding out about the fate of Kamina's father [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] Kamina's death later on [[HarsherInHindsight makes it even worse]]. It is also implied that Lordgenome was the one who personally faced and killed him in combat]].
** Another interpretation, perhaps erroneous, is even sadder: [[spoiler: Kamina's father, whom he's idolized his entire life, the memory of which has shaped him into the Man man that he is, died a pointless, inglorious death in the middle of the wasteland, all by himself, having achieved nothing whatsoever of importance.]]
1st Sep '15 3:47:11 AM mysterykcad
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** Actually, she didn't. It's pretty clear that Kamina is the one that turned it off.
21st Aug '15 8:51:50 PM Terran117
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* Meta example: The new opening that plays after episode 9 no longer has Kamina in focus, a somber reminder of his death in the previous episode.
12th Aug '15 5:51:09 PM MechWarrior
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** To elaborate on the scene from the movie, [[spoiler: [[MegaNekko Kinon]] has collapsed to the floor in a heap with her hands covering her face and her hat nearby, looking as if it fell off her with out her even noticing, [[GenkiGirl Kiyal]] is crying hysterically, her whole body shaking with the force of her sobs, and [[CoolBigSis Kiyoh]] is hanging on to Dayakka in a death grip, looking like she could collapse any minute if he let her go.]] Seeing just how much [[spoiler: Kittan's death]] affected each of them is almost too hard to watch. To top it off we don't hear any of them, only the triumphant music that started right as our heroes are processing the fact that they won...but at a cost.

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** To elaborate on the scene from the movie, [[spoiler: [[MegaNekko [[{{Meganekko}} Kinon]] has collapsed to the floor in a heap with her hands covering her face and her hat nearby, looking as if it fell off her with out her even noticing, [[GenkiGirl Kiyal]] is crying hysterically, her whole body shaking with the force of her sobs, and [[CoolBigSis Kiyoh]] is hanging on to Dayakka in a death grip, looking like she could collapse any minute if he let her go.]] Seeing just how much [[spoiler: Kittan's death]] affected each of them is almost too hard to watch. To top it off we don't hear any of them, only the triumphant music that started right as our heroes are processing the fact that they won...but at a cost.
12th Aug '15 5:48:01 PM MechWarrior
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* Episode 25: [[spoiler:Kittan's death]], because it was heart-wrenching in addition to being ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesomeMechaAnime completely awesome]]''.
** Shortly before that, when [[spoiler:the team discovers the Death Spiral Machine]], a slow piano-and-violin song[[note]]resembling one of the OneWomanWail sequences of ''Libera Me from Hell''[[/note]] plays in the background that doesn't appear in any OST releases. It accompanies the scene's dialogue so perfectly that [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the emotional impact is like being hit in the chest with a sledgehammer]].

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* Episode 25: [[spoiler:Kittan's death]], because it was heart-wrenching in addition to being ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesomeMechaAnime ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome completely awesome]]''.
** Shortly before that, when [[spoiler:the team discovers the Death Spiral Machine]], a slow piano-and-violin song[[note]]resembling one of the OneWomanWail sequences of ''Libera Me from Hell''[[/note]] plays in the background that doesn't appear in any OST releases. It accompanies the scene's dialogue so perfectly that [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the emotional impact is like being hit in the chest with a sledgehammer]].



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xNnPmnkNzg This TTGL AMV]],set to "Welcome to the Black Parade". Compresses all the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesomeMechaAnime CMOAs]] and {{Tear Jerker}}s into 5-and-a-bit minutes and syncs them to a song that could have been ''written'' for the series--"He said / Son when / you grow up / would you be / the savior of the broken / the beaten and the damned?". The tears really flow at the end when it shows you [[spoiler: Nia's grave adorned with her wedding bouquet and veil]].

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xNnPmnkNzg This TTGL AMV]],set to "Welcome to the Black Parade". Compresses all the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesomeMechaAnime [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome CMOAs]] and {{Tear Jerker}}s into 5-and-a-bit minutes and syncs them to a song that could have been ''written'' for the series--"He said / Son when / you grow up / would you be / the savior of the broken / the beaten and the damned?". The tears really flow at the end when it shows you [[spoiler: Nia's grave adorned with her wedding bouquet and veil]].



* In Episode 10, Simon [[spoiler: recalls a time in the past when he, Kamina, and several other people became trapped underground. He mentions that while he kept digging and digging desperately, quiet and fearful, Kamina kept on laughing and talking and joking in high spirits, keeping everyone cheerful throughout a situation that would terrify any sane person--and Simon wishes that he had the power that Kamina had to inspire people and keep them from giving up. Then, in Episode 11, there is a flashback to the night before Kamina died, when he and Yoko were "alone" under the moon. Kamina recalled the same incident to Yoko: while he was just fooling around and talking, Simon kept steadily drilling with his back to them, never stopping or taking a break, and eventually got them out of the cave-in... and so ''he'' wished that he could be like ''Simon''--"I wanted to be a man whose back would never break". For the ''mutual'' admiration that had existed between the two "brothers" all along, and for Simon's never having really recognized his own strength, however different it was from Kamina's, came dangerously close to completely breaking down in happy/sad tears at the latter flashback, and the CrowningMomentOfAwesome that followed.]]

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* In Episode 10, Simon [[spoiler: recalls a time in the past when he, Kamina, and several other people became trapped underground. He mentions that while he kept digging and digging desperately, quiet and fearful, Kamina kept on laughing and talking and joking in high spirits, keeping everyone cheerful throughout a situation that would terrify any sane person--and Simon wishes that he had the power that Kamina had to inspire people and keep them from giving up. Then, in Episode 11, there is a flashback to the night before Kamina died, when he and Yoko were "alone" under the moon. Kamina recalled the same incident to Yoko: while he was just fooling around and talking, Simon kept steadily drilling with his back to them, never stopping or taking a break, and eventually got them out of the cave-in... and so ''he'' wished that he could be like ''Simon''--"I wanted to be a man whose back would never break". For the ''mutual'' admiration that had existed between the two "brothers" all along, and for Simon's never having really recognized his own strength, however different it was from Kamina's, came dangerously close to completely breaking down in happy/sad tears at the latter flashback, and the CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome that followed.]]



* The one scene in Lagann-Hen when Nia [[spoiler:tells her body "Just a bit longer. Okay?". She knows that she can't hold out much more before she vanishes.]] After that [[spoiler:Nia hands Yoko her diary as a sort of farewell gift.]] The latter could also qualify as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. But once you realize [[spoiler:that Nia's diary was composed of letters to Kamina, Yoko's long deceased lover, it just makes the exchange even more bittersweet.]]

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* The one scene in Lagann-Hen when Nia [[spoiler:tells her body "Just a bit longer. Okay?". She knows that she can't hold out much more before she vanishes.]] After that [[spoiler:Nia hands Yoko her diary as a sort of farewell gift.]] The latter could also qualify as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]]. But once you realize [[spoiler:that Nia's diary was composed of letters to Kamina, Yoko's long deceased lover, it just makes the exchange even more bittersweet.]]
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