Where’s the WATCH & LEARN for COWBOY BEBOP #11? Don’t worry. It’s on its way. Lemon and I are putting together a special, live-action video for that particular episode that’ll make your experience a lot more fun. It’s coming, just wait. In lieu of that, I’ve decided to finish up the rest of GURREN LAGANN through this weekend, since we’re down to the nitty gritty. Before I get along to that, I have to ask - - is there END OF EVANGELION-style movie conclusion I absolutely must watch for this? Let me know, so I can prepare.
Now, onto this episode…
Kittan’s confessions of his feelings to Yoko in this episode is a sign that either the lady's the biggest tease in the galaxy or hot-blooded Gunman pilots are big wimps when it comes to women. Yeah, I noticed the parallels this scene had with Kamina’s pre-blaze-of-glory send off. I don’t think it’s much of a coincidence that both of these dudes put off making a move until the last possible, consequences-free moment. It’s amusing that the Gainax shows I’ve watched so far have all been about guys who’re in some stage of arrested development. These knuckleheads might not be crawling up into a corner like Shinji, but they’ve definitely got some inner obstacles they haven’t scaled yet.
What’s been interesting about this show is that you’re getting all the thrills and grandeur of the familiar heroic epic, but it’s all presented in such a quirky milieu. Kittan’s dash into the anti-spiral heart, for example. It’s gripping, edge-of-your-seat inspiring stuff that moves you even as you realize you’re watching this doofus pilot a giant star fruit-shaped, banana looking mecha within another star fruit-shaped, banana-looking mecha. I don’t know what comparison to use to adequately describe what’s going on. It’s like… like… getting a protein bar in a candy bar’s wrapper.
The super-mega-ultra Gurren Lagann finally manifests here and it reminds me of the shelved Unicron toy from Generation One of TRANSFORMERS. Hasbro tried to make it roughly to scale and it ended up being far too big for any kid to feasibly handle. I look at this new mecha, and realize it could use the first lagann like a toothpick. Talk about a serious escalation of scale.
The anti-spirals are going get their ASSES handed to them. And it’s hilarious how the thing was built by Simon going through hours of Goku-style constipated mediation, basically pumping all his positive vibes into the engine. It's almost like a mecha take on the Care Bears.
Anyway, watch this episode, "I Accept Your Dying Wish!" below, decide for yourself and read my comments on the previous episode here.