Review: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Review Image


Other Names:
Mecha, Action, SciFi
Anime (TV)

Intro: When you watch anime, you look forward to perhaps a good story, plot holes covered up, abstract and interesting ideas...but Gurren Lagann (TTGL for short) takes those expectations and curb stomps it.

Story: Humans have been living underground for as long as they can remember, trapped by a cieling that seperates them from the surface. People fear great tragedy will come from breaking the roof of their underground village except one man: Kamina who dreams of going to the surface. One day disaster strikes the village, breaking the roof that everyone feared that it might break, showing a bright surface and with it a Gunmen attacking their village. Now Kamina and Simon enter the surface world, and the human's struggle to fight the Beastmen, who have taken over the surface world.

Characters and the Voices:
Kamina: The man who shines more fiercely than the sun, a man who is the aura of manliness himself, the mighty character himself: Kamina. voiced by Konishi Katsuyuki who has also voiced Oga from Beelzebub, Haji from Blood+. English dub done by Kyle Herbet who is also Kiba from Naruto, Ryuuji from Ao No Exorcist and Gohan from Dragon Ball Z.
Simon: Simon is a shy guy, and seemingly weak also. However, he truly becomes his own throughout the show. Voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara who is also Shin from Amnesia and Natsu from Fairy Tail. English dub by Yuri Lowenthal who is also Sasuke from Naruto.
Yoko Littner: Despite being fan service, she appears to be the more mature and arguing with Kamina at how his decisions are irrational. Voiced by Marina Inoue who is also Yozora from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Tohka from Date Alive and Armin from Shingeki no Kyojin. English dub by Michelle Ruff who is also Rukia from Bleach,Chii from Chobits, and Anri from Durarara

When it comes to Sub or Dub, in my opinion the dub is some of the most well done dubs I've heard. Sub however, puts more rage and passion into their voices, as usual. Even though I slightly prefer the sub, the dub is something I definantly dont mind watching at all. So give the dub a try if you can, maybe compare it to the Japanese voices.

Music: The overall opening song, Sorairo days, really grows on you as it is the opening song for the whole show. It's catchy, uplifting and enjoying after a while. The overall OST has some Great tracks, and some average tracks. The OST has orchestral pieces, a few soft and sweet tunes, the must have epic tracks, some jazz and a notable rap song that you'll see, and some rock tracks and added electronic elements. The overall OST is seperate into 2 volumes too.

TTGL OST Vol.1: 1,5,6,7,10,12,24
TTGL OST Vol.2: 4,8,15,22,24,

Artwork: The artwork is mostly very thorough in the show. The overall quality is consistent and when an EPIC action scene comes up, they ramp up the animation very well. The only issue with the animation is in Episode 4....I'll let you guys find out. Overall though, animation is great except Episode 4.

Final Comments: TTGL pulls off the DeusExMachina, and mulitplies it by who knows how much. Sure, the show goes overboard, but I find that to be the whole charm of the show. What can hinder the show is a person's opinion and perspective of the epicness and lovable cheesiness the show presents. I for one, love the show, its' crazy writing and DeusEXMachina plotwriting and taking it to the max, in a fun, stupid way that is memorable and effective.

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