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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Alternative Titles

English: Gurren Lagann
Synonyms: Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, Making Break-Through Gurren Lagann, Heavenly Breakthrough Gurren Lagann, TTGL
Japanese: 天元突破グレンラガン

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 27
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2007 to Sep 30, 2007
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.821 (scored by 206524 users)
Ranked: #212
Popularity: #17
Members: 338,353
Favorites: 25,717
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Popular Tags

action adventure comedy mecha sci-fi

Synopsis

In 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 Anime

Adaptation: 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

Kamina
Kamina
Main
Konishi, Katsuyuki
Japanese
Konishi, Katsuyuki
Hebert, Kyle
English
Hebert, Kyle
...
Simon
Simon
Main
Sugou, Takayuki
Japanese
Sugou, Takayuki
Kakihara, Tetsuya
Japanese
Kakihara, Tetsuya
...
Littner, Yoko
Littner, Yoko
Main
Ruff, Michelle
English
Ruff, Michelle
Inoue, Marina
Japanese
Inoue, Marina
...
Teppelin, Nia
Teppelin, Nia
Main
Fukui, Yukari
Japanese
Fukui, Yukari
Hoffman, Bridget
English
Hoffman, Bridget
...

Staff

Akai, Takami
Producer
Kamagata, Eiichi
Producer
Takeda, Yasuhiro
Producer
Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation



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Sep 6, 2013
IAmSovereign
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 read more
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Jul 27, 2012
FrancAguiar
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 read more
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Oct 3, 2007
Washi
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 read more
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Feb 13, 2015
solyman321
''I will pierce the heavens with my drill'' Simon.
I will keep the review as short and spoiler free as possible who likes a wall of text?
I marathoned the anime in 2 days and it is one of my favorite anime. I will explain to you why I feel like that.

Story:
The story mostly resolves about Simon and it focuses on how Simon and his friends face adversities in this cruel world. The story was kind of simplistic it's about a hero that's going to save the world. But that doesn't mean it's bad, quite the opposite. The story paces quite well, there aren't really any fillers. read more
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Recommendations

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.
Mecha anime, mixture of humor, mysterious "aliens", a large cast of unique individuals, not to mention both take place on a devastated planet.
Main characters have similar personalities, same style of artwork, epic fights
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.
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.
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.

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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