This Spiral King isn’t the wisest of rulers. He’s arrogant, I get it. He doesn’t want to be questioned, I understand. But if he keeps setting his generals up into situations where they basically get killed for disagreeing or agreeing with him, he’s going to run out of help really soon. That’d actually make for a funny final confrontation in this show. Team Dai-Gurren ends up beating these this guy simply because he’s killed all his help. Then again, I don’t think he’s actually followed through on any of these threats yet, so maybe he’s just full of hot air.
Usually when you introduce an innocent into the mix like this, things gets contrived, but Nia’s appearance so far has actually added a fun twist to the GURREN LAGANN dynamic in the absence of Kamina. Then again, I don’t know how she could be naïve enough to forget that she’d been disowned and banished by her own father, but whatever… maybe she’s got some convenient amnesia. I was just laughing when she identified the scorpion lady as “one of those pissed-off people.” I’m still a little confused about what exactly she’s supposed to be, though. Aren’t all of the bad guys and their ilk supposed to be animal hybrids? You’ve seen scorpions, apes, cats, wolves… but I can’t tell what Nia’s animal link is. Maybe she’s got a kitten’s cuteness without any of those pesky whiskers and hair balls.
Simon’s starting to act a bit like Shinji in this episode, furthering my assertion that teenage angst is one of Gainax’s trademarks. I like how the episode ends with him just laying in bed like a sad sack; Nia just not comprehending why he won’t come out. I can get behind the rest of Team Dai-Gurren getting a little tired of him being dysfunctional and depressed when they've got work to do... but wasn’t it kind of stupid idea to make a kid their leader in the first place?
Watch this episode "Who is this Bro?" below, decide for yourself, and then read my comments on the previous episode here.