Good lord, there’s just no stopping Team Dai Gurren, is there? I’m remembering my comments about how the Beast Men were getting beat pretty easily early on. I thought it was just some early exuberance - - beginner’s luck, perhaps. Now, the team’s come toe-to-toe with the ultimate villain, Lord Genome… and soundly kicked his ass! We’re barely halfway through the series and the big bad’s already defeated? Uh… shouldn’t this show be over, now? They’ve beaten all the bad guys. Outside of an epilogue, what more is there left to do?
This episode doesn’t even end with a cliffhanger!!!
You know, normally I’d be critical of a show making things too easy for the heroes, but I don’t really have a problem with it in this case. It recalls my thoughts on RAMBO IV. See, Rambo never gets thwarted in that movie. Not once. He doesn’t get captured, he doesn’t get injured, he doesn’t even find himself stymied by a temporarily-more-powerful enemy. Basically, no impediment blocks him from putting the hurt on the bad guys. And I’m fine with that, as I am here. If you imagine that there’s a whole continuum of heroes and villains, the odds are that there will be some struggles that are solved without complication. The good guys trounce the bad guys. End of story.
So here, Simon gets a hold of his mecha, he gets out of the ground and, after Kamina dies (which is one setback) he proceeds to beat all the Beast Men down. Simple as that. The twelve or so remaining episodes of GURREN LAGANN will be all about these kids partying on the beach. Lagann will be converted into a roof top hot tub, thus furthering the JERSEY SHORE comparisons.
On a more serious note, I continue to be impressed by Nia’s character. They’ve managed to keep fitting her into the innocent princess archetype while simultaneously giving her stronger convictions than any body else in the case. She must confront her father and she will denounce him for the evil of his ways. Take note: this is how to redress outdated clichés without making it smell of a hamfisted agenda.
Watch this episode “I Will Head Towards Tomorrow” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.