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Simon (Shimon in Japanese) is a shy young man who pilots the titular mecha of the series. He eventually becomes the leader of the Dai Gurren-dan, and eventually the most powerful warrior in the Gurren-verse.
Born in an underground village, Simon lost his parents when he was very young to an earthquake, the greatest terror to those living under ground. After that he made a family member out of Kamina, who became something of an older brother to Simon and pushed him to take on new adventures. Eventually Simon heads to the surface world with Kamina and the Lagann, a small mech (known as a ganmen) that he found while digging. The two quickly learn that the humans living on the surface are in the midst of a war with the beastmen, and go on a crusade against the beastmen to free the humans.
The character Simon was created for the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime series that was produced by Gainax, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, and it originally began airing on April 1, 2007. He and the rest of the cast were designed by Atsushi Nishigori, and the series writer is Kazuki Nakashima.
Simon first appeared in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Episode 1 "Penetrate the Heavens with Your Drill", and became one of the most reoccurring male roles of the series and one of its more popular characters. He was voiced by the Japanese voice actor Tetsuya Kakihara, and the U.S. dub work produced by Bandai Entertainment is done by Yuri Lowenthal.
7 years ago, he's a short, young lad who has black eyes and short, unrefined, black hair. He wears a red goggle with yellow lens which he keeps on his forehead. He wears a blue jacket with red collar top and a red sleeve line that runs from his shoulder to his wrist. He wears no shirt underneath his jacket. Like Kamina, he wears a sarashi for his waist. Following his sarashi, he wears short pants with a black belt and silver buckle. Lastly, he wears a Core Drill as a necklace.
After the Beast War Era, Simon has changed in the 7 year time skip. He has grown to be more like Kamina, dressing in flamboyant clothing for battles. In his regular street attire, he wears a blue cloak with a yellow and red rectangular design on the inner layer for the chest area and a yellow pattern on the shoulder area. He wears a red sash for his waist, a white collar shirt underneath his blue cloak, and white pants. He still wears his core drill. His battle outfit comprises of a black cloak with a dual red strip running from his shoulder to his wrist. The cloak has a red star on the chest area and a red collar. He wears a red bandana on his left arm. He wears no shirt underneath his cloak while he sports a thick, black collar with a zipper, and a thick, black waist band. He wears two white belts. Like Kamina, he sports sun glasses. His sun glasses is a red star.
Unlike his flamboyant and charismatic "bro," Simon is generally a quiet young man, perhaps in part due to being overshadowed by Kamina. He initially lacks self-confidence, occasionally leading to difficulty in piloting the Lagann. After Kamina's death he spends several days wallowing in remorse and obsessing over what happened, but eventually grows out of this funk and becomes a more confident, capable leader. As an adult, Simon has the confidence he often lacked as a youth, but is occasionally too trusting and willing to place his friends in government where they have no actual ability. He can also be too reckless (although not nearly as much as Kamina), but his recklessness is often outweighed by his sheer determination.
In the middle of this journey, Kamina is killed in battle, and Simon spends a significant chunk of time withdrawn from the rest of the Dai Gurren-dan, the army that he and Kamina created. He eventually returns from inside his shell, particularly after he meets Nia, the discarded daughter of the Spiral King. After he and the Dai Gurren-dan defeat the Spiral King, the humans begin establishing cities above ground with remarkable speed, and Simon becomes the Supreme Commander of the human race. However, a new force known as the Anti-Spirals appears, and Simon is called upon once again to save the human race. After the defeat of the Anti-Spiral at the hands of Simon and the surviving members of the Dai Gurren-dan, he returns to Earth to marry Nia. However, she gives in to her Anti-Spiral programming and dies. After this, Simon decides that he will let the new Government, led by Rossiu, protect the planet, as he lives the rest of his days travelling the earth with Boota.
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Simon becomes the most powerful character in the Gurren Lagann multiverse, by the end of the series. When Simon is driven to give his best during combat, his spiral power increases exponentially in an instant, while increasing the power of his mecha and his allies at the same time, something that was initially inspired by Kamina. By the end of the second film, Simon's spiral power is implied to be infinite. He can also create matter out of nothing, as he occasionally uses his spiral energy (created from his will alone) to create new and exponentially larger versions of his Gurren Lagann mecha later in the series, by which point he creates weapons larger than most galaxies (or in the second Gurren Lagann film, weapons that are almost the size of a universe). Later in the series, it shows him having powers on a multi-dimensional scale that can distort the spacetime continuum, while the epilogue shows Simon having metaphysical powers and compares him to a 'God', implying that he may have acquired omnipotence.
Early in the series with the Lagann and Gurren Lagann mecha, he can use his drill in various ways, ranging from projectiles and missiles to shields, water screws and various melee applications. Some of these applications include the Lagann Impact which can combine with other machines by piercing them with its drills, the Giga Drill Break which forms a huge amount of spiral energy into an enormous drill or number of drills much bigger than the mecha itself (an ability he also learnt from Kamina), a durable energy shield which can deflect energy blasts even at short range, the ability to wield the sunglasses on the Gurren's chest as a melee weapon, a regenerative function which can restore accumulated damage, and the power to rip open a worm hole in space to travel great distances. Simon is the only character who uses the Giga Drill Break and lives, any other character in the series performs the move in self-sacrifice or near death. Later in the series, with the Arc-Gurren Lagann and Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann mecha, he has the ability to rip the fabric of space-time itself through sheer brute force, and sports an enormous array of missiles, beam weapons and shielding capabilities. The Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann can transverse to other dimensions and universes, has the manufacturing capabilities to create hundreds of Arc-Gurren Lagann sized mecha in a small period of time, is capable of both deflecting and destroying objects on a planetary scale with ease, and is equipped with thousands of cannons that appear from the threads of the mecha's drills, each capable of shooting a beam straight through the time-space continuum, used for hitting targets regardless of their locality and temporality in the multiverse, being able to hit targets in the past, present and future.
In the final episode, Simon combines his own spiral energy with that of his comrades to create the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which is more than a hundred times larger than the Milky Way galaxy. The actual limit of the mecha's abilities is immeasurable, as it gains an infinite amount of power depending on the pilots' will to win; it fights the Anti-Spiral (a being depicted as omniscient and omnipresent on a multiversal scale) at forces powerful enough to create and destroy entire universes, being able to absorb the Anti-Spiral's Infinity Big Bang Storm (more powerful than the Big Bang which creates universes). The battle was so intense that it was shown to rip holes through various dimensions, showing that the power of each was on a God-like scale, furthered by the fact that they can alter the fundamental laws of reality, such as altering probability and creating matter larger than most galaxies out of thin air. According to the creators, Tengen Toppa also has the ability to create an entire Super Spiral Space universe within itself, allowing recognition to become reality. The epilogue also shows that Simon alone has the metaphysical ability to extend anyone's life and revive everyone back from the dead, but he refuses to do so in order to avoid a possible 'Spiral Nemesis'. In the epilogue, Yoko explains to Gimmy that he should stop viewing Simon as a 'God', implying that Simon may be omnipotent.
More powers and abilities are shown in the film Gurren Lagann: Spiral Stone Chapter. It shows Simon escaping from and absorbing the Multiverse Labyrinth of "infinite possibilities" created by the Anti-Spiral; Simon combines it with his own spiral energy and that of his comrades to create the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. After absorbing the Infinity Big Bang Storm, he combines that energy with his own spiral energy (and that of his comrades) to create the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which purely consists of spiral energy in the form of a faceless entity resembling both Simon and Kamina, and it is more than a hundred times larger than its preceding form. Its powerful Super Tengen Toppa Giga Drill Breaker is almost the size of a universe; when it collided with a similar and equal attack from the Anti-Spiral, it caused the entire universe the fight was held in to collapse on itself as a side-effect caused by the ripples from their drills. Following the defeat of the Super Tengen Toppa at the hands of the Anti-Spiral, Simon's spiral power is further emphasized, showing him surpassing the power level that the Super Tengen Toppa was previously at using only the smallest and weakest form of the Gurren Lagann, and then matching that same power level without any mecha at all. After the Anti-Spiral shatters the Super Tengen Toppa's Giga Drill, the latter is forced to downgrade to the smallest form of the Gurren Lagann; despite the infinitesimally smaller mecha, Simon manages to summon enough spiral power to destroy the Anti-Spiral's Giga Drill. In the end, the Anti-Spiral is defeated by Simon alone, without any mecha; Simon engages the Anti-Spiral in a fist fight, and he uses some of his own blood to create a drill powerful enough to defeat the Anti-Spiral.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Gurren Gakuen-Hen
In the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Gurren Gakuen Hen spin-off, the characters of Gurren Lagann are recast as high school students. Simon is an orphan attending the unusual Gurren High School with his childhood friends, Yoko and Kamina. Yoko is very protective of him, while Kamina tries to drag him into his various adventures, which usually involve fighting.
One day at school, Simon meets Nia Teppelin, who actually falls on top of him prior to falling for him. Chasing her is Viral, who swears that he'll take her back from Simon. Nia insists that Simon "gattai" (performs a union) with her to power-up and defend her from Viral, which, oddly enough, actually works. Simon then learns that Nia is something of a "princess," the daughter of the principal of Teppelin High School. She claims to have a husband-wife type relationship with Simon.
Gurren Lagann The Movie 2: The Lights In The Sky Are Stars
The second movie retelling of the Gurren Lagann story.
Gurren Lagann the Movie: Childhood's End
A retelling of the first half of Gurren Lagann's story.