Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Gurren-hen Review

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At last I finally managed to watch this movie with no regrets. In fact I planned to watch this several months back when it was released, but due to Megavideo and some program getting rid if the annoying limiter being a bitch I had to postpone it, that is, when I had o other choice but to download -sigh-. Anyways here’s my review.

Warning: Contains mild spoilers.

Being a clever compilation, this film simply covers the first half, 13 episodes first arc or whatever of the TV anime series, meaning the film is aimed at fans who’ve already watched the series and new comers too. The movie apparently includes some new footage too, which I do not remember seeing since the last time I watched Gurren Lagann was back in 2007, just when the Anime finished it’s broadcast run. The film heavily focuses on the most epic, violent and dramatic scenes from the story, most likely due to having the newcomers grasp the concept of the plot as one of the main film’s objectives, and just rushes through the middle section of the story while having the “ROW! ROW! FIGHT DA POWER!!” rap song thing playing over.

The main differences between this movie and the TV series is that particularly, Kamina’s death has been emphasized and made more dramatic in the film, the fanservice scene has been skipped over in that fast forward montage, the battles in the film are trimmed and toned down at first but extended in the final battle, the supporting characters weren’t really that much introduced except for the final scene when they all giga drill blast the enemies away and also it seems that Nia’s hair is kept intact for the whole movie.

Shoko Nakagawa returns to sing the ending theme for the film, entitled “Tsuzuku Sekai” which translated in English roughly means “The World Continues”.

Yet again another epic song sung by the legendary Nakagawa-san.

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I knew Shimon had it within him.

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ROW! ROW! SLAP DAH BUTT! No wait-

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You know you ain’t many when you don’t see a rainbow appearing when you pee!

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NOOOOOOOO!!! DON’T GO KAMINA!!!!!! D:

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Shimon just hit the jackpot!

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FUKK YA!

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I wonder how much of the Earth’s resources they used up to build that monstrosity.

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The whole Dai-Gurren Gang, excluding Kamina unfortunately…

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For every 10 people, 3 will ROFL at this screen due to its awkwardness.

Overall a great compilation film by the legendary animation studio Gainax. The animation is well done and is perfectly polished and neat during the action and explosions, as you can actually see what’s going on unlike other action and thriller anime out there. For the die-hard fans of Gurren Lagann this movie is definitely a must watch to fill in their Gurren Lagann cravings and for newcomers can watch it too, as it basically tells the whole story of the 1st arc from start to finish in about 2 hours. Fitting if anyone is intimidated to watch the 26 episode TV anime. Of course, since being a 2 hour movie compared to the 25 minutes x13 length in the TV anime unfortunately some stuff will be left out or otherwise briefly shown in the montage that’s shown half way into the movie. For example the appearance of Rossiu and his underground village and the short battle with Viral at a hot spring. Meaning if someone who hasn’t yet watched the TV anime and want to see more they’d have no choice but to watch the TV series.

OVERALL RATING: 9/10

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Also be sure to watch the movie’s sequel; Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann The Movie: Lagann-hen, where the story will take place seven years into the future after the defeat of the Spiral King!

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