Since I haven’t found an appropriate place to mention this yet, I need to say right off the bat that Nia’s hair deserves a special place of notoriety in the halls of bizarre anime hair. I never thought I’d see a do crazier than a third-level Super Saiyan’s, yet here's this girl carrying around a trail of clouds behind her all the time.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me say that I’m not a follower of Ayn Rand. I’ve never really been able to swallow all the tenants of objectivism (it always seemed to be based on the presumption that you, of course, are one of the elites.) That being said, I still think the lady had some good ideas and, while I certainly wouldn’t call GURREN LAGANN mecha’s answer to THE FOUNTAINHEAD, this episode definitely had a subtext that reflected those ideas.
Simon and Kamina are heroes whose prowess is innate. They save society only for the ungrateful rabble to turn on them. The peace they bring allows a government to grow, but that body (represented by weasely bureaucrat, Rossiu) uses twisted, cowardly "laws" to imprison them. I’m sure they're all going to come crawling for Gurren Lagann’s help later on, when the anti-spirals make another assault, and Simon’s going to have as much cause to shrug as any Atlas has ever had.
A number of you have commented on how much you hate Rossiu and, now, I do too. That’s actually a testament to there being some good writing on the show. It’s easier to make a villain you “love to hate.” What's hard is making one you genuinely can’t stand. And you better believe I'm counting the second until this rat gets his.
One last thing - - SamJaz contrasted spiral force and Eva’s AT-Field in the last episode. Am I the only one seeing some similairites between the anti-spirals and the angels? Especially now that they’re popping up as these weird, 3D geometric shapes who drop in from the heavens.
Check out this episode, “We Shall Survive By Whatever We Do”, decide for yourself and read my comments on the previous episode here.