November 19, 2011
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
The show is broken into two pieces (young Simon and older Simon). The arc with young Simon focuses on the conflict with the Spiral King and taking the fight from underground to the Earth's surface. The second arc is focused on older Simon and the fight against the anti-spiral race. The second arc also has more of a space/interstellar/galactic motif behind it while the first arc is less technologically developed. Having this break in time through the series was interesting and well done. Too many times I pick up a series and find that there is no ending. This provided the longevity in the story without making me have to sit through 100 episodes.
There were a number of redeeming qualities in this anime aside from the story. Character development was a huge component. There was evolution in the character's personalities from arc 1 to arc 2. This dynamic aspect kept the show fresh and wondering what was going to happen next. The animation contained a good contrast between raw and clean design. There were many instances where the images were very unrefined and contained an appearance much like what you would see in Getter Robo Armageddon or Afro Samurai. The cleaner animation styles represented such shows as Yu-Gi-Oh! or Eureka Seven. The contrast helped in conveying tone and mood while watching. The music selected also helped to provide some context into the tone and mood.
Overall, this was a great show.I don't often give 10/10 ratings, but Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann earned it. For those who want some elements of action, adventure, romance, commedy, and lots of robots, Gurren Lagann has it all. At 27 episodes the show is not excessively long, but is able to provide some closure to the story as it ends.