English: Gurren Lagann
Synonyms: Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, Making Break-Through Gurren Lagann, Heavenly Breakthrough Gurren Lagann, TTGL
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2007 to Sep 30, 2007
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.821 (scored by 211703 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
action adventure comedy mecha sci-fi
SynopsisIn a far away future, mankind lives underground in huge caves, unknowing of a world above with a sky and stars.
In the small village of Jiha, Simon, a shy boy who works as a digger discovers a strange glowing object during excavation. The enterprising Kamina, a young man with a pair of rakish sunglasses and the passion of a firey sun, befriends Simon and forms a small band of brothers, the Gurren Brigade, to escape the village and break through the ceiling of the cave to reach the surface, which few believe exist.
The village elder won't hear of such foolishness and punishes the Brigade. However, when disaster strikes from the world above and the entire village is in jeopardy, it's up to Simon, Kamina, a girl with a big gun named Yoko, and the small yet sturdy robot, Lagann, to save the day.
The new friends journey to the world above and find that the surface is a harsh battlefield, and it's up to them to fight back against the rampaging Beastmen to turn the tide in the humans' favor! Pierce the heavens, Gurren Lagann!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Side story: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Mitee Mono wa Miteen da!!, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Ore no Gurren wa Pikka-Pika!!
Alternative version: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Gurren-hen, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Lagann-hen
Alternative setting: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Parallel Works, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Parallel Works 2
Spin-off: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Lagann-hen Special - Viral no Amai Yume
Other: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Kirameki★Yoko Box - Pieces of Sweet Stars
Characters & Voice Actors
The show that turns boys into men.
Gurren Lagann was breathtaking. An endlessly thrilling ride from the most humble beginnings to the most fantastic of ends. Absolutely inspiring and a must-watch. There are so many memorable moments in this series, and lines and ideas that it imprints into your very soul.
I will admit this is one of the first anime I had ever watched, except Miyazaki films. And its ridiculousness shocked me as a newcomer. Even so, I was enraptured, drawn by the infectious energy and the constant adrenaline rush from this show.
Because it was unique. It was so very unique.
Tengen Toppa, while it does have an amazing story, is not about the story. It's not about a logical progression, strategy, conflicts of interests, world building, exploring the sci-fi or the other ideas in it. In fact, it is about the deconstruction of all those things. I usually like smart anime. But Tengen Toppa is unique, managing to be good without trying to be smart. Because it isn't about being smart. Its about feeling. Everything else is just a plot device. Its abstract almost, like a legend or an epic. You don't need to believe it. TTGL takes your ideas and your expectations and says fuck you. The only one idea that matters is feeling and spirit. It delivers on an emotional level. A primal instinct; willpower, that adrenaline rush and madness that overcomes you as you face an impossible challenge.
Every aspect of the show work to arouse and reinforce this zeal in the viewer. Its art, with a clever use of angles, bold lines, exaggerated designs and at times simplified drawings personify its brazen self-confidence and panache. Its soundtrack oozes fearless charisma with a liberal use of energetic horns, drums, opera, rap(!), violin ensembles, and forceful sound effects... all the while also reserving a soft, passionately delicate side for its emotional moments. Its vibrant characters(especially one of the manliest leads in anime I know, Kamina) are among the most unforgettable I've ever encountered, and how far they come by the end, and indeed how much they grow on you is amazing to behold. Every single one of them, in the span of 27 episodes(yes, TTGL hates norms, even season counts), manages to surprise you and show you the many faces of human nature. In a way, they are perfectly chosen to represent the show's central theme of the struggle between human "spirit" against the abyss of "despair".
I like to think of Gurren Lagann now as at least in part, as a light hearted jab at various overused tropes in anime(such as copious amounts of fanservice, plot arcs that escalates from small to unbelievably huge and so so many more). Gurren Lagann takes every cliche trope there is and ramps it up to 11, in a way that it feels strangely new and enjoyable again. If I could describe this show in one word, it'd be "ridiculous"... and I don't mean that in a bad way in the slightest.
The blatant and ridiculous sexual innuendos everywhere(the Di-gurren has a gigantic dick for a hull for just one example), the in-your-face approach to fan service, the seemingly boundless main plot arc, the battles, the set pieces, the fucking VILLAINS, Nia and her moeblob eyes, the cheesy dialogue(it actually seems to work quite well in TTGL for some reason although it wouldn't anywhere else), the over-the-top speeches and declarations, the attack names... the list goes on and on. It presents these obviously un-serious things in the most serious and cocksure way possible. And somehow... manages to be convincing. It shocks you and grabs your attention with nothing else other than its unique spirit and confidence. TTGL feels like its taking an adult and making him play pretend, dragging him about in a crazed rush, and learn again what its like to be mad with drive and child-like passion for your dreams.
For deus ex machinas, there were so many in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann I couldn't count them all. But it played into the show's theme "Kick logic out and do the impossible" perfectly. I didn't get the impression from the rest of the narrative that the show was taking itself very seriously at all(viewed as a parody, TTGL is pretty damn good), so they actually felt natural and strangely uplifting, instead of disappointing.
Tengen Toppa is also excellent at emotionally moving you. They even state in the anime itself, story doesn't matter, logic doesn't matter, it's all about spirit. And it delivers. It will move you, fire you up, make you cry, laugh. But it will most definitely not intrigue you, or make you race the characters in deductive reasoning like in other shows. But it will leave you exhilarated regardless.
And maybe... just maybe... etch itself into your memory for a long time to come.
EDIT: Now, as much as I know it is strange to say now, right at the end, especially after(rightly!) emphasizing the ridiculousness so much, I think it is dishonest to give the impression that this is just a mindless show intended to make you scream. Believe it or not, how epic it manages to be despite the absurdity is actually the result of very clever writing, brilliant implementation and noticeably passionate production values and attention to detail. In fact, I would even say this is one of most subtly intricate and thoughtful series to come out in recent years. This doesn't take the form of philosophical debates and pretentious sci-fi however. In true TTGL(and Gainax) style, it defies expectations. Everything thats silly is in your face, and whats clever is hidden for those who care to look. It takes the form of exquisite symbolism, subliminal homoerotic rap, intricately interwoven themes(as just one slightly spoilerific example; the mistakes of humanity. Think about Face-God Village Elder or the Chief of Jiha village and compare pop-control Rossiu and Anti-Spirals to them), , the contrasts in war and how they seem to fade once you actually understand the sides... hell, when you've finished I actually encourage you to read this: http://wtf.animeblogger.net/?p=140
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There was a time.
When men were men. They were screaming like crazy speeches, faced the impossible, and said things that made no sense, but that even so we did say "EPIC".
There was a time.
A time of captains Harlock, a master time Asia, a time of Domons.
Logic was not important. The strategy was not important. If you believe in the impossible, impossible would be nothing in front of you.
The time is gone
A wave of animes that have to be "realistic", "philosophical", "adults" around us. Are good? Are. Meet your purpose? Meet.
However, however ... I miss something.
Characters idiots who laugh in the face of death, and not to be shaken by anything. Characters that I remember that, in essence, in the beginning, were not meant to be realistic.
No wonder that I am addicted to shonens: manga as One Piece, Fairy Tail remind me that there are heroes who still believe that boundaries are bullshit, and that men should talk about crazy dreams with a smile on his face.
Few original anime (non-manga based) can pass this spirit, and if I had to indicate a Studio to produce an epic-without-notion, "Gainax" probably would not be the first on my list.
But they did so. Oh, how did.
Ladies and gentlemen, forgiveness for the lengthy introduction: Let's talk of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
Many have already heard things about this series of 27 episodes. Effusive praise. Discouraging reviews. And you may already have heard the following phrase: "compliments to the Gurren Lagann are exaggerated"
And let us be clear: Yes. ARE.
But it could not be otherwise.
Gurren Lagann anime is not the type that parses. Is the type of anime to which you manifested with exaggeration and passion. "Overkill" is the key word of the anime: everything is extremely Titanic, extreme, "over-the-top", "larger than life", etc.
With certain exceptions (some Gundam, some Macross, tss), never been a fan of mecha anime. Would be far from the top of my list and, being this a recurrent genre in every new season animes, I believe my dismay is understandable: it is both anime mecha clamoring arrogantly that will "revolutionize the genre", "overcome Evangelion", "be the new Gundam" and other things that many simply die on the beach, lost in own mediocrity.
Gurren Lagann will by reverse path: doesn't take itself seriously. Does not involve complex plots policies or attempts to "explore the essence of the human being". It's about guys inconsequential facing death in colorful fuses (and often ungainly) and BLOWING THINGS UP. Many things.
The series is a species of "giant parody mecha", a spoof so well done that took an undeniable brilliance. As the series develops, over the hump "70 years" (frantic action and episodic with colored robots), "80 years" (frantic action and sequential with specific enemies ... and colored robots!), "90 years" (frantic action with colorful robots ... in space!) and Century 21 (IE ... a tribute to the series, where the hype coming into the extreme).
The series features a climate extremely pure (remember One Piece in this sense) that does not match the latest productions of Gainax (with the exception of perhaps Diebuster): in Gurren the Studio tries their best to tell a story extremely positive, bright, boiling the blood-is as an antithesis of Evangelion.
The cast features some of the most best ever seen in recent years, with big names like Kamina ("do not believe in yourself. Believe me, I believe in you "), Kittan (" no, this is my soul! You will regret it! "), Simon (" my drill is one that PIERCES the HEAVENS! "), just to name the most unbelievable (after all, we still have Viral Genome, Dayakka-" My wife is the best of the universe-SWING! ").
Heroes who face the impossible again and again, like real men. The psychological development of some of them (Simon, to quote) is monstrous: the series managed to combine and traces of human "weaknesses" with the "iconic" of characters (courage to sacrifice himself when necessary, never retreat, and other elements worthy of legends).
Council to watch this anime: turn off your brain. One of the best quotes of the anime is "Go beyond the impossible and kick the logic to corner" (Kamina), and this is often taken in a sense more than literal. Gurren Lagann is about ridiculously scenes with epic songs -Sung playing in the background (and I know that many of us love this type of scene, feeling rather lack thereof in the current anime), is about characters screaming attack names aloud, and gigantic explosions. If you allow "get in the mood", you will be taken to an unbelievable journey. And smile like a fool, knowing you made the right decision.
The animation is jaw-dropping. To get an idea, 40% of the money used in the production were dedicated to the last 5 episodes, creating sequences that make many films out there go shame. The soundtrack contributes with the light/climate: epic songs sung, rap and Opera hybridizes to give a special glow to several of the best scenes of the series (many of these will be marked for those that see).
Perhaps the only factor of production that is worth being criticized is the episodes "reprise" (there are two of them, a long piece of episode 6 and episode 16 integer), but it is worth remembering that this is part of the "joke" that Gainax proposed to do, saying that "kick the logic to corner" with this series: 27 episodes rather than 26, the protagonist being voiced by a man (many of the previous, as Shinji Ikari of Eva, were dubbed by women), etc.
"you're praising too! You're exaggerating! "-
I 'M. But as I said earlier, this is an anime that does not allow cold and calculating analysis. The very premise, the first episode, it doesn't make much sense. It is a classic "love or hate". Or you enter the atmosphere of "OW MAN, WAY TOO EPICNESS" or so says "This is not my type." Despite the success that had (yielding promises of future projects), Gurren Lagann is not for everyone.
It's about courage.
Struggles that make the DBZ characters seem Wimpy
It's about heroic speeches and exaggerated.
If you are unable to watch something that cannot lead to seriously, I recommend more sober, more series "feet-in-the-ground".
If you are willing to embark with the crew of the Gurren-Dan, welcome to war.
By the human race.
Through The Universe.
To quote the slogan of a well-known epic film: "Prepare for glory". read more
Only on the rarest of occasions does an anime come along that truly grabs me and elevates itself above mere entertainment and into the realms of gripping television. Gurren Lagann did this with frightening ease, not with complexity or depth of its storyline, nor with its technical excellence, or innovation, but with its boldness, energy, sense of humour, and heart. Some people may be put off with the degree of silliness the show never ceases to deliver, or at least be deterred from becoming deeply invested in the plot or its characters, but being the sucker for just this kind of shameless splendour and over-the-top theatrics, I took to it with enthusiasm, and came out of it with a strong sense of appreciation for the fun that the show delivered from week to week. Gurren Lagann is the kind of series that you may scoff at while you’re watching it, or laugh at its unapologetically ridiculous antics, but which still leaves you craving the next episode. I became so swept up in the show’s passion and heavy-handed charm that I quickly learned to turn my brain off and just go along with the ride. And this is how Gurren Lagann is best enjoyed, with an open-mind and a desire to sit back and enjoy yourself; if you can’t refrain from cynicism or pretentiousness, you likely won’t enjoy the show. I also recommend that the series is not watched as marathon fodder, in fact I’m not sure you can truly capture the same experience if you missed out on watching it on a week-by-week basis.
But the show is not just for action junkies and comedy fanatics; it may have more than its share of explosion-riddled skies, sexual innuendo and galaxy-sized mecha, but more than that the show is somehow able to endear the viewer to its characters through all the furore and anarchy of the plot - and it is not afraid to cash in on that either. The characters are all really fun to watch, each of them flamboyant and charismatic in their own peculiar way, and on top of that, the series weaves in a good amount of sincere character development almost without the viewer noticing. Kamina, in particular is instantly likeable and memorable as the unstoppable and inspired leader of the group that the show revolves around. His unquenchable determination and guts are what really caught me into the series to begin with - one cannot help but stand alongside the other characters in the show with their reverence for him. More than being a likeable gang, the characters are used to great dramatic effect; the show has a number of dramatic peaks over its course that won’t easily fade from my memory. Simon’s transformation from a cowardly underling of Kamina, to an empowered and confident hero is also a key part of the story, and it is handled acceptably, though not quite believably. For that type of theme, I defer to Eureka 7’s development of its protagonist, Renton.
Furthermore, the story itself, while inarguably simplistic, revolves around a strong moral core, with themes that are challenging at times and rousing at others. The use of metaphor is vastly overdone, but revelations further into the show made me appreciate the central “drill” metaphor a bit more. My actual interest in the plot varied throughout the series, starting off quite high with the intrigue of the mysterious new world and the immediate threat of the Beastmen, and cooling off until the post-timeskip story kicked in, which introduced a more serious and challenging feel to the series and hence boosted my interests once again. The pacing is probably my biggest complaint for the show, as the constant action, ironically, became tedious at times, particularly in the build-up to the climactic episode 15. The show may always have a sense of fun, but it is inconsistently gripping.
The animation, episode 4 aside (whose director was later fired - although that’s another story), is brimming with vigour and vitality; it is not always consistent, and rarely very detailed, but it seems to adjust itself to the mood of the show in a very unsubtle but fitting manner. There were a number of blatant shortcuts that were used during many of the battle sequences that I couldn’t help but notice, but given the ‘epic’ nature of the show, it is difficult to expect top-class animation right the way through. At times, the art and animation are genuinely amazing, and there is no denying that this was an ambitious and costly undertaking by the usually self-preservational GAINAX. An extra boost of cel detail would have welcome but probably impractical from a budgetary perspective.
The music for the show is much like the show itself, in that it’s hard to take seriously, but it is unavoidably engaging. Rather than cinematic type of score work, the show is packed with insert songs and a handful of key piece of theme music. I am appreciative of the way the music was distributed throughout the series, with new music being added to the mix right up until the end. This prevented it from stagnating. A few of the tracks are stand-out pieces of music, and are used in the show to give it a genuine boost of captivation and emotion. In particular, the main heroic theme of the show never fails to rouse me into a high-spirited love for the series.
At times powerful, almost always senselessly fun, and with a strong moral core top its themes and story, Gurren Lagann is the highlight of 2007, and an anime worthy of anyone’s viewing. Far from flawless, yet somehow rarely flawed, this anime series is inexplicably lovable for those who are easily hooked in by unsubtle fun. Gurren Lagann has something for everyone, and as such I recommend it to everyone. However, I think it appeals more directly to a male audience with its badassery and male hero role models.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the story of Simon, a hole-digger who has lived his whole life underground. One day, he and his friend (or as they call themselves, "brother") Kamina encounter a giant mecha from the surface, a Gunman, and defeat it with Yoko, a girl who also lives on the surface. The three boys and other allies will go on a quest to save the humans from the tiranny of Lordgenome, the Spiral King who forces men to live underground. This is the story of the first part of the series, but from episode 15 onwards GL changes COMPLETELY and develops in ways you don't expect. Though the story in its entirety is not abslutely original (it's the """"usual"""" struggle against a menace to humanity... more than once, in fact) this developement and the sheer amount of epicness which drives it is the thing that makes GL shine in this department. Even the "message of the spiral" is a typical shonen moral, but it's delivered so effectively and epically that it will not fail to impress you.
The mecha design is splendid, when not downright CRAZY in a beautiful way (those who have seen the last episodes will know what I mean). Mechas are varied, great to watch and they ooze epicness from every hole, especially later on. The character design is less peculiar, but memorable as well (how can you not enjoy the... ehr, graphical qualities of a character like Yoko? But boobs aside, I mean it), somewhat simple and effective both in serious moments and in comedy. As far as the environments go, it's not all good because we mostly see desolated portions of the earth, a technological city and space. Nothing that special, but not that it really matters, I'm just being hypercritical here. The animation is really good overall, fluid and smooth but most of all CLEAR. The battles are graphically a mess most of the times, but you can perfectly make out the details. Unfortunately there are a couple of REALLY subpar episodes from this POV.
This would be a 7 normally, because the songs are good to listen while watching the action but not on the level that they make you want to listen to them in other occasions... that is if we exclude the second ending theme, "Minna no Peace", and the awe-inducing "Libera Me From Hell", which is the best version of the serie's infectious rap line "Row row fight the power" mixed with some epic opera. Those two songs are so great they manage to elevate this category to an 8. Another contribution is due to the fitting sound effects, as well as the excellent Italian dub (I saw the serie in my native language dub).
A particularly strong point of GL. The cast is awesome, with characters full of charisma (to name a few: Simon, Kamina, Nia, Viral, Lordgenome...) and capable of making you empathyze with them. Their stories and resolution are one of the main things that keep the story going. One could object that they are largely one-dimensional (few characters like Simon, Viral, Lordgenome and Kittan do really progress from their first appearance in terms of personality), but truthfully the creators focus JUST on the right characters to develop, while the others still retain charisma through the corality of the cast, not to mention that nearly everyone of them has something epic to do or say in the serie. Last but not least, they made a final villain who is cold and personality-less for plot reason awesome as well, how the hell did they do that?
I am not gonna lie about this: GL is a serie that you could see in one day due to how hookind and entertaining it is. You start with little, but as the episodes progress it becomes more and more epic, and by the end of part 1 you are thinking "That's it, they cannot top this epicness". But they do, and they do it AGAIN and AGAIN up to the serie's finale. It's like a giant matrioska of epicness in which you start from the small one and then witness dolls bigger and bigger. This way, you are increasingly eager to continue the more you progress. This is largely due to the cast, but also to the battle themselves, with dozen of ridiculously large, powerful and/or memorable mechas and villains: by the end of the serie you will be screaming with excitement like you probably did as a young kid when watching Dragon Ball or Saint Seiya. There are a couple of dull episodes along the way, one being a recap of what happened before, but you won't even notice as you will be pushed forward by the massive momentum that the serie has, bigger and bigger until the end.
All-in-all TTGL is an awesome serie that everyone should watch, wether you like mechas or not. Technically superb, well written and epic with an awesome cast, the work is a must watch for every anime fan. It has some flaws if you really want to find them, so I can't give the serie a totally perfect score, but it's very close to perfection. At the moment, at the second place of the most beautiful anime I've ever seen. If you haven't, go. NOW. read more
Both are outrageous series, with an over-the-top animation style and some ludicrous character designs. If you like one of them, you'd most likely enjoy the other.
This serious is full of ridiculousness and crazy fight scenes. It's by the director of Gurren Lagann and it truly shows. We get crazy outfits, villains and fight scenes that just make us think of fire through the flames!
Both series are made by the same group of people, and both series have very fast pace storytelling with wacky and frantic animation. They are both action shows, too.
Both are masterpiece. Amazing works from Kazuki Nakashima with epic and over-the-top moments.
If you liked one, you will like the other for sure.
Kill la Kill has many references to TTGL and is about a badass main character who obtains a special power to battle against the tyranny. Both are epic beyond imagination.
Both are incredibly enjoyable but ungodly stupid animes. Gurren Lagann is better because it has better animation (although even Lagann has it's spotty moments in it's animation), it's characters overall are better and Lagann wins points for being more original since it did it first because lets face Kill La Kill's basically a female version of Gurren Lagann with super powered school uniforms (trust me, it's more retarded than it sounds) instead of giant robots.
Both shows are about passion and purely passion. They don't care about logic, subtly, they don't even care if they're filled with clichés or not and yet neither of these are comedies or spoofs (for the most part, it's hard to tell sometimes especially with KLK if they're farses or not) they both shouldn't work at all but somehow they do. I love these animes the same way I love The Avengers, I love the characters, it's fun to watch but they're not masterpieces in anyway but I don't think they're suppose to be, they're just fun animes nothing more, it's just the fans that share that same passion that think these are masterpieces.
Extremely dynamic and fast pace, pure and over exaggerated epicness and awesomeness, resulting in concentrated wtf and energy.
Those two shows should go together and actually by many are considered as set in one universe - the same adventurous spirit, the same riddiculous actions, many epic fights, unique, memorable characters. There is no end of that positive creaziness :D
TTGL and Kill la Kill are series by the same director so they retain the craziness, excitement, and wild epic battles that both perspective series share (minus the mecha part for KLK).
Both series have similar artwork with the main protagonists going out-all, odds against their adversaries.
The action presented from both of these series is over-the-top in the sense of craziness and insane movements. The main female protagonists also share a trait of being natural-born fighters with gifted talents.
There is also over the top comedy that both series share to deliver entertainment that you deserve.
Kill la Kill is the spiritual successor of Gurren Lagann. Made by Studio Trigger, which was composed of mostly the same crew that brought to you Gurren Lagann. There are some striking parallels between the characters (sometimes even the same voice actor). Fights are brought to ridiculous proportions of awesomeness. Both are quite random at the first half, but in the second half the plot gets moving.
It's made by the same makers and has the same drawing style. It is just as EPIC, and over the top but this one will makes you al ot more sexually frustrated ;) (In a good way)!
From the same creators of Gurren Lagann brings you Kill la Kill
1: Perverted Scenes just like TTGL.
2: Action just like TTGL.
3: Randomness just like TTGL.
4: Awesomeness just like TTGL.
Both are very flashy and over the top, also share some of the same staff and style. They have blatant fanservice and characters aren't afraid to be silly.
If you look on it closer you will see that mechas and clothes are pretty the same, you get in them and get superpowers, jet-packs or other useful stuff to destroy super evil enemies.
It's all about nonsense.
Very similar art styles in just about way from the character designs to the action to the fanservice. The action is always as over-the-top and nonsensical as it can possibly be and (almost) no one in the show ever finds it the least bit strange. Similar mixes of comedy and drama (most of the comedy comes the nonsensical parts). Strong people are extremely overpowered and keep getting stronger. Matoi is kind of a mix of Simon, Kamina, and Yoko all rolled into one girl.
-both are by the same director
-both deny logic and common sense and put forward ridiculousness
-both are epic to the MAX
-both have epic action
-both have similar art style
-both have crazy badass characters
-both are extremely exhilarating and exciting
Conclusion: If you liked one or the other, you will most likely/definitely like the other.
Same animations, same ridiculousness, same great character awesomeness. Both have great plots along with plot twists, and both have some really good scenes.
Both shows are very similar except some replacement so it isn't a copy.
-plot goes from personal fight to galactic level
-similar plot twist and progression
-focusing on friendship
-will power is the strongest power
-instead mechas kill la kill has Goku uniforms
-MC is female in Kill la Killa
-Kill la Killa has ecchi
-more cartoon style
if you liked fighting highschool super uniform boobs you'll love bikini sniper boobs
but seriously same director and equal manliness
These anime where made by the same people. If you like the creative genius of either anime you will more than likely enjoy the other.
The protagonist in both anime are young with one main goal stated at the very beginning of the show. In both they have to overcome insurmountable obstacles to achieve that goal.
the animation and over-the-top nature of the two shows is prevalent throughout each series. Kill La Kill was directed by Gurren Lagann's directors. If you like explosions, ridiculous fight scenes and a great story, these are both shows that you should try out.
Two Blockbusters from the same director in Hiroyuki Imaishi that both have epic battle sequences, amazing soundtrack, over the top animation with a colorful cast of characters that define Manly and Overkill. There is fan service, more so in Kill la Kill...a lot more but it is part of the plot, believe it or not.
It's by the same creators to start off. Kill la Kill doesn't have the mecha genre but its a great anime all the same. Both of these series are about humans fighting back for mankind. Also both of these series have a tenancy to go overboard when their main characters power up. The only real thing I would advise about Kill la Kill is that its more comedy which gives it a slower start from Gurren Lagaan which usually hooks people episode 1.
Both are super over the top not to mention that ''aniki'' looks like one of the characters in kill la kill.Ttrust me when you see him you'll get what i mean. Also in both the Mc's get super powers battle someone with almost the same powers if you consider clothing mechs Kill la Kill is even more similar to Gurren Lagann.
And if you consider the premise with the beastmen ruling the world thats pretty similar too
Aside from the obvious similarity of the creative staff, both shows have larger-than life enemies and plot, and moments of pure absurdity. The art style is similar as well, and both shows did have little moments of genius scattered within them.
While it may not be a mech-based anime, Kill La Kill is made by the same people who made TTGL. It certainly has the same over the top feeling that TTGL had, and its what makes me love both series so much. If you enjoyed Kamina's outrageousness in TTGL, you'll surely love every character of Kill La Kill.
One word to describe both of these shows: Badass ! These 2 shows have crazy stories with amazing actions scenes that will make your jaw drop.
It has similar fight scenes
It has the same good amount of action
It has a really good storyline
The characters are both extremely good
It gives off the same vibe of wanting to continue
It is very good.
Kill la Kill and Gurren Laggan both have the same over-the-top style of comedy and action. They both feature ridiculous fighting that just keeps getting more and more insane as the series progresses, as well as a similar artstyle and character roster. Though some would argue one is better than the other they're still both a great deal of fun.
If like me you loved Gurren Lagan, you will find Kill La Kill amazing! I found a lot of similarities between the two animes. Both are a subtile alliance of fights and humour with a little echi side. The two stories evolve really fast, you never get bored.I would put Kill La Kill a little bit above for the quality of the fight scenes.
similar art, lots of actions,both have a good unique setting. and overall if you like one you would like the other one as well.
Both shows are created by Studio Trigger and have over-the-top super powers and creative, crazy, nonsensical action and comedy.
Kill La Kill has the same director as Gurren Lagann, so one might think that's the only similarity. But the similarities number far more than just that.
-The animation style of both shows are extremely similar.
-The story is completely batshit crazy in both cases.
-Both have an unbelievable amount of awesome in them(More so Gurren Lagaan than in KLK)
-The main villains aren't what they seem.
-They both have iconic battle songs:"Libera me to Hell" and "Don't lose your way".
-The "over-the-top" action scenes are the main draw in both of them.
If you loved/liked TTGL/KLK then you will probably feel the same way for the other.
-Similar comedy and overblown style
-Both revolve around the "human vs automated life cycle entity (for lack of a better word)" type conflict
The shows feel epic and even abstract at times.
Both anime have a very spontaneous sense of humor.
Both anime contain interestingly odd characters.
Both anime work on an arch plot system.
Both anime clearly define their goals.
Both anime focus on a good vs bad concept.
Both anime contain interesting and unique plot twists.
No plot, just mindless violence. Requires you to put your brain aside and watch. There's bit of fan service present too. But TTGL is better than KlK.
Both have :
- flashy animation with the high energy battle sequences.
- a moral of believing in yourself
- a huge cast that is a lot like a family
- constant power-leveling
Maybe this two things are the most crazy action-drama+comedy gainax`s titles. I was asking wondering what the hell was going on, laughed and cry at the same time. I stringly recomend both this titles to every anime-lover.
Made by the same studio. Storyline is similar due to the main character starting weak and becoming more and more powerful as the story unfolds. Also both are pretty ridiculous in nature.
Both are made by the same people (Those at Gainax who made Gurren Lagann went on to form Trigger and make Kill La Kill) and are similarly fast-paced and energetic, with simple but interesting storylines and lovable characters. I will follow everything Trigger makes because of these two wonderful anime!
Basically TTGL's spiritual successor, made by mostly the same team. The same infectious energy, the same will, the same epic fights, make for a must see if you loved TTGL.
Both are over the top comedic action shows. The naimation is similar aswell.
But both that is because both are from the same director.
I prefer Kill la Kill above Tengen Toppen, Tengen Toppen gets very serious at the end which I didnt mind but it did feel a little out of place. If you do not like the ending of Tengen Toppen I recommend the movie (part 2) which is a whole lot lighter.
Both from the mind of Hiroyuki Imaishi, these stories follow a protagonist who learns what it means to believe in themselves and fight for what means the most to them. Over the top, nonstop, NO FILLER insanity ensues- a wild ride you'll never forget.
Gurren Lagann is like zero to infinity. It starts in a cave, but ending concerned the whole universe. Kill la Kill is also similar but on a smaller scale than Gurren Lagann. Both the protagonist initially had a little amount of power. But later they rise to the top of their worlds. And the tragedy of losing friends at the end matches too.
Just like Gurren Lagann, this also has over-the-top action all the time, except it's a lot better, because the anime doesn't take itself seriously in the meanwhile. It goes absolutely crazy and careless. Don't question it. Just laugh at it.
This entire anime is on drugs. What drugs you ask? All the drugs!
Mecha anime, mixture of humor, mysterious "aliens", a large cast of unique individuals, not to mention both take place on a devastated planet.
Both Tengen Toppen Gurren Laggann and Eureka 7 revolve around small, young male leads coming of age in a world they don't quite feel comfortable with. With the help of their friends, and respective similarly aged love interests, both Simon and Renton find the motivation to better themselves and grow into strong young men. These shows both balance comedy with drama, all the while displaying heavy mecha themes.
both are about young men who start out kind of unsure of themselves and wimpy, but through certain events grow and become majorly epic, and because of that end up changing/saving the world. And both have otherworldly girlfriends that they pretty much risk it all for.
Both Gurren Lagann and Eureka Seven center around young boys who are developing into brave young men. Both series include a strange girl that makes the young hero blush, and characters with similar personalities (i.e. Talho and Yoko, or Holland and Kamina). They also both have to do with mecha and alternate worlds. Beings other than humans exist in these worlds. E7 is the longer series.
Gurren Lagann is similar to Eureka Seven in the use of mech. But thats not all, it shares a similar young protagonist and a mysterious young girl. But at the same time Gurren is nothing like Eureka Seven, in that it is compleat fun insanity at times, and at other times is much more dramatic.
Both are about large groups of people on an adventure to save the world. Both have constant use of mech, though it is more significant in Gurren Lagann. Gurren Lagann has more comedy and ecchi moments, while Eureka Seven has more drama and romance.
Both are Mecha, Sci-fi, Action, Adventures about young average boys that end up accomplishing great things, for the sake of humanity. ^_^
Rather than say what is similar im going to say what is different, TTGL is the MANLIEST shonen in existence, while Euerka 7 is the best mecha/romance in existence. If you like one you WILL like the other. DON"T QUESTION JUST WATCH
Various instances in the series correspond with each other.
Spiral Power = Eureka + Renton's ablity to bring out power in the Nirvash
Existance of universal limitations present in both series.
Boy meets girl situation in both series which develops a bond throughout the series.
Well..here we are!~ let's start saying that both anime have a main char as a boy that start the whole story with his own power. Both anime have the mecha side as an important part, and the factor 'a world to change'; also the characters group are kinda similar. Another great point that both series have is the Simon+Nia's relationship a lot similar to Renton+Eurka's one.
For the graphic part: Good char design and pretty nice background design in both anime. And a really interesting story for both. I highly recommend to watch both! Trust me :3
Ok, gurren lagann are super robot inspired and eureka seven are real robot inspired, but these two have much similarities. Starting with protagonist, renton and simon, both are fearfull boys and both makes a lot of misses but in decisives hours, they makes the job. Talho and Yoko, both are the sexl simbol of their animes, strong girls with nice attributes. Nia and Eureka are nothing similar but, Nia/Simon - Eureka/Renton relationship are similar, both are learning from each other. Both main organization (gekkostate and dai gurren dan) are similar too, smart, with a lot of confusion, fight and comedy with your members. And for finish, you probaly gets the same feeling watchting both.
Conclusion: Both are nice animes, if you watch one, watch the other. Eureka Seven And Gurren Lagann are masterpieces.
Both Simon and Renton are boys with normal lifes,but suddenly Simon comes up to surface,and Renton joins the Geko State.They both become stronger,and in the end they have to fight,to save the world.
Tengen Toppa is more epic,and have a bit more humor in it.
But Eureka Seven has more romance.
If you like to see Giant Robots in a whole different Perspective, and see Development at its best, then i would recommend Gurren Lagann. Join Simon, Kamina, and Yoko as they battle against oppresive forces.
In fact I never thought that Gurren Lagann would bring the same feeling as Eureka when I just started watchung it. But after all they have a lot of common treats. Let's see:
1. Mecha. Mechas are everywhere, they are battle machines controlled by human, but there ought to be a special one that can be controlled only be whom? Right, main character.
2. Main male characters in both anime evolve during the series. They start as scared boys and grow up as courageous men.
3. Main femal character are somehow connected with alien race and bound to the main hero.
4. And after all they are global. The stories bedin in some small city or village and then spread all over the whole world.
5. And the last point is that both cannot leave you indifferent for sure!
both have to do with using robots to fight
they both fall for a girl who is not human
both have awesome fights
Both are absurd, over-the-top, DBZ-style mecha, yet they are also deceptively deep. E7 features much more romance than TTGL, while TTGL has more focus on adrenaline, but both deal with 14 year old boys who learn how to be men by taking on the mission of saving the world, and having to deal with life's tough situations.
Both Gurren Lagann and Eureka Seven revolve around two somewhat wimpy protagonists (Simon and Renton). The two ultimately become involved with a whirlwind of events regarding the fate of the world, drastically changing the average pace of their lives. Both protagonists join their respective teams (though in Gurren Lagann the team forms as the story progresses), which both serve to oppose the antagonist forces in some way and endure a variety of experiences, happy and tragic, that serve to develop them extensively as the story progresses. Simon and Renton have love interests that, while quite different personality wise, can both be considered naive about certain aspects of human life and are both a far cry from typical humans for reasons revealed throughout the stories. Both series utilize mecha as a means to carry out the storyline throughout, with intense battles in which the protagonists require intense willpower to ensure victory.
There are, however, some distinct differences. Gurren Lagann is a much more over the top, action based story that retains a simple yet effective plot. Eureka Seven focuses more on the drama and romance aspects with a more developed (and longer) story. Gurren Lagann is categorized as super robot, while Eureka Seven is real robot, meaning drastically different mecha designs as well as the fact that Gurren Lagann has much more high-scale and explosive type action by comparison. The settings are also quite different, as Eureka Seven has a more sci-fi and futuristic feel, at least until Gurren Lagann reaches the second half. Aside from the major characters, Gurren Lagann and Eureka Seven have very different casts, especially with the antagonists and side characters.
All in all, both are great stories and if you like one then the other should be very enjoyable as well.
A teenage boy main character that starts off weak but eventually becomes stronger a long the way with his love interest. The planets that the shows take place in are mostly a wasteland with very little life. The mecha's in both shows evolve to become even stronger.
The rebelling group, started first out as fun people, then became serious as the story went on. The Authority is protect the world but not the people. There is mecha, there is duo who control the main mecha. Renton, and Eureka kinda seem like Simon and Nia only R&E seem to have more love then S&N. Nia looks alot like Eureka, too.
It even has Johnny Yong Bosch, voice of Renton, but in Gurren Lagann, he isnt the main character, but he is the second secondary pilot of the Main Mecha.
Both Main Male Protagoras changed a lot ever since the first episode, they both start from someone that's weak and silly but later one they both turned mature & badass :P
Fighting, Drama & Romance are alike..........
Both of these wonderful anime are about a boy who is living in a cycle where it's the same thing every day and nothing changes. Then, a girl appears in their lives, and everything goes downhill from there. Both Eureka Seven and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are also mecha and bery entertaining! AND, Renton and Simon (the main characters of these series) are both 14 and aid in a revolution to change the world in which they live for the better! I highly reccomend Eureka Seven to any Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann fan!
Both stories are a coming of age tale of a young teenage boy who grows up piloting a unique and incredibly powerful mecha.
They both have B.A. mechs fighting each other... The action in both are magnificent... They both have a huge cast of characters... And the romantic side to both are awesome...
Both anime have fantastic mecha designs although Gurren Lagann has more extreme fight scenes; also both share a rather deep plot with intresting twists wich will leave you surprised!
Main characters have similar personalities, same style of artwork, epic fights
characters are pretty much the same, the action is similar in terms that they are not logical but still fun to watch..
Similar characters (google image TTGL and Needless), ridiculously epic fights. Needless has more fanservice and non-sensical plot though but more funnier. Gurren Lagann had characters you've come to care for, but unfortunately this was not the case in Needless.
Both anime have extreme over the top non-stop action that just boils your blood. Very similar art and as of lately, both have extremely good animation. Of course TTGL is a lot better than Needless BUT, some people have already watched TTGL and have nothing left of that sort. That's where Needless comes in!
one thing you could say is that theyre both shonen,while needless is more 'extreme' than TTGL.if you liked needless,which is just extreme non-stop fights with shouting and titles and big titted girls everywhere without a real plot,than youll like TTGl,which knows how to take shonen elements and make it cool.TTGL has a story,giant robots,big titted girls(but not too much),and yeah,a few shouts here and there.the battles are epic there,and belive me that you dont have to like mecha to get into this one,its just too awsome
Same type of drawing and characters. Only the first episode has come out, but it reminded straight from the beginning of Gurren Lagann. Same type of action and very enjoyable. Blade reminds me of Kamina, Eve reminds me of yuuko, and simon is like cruz.
same frantic art style and animation and both feature frequent screaming dialogues
both have crazy action....TTGL just has way more class though while needless has more ecchi and comedy secnes
similar art styles and characters, even their acting (villain like acting)
but Tengen Toppa is far superior in all aspects
Anyone watching Needless should also watch it
Like Gurren Lagann slightly lamer cousin not as good but still awesome
probably funnier though and has loads more ecchi which you can't really fault
Both title have huge amount of epic scenes. Adam Blade looks just like Kamina
Both animes have A LOT of yelling and spirit in them. They both ultimately deal with increasingly tough opponents but the protagonists always win somehow. Lastly, both animes have loads of action. Needless has a bit more fan service, but let's not forget Gurren Laggan's yoko.
Almost everything!!! however subtract the mecha and the beastmen and you come up with NEEDLESS!!!
Blowing stuff up, drilling through stuff, calling your moves, implausibly skimpy outfits, all while fighting for survival.
Both are manly shows for manly men designed to satisfy a man's needs in a manly way.
Both are about a weak un-confident male lead, that makes companions who gives him the strenght to help people around them. later on they both have important roles in battle. while TTGL is mecha and N is super power they both have the same feel and art style.
Oh wow, these two series. If you enjoy Gurren Lagann or Needless and vice versa, these two series here is a must add to your PTW list. Obviously, these two titles have many similarities:
Both series has ALOT of action, drama, and comedy throughout the series.
Two of the main male protagonists in the series are similar in terms of appearance/personality: Kamina from TTGL and Adam Blade from Needless.
Both series' settings have similarities that features the a superpower like world.
Both series' action scenes are similar with many exaggerated fight scenes that mixes in with drama and comedy.
Epic battles, similar characters and artwork, Fanservice, Eve Neushwanstein is the new Yoko Littner, rock music, an ecchi episode 6.
Both have that over the top ridiculous action and pull it off not hindering the storyline or character development in the process
Both anime feature over the top shounen power levels, a post apocalyptic world, and have a "wimpy" main character.
A young male protagonist with a cute girl beside him, unidentifyable (did i just make up a new word?) action/fight scenes, fast-moving frames and story. Besides, Simon is clearly a copy of Naota. If you liked one, you will probably like the other.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has insane mecha action similar to Furi Kuri, even the drills thing. The whole series is mad and basically in the same genre.
FLCL and Lagann are Gainax's own flesh and blood, meaning that they contain incredible action with madness everywhere. Although for Lagann this is mostly true for first episodes, that's enough. Furthermore, both series showcase robots. In FLCL they come out of the hero's head, in Lagann they're head-shaped themselves.
These shows have the same style of animation, comedy and way over the top awesome fightscenes, though TTGL is somewhat less crazy. While FLCL spends time developing its characters and Gurren Lagann has a more palpable and classic story, they give off a very similar feel.
Furi Kuri is mainly a kid seeking out adventure and to escape the chains of what society has causing him to do. Well if you're looking for that adventure to take place then Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is your key to really FIGHT DA POWAH!
TTGL is similar to FLCL is random comedy and random events, but instead takes it to a basically epic level with more robots and extreme explosions!. So I highly recommend this anime to FLCL fans.
These two series have a lot in common. Since they're both made by the same company, GAINAX, then you can expect them to be a lot alike.
Both animes focus on growing up and becoming a man but they don't show it in a boring way. These animes will get you pumped and energized just from the first episode. The energy level in one anime is pretty much equal to the other. Other things these anime have in common are: they both focus on first love, estranged parent-child relationships, being yourself, mecha and how to be cool. If you liked one, you'll like the other.
And if you're quoting characters from one show, you'll be doing the same or the other.
Both are from Gainax Studio, both are created by same team and both have a lot of crazy, insane, surrealistic, GAR scenes and battles. Also both begin with a child who is afraid of the situation in which he got (Simon and Naota Nandaba) and a conrade with a lot of EPIC moves (Kamina and Haruhara Haruko).
It's rare to find an anime, or any show for that matter, that illuminates the human spirit or emotion, but oddly enough both these anime do it. *neither of these anime are random, they are deliberate and informed.
Classic Gainax. From story and style to bizarre mecha and over the top action, both series share a similar epic quality amidst the chaos.
Both have over the top and stylized action and ridiculous and overreacting character animations.
If you thought FLCL was over-the-top fun, check out Gurren Lagann. The action is just as insane and it adds a whole lot of heart.
Well for starters, Gainax is involved in both series.
TTGL and FLCL incorporates the usage of action, drama, and comedy. The main characters becoming archetype heroes and some of the characters are totally crazy.
The animation visuals are also similar in both series that becomes quite addictive when mixed together with its action scenes. The way the humor is executed in both series is also quite entertaining that is often absurd and over-the-top.
Both series are quite unique and worth giving a shot.
Gainax was part of the FLCL Production Committee. About 6 years after FLCL, Gainax made Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Like FLCL, it has some action, some comedy, some overtly sexual imagery, and it follows a young boy's path to adulthood and self-discovery.
Both are a coming of age Gainex anime with wacky adventures and animation.
If you liked the art on either of these series, I have good news for you. Both series look a lot like eachother when you compare the art. They both have some mecha elements. if you liked Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, you should try FLCL. Not everybody likes it, but if you do you'll be on for a very good ride.
Besides both being from Gainax, the two main protagonists are rather similar. They have mecha in them, and several parts that do not make any sense at all. They are more fun than great, but fun is good in its own right, right?
Both are super crazy, especially Gurren Lagann near the end. They also both include mech/ robot type thingys. Basically, whoever wrote either of them must have been going through some mental breakdown at the time.
Also very funny and features some good action and strong coming of age elements.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a very similar level of fun compared to FLCL. If you watched FLCL, you should watch TTGL.
These two series both have heavy dosages of mecha, though its mecha done right, when there ARE casualties and sacrifices are made, though Gurren Lagann is less thinking, it still has the right combination of elements to keep you glued to the screen and want more. Think Gurren Lagann as a lighter, less intelligent type, that has a wider scope then Code Geass.
Though the series main characters are vastly different and Gurren Lagann might be considered a "lighter" anime, both of these series engaged me and made me addictively watch as much as 20 eps a day. Additionally, both series fighting is done in mecha and they fight against superpowers with little more than their wills.
- mecha fights
- lots of action in every episode
- political intrigue later in series
- female fanservice
*PATHOS PATHOS PATHOS*
Also good mecha.
If you like Code Geass, you will like TTGL
both series deal with rebellion against a greater power and both series have mecha
Code Geass and Tegen Toppa Gurren Lagann both involve mecha, and of course, lot's of action. Although the fighting in Code Geass is essentially against one enemy, and in Gurren Lagann, the enemy/opponent varies, it is still clear that there is a protagonist and antagonist in each story. Both take place in the future, as well. In both, the protagonists is a strong character, who has the support of several characters. Both are exciting, and involve a lot of action, as well as some comedy and romance. =)
-The way it becomes more and more epic as the show goes on.
-Nia being similar to Euphie.
-Yoko being similar to Kallen.
Note: Code Geass is a lot more serious and realistic than Gurren Lagann though both are great series.
Both are mecha animes that envolve around war. Both implement stratigies in their battles however Gurren Lagan is a bit more silly and random. It's like you combined Code Geass with FLCL. But if you like Code Geass defently try out Gurren Lagann
Think of Code Geass as a more serious Gurren Lagann. Both have elements such as mechas and rebellions.
Both are incredibly well done mechas with incredible plots and characters. Both can also be heavily philosophical at times.
Code Geass is an EPIC psihological anime.Tengen Toppa have mecha and epic action.The main characters are very manly and epic's.
By the way..
Both are mecha, and have very good stories, with Gurren Lagann having better action and Code Geass having a better story.
The feeling of these two series was the same for me - gripping action, awesome mechas and some love. If you like one, you'll like the other.
Similarities : mecha, heroes starts as rebel force fighting against much more powerful opponent, there is one strongly determined leader to whom everybody look up to. Mysterious power working behind scene.
Differences: while Gurren Lagann is mainly using comedy to relieve tension after dramatic moments (and there is plenty of those), Code Geass use more serious note in its storytelling.
Thematically, both series are very similar! Both include large-scale mecha fights, and a plot about overthrowing the government. Gurren Lagann is a great show and well worth a watch.
You thought the mechas in code geass were cool? Well son, prepare your drill because you will definitely dig this ludicrous anime!
With a highly diverse cast that is both well rounded and lovable and a story line that continues to expand and evolve. The classic Evangelion is worth you time if you appreciated the story telling that Gainax can do so well and aren't afraid to think a little.
Same animation studio, similar spontaneous kinds of moments. Both are based around mecha and have out-of-this-world enemies. Just, Gurren Lagann has drills and that lovely yellow moped.
Imagine Evangelion if Shinji finally stops being reluctant, mans up, and kicks the **** out of every thing in his way, and a lot less mindf***ery. That's Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. It is an Incredibly awesome Kick-reason-to-the-curb anime that leaves you so full of energy that you feel like yelling for 2 hours after watching the final battle. Yeah, it's that awesome.
They're both mecha series from Gainax, and that's where the similarities end, but that's really the point. Evangelion is a deconstruction of mecha anime, basically saying, "You know how all those other mecha series made piloting a giant robot look fun? Well I'll show you how miserable it can really be." Gurren Lagann is a reconstruction; a decade later, saying, "You know how those mecha deconstruction series made piloting a giant robot look really awful? Well I'll show you how AWESOME it can really be!" The persistent despair of the former and unshakable optimism of the latter make excellent counterpoints and contrast beautifully.
Both are seminal must-watch mecha series from Gainax. But they are not similar--rather they should be watched because they contrast so well. Whereas TTGL boasts over-the-top action and is an all-around fun show, NGE goes down to the nitty gritty of piloting mechas, and is ultimately psychological and somewhat depressive. Both shows are also complemented by very nicely developed characters.
Evangelion is known for its artistic command of scale and its ability to express a sense of enormity, contrasted with physical and psychological isolation, has yet to be surpassed in all Art. Only Gurren Lagann has transcended the physical sense of scale of Eva. The iconic climax of End of Evangelion may have been influenced by the animation of Macross Plus.
NGE is in many ways the "evil twin" of TTGL. Made by the same production company (Gainax) back in the 1990's, it starts out as a somewhat-normal super-robot show. However, it eventually becomes a brutal deconstruction of the entire super-robot genre. Featuring a pathologically-passive protagonist, his eternally distant father, and a whole cast of other very flawed characters, NGE is just as much a psychological character study as it is an action show. Overall, it is very dark, a total mindscrew, and likely will leave you with a lot of questions and a somewhat uneasy feeling.
I'd recommend watching NGE BEFORE you watch TTGL, because the latter will provide the catharsis you will desperately need after watching the former. Where NGE deconstructs the genre, TTGL REconstructs it gloriously. They should be watched in that order, and not the other way around.
First of all, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is kind of like a parody of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both Series have a protagonist with similar personalities (Simon/Shinji), and both shows have similar looking Mechas (Lazengann/EVA 01).They are both made by Studio Gainax.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is "darker", more serious compared to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. I recommend watching Neon Genesis Evangelion first, then Gurren Lagann.
Both are Gainex mecha anime in which a young teenager must step up to pilot a giant mecha and use it to fight enemies on a colossal scale to save humanity.
Both protagonists are self-conscious boys that fight for their lives in mech battles. One has a role model to reassure him when his self-loathing gets the best of him while the other does not.
It's like Neon Genesis Evangelion but with Shinji actually GETTING IN THE ROBOT most of the time and undergoing hardcore character development into one of the most badass characters EVER. OH AND DRILLS.
GURREN LAGANN IS THE OPPOSITE OF NEON GENESIS.
Ok, you might be confused, as they are opposite there are some similarities, both follow a wimpy push over gifted with a powerful machine and must save the world, but that's where they diverge. While Neon Genesis is a mecha that's very depressing and serious; rooted in heavy themes. TTGL takes a more light hearted and energetic approach to mecha world. Its interesting to see how the series mirror each other, especially since they are both produced by the same company.
Gurren Lagann is a whole different kind of mecha. If you like evangelion but are looking for slightly more modern art and in my opinion a better plot, then Lagann is for you.
I recommend this anime because all their episodes are good, do not have a boring episode is action from beginning to end, is must watch it.
This is how NGE would end up if Shinji had a role model or someone who was with him to guide him while growing up. Definetly better to watch this after Evangelion as you can truly see both paths bad and good in persons development in adolescence.
Opening Theme"Sorairo Days (空色デイズ)" by Shoko Nakagawa
Ending Theme#1: "UNDERGROUND" by HIGH VOLTAGE (eps 1-15)
#2: "happily ever after" by Shoko Nakagawa (ep 16)
#3: "Minna no Peace (みんなのピース)" by Afromania (eps 17-27)
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