Simon calling the anti-spiral leader a dumbass might be the definitive quote of GURREN LAGANN; even more definitive than “Don’t you know who the hell I am?!?!?” Smack-talking an abstract, celestial entity is pretty much the peak of this show’s unique overall philosophy. Basically, these knuckleheads surmount every single obstacle thrown at them by basically disregarding their significance. That’s actually a pretty good message (though, the way it’s phrased, it’s almost like getting pearls of wisdom from a popsicle-stick inscription) but skipping the “struggle phase” definitely leads to... an unusual viewing experience.
It’s clear now that Gainax and I both share a distaste for “WIZARD OF OZ” endings. You know, where the main characters wake up, realize it was all dream and notice that all their friends were characters in the story? EVANGELION more-or-less parodied the conceit in its last episode, and this episode escalates and expands the notion for another existential trap similar to human instrumentality (and awwwwww… all along Viral just wanted a family.) Once again, it’s actually a pretty strong metaphor about barreling forward in your life without a single thought given to what might’ve been or what could’ve been, but it’s just so… bizarre to see it presented in the same hyper-kinetic fashion as the rest of the show.
Kamina’s re-appearance to thwart the faux Kamina was a powerful scene. I suppose the former is the “Kamina who believes in Simon” that we’ve been hearing about it, making him sort of an “inception” that’s been planted in Simon’s consciousness. But I just can’t get over how this jock basically became this universe’s Budha or something; somebody whom the heroes can only perceive after they’ve reached a certain level of enlightment. Actually, this whole series feels like the MAHABHARATA re-written by sugar-fueled gamers.
We’re down to the last one, here. I’m sure I won’t be able to predict what’s coming, but I can gauarantee that Gurren Lagann’s going to put the hurt on the cool-looking static test pattern anti-spiral man. I can only hope he’ll suplex him.Watch this episode, "Let's Go, Comrades!" below, decide for yourself and read my comments on the previous episode here.