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Gurren Lagann – An Introduction

Gurren Lagann (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in Japan) is an anime series which combines sci-fi adventure with action, mecha, self-discovery and space opera.

Besides that, it also throws in a healthy dose of brotherhood, fantastic style and a few galaxies worth of awesomely epicness.

In other words, this is quite possibly the best anime series ever made and a testament to the modern era of media, as well as to the skill of the Japanese, both in storytelling and animation. I have watched the whole series repeatedly and it pulls you in each and every time.

One of the things I love most about the series is its sense of style. It knows the look and feel it wants and it goes for it without restraint. It has spectacular action with vivid animation, all carried out with fantastic characters who undergo great growth and change.

Besides that, Gurren Lagann is one of the very few shows which repeatedly leaves me feeling good after watching an episode. With most television, I finish an episode feeling fairly neutral, ‘what’s on next?’, or perhaps confused or disappointed. There is little television that leaves the viewer feeling good, about the last half-hour and about themselves. You could call it uplifting. Not every episode is like this, as some are more tragic, but many are.

Truthfully, Gurren Lagann is a boy’s anime, plain and simple. It has several strong, likable female characters, but this show runs on testosterone and little else. I am not saying that women can’t enjoy this series, but it is certainly not within the usual range of feminine media.

There is so much to say about this series that I could easily write thousands of words just reviewing it, without even really getting into the core parts of it. It has a great portrayal of men, masculinity and brotherhood which I find continually enchanting and heartening, but it does this in so many different ways that there is just too much to say in a single post.

So, over the next week I will post a series of pieces exploring the different parts of Gurren Lagann which I believe make it a great piece of media. I will begin tomorrow with a piece looking at the incredible emotion which the show and its characters carry.

Until then, maybe take the chance to watch some clips of the show.

Now that the series is complete, here are the links:

Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

  1. Taliesin
    December 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

    A very good show, it show a real brother hod which is never seen in western media, you get all this girl power, but what about guy power. Where are the Mecha driving, testosterone fueled, epic Spartans!?! I wan Spartans driving testosterone fueled Mecha!!!

  1. December 11, 2009 at 8:20 am

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