Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Giant robots! Giant Robots! Giant robots! Did we mention GIANT FUCKING ROBOTS?! Living their lives under the ground- like all humans, Kamina and Simon find something that is gonna change their world just as their home is violently intruded by something from the outside world. The two meet new friends and have epic battles beyond limits.

Episodes: 27

Length: 24 minutes

Year: 2007

Studio: Gainax

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi

Writer: Kazuki Nakashima

Watched: Subbed

The Review

Storyline Progression: Far from slow the beginning of this anime might actually progress too fast, but the pace slows down in the second part of the anime.

Characters: This series has a core group of characters and a huge cast of supporting characters. Unfortunately, aside from the core group, you hardly get to know any of the others. Other than the main character, there is very little character development.

Animation: Being a Gainax show, the animation quality is very easy on the eyes, with one exception. There's an episode early on where the animation quality was intentionally drawn way off and with a lower quality to make it more like older mecha shows.

Music: The music is also pretty entertaining; most of the intro/ending songs are pretty catchy. Throughout the show, the background music fits very well with what is going happening on the screen.

Comedy: Most of the comedy in this show stems from the ridiculousness that's constantly happening. That aside, the latter half of the show has a much more serious tone than the beginning.

Action: There is a fight scene in nearly every episode, if not all. It's not the same thing over and over again though, every battle becomes more ridiculous than the last!

Overall: Gurren Lagann is one of those shows you either love it or hate it, there doesn't seem to be a middle of the road. It's got high production values and a well thought out plot, but the lack of interest for the characters makes it hard to really care about and the turning point in the anime seems to lose a lot of people because of its large change. People mainly remain dedicated to this show for the epic battles.

Random Fact: Gurren Lagann has several stinct story arcs, each is a sort of homage to a different time period in the mecha genre of anime. The first arc is supposed to represent the 70's, we're shown a simple outlook of life with your typical monster of the week stuff. The second arc is an 80's throwback to the then popular political/drama mecha shows (think old Gundam stuff). The third arc represents the 90's where things are just insane with things escalating with the ridiculousness levels over 9000 (ie; Getter Robo, etc).

My Personal Opinion:

I am not a fan

Giant robots, cool; Ridiculous happenings, funny, but that's all there is to it. The anime was predictable, all the fight scenes new and ridicules, but overall not entertaining to me, and I wanted to like the characters in this anime, I really did, but I couldn't because there was no character building. It's simply fan service for mecha-nerds, nothing more.

I didn't care for this anime, but I would care for it even less if I watched it dubbed, I tried, and it killed the little appreciation I had for the anime. If you must watch it, watch it subbed.
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