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Reviews Comments: The Super Robot series to end all Super Robot series. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann whole series review by Azxc

"Who the hell do you think I am?!"

A now famous quote that is Kamina's battle cry, Simon's battle cry, and arguably the show's battle cry. Gurren Lagann is a show that screams this in every way, shattering all limitations placed upon the constraints of its world. In doing so, it becomes what is arguably the most epic anime on the map today, in every sense of the word.

Gurren Lagann is an epic story, because the narrative actually is the layout of classic epic poetry. A vast limitless setting to journey across, passionate speeches, and heroes that embody the hopes and dreams of entire civilizations. It is a tried-and-true formula that Lagann follows to the letter but takes it beyond imagination.

Lagann is animated expertly by the infamous veteran studio Gainax. A studio known for inventive directing, and this series is no exception. Animation is jerky and sketchy, but given the sheer energy of the material and it's unbridled force, it works and it works perfectly. You may not like the look of it, but that doesn't mean it's not appropriate. Only one episode of the bunch really stands out in quality, but it is a one-time slip... still it is a massive slip so points need to be taken off for it. Everything else is Grade-A material.

The journey of Gurren Lagann is accompanied by an epic soundtrack. The use of rap doesn't always work, but the majority of the music is not rap, and does well to highlight the epic nature of the series with swelling brass, snare drums, and even opera. The sum of it sounds like a grand call to war, which fits the series perfectly.

To be frank, very frank, when I finished Gurren Lagann I felt like my soul had had an enlightenment. The passionate dialogue and grandiose animation are rhetorically dynamic. You feel what Simon feels, you want what Simon wants, and you go through it all with a deep sense of satisfaction. Gurren Lagann is a genius anime, but it is also a respectable triumph in general entertainment, anime or otherwise.


  • Mr. Lostman
  • 7th Jun 09
If you're talking about the 4th episode, I see nothing wrong with it.
  • 21st Aug 09
Besides the awful animation and the horrid cartoonyness that plagued Kittan? (Just in that one episode, mind you.)
  • Mr. Lostman
  • 22nd Aug 09
Animation was the same as the episodes before and after.

"Horrid cartoony-ness"? What are you on?
  • werdnak84
  • 28th Aug 09
There's justification for Episode 4- it had a different animation director, who was only hired because he was friends with the producer, but was fired from the show soon after that.
  • Amitai
  • 30th Aug 09
"Epic Poetry?" Good sir I disagree.
  • 14th Sep 09
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a brilliant exploration of deep existential and psychological themes, and a marvel of speculative fiction.
  • 7th Nov 09
Hey asshole, thanks for stealing my review for MAL.
  • 4th Aug 10
This is the most accurate review I've ever read about this show, without a doubt.
  • Niaspace
  • 30th Aug 10
It's really not that good. It's an absurdist, over-the-top celebration of Giant Robot tropes. It's more focused on making things look cool than make sense, really. Towards the end any idea of logic in a plot breaks down as the developers throw anything at us in the hopes of making a cool scene or making it stick. I'm still waiting for the explanation of why everyone has their legs replaced with a single drill once they get freed from the anti-spiral's dreams, or how ninja starring certain "objects" in the last fight can be done without destroying the entire universe.

I'd even argue that Diebuster, Mazinkaiser, and Gao Gai Gar Final do what Gurren Lagann wants to do and do it better, but that's a long forum post.
  • DominusTemporis
  • 7th Dec 10
Well, reading that comment it's clear somebody missed the point of the show, and wasn't paying much attention during the last episodes. Those "legs replaced by drills" that you mention were due to the fact that everyone was in an abandoned Lagann from previous fights. Y'know, the ones they'd explicitly shown an episode or two earlier. And that everyone got their own Core Drill for. And that had their faces show up in flames right before they combined with Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann. And everyone was in one in space after the final battle. And we even saw five of them in Tengen Toppa Dai-Gurren in the movie. C'mon, at least try if you're going to claim something isn't making sense.

As for the galaxy shuriken, never mind that the universe is huge (with an estimated ten billion galaxies in real life), that was said to be Super Spiral Space which is related to but isn't really our own universe. There were maybe fifteen that got destroyed in that fight total. That's not making much of a dent in the grand scheme of things.
  • Xacebans
  • 25th Apr 11
The animation in episode 4 was, indeed, not very good. Kamina's torso seemed to change size whenever he moved, it was choppy, and the shapes were more unfaithful to the character designs than usual.
  • seg162
  • 28th Dec 12
[[Irony You know, the anime was meant to be a parody of the super mecha genre.]]

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