Does having so many faces make you great?

Does having so many faces make you great? is an anime episode of Gurren Lagann that was released on 04/22/2007
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Team Gurren must work together with the eccentric Black Syblings to take down a Beastman foe on empty stomachs.
— Crunchyroll

Plot Summary

Does having so many faces make you great?
RomajiKao ga ōkerya erai no ka?
Theme Music
OpeningSorairo Days
(List of theme music)

Yoko, Leeron, Simon, and Kamina make their way towards the Beastmen's headquarters, and are nearly starving. In spite of the dire predicament, Kamina continues to train Simon by throwing rocks at him. In the midst of one such training session, a group of masked assailants falls on the party, thinking to save Simon from what they assume is a beastman in a ganmen.

The group turns out to be the "Black Siblings," consisting of eldest brother Kittan and three sisters: Kiyoh, Kinon, and Kiyal. The four work as wandering beastmen hunters. The girls set out to find food and come back with a pink fuzzy thing that, conveniently, was already dead. As they sit down to eat, the siblings explain that they've been keeping an eye out for a 16-faced gunmen. Turns out that the pink fuzzy thing is, in fact, sixteen pink fuzzy things-- the beastmen who ride the 16-faced gunmen. The beastmen quickly perform their gattai, and after some arguing between Kamina and Simon, they also unite into the Gurren-Lagann and defeat the beastmen, with the Black Siblings providing much-needed cover fire.

After the battle the two groups part ways, with Kittan and Kamina making mutual offers to allow the others into their group.

Points of Interest


Episode four marked a (temporary) departure from the usual style of the series, one that many fans didn't appreciate. As a result they stormed message boards, leading Gainax co-chair Takami Akai to have an online conversation with an animator on the popular social networking site Mixi in which they both laid out insults to fans on message boards.

These comments were uncovered by fans and as a token of apology, Akai stepped down from the Gainax board and ceased being a producer on Gurren Lagann. He has NOT left the company, however.


The following quotes are from the Crunchyroll subtitle script, timestamps are approximate.

Kamina: "Manly combining isn't some tawdry love affair... where you come and go as you please! That isn't true bond! That's just a sham, a pale imitation of the real thing!"
— Kamina describing what combining is really about

Characters & Voice Actors

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Kinon Bachika ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kana Ueda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Stephanie Sheh ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Kiyal Bachika ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kana Asumi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kiyoh Bachika ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rina Satō ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Karen Strassman ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Simon ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuri Lowenthal ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Tetsuya Kakihara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kamina ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Katsuyuki Konishi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kyle Hebert ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Yoko Littner ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Marina Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Michelle Ruff ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Leeron Littner ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Steve Blum ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Masaya Onosaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kittan Bachika ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Christopher Corey Smith ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Kishou Taniyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Boota ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shizuka Itō ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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Yo Yoshinari Key Animator Japanese key animator, storyboard artist, and anime director who is recognizable for the exaggerated style of his effects animation, especially for smoke and explosions.
Atsushi Nishigori Character Artist/Designer A famed character designer from Gainax who has worked on projecs like Mahoromatic and He Is My Master. He also worked as character animation director for Gurren Lagann.
Hiroyuki Imaishi Director
Hiroshi Yamaguchi Writer A Japanese script writer and director for anime such as Gurrenn Lagann and Rosario Vampire.
Taku Iwasaki Music Taku Iwasaki is a Japanese composer known for Jazz-sounding scores.
Osamu Kobayashi Animation Director
Takami Akai Producer A Japanese animator and co-founder of studio Gainax.


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