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Gurren Lagann: Before and After the Movies

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There you have it. team lo-fi traveled to downtown San Francisco for the double feature of Gurren Lagann: Childhood's End and Gurren Lagann: The Lights in the Sky are Stars. Now, unlike Gia I hadn't seen the first one yet, so I thought quick bits before and after the movie were necessary. While there we met Dan. Dan is your new leader.
 
 Long trip is long
 Long trip is long
While he deserves to have statues built to how awesomely otaku he is, Dan is in fact the man, and you need to know it. Dan traveled all the way from western Massachusetts to San Francisco just to see this movie. I don't use the word "just" lightly. He skipped classes, packed a bag, and flew almost 3,000 miles (6k both ways) just to see this movie, by himself. But he wasn't by himself, he had us.
 
That dude is amazing. For whatever reason I immediately became his fanboy and had to make sure everybody knew that his fandom for the series far, far, far outstretched theirs. OMG though, the movies... if someone doesn't start distributing the movie in the US I am totally gonna start spoiling things.
 
Drillin_danon Nov. 18, 2009 at 9:36 p.m.
Seeing myself in an internet video is an odd feeling. Pretty cool though haha. I made it back to Mass alive, but boy do I wish I could see that movie again.
 
It was a blast watching both movies with you guys!
Daniel_Newton moderator on Nov. 19, 2009 at 6:41 a.m.
Wow that good eh? Now I REALLY need to watch Gurren Lagaan. I WILL get to it, but I'm currently watching Clannad After Story and loving it so I'll finish that first.
giaon Nov. 19, 2009 at 7:35 a.m.
@Drillin_dan: I only wish we could have given you better audio. Damn me for not bringing the microphone!
 
@Newten: You could always start watching Gurren Lagann with us. It's only 20-25 minutes a day! :)
Daniel_Newton moderator on Nov. 19, 2009 at 7:45 a.m.
@gia: I would but I live in the UK so the videos aren't working for me. Don't worry I'll get round to it myself soon enough. I've been interested for ages anyway.
giaon Nov. 19, 2009 at 8:41 a.m.
@Newten: Gaahhhhh! I hate country borders. I really feel bad that so many of these things aren't more accessible, but there's really nothing we can do about it. :(
John_Martoneon Nov. 19, 2009 at 8:57 a.m.
@Newten: I just hope we haven't built it up so much it disappoints. The show really is great, as it feeds this undeniable enthusiasm in the face of what is plausible or possible. Their inability to give up, and continued success in the face of terrible situations just makes you feel exhilarated. The movie, however, is totally not the place to start.
 
While I feel the first one did a great job of polishing edges and bumping though more directorial shots/themes, but like with the second movie (especially with the second movie) without the frame work for what actually happened, any amount of "bigger" or "better" might just be seen as excessive.
 
Unrelated to that note: How is Clannad After Story? I just picked up the sub DVD that Sentai Filmworks picked up, but I haven't seen it yet. I've heard its sad, is it sad?
 
@Drillin_dan: DANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
ethan staff on Nov. 19, 2009 at 9:07 a.m.
John is a weird dude.
Zeouterlimitson Nov. 19, 2009 at 10:16 a.m.
God I can't wait to eventually see the second movie.
Drillin_danon Nov. 19, 2009 at 11:34 a.m.
your praise honors me good sir :)
Daniel_Newton moderator on Nov. 19, 2009 at 11:55 a.m.
@gia: Don't worry I know it's not your guys fault. There are ways around the problem and other ways to watch Gurren Lagaan, so no worries. I'm sure there are plenty of users enjoying the hulu videos :) Of course it would be really awesome if Anime Vice could host anime itself, but I'm sure that's more trouble than it's worth, especially with sites like crunchyroll around already... right?

@John_Martone: Oh no I have no intention of starting with the movies, I'm actually pretty fussy with anime and, well tv shows and anything else, I always start from the beginning. And I'm sure I won't be dissapointed when I start watching it :)
 
After Story picks up where Clannad left off, so if you liked Clannad it is pretty much more of that. I haven't got that far into it, I'm on episode 4 now, there are sad parts, just like there were in the first series, but I definitely haven't been dissapointed so far! I'm loving it ^^ Watch it :D
giaon Nov. 19, 2009 at 1:35 p.m.
@Newten: The idea of us hosting a show isn't impossible, but even ANN has had some trouble with their efforts on that point, so I wouldn't expect it any time soon. If we did, I'd probably force it to be some oldschool (or at least older-school) classic.
 
I would LOVE. LOVE. LOVE! to host Captain Tylor as a daily thing. Man, that show is great.
S3N4HU3on Nov. 20, 2009 at 1:37 a.m.
GAAAAH i wish i could have gone, but theres  no way i could have made it in time to see it. -_- i hope it was as awesome as i imagined
Nerxon Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:19 a.m.
where exactly is it , l plan to go there as i live nearby
John_Martoneon Nov. 20, 2009 at 9:38 a.m.
@Nerx: Bad news bears, it was only this tuesday and this wednesday. Weird for a North America premiere of what is subjectively a big deal (since the license isn't held by anyone) to come out with minimal wave, and only on a tuesday and wednesday.
 
Not to get on the Viz Pictures movie schedule, but they totally could have skipped a saturday and sunday showing of Sad Vacation. The so-so looking live action that they're doing for like, 2 1/2 weeks.
Black_Roseon Nov. 20, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.
While I love Gurren Lagann I really don't think I want to watch the movies.They probably won't be as bad as Evangelion: Death & Rebirth, but it's still the same story I already know. 
Nerxon Nov. 20, 2009 at 12:27 p.m.
@John_Martone:  d'aww man...
Drillin_danon Nov. 20, 2009 at 2:56 p.m.
@Black_Rose: I  urge you to reconsider, the first movie is certainly mostly old material, but new stuff is fantastic. As for the second movie more than half of it is brand new and if you love Gurren Lagann then that new stuff will make you very, very happy!
Nikoon Nov. 20, 2009 at 9:09 p.m.
So when's the naked scuba napping going to get put up?
Void_Wizardon Nov. 22, 2009 at 10:29 a.m.
I wish I could have seen the movies...

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