It would figure that even a series that’s been lighter and more straightforward than most other anime I’ve seen would still have an entire episode devoted to deep philosophical metaphysics. You really can’t have mecha without it, can you? I do remember a lot of you lunatics telling me to keep my eyes peeled for spirals and their greater significance as I watched. To be honest, I was basically nodding and saying, “Yeah yeah…” Now that it’s fully revealed, the notion definitely has a point. Spirals popped up a lot in this show, and they do pop all the time in nature. This ain't just a bunch of nice-sounding hokey baloney.
I don’t know what an anti-spiral would be though, especially since their TRON-bots have spirals in their designs. Perhaps they’re supposed to be squares? Is that what GURREN LAGANN has been about this whole time? A covert, but demented, case of geometry edu-tainment like you’d see on SQUARE ONE back in the day? Will Simon be fighting Math-Man next?
By the way, I totally called it about the Spiral King having humanity’s best intentions in mind. Man, I’m good! I’m just on fire with these predictions. The sad thing is, there’s definitely some truth to his philosophy on force being the best kind of persuasion. Also, it’s fitting that the guy would put up a half-hearted resistance against the indomitable will of spiral force (which is a fancier name for Kamina’s manly manliness, I suspect) because he'd grown indifferent. Give anybody 1000 a years of waiting and they’re probably not going to have too much invested in anything after a while - - be it their daughters or saving the world.
Team Dai Gurren’s got a serious lack of understanding for the grieving process. They’re giving Simon crap about getting bent out of shape over his fiancé disappearing the same way they got on his case about missing Kamina. Sheesh… give the guy a week at least! Also, as much as Rossiu’s getting made to be the “mean old principal” in this, he’s really got a point with most of his policies. He's like the brocoli of Team Dai Gurren. Ugly and bad-tasting, sure, but still good for you.
Watch this episode, “I’ll Make You Tell the Truth of the World” below, decide for yourself and read my comments on the previous episode here.