Ha! I suppose my early conclusion about this show not being “toyetic” was both premature and unfounded, because the new mega-Gurren that gets formed in this episode just SCREAMS “deluxe box set.” Sorry to harp on that. All those scandalously over-priced Zord sets I begged my folks to get me for Christmas ’92 left an impression that even 18 year’s passing can’t shake off. I do think it’s amusing that a new, more powerful mecha’s created whenever Simon drills into something. There’s something profoundly… sexual about that, and I suppose it has been a long time since we had us some saucy innuendos in this show.
Perhaps it’s a sign I’m “in too deep” (that's what she said!) that my first thought upon seeing Yoko pilot a Gun Man in this episode is, “Hey… she’s never done that before!” It was, indeed, weird to see this chick-with-the-bouncy-boobs-and-the-50-cal hopping into her own armor of war. It took her long enough, right? I bet piloting one wasn't as cool as she thought it was going to be, though.
Leeron finally gets a chance to be a little introspective, here, reflecting on how spiral power might’ve awakened his own mechanical prowess. You know, I’ve never actually commented on this guy over the course of these nearly two-dozen episodes. He’s pretty much been GURREN LAGANN’s de facto source of exposition. He’s also, let’s be honest, been the de facto threat to Kamina’s brand of manliness. The voice actor in this dub's playing him as flamboyantly as he possibly can. I don’t know - - I’m not especially PC. Have any of you found his portrayal stereotypical?
I don’t remember which one of you pointed this out, but the new catch phrase for this show has definitely become, “YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THE HELL I AM!!!” They're just shrieking it. I suppose that’s a bit more assertive than “I mustn’t run away…” Although, I don’t know if either are really proper slogans for a bumper sticker. Would you use that one sentence to represent yourself to the world?
Anyway, watch this episode "That is My Last Duty" below and reach your own conclusions, then read my comments on the previous episode here.