I’ve mentioned before that GURREN LAGANN sounds Malay to me, so my mind’s already on that track. Three episodes in, now, and I can’t help but feel a Southeast Asian vibe in everything from this show’s warm color scheme to its fisheye- lens frames to its outfits (especially Kamina's shades.) Everybody seems like they’re dressed for humidity, not just desert heat. Anybody else getting this vibe? I lived in Singapore for a decade, so maybe I’m predisposed to make associations like this. Either way, I still want to reach for a cup of cold Boba Tea when I’m watching this.
Huh… I like how GURREN LAGANN forms so inelegantly. That’s one of the best gags so far. Instead of some graceful ballet of interlocking parts, you’ve got Kamina jamming Simon’s gunman into the top of his, which gives me serious déjà vu. See, that was the same way I’d form Megazords out of my POWER RANGERS toys when I wouldn’t bother reading the instructions. If the parts aren’t going to lock into place, than you jam 'em together! The bigger gag is that it shouldn’t work - - these knuckleheads shouldn't win - - but, to everybody's bafflement, they prevail so triumphantly against the blond CASTLEVANIA-looking dude.
Speaking of the blond CASTLEVANIA-looking dude... if he isn’t human, then just what is he supposed to be? A cat-man? I thought it was funny that everybody kept ragging on Simon for being a coward, yet Kamina kept getting his ass handed to him by this guy (and in graceful slo-mo, no less!) And I get the feeling that the two bros will have to be less worried about beastmen attacks than aggressive passes from their mechanic on their desert journey. And things are only just getting started, now...
Watch this episode "Who Do You Think You Are, Having Two Faces!?" below and read my comments about the previous episode here.