Watch & Learn: Gurren Lagann #10

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 10, 2010. Last post by Fanboy 3 years, 11 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  This guy shouldn't be ruling an army of monsters. He should be competing in TEKKEN!
 This guy shouldn't be ruling an army of monsters. He should be competing in TEKKEN!

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.  

  

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Post by SamJaz (11,553 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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Just wait for the reveal my friend. The Spiral King is a far better ruler than you think.
Nia will suprise you then. And Shinji got made ruler because he's the one who A) Knew Kamina the best, B) he has the Lagann, and C), because of Kamina's version of the story Simon told Nia. You find out his version of events next episode, and it is awesome.
Post by kashif1 (1,813 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Simon will quickly remember what show he is in, he will snap out of the angst and it will be awesome
Post by mediaright (75 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Oh, she’s got some AMAZINGLY convenient amnesia. There's all kinds of stuff this girl doesn't realize. Stay tuned. 
 
I mean...yeah, Simon's moping. What do you want here? He's kinda been traumatized. I mean...his parents were killed in his youth, and the depressing society he was in kept pushing him away. Then, the only kind of "real" family, his biggest motivator, his biggest believer, and his blood brother both leads him to these amazing things...and dies. 
 
I'd be in the dumps for quite a while. As crazy as Gurren Lagann is, one of the reasons I love it is because there are certain elements that are very real. There are certain promises about the human condition that this show keeps. This is one of them: death hurts...it's not something you get over or forget in one day. Life is sacred...and can't be replaced or given back after death. 
 
 But yeah, in the interest of time, things pick up just an ooch, next episode. Grab your popcorn and enjoy.
Post by SamJaz (11,553 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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@mediaright: On Our Backs. In Our Hearts.
I actually got that on a shirt wit the Dai-Gurren logo, both the words and the logo on the back of the shirt. Got a bunch of 'em for custom made for my birthday. It was awesome.
Post by Gasero (167 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I didn't really understand why Simon was leader either. Besides the ability to command the Gurren he had no real leadership skills. I'd have to rewatch these emo episodes to remember if there were any real reasons.
Post by cowdrunk (39 posts) See mini bio Level 7

like Kamina your opinion of  Lord Genome will change with time 
 
P.S.  
next episode is pretty kick ass
Post by phantomreader42 (2 posts) See mini bio Level 7
You have a lot to look forward to.  I know a guy who couldn't bring himself to watch past episode 8.  But it's definitely worth the angst.  SPIN ON!
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Yeah Lord Genome does look like he would work out in Tekken but he's here to stay in his current role that's to be revealed....later. Simon's depession rubbed me wrong in these eps too as I just wanted him to do something. Maybe the kid just needs laid. Nia is so innocent right now and it brightens the episode. Good stuff to come.

Post by Catolf (254 posts) See mini bio Level 13
I admit that Simon's depression get's to you, but his only family is gone, and if he needs time to grieve, he does. I was more irritated at everyone being so bitchy to him it's all "KAMINAS DEAD MOVE ON AND BE A LEADER" it's like, he's a damn kid... stop it. He can't push his emotions to the side.
 
Nia, is well, Nia.. but fun things get revealed later about her. XD
 
Same for Lord Genome, there is a reason for the mythology of the spiral, and in the next episode well, you'll get a bit of it. 
 
Simon's depression dosen't last long, he's a kid, he needs to cope and having a hard time doing so, he has no support in really coping, everyone else is ready to go and he can't help be be stuck with that death that he no doubt blames himself for.
 
But anyway, get ready it's about to go DOWN!
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,723 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Lord Genome wishes he could be as manly as MASTER ASIA 
Post by mediaright (75 posts) See mini bio Level 5
It's funny...I think Shinji has kinda ruined us on the whole "depressed/angsty kid" kinda thing. I mean, yeah, he did come first...but remember: part of Anno's MO was that everyone in Eva had a psychological problem. So, because Shinji is screwed up, we're now all tired of hearing people whine and mope. 
 
But the scenario in TTGL gives you Simon, who's acting exactly as you'd expect in such a situation. He's just a normal kid who's literally never seen the world and is scared crapless...and now his brother dies. Strange as it may seem, Gurren Lagann presents a more grounded scenario in this regard than Eva does. They do have a bit of fun with Simon's current state-of-mind in the next episode though. ;)
Post by Kuma_From_Argentina (6,609 posts) See mini bio Level 13

Lord Genome is awseome, is a shame he is tied to the Dr. Hell type of villian that sends his generals to batle, but at the end he kick ass..
Post by Fanboy (10 posts) See mini bio Level 10
The sequence where where Simon snaps out of his depression once and for all is one of my favorite moments in any anime. Totally worth all the moping.
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