Gurren Lagann User Reviews

Gurren Lagann is an anime series in the Gurren Lagann franchise
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Mecha Homages and Manliness Hook Me to Gurren Lagann Reviewed by Dream on May 21, 2009. Dream has written 117 reviews. His/her last review was for InuYasha, a Feudal Fairy Tale. 279 out of 293 users recommend his reviews. 8 out of 8 users found this review helpful.
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 enemy forces.

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 struggles.

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.
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