Watch & Learn: Gurren Lagann Episode #1

Topic started by No_name_here on July 7, 2010. Last post by MercuryCrusader 4 years ago.
Post by NegaZurg (13 posts) See mini bio Level 7

The second half of this show is extremely janky.
Post by Catolf (254 posts) See mini bio Level 13
YES SOME GL ACTION!  thats all. XD
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Burntlettuce: @MercuryCrusader:

The mechs are operated through a person's feelings and beliefs (ok it's kinda like Evangelion in that regard). 
 
The characters are not super developed but for this story they don't have to be. I think the most developed characters are Simon, Yoko, and Rossiu and that isn't exactly saying much. You have to think about what the people are doing in this series though. The people, who have been driven underground, are being oppessed. It's always good to see humanity rise up to challenges. The characters take interesing actions when faced with difficulties and they stick together no matter what. This bonding is what makes the characters great. 
 
As for the story, simply look at the recurring theme of the spiral. Humanity coming together and overcoming obstacles. Having goals and creating one's own destiny. Beaching the heavens. Gurren Lagann puts to form what history has told/shown us time and time again. 
 
Gurren Lagann is one-of-a-kind.
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,732 posts) See mini bio Level 20
I honestly think this show is overrated. Its not on par with the classical masterpieces of the mecha genre.  
 
Eva, Gundam, Gunbuster, Getter, Marzinger ect are better. 
 
For more recent stuff even Code Geass is better.  
 
I watched this series last winter, and I must say it got tacky fast. "Believe in me who believes in you!" Ya great, got old FAST. The fights in the latter part of the series are more or less just giant flash's of color, over and over again. I don't like picking apart Gainax's work because Gainax=win, but it felt like I was watching a 10 year old's dream after eating to much sugar rather than an anime. Not only does it exactly follow the formula of believe in yourself and get through the odds, but it makes a point of directly saying this every friggin episode.  And Rossiu really pissed me off, how can you be that stupid? The only good thing I can say is the opening/intro is catchy.
Post by MercuryCrusader (37 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@hitsusatsu11: 
Insert Evangelion joke here. 
 
@sotyfan16:
This kind of character-bonding thing with mecha that you mention goes back as far as Getter Robo. Mankind being oppressed by an overwhelming threat that drives them into hiding (or to run, whatever) can be traced back as far as Zambot 3 and Voltes V rather easily. "Humanity coming together and overcoming obstacles" goes back as far as Mazinger Z.  Characters facing challenges is the most common trope ever.  You have literally never watched another Super Robot show ever judging from that post. 
 
Honestly, the only "unique" thing about Gurren Lagann is that the entire series is a tribute to the Super Robot/mecha genre as a whole.  If you are familiar with the history of the genre, you can point out which episodes and arcs reference defining moments in the genre's history.
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,732 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@MercuryCrusader said:

" @hitsusatsu11: Insert Evangelion joke here.    

 O, you've already made enough of those. 
 
Surely a mecha purist like yourself cannot be in favor of this show? 
Post by MercuryCrusader (37 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@hitsusatsu11:  Gotta get my Eva jokes in when I can. I'm enjoying the new movies, in any case. 
 
As for GL, I like the show, but not because it is this unique snowflake of a show. It's cliche as all hell, but that's the point, the entire show is one giant homage to the Super Robot genre. Asides from that, I wouldn't call the show "amazing' by any stretch.
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,732 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@MercuryCrusader: SR shows of the past had hot blood yes, but GL is hot blooded for the sake of being hot blooded. They overdo it to much, to the point of it not being a homage but a parody. 
Post by MercuryCrusader (37 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@hitsusatsu11: If you think GL went overboard with "hot-bloodedness" then I guess don't watch GaoGaiGar or Xabungle, they'll blow your minds.  Haha.
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,732 posts) See mini bio Level 20

" @MercuryCrusader: SR shows of the past had hot blood yes, but GL is hot blooded for the sake of being hot blooded. They overdo it to much, to the point of it not being a homage but a parody.  "
Post by Ronarin (5 posts) See mini bio Level 6

Okay, I'm not really the best person to go to when Mech is involved, but Gurren Lagann is just great.
  
It looks relatively simple at first, a typical anime about overcoming the odds set in front of you, but then you take a second look and start think it in a completely different way. Can't give too much away, but by watching it again I've realized how amazing it is. At times the show actually seems to give a little nod Gainax's mecha past, and using such things to it's advantage. Gurren Lagann is often called the Anti-Eva but it's not, really. The way I look at it, the two are best watched together in order to truly appreciate them both for what they are.  
 
Just my opinion, though.

Post by MercuryCrusader (37 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@hitsusatsu11:  A Super Robot protagonist doesn't really need a reason to be hot-blooded, and being hot-blooded for the sake of being hot-blooded has been done to death. Kamina is literally every brash, young, hot-blooded Super Robot protagonist from the 1970s ever. It is a generally accepted trope associated with the genre, much like yelling out attack names and having one-dimensional pure evil villains that rule an underground empire.  There's a few reasons to not like GL, but that one is stretching it.
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