The Spiral Nemesis is a metaphor for overpopulation, and the Anti-Spirals are extreme MalthusiansSpiral Energy is the power of evolution, and evolution is achieved through procreation, and eventually, the Spirals will produce more Spiral Energy in an exponential rate than spacetime itself can contain, resulting into the Spiral Nemesis. Similarly, if our procreation rate (which is exponential and works like a logarithmic spiral) surpasses our arithmetical production rate, Earth's resources will be exhausted and will be turned into a Crapsack World where people are beginning to fight each other for oil/living space/food/what-have-you. See also:Soylent Green, when there are more Humans than Food. It isn't Spiral itself that the Anti-Spirals feared, but procreation when idiots use it (e.g. teenage pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, rape, etc.) They foolishly generate more of themselves (unwanted/defective children) before they are ready (expensive education and a job), and it will lead to disaster both for said Spiral, his/her family, and everybody else burdened with such "parasites", especially when they outnumber the smarter ones, leading to de-evolution. The Anti-Spirals became obsessed with population control, and used transhumanism (artificial evolution facilitated by technology) to sterilize themselves and force themselves into an Assimilation Plot as a clean and godlike Technological Singularity because Utopia Justifies the Means. However, they overdid their Well Intentioned Extremism and became greedy, wanting the entire universe for themselves, perceiving their First-world Technological Singularity as perfect and cleaner than "those filthy proles stuck in their probability-children". Thus the Motive Decay of their good-intentioned philosophy into pure eugenicist xenophobia. In the end, the Spirals do learn how to control their urges, with Simon replying that "humanity isn't that foolish", so that the Idiocracy that the Anti-Spirals feared would never come.
The opening? That was the anti-spiral rebellionAt the opening of the series, it is mentioned that, "All of the stars are our enemy". So it kind of makes sense that it would have to be a species able/willing to exterminate all other life for their goal, IE the "Anti-spirals" when they first learned of the spiral nemesis, or when they would have been at the height of their power.
Spiral Energy (or something like it) does have an effect in Real Life: we just call it "chaos theory"Butterflies in the East. Cause Spiraling Hurricanes in the West.
The perpetual existence of the Universe that the Anti-Spirals want would be a horror beyond imagining.The Big Crunch, the Spiral Nemesis; death; is ultimately a necessary function to the evolution of the Universe. Scientists even theorize that when the Big Crunch does happen, the singularity that it created will become a "Big Bounce": it will start another Big Bang, thus giving birth to new varieties of physics or life. Keep in mind, despite all their talk about protecting the universe, the Anti-Spirals have suffered such massive Motive Decay to the point of becoming nihilists who have zero concept of quality of life. As long as something continues to exist; in any form; they see it as their job accomplished. An endless, eternal And I Must Scream. And that is why the Spirals choose a Dying Moment of Awesome in a Big Crunch rather than accepting the eternal paradise the Anti-Spirals offered.
The entire show is the past of Time Lord society.Time Lord technology is to the point where it can be easily mistaken for magic. This is because it's powered partially by spiral power. Notice when we get a map of "Earth", it looks barely like Earth (there's a freaking land bridge connecting Asia and Australia and North and South America don't exist). Some even crazier things cause this world to become Gallifrey. The Doctor is, of course, the reincarnation of Kamina. How else could he go Serial Escalation so often, pull off insane outfits and get machines to do things that seem impossible (combining Gurren and Lagann shouldn't have worked, the TARDIS has a control panel made of random stuff)
Viral has had Spiral power ever since the beginning of the series
Viral was turned into a Human-Beastman hybrid
The Spiral King forced everyone underground not because of Anti Spirals and the Spiral Nemisis, but because he wanted a real version of Dwarf Fortress
The Gunmen were built by none other than Phineas and Ferb
Rossiu's character shift during the Time Skip was the result of a delayed reaction to Nia's cooking.
Garlock is the Anti-Spiral.
Gurren Lagann and Megas XLR take place in the same universe...or rather Multiverse.There are two possible version:
Nia's death was her own fault.Think about it. The theme of the show is to go Beyond the Impossible. To keep on fighting even if the odds are 0%. Nia's chance of living out the remainder of her natural life was at 0% but that hasn't stopped the Dai-Gurren Dan before. If she had simply refused to give up and kept on fighting for the right to live her life with Simon then she would have. Since she decided to ignore the Dai-Gurren Dan's motto, the main theme of the show, she got struck full force by the Diabolus Ex Machina and faded away. TL;DR: Nia's a bigger idiot then we are led to believe.
The first 30 seconds of Episode one is when Simon finds the GGG...Fighting the Spiral-Nemesis. With Optimus Prime and Coop helping Gai out.
You CAN'T bring back the dead with Spiral Power.Lord Genome was never really came back to life, even as a bio-computer/head in a jar. It was more a clone with his memory than the actual Lord Genome. That's why Simon can't bring back Nia.
Simon had one final adventure between his wedding and the epilogue.As other tropers have noticed, Simon takes Nia's death a little too well. My theory for this goes as such: After the final battle with the Anti-Spiral, as they are all sitting in their Laganns, Nia discovers an internal message encoded inside her. It turns out that all of Lordgenome's daughters were potential messengers, and when a messenger dies, she is transported to an alternate universe as part of Anti-Spiral experiments. Before their wedding, Simon and Nia find out how to track her to whatever universe she will go to, and after the wedding, Simon does just that. He has a final adventure, where he rescues Nia, helps her get a human body, and returns home. They live in secret to avoid, as another troper has noted, people who might still want to kill her. Following the epilogue, Simon goes to his simple home, where an older Nia and their children can be seen. Also, I have always thought of the alternative universe he travels to being one of many Neon Genesis Evangelion Universes, which he proceeds to fix as he searches for Nia. However, your mileage may vary with that idea.
The TTGL Universe is designed so that Main Characters can't have love interestsThey kill off both of Yoko's love interests, and Simon's, and the Universe itself prevents Viral from ever having a relationship.
After Kamina dies, he becomes the god of evolution (Spiral energy)Think about this. When Dai-Gurren is trapped in alternate universes, it is heavily insinuated that the spiral power of Simon still existed. Since it is Kamina who greets him, this means that a) the rebel Simon is the epitomy of all possible Simons, and thus is the one most liked by evolution, and b) that Kamina has become the embodiment of evolution itself, telling Simon and the rest that they should live up to their spiral potential. Another word for the embodiment of such a force is a god of it. Thus, Kamina is the god of evolution. It even makes sense, when you factor in that his reckless, destroy-anything-necessary and win-or-die-trying attitude suits the wild and powerful nature of spiral energy to a tee, along with him being the first to recognize what runs the ganmen, meaning he was probably very familiar with it to begin with.
Kamina is GodThe Judeo-Christian one, to be precise. Consider:
Spiral Races are attempting to contact us, possibly setting the events of TTGL in motion.All the proof I need.
The Ganmen were built by Tony StarkBecause only one man could be Badass enough to do so.
The town of Kur Ã'zu-cho is an example of what happens when a Spiral Nemesis Rises to powerIn the manga Uzumaki, the entire town is...infected is a good word, by spirals. Particularly, all the spirals run inward, perverting the people and inflicting Nightmare Fuel that few of the townspeople are able to escape from.
The Opening Sequence of Episode 1 is the Bad Ending for the series.The introductory sequence of episode 1 prior to the title card, featuring Captain Garlock about to take on all the heavenly lights in the sky, is the bad ending for the series, wherein Simon, instead of listening to the pleas of the Anti-Spiral, goes on to continue his space travels and becomes the Spiral Nemesis. The last shot of the scene before the series title and episode title is the last moments in the universe before Simon destroys everywhere and everywhen in Space-time with Chouginga Gurren Lagann and its Maelstrom Cannon.
The Prologue to Episode 1 takes place between the end of Episode 27 and the Distant Finale epilogue.After the final battle with the Anti-Spiral, Earth makes contact with the other Spiral races who had been kept oppressed until Simon's victory. Of course, as Simon learns after the Time Skip, that doesn't mean that they all are grateful. Since Viral is taking the Cho-Ginga Dai-Gurren to a peace conference in the epilogue, 20 years after the previous scene, there's plenty of time for the other Spirals to unite against the Earthlings and plenty of time for the old hero, Simon, to fight once again for his friends and world to live in peace. The parallel between Humanoid!Boota's line "all the lights in the heavens are our enemies" in the prologue and Simon saying "all the lights in the heavens are our friends" might also support this theory.
The Prologue to Episode 1 is part of Boota's fantasy realm in Episode 26.Boota's heart's desire is To Become Human and fight alongside Simon. This is part of the Anti-Spiral's fantasy-vision (TM), which explains some inconsistencies, such as Boota's voice, Simon/Captain Garlock's attitude, and its apparently never happening in the "real" parts of the series. Also note that the prologue doesn't concern itself with who the Dai-Gurren Dan is fighting, only that they are fighting. Dream logic, and it also meshes with the Anti-Spiral's impression of the humans.
The Prologue to Episode 1 takes place eons before the series starts.Sure, it looks like Simon and Human!Boota, but it's really a group of Spiral Knights fighting against the Anti-Spirals eons before the series began. The Anti-Spirals confirm that Spirals have been fighting and losing against them; there's even a graveyard of nigh-identical Gurren-Laganns to prove it. When Spirals get awesome enough to travel the Anti-Spiral universe, they tend to evolve to a similar form to the most awesome things ever: The main cast.
The Prologue to Episode 1 is Kamina's father's war against the Anti-Spirals.In Kamina's flashback, we briefly glimpse Kamina's father. If you look carefully, you'll see that he has blue hair, like the captain in the prologue. Also, Kamina's cloak (and by extension, his logo, which comes from the back of the cloak) once belonged to his father; he finds it on the skeleton of his father. Kamina's father led a similar rebellion against Lord Genome (and left Kamina in Jeeha Village); instead of killing Lord Genome, Lord Genome survived and warned him about the Anti-Spirals and possibly allied with him. Kamina's father then led an immediate attack on the Anti-Spirals, lost, and fled back to Earth, where he died, possibly because he was betrayed by Lord Genome and his Beastmen.
The Prologue to Episode 1 is the Awesome Ending.While still one of the many possible realities, the one in the prologue was not the Bad Ending, but the most epic of them all. TTGL simply began on a path in which this ending was possible; due to constant branching of the timeline, we followed the path to the Bittersweet Ending. We have yet to see the true Bad Ending, or the true Good Ending for that matter.
The guy from the Prologue, Kamina's father, and Simon...all ALL THE SAME GUY!We know that Spiral Energy can affect both space and 'time'. Now take a look at Future Simon...'LOOK' at him! Does he even look different than Kamina's father? There are only minor differences in their clothing: in terms of build and general appearance, they're all but identical. Indeed, one could say that Kamina's dad is simply a slightly older-looking version of Future Simon. Now, let's posit an Ontological Paradox here: Simon gets his hands on this Spiral Energy stuff; after that distant finale nonsense, he regains his awesome and goes on to fight "all the stars in the heavens". He is defeated and knocked back in time, along with the Gunmen in the Gurren Brigade, and eventually ends up being the very thing that triggers the Anti-Spiral attack on Earth. He later fathers Kamina before returning to the surface to die, possibly by suicide. This creates an interesting situation because the Gunmen, and Lagann itself, now have no actual origin...hence an ontological paradox, a time loop wherein the origin of the loop is either inobvious or impossible to determine. This, if you think about it, goes well with the infinite spiral theme of the show.
The guy in the prologue is Kamina in an AU where he didn't die.Kamina would have defeated Lord Genome and continued his reach for the heavens and acted on what he told Simon in episode 6. To reach the moon. Where he would find the Terra Cathedral and transformed it, inevitably leading to him riding in his battleship across the universe battling everyone he could find and exploring; until the rest of the Spiral races believed that he would destroy them. Of course Kamina would be crazy(and hotblooded enough) enough to declare war on everyone and everything, thus leading to " All the lights in the heavens are our enemy..."
The guy in the prologue is future Ryoma from Getter Robo.Think about it. When we see him in Shin Getter Robo he's piloting an ENORMOUS ship with a face on the front (that can also transform into a giant robot), causes lots and lots of explosions and is literally the enemy of everything in the universe. In Āḥ, it's revealed that he's gone a bit crazy with the Getter Rays and is now on a crusade to evolve the shit out of the universe. Not to mention the prologue guy's line "we'll smash them along with space-time itself" sounds a lot like his own line: "leave it to me. I'll crush them, along with the moon!"
The guy in the prologue is Lordgenome, right after he first turns evil.Any similarities to the main cast is a result of identical descendants.
The guy in the prologue is Simon, in an AU where Kamina died in the first episode.The prologue was a result of Simon not knowing how to activate Lagann, resulting in most of Giha Village getting trashed and the majority of the population killed, Kamina included, before Yoko can take it down with her rifle. Simon is grief-stricken, to an even greater extent than when Kamina died in canon. When he figures out how to activate Lagann, he vows revenge on the Gunmen, embarking on a crusade to destroy them all. Among the way he gathers followers, half terrified of him, half in awe of his inhuman determination. However, he never meets Nia, and never snaps out of his misery. Eventually, he becomes so hardened he pretty much lives for battle. He goes on to challenge Teppelin. Many more people die, most prominently because of Nia's absence, but Simon still manages to struggle to Lordgenome. They face off; however, this time, Simon goes absolutely batshit insane on Lordgenome, tearing him to itty bits. After the battle is done, Simon goes around visiting the villages, bringing them to Teppelin, not bothering to change its name. Once he's got everyone there, he wanders off, not coming back for seven years. Viral never shows up; Simon killed him in their first meeting. Later, after the timeskip, he's back in town just as the population cap is reached. He's overjoyed to transfer his battle-lust to the Anti-Spirals. The Arc-Gurren is found, just as in canon, however without the presence of Lordgenome's head they never find out about the Moon really being the Cathedral Terra until after it's crashed into the Earth's surface. Simon takes control of it, then goes on a bloodthirsty rampage against the Anti-Spirals. Things unfold much as they do in canon, except that the remainder of the human race is onboard the Cathedral Terra. Just as normal, Simon faces off against the Anti-Spiral, this time alone. After ridding the universe of the Anti-Spiral, the Super-Galaxy Dai Gurren (not actually called this, since Kamina never named Gurren) travels the universe, looking for a place to re-settle. They come across another Spiral world; Simon offloads them there, while taking on several new crew members. One of them is Boota, in his spiral form. They sail around for several years, visiting Spiral homeworlds, and generally looking for the next fight, becoming increasingly violent as time passes. Eventually, though, the other Spiral races become wary of Simon's power. They amass a great army to defeat him. This leads to the prologue scene, where Simon says that "All the stars in the sky are my enemies" referring both to the massive fleet come against him and the fact that he was now an enemy of all the Spiral races on all the worlds. So, he activates the Spiral Nemesis, tearing the fabric of reality a new one. The entire timestream gets tossed back to before anything happened, with one exception: Boota. Boota gets thrown back with Simon, only with all his memories intact. So when Simon goes to try and use Lagann, Boota is able to get him to use his Core Drill in the slot. Thus, Kamina doesn't die (initially), leading to the canon events.
The prologue is an alternate universe where Simon never found NiaSimon eventually got out of his depression itself, and managed to beat Lordgenome and the human extermination system, which is why he has the Super-Galaxy Dai-Gurren. However, without Nia's calming influence, he became a very dark antihero after Kamina's death and without Nia and her ring, they can not go to the Anti-Spiral's home world so they are fighting massive battles in normal space and maybe it's me, but Simon seems to be exploding with sexual frustration.
Lorgenome is Gene StarwindThink about it. It makes PERFECT SENSE. And it explains everything.
Lagann was made by the Anti-SpiralsAnd it was a trap too. Think about it. There is a swarm of Lagann's in the condensed Space-Time Ocean. That means that nearly every race that attacked the Anti-Spiral's somehow gained access to identical machinery. The Anti-Spirals made Lagann, sending them out to every Spiral Race as part of their trap. Any Spiral with enough Spiral Power to operate a Lagann would be considered a threat. At this point, Lagann would subconsciously manipulate them into seeking out the Anti-Spiral's, where they could be destroyed. When Kamina died, Lagann stopped working because Simon was in a state of absolute despair, and assumed it's purpose was fulfilled. Once Simon manifested Spiral Power again, it chased him down to complete it's mission.
Getter Rays are a form of Spiral Energy, but intelligent.Corollary: Getter Emperor is the very definition of the Spiral Nemesis. It's described as having the physical diameter of the distance between the Sun and Pluto. Given the malleable size of TTGL, Getter Emperor might be bigger.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the Anti-EvangelionEvangelion was such a successful deconstruction that it became the new standard, bringing despair as the root feeling for many mecha series. TTGL is Gainax's attempt to restore hope.
Adding on to this, the series and Neon Genesis Evangelion take place in the same multiverse.Or, to be more precise, the Lighter and Softer Alternate Universe seen in Episode 26. The over-all more normal and happier universe, combined with the existence of the Angels, could very well bring forth the likes of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The first Anti-Spiral war could've been set sometime between the 21st and 31st century. The Anti-Spirals may have had something similar to the Instrumentality happen to them, or even harness the Angels in order to gain a Hive Mind.
Gainax intentionally applied their head-trippiness to the beginning of the series instead of the end.Wanting to expand on their reputation for confusion, instead of a Gainax Ending, the studio made Gurren-Lagann with a Gainax Opening which is completely inexplicable in the context of the series. See the first
Simon is The Pope.While more than a few people out there have put out the comparison between Kamina and Jesus (there's a "Kamina Died for your Sins" motivator. Plus, Kamina's side was pierced by the Lance of Thymilph), the superficial similarities between Simon and St. Peter are far more striking. Consider:
Alternatively, Simon is God.Kamina preached that Simon kept him strong, and keeps saying how badass and dependable Simon is, and without him he would've died.
The Anti-Spiral's base of operations is, in fact, the Galaxy Cauldron.This means Gurren Lagann takes place well after the end of Sailor Moon. This also explains why Kamina and the recently fallen members of the Gurren Dan were able to snap Simon out of the anti-spiral's dream world. This also would mean that, in all probability, the Anti-spiral's world is the world the human representation of chaos, Sailor Chaos, would be born on. The Anti-spiral's realization of the dangers of Spiral power came from Sailor Chaos' reign of terror, which was stopped by Sailor Cosmos, who became inspired by Sailor Moon's willingness to fight during the Stars arc of Sailor Moon (the manga) to fight instead of run away. The Anti-spirals, now afraid of such power, become the Anti-spirals of GL, use their avatar to promptly kill Sailor Cosmos, and attack Earth, wiping out a good deal of what's left and leaving the one remaining knight, Lord Genome, in charge.
The events of Gurren Lagann are a chronicle of the distant past of the Pokémon universe.Consider: Boota evolved (even if only in his mind) from his mole-pig form into a Cute Shotaro Boy in Cool Sunglasses. Since none of the alternate universes The Will uses against the Dai-Gurren-dan appear actively impossible with the series' physics, this implies that Boota could do this, or at least something similar, in the real world. (Presumably, if push comes to shove, he could do so again with Simon's help.) In any case, the chain of events is as follows: After Simon's (long-delayed) death, the pretty-much-immortal mole-pig goes on to sire a numberless legion of Spiral-powered hybrid creatures. The galaxy unites briefly, but separates once more when they recognize that their expansion is leading towards the Spiral Nemesis. A trackless time passes. Boota's hyper-powered descendants, born with the capacity to retain enormous amounts of Spiral power, evolve at warp speed, speciating into countless different varieties of creature, many of them near-sentient. Humanity eventually abandons the form of Ganmen and much of their dependence on Spiral power. Meanwhile, the Beastmen, unable to regenerate any longer, go extinct. Millenia pass, and the world- already very different from present-day Earth- regrows and reshapes itself further. Even the Great Gurren-dan is relegated to little more than legend, and eventually forgotten altogether. Pokemon evolve the way they do because of their inherent Spiral energy - without invoking its nature as a super-powerful form of Applied Phlebotinum. Simply put, Pokemon store Spiral power as they fight and evolve- generally beyond their control- when they've accrued enough. A strong-willed human can help them suppress this drive, either through intense focus or Everstones- which are bits of The Will's unit, Grand Zamboa, still rich with Spiral-suppressing energy. Debris from both units rained down on Earth after the battle in Super Spiral Space; consequently the Element Stones can be assumed to come from TTGL- or Chouginga, in the case of Moon Stones. Rare Candy is crystallized Boota poo- and it's not REALLY candy. As soon as it's given to a Pokemon, it disintegrates to release a small amount of Spiral energy. Ash's Pikachu, incidentally, is a direct male-line descendant of Boota himself (how else does a Shock Rat get THAT level of Magical Bullshit Power?). Mole-pigs in general become such varied creatures as Swinub, Piloswine, Diglett, Dugtrio and Sandshrew. James and Brock are descendants of Leeron, who, rather than forgo his status as Eternal Queer, had a test-tube baby to give him a family line. Brock inherited the lovable pervert tendencies; James received most of Leeron's Camp Gay-ness. There is simply no other way James could be THAT fabulous.
Ash's Squirtle is the reincarnation of no less than Kamina himself. Ironically, the greatest concentration of Spiral power is in the fast-evolving bugs, with Beedrill the very height. Beedrill even has DRILLS FOR HANDS.
Gurren Lagann takes place in the same universe as Dragon BallThe Anti-Spirals tried a different approach on Dragon Ball's earth and managed to seal away most of humanity's Spiral Power. Saiyans also possessed limited Spiral potential, but they were still a primitive race when the war with the Anti-Spirals took place and managed to escape their notice.The reason saiyan/human hybrids like Gohan possess so much "hidden power" is that the addition of saiyan DNA allows them to partially bypass the Anti-Spirals' restrictions, giving them access to Spiral energy. Dragon Ball's moon possessed a Human Elimination System as well, set to a higher population limit because of the planet's lower potential; but the moon was destroyed by Master Roshi, and the Anti-Spirals did not realise this. Blutz/Bruits waves are a form of Spiral power. This also explains why Broli, the Legendary Super Saiyan, has green attacks. Saiyans are empowered by the moon because of the radiant Spiral energy from the HES.
Gurren Lagann takes place in the same universe as HeroesOn a planet with Spiral potential even more limited than Dragon Ball, restrictors built into the moon have begun to fail. Around a rare celestial alignment involving the moon eclipsing the sun, it temporarily loses all power, allowing certain humans to awaken Spiral energy. Naturally, one of the most powerful Spiral users is a guy from Japan who wears
TTGL takes place in the same multiverse as His Dark MaterialsAfter being defeated by Simon, the Anti-Spiral leader somehow manages to survive, fleeing to another universe. He creates a race of "angels" and begins taking over worlds systematically. He has been weakened dramatically, though. Dust is Spiral power, and the Subtle Knife is the knife that will PIERCE THE HEAVENS!!! It was reforged into a vaugely drill-like form, but the text didn't specify that.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a prequel to the F-Zero animeAfter relations are opened with the Spirals on other planets, the F-Zero races are created and draw contestants from all over the universe. Simon, lacking a purpose in life, decides to join under the false identity of Captain Falcon, trading his goggles/sunglasses for a visor. Watch this clip and say it isn't true. Not only is a lot of spinning involved, but who else could pull off that punch? Also, Epilogue!Simon and Captain Falcon have the same face and voice.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is compatible with any universe/multiverse.Yes, even Real Life(just see the Mind Screw that is quantum physics.)
Lagann was originally a mining tool...turned into a weapon. concider this: it makes drills which have no other purpose (appearantly) than digging through things, it was found underground (got stuck, too hard to excavate?) it is powered by another digging tool as shown when Simon was captured by Guame, and the shutters could be installed to protect the user against falling rocks.
Viral was always immortal; if Lord Genome did anything, it was to give him a faint connection to Spiral energy.Consider how many catastrophes Viral survives repeatedly- the most extreme being during the battle ending in Adiane's death. He manages to survive the almost complete destruction of his submarine Ganmen while deep underwater, but the porpoise-beastmen were presumably killed. Clearly, Viral is a tough customer, but that borders on the miraculous, especially given that this anime is usually pretty good about avoiding Disney Death. Viral may have well been immortal from birth; he himself bragged about his unusual skills and just never noticed. After all, it probably isn't as if he lost very often before meeting Kamina.
If Lord Genome did anything to Viral, it wasn't making him immortal, although he may have claimed it was. Viral also shows some unusual traits for Beastmen. If his experiences in the Lotus-Eater Machine section of the next-to-last episode are any indication, he may long for a family and children. His first joint attack with Simon also causes a massive explosion far greater than Simon's prior attempts. Perhaps Viral, while probably not capable of directly drawing upon Spiral energy and probably still sterile, has more resonance than normal for a Beastman and acts as a natural amplifier for others's Spiral power?
Lordgenome's, Guame's, and most importantly Viral's immortality was due to Spiral EnergyBy the time Simon had been piloting Gurren Lagann by himself, it had been running entirely on Spiral Energy (as it no longer needed an electrical charge like the Beastmen's Ganmen). Viral had the ability to pilot Gurren because he had been given the ability to use Spiral Energy by Lordgenome. This unlocked in him the need to have a family ("Love changes the universe!"). However, he still couldn't control his Spiral Energy nor did he know he had it, so he was unable to help Simon initially when transforming Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann. Fortunately, Kamina appeared in Viral's fantasy, and when Viral snapped out of it, he gained a Core Drill, signifying his unlocking of Spiral Energy. Guame and Lordgenome's immortality being based on Spiral Energy is more obvious, though. Guame had originally been an Armadillo, therefore he must've been a spiral being in the first place. Lordgenome just amplified his and Guame's Spiral Power to keep them alive.
Viral is the last surviving Jagermonster.He resembles a Jagermonster, he's incredibly tough, and he wants his helmet back because of his genetic propensity for Nice Hats.
Enki's helmet is an Amulet of Concentrated Awesome made by Lordgenome for Viral.The helmet was designed to increase the Spiral Power of anyone who piloted the Gunman who wore it, as well as granting Spiral Power to those without it. Unfortunately, Viral grew to depend on it too much, so when Kamina took it and had it assimilated into Lagann, he began his infamous Badass Decay. Since Viral had the helmet for a long time, he retained some of its influence, and could hold his own against Gurren Lagann without it. This influence completely faded by the time Viral faced Simon in the Enkidudu, so he got curbstomped HARD. After being assimilated into Lagann, the helmet augmented Lagann's Spiral Power, which, in turn, augmented the helmet's power. This infinite loop of power explains why Simon's Spiral Power reaches such great levels, culminating in the Final Battle. He permanently absorbs the power, however, as a side effect of being a member of a Spiral race. It's also why he surrendered the Gurren Lagann in the end - he would gain too much Spiral Power and become a living Spiral Nemesis. When Viral was recruited by Simon as Gurren's pilot, the helmet recognized Viral as its original owner, and gave him the lion's share of its power, undoing his Badass Decay - and then some. So why was Lordgenome able to defeat the Gurren Lagann with his Lazengann, despite Simon having the helmet? Lordgenome had a more powerful helmet made for the Lazengann to replace the one from his Spiral Knight days, just in case Enki's helmet was stolen or Viral rebelled against him.
The Anti-Spirals are the Instrumentalized humans from NGE.They used to be genetic creatures, but they gave up their individuality in order to survive as a collective. Their giant mecha technology is about what the technology from Evangelion would become after a million years of progression, and their constant emphasis on Absolute Despair is borne out of everyone's constant angst.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was created to be easy for its fans think up crossoversTake this page as evidence.
Guame isn't a beastman.One of the recurring aspects of this show is the emphasis on humanity. The more human a Beastman is, the more powerful; their mooks are barely recognizable as human, the Big Four are human with animal aspects, and Viral (the most important) is almost totally human, except for his arms. The exception is Guame, one of the Big Four, the most powerful our of them (he survived a giga drill breaker!) despite looking like a great big armadillo thing. What's more, he acts as an equal to Lord Genome; at least, he treats him like a soldier would treat his Sergeant, not giving the terrified groveling done by the others of the Big Four. Guame is a member of a different spiral race who fought alongside Lord Genome when he was fighting the AntiSpirals, probably serving the same function as Kittan in the Gurren Brigade. After they were defeated and forced to retreat, Guame elected to stay with Lord Genome and aid him in his efforts to protect humanity. Boota sets a precedent for not all spiral races being humanoid. It also explains how Guame is able to create an energy shield around Tepperin - he's using his own spiral energy to do so.
Guame is the Spiral King's BootaWe see a cute armidillo-like creature at Genome's side when he is a kid in the opening of the Gurren-Hen Movie and again slightly later on when he becomes the Spiral King. Presumably, soon after that he finds a way to turn him into a beastmen in the same way he made the other beastmen and turned him into his most trusted General.
The events of the prologue are part of the God-Emperor of Mankind's ridiculously long-term plan - and hence part of Warhammer 40,000.Alt!Boota's "All the lights in the heavens are our enemies", with a bit of GRIMDARKNESS re-phrasing, sounds awfully like the standard Imperium of Man xenophobic creed. And of course, both TTGL and 40k has Rule of EPIC BADASSERY as curbstomping physics to the curb. The raising of Captain Garlock was carried out by Custodes under the orders of the God-Emperor far from Imperium-controlled space. The Gunmen are a type of Titan designed by the God-Emperor separate from the Adeptus Mechanicus. Someday in the future, Captain Garlock and the Dai-Gurren Brigade will return to use the TTGL to put the smackdown on the Chaos Gods and the C'tan and then revive the God-Emperor.
The Gurren-Lagann universe is the far, far future of the Aim For The Top! universe.Diebuster's ending, to be perfectly frank, makes no sense even within the context of its own universe. "Hard Work And Guts!" was always a watchword of the series, but until the very last episode, "Hard Work And Guts!" never broke the series' own laws of physics. But in the very last episode, Nono and Lark are able to defeat a single enemy, with one degeneracy reactor and Nono's hax energy-absorber between them, that a planet-scale Buster Machine with billions of degeneracy reactors couldn't. This makes absolutely no sense... unless it's the awakening of Spiral Power in humanity. Think about it! By this time, much of humanity has emigrated beyond the solar system, and so the "spiral races" are spread out pretty far. And when Nono and Lark perform their double Inazuma Kick, what do they do? They spiral together into a drill-like energy projectile that smashes right through the Space Monster. There is only one conclusion to be drawn from this: Nono and Lark are humanity's very first Spiral Knights, and Gunbuster-verse is the stage being set for the Spiral/Antispiral war.
The Anti-Spiral homeworld seen on the Grand Zamboa wasn't the real thingRather, it was a protective capsule to protect the real thing, or possibly a symbol. Two reasons:
The Anti-Spirals are Tragic Heroes against the Expansionist and Racist Species HumanityPost-timeskip, we see that humanity keeps expanding without limit, much like a virus; the persecution of the beastmen that follows shows their intolerance. That may have been the tip of the iceberg as far as humanity's conquests went, and they possibly left hundreds or thousands of worlds barren or burning and their inhabitants dead or enslaved simply because they believed they could go anywhere and do anything - much like the Imperium of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The Anti-Spirals may be Sufficiently Advanced Aliens that have watched humans from the beginning of their prehistory and hoped they would learn tolerance, self-control, and moderation; when they could no longer bear to see world after world be conquered, they decided to intervene. The downside was that confinement and despair only made humans more aggressive, and now they may spread farther and more ruthlessly simply to avoid being confined again.
The events of Gurren Lagann happen after a Super Robot War in which humanity loses big timeParrel Works #8 shows the making of Lord Genome and the events of the first war against the Anti-Spirals. Those who are paying attention will notice a lot of simmilar faces, like Gundam RX-78, Mazinger, Jeeg, and two of the Eva units, as well as verious flagships, including the USS Enterprise.
It stands to reason that Gurren Lagann is an offshoot of Super Robot Wars that follows a story in which the world's Heroes are wiped out in the ensuing war; the only mech left to fight the power at the start is, as it were, Lagann.
Viral is Link.Both have the same voice, both are good with a sword, and both are (well, sometimes) blonde. Since Viral has an immortal body, that explains why Link is able to appear in so many games and timelines.
The ending skips a crucial part of the story.Judging by the general tone and theme of the series, there must be a missing scene in which Kamina comes back from the dead (after the most epic game of chess EVER), punches Simon, and tells him to go Beyond the Impossible and save Nia, leading to an epic quest for several mystical MacGuffins for reasons of that's just what needs to be done. Presumably, this would end in an epic battle involving mechas the size of universes. What we see post- Time Skip occurs after all of this; Simon is clearly just a Retired Badass and not a hobo.
Lordgenome is the Biblical Nimrod, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is set in an alternate universe where the Tower of Babel was fully constructed, humanity waged a war against the hosts of Heaven (the Anti-Spiral), and lost.First off, just take a look at the buildings humanity constructs in Parallel Works Video 8. There are Kabbalistic ideas that the Tower of Babel was meant to be some sort of spacecraft, constructed by Nimrod, who was already noted in The Bible to be pretty Badass, and I'm almost positive that some commentary stated that Nimrod had a throne shaped like a spiral. Furthermore, some current historians identify Nimrod as being the same person as Gilgamesh, who was friends with Enkidu, a wild beast-man. And if that's not enough, even the Biblical verse concerning the destruction of the Tower has God speaking in a first-person plural! This would also nicely explain why there is no language barrier in Gurren Lagann...
FLCL is an alternate universe of TTGL, or, possibly, in the same universeThey're both by Studio Gainax, and they're both pretty much the anti-Evangelion, so why not? They even have a lot of parallels, particularly since Naota and Simon are both less-scrappy expies of Shinji. FLCL could be what TTGL would've been had Gunmen never been invented; instead, the anti-Spirals come in the form of Medical Mechanical, and it's up to Haruko and her concentrated Spiral Energy to free Atomsk, who is pretty much pure Spiral Energy. Or, alternatively, FLCL takes place sometime in the future after the Anti-Spirals are defeated; they try again, only this time in a different manner to get past the radar. No Beastmen are to be found because they either all died out (save for Viral, who's off in space anyway) or simply don't get any screen time.
Nia is a Buster MachineJust compare Nono and Nia's eyes! And the last title card at the end credits of DieBuster has four-petaled flower motifs floating around Nono, flowers that look just like Nia's eyes! You can't honestly look at that and tell me that Nia isn't a Buster Machine, can you?!
Related to the two above, TTGL is a direct sequel to the GunBuster series.(Warning, this entry is a spoiler for GunBuster!) Consider: in the context of the TTGL universe, the entire "Spiral Nemesis" thing kind of comes out of nowhere. So spiral life forms will eventually cause the kind-of-nebulous destruction of the universe by sucking everything together? It seems a bit random and weak for villain motivation if it exists in a vaccuum. However, when you consider the events of GunBuster and you begin to think of the Anti-Spiral argument as something of a metaphor for wanting to impede the progress of human civilization toward being destructive (which the show itself hints toward), then all of a sudden the entire Spiral/Anti-Spiral conflict begins to look a lot like the kind of debate civilization would have following the creation of the Black Hole Bomb and the realization that humanity possesses the capacity for destroying galaxies, and is indeed even voiced by the characters in the final episode of GunBuster! This would therefore make the original Lagann that Simon finds nothing less than Buster Machine 100, the final Buster Machine; drawing inspiration from the Diebuster, the Lagann can merge with any kind of technology to continuously improve itself. The Anti-Spirals would therefore be the faction of humanity that wanted to prevent progressive human society from destroying the rest of the universe just by existing.
The entire first half of the series is a highly-risky yet ultimately wildly successful Gambit Roulette by Lord Genome to forge a new hero who would be able to pick up where he left off and defeat the Anti-Spirals once and for allIf you think about it, this pretty much happens anyway, either this way or by accident. And why else would Lord Genome bury a Lagann-type mecha so close to an underground human colony, with a spiral core nearby? He sent all of humanity underground knowing that, eventually, a hero will arise to drill straight through to the heavens! He needed to create a Beastman Army to test the hero; after all, if such a hero couldn't defeat them, there'd be no hope for him against the Anti-Spirals. And the Arc-Gurren and Cathedral Terra were cleverly yet conveniently hidden for the sake of such a future hero.
Viral's wifeis more than just a figment of [[spoiler:an Anti-Spiral's illusion]] Viral's wife exists in the proper TTGL universe beyond a figment of a wishful dream and in the Parallel Works: she's seen onboard the Cathedral Terra/Chouginga Gurren Lagann with her husband as the ship sets off for its diplomatic mission. See and decide for yourself◊.
The three kids piloting the Ganmen that make up Gurren Lagann in Parallel Works 6 are:
The Spiral Nemesis that the Anti-Spirals feared was the inevitable result of all the Epileptic Trees being planted from the show LOST achieving critical mass and causing the collapse of the universeSays so on the Poison Oak Epileptic Trees page!
The Spiral Nemesis is a Lensman Arms Race taken to an extremeSince Spiral Beings have a drive to expand, unless they are held back, they will ultimately come into conflict with each other. Since Spiral Energy has no real limit and seems to increase the more a Spiral Being is put under stress, a war between two Spiral Races would escalate to potentially infinite levels. Remember, although the Anti-Spiral increased its energy to match Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's size and power, it never expanded enough to surpass it (The Anti-Spirals suck at confronting Spiral races head-on, instead they mostly rely on psychological warfare, hence their Despair speeches and Lotus-Eater Machine). Now imagine if two Giga Drill Breakers produced by two Super Tengen Toppa mechs collided and each one continued to expand in an effort to overwhelm the other... this would explain why the discussion of peace at the end of the series was so important - even a minor war between Spiral Energy users would ultimately result in Mutually Assured Destruction. Thus, the use of Spiral Energy is kept in check by old-fashioned Cold War politics.
The Anti-Spiral allowed himself to be defeatedThe Anti-Spiral clearly was capable of mustering up Spiral Energy, and was probably capable of increasing it more-or-less indefinitely (note that when Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was formed, Grand Zamboa expanded to match its larger opponent with no visible effort). However, in order to overcome Dai-Gurren for good, the energy required would most likely destroy the universe in the process. Since the Anti-Spiral realized the danger and understood that Simon would sooner cause the Spiral Nemesis rather than back down, he decided to be the bigger man (so to speak) and allow himself to be overcome rather than destroy the universe by continuing to fight.
Orks know how to harness Spiral EnergyThey can make things work that shouldn't work through sheer willpower, can make things faster through sheer willpower, etc. In short, they can make the impossible possible.
The entirity of the series is being told by Simon years after it happened.The narrator has the same voice actor in both Japanese and English. He's either just reminescing or telling it to someone. This leads to a series of subtheories:
Kinon got pregnantThat whole dialogue between her and Rissou about her being "heavy" at the end of episode 24 sure was a lot of odd innuendo, wasn't it? Also, this.◊
Badgers will become the spiral nemesis.Since hotbloodedness and determination are associated with spiral power, it is clear that badgers have more spiral power than any other species - so much that the pussiest of badgers puts Boota and Simon to shame. Badgers, being stupid, don't realize this yet; but eventually, as they evolve, they will become smarter and more humanoid. (Humanoid forms better channel spiral energy, making them evolutionarily advantageous.) This causes their massive quantities of spiral power to run wild, destroying the universe.
The "uncut" version of Episode 6 is not the original, but a Hotter and Sexier revamp.Take a look at Yoko's outfit throughout both versions.
Tony the Tiger is a reincarnation of Kamina.See this picture◊ for details.
Leeron is a MagypsyHe doesn't seem to age much, if at all. His needle is, of course, drill shaped.
Human usage of Spiral Power is a function of the mitochondria.Channeling it through machines such as guns and Ganmen is the proper way to control spiral energy. Using it as raw biological power counts as Explosive Biological Overclocking like we saw back in the Christmas of '97, leading to Heroic RROD. On that note, the Ultimate Being was a baby Spiral Nemesis.
There is a Good Reason Simon and Nia didn't get married and have a kid.If you remember, the Anti-Spiral was part of her DNA. There was a high chance that their kids, if they had had any, would also be part anti-spiral, and would dissolve with Nia at the end of the battle. This way, the writers were able to keep down the Angst when the end of the series came along.
Kamina is the grown up version of Laharl.Apart from the blue hair, and surely blue hairdye isn't unheard of. He has practically the same mode of dress, he carries around a sword bigger than himself, he uses the same style of speech (for the most part), and at times he uses "demon" as a term to describe himself. Long after the events of the Disgaea games, he settled down in some backwater world instead of staying a king. It would explain a lot of Kamina's feats if he was an Overlord.
Similarly, Yoko is EtnaElaborating on the above theory, the TTGL universe takes place after the Disgaea bad ending where Laharl leaves the throne to Etna to Walk the Earth. Complications lead her and some survivors to flee to earth — which she covers up with the whole "weapons cache" story to avoid admitting to Kamina/Laharl that she totally screwed the pooch on running the Netherworld in his place. As for why she and Kami/Harl didn't recognize each other upon meeting again, either she didn't immediately recognize him due to age (can you imagine Laharl at a height above five feet? Neither could she), or she did and just kept it to herself for some reason.// How did she overcome her...er, upper-body deficiencies? Implants.
Kamina is Laharl's long-lost-son.Parental Abandonment among demons is nothing new in the Disgaea series. It's possible that Demons were one of the "Spiral Races" that Lord Genome fought with. Somewhere along the way, Laharl trusted someone (Etna? Flonne? Mid-Boss? Who knows?) with Kamina, his only son, right before making a heroic sacrifice to try and stall the Anti-Spirals (which happened during the enigmatic first scene).
Anyway, though a series of contrived coincidences, that someone ended up underground in the village and raised him as her own. The fact that Demons don't age nearly as fast as humans can be hand-waved by Brainwashing on the part of his appointed guardian. Then again, it's demonstrated by Rozalin and Adell that demon aging is all over the place. And if you want to take this theory further, you could say that he reincarnated into Nia, who was sent back in time as part of Lord Genome's Gambit Roulette. But that's a theory for another time.
Kamina killed Kittan from beyond the grave. Makes sense. How would you feel if you saw some guy suddenly start making out and copping a feel with your girlfriend? He purposely made his missiles fail just for revenge, but kind of underestimated that he would make up for the badassness 10X afterwards. Also notice how the TV turns off right before Kittan and Yoko kiss during the alternate universe segment, and they're both transported to the area where Kamina and Yoko had their kiss. Obviously he was trying to say something.
Spiral Power is related to the spirals in Junji Ito's Uzumaki.
The entire universe of TTGL is a giant mech.Its power is to create an area of effect inside itself that allows the laws of physics to be broken, and it grows when spiral energy is used in this area.
The multiverse of TTGL is a giant mech.To be precise, it's essentially like the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but on a multi-dimensional level. Each version of TTGL is also a giant mech, absorbing the Spiral Energy around it. Of course, this means that the entire TTGL multiverse could suffer a version of Spiral Nemesis. The Multi-Dimensional Labyrinth is tuned in to the inner network of this mech. So basically, you have a man-sized mech combined with a Humongous Mecha that's in the head of a skyscraper sized mecha inside a moon sized mecha inside a galaxy sized mecha inside a billion-light year tall firey Kamina inside a universe mecha inside a nigh-infinite multiverse mecha.
Despite all of the exponential technological growth in the Gurren Lagann-verse, the wheel was never invented.
The Anti-Spirals were responsible for the failure of the Dreamcast.
The Anti-Spirals are running a large part of the video game industry
Gurren Lagann's universe is the Slayers' several millenia after the spell-bound magic was completely lostTo think about that, think at light and darkness. Light-based magic, in that past, would be driven by Spiral Power, while Dark-based one is based in Anti-Spiral Power; also, Mazoku fed on Anti-Spiral power, since they were driven by negative emotions, like despair, sadness, and such, while positive emotions made everything go right for Lina, although she could be the Messenger from that time. Then, when Lina discovered her mission, she almost destroyed Earth, all spellbound magic disappeared, magic cratures were annihilated, blah blah blah. Giant robots (at the time they didn't call Gunmen, probably Tinheads or something) moved by such magic helped the survivors to or construch subterranean villages, or, like the beastmen, take over the scavenging rest of the surface. Millenia after that, a boy and his soul brother with desires to go to the surface (both that look suspiciously like genderbent versions of Amelia and Naga) are doing that plan, boy discovers giant robot, etc. You know the history, and know there's one helluva possibility for this to be possible.
Gurren Lagann's core story arc is based on a 1979 Gundam NovelIn 1979 Yoshiyuki Tomino published a trilogy of novels based adapting the Mobile Suit Gundam series. Written before the franchise achieved its meteoric success, the novels were highly divergent from either the broadcast or theatrical version, and feature a unique "closed ending" in that the main character is accidentally killed partway into the 3rd novel— dropping his unfinished mission squarely in the laps of his friends and enemies. The Mecha genre has been conspicuously without a fresh angle for some time. To find a new, unexplored angle, Gainax literally went back to the source, taking the most notable aspect (hero buys it too soon) of the still well-regarded novel trilogy and spinning a series around that premise— "What if the hero starts the revolution, but his friends have to finish it?" by pushing the death even earlier. This is why the series is always about Kamina (even after he's dead, he's the elephant in the room for every major character) because Simon isn't the main character, Kamina is. When the guy who starts the revolution falls on the battlefield, someone else has to pick up the banner. And Gundam did it first, they just never animated it. (Assuming the writers are mecha fans themselves, their chance of not having read the Tomino trilogy are so low they can only be measured in Klevins.)
The Spiral Nemesis is gathering energy and materials for the Spiral Warriors a few galaxies over.Seriously, even if they transmuted any available matter in a universe the size of our own into steel, or even fibreglass, it would only be a fraction of the necessary iron and carbon needed for the final Lagann. The original Spiral Warriors found their powers and had no idea that Spiral Energy was reaping the resources of the next universe over, so that universe's Spiral Warriors had to fight it by summoning a giant-er mecha, which used up even more energy and matter... I think you get the picture.
The Parallel Works 6 screaming team will activate Spiral Nemesis.The overuse of their power destroys everything in sight. Is this not the essence of Spiral Nemesis?
The Gurren-Lagann universe is the future of the Digimon Savers universe.Captain Satsuma has the same glasses as Kamina. This means that clearly a few years after the epilogue of Savers, a great disaster happened forcing all humans to evacuate to the digital world, explaining why there are talking armadillos, boota etc. Following from this, the Ganmen are powered/controlled by 'digisoul' and the anti-spirals are rogue programs like the D-reaper from tamers, and Satsuma handed down his glasses from father to son, until Kamina inherited them.
The Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a resurrected Kamina.If Episode 26 is any indication of this, it's that Kamina rescues the key pilots of the galaxy-sized mech. While it doesn't show him explicitly freeing anyone other than Simon and Yoko, one could guess that he had a hand in getting the other people. That said, the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is only formed when Gurren Lagann merges with the Spiral Power of each of the individual pilots, who wouldn't have broken out had it not been for the spirit of Kamina. The members of the remaining Team Gurren say that they're fighting for a higher cause, and Yoko herself states that 'There was once a man who was ten times greater than us. For his sake alone, we'll keep fighting.' Kamina's spirit was the catalyst for releasing everyone from the multi-dimensional labyrinth, his memories are carried on within the members of Team Gurren, and the Super Spiral space is a special dimension 'where thought is given form.' If Kamina's lingering spirit had any sentience left (hinted that it does in 26) then he would probably want to fight alongside his comrades for the final battle. Since he has nothing to manifest a body with (Lordgenome was still a head, so he could pull this off) he decided to convert his mass into pure Spiral energy in the form of the Tengen Toppa. That, and it's only suiting that such a Large Ham would require an equally large mech.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the future of ExaltedIt is centuries after the Age of Sorrows, and the Exalted problem is fixed. Everyone can be Solar Exalted, if they do/think/are AWESOME enough. The beastmen are the last remains of the Lunar Exalted, the Anti-Spiral is the last Primordial, and the gunmen are derived from warstrider technology.
TTGL is a part of the Disgaea Multi-verse.Both run on Ruleof Cool, Serial Escalation, and in general, almost every trope that one has can be seen in the other in some form in the other. In both, humans with the right stuff can become powerful enough to threaten the gods, both include uber-awesome vehicles that can be piloted and are boosted by the pilots own stats and vice versa. Both have Order Versus Chaos as a key theme.
At the center of every black hole is a Death Spiral Machine.Hell, I don't know. The thought just popped into my head. Maybe someone else will make sense of it.
Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann is Gainax's response to Epicureanism.Now, everything in the series makes sense. Spiral Power in special.
The entire series of Gurren-Lagann is one long love letter to the giant robot concept in general.This one should, really, be obvious... but I figure it has to be written down.
The first fourth of the series (episodes 1-8) is almost literally a direct Expy of the 1960s super robot shows. Things like Mazinger Z and Getter Robo were incredibly formulaic and often disreguarded what few rules they invented if the show needed it. We can see this leaking through into the show via lovely examples like Kamina trying to combine their mecha in episode 3 (it works because... it just does), other mecha combinations not working in episode 4 (because... they just don't) and having many nonsensical plots in general (hello episode 6!). As if this wasn't enough, characterization tended to run rampant (Kamina's Flanderization into a Jerk Ass throughout episodes 4-6) and many episodes would run completely off-model (the QUALITY of episode 4, easily). As this story arc reached the end, we finally saw our '1960s-era main' of Kamina being phased out of the spotlight as Simon finally took the controls in episode 7 for the first time - and this arc ended with the death of Kamina in episode 8... the proverbial loss of innocence of the time. The second fourth of the series (episodes 8-15) doesn't change much from the previous arc, but very much is more in line with the 1970s of giant robots. Plots are less episodic and feel more 'tied together' with a vague story arc, much like the later shows of the 1970s like Voltes, Combattler and Daimos. We also begin to get the hints of technobabble as things like 'Spiral Power' are mentioned in a hand-wave to how the mecha are powered - and our villains even begin to develop as characters. The latter is something that was almost completely ignored until shows like Voltes and Gundam premiered in the last three years of the 1970s. The ending of this story arc, of course, ends with the final battle with our villain... who, as it turns out, isn't completely evil either. The fact that Lord Genome comes off as a Well-Intentioned Extremist in his final fight is just proof that the show itself has evolved toward the deeper 1970s shows from the shallower 1960s anime. Our third segment of the series (episodes 17-23ish) shows vast changes, however, as we hit the 1980s. As Gundam vastly changed the concept of giant robots with having armies of not-so-special robots, we see the Graparal show up for duty - an MP version of the Gurren-Lagann in general. And rather than having over-the-top weaponry, these MP units simply have pistols and guns that are simple to replicate and re-arm. Also tying in with the simple fact that mecha shows slowly moved to develop the characters more in the 1980s (thanks to the premier of the OVAs, allowing for shows to focus less on being Merchandise-Driven), the entire cast begin to grow as characters... getting actual development sometimes for the first time in the series. Compared to the first half of the series, this section of the show is almost a drastic shock - which is what the 1980s themselves were to the robot anime genre in general. The final segment of the series (22ish through the end) is, of course, a love letter through to the modern day of giant robots. Things begin to get psychotic in scale and action (GaoGaiGar), a psychological slant slips into the series (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and the so-called horrible villains become simply a mass species of well intentioned extremists who took their deeds too far. The metaphor breaks down a little at this point - but only because the show itself has finally caught up to the era it's being made in.
Of course, that's just my personal theory on the show and themes within... (Alternative, based on a theory seen elsewhere: the first fourth is Getter Robo/Mazinger etc. (i.e. the 1960s-70s) with the single combining Super Robot, the second is Gundam-esque/1980s with the mecha team/army on a Cool Ship, the third is Evangelion-esque/1990s with everything getting dark and angsty and things like civilian casualties/hatred of the heroes being prominent, and the finale is a distillation of all the best bits of 30+ years of mecha anime into one giant Crowning Moment of Awesome.)
Simon is a Green Lantern recruit, TTGL is his Will World.It's been shown in comic continuity that when new Green Lanterns are recruited, they're actually placed into their Ring with no memories of what they are. They either are lost to the world created by their will, or they become better for it. Simon left not to travel the universe, but because he realized what he was and that he had passed his final exam. This explains how easy it is to manipulate... well everything in the TTGL universe.
Lordgenome knew Nia was an Anti-spiralShe is apparently the "first princess". This means that she is the first daughter he had. He adopted her and conditioned her to be a nice person. When she asked where she came from, he panicked and locked her away. This is why afterward he tried to have her killed, he was trying to make sure she was either linked to the humans or dead. It was the fact that she was Simon's fiance that kept her connected to the spirals. This was all too perfect to be true. Since spiral energy affects probability (to put it lightly), he was using his spiral power to turn her benevolent. He was finally proud of her at the end; he was proud that she chose humanity.
This series and S Cryed are alternate continuitiesFirst off: Spiral power and Alter power are incredibly similar. One manifests in spirals and the other in rainbow colors. They create stuff out of nothing, which has No Ontological Inertia. The power increases with sheer force of will. Kazuma the Shell Bullet and Simon the Digger are very similar. Neither have last names or parents and the community hates them. Both learn determination due to their brother and mentor. Both are so crazy and determined that the most powerful force ever is no problem. At the middle they are largely emotionally damaged, but at the end they face everything smiling, even departure from their loved one. Both use the color red as their armor. Kamina and Straight Cougar are analogous as well. Both have the obvious pink sunglasses that they wear, but also appear on their powers. They are big brother figures to Kazuma and Simon and teach them how to survive. Both are very heroic and fast talking. Then there is Kanami to Nia. Both are kidnapped by the enemy and then used as a mouthpiece to the heroes, and the death of one of the two would not seem to actually get in the way of their relationship. The last parallel I can recall is The Darth Army to the Anti-Spiral army. Both are mass-produced and soulless. Much of it consists of hands and feet, and they are supposed to be powerful, yet are often dispatched by the heroes.
This series is the sequel to Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter's A Time Odyssey trilogyFirst off, the Firstborn were actually the Anti-Spirals. They have the exact same motive and policies. The downside is that mankind doesn't have mecha yet. Humans manage to survive the events in Sunstorm, but due to the mass extinction, the new life-forms from Gurren Lagann emerge via evolution.
In Firstborn, mankind ducks the Anti-Spiral Q-Bomb by tricking it into hitting Mars instead. It hits Mars so hard that the planet is blasted into a pocket universe, followed by the universe in question suffering a Big Rip. The same physics that allow this exist in TTGL. The last words in Firstborn are "We are the Lastborn. We are at war. We are losing.". Around this time, Parallel Works 8 is occurring. The Lastborn consist of every race that isn't the Firstborn. They are losing because at this moment, Lord Genome performed his Face Heel Turn.
This also makes sense if you combine it with the opening. Simon has clearly returned upon learning that life will accelerate the heat death of the universe. Now, we all know that he can stop beings from killing themselves by hitting them really hard. He's going to do the same to the universe. It was not shown because it was too awesome.
Spiral Power is a manifestation of The Force, or vice-versa.Think about it. There are perhaps only a handful of people relative to the general population who are "adepts" at either. They are both seen to enable these adepts to do things which would make physics kill itself. Force sensitives, such as Jedi and Sith are just on the threshold of the immense Spiral Power Simon posesses. Therefore, Simon will go on to found the Jedi Order.
The Earth of TTGL is the Earth of Avatar: The Last Airbender in a really distant future.Well, after the Aang died (as all living creatures do someday), the balance had to be restored in a way that still wasn't in Earth. The descendants of the Metalbending apprentices (or even Toph's) made the ancient Gunmen and the subterranean villages, in case a cataclysm would happen. Waterbenders and firebenders that didn't comply with such didn't have much to do, and the ones that didn't die became Spiralbenders (of sorts). After science took over magic (i.e. the benders of the other elements disappeared, and they tried to explain even Spiral Power through science), new Ganmen were created, and a clone of the past Avatar (the one after Aang), Lordgenome, was created, because they thought he'd be a good leader. Some two or three thousand years after, when the man almost extinguished the humans that weren't in the subterraneous villages, a kid manifested Avatar-like powers. His name was Simon. And if this still doesn't convince you, the Mix-and-Match Critters might help.
Spiral Nemesis is caused by using Spiral Energy to revive the dead.Let's say Simon actually does revive Nia. Then, of course, he's obviously going to revive Kamina. And Kittan. And everyone else from Dai-Gurren Dan who died. And then Rossiu asks him to revive everybody who died in the Mugann attacks... Kamina and Kittan at the very least, and probably most of the Dai-Gurren Dan and who knows how many others, have the potential to reach Simon's level, so pretty soon you have tons of people all over the world reviving everyone who dies. And there isn't enough food to go around, so they start reviving the animals and plants killed for food as well. But all these people are breeding as well, so the population shoots up exponentially. Pretty soon the Earth isn't big enough to hold all this, so they start teleporting huge chunks of the population to other planets. But the other Spiral Races get in on the action, and before long the entire universe is full, and the Spiral Knights of the future have to constantly create entire new planets, stars, even whole galaxies to hold them all. All of this new matter they create just builds up and up, and eventually there's so much matter the universe collapses into a black hole. TL;DR: It's going to be one big cosmic cancer. So if you want an answer to why they didn't revive Nia or Kamina, Simon already gave it in the last episode: because the human race isn't that stupid.
TTGL is the future of Neon Genesis EvangelionHere we go: the Evas and Angels both run on Spiral power. The S2 engine? Super-Spiral engine. Also explains Shinji's wildly fluctuating sync ratio, he's in the depths of despair the entire series. The Evas themselves are prototype ganmen. Humanity learned of Spiral power after Second Impact, and built the Evas to utilize it. Unfortunately the Eva universe is plagued with a lack of incredible badasses, and as such there was no one capable enough to pilot the Evas. So, they ran them off electrical power like the Ganmen do while beastmen pilot them. The Angels are perhaps Anti-Spiral creations, with Adam being some kind of Anti-Spiral construct, possibly a messenger (maybe that's more suited to Kaworu though). AT-Fields are just concentrated Spiral power. Lord Genome later perfects the Eva technology, removing the squishy bits in favor of mechanical components.
Everything in the Gurren Lagann universe only works because the characters are too stupid to realize that it shouldn't work.When Kamina, Simon, Yoko, Nia, and Kittan try things with a ridiculously high chance of failure, it always works, because they refuse to aknowledge that it might not work ("If it's more than 0%, it might as well be 100%!"). However, when Rossiu, who does realize how risky a plan is, tries to pull off something, he walks right into into a trap laid by the Anti-Spirals. Either the Idiot Ball has reality-warping capabilities, or Gainax wanted to be Anvilicious about the power of optimism.
The prologue to episode 1 is a bad ending where Team Dai-Gurren decides to join the Anti-Spirals.Everyone is noticeably disturbed when the Anti-Spiral is explaining the fate of Spiral Power and what the Spiral Nemesis means, and it seems to be implied that the Anti-Spiral thinks Simon will be the catalyst for the Spiral Nemesis. So, the prologue is a bad ending where either the Anti-Spirals brainwash Team Dai-Gurren, or they decide of their own free will that halting evolution is the best way to ensure that the universe doesn't end. The Anti-Spiral then instructs them to attack the Spiral home worlds with Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann, because the Spiral races probably would not be expecting an attack from another Spiral race. It's not a very pleasant idea, but at the very least, it makes the "So it seems all the lights in the heavens are our enemies" line make sense.
Kamina's sword is a Zanpaku-to
Simon isn't exactly a hobo post-seriesHis name and face are in the history books, after all. Every human on the planet knows about him and what he looks like. No matter how far he wanders, he no doubt received a hero's welcome; it is likely that he wandered regularly more to prevent access to him from becoming easy and to avoid receiving too much from any one town's gratitude than out of neccesity. Note that the only person he interacts with that we see is not only too young to remember him, but too young to have taken the relevant history classes at school, and too hungry to look up at his face anyway. Chances are, if the kid looked up (or been old enough to have gone to enough school to recognize the Legendary Hero more easily) he'd have acted roughly like the average American would upon meeting George Washington (reaction multiplied by a factor of ten or so).
Team Dai-Gurren never escaped the Anti-Spirals Hallucinations.
Nia isn't really dead.Her death was staged in front of a large group so that certain people who may or may not still consider her a traitor and try to kill her would think she was dead. Hence why Simon was so damned happy in the end after his wife just ceased to exist at the alter.
Watching Gurren Lagann back-to-back with End of Evangelion is one of the funniest things ever.If it wasn't already self-evident, I have confirmed it.
The Spiral Nemesis is the creation of a new Eye of TerrorOf course! It's so obvious! Love, hope, will, fighting spirit, all of the things that make humanity powerful and important are all fundamentally linked to the Ruinous Powers! The Anti-spirals are Eldar; using space-distortion, mind trickery, and techno-sorcery in an attempt to oppress intelligent life to prevent their mistakes! How Did We Miss This One? Oh, and spiral power is warpcraft.
Rossiu has superdense hair that he ties together with steel cables.Just look at that swarm of hair flying around when he gets punched, no other explanation is possible.
Kamina wasn't really a Bad Ass. He just had a severe superiority complex.Think about it. In the second episode, after Kamina finds out that his father died, he cries and grieves... and then within hours is back to joking and laughing. Yoko notices and Simon just says that he's always like that.
Wait- He's always getting back up quickly? Sounds fishy to me. Then, in episode 10, Simon tells the story of when Kamina rallied the people of the village when they were in the collapsed tunnel and that that's how they all survived. However, in episode 11, Yoko says that Kamina was just panicking and pretending to be confident, and it was Simon's determination that saved them all.
Hold on a second- Just pretending to be confident? You mean, he does that when he's scared? Hm. I wonder, might he have done that every time he was scared? As in, every time he faced a Ganman, every time things went sour... Aha!
Basically, Kamina tries to hide his feelings of inferiority with fake confidence and badass. His speeches are long, winding, and fairly cheesy- that's because he doesn't even believe in what he's saying. All of the spiral energy when they're in the Gurren Lagann together is coming from Simon and Boota.
Kamina feels weak, compared to Simon, and wishes he could have accompanied his father on the surface so that he'd be tougher today... One of his most quoted sayings, "Don't believe in yourself, believe in me who believes in you."... that's not for Simon's sake that he's saying that. Kamina needs someone to believe in him, and who better than the person he admires most? What Kamina didn't realize is that he had stinted Simon's confidence, at least not until it was almost too late. That's why Kamina uttered the words, "Don't believe in me, who believes in you, believe in you who believes in yourself." What he's really saying: "I screwed up."
And that's why Kamina had to die. To make way for the real Bad Ass, the man who's back would never break.
Simon. "You have grown to be a taller man than I." indeed.
Gurren Lagann takes place inside a computer.Spiral beings are viruses, destroying whatever might be a threat to them, and Lagann is a rootkit, hijacking other files. Lordgenome and the Gunmen are freeware antiviruses, which are constantly running and able to quarantine the spirals/viruses, but not get rid of them completely. Beastmen are the core files that allow the Gunman programs to run. Grappals are programs created by the spirals/viruses to resemble the Gunmen/antiviruses. The anti-spirals are all files for a single commercial antivirus, which is inactive until it detects a certain number of spirals/viruses. However, the user set this number too high, and so the program doesn't act until it's too late and the spirals/viruses are capable of completely overwhelming it. Eventually, when the spiral beings/viruses run free for long enough, the computer's user will have no choice but to reformat, bringing an end to the universe within the computer and creating it anew.
The Anti-Spirals are the Spiral Nemesis!Due to the fear of the overuse of Spiral Energy, certain peoples became one collective consciousness. Their lack of evolution, the destruction of their individuality... if they were to win, the world would just become one stagnant blah of consciousness, and nothing would ever happen. And That's Terrible!
Spiral Power has its limits.While Spiral Power can allow someone to leave Physics weeping in a corner, it isn't omnipotent. Whenever Gurren Lagann split apart, all damage received in battle suddenly re-appears. This means that it already has one huge limitation: it's matter only exists for as long as it's generator continues to focus on it. This automatically means that one of the biggest complaints about this series holds no water: Nia couldn't have been restored by it. She could only exist for as long as she herself focused intently on doing so. She faded after marriage because one week of constant focus was all she could manage.
The Anti-Spirals knew of Spiral Power's limits alongside it's immense power. That leads us to our next bullet....
Spiral Nemesis wasn't about a Big Crunch directly.People have proven to be very bad when it comes to managing anything powerful. If humanity learned how to fully harness Spiral Energy without any immediate goal, they'd very soon become corrupted by it. Considering how an aggressive, defiant attitude is the best mood for channeling spiral power alongside natural wariness about alien life after ASK, war would almost inevitably break out once humanity took to the stars. To stand up to human aggression, other spiral races would start abusing spiral power to the same level, leading to a very dangerous arms race constantly churning out spiral power and trillions of tons of matter. None of the sides would bother checking themselves, thinking that Spiral Power would allow them to fix any damage. This mindless warfare, would lead directly to the races destroying each other, but eventually, the universe itself. This is the scenario shown in the opening.
The Spiral Nemesis will be triggered when someone does something too awesome for the universe to handle.While Spiral Energy can create matter, it mostly allows for the Rule of Cool to override physics. And we saw through out the series just how much people will try to top each other. If left unchecked with spiral energy people will continually trumping each other until they do something so amazing or so against the rules the universe that it'll just break.
Gurren Lagann takes place in the far-off future of Warhammer40000.And the Anti-Spirals are actually the C'Tan known as the Void Dragon and his Necron servants. Spiral energy is chaos energy because both are powered by chaotic emotions, able to kick physics to the curb and feared to be destructive by the enemy, and the C'Tan and Anti-Spirals share similarities in that they both are beings not at all empowered by or connected to such energies. We know that the C'Tan normally operate on massive scales normally and capable of modifying reality through their sufficiently advanced technology, and that the Void Dragon is most likely currently residing on Mars. In Paralel Works 8, we see that Lord Genome was born on a highly advanced world, which also somewhat resembles a hive world by what we see. That might be Terra. In a desperate attempt to strike back at the threat, humanity tries to incorporate alien technologies in their weapons, including ork technology. This made for extremely powerful weapons against the Void Dragon, but in the end, it all proved inefficient and eventually led to Genome's betrayal as he realized he had to compromise to keep humanity alive. With the imperium being all the more crippled and plummeting to ruin, he settled on a backwater planet, and engineered the beastmen from genetic data from various creatures including, but not limited to, orks (how else would the beastmen drive their ganmen?). It makes sense from a perspective. Not the most developed thory, I admit, but you have to agree that it is a plausible theory, at least.
The Anti-Spiral King is Shinji Ikari and the other Anti-Spirals are the instrumentalized humans.A few possibilities. Maybe while Shinji was getting mind raped by instrumentality in a metaphysical sense, he was acting out the role of the Anti-Spiral King in a real, physical sense and his defeat at the hands of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is what really snapped him out of his wangst and led to him washing up on that beach. Alternatively, Shinji did choose instrumentality and Eo E is non canon. From here you can see the progression of events that lead to him becoming an Anti-Spiral. It's also possible that Gurren Lagann is one of the universes he created during his tenure as God. No matter which of these explanations is correct (if any) it does seem like an interestingly symbolic battle. A race of humans from a Humongous Mecha reconstruction against the very people who deconstructed it in the first place.
Alternatively, instead of being simply willpower-based, spiral energy is UNIFIED emotional energy, since the series demonstrates that it can be generated by (at least) rage, hope, and love as well.
To go with the above, the Spiral Nemesis is actually the Blackest Night.The Anti-Spirals described the Spiral Nemesis as a big crunch style event that would end the universe. However the word Nemesis implies that it is not just an event, but a tangible enemy that would rise up to destroy the universe. Spiral Energy can be considered analogous to the power of the emotional spectrum, which fueled the Lantern corps of the ancient past. Perhaps the Anti-Spirals learned about the Blackest Night through a similar prophecy as the one logged in the old Book of Oa, or through some other means, and feared that their over use of Spiral Energy would rouse Nekron and his Black Lanterns. To that end they purged themselves of all emotions, suppressed any technology based on the emotional spectrum, and any sentient species with ability to use it. So why did the Anti-Spirals deliberately lie about the nature of the Spiral Nemesis? Having observed Simon and the other Spiral Warriors the Anti-Spirals probably determined that if they described the Spiral Nemesis as some primal God of Darkness and Death then Simon and the others would only see him as another enemy to drive their drills through and thus making it more likely that the Spiral Nemesis / Blackest Night will come to pass. In the end it was probably a good thing that Simon didn't try to resurrect Nia with spiral power, because I doubt even he would be prepared for the unmitigated horror (and undeniable awesomeness) of Black Lantern Kamina!
Alternatively, TTGL occurs in the VERY distant past of the DC universe and is the source of the Green LanternsAfter millennia of ever-expanding awesomeness, the universe finally experiences the Spiral Nemesis. This isn't a bad thing. The Spiral nemesis is just one of the several interpretations of the spiral symbology: a force that touches all points and brings them together at a single endpoint. It's why combining mecha work so well in TTGL. Essentially, the entire TTGL universe COMBINES WITH ITSELF, and the Spiral Energy of all things unites in a single source. This becomes a powerful Spiral Engine that creates an entirely new universe for it to take place in. The Spiral Engine decides that, with its newfound power over destiny and GAR, it will draw together an army of new Spiral Knights to wield its power. As a holdover from the memories of its greatest hero, the TTGL universe creates as its outlet for its power a ring similar to Nia's. Obviously, this means that technically the Anti-Spirals were the first Black Lanterns.
The Spiral Nemesis is actually Doomsday, 2012.Just think about it.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann takes place in the same universe as Arthur C. Clarke's The City and the StarsIn the backstory of the book humans were defeated by Anti-Spirals, and during the billion years of stagnation that followed the memory of that gradually faded into a vague myth. The humans have records of once having blown up the moon when the enemy tried to make it collide with the Earth and that the vast underground train network was implemented in order to not to draw the enemy's ire by air travel, but such a long time has passed that people are not even sure if the enemy was real, let alone knowing what the Anti-Spirals are. In the present of the book most of the underground cities have died out during the millennia for one reason or another. The surviving city of Diaspar has been well designed to keep humanity alive and in utopia-style comfort while avoiding provoking the Anti-Spirals:
Both Kamina and Simon are decended from one person: Kaien Shiba
Kamina is Jesus. Literally
Shinji is Lord Genome.He was a loner living on a future Earth after a large enough population came back from the LCL ocean. They discovered Spiral power, and begin the age of the Spiral warriors.....well, you know the rest. This idea also means that Lord Genome's badass heroric sacrifice, as Shinji's badass heroric sacrifice, means that in th end, Shinji finally did snap out of his moodyness after all!
There's no Spiral NemesisEither Anti Spirals got it wrong or they were fooled by some being from other universe afraid, that one day Spirals will cross barrier between realities and knock at their doors.
Creators hate Yoko shipsC'mon, they sinked three of then, twice by making it cannon and then killing both Kamina and Kittan in the same episode, and because they couldn't kill Simmon they just shipped him with Nia.
Kamina's awesomness is genetic.He was the last descedant from long line of great heroes and his ancestors are Coop, Jotaro Kujo (or any other Joestar), Ryoma Nagare, Zaraki Kenpachi and Guy Shishioh
Bruce Ironstaunch is the reincarnation of Kamina.He got so pissed at Rossiu for arresting Simon because nobody messes with Kamina's bro. Also, look at the mustache and don't tell me it doesn't remind you of the Cool Shades. How did he manage to look so old in just seven years. A huge concentration of Spiral power. Because who had more fighting spirit than Kamina?
The entire war between the Spiral races and the Anti-Spiral, from its inception, is the result of the Witch of Certainty and Witch of Miracles.Lambdadelta granted the Anti-Spiral races with the Power of Certainty, so that they would become "logical" and "certainly" stop the Spiral Nemesis and defeat all the Spiral races. The Spiral races were given the Magic of Miracles by Bernkastel. Creating energy out of nothing is certainly a miracle. It took them one thousand years to defeat the Anti-Spirals, but a Miracle certainly occurred when Simon went after Nia. Up until that point, the Anti-Spirals had been winning the war and subjugated all Spiral life, but when the moment came that the chance of Spiral victory was no longer zero (Nia says that her chances of coming back are infinitely close to zero, and Simon points this out) they're able to go and defeat them.
Rossiu doesn't marry Kinon in the Distant Finale.He's seen together with Leeron. Another proof is that he's the only one to not be afraid of Leeron's advances, which could mean that he rather liked them. If Word of God ever confirms this, I'll laugh and gloat so much that my brain will stop working. Or something.
If not stopped, Anti-Spirals would become Anti-MonitorCombine teories about TTGL happening in DCU past and Anti-Spirals beign Spiral Nemesis - Anti-Matter Universe was a world where Anti-Spirals won. As time passed they realizad that Spiral Energy is connected to positive matter and destroyed everything, relpacing it with anti-matter. During millenias they become even more united and evil. Then they realize there are other universes and choose to destroy them. The Anti-Spirals became the same universe-destroyer they seek to stop. And so Anti-Monitor was born.
The series has a Green Aesop.Just phrased differently and, unlike most other things in the series, subtle (and yet still Turned Up to Eleven). "Conserve resources or you'll destroy the Earth" is Anvillicious. "Conserve Spiral Energy or you'll destroy the Universe" is a theme of the end of the show.
Yoko's bikini top actually is usually glued to her nipplesFurther proof.◊
Neon Genesis Evangelion takes place in Spiral's head.So does GaoGaiGar.
Kamina used to be just like SimonKamina grew out of his fears, and since he identified so strongely with Simon, he wanted Simon to grow out of his fears as well. Cold War into the 21st century.
Portal takes place in the TTGL universe
Most matter in the universe was created by spiral energyIn the last battle the anti-spirals mash two galaxies together to create a new big bang, as to destroy TTGL. The anti-spirals don't use spiral energy however, so how did did they get the energy to cause a big bang from a 'mere' two galaxies? The answer is simple, the original big bang only created mass equal to those two galaxies, all other mass in the universe was created by spiral energy. Which brings up the question of how close the universe already is to the spiral nemesis.
Lordgenome's home planet is not EarthRather, all Spiral Warriors from Earth died in the previous battle against the Anti-Spirals, so he went to Earth instead. Hence why he and Nia look so different, as well as Nia's Two Tone Hair and Technicolor Eyes - it's part of the other planet's gene pool. After all, the only thing Spiral Races physically have in common is general body shape. It also explains why Nia looks so different from Lordgenome, and why Lordgenome looks so different from young!Lordgenome from the eighth parallel works video - Bizarre Alien Biology.
The Anti-Spiral are forces of The GuyThey used the moon to attack.
There is no Spiral Nemesis.Surely, a mech the size of a Galaxy doesn't actually expend so much Spiral Power, that it doesn't rip a new one into their world? Why? Because, the Spiral Nemesis was only a farce, a theory that can't be proven true, in fact, the answer to the Spiral Nemesis? Maybe it's in that book that Rossiu carried.
The Spiral Nemesis isn't a Black Hole, but an Eldritch Abomination.Besides the fact that it sounds cool, why would Spiral Nemesis be the name for a Black Hole? Answer: It isn't, the Spiral Nemesis is actually an Incomprehensible Omnipotent Horror that feeds on Spiral Energy, until it gets enough to finally revive itself and consume existence. The Spiral Nemesis was only shown as a Black Hole, because the real Spiral Nemesis can possibly never be destroyed and may be a fate worse than a Black Hole.
Spiral Energy is RealAnd it is the reason why the tropes Memetic Badass, Memetic Sex God and Memetic Mutation exist.
TTGL takes place in Real Life..Where an accident from the Large Hadron Collider created an interdimensional warp and released what would be Spiral Energy, forcing humanity to move underground.
The TTGL universe is connected to Real Life.To be more specific, it's made to hold the excess awesomeness and lack of physics from our universe. The reason why Rule of Cool has no affect in real life is because they filtered it into the Gurren Lagann universe, and for similar reasons that's why the laws of physics are so rigid. There is still traces of Spiral Energy (virtual particles/negative energy), but it can only affect things on a quantum level.
In Parallel Works 4, Viral will create an even worse villain.Parallel Works 4 takes place in a Mirror Universe, where the heroes are the Beastmen, and the villains are the humans, now, Simon was shown to practically being a slave (albeit, a willing one) to Kamina in the video, but, as we recall in the series, Kamina dies, thus, while Kamina is practically just an Evil Overlord, Simon, in this world, may become worse than Kamina, and possibly even more powerful... Or, Simon will just give up, but considering that Kamina dies, and Simon becomes more powerful in the series, the former is likely.
Kamina's soul was absorbed by Gurren LagannThis case is similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion, where Eva-01 assimilated the soul of Yui Ikari into its core. This also boosted the amounts of Spiral Power stored up inside the mech. Ever notice where Kamina is sitting? The center of the mecha. In other words, the core.
The Spiral Nemesis is the world of UzumakiEverybody is haunted by spirals and turns into them. This is actually Spiral energy that goes out of control and instead becomes a monster that feeds on nightmares of people.
The Hyper Galactic Dai-Gurren Dan outfits were a joke that got taken seriouslyWhen they needed a uniform, the Dai-Gurren Dan turned to Leeron, figuring that since he was gay, he'd have a great sense of fashion, offended by this, Leeron set out to create the dumbest and most ridiculous outfits possible, especially Yoko's. To his shock, they rest of the team figured that this was the cutting edge of fashion and congratulated Leeron on keeping the Dai-Gurren Dan relevant to the modern aesthetics of their rapidly evolving culture.
Kamina went to Soul SocietyBecause he is the only one who is more badass than the army of Hollows, and even Ichigo himself. And his sword is a Zanpakuto. Or not.......
The Movies are what really happened, other people were telling their own versions of the series events in the Anime.Kamina told the story up until the point where he dies, Nia told it up to the point she spoke to Adianne, Rossiu told it up to the point where he nearly killed himself (Thus giving himself a lot more time to be hated by his detractors), and Yoko told the final parts along with Balinbow and Jougan, who contradict the battle by saying they died for a few laughs. So, who told the real story? Simon. The movies are the real versions of the events, specifically, the giant energy Kamina, was all something he did experience, most of the others water down the story, mostly because they think that, while people can go Beyond the Impossible, they would probably never believe that you could make a energy reincarnation of Kamina, let alone one bigger than most galaxies.
Real Life is under control of the Anti-SpiralsHence why we live in a world of mindscrewery and misery.
Yoko is the long lost descendant of Revvy from Black LagoonTheir both fanservicey gunslinging chicks.
TTGL is actually part of the Tenchi OAV multiverseThe Spiral Menace is the cosmological flaw that Tokimi placed in all of the third dimensional worlds. The Anti-spirals discovered this but rather than trying to fight Tokimi, they took the lame way out. The Choushin shunted this to the side with all the other failures and ignored it. When the Spirals finally get around to confronting the menace white glowy Tenchi shows up and says, "Yeah, thanks for playing. I already took care of it. Wanna hang out?"
Nia is TTGL 's equivalent of Princess PeachStarts off as a Moe Moe -esque Distressed Princess who after spending time with the protagonist Takes A Level In Badass and becomes as Hot-Blooded as the protagonist. They even look alike.
The aftermath of TTGL will not directly lead to Spiral Nemesis, but it will turn out to be what Friedrich Nietzsche just saidAfter Simon killed the Anti-Spiral the Spiral Races were left with the oncoming fact that is Spiral Nemesis. As a result, because the Spiral (fighting spirit itself ) will actually lead to the destruction of the universe, it led to mass depression and nihilism, just like what happened to the Anti-Spirals before their descent into madness. Amidst this angst, a Kamina-esque Large Ham will rise to power: the Ubermensch. The Ubermensch will snap the people out of their wangst and remind them of the time where they went Beyond the Impossible and fought the POWAH.
TTGL was secretly created by Nietzsche as a response to Evangelion, which was then secretly co-created by Schopenhauer and Freud
All of Lordgenome's daughters were tainted as Anti-Spiral Messengers as he tried to preserve/cure them and was forced to euthanize them when it became apparent there was nothing he could do about itWhile he's portrayed as a Blood Knight/Well-Intentioned Extremist, the whole 'ditching his supposed daughters when he gets bored of them for no reason other than to be extremely evil' seems very out of character for someone who, while occasionally questionable, is more or less a good guy. Assuming that each one of his 'daughters' were something akin to Anti-Spiral assigned messengers just like Nia, it makes perfect sense for him to experiment with them and try to 'turn them against their Anti-Spiral nature'. He got rid of Nia because she began to question her own existence which, based on his own experience with the previous daughters, may have meant that it was already to late for her. Then, well...Simon happened. The Anti-Spirals wouldn't have lost against Humans, without Nia's conflicting allegiance, so perhaps this is what Lordgenome has been aiming for all along with all his previous young ones?
There are other Anti-Spiral homeworlds out in the galaxy.I know it's an offshoot, but it's possible that even if there was only one homeworld, there would be at least one or two other races that know the troubles of Spiral Energy and try to suppress it, only to eventually hold off their evolution, in other words, there may not be only one Anti-Spiral homeworld, but two more, hopefully, one will leave other races alone, whereas the other will... Well...
Kamina is the Anti-Spiral King.The ASK knew that Simon's life in the underground would suck, so he took the form that would appeal most to Simon and set the events in motion. Like, for instance, HE gave Simon that ring, knowing that they would be able to locate them so that he could defeat them on equal terms. That also explains why he had the notion to make Gurren Lagann in the first place, so that they could become TTGL and the ASK could beat them on equal terms. The ASK saw that he had done enough, so he died. The Kamina in the Locust-Eater Machine (The one who snapped them all out of it, not the one that was a pussy) was a representation of the Kamina That Simon Knew, the one he looked up to. That's why the form of the STTGL was the form that simon thought would be the most powerful, Kamina. Epileptic Trees run on Spiral Power. TV Tropes itself is a cyberspace version of Lagann, and tropes drill throughout fiction. As these tropes drill through fiction, it assimilates everything unto itself, informalizes them, and through the inspiring informality that is so unlike The Other Wiki, creates more Epileptic Trees in the process. In short, TV Tropes promotes Fanon-I mean turns normal fiction into Epileptic Tree generators. Eventually these Epileptic Trees will reach critical mass, pierce the heavens, get in Real Life, and cause The End of the World as We Know It. Or just turn the universe into Lost.
Kamina and Simon are actual brothers
The TTGL universe was created by Haruhi Suzumiya after destroying her own universe.Rule of Cool physics? Check. Large Ham? Check. Humongous Mecha? Check. Spinning? Check.Punching out Eldritch Abominations using Awesomeness Is a Force? Check. It makes sense that if Haruhi Suzumiya will create a new universe, it would be TTGL.
The stone on Nia's ring is a G-StoneThat's why they were able to track her: She was carrying a solid chunk of Spiral energy.
Lagann is Alive.Either Simon talking to Lagann in his Heroic BSOD was symbolic, or Lagann is alive. There may be other points of proof as well, it might not count, but in the movie, Lagann grabs Simon and throws him at the Anti-Spiral, that would probably account as proof that Lagann is alive, had it not been for the fact it didn't happen in the show.
Kamina is the astral projection of Lagann..and it performs it in a way similar to how the Anti-Spirals projected their collective representation (Anti-Spiral King). Lagann is really alive, but immobilized, since it needs to feed off Spiral Power. It used its remaining backup Spiral stored inside the core drill to project what would be an inspiring badass, which is Kamina. Spiral Power is fueled by badassery which in turn is fueled by inspiration, so you have to invest in a little Badassery to inspire more people and acquire more Badassery, hence Profit. After Simon, the perfect host, learned about Lagann, it was time for Kamina to go back to his true form (Lagann) and complete the cycle in order to defeat the Anti-Spirals once and for all (plus to get to more Spiral Power). This is also why Kamina already knew about many of Lagann's techniques, such as the famous Giga Drill Breaker, before even learning about it as a normal human.
The Anti-Spirals failed to account for dark energy in their predictions
The Anti-Spirals are full of itThat "Spiral Nemesis" the Anti-Spirals were worried about? It happened once before; a fat lunatic dropout piloting a mech with a Chevy for a head did it to defeat slug aliens and then demolished it, creating in its place a new, awesome universe in which the Rule of Cool Hand Waved the laws of physics. They then went on their crusade for "Absolute Despair" not out of concern for the universe, but out of jealous rage - they'd never be that awesome, so the only way they could justify their dismal existence was if they Hannibal Lectured the rest of the universe into being lame.
In the movies, the Spiral Nemesis actually happenedRemember that bit near the end of the second movie where the two colliding Giga Drill Breakers briefly suck in all the galaxies in the Anti-Spiral dimension? That was it. Both sides were too busy being Hot-Blooded to even notice it happen. Luckily their combined will to protect the universe made the Spiral Energy set off a Big Bang and recreate the universe exactly as it was.
Attenborough is an adult version of Loid
The Gorillaz are an undercover group of Beastmen sent to our world to watch out for Anti-Spiral infiltrationThe fact that they are 'not real' is just a cover story.
Big Foot is a prototype beastman.Half man, half beast, you know it. The Government is simply covering up so they can prepare for an Anti-Spiral invasion, after finding an Anti-Spiral messenger at Roswell.
The Anti-Spiral is an avatar of NyarlathotepHe warps reality, induces insanity, indulges in humans' absolute despair, hates humans (but can even make servants out of them, for example Lord Genome), and is black. Need to say more?
Kamina is the distant descendant of SansonSimilar personality, similar looks, created by the same studio.
Guame's Gunmen Gember has a Lagann installed in it.That's what Gember's face is. That's what allowed Gember to produce those needles from its arms, and to turn its pincers into deadly tentacles.
Kamina is a future version of Simon, who encourages his younger self to become a badass to create a Stable Time Loop.The talk about Kamina's father? Complete red herring to disguise the truth. For whatever reason, Simon eventually realizes he has to send himself back in time to become Kamina or the entire story will never take place.
The prologue to Episode 1 takes place after the epilogue to Episode 27, during a conflict between Earth and other Spiral races.The entire raison d'etre of Spiral Energy is defiant, almost belligerent force-of-will. That, in of itself, is rarely a trait that makes for comfortable relations between neighbors. And while it is probably A Good Thing that the Anti-Spiral embargo has been eradicated, that makes it all the likelier that tensions will flare up between the surviving races. This WMG posits that the pan-Spiral Peace Conference that Viral and company were off to was, at least, a partial failure. Earth's status as the vanquisher of the Anti-Spiral will probably gain it prestige and allies, but is also likely to attract jealousy and resentment. And no one is likely to see a proposal for regulated use of Spiral Energy, no matter how well-intentioned, as something to embrace wholeheartedly. Not after spending heaven only knows how many generations with that power suppressed. Simon's presence is easily answered. Earth's greatest living hero, lacking any real family.... It's to be expected that he'd take up the mantle of general again. As for the absence of Team Dai-Gurren's other survivors on Dai-Ginga's bridge, they would have their hands full running essential government functions or leading Earth's forces on other fronts. Supposing this is true, the real question is "how stacked ARE the odds against our heroes?" Boota's statement "So all the heavens are against us" could be literal, with many or all of the other Spiral races allied against Earth; conversely, it could be mere hyperbole.... a doomsday like any other.
The Anti-Spiral is the AM supercomputer / Ted from I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamAs seen in the original short story both Ted and AM are trapped in unmovable bodies forever, but Ted had an altered time perception, while AM is a Deus Est Machina. Eventually, AM used his Deus Est Machina powers to manipulate probability and assimilate Ted, while Ted's consciousness merged with AM's hatred, becoming the Anti-Spiral, which still because of its hatred of all Spirals, still tries to have fun imposing absolute despair upon the universe, justifying its And I Must Scream existence with Instrumentality and "protecting the universe". This also means Simon killing the Anti-spiral was also a form of euthanasia.
The Anti-Spirals were right.The series makes is quite clear that the Hot-Blooded are most suitable to wielding Spiral Energy. It is a very thin line between Hot-Blooded and Sociopathic Hero, and an even thinner one between Sociopathic Hero and Jumping Off The Slippery slope and an even more thinner one between Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and With Great Power Comes Great Insanity/A God Am I/Moral Event Horizon/Omnicidal Maniac. If they left the hot blooded humans alone to do as they pleased with their nearly god like power they would have become the Spiral Nemesis.
Yoko's kisses don't just guarantee deathTrue that Kamina and Kittan died after getting kissed by her, but they did succeed in whatever they did.
Earth powered up Tengen Toppa Gurren LagannIn episode 27 the Dai Gurren brigade was getting no where until they saw Earth, the entire planet gave them enough spiral power (notice how everyone grits their teeth and straightens up to go bravely into the light) to survive the big bang storm until Genome intervened.
Simon DOESN'T become a hobo.Assuming Simon is a hobo solely based on the ending scene doesn't really make sense. Why would a hobo carry a drill on a stick? And why would he want to be a hobo in the first place? My theory is that he was Walking the Earth, continuing to explore and helping people, but in a less violent manner now that the Anti-Spirals are defeated.
The time lords are the first spiralsAnd, the Tardis('s?) is (are?) prototypes to the Lagan(s?) that have not yet been optimized by a humanoid form. The time lords are not as powerful as the TTGL races because they are over thinking things. If the time lords were ever to let loose and become hot blooded they would be unstoppable, but they never will.
The Anti-Spirals suffer from Pygmalion syndrome.Since Nia is a construct of the Anti-Spirals, and the Anti-Spiral King is the collective unconscious of the Anti-Spiral race... That would explain this scene◊. (NSFW!) They all basically had PSL for their own construct.
The Ballad of Lost C'mell takes places in an alternate universe where Lordgenome won the first Anti-Spiral WarBoth works have Beastmen and very similar structures in terms of Earthport/Teppelin. If Earth had won the war, they would've used Spiral Energy to develop the technology described as being used by the Instrumentality of Men.
Entire series, excluding prologue where Simon fights "all the lights in the heaven", is the result of Maelstorm cannon's attack from prologue.It changed the past and other Spiral races never became hostile and therefore never sent those ships.
The reason Kamina died in Episode 8 is because if he and Yoko had progressed in their relationship and eventually had a child, it would have contained a level of genetic badass so high that it might have shattered the space-time continuum, or something equally devastating.Think about it. The TTGL universe was simply preventing a future meltdown of the few tenuous laws that exist in it. After all, can you imagine the sheer Hot-Blooded Spiral power of a child concieved by a Jesus-figure, Cool Shades-wearing, katana-wielding, godly Memetic Badass and a Cool Big Sis, Fiery Redhead, BFG-wielding Ms. Fanservice? I mean, come on. Kamina himself was already pushing it...not even the TTGL universe is ready for that level of awesome.
Similar to the above, this is the reason why Nia had to die.Seeing how unequivocally Badass Simon already is, just imagine adding such a ridiculous high dosage of Moe.
The hypothetical events mentioned in the previous theory actually happened.And when the space-time continuum shattered, a blast of Spiral Energy was pushed back in time to Episode 8, powering up the beastmen Gunmen temporarily and thus giving them the ability to kill Kamina.
The Spiral Nemesis ended up happening, and it was defeated by...... punching it really hard so it tore a hole through space-time.
Kamina is a distant descendant of LordgenomeBoth are shirtless, muscular, contain shitloads of Spiral Power and are badasss beyond compare. Plus, in Lordgenome's DVD flashback, he is shown wearing a cape that is suspiciously similar to Kamina's (it's even the same colour!) with the addition of two skulls on the side, but those could easily come off. Also, in Parallel Works 8, pay attention to what he's wearing when he finds Lazengann - a cape, just like Kamina's. We all know LG's a player, so is it that hard to believe he may have started the Kamina family tree shortly before or during the Anti-Spiral war and left his cape behind with the mother-to-be, for whatever reason, which was then passed down father to son until it reached Kamina? He takes it from his father's grave after all. Further evidence is Lordgenome performing a Giga Drill Break, a move Kamina supposedly invented, both of them stirring up resistance movements, their manly deaths, their love of doing the Gunbuster pose... it's all genetic.
Alfred F. Jones and Matthew Williams are Kamina and Simon in a non-spiral power induced universe.The sheer awesome badassery of Kamina and Simon turned their counterparts into functionally immortal countries, further more, their Epic Brotherly Bond resulted in them being TWINS. They have very similar relationships, and Simon/Canada is largely ignored by those he interacts with while Kamina/America is around.
Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a miniature universeLets look at the facts. It was created by absorbing the Infinity Big Bang Storm, which Leeron states is capable of creating universe. It doesn't even remotely resemble any gunmen, let alone the Gurren Lagann series. It appears to be a silhouette which contains celestial objects. The "cockpit" in it appears to be a void of green light. The only thing that appears to be pure matter is the drills and shades. Presumably, STTGL is a universe formed by spiral energy into a humanoid figure.
Viral(Vee-rahl)'s name isn't "viral" (vai-ruhl), a reference to his genetics...It's a reference to the word "virile", further showing how connected he is to the story of Kamina, Simon, and Spiral Power! It's also an Ironic Name.
After the final battle, Viral become capable to createI don't know in the serie, but in the movie, Viral obtain his own Tengen toppa! Plus, at the end, we don't see him, as in the series. That's beacuse he's old, married, and with his own family.
Lord Genome was once exposed to Australium.In the Team Fortress 2 universe, being exposed to Austalium causes one to turn Australian, which apparently involves growing a moustache and a patch of chest hair shaped like a landmass, and losing your shirt. Seeing as the Engineer's grandfather grew chest hair in the shape of Texas, it's not limited to Australia. Lord Genome is shirtless, muscular, and has a beard and a spiral-shaped patch of chest hair. Presumably, this would mean that he might hail from an area shaped like a spiral. Which would explain so much.
Kamina is Simons FatherSearch your feelings, you know it to be awesome
Everyone is a Time Lord......Or a Proto-Time Lord, and what the show depicts the beginning of the Time Lords' history.
The show takes place in a distant future of Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!Mimetic Beasts were created by Anti-Spirals - they were first attempt to exterminate Spirals, together with Insania Virus. That's not a coincidence that it was using exactly the same thing that fuels Spiral Power - fighting spirit - to fuel itself and turn infected against their friends. However, when Anti-Spiralrs realized that they only accelerated evolution of Spirals, they launched full-scale campaing against them. Also, Kamina is descedant of Shizuru and Kouji. Really, try to mix Kouji's hot bloodness and hamminess with her Catch Phrase and you'll get Kamina. Yoko may be great-great-great granddaughter of Go and Anna.
Suigetsu from Naruto is Viral.No, wait, hear me out! Okay, so, nobody in Gurren Lagann (excluding LordGenome) has managed to manifest Spiral Power without the aid of a machine or some other item (i.e. the Core Drill). Sometime in the future, humanity creates techniques to manifest Spiral Power sans an external aid. This is the root of Jutsu. Eventually there's another war or something, and humanity once again finds itself nearly wiped out. They are forced to rebuild again, however, this time they retain the core of what would become Jutsu. Viral survives, and in the Naruto universe he calls himself Suigetsu (I mean look at him◊!). This conveniently explains the spiral motif in Naruto's character (i.e. the Rasengan, his seal) and why Naruto keeps being able to do crazy stuff despite whatever beating he might take (it only fuels his hotbloodedness, which fuels spiral power i.e. chakra). I also like to dream about how the ultimate form of the Rasengan will be the Lazengann.
There will be a reboot of TTGL in which Kamina lives...Gainax's other Humongous Mecha series got one, so...
Leeron is the most manly character in the TTGL world.However, he consciously knew that if he kept it up humanity would die out from the supermassive Black Hole of highly-compressed GAR (the only Designer Babies are Beastmen, remember?), and subconsciously knew that it would cause the universe's supply of Hot Bloodedness to run out Or rather, overload the universe if he got within a hundred miles of a lagann. When he decided to start acting camp for the future of all humanity, he found he quite liked it.
Variation on the above: Leeron's Camp Gay is the source of a type of energy that is opposite to Spiral Power...Yeah, I got nothing else.
The Anti-Spiral was trying to prevent CASE NIGHTMARE GREENIf there's enough living creatures thinking, imagining, processing information, it breaks down the walls between Here and There, which would mean The Stars Would Be Right and the Many-Angled Ones would awaken, and we'd be looking at a Class X-4 Apocalypse. Galaxy-sized robot or no, you go mad just looking at these things. If you're lucky. The Anti-Spirals probably found some link between Spiral Power and The Many-Angled Ones, and realised it's perhaps best not to use it as a power source, as it would bring about the end of the universe, and when other races refused to believe them, they had to stop others by force. They also realised whilst out-and-out genocide was horrific, culling the population of the universe and keeping ir artificially low was the only way to prevent what The Laundry designated CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN. One has to wonder what happened to BLUE HADES and DEEP SEVEN, though.
Gurren Lagann was actually an RPG campaign.You've heard of "DM of the Rings" and "Darths and Droids", right? Well, this show was actually an RPG with an exasperated GM that allowed for ridiculous twinking. For example:
The Dai-Gurren has existed in a previous form long ago: Fight ClubFight Club is a group/cult built on the foundations of testosterone and chaos. Many years later, a young Kamina stumbles upon long-lost evidence of Project Mayhem. He misinterpets it and is inspired by what he saw to form a group of his own based upon the tenants laid down by Tyler, only molded to a much more idealistic format. Specifically the opposition of authority and forgoing of reason.
The Spiral nemesis is actually something elseThe spiral nemesis is an ingrained belief that spiral power can destroy the universe, a safety measure if you will.
If Kamina survived TTGL would have wings
Simons Giga Drill Breaker would of been different if Kamina didn't do it firstThe many thin drills was Simons drill, if he accentually achieved it sooner it would of been many thin drills forming as big a drill as the giga drill.
Kamina's favorite Pokemon is Squirtle.His sunglasses say it all.
Kamina dying a virgin prevented the Spiral Nemesis.He's a Memetic Badass and the posterboy for Perverse Sexual Lust. If he ever had sex, it would've triggered a Big Bang, in both terms of the word. This would've created a new universe that would expand until the normal one is destroyed. Because Kamina is that good. And it's working...
Nia lived, because she didn't explodeWhenever a Mugen, or indeed any Anti-Spiral-created thing is destroyed in TTGL, it explodes, and its component square-y bits explode. Violently. Nia did not explode, and nor did her component square-y bits, so she didn't die.
TTGL's universe is the future of Code Geass universeAfter the world became unified, they started to do research on the Spiral Power, and then, after many and many years, came Lordgenome, and his fight against the Anti-Spiral. He used the lost power of Geass to almost reach the Anti-Spiral, but then he used against his crew. And, when he returned to Earth, after killing most of the population, he used Geass on the survivors, who had low morale and spiral power, to make them go to the underground without questioning and believe they always lived in underground. So came Simon and Kamina, Lordgenome knew his Geass wouldn't work on them, because they became so strong-spirited due to their Spiral Power that it would anullate any Geass (so Nunnally used Spiral Power to anullate the Emperor's Geass). And, after his defeat, the Geass power was lost forever.
Dark energy is Spiral PowerIt makes the galaxies accelerate and (one of the views) says that the universe will end in a Big Crunch, or, if you prefer, the Spiral Nemesis.
The Dragon Ball and Gurren Lagann universes are related.The Dragon Ball universe ultimately collapsed on itself,and went through a new Big Bang,becoming the Guerren Lagann universe.This is a cycle where each universe is more powered by the Rule of Cool and total Badass than the previous.If and when Spiral Nemesis is achieved,a new Big Bang will occur.And this new universe will be even more awesome,to the point it could endanger the multiverse itself from sheer awesomeness
Spiral Nemesis actually occurred in the final battle, as a result of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.The Anti-Spirals were only half right in their assumptions that a spiral nemesis would occur if Spiral races kept making progress. For the apocalyptic scenario to actually occur, they needed to face a resistance strong enough to absorb all (or the majority) of its power. They inadvertently caused it to happen when fighting against Simon and the Earth forces. This is much clearer in the movie during the final sequence when the Super Tengen Toppa GDB and Anti-Spiral GDB collide. The sequence shows all the galaxies in the dimension around them collapsing in upon itself, resulting in a whole lot of empty space. Depending on the victorious side, Spiral Nemesis occurs. Resistance would result in a crunch and the destruction of all energy, leading to oblivion. Since the offensive force won out, the result was a rebirth of the built-up energy.
TTGL is a compressed and somewhat chronologically confused retelling of Ocarina of Time and the Child-timeline Zelda games.So first, Simon (who is Link) has to beat four bosses, the Beastman Generals, before he can get to Lordgenome (who is Zant). This is similar to how he had to reach the Mirror of Twilight and collect the remaining three shards before facing Zant. Time skip seven years into the future: Simon and Nia (Princess Zelda) are adults now, but since the villain was actually defeated this time instead of being allowed to continue, the world is better than it was rather than worse, since this time Link didn't take a seven-year nap and instead lived out those years helping repair the damage done by the villain. But all that goes to Hell when someone decides to moon the world. Nia is possessed by Anti-Spiral King (Ganondorf), who dropped the whole "blue pig" routine in favor of showing his Humanoid Abomination side. Link/Simon stops the Moon, saves Nia/Zelda from her possession, goes off to fight Anti-Spiral/Ganondorf, Lordgenome/Zant who is supposed to be dead somehow manages to show up and by sacrificing himself turns on Anti-Spiral/Ganondorf, Simon/Link wins.
Just for Fun: Somewhere along the line, there was a character exchange between Gurren Lagann and Neon Genesis EvangelionSomeone decided that things would be more interesting if they switched the places two characters from the series before they debuted for shits and giggles, placing them in each other's roles but keeping their personalities the same. Gurren Lagann got Rossiu Illustrious from Evangelion and Evangelion got Mari Adai from Gurren Lagann. But since Evangelion had been long over since Gurren Lagann debuted, Mari had to wait until Rebuild.
Gurren Lagann and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers through Power Rangers in Space are Alternate Universes.
The Anti-Spirals are insane and/or clincally depressed.Think about it: they've repressed their own biological instincts, become the Instrumentality and been in self-imposed isolation for millenia. The reason they want to drive us to "absolute despair" isn't to stop Spiral Power-rather they've become so miserable they feel the need to project their depression onto the rest of the universe. They can't even be Driven to Suicide because their desire to protect the universe is the only thing keeping them going. Rule of Cool. Considering all the fiction we have, if we did run on Rule of Cool we'd have the knowledge and power to dominate the whole of creation. We will become The Omnipotent. The reason we live in such a boring world is because our awesomeness is being diverted to prevent something like this from happening, lest we abuse our power (like how Haruhi Suzumiya needs to be kept ignorant of her Omnipotent powers considering her behaviour). The Gurren Lagann universe and all its variants were designed to handle our awesomeness. The Anti-Spirals are secretly being led by the individuals who did this, because if the Spiral Nemesis occurs all the Rule of Cool would flow back to us and we'd gain the power to take over existence
Nia was meant to be a living Deconstruction of the Plot Device.Think a bit about it, a lot of the time, she's captured and mentally tortured, not to mention the fact that she's used (willingly or not) to basically just move the plot forward, first by Lordgenome, who threw her out, the Gurren-Dan have used her by basically saving her all the time, and Simon could have been using her to replace Kamina, and Nia turned out to have been an Anti-Spiral puppet. When the show ended, she dies, representing the fact that, now that the story is over, what's the point in having a Plot Device anymore?
Gurren Lagann takes place in the same universe as AvatarDetailed in the Avatar WMG page. More specifically, the Na'vi are an Anti-Spiral Race, Jake eventually becomes the Anti-Spiral King, and Quaritch is a younger Lord Genome.
Gurren Lagann takes place in the same universe as HomestuckAgain, the details are in the page. Basically, Sburb is an early form of Spiral Energy technology created by Lord Genome, the Beastmen were made with Ectobiology, the Dersites are Anti-Spirals, and the meteors are a method of preventing Spiral Nemesis.
The Anti-Spirals are still out there.Not the Anti-Spiral race our heroes fought. No. Unknown to our heroes,the Anti-Spirals had allied with the only race they could trust - a race of machines. When the Anti-Spirals were beaten, said robots decided, after watching the Ax-Crazy Large Ham of the Anti-Spiral leader, that all living things could lead to Spiral Nemesis, and as non-living things, they must wipe out life so it cannot advance.
Jorgun and Balinbow went out in a blaze of Spiral Energy in their last moments during Episode 24.
We are currently in a Multi-Dimensional Labyrinth.
The characters are all members of the Lantern Corps
Abe is Kamina's father.They both are gainax characters,they both have blue hair and similiar face structure.To continue his studies,he transported to the gurren lagann universe and fell in love with Kamina's mother.
The Parallel Works (excluding 8) and AU mangas are all universes created by the Multiversal Labyrinth.How has nobody else thought of this yet?
The series takes place in (and under) the Middle East.First of all, the terrain of the surface, pre-Time Skip, is mostly desert wasteland. Even accepting the fact it's After the End, the Middle East is mostly desert, and it doesn't seem that whatever caused the apocalypse would have destroyed the terrain. As I mentioned on the character page, Lord Genome looks like he could be a Turk or an Arab, and he's old enough to have lived on the surface. And is it just me, or does Teppelin look like it could be a repurposed Burj Khalifa? The reason everyone lives underground could have grown out of the Beastmen using them as slave labour to excavate oil (remember, the Beastmen have Gunmen that run on more conventional power sources) before their purpose was eventually forgotten. Or because living underground was better than living in the sand. Also, the song "My XXX is the Best in the Universe" contains one section that sounds remarkably like that Standard Snippet you always hear in Arabian Nights movies.
The series is a sequel/alternate world of sorts of XenogearsMostly because Rossiu is a dead ringer for Fei Fong Wong. Also, giant robots. extremist, but well-intended, sort of, solutions.
TTGL is the distant future of G Gundam.Aside from the direct comparisons between Simon/Nia and Domon/Rain, and the fact that both series are so full of hot-bloodedness, this theory would suggest that:
Everything past the Multidimensional Labyrinth never happened in the real timeline.This is a bit of Fridge Logic that I brought up on the Headscratchers page that, after being answered, led me to this: In Boota's portion of the Multidimensional Labyrinth (ML from now on) he transforms into a human so he can help Simon better. Then the Anti-Spiral King (ASK) reveals that by doing so he has meet the criteria to also be trapped in the Multidimensional Labyrinth. While that is going on, everyone is in the exact same state as they were on the actual ship and when Boota turns into a humanoid he enters a similar state. Given that the ML is basically everyone's ultimate wish fulfillment, ala Instrumentality, wouldn't it make sense for Boota to instead beat back the ASK (since it would make sense to assume that Boota thinks that the ASK is controlling it) and freeing everyone from the ML before joining with Simon to kick the ASK's ass? Alternatively, wouldn't it make more sense for Boota to appear in another portion of Simon's life (real or not) and transform there for whatever reason? Also, the fact that the ASK is there at all lends a bit a credence to my theory. If I recall correctly, the Dai-Gurren Dan barely even knew of his existence, let alone what he looked like or the finer details of his personality. There's also the fact that the ASK was acting like everything that was happening there was real and not a part of the ML (which I assume he can tell the difference between the real world and the ML). Not only that, but when Simon and co are supposedly escaping from the ML, it shows Human!Boota standing up instead of lying down like the last shot of him was. How Simon knew this is somewhat simple to explain: He was partially aware of Boota's transformation in the real world but, given the circumstances, thought it was just a part of the ML so Simon's ML added that bit in (alternatively, it was the entire Dai-Gurren Dan's ML so Boota, for one reason or another, ended up thinking that his transformation was a part of the ML as well and thus "reverted" to normal). In conclusion: The true ending to the series is Nia getting deleted; the Dai-Gurren Dan dying from starvation, dehydration, or something to that effect; and the population of the Earth getting whipped out. The Anti-Spirals won. The universe is still under there control. note Lagann-hen
The reason Boota never became a full-grown mole-pig
Kamina isn't gone...
Every light in the sky IS an enemy!Not the planets or lifeforms, but the stars themselves. They're alive and burning with Spiral Energy, and as Nemesis grows closer they'll begin to absorb everything around them, attempting to become Black Holes, leading to humanity having to fight the stars themselves. This could also mean...
Beyond The Wall Of Sleep is an alternate universe/prequel to TTGL.As above, Algol is either a particularly powerful star who attempted to cause Spiral Nemesis early, or it'sa n alternate universe in which Nemesis began in the 1920's. In turn the light beings are Spiral Knights, either attempting to prevent Nemesis, or simply an opposing faction out to increase their own spiral power.
When the characters get spiral symbols in their eyes, it's to show that they've reached their maximum amount of Spiral EnergyAllow me to quote this from the main page, under Magical Eye: "Characters with large Spiral power signify this with spirals in their eyes. Strangely, Simon, the one who produces the vast majority of said power, doesn't get this until the Distant Finale, and then only on one side." This made me think that maybe the reason it only shows on one side is because he hasn't maxed out his Spiral Energy. And then I realized that the Anti-Spiral had good reason to fear the Spiral Nemesis if that's the case.
The Giga Drill Breaker is an ability programmed into all Laganns.It may sound silly, yes. But take a look at Parallel Works 8, and you'll see, that when he powers up the Cathedral Lazengann Lordgenome uses the exact same Giga Drill Breaker-style technique as Simon and Viral did when they combined with Ark-Gurren. Moments later, he used the Super Galaxy Giga Drill Breaker, that Simon later used, in order to destroy his enemies. Knowing Gainax, this is more than a coincidence. It is simply a feature that is programmed into all Laganns, so it can be used should it be necessary.
Lordgenome is actually Near.Think about it. Their hairstyles are somewhat similar and only differ in color, which is either negligible or a result of the color scheme of Parallel Works 8; they were also very gifted geniuses. Lordgenome also appears to have been a loner when he was a child, much like Near. In addition, at the beginning of Parallel Works 8, Lordgenome is surrounded by several small animals, some of which are unreasonable to think of as being so small (there's an elephant, a giraffe, a dolphin and a gorilla to say the least). With the exception of Guame, these could have simply been dolls that he was playing with much in the same way that Near liked to play with action figures and dice. Not Quite Dead and brought her back to him so he could hold her hostage. Why? Because he knows Simon will try and save her, and when he does the Anti-Spiral can get Revenge. But since Simon was making love to the Idiot Ball that day, he decided "NOPE NIA'S DEAD LALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU". And so he never goes and saves her, or does he?
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is basically the philosophy of Existentialism in anime formThink about it. Kamina is as close as a hero can come to Friedrich Nietzsche's Übermensch, and actually changes the morality of the world and refusal to obey higher powers (Lordgenome and the Anti-Spiral). In the finale, the Spirals accept the anti-spirals' despairing nihilistic criticisms (up to the point they referenced the Eternal Recurrence), reconstructing them and becoming more of an encouragement. The emphasis on personal growth? Existentialism to the bone. "Go down a path that you choose and do it all by yourself. That's the way team Dai-Gurren rolls!" sums it up best.
TTGL is the far distant future of Warhammer 40,000And the timeline of events is: 1. Eldar achieve their gestalt trancendance, becoming Ynnead. And the Golden Throne fails, but it only resurrects the Emperor as a newborn Spiral Lifeform. 2. The Ynnead and God-Emperor set aside differences to defeat the Chaos Gods. Eldar slaying Slaanesh, God Emperor slaying the rest through the shockwave of sheer awesomeness in the Warp caused by his resurrection. 3. The Emperor dismantles the Ecclesiarchy and the Inquisition, who has been using his name to cause absolute despair, and reforms the Imperium into an age of science, progress, hope and Large Ham badassery. He decides to create a weapon that those mankind formerly considered "Lesser Races" can defend themselves with. They do this by using their own Space Marine technology and then taking the whole of Ork-kind, and sealing their genetic code (or whatever the ork equivalent is) into the resulting weapons. 4. These weapons are the Lagann, each one a Space Marine Powersuit that can evolve into a Titan, and powered by the combination of a potential Psyker and a Mind Hive of Orks. The Emperor scatters these across the galaxy/universe. 5. However, the Eldar, fearful of the time when they were tortured slaves of Slaanesh, decide that more needs to be done to prevent more Chaos Gods from being born or from ever coming back. Ynnead defeats the Necrons and the C'tan and reverse-engineers their technology to remove all the remaining taints of Slaanesh from Eldar existence, but with the consequence of also assimilating their directive to destroy all sapient lifeforms... 6. The Eldar/Necron conglomeration are the Anti-Spirals, now running on two directives: to prevent Chaos, and to destroy other sapient life capable of using the Warp. Their representative is an Ynnead/C'tan hybrid. The hybrid mostly uses the C'tan's inherent Reality Warper powers when dealing with Spiral races, but if all else fails, it isn't afraid to go all Large Ham and use Warp Energy against them. 7. Much time passes, The Tau are among the countless races in the universe exterminated by the Anti-Spirals. The Tyranid however, remain numerous. 8. The Emperor is forced by the Anti-Spirals into a revelation that reduces him to Despair. Eventually, the Tyranids shall consume all Spiral life and assimilate all DNA, and any Spiral Energy used against it only makes it evolve as stronger, and hungrier. The unified Spiral Power and Insatiable Gluttony of the intergalactic Hive Mind shall gain critical mass, and create a new Eye Of Terror and a Chaos God of Hunger the size of the universe: the all-consuming Spiral Nemesis, symbolized by the all-consuming black hole. And it shall evolve into a Spacetime Eater and continue to consume the Multiverse. 9. Thus, the Emperor and the Anti-Spirals agreed that the only way they can stop the birth of the Chaos God of Hunger is to starve the Tyranids by suppressing Spiral lifeforms and exterminating all spiral life that dares to expand into space, ala Halo. He destroys the Imperium and most of its technology, disposes of all his records as the hope-inspiring Emperor of Mankind, renames himself Lord Genome and tried to keep humanity's Spiral powers a secret from the Anti-spirals and the Tyranids. 10. Simon's story unfolds. The Emperor aka Lord Genome awakens goes back to Godmode and his good-old-badass days before dying, appreciating how finally, someone else can surpass his power. Anti-Spiral is destroyed. 11. But the Tyranid Spiral Nemesis are still out there...and only now are the Spirals' psychic light drawing their attention yet again...
Viral became mortal and able to reproduce after gaining the ability to use Spiral Energy.
Grand Unifying Guesses: The Co-allition of the Anti-Spiral.The Co-allition of the Anti-Spiral, or C.A.A.S if you will, is a multiverse-spanning group formed by the main Anti-Spiral. There are countless species in this group, all with varying goals and motivations, but all share a common element: they have abandoned/never had evolution, and thusly can't harness Spiral Power. There are exceptions to this rule, such as when the group shows the same level of dedication as the primary Anti-Spirals. There are three classes in the C.A.A.S.
Grand Unifying Guesses: Conversely, the ranks of famous Spiral Warriors throughout history include:
Gurren Lagann is the distant future of Neon Genesis Evangelion.After the end of Evangelion, only Shinji and Asuka were left. At first, they tried to rebuild humanity via Adam and Eve Plot. However, this became insufficent. In order to truly bring back the human species, the two harnessed the power of the Angels. Through this, they got the full extent of Spiral Power (which is known in Evangelion as the S2 Engine), which led to the humanoid form becoming the best at harnessing this power. Countless millennia passed. Shinji decided to ascend to godhood, touring the universe. Eventually he realised the threat of Spiral Power, while his childhood depression once again took over his personality. This led him to becoming the primary consciousness behind the Anti-Spiral and his "absolute despair" ideology.
Genesic GaoGaiGar created the Universe of TTGL.Genesic GaoGaiGar was proudly proclaimed as the series God of Destruction, however it also painted the portrait of renewal in that destruction was the hope for rebirth. Genesic GaoGaiGar destroyed Pisa Sol, a veritable sun and extinguished the light of an entire universe, in its place a new Universe grew, that of TTGL, Guy (as a Super Human Evoluder) disseminated the green energy of the G-Stone throughout this universe ultimately to encourage the growth of entire planets and through him all races with the courage to embrace it have G-Stone energy, later named Spiral Power.
The Spiral Nemesis is not only real, but it actually happened.As long as there is No Fourth Wall, the "Spiral Nemesis" could reference The Chris Carter Effect. As in, Spiral Energy is nothing more than the the audience's will to have an entertaining story. Once the inertia of having most of the threads being resolved occurred, the audience is finally ready to have the plot wither and die. If the story continued at that point, the Spiral Energy would be tapped out, and the heroes would barely make it against an upcoming threat. So, in a sense, the universe pulled a Negative Space Wedgie in order to spare the protagonists from trauma-induced pain, lest they lapse back on the Big Brother Series... And THAT'S why Gurren Lagann's 2nd season is in Development Hell.
Kamina will be reincarnated into a Pokemon trainer.And his starter will be a Squirtle. And that Squirtle is the father of Ash's Squirtle.
Real Life is the distant future of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.In Lagann-Hen, it's implied that the fighting between the Grand Zamboza and Mecha-Kamina Spiral Jesus caused the Anti-Spiral pocket universe to collapse, ala Spiral Nemesis. Unknown to either side, the universe didn't just collapse: it became a new Big Bang. And thus, we were born in a Crowning Moment of Awesome. The reason why our universe has zero Rule of Cool or Rule of Funny behind it, not to mention completely unbreakable laws of physics, is because we were once the Anti-Spiral pocket universe. Still, Crazy Awesome from Mecha-Kamina Spiral Jesus remain: that's why black holes, quantum physics and over crazy stuff. This has the added benefit of giving us the greatest deity/deities existence could offer us.
There is something better at harnessing Spiral Energy.That is, the nautilus. Mimetic Beasts and the Insania Virus could have been sent by the Anti-Spirals. When THAT didn't work, they decided to take a direct hand. Further, Shizuru Fujiwara and Kouji Testuya could have the ancestors of Kamina, while Goh and Anna could have been the ancestors of Yoko.
Spiral Energy is Orgone Energy.Makes sense, doesn't it?
The Opening Sequence of Episode 1 is what would happen if the Anti-Spirals lost the war/never existed.Think about it: the Anti-Spirals were the ones who discovered Spiral Nemesis, and Lord Genome had his Heel-Face Turn after they mindraped this information into them. This Opening Sequence is what would've happenned if the Anti-Spirals lost/there were no Anti-Spirals: humanity would've become reckless, and ultimately "all the lights in the sky are our enemies." The captain is Simon, Kamina or one of their ancestors. If there was an Anti-Spiral war, it's likely Simon/Kamina.
The series doesn't take place on Earth.For starters, the Milky Way galaxy doesn't look like that.
The whole series is based off sex.Think about it:
Lord Genome's home era is the near future/21st century.In Parallel Works 8(before the Anti-Spirals attack), look at the buildings. They don't look that advanced, and more like apartments. There are also cars.
Some of the Parallel Works are alternate universes the characters were stuck in due to the Multidimensional Labyrinth.
Spiral Power doesn't violate Equivalent ExchangeWhat we witness as "creating matter and energy out of nothing" is just tapping the powers of Another Dimension (or dimensions) whose immense energies then spiral out into our universe and then transformed into matter by manipulating Einstein's Mass-energy equation (E=MC^2), said matter is assimilated into Lagann's drills. "Spirals" are just psychic humans with a lot of testosterone and Id, and when they "produce" spiral power, they are just subconsciously "calling" this dimension, and the energy can then spiral out through the transmission point (in other words, Summon Magic). Of course, if the transmission comes from a lone Spiral it would be too weak and too subtle, so spiral technology amplifies this transmission (think of the drills as antennae). Spiral Nemesis will come from an excess overflow of this inter-dimensional energy causing the real universe and the high-energy dimension to merge, transforming the universe into an Eldritch Location, ala Eye of Terror.
Lordgenome once had a daughter, who died at the age of fourteen.That's one of the many reasons why he kept tossing out of his daughters; after the Mind Rape he was subjected to at the Anti-Spiral's hands and lost the war, he was driven crazy, so he just wanted to relieve the memory of his daughter over and over and over...
Rossiu's book (which he thought was a bible/practical joke) is actually a Tome of Eldritch LoreActually comprehending what is in it will bring the REAL Spiral Nemesis. Or something even worse than Spiral Nemesis. Thankfully the village was just a senseless Cargo Cult.
Ep 6 didn't have a Skin Ship Grope.Yoko, knowing Kamina is, well, Kamina, figured he'd probably try to spy on them. So, for laughs, she and the other girls made it seem that they were comparing boob size. I know it's not much, but imagine Kamina leering in only to find them just resting there.
Simonis the Spiral King Lordgenome just claimed he was. Anti-Spiral King is the most powerful Anti-Spiral, in a manner of speaking, while Simon is the most powerful Spiral.
The Spiral Nemesis was Kamina.Had he lived, Kamina's sheer recklessness would have triggered the Spiral Nemesis prematurely from an overproduction of Spiral Energy by the time Team Dai-Gurren had gone into space using Cathedral Terra. Due to the Anti-Spirals's lack of awareness to where the Spiral Nemesis would eventually emerge from, they could not have known if the Spiral Nemesis was even alive anymore at that point in the series.
Neon Genesis Evangelion and Uzumaki are both fictional stories sent to Earth by the Anti-Spirals in an attempt at increasing humanity's despairGoing on some of the entries on this page (specifically the TTGL as Anti-Evangelion entry), one can see that, as despair and hopelessness are the main emotions related to NGE, and it was also responsible for despair being the general feeling of giant mecha shows, it follows then that Evangelion was created by the Anti-Spirals to induce the most despair possible in humanity. As a corollary, seeing as that the spirals in Uzumaki go in the opposite direction than the spirals in TTGL (and are, therefore . . . anti-spirals), it then follows that the Anti-Spirals sent the incredibly depressing story to Earth to create fear of spirals in spiral races, making anyone who has read the story (or seen the movie) unable to access their spiral power.
Rossiu is the Anti Spiral from the Episode One clipOk, so hear me out on this one. It’s already been fairly established the beginning of the first episode was basically an alternate future where Simons spiral power went out of control and caused the Spiral Nemesis. Well let’s take that a step further with the fact the Anti Spiral planet was basically sitting in its own little pocket dimension and looks suspiciously like Earth. Rossiu, being the Well-Intentioned Extremist that he is, would certainly have gone the Anti-Spirals route to protect the Earth and also be willing to breach other Space/Time domains to prevent it from happening again. Additionally, consider the fact the Anti-Spirals treated the Spiral Nemesis as a known rather than just a logical theory. It would also make Nias “You dont understand…” to which the Anti Spiral responds “Understanding is not required…” an Ironic echo to Rossius’ comment that Simon “Did not understand”. Also there almost seemed to be a personal touch to the way the Anti-Spiral targeted Simon, more than just the tactics of despair he seemed to need to prove to Simon Spiral energy would be the doom of everything. Which given his lack of Spiral Energy and distrust in it, ordering the Gunmen to be scrapped in favor of much more science driven Grapearls.
Spore is set in the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann universe.Humans were just driven underground by the time your species has reached the space stage, Teppelin has yet to be built. Interstellar travel is DRIVEN by spiral energy, so does all your weapons(excluding missiles and bombs). Oh yeah. The Grox are the anti-spirals.
Spiral Energy siphons off from the Universe, and causes the Spiral Nemesis.This is really just something that I've been toying with after watching the entire series, but if Spiral Energy is said to be harnessing the power of the universe, then the drills that the Gurren Lagann forms are created by converting the energy of the universe into mass and or breaking down inert matter within the universe to assimilate into a drill. We know that use of Spiral Energy can teleport people and objects so why can't it teleport matter and particles from deep space and recombine them in the form of a drill. This then means that the Spiral Beings' continuous reproduction at an exponential rate will result in the more assimilation of the universe's matter, causing a Malthusian overpopulation catastrophe, i.e. the Spiral Nemesis (If they don't rely on siphoning each other instead). Originally I came up with this theory in order to explain how TTGL does still follow the most important law of physics (i.e. Equivalent Exchange), but I do realise it doesn't explain all of the Screw-the-Laws-of-Physics instances of the show.
Purging yourself of spiral energy (like the Anti-Spirals) will drive you to insanity.
Nia is colour-blind.Hence why her cooking is so bad. It's likely those eye-petals.
Perceptual teleportation:Could it be used to go to the afterlife and back? This should be a reasonably safe use of Spiral Power, as (unless the afterlife is physically present within the TTGL universe) this would, albeit temporarily, reduce the mass present in the universe. Even supposing that it would only be a one-way deal, surely at least one character would be willing to try.
Chakravartin is the Spiral Nemesis and Mantra is Spiral Energy with the additional power of Prayer.Thus, why Asura is the biggest badass in his series. His ancestors consist not just of Kamina, but of Nono, Guy Shishio, Ryouma Nagare, amonst many other badasses of Mecha anime.
Boota is Simon's dæmon.He never leaves Simon's side. And the reason why he had so much spiral energy is because he is not just an animal, but part of a spiral life form. Also, dæmons don't age with their humans, and Boota is not seen to have aged at all in the epilogue.
The entire show takes place within a Groundhog Day Loop
The Spiral Nemesis is a self fulfilling prophecy of the Anti-Spirals.This is very simple, but if the Anti-Spirals never actively caused the suffering and despair for the Spirals then the Spirals would have nothing to overcome and would not have risen to the occasion and gained so much spiral energy. The same thing happened in Kamina and Simon's village, and with the Helix King Lord Genome's plans to drive people under the surface. Which leads me to this theory...
The story of TTGL is a patterned after a logarithmic spiralA logarithmic spiral is a fractal shaped like a spiral that increases exponentially each time. Compare the Chief of Kamina and Simon's village with the Helix King to the Anti-Spirals. Three of them tried to oppress their village, world and entire universe respectively but ended up causing them to rise exponentially in power. Kamina and Simon broke through the ceiling of Underground, Simon broke through the ceiling of the falling moon, and then they broke through the universe itself. Rossiu was in a village responsible for killing people when they reached the popular of 50 and then he became responsible This is the also reason why TTGL has a theme of mecha piloting mecha. This is also the reason for the helix symbolism through out the show. It exists in our DNA, our tools our planet and our galaxy.
The Anti-Spirals are us in the futureTTGL either takes place on a parellel universe, which are able to be traveled through by the Anti Spirals who hid the moon in the alternate universe. Either that TTGL's universe becomes the Anti-Spirals and they are fighting themselves in the future.
The Anti-Spirals are fighting a two-front war with the Spirals and the Incubators.A lot of Madoka fans compare the emotionless utilitarian Kyubey to the Anti-Spirals, but whereas the AS believe there's too much energy in the universe, Kyubey thinks there's too little, and his job is to gather it to stave off universal entropy. Hence they are mortal enemies.
The Anti-Spiral's desire for absolute despair comes from their own.One wonders why, despite their claims of Well-Intentioned Extremist, they a)have no compunction against using the Despair Event Horizon to stop the apocalypse(which would probably make said apocalypse preferable) and b)seem to enjoy it. It's possible, however, that the Anti-Spiral's actions caused them to suffer absolute despair-they halted their own evolution by locking up their own bodies and forming a Hive Mind, which already sounds like a living hell. Add to forcing themselves to feel as little as possible and everyone else in the universe hating them, and no wonder they snapped. They want to inflict despair on everyone not just because its the best way to stop the Spiral Nemesis, but because they hate their own Despair Event Horizon and want to project it on the rest of the universe. The fight with TTGL was enough to awaken them from this despair, and eventually realise that Team Lagann can protect the universe their way.
Gurren Lagann exists to figure out the limits of Rule of Cool.Gainax, after getting out of the apocalypse of Neon Genesis Evangelion and gaining a new love for the Rule of Cool, wanted to see just how awesome something could possibly get. To find out, they required a universe that ran solely on the Rule of Cool, increased in orders of magnitude and included such Large Ham that even Vegeta would be dumbfounded at it. Spiral Nemesis is the theoretical limit to the Rule of Cool-going beyond would either result in the universe being destroyed or becoming so good it's BAD. Kamina became aware of the show and the reason it exists-then decided screw with the script so that the series doesn't end in the Spiral Nemesis and Simon wouldn't die. Originally Kamina wasn't killed off early, however this was changed by Kamina because had he survived, his inherent awesomeness would trigger the Spiral Nemesis. Thus, for the sake of the fiction he existed in, Kamina had to let himself be killed off early. It being an awesome death was a little something Kamina gave to himself.
Us Humans of Real Life are under an Anti-Spiral experiment to breed a genetic disease that renders Spirals complete slaves to the laws of physics.Hence why, despite our large population, we cannot ever defy the laws of physics.
The Anti-Spirals are "good guys"...in that they protect the sentient Spiral races of the Milky Way from Fate Worse Than Death. This is why the Anti-spiral was so concerned about suppressing the rest of the Spiral races. Judging by their ability to generate extra dimensional labyrinths, they have probably traveled to other dimensions, and met something there that is even worse than themselves (e.g. some kind of immaterial Eldritch Abomination that lives off spiral energies by devouring sentient spirits over billions of years of torment, or a version of God Is Evil). So, to protect their home galaxy's organics, they regularly "euthanize" the unruly ones out to avoid drawing attention of that other something, while they are looking for a way to destroy it.
In an alternate timeline, the Anti-Spirals won and eliminated Spiral Energy's influence... and realized their mistake.The current model of the universe suggests that the Big Crunch Spiral Nemesis is not what will ultimately do us in, because of Dark Energy, the force which powers the exponential accelerating expansion of the very fabric of space itself. Gravity, Higgs Bosons, Dark Matter and Spiral Energy hold everything together, in direct competition with Dark Energy which is growing to be more abundant in the universe, seems to come out of nothing and has the characteristic of tearing everything apart. The universe's expansion isn't slowing down as the Anti-Spirals predicted, it's speeding up. Fast. If Dark Energy won't disintegrate all matter and rip apart spacetime first, there's always the slow but climbing Heat Death of the Universe. In real life, what is the Second Law of Thermodynamics? The entropy, or disorder, of an isolated system will increase and never decrease. More and more of the energy in the universe is being consumed by waste chaos, aka heat. Spontaneous processes left by themselves are more likely to have entropy than perfect order; a blob of ink dissipates as a cloud into water; milk spills but doesn't unspill; eggs splatter but do not unsplatter; waves break but do not unbreak; we always grow older, never younger. Everything rots, and dies. These processes all move in one direction in time - they are called "time-irreversible" and define the arrow of time. Think of it as the universe decaying more and more (Black holes are no exception due to Hawking Radiation). This entropy can also be accelerated by runaway Dark Energy's ability to rip everything apart. Fast forward in time, and almost all of the Spirals are extinct. The Anti-Spirals have succeeded in suppressing their emotions almost completely. Equivalent Exchange and dark energy rule the universe. Spiral Nemesis is out of the equation. However, eventually their triumph will end, when they will be forced to face the slow alternative, death by Entropy. If Dark Energy does not tear spacetime apart first, everything will rot and die in a whimper. The Anti-Spirals realized their mistake, and tried to revive some of their remaining emotional Spiral Energy to sustain the universe, but a long time has passed and it went completely vestigial, completely non-functional. Nice Job Breaking It, Anti-Spirals. They rescued a surviving colony of depressed humans nearing extinction, and tried to breed them in an Earth-like environment to help them generate Spiral Energy, even giving them technology and civilization... only to find out that they have been tormented in despair for so long that their Spiral Energy degenerated severely and irreversibly (ala Uzumaki), and can only be obtained from the angst of highly-emotional females. The Anti-Spirals, using their technology, aid them in doing a one-time reality warp while ripping their souls out to maximize energy generation, with the consequences of tragedy, absolute despair and mutation into an Eldritch Abomination. With their new purpose of harvesting energy instead of suppressing it, the Anti-Spirals renamed themselves... The Incubators.
The Anti-Spirals represent the idea that God Is Evil.Compare the Anti-Spirals to common tropes and storylines where God is a tyrant, or criticisms of Him:
Gurren Lagann is the future of Atlas ShruggedThe book promotes innovation, individualism, libertarianism, ambition and determination, virtues carried by Spiral heroes. The heroes both want to use their power to the fullest. John Galt, the Übermensch/charismatic proto-Kamina of the book, invents an engine that provides limitless energy. The "atmospheric static electricity" was a coverup for the real mechanism: the engine is actually powered by the Spiral Energy carried by Galt's ego, and later, by the rest of the heroes living in the Gulch. This engine becomes the prototype for the invention of the Lagann units. The Collectivist Government are in league with the Anti-Spirals. They both try to repress humanity's latent evolution, exceptionalism and awesomeness. After the old collectivist society collapses, Galt's Gulch survives, takes over the world through Spiral technology, and rebuilds civilization according to Spiral Objectivist virtues, acquiring the attention of the Anti-Spirals. For added hilarity and insanity, John Galt is Simon's ancestor.
Gurren Lagann is the future of Viewtiful JoeCome on, the final battles of the Viewtiful Joe games feature giant mechas that look almost exactly like Gurren Lagann, and they're big too. First game has two of them fighting on the surface of the Earth, as seen from space, and the second was using a solar system as their battleground. The second game even confirms combining is something that can happen. And come on, Joe's got at least some Spiral Power.
The reason Yoko wears a bikini into a combat zone...Is to throw off the focus of her enemies. She'll have a much easier time sniping them because they'll be too busy drooling over her body. And it works. Really works.
How the pit villages work:The villages generate electricity with nuclear reactors. The uranium to power the reactors is extracted from the surrounding rocks and enriched using electricity generated by the reactors. The reactors power lights that function as an artificial sun in order to grow crops and provide vitamin D for the people. Water and oxygen are extracted from the rocks, again using nuclear power. Digging tunnels is needed both to build earthquake shelters and to extract fresh rock that still has useful materials in it and also to bury radioactive waste.