A number of you have pointed how this is supposed to be mecha’s great reconstructionist work after EVANGELION thoroughly deconstructed the genre. That’s a lot more blatant when the whole series gets summarized like this. GURREN LAGANN’s about the power of positive thinking and how believing in yourself can not only allow you to do amazing things, it can also inspire your friends to be the best that they can be. The value of "dreaming the impossible dream," so to speak. EVA was about a bunch of damaged human beings meeting their doom. You had the theme of perception shaping reality, of course, but the final note was about Shinji using his life-shaping powers for “disgusting” purposes. That's not quite uplifting.
And, once again, what eyebrow-raising music choices, right? GURREN LAGANN’s channeling some old school NWA with that “fight the power" song. Although, it’s kind of like when Radio Disney re-tools some pop song. They make it about Mickey and Donald instead of, say, boats ‘n hoes.
I’m still can’t think of what could possibly come next. Team Dai Gurren’s defeated all the bad guys. With Lord Genome gone, there’s nobody left to beat. What could there possibly be left to do? Will the team just go to some other neighborhood and pick of a fight with a whole new posse of villains? I honestly can’t guess what’s next.
Anyway, watch this episode, “Entire Polysynthesis” below, decide for yourself, and then read my comments on the previous episode here.