Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was Gainax’s most recent anime release in 2007. Modern-day super robot anime, filled the genre with great amounts of optimism, taking what made the genre so popular and reinvigorating it. The outcome was a series that is as relevant today as it was ten years ago.
It all begins with a small tunneler in an underground settlement called Gurren Lagann. When a giant mecha crashes through the village’s roof and a bikini-clad sniper named Yoko arrives, his elder buddy Kamina encourages him to break through to the surface.
There is no longer a large world-spanning civilization; instead, a small group of people in isolated communities live in fear of being attacked at any moment.
It is Kamina’s proactive nature that enables him to capture and rename an enemy mecha known as the Gunmen. This is one of the most iconic sequences in recent memory: Simon helps his comrade in the larger Gurren by uniting his Lagann with it.
Abrasion of the Substratum
Gurren Lagann tells a fantastic story about a group of anthropomorphic monsters. Among the grungy village residents and classmates, we focus on a silent loner with no genuine goals in a world where people are compelled to scratch out a livelihood underground due to the unknown dangers that lurk above.
His job is to search for long-lost relics beneath the earth’s surface as a professional digger. As a result of his noisy “bro” Kamina, a defiant outlaw with cool shades who is hell-bent on leaving the hamlet behind and exploring the wonderful surface, Simon experiences any thrills in his daily existence.
A drill-shaped key and an enormous robot head are just what Simon needs to get his adrenaline pumping. Simon and Kamina use the newly called “Lagann” machine to battle an even larger robot that falls from the sky after they put two and two together.
Yoko Littner, a red-headed rifle-wielding female who roams the upper lands, is introduced to the lads in the midst of the commotion.
The Source, the Goal, and the Destiny
The group is always on the brink of the future, carving their names into the annals of time. It is only because of Kamina’s unwavering leadership that they are able to stand such a miraculous chance against an opponent who has essentially conquered the entire known world.
It’s a heartwarming story, to be sure, and half the pleasure is seeing Kamina rip into the “ignorance is bliss” theme. If you have no idea what it is, KICK ITS ASS. Get rid of it immediately if it’s pursuing you and snatching your women. Learn and evolve as a human being by letting nothing stand in your way!
Other than what I mentioned in the introduction, there isn’t much else I can say about the plot. I mean, it all begins in a bar, and then spreads to the streets outside. It’s only a matter of time before the blocks start attacking one other, and then the towns, kingdoms, continents, planets, and even universes.
Each new foe is ten times more powerful than the one before it. A metaphysical manifestation of inspiration, drive, purpose, or intention—whatever you want to call it, it’s about overcoming any hurdle, no matter how big or small.
Spiral Power is the world’s energy. Also, I really dig that. A third-party observer is not Gurren Lagann’s preferred method of dealing with fate.
Gurren Lagann Quotes:
1. “Don’t believe in yourself. Believe in me! Believe in the Kamina who believes in you!” – Kamina Jiha
2. “I will face tomorrow.” – Nia Teppelin
3. “The dreams of those who’ve fallen! The hopes of those who’ll follow! Those two sets of dreams weave together into a double helix! Drilling a path towards tomorrow! And that’s Tengen Toppa! That’s Gurren Lagann!” – Simon Giha
4. “The dreams we left behind will open the door!” – Yoko Littner
5. “We’re gonna show you the power of the human race!” – Simon Giha
6. “God gave us eyes at the front of our heads so we can look forward to the future.” – Kamina Jiha
7. “Your drill is the drill that will pierce the Heavens!” – Kamina Jiha
8. “Your back is your one big blind spot.” – Yoko Littner