Gurren Lagann is all about the "manliness." In other words, the series
is a big homage to old-school action and sci-fi titles. The best thing
about this series is that it knows that it is a homage and proves it by
throwing in whatever cliche you can think of from older anime titles.
You have walking fan service with guns in the form of Yoko, a reckless
guy who fears nothing while throwing logic out the window in the form
of Kamina, and the young timid boy who rises to become a powerful
fighter and leader in the form of Simon. And that's just a small
sampling of the cast. Other notable cliches you will witness in the
series are the potential love interests, gaining the power within
yourself to beat your foes, and reckless courage beating over the
brains and superior abilities of the enemies. You'll find yourself
admiring the slick animation and mecha designs as well as the utter
silliness of the character's antics on and off the battlefield against
But, Gurren Lagann isn't just a homage of cliches.
It also has a plot and characters who have depth and development. In
Simon and humanity's struggle to live life freely on the surface, we
get a good sense of who the characters are, what they believe in, and
how they develop throughout the series. The enemies are also more than
just your standard baddy out to rule the world for no reason. They have
their own beliefs when it comes to defending the Earth and the
universe, even if it doesn't seem just from the viewpoint of Team
Gurren. In the time skip that comes around for the show's second half,
you get to see the personal growth of the characters from their
Even with the utter silliness of the plot, Gurren
Lagann also has its serious moments in the plot department. Surprising
plot twists come along which will amaze and potentially shock you. Even
with action and comedy, the series doesn't hold back on pushing along
surprising elements of plot that test the resolve of the characters,
some of it even being on the tragic side.
With so much mixed
into Gurren Lagann, the series makes for a fun and addicting watch.
It's been four years since I got seriously excited over watching a
Gainax title since seeing FLCL and Kare Kano. Thanks to Gurren Lagann, Gainax has wowed me once again with their talents.