For those of you wondering why it’s been about a week since I last posted a Watch & Learn here, the explanation consists of only two words… Comic Con. I was there for 4 ½ days and the experience is always overwhelming. It’s stressful in the prep and it leaves you absolutely exhausted once it’s over. I’m still recovering, actually. Anyway, among the thousand and one things relating to the con that I could talk about… I want to mention how the convention’s just an endless parade of “worlds colliding.” Specifically, there was the very surreal moment when GURREN LAGANN’s Simon stopped by my publisher’s booth right after I did a signing.
That’s right, a Simon cosplayer was at Archaia Studio Press’ booth. Unfortunately, I was on the way out, so I didn’t get to talk to him, but that was a real life “cross-over” if I ever saw one.
Anyway, onto this episode…
Kancho! The world’s grossest prank has finally reared its head into the anime I’m watching. I’m more familiar (not intimately, though) with the Korean equivalent, dong chim, because there were a lot of Korean exchange students at my high school. And, boy, did they love to poke each other.
I shouldn’t be surprised that it’s shown up in GURREN LAGANN and in such a… graphically abstract faction. Kamina inflicting kancho on himself to peep over the wall - - like it’s a video game tactic - - was so delightfully bizarre, I don’t really have words for it.
This whole episode follows the usual “honey trap” trope from fiction, wherein the heroes are enticed with the prospect of sex, only to realize they’ve walked into a trap. Once again, I find it infinitely amusing that Team Gurren Lagann basically gets to enjoy all the perks of that and then smash their way out of any consequences. They can have their cake and eat it, too.
And, one last thing… clarify this for me, people. Are the bunnies supposed to be a reference to DAICON IV?