Watch & Learn: GURREN LAGANN #21

Topic started by No_name_here on Sept. 15, 2010. Last post by zaldar 4 years, 3 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Staff
  Awwwww... who can hate the kitty man for that long? Hm?    
Awwwww... who can hate the kitty man for that long? Hm?    

At the risk of reading too far into things, I think it’s clear after this episode that the control of knowledge is one dominant theme of GURREN LAGANN. Earlier on, I said it was pretty obvious that this show was riffing on Plato’s oft-referenced “Allegory of the Cave” by literally starting our heroes out in a cave. You can’t get much more explicit about their journey being about self-discovery and enlightenment and all that when they're busting out from the underground to see what an exciting, wide world awaits them above. They make a point to use that same curvilinear composition again here when Yoko and her pupil are sitting atop the tree - - she even comments on the similarity! - -  so I don’t think I’m too far off in my conjectures.

Getting back to what I was saying, consider this. The Spiral King has his Beast Men keep these knuckleheads underground without letting either of them know about the Anti-Spiral - - he keeps some very important information from them. Similarly, Yoko denies her real identity to her pupils even though the fact is patently obvious to anyone reading their textbook - - she’s keeping important information from them, too. The show even goes for the allusion- trifecta by having the one girl use that whole “satchel stashing” ruse. Yoko comments on him being like a young Kamina and it fits… because both of their heroic quests are founded on deception.

Anyway, enough heady analysis, let’s talk about narrowly-dodged butt rape!

sotyfan16 wondered why I didn’t comment about how Simon and Viral’s new alliance started last episode. It honestly seems like too big of a jump for the evil cat man to join forces with these knuckleheads and help pilot Gurren Lagann, even if they’re united by a common threat. But, then again… if Viral saved Simon from getting sexually assaulted last episode (c’mon, you know that’s what the chicken man wanted to do) I suppose that makes up for everything. It’s like how Ving Rhames is suddenly pals with Bruce Willis in PULP FICTION right after he takes down the gimp.

Anyway, watch this episode, “You Must Survive” below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.  

  

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &   UNIMAGINABLE .Order them on Amazon   here & here .

Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20
The teamwork makes sense next episode. Ah, episode 22. In which Chuck Norris is put to so much shame that he takes up knitting.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Staff
@SamJaz: You keep building it up. I don't know if my expectations will be reasonable, now.
Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Tom_Pinchuk: Shit, I do that a lot. Sorry, I'll stop now.
Still, I remain confident that you will be impressed.
Post by CapeBarnes (509 posts) See mini bio Level 18
As much as I love this episode, which shows Yoko's development as a character, I wish her flashback didn't interrupt the cliffhanger. I'm just saying that the fb itself could have been placed in another episode. 
What do you think about that? 
Oh, and got it bad, got it bad, got it bad! I'm Hot for Teacher! Lol, I love that song.
Post by Lurkero (418 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@Tom_Pinchuk: 
Don't worry, if episode 22 doesn't get you I think the ending is satisfying enough to make the journey worthwhile.
 
I didn't pay too much to the allegories and similarities that Gurren had with other media. I just watched the show and had fun.
Post by Kelleth (7,798 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Moderator
@SamJaz:  A yes i remembered it well, i was there when he first saw that one. He asked the lady next to me if he could have her tutu and left the building. preforming the swan lake while crying. poor Chuck got owned that day, He'll never be the same again.
Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Kelleth: I think he handed me his hat on the way out actually. I'm not sure, he was truly a broken shell of a man.
Post by Kelleth (7,798 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Moderator
@SamJaz:  A yes that dark brown leather one, that was an awesome one.
Post by Kelleth (7,798 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Moderator
@SamJaz:  Actually 22 was the reason for this to happened: 
Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Kelleth: So THAT's where it went. I was wondering why he didn't ask for it back once he got back into his jeans. Obama used Spiral Power to steal the hat I stole from Chuck Norris.
Probs saved me a beating in the long run though.
Post by kashif1 (1,813 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @SamJaz: You keep building it up. I don't know if my expectations will be reasonable, now. "
i have no clue what you're expectations are but i had the ending spoiled for me and i still was amazed
Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@kashif1: Same here actually, both for the series and the movie. ESPECIALLY the movie.
Post by Kelleth (7,798 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Moderator
@SamJaz:  You're the lucky one, i still have his cowboy boots.
Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Kelleth: Don't panic. He's called WALKER: Texas Ranger for a reason.
Post by Kelleth (7,798 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Moderator
@SamJaz:  At least my deal with Segata keeps me save for the moment...
Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Kelleth: Get a Boltgun. They won't be available for public use until 40,000 AD, but it'll keep even a rehabilitated Chuck Norris away.
Post by mediaright (75 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Yoko's flashback is a nice break, and I love how the story gets you right back into things at the end. You cover a lot of ground in those last 5-7 minutes.
Post by djqj (9 posts) See mini bio Level 11

Don't know if this is a spoiler but just in case.


Post by vergilius (147 posts) See mini bio Level 13
If you think about why Viral was thrown in prison in the first place, it sort of makes sense that he would become friends with Simon.  Pay close attention to Viral in episode 26 (yes, I realize it's still a ways off); I think it's especially interesting thematically.
Top Editors
Top Posters
SamJaz
45 posts
sotyfan16
39 posts
Kelleth
28 posts
cfatalis
26 posts
John_Martone
26 posts
No_name_here
24 posts
gia
24 posts
mediaright
22 posts
zaldar
22 posts
Niko
21 posts
Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel