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At a Glance: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Updated on May 8, 2017

The anime that will pierce the heavens begins in a world where humans live underground. Above ground, evil beings called Beastmen that prey on humans come out, so humans have developed civilizations beneath the surface. Villages are isolated and don't contact each other or the surface. But obviously, that all changes when meek little Simon and his brash, delinquent older brother figure Kamina discover buried, forgotten technology that becomes their key to a new life outside the confines of their underground village. They learn how to use the relic mechs they found to defeat Beastmen, making it safe for humans on the surface. Of course it's not all simple, as they're constantly struggling against someone. But their fighting spirit and "Team Gurren" attitude always seem to give them a winning edge.

Source
Title:
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Studio:
Gainax
Episodes:
27
Year:
2007
Genres:
Comedy-Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Additional Material:
Manga, Light Novels, DS Game, 2 Films

Review

This anime is ridiculous and over-the-top. It's meant to be, it's comedic. I feel like critics give comedy a hard time, but this show is really worth watching. Each episode is a good time. There are serious moments, and you do feel empathy for the characters. You think it's going to be all slapstick and boobs, but the deeper message behind this story is one of courage and positivity. Kamina represents optimism, and optimism is the reason for his success. Kamina is supposed to be an inspiration for the audience, just like he is to Simon, and it's hard not to catch his exuberance. The people in Gurren Lagann live in a grim reality, where basic survival is a struggle. The message the show is giving us is, that's when and where humans need an optimistic, can-do attitude the most.

Rating for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: 8/10

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