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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


Type: TV
Episodes: 27
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2007 to Sep 30, 2007
Premiered: Spring 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.801 (scored by 271,099 users)
Ranked: #262
Popularity: #18
Members: 449,649
Favorites: 33,475
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In a faraway 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 fiery 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!


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Characters & Voice Actors

Konishi, Katsuyuki
Konishi, Katsuyuki
Sugou, Takayuki
Sugou, Takayuki
Kakihara, Tetsuya
Kakihara, Tetsuya
Littner, Yoko
Littner, Yoko
Inoue, Marina
Inoue, Marina
Teppelin, Nia
Teppelin, Nia
Fukui, Yukari
Fukui, Yukari


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

More episodes Episodes(27/27)

Episode Title Aired
1 Bust Through the Heavens with Your Drill!
Omae no Doriru de Ten wo Tsuke! (お前のドリルで天を突け!)
Apr 1, 2007
2 I Said I'm Gonna Pilot That Thing!!
Ore ga Norutte Itten da!! (俺が乗るって言ってんだ!!)
Apr 8, 2007
3 Who Do You Think You Are, Having Two Faces!?
Kao ga Futatsu ta Namaiki na!! (顔が2つたぁナマイキな!!)
Apr 15, 2007
4 Having Lots of Faces Doesn't Make You Great!
Kao ga Oukerya Erai no ka? (顔が多けりゃ偉いのか?)
Apr 22, 2007
5 I Don't Get It, Not One Bit!
Ore ni wa Sappari Wakaranee! (俺にはさっぱりわからねぇ!)
Apr 29, 2007

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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Sep 6, 2013
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
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
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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Sep 1, 2009
Perhaps no other show I have viewed have I gone into with higher expectations and hype than with Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Practically everyone I know has told me about how awesome it is, how its epic ending is the best thing since the invention of the internal combustion engine. Looking back I suppose that made it inevitable for me to be let down and disappointed.

A message to the rabid fanboys probably is in order. If you are incapable of accepting anyone’s opinion that differs from your own then you might as well stop reading this right now. What follows is read more
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