Name: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Gurren Lagann)
MAL Score: 8.72/10
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shonen
No Spoilers at All
Where do I begin with this anime? This anime in all honesty is the most fun I’ve had in awhile. When I thought the anime couldn’t one up itself it just keeps going and just shoots through the roof and doesn’t stop. The best way I can describe the animes over the top-ness is; “It’s so extreme with their own ideas it will always want to one-up it’s own idea with an even more EXTREME AND EPIC concept”. It takes the common tropes of Mecha/Sci-Fi animes and just parodies it and dials that stuff to 200.
When watching this anime throw out all logic, throw out everything you’ve learnt about life and anime. This anime is best watched with your brain turned off and just enjoy the experience. Enough with praising and get down to the juicy juicy meat. This anime is as Mech and Sci-Fi you can get I have never thought about touching Mecha’s but this just hooked me in. It takes the most imaginative ideas from their own team then runs with it at light speed and hits you over the head with its ridiculousness. It may contain 27 episodes but I damn felt like it was 12. I personally felt so engrossed with this anime I just wanted to watch one after another like there was no care in the world about time or commitments.
Note: This anime is very shonen as it can get; even if you dislike the genre I just want you to just give this anime a shot it’s so worth your time.
I don’t want to spoil anything to much about the characters or the plot, so I’m just going to give the most simple and straight to the point with the Main Characters personalities and a very generalised plot synopsis.
Kamina: The idolic older sibling that motivates you to no end. He will achieve his goals in the most roundabout way. He is the life and blood of the main characters Ideals.
“Do not believe in yourself. But believe me, I believe in you”
Simon: He idolizes Kamina and wants to be just as great as him. He has his own quirks and flaws but he does everything in his power to GO BEYOND his own limitations and achieve something he never thought he could.
“MY DRILL IS THE ONE THAT PIERCES THE HEAVENS”
Yoko: This is the love interest between the main characters but she don’t have time for that she’s a freaking boss with her sniper rifle and she’s very effective with a majority of weapons. She motivates the characters and she’s fundamental to both of the characters drive.
I really want to go into my details about the other characters but I want to leave that delicious part for you to experience.
In a desolate dangerous and unforgiving world where a majority of civilisation live in massive underground communities. A band of heroes decide to break free from these chains and achieve things that they could have never of thought of accomplishing.
Overall I just want to want you to just give this anime a shot. It’s so worth every second. There’s so much passion in every aspect of this every up and down the characters experience has so much passion in it. Don’t EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE STELLAR MUSIC TRACK.
Fun Trivia: 40% of the total budget used was dedicated to the last 5 episodes of the anime and the money is well spent. You will experience something that will leave you speechless.
So my scoring system I rate each aspect of the anime out of 5 and there is a total of 5 categories:
Editor Note: I know I literally just broke my own scoring system but gosh darn I just passionately love this anime and how unique it is. I do apologise for such a messy review, it’s my first ever review and would greatly appreciate feedback!
Passionately Written by Beta