Huh. Is “Guren” some mecha-related word in Japanese? You’ve got to give or take an “R,” of course, but I figure there just has to be some connection between Kallen’s big mecha and GURREN LAGANN. I’m sure one of you lunatics has an answer. Enlighten me.
I forgot to comment last time that I noticed some quick additions to the intro’s animation. It isn’t a total overhaul, but there are a couple choice changes that better reflect the ever-evolving status quo. The most noticeable bit, of course, shows Lelouch in Zero garb leading the Black Knights - - and commenting on that has made me realize how quickly the total cast has just exploded. I feel like we’re almost up to BROTHERHOOD levels, only it's about 50 episodes earlier. And I should say that the intro’s grown on me enough that it’s something I’m looking forward to every episode (though I can’t say the same for the outro, I can’t even remember that enough to hum it!) The joyous, exuberant J-pop doesn’t exactly seem to fit the tone of such a daring, politically-charged show but, then again, why not? I’d rather have that any of the dreariness of, say, GUNSLINGER GIRL.
Anyway, as I’ve said before, I’ve been digging the battle tactics and strategy to be found in this show’s mecha action. The Brittanians’ counter offensive/ambush, Kallen using the environment against the enemy… it’s a lot more engaging to watch then the usual “bad guys shoot at us, so we shoot back” dynamic we usually wee. I also like how something of an arms race is developing with the mechs here. How the Black Knight's have scavenged, old suits while the Brittanians have those new, shinny purple ones; how the Lancelot has advantages of speed and maneuverability while the Guren Nightmare's got pure destructive power. It's a more interesting approach to creating a more clearly-defined playing field without resorting to boring RPG stats.
Watch this episode "Guren Dances" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.