Watch & Learn: Gurren Lagann #5

Topic started by No_name_here on July 17, 2010. Last post by sotyfan16 4 years ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  Ha ha... and they made her dress in a potato sack-sized snuggie.
 Ha ha... and they made her dress in a potato sack-sized snuggie.

Now, this is more like it.

The title of this episode is “I Don't Get It, Not One Bit!” and that’s oddly inappropriate, because that’s exactly what I was saying about the last episode. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one saying that because, according to you Anime Vice lunatics, somebody at Gainax even got fired because of that episode. This episode, however, we’ve got Team Gurren Lagann encountering some kind of repressed, Gunmen-worshiping cult underground and it’s a lot easier to follow. Hell, with the low-level political intrigue of the priest actually being a manipulative leader and his son experiencing the double-whammy of doubt for his father’s leadership and this Gunman religion… it actually felt like a syndicated sci-fi TV show! Which is why Team Gurren Lagann’s bullheaded reactions to everything cracked me up like an egg shell - - it was almost like they were spoofing syndication clichés!

A specific example - - the Team GL knuckleheads are having a meal with these underground dwellers and Rossiu introduces the two inquisitive kids, about to detail the tragic story of how they’re spoiled because their orphans and...

Kamina just cuts him off! “Whatever! Who cares about any of that?”

And then they all move on. I could just see one of the shows in the type I mentioned going into some whole sub-plot about them, and GL just pushes it aside because it really isn’t that interesting. I hate to keep drawing comparisons, but Kamina's interactions with the Rossiu and the priest gave me some serious shades of how legendary macho dumbass badass, Ash, acted in ARMY OF DARKNESS. A bullheaded idiot who succeeds... really, despite logic. 

Oh, and to answer the question raised in this episode, I’m going to say that the Gunmen are just getting weaker. These knuckleheads don’t have enough of a clue to get better, and, well I’ve talked about how these beastmen are too goofy to be taken seriously as threats.  Also, to answer Count Zero... while "The Impossible Dream" might fit this show lyrically, I think this song fits the show better as a theme.

Watch this episode, "I Don't Get It, Not One Bit!" below and here, and read my comments on the previous episode here. 

  

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Pre-order the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover now on Amazon.com.

Post by SamJaz (11,781 posts) See mini bio Level 19
Once the reveal comes, you realise that it's really, really not the Ganmen getting weaker.
This anime really does deconstruct and rebuild hotblooded mecha anime.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Oh Tom...Don't be fooled by the weak beastmen and their Gunmen. You're only 5 eps in so there has to be something else out there, no? I never really cared for Rossiu through the whole series.

 
I didn't like the priest either, or how the village lived and  refused to go to the surface. I mean, what's not to like? At least there you could get fresh food, fresh air, and natural light.
Post by Garnet (3 posts) See mini bio Level 2
 I mean, what's not to like? At least there you could get fresh food, fresh air, and natural light.  
 
Don't forget the chance to be smushed into paste by wandering monsters in giant robots!
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Garnet:
That's when Team Gurren shows up in all its badassery!
Post by zaldar (1,237 posts) See mini bio Level 15
So no one caught the planet of the apes vibe from this one?  Yes it was one of the later not so good movies (where they were worshiping a nuclear bomb and it got set off destroying the planet) but I thought given this audience that would be rather obvious..  Anyway yes this is definitly a deconstruction though not as good a one as eva IMHO.  ((and the story of the orphans can certainly be interesting....the new BSG did that kind of thing very well))
Post by Garnet (3 posts) See mini bio Level 2
You're actually thinking of just the second movie, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and there's really nothing in the way of similarities between it and TTGL.  The bomb in  Beneath is an object of worship, yes, but the psychic mutants worshipping it know exactly what it's capable of and are entirely willing to detonate it; the humans in Adai Village have no idea what a ganmen is, and the only reason the 'face god' is ever used is to protect Team Gurren. 
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@zaldar:  I caught more of a POTA vibe from the chimp with the assless chaps. 
 
ESCAPE and CONQUEST are the best Apes sequels, in my opinion.
Post by OnlyWonderBoy (16 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@sotyfan16 said:
"never really cared for Rossiu through the whole series."
Oh God, after the jump especially, man did I hate him.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@OnlyWonderBoy:
So far the only character voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch that I don't like.
Post by daotherkenji (48 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@sotyfan16:  I liked how he was the only logical character on the show. I mean nobody else used their brain much.
Post by Catolf (254 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@OnlyWonderBoy said:
" @sotyfan16 said:
"never really cared for Rossiu through the whole series."
Oh God, after the jump especially, man did I hate him. "
As much as I want to agree:
 
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Catolf:
I really thought for a bit that there was going to be an ursurption. Yeah Rossiu had his people but he also left plenty behind and continually runs away and doesn't believe in Spiral Power.
Post by SamJaz (11,781 posts) See mini bio Level 19
@sotyfan16: Spiral Power is the power to turn badassery into solid matter/energy. It's not exactly easy to believe in.

Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@SamJaz:
And we know just how much of a believer Rossiu is. 
 
This is off topic but it came to mind...Can you believe how old everyone looked at the end? I mean, Rossiu and Simon looked older than Yoko and that's sad since only 20 years passed.
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