Ranked #25

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
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.811 (scored by 256,256 users)
Ranked: #252
Popularity: #18
Members: 423,916
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Anime: Kill la Kill
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. 
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Anime: Eureka Seven
Mecha anime, mixture of humor, mysterious "aliens", a large cast of unique individuals, not to mention both take place on a devastated planet. 
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Anime: FLCL
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. 
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Anime: Needless
Main characters have similar personalities, same style of artwork, epic fights  
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Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion
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. 
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Anime: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
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. 
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Anime: Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster
Both have ridiculous, over the top fights with the same epic feel. They're also both made from the same company. 
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Anime: Shingeki no Kyojin
1. Both have strong character stories
2. both have a sense of moving forward
3. both have great animation

Overall there are a lot of similarities with the story line, being trapped (with giant monsters) striving to achieve something greater for the whole race. Both shows are very uplifting and fun to watch.  
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Anime: Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
Apart from both being made by GAINAX, Gunbuster shares the same similar method of using absolute force of will to save the day.

You may also find a lot of references to Gunbuster within Gurren Lagann.

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Anime: Soul Eater
Both are action-packed shounen series with similar art. 
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Anime: Vandread
Short, loser-ish protagonist that grows into his role as a hero? Check. Emphasis on the importance of being a man and the virtues of such? Check. Combine to form awesome fighting mechs? Check. Fighting to save humanity from countless alien robots? Check. 
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Anime: Dead Leaves
Over-the-top action, mostly unexplainable knowledge of technology when it's really needed, and characters that are instantly lovable (Kamina from TTGL, and Retro from DL). 
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Anime: Mobile Fighter G Gundam
A Super Robot piloted by a hot-blooded male who screams his attacks. Over-the-top action paired with serious drama. Victories, tragedies, love, betrayal, personal struggles, a fight to save humanity. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cheer. Highly recommended. 
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Anime: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)
If you're looking at these two as a comparison of similar anime stories, don't, there isn't one. Instead look at these two as having a similarity of overabundant histrionics (lot of shouting and overacting) and male characters that are very gar.

The storylines are simple within themselves.

Just remember that these two series are both over-the-top, so be ready for it. 
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Anime: One Piece
Both are great shonen series.of the best.
Friendship,Loyalty,Courage are really important.
Also they say that you have to fight for your dreams.
And the Gurren Brigade has somehow the same feeling as Luffy's crew x] 
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Anime: Guilty Crown
While TTGL is much more focused on the actual mecha aspects whereas in Guilty Crown it's just a periphery element, the storytelling has some some similarities. Both main characters, Simon and Shu, go through a crazy amount of hardships and losses especially with those close to them. They each have a role model that they look up to and want to eventually become, and both characters go through a significant amount of character development, changing from weak-willed little boys to mature and respectable adults. There's many similarities too in terms of character relationships and plot events, but giving away any of that would lead to  read more 
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Anime: Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
Star Driver is obviously very influenced by TTGL when it comes to the mech battles. The over the top animation style is the same, the beautiful universe background during the fights comes from the final battle from TTGL as well. There are many other similarities throughout the show. 
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Anime: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Sakuragi in Rainbow IS Kamina from TTGL... just without the GAR glasses and vibrant anime colours. If Kamina had been in a grimdark 1950's macho cheese prison drama, Rainbow would be it, for sure. The inspirational manliness is off the charts as these two seemingly invincible alpha male characters make their lessor male counterparts into better men/slightly homosexual. Simon's development in TTGL and Team Aniki (especially Mario) in Rainbow is practically the same; timeskip and all. Broship sacrifice leads to becoming a clone of Bro.  
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Anime: Sengoku Basara
Though in terms of plot/settings Basara and TTGL are nowhere similar, they both feature over-the-top action that suspends belief and kicks logic to the curb, not to mention they have characters that are full of manly high spirited charisma.  
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Anime: Heroic Age
It's similar with saving Earth along with mechas.. 
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Anime: Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar
Both shows are kinda throwbacks to 70s style super robot anime, but Gurren Langan does it with a lot more style and mordern sensiblities. Also, while GaoGaiGar is kinda a superhero story of mythological proprotions, Gurren-Lagann is a coming of age story that takes a super robot stable (drills) and turns it into a metaphor for life, that starts out as a battle for the freedom of those living underground and ends up involving all those who live in the universe, all the while Simon tries to find his own meaning and purpose in his life, and follow his destiny.GaoGaiGar on the other hand, follows  read more 
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Anime: Shin Getter Robo
Getter Robo is by far the biggest influence on TTGL, as admitted by the staff and as evident in the show. New Getter Robo isn't the best of its franchise (the Getter Robo Saga manga is), but is likely the most solid and accessible of the animated incarnations. 
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Anime: Basquash!
both are mecha anime that have a lot of action, a cool cast of characters, and similar art. And they both give off the same sort of feeling. 
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Anime: Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star
Similar character setting, older brother, younger boy, a girl or 2 at the side. They both inherit some universe beating machines and go far and wide throughout the universe for a girl. 
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Anime: Fairy Tail
Both series have a high production quality and give a very energetic feel. Though the settings are different they both give the same level of lots of excitement. Both series also feature the same levels of casual fanservice and have noticeably busty female characters. 
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Anime: Redline
Every so often, an experience comes along that kicks you in the face. Gurren Lagann is brimming with adrenaline and GAR-fueled moments, and Redline might be the only other piece of animation that matches it in magnitude. A racing film at heart, there are intense action scenes and gorgeous visuals that raise the bar for animation in film. While its narrative is definitely lacking, I will guarantee that you will have a smile plastered onto your face by the end.

Don't miss this film. 
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Anime: Kidou Senkan Nadesico
Both are parodies of the mecha genre. The mentor/pupil relationship between Akito and Gai parallels that of Simon and Kamina. Also, did I mention that they're both space operas? 
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Anime: Busou Renkin
though not similar by story or characters, but by the fact that both show you that villains don't have to be bad or evil.. there's always a good motive behind their actions 
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Anime: Full Metal Panic!
They both have a western comics feeling, main characters are really GAR and they are very good comedies.  
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Anime: Utawarerumono
somewhat the same, since they both have rebellions 
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Anime: Scrapped Princess
The themes of human beings purposefully being limited so that they are primitive are shown in both TV series. There's also a "God" like being in each series. Mecha is surprisingly in both as well. 
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Anime: World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin
Same idea with beastmen ruling over humans. 
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Anime: Aldnoah.Zero
both shows share a similiar story. In Aldnoah the people from mars are attacking earth and in Gurren Lagann humanity is fighting to get their planet back.
Both shows have a lot of action but the characters aren't rly similiar. 
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Anime: Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!
A Super Robot series with fanservice? No denying that.

But there's a compelling story beneath the fanservice and mecha action. 
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Anime: Akame ga Kill!
They're both over-the-top anime that at their core, are coming of age stories where the protagonist eventually reaches the mantle of their mentor. However, there are huge tonal differences, with Akame ga kill being extremely edgy whilst TTGL tone is more epic. 
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Anime: Macross F
Both involve mecha battles in galaxy
In both the living places of humans are being invaded by some unknown creatures
Both have ultimate technology
There's lots of romance in both 
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Anime: Giant Robo the Animation: Chikyuu ga Seishi Suru Hi
If you loved Gurren Lagann, I guarantee you'll love Giant Robo. Both feature wonderfully over-the-top "hot-blooded" action, GAR characters, epic scope, and excellent production values, especially in the case of Giant Robo, which took six years to finish animating the 7 episodes.  
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Anime: Sword Art Online
Both series are huge adventures that span large worlds. Both series have a young protagonist who starts out one way but develops and comes of age. Both have lots of action but have a strong focus on characters and drama (more action in Gurren Lagann and more character and drama in SAO). Both series are split into two completely different series that are almost entirely different in style and tone from each other (SAO's second half gets more lighthearted and Gurren Lagann's second half is much darker than the first). Both have a strong female character who is not only an excellent fighter but has  read more 
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Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
These are both over-the-top anime series that keep you on the edge of your seat. They both contain non-stop action that just keeps getting crazier and crazier. Both of these anime revolve around limitless resilience, hope, and friendship.  
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Anime: Shin Getter Robo tai Neo Getter Robo
Both feature the struggle of humans against non-humans, a mecha with god-like powers, and an emphasis on drills as weapons, though with Tengen Toppa the drill is symbolism representing humanity moving past obstacles and climbing higher - or a sexual metaphor in some cases.

Both anime also feature hotblooded heroes and combine humor with drama. Although, Tengen Toppa features a set of romantic subplots as well. 
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Anime: Aquarion Evol
Both series contain over-the-top gattai mecha action with an underlying or (in the case of Aquarion EVOL) well-pronounced love story.

The characters are relatively similar, without necessarily exemplifying tropes, and both series' characters noticeably have catch-phrases that represent their persona.

The series both possess a sense for the extravagant both demonstrated by mecha action and the character interactions.

On a side note, the main heroine has a mascot pet in both series - Boota in TTGL and Shush in Aquarion EVOL. 
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Anime: Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi
Week Kid want's to protect those around him. Ends up getting in tons of Epic Battles and becomes the Hero. They do differ in substantial ways but in the End you get the same enjoyment.

Sound to Simple? Well I gave up trying to explain the Awesomeness of these Shows. Just go watch Both of them. You WILL NOT be Disappointed! 
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Anime: Medaka Box
Same studio and art. Also refrences of Gurren Lagann mentioned 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Both are mechas animes with cool characters and have greats fights with nice animation. Also, Both begin with a small group of people struggling against a huge enemy army. 
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Anime: Digimon Xros Wars
Digimon Xros wars and gurren laggan are similar in many ways... the protagonist shoutmon and kamina share similar ways of life, even in some animation points they share styles... in some points the only think left to say in digimon is "this is the drill that will pierce thru the sky!" but there is a drill so dont worry the time will come xD I thinks Digimon Xros Wars was molded with Gurren Laggan in mind of course gurren lagann is in thousand ways more deep and 100 times better in animation... so if you like digimon XW you will love Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann...  read more 
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Anime: Change!! Getter Robo: Sekai Saigo no Hi
TTGL's spiritual granddaddy. If you ever wanted to know what the writing and animation staff watched in their free time, chances are that this is it. 
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Anime: Punch Line
Crazy taste in eyewear and hairstyles, explosions, a fair share of super revealing costumes, explosions, a young unassuming hero that becomes strong, explosions. The art and animation styles are the same and some similarities in Simon and Yuuta's character designs and color schemes are uncanny. Both animes give that explosive, upbeat feel. 
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Anime: Suisei no Gargantia
to put it simply Gargantia is just a recyclation of used up anime plots
not only the story but even characters are recycled and shamelessly voiced
by the same seiyuu .. I can't say much cuz it counts as spoilers but I can say this much:

- both are mecha set in an alternative world one where the whole planet is a desert and the
other where it's fully covered with water

- both have some weird technology relative to the retro feel they give off

- the characters are too similar to ignore pinion X Kamina Bellows  read more 
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Anime: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
With an unlikely trio and a whole bunch of friends to help them out, nothing is impossible. That is one of the themes Magi and TTGL have in common, friends. They always have eachothers backs, especially in the most difficult times. The best part, however, is that both have splendid fighting scenes with ridiculously sized weapons and attacks. 
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Anime: Space☆Dandy
I feel that the way space is designed and the ridiculousness is similar. In a good way.  
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Anime: Samurai Champloo
The plot and setting in these series are nothing alike but they both give you the same feeling. Both series start off with a bang and are super addicting. Both have moments that make you laugh until you can't breath, moments that make you go WTF? and moments that bring you to the brink of tears. Both shows make it look like they'll be ridiculous at first, but in reality they have deep meanings hidden away.
If I had to describe these shows in one word it would be: FUN 
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Anime: Magic Knight Rayearth
The both seasons of Rayearth reflect the plot of Lagann,the first is to save people of a person that gone "bad" to protect something(Zagato/Lord Genome)even if it costs the sake of the people and someone from another world(Rayearth)/From below the surface(Lagann).At the 2nd season there come a menace from outher space(Debonair MKR/Anti-Spiral TTGL),and the chosen ones fights with even bigger mechas(TTGL)or Mashins(in Rayearth)and got to rid the menace from tre world. 
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Anime: Kyousou Giga (TV)
Both shows have this over-the-top action where main cast fights against the established universe. Family bonds play a big role and there is an important big brother figure in both too.

The feeling and the setting between the two differ quite a lot however. TTGL is a mecha with simple backgrounds and a lot of deserts that show the despair of oppression and destruction, while Kyouso Giga's genre is supernatural and the art is very fairy tale-ish most of the time. 
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Anime: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2
Both are mecha animes with very intense epic battles, the story plot between the two are both similar in a way to how they both want to make the world a better place and to become successfull in doing so. Theres quite a bit of mecha action and dramatic suspense with romance here and there, with some comedy to lighten up the moods. Very good animes overall.  
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Anime: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
One word: Gainax... but that's not enough. These two Animes are full of crazy-over-the-top action, both also have crazy adult humour

If you even remotely enjoyed one of these, you'll surely enjoy the other. 
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Anime: Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai
both by gainax, same adolescent quirky feel  
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Anime: Samurai Flamenco
Both are really weird, really crazy, and are both really awesome.
Gurren Lagann is about believing in yourself to achieve the impossible.
Samurai Flamenco while remaining possible in a way, is absolutely insane. Having to deal with a cast full of characters who are just plain stupid, apart from maybe a few, who must feel so tired dealing with idiots.
Gurren Lagann, although it's mech and adventure, just has a very similar feeling to Samurai Flamenco, because both are crazy and both are a hell of a lot of fun to watch. 
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Anime: Tenkuu no Escaflowne
Deconstructions of their respective mecha subgenres, they explore the concept of human will: its manifestation as power to control, create, overcome, and bring about apocalyptic danger. 
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Anime: Kurogane no Linebarrels
The main character are voiced by the same VA for both shows. For a little boy who doesn't understands things at first matures and becomes a hero in the end. Both characters are fighting the same cause: to save the world. 
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Anime: Oh! Edo Rocket
Same crazy mix of parody-comedy action with nevertheless a strong and complicated story. "Gurren" originates from super robot mecha animes, "Edo Rocket" from harem-type with this special girl that just falls on protagonist's head=) They both exploit some common themes but do it in a bit unexpected fashion. 
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Anime: Noein: Mou Hitori no Kimi e
Somewhat similar art styles and animation, both having to do with intergalactic forces seemingly beyond humanity's power, final enemies are even similar in appearance. 
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Anime: Black Cat
Main character joins a rebel- type group to defeat evil people trying to create an utopia using artifictal life (sorry about spelling) 
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Anime: Bounen no Xamdou
They both have exactly the same feel to them, in my opinion. As soon as I started watching X'amd I thought of Gurren, probably because in both series the main cast is on a ship of some sorts and all characters have more personality to them than the standard side character does. 
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Anime: Digimon Savers
It's not just the hotblooded manly screaming and other super robot tropes which tie these shows together, although if one put Kamina in a digimon show he'd pretty much be Masaru Daimon; both seem determined to break the laws of physics and go beyond the impossible. But it's not hard to see the beastmen and themes of ethnic conflict in Mercurimon, Gotsumon and the other early digimon antagonists, or Kamina City in Eldoradimon, although the Antispirals bear more resemblance to Apocalymon than anything in this digimon series. 
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Anime: Samurai 7
Both anime have to deal with humans surviving against giant machines that are oppressing/trying to kill them. While Gurren Lagann is more comical, they are both pretty serious at the end. 
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Anime: Trigun
Both anime grow in the same fasion. They start out with comedy, then get into action, and end out very dramatically. 
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Anime: Heroman
The weak main character that finds a super robot, which becomes more powerful when it needs. In both the character develops and becomes stronger, but in Gurren Lagann there's the second part of the anime, which is too good to be compared to the pro-american Heroman. 
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Anime: Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World is a good transition from Gainax's Eva days to their FLCL/Gurren Lagann days. It's sort of an intermediary between the eras, in terms of the general feel of Gainax productions, I think. 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
Both anime revolve around a kid set out to change the way of the universe and the oppression of humans against a race that is superior to it. Both shows have romance and tradegies alike, as well as unpredictable plotlines if you haven't seen them as of yet. Both are really epic and makes you think about the big picture. 
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Anime: Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon
Each of these shows have a great original spin on their already used up genres, Featuring great fighting scenes as well as excellent stories that have to do with a political nature but with more twists and parodies of how the political system works,Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon does this less subtly then Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. These shows feature many likeable characters with fun traits interesting back stories as well as their own unique look to them. Both these are great sci-fi shows that really change the face of their respective genres. 
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Anime: Bounty Dog: Getsumen no Ibu
Science fiction, but very different setting. The plot leads to a similar climax involving the love interests and their roles during it. 
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Anime: Zetsuen no Tempest
Let's put aside the differences first of these equally awesome and emotionally touching animes:

- Lagann focuses on mechas, beasts and the spiral powers
- Tempest has focuses on Shakespeare, magic and time travel

-Lagann focuses on 'Rejecting common sense to make the impossible possible' - the show's characters completely ignores logic and limitations
-In Tempest logic plays an important factor to the characters - the impossible and possible are thoroughly considered
-But this could be a similarity as both shows focus in some way or another, on logic.

-In Lagann, the show's setting varies from the small scale (caves, small civilisations)  read more 
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Anime: Yuusha Tokkyuu Might Gaine
More hot-bloodedness and tons of explosions from pure action! 
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Anime: Uchuu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade
While Blade has deep psychological themes like Evangelion does, Blade also has a level of action and stakes up there with Gurren Lagann. Also like GL, Blade escalates rather quickly and has incredible character development, which the epic battles are very important to. And by the end of the series, the title character ends up as one of the most powerful beings of all. 
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Anime: Hajime no Ippo
The storylines of both shows involve a boy protagonist faced with rapidly escalating odds. He gets stronger over time after conquering his fears, and defeats some of the most powerful opponents of all. 
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Anime: Donten ni Warau
Donten ni Warau and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann both involve the threat of incoming antagonists as an overarching plot.
Both start off grounded in reality but then take a turn for over the top action, especially in the second half.
The main characters while being unique to each series have similar relationships among themselves. Tenka and Kamina act as the older brother - mentor type, they're both heavily involved in the plot in the latter half of the series. Soramaru and Simon wish to be independent and strong without the help of their brother or 'bro', respectively.
And finally, both convey and build the  read more 
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Anime: The Law of Ueki
Although both animes appear very different at first glance, they do share some similarities. In both Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and The Law of Ueki, the overall message is the same: to never give up (even when the goals seems impossible to reach). The theme is also similar as it revolves around friendship, loyalty, and courage.

The protagonists share the same objective as well, though how they achieve their goal is a bit different. In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, they use mechas. In The Law of Ueki, they have superpowers. Both protagonists experience a hardship that will motivate them further to achieve their  read more 
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Anime: Yamato Takeru
The protagonist lives in a world where humans are no longer dominant and live in simpler times. The hero finds a buried mecha in the ground uses it to defeat an enemy that humans have never seen before. The mecha is originally meant to be a fighting machine for the enemy, but is found by the hero just in time. Themes such as overcoming impossible obstacles, despair, a great journey, betrayal, and love are similar. Both have big doses of comedy, but Yamato Takeru is more lighthearted and not as much fanservice.

Other large similarities include both having mysterious extraterrestrial antagonists who command  read more 
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Anime: Dragon Ball
They both follow young male protagonists who grew up in a location that is far from the norm, who later go out into the mainlands accompanied by an older female accomplice.

They both have over-the-top fights as well as a good storyline to follow.

They both involve a lot of traveling and meeting new friends and foes. 
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Anime: Uchuu no Stellvia
Main character wants to go to space
Mecha, main character use a super mecha
a some one who couldnt believe in themselves become a great hero
first half is against one enemy, the second half "aliens"
The story line is VERY simliar 
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Anime: Tetsuwan Birdy Decode
Super natural science. 
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Anime: Sousei no Aquarion
Both are Mecha anime. both have a plotline where humans rise up against a force that tries to keep them down. both hav sad endings. 
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Anime: Zoids
Well first series of zoids os basically same as tengen, boy finds mech, boy beats mech, boy finds girl, girl becomes special 
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Anime: Oban Star-Racers
The overall feeling of both shows is very similar. They both feel very uplifting, positive, and prove that the impossible can indeed be possible. Not to mention both have fiery red-head female leads and rebel teams filled with youths from Earth. Both seek to overthrow a higher power.

While Gurren Lagann focuses on mechs, however, Oban Star Racers has pod-racer-like ships.  
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Anime: Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then...
Plots, animation, and characters have many ups and downs throughout the series. They have similar large-scale endings (though Gurren Lagann to a much more extreme degree). Characters must cope with losses, decide which side they are on, and work together in order to defeat a powerful enemy. Whereas Gurren Lagann has mechs, Symphagear has a sci-fi battle armor. 
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Anime: Inazuma Eleven
Both shows are about going beyond the impossible and never giving up in spite of staggeringly low odds. Sheer willpower can solve just about any problem faced by the characters in each series.

Also, neither show is meant to be taken seriously during the action segments and by suspending one's disbelief, the dei ex machina used throughout the show can be immensely enjoyable. 
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Anime: Sengoku Basara Two
It has the same kind of epic fighting action anime. Gurren Lagann does it with mecha and Sengoku Basara does it with swords. If you liked one series then you will automatically like the other. 
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Anime: Vividred Operation
- Sci-fi universe with powers unlocked through intense emotion
- Huge monsters
- Blatant fanservice
- Technobabble that was made up while drunk
- Does not take itself seriously AT ALL 
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Anime: Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Both of these shows have a cowardly main character that toughs it out when its important to save their comrades. Both shows have amazing character growth, fighting, and humor! 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
There's the obvious "beautifully illustrated space mech fighting against an initially vague enemy" factor, but I find them to also be similar in spirit. Gundam AGE's AGE System that learns from the Gundams' battles is similar in spirit to Gurren Lagann's Spiral Energy; just as Spiral Energy reflects how humanity keeps going and is evolving day by day, the AGE system is a weapon system that evolves right alongside its pilots. 
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Anime: D-Frag!
These series both have funny characters and a family environment. They also have great action scenes and a heartwarming storyline. 
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Anime: Yu☆Gi☆Oh! 5D's
As GX and Eva are the deconstruction, 5D's and Gurren Lagann are the reconstruction of their genres bringing back the sense and feeling of the tropes that are brought back together. Both start off light hearted but contrastingly they get darker. The Ark Cradle Arc resembles that of Gurren Lagann. 
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Anime: Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki
In both anime they are fighting with each other witch similar robots 
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Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
-Both are mecha anime, like duh....
-The relationship shared between Orga and Mikazuki in Iron-Blooded Orphans are quite similar to the relationship shared between Kamina and Simon in Gurren Lagann
-Both anime started out with the protagonist being under control of a higher authority.
-Both anime shared a similar background landscape
-The mecha design in both anime are different
-The art style used in both anime are drastically different and both were made by different animation studios.
-The antagonist in both series have different goals in mind

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Anime: No Game No Life
Both shows are in a fantasy setting about humans fighting other races.
The fights in both shows are about being as outrageous as possible with flashy color everywhere. 
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Anime: Asura Cryin'
Both involve the whole "fate of the world" drama, and have the chosen one to pilot a machine. Also has that one character who puts himself/herself before others 
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Anime: Koutetsushin Jeeg
Lots of morale boosting yells! 
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Anime: Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince
Both are mecha, but is not only focused on fights, I feel like they pay attention to the characters and part of their lives in that situation. Also, in Majestic Prince, they're all teenagers and Gurren Lagann has a teenager as a protagonist too. 
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Anime: Nobunaga the Fool
-Both anime involve mechas.
-Kamina has a lot of similarities with Nobunaga as both of them are hot-blooded protagonists that will do anything to achieve their purpose. 
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Anime: Shinsekai yori
Gurren feels very much like Shinsekai Yori in the sense that humanity is being restrained by limits and it is left to our main character(s) to try and break the chains of what is possible for humanity. 
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Anime: Gekitou! Crush Gear Turbo
Lots of morale boosting yells! 
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Anime: Nisekoi
A romantic comedy and a mecha show? How could these possibly be similar? While their plots have no concrete similarities, both series reach for the same goal. Gurren Lagann wants to exaggerate and emphasize the nonsense and cliches of the mecha genre, while Nisekoi does the same but for the high-school harem comedy. Neither have deep plots or great characters, but both can be very enjoyable just because of the extreme over-the-topness and passion behind both series. Somehow, both series are smart in their stupidity, and are even more enjoyable if the viewer can appreciate that. 
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Anime: Yoru no Yatterman
Fun, friendship, a pig, and a great addition to the long line of anime.

Gurren Lagann is more story-centered while Yatterman Night is more about a strange adventure.

Both are about rebelling against a tyrant. 
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Anime: Highschool of the Dead
Both are very manly to the point of "spiraling" out of control. (Pun intended.) 
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Anime: Mazinkaiser
On the surface both shows feature über over the top mecha and hot blooded pilots. The mechs even share many similar abilities. (Not surprising since Gurren Lagann was an homage to 70's mecha anime which is where Mazinkaiser has it's roots). They also share some of the same type of stylization in design and animation. Mazinkaiser sticks to it's 1970's roots but does feature a heavy think lined art style much like Gurren Lagann. Both titles have some oddly kinetic and bouncy animation and are very colorful.  
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Anime: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
While the overall tone of Evangelion is the polar opposite to that of Gurren Lagann, the action sequences in this second rebuild film are harder, better, faster, and stronger than those of TTGL. If you want similar over-the-top [yet considerably more HARDCORE and GRAPHIC] mecha action, this is the way to go.
...if you're into that sort of thing. :P 
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Anime: Zoids Genesis
Another mecha series with a rebellion against an oppressor, Gurren Lagann is a Super Robot-style mecha anime like no other, far more wild than Zoids.

Simon and his foster brother, Kamina, wish to escape their underground village and see the surface. Mankind has been driven into these kinds of villages by the Spiral King and his mooks, known as Beastmen. They get their chance to get out of there when a gunmen (as the series machines are called), falls into their village during a fight with Yoko Litner.

Yoko's extremely powerful rifle has no real effect on the thing (neither does Kamina's  read more 
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Anime: Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
Both have intense interdimensional fights on a grand scale and have themes of combating the impossible 
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Anime: Captain Earth
both are mecha, the protagonists are both weak (at first anyway) and both protects Earth. 
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Anime: Bakuman.
Large focus on the individual characters' growth. 
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Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Both go at a fast pace to keep it interesting but slow down the pace to keep storylines and characters developing. They also tell a story of a main character who starts off as a weakling who feels useless but the character develops into a mature, brave hero. Oh, and they also have a cute red-ponytailed girl as a companion to their brutal adventure.

The difference is that Gurren Lagann is a Mecha anime and Madoka Magica is a Magical Girls anime. 
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Anime: Accel World
Mecha,willpower,nice plot,the protagonist is so motivational, the speeches too!! One of the BEST anime out there! 
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Anime: Mushishi
These two series are polar opposites of each other in every aspect save for two: catharsis and uniqueness.
Allow me to explain. The two are unique series in their own manner, however both are extremely appealing for this fact (as shown by their very high ranking), this certain "appeal" can only be experienced with a clear and open mind while viewing them, unclouded by prejudice or preconceived notions of expectations. In other words, take the series as they are, and you will enjoy the series to the fullest.
As for catharsis, both series are able to hold much "intelligence" within them. What I mean by  read more 
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Anime: Baccano!
Both anime feature over-the-top characters who provide lots of action and much comic relief. 
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Anime: Naruto
These series are both very inspirational and present the idea of trying your heart out to over come obstacles throughout it.  
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Anime: Ergo Proxy
Travling and discovring new places with new ppl in the first part of TTGL similer to the secound Part of Ergo proxy..and then in the secound half of TTGL the develpment of the city was similer to how the city was in the first part of Ergo Proxy.. that's what made me relate these anime to each other.. 
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Anime: Paniponi Dash!
Think about your reaction to TTGL every time it would take your idea of logic and relieve itself on it. Think about how every episode seemed to go even further beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb for the twentieth time. That's pretty much what Pani Poni Dash! does, except with how rapidly and blatantly it makes fun of and references everything. Anime, video games, western culture... it has a little joke on everything thrown in there, and the pace just keeps ramping up right until the end.

Pani Poni Dash! = Azumanga Daioh + Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann 
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Anime: Terra e...
It's a lot similar story-wise, because both deal with multiple generations, and characters fleeing catastrophic situations. Even the authority figures (what Hegel would call the thetic and antithetic components) are similar: an autocratic machine-based government in Terra he.. and the semi-machinic Anti-Spirals in TTGL. Besides which, both series have the same moral: Hope is what keeps us alive, when everything else wishes us dead.  
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Anime: Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Harlock
Space battles in massive ships. Space Pirate Captain Harlock is one of the many sources of TTGL and Simon's design in the final part is actually inspired directly by Harlock. It is a lot of fun and great to watch and note the similarities with today's animes. Harlock was (and still is) a very influential anime. 
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Anime: Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar Final Grand Glorious Gathering
An extended version of GGG Final that ties in Betterman.
But that's not the important part. Things get broken, people yell. Things blow up. Robots combine. Testosterone in a torrent file! 
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Anime: Tiger & Bunny
Both use mecha, both have a great sense of humor accompanied with great fight scenes. I found that the characters in both were very likable. Just give Tiger & Bunny a try, the title is off-putting, but really is actually a great anime.  
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Anime: Scryed
Protagonists very similar in that they both have power proportional to their will to be victorious if you really enjoyed TTGL I would be very surprised if you didn't also enjoy Scryed.  
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Anime: Air Gear
Kamina and Ikki have the same spirit. The atmosphere is kinda same too. 
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Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist
Both animes are about a person doing his best to reach their life aim. But if in FMA you can see that all main hero's attempts to do the impossible are futile, in TTGL the main hero does make his dreams come true, whatever obstacles are hindering him from following the way he had chosen. Also, TTGL may become a real source of inspiration for some sensitive personalities. So to conclude, if you liked FMA with all its pathos and surmounting, you'll definetely like TTGL which in addition will place you in no less mesmerizing universe than the one of FMA. 
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Anime: Full Moon wo Sagashite
Well, TTGL has nothing with the story, style, shoujo, song or something with Full Moon...

But i TOTALLY recomend you to watch it, cause both of them show the real importance of a goal/dream!

The two ones are a lesson for all your life, watch it... 
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Anime: Chrno Crusade
Similar mood throughout the stories, characters are forced into conflicts, the endings are also in the same themes of "stolen" love.
Simply put both are great action/adventure Romance and must watch.  
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Anime: Mugen no Ryvius

Also they both deal with the stress of people's lives and trying to save an enormous amount of people...in space ( well...at one point, anyways ) 
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Anime: Souten Kouro
Souten Kouro ranks high on the GAR (or "manliness") chart, but Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann exceeds it. Both are epic tales of men forging their way in a hostile world, though TTGL goes for comedy sometimes and includes more standard anime elements such as fanservice and giant mecha.

If you liked Souten Kouro but wished it was more like a typical anime, give TTGL a spin. 
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Anime: Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar Final
If you watched GaoGaiGar FINAL, you probably already have a love for men in giant robots screaming about courage and beating other robots up. This is a continuation of that. But, it's also more. There's a bit more relationship stuff (Though it doesn't get in the way of the good stuff), a lot of political stuff, and some actual, good, well-written drama. 
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Anime: Beelzebub
Over the top and beyond impossible! TTGL does it with awesome mechas, but Beelzebub is about...raising a child. TTGL has it's serious moments, but Beelzebub is 100% humour.

Amazing voice cast: almost every Beelzebub's main character has a seiyuu from TTGL. For example, crazy awesome Kamina's voice actor is playing the role of arrogant but idiotic main character, Oga, who is also crazy awesome in his own (beat them up) way.
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Anime: Great Teacher Onizuka
Okay seriously now, if you liked Kamina in TTGL then you will fall head over man-heels for Onizuka. Kamina was pretty good but Onizuka is as manly as it gets, and it's a shame that many people are oblivious to it. If you're looking for a series for MEN, then you need to get into GTO. Preferably the manga but the anime is fine too. 
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Anime: Kurokami The Animation
Kurokami has not the same epic plot as Gurren Lagann, but both of their main characters are battling against their destiny and trying to change it in order to live their lives.
It's supposed that the main character can't change his fate, living bounded to it with the thought that it has to be in that way, but somebody make him change his mind and want to live his life on his own way. 
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Anime: Mushrambo
Similar adventurous themes, as well as [spoiler]combining[/spoiler] 
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Anime: Muteki Choujin Zanbot 3
Director Hiroyuki Imaishi admitted in an interview that Zanbot 3 was one of his influences on making Gurren Lagann. Thus, if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for you. Throw your prejudices of old animation to the curb and embrace the awesomeness. 
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Anime: Kyouran Kazoku Nikki
Both of them have great, crazy humor. The action are very fast and chaotic. The characters are a parody of science fiction/ slice of life series, yet they are likeble.  
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Anime: Shoka
Same action style and both are strange drawing 
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Anime: Uchuu Kyoudai
The relationship between Hibito and Mutta is almost similar to the bond Kamina and Simon shares--the main difference is the role reversal. In the TTGL's case, Simon's "Aniki" teaches him to believe in himself, whereas Hibito, the younger brother, tries to inspire confidence in his older brother in Uchuu Kyoudai. 
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Anime: Hakaima Sadamitsu
Sadamitsu is a virtual copy of Kamina. He spends the entire anime yelling about how he never runs from a fight and engaging in the most ridiculous grandstanding, even trying to fight giant aliens with his bare hands. It's great!

"Who do you think I am, you shit gorilla?" Can you tell which of the two animes this is from? Me neither! 
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Anime: Tetsuwan Birdy Decode:02
While Birdy lacks some of the epic-ness of TTGL, they are similar in many respects. Both successfully incorporate action into a meaningful and interesting plot, both question the the meaning of humanity, and both can pack an emotional punch. Additionally they both involve love, space and aliens, and I would say their visual style is similar. 
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Anime: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Both these series tell a story of an honest man, trying to make his way in this rotten, wicked world. Kaiji and Simon are real man's men, they have principals and won't forfeit them no matter what. You can see them doubt, you can see them tumbling down and degrading, but they soon realize their mistakes to remain steadfast and strong.
However, Simon is surrounded by a number of trustworthy friends, he can rely onto, whereas Kaiji is a lone wolf among heavily armed hunters. Kaiji is more about betraying while TTGL is focused on friendship and loyalty. Thus the ideas of them are also  read more 
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Anime: Digimon Tamers
Both venture to the far limits of theoretical physics and utilize its weird phenomena combatively in the epic final battles.

Both have "eco-fascist" main villains who have calculated that there are too many humans, and calmly launch plans to reduce their numbers. 
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Anime: Inferno Cop
Both share some of the same key staff including the same director. Similar in how "over-the-top" they are. Inferno Cop is a comedy, while Gurren Lagann is a mecha action show. 
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Anime: Kishin Houkou Demonbane (TV)
Both have giant robots that are godlike by the end of the series. 
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Anime: Love Live! School Idol Project
the core theme of these two anime is "aim high" "Never give up without trying" and "dream about the future".

In both. Initially, the main characters are ordinary nobodies, then, they are faced with a figurative "wall" that they must overcome(yielding ends the story then and there). After successfully jumping over this hurdle, they become well known and successful and then they discovered that now that they are successful, they are now faced with a task/goal far bigger than what they ever imagined(at this point, the progression is now different, but Love Live 2 fixes that).

theme wise, there is this pushy character  read more 
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Anime: Vandread: The Second Stage
Mecha; epic battles against unthinkable odds. Fanservice. 
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Anime: Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Two young characters venture into an unknown world inhabited by large beasts who are often controlled by strange enemies. They befriend attractive do-gooders and one-by-one fight through the immediate underlings of the world's evil ruler. Sound familiar? 
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Anime: Shinkon Gattai Godannar!! 2nd Season
As with the first season, a mecha series with fanservice, but it also centers on the characters. 
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Anime: Yakitate!! Japan
Yakitate!! Japan is basically Gurren Lagann with bread instead of mecha.

Whereas Gurren Lagann is basically Yakitate!! Japan with mecha instead of bread.

And both have Marina Inoue.

And both have the same common sense-breaking power up style that makes both of them great. 
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Anime: Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro
Well, the best word will probably be EPIC.
to put it simple, both series have this epicness feeling in them, even though the general atmosphere is quite the opposite. 
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Anime: Seto no Hanayome
While Seto no Hanayome doesn't have mechs or really anything comparable to them in the anime, what it does have is the same general atmosphere as Gurren Lagann. What I got out of both animes was the fact that both are just so off the wall that you can't help but find your self just laughing. If you're looking for another anime that just throws all reason out the window and want to laugh your ass off I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Seto no Hanayome. 
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Anime: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
Despite being extremely different, both stories of Gurren Lagann and LoGH take epic proportions, almost involving universe's fate.
Also there're some time skip in both anime.  
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Anime: Toriko
While Toriko isn't exactly a mecha, it shares the concept of something being so bad it's awesome. Both are very testosterone fueled anime, but both also share tremendously bad writing. Luckily, there are moments in both that you can't help but smile at so the awesome overshadows the bad. 
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Anime: Bakuretsu Tenshi
If you're a fan of Yoko and fan service, Bakuretsu Tenshi's Meg will drive you crazy! 
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Anime: Tears to Tiara
"Believe in yourself!"
"Who the hell do you think I am?"
Arawn (Tears to Tiara) just keep spewing out the quotes that Kamina (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) is famous for. 
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Anime: Tailenders
Action, epicness and MANLYNESS!!! 
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Anime: Gad Guard
Both have a young main character who own and fight with a mecha. 
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Anime: Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu
Gurren Lagann is the epitome of hotblooded awesome, while Gaiking literally runs off of hot blood. Also, both are Super Robot shows. Though admittedly, Gaiking runs more in the vein of traditional Super Robots, such as Mazinger than does Gurren Lagann. 
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Anime: Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Outside Legend - The Endless Odyssey
Both have incredibly manly main characters, awesome spaceships and stuff about spirals. What more do you need to know? 
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Anime: Heartcatch Precure!
Although their not similar in content, they are similar in execution and style...

So basically, if Gurren Lagann was a magical girl anime, it would be Heartctach Precure! (And vise-versa.)
-Both have awesome and over-the-top battle sequences.
-Both have the "Determination" thing going on.
-Both play their genres straight, but in a good way.
-Both have simple plots that are executed very well.
-Both have great characters that make you want them to persevere.
-Both share crazy art styles and style of animation.
-Both share very funny comedic moments.
-Both have hot blooded characters in them. (Kamina and Kumojaki respectively.)
-Both have heartwarming moments./> -Both have emphasis on teamwork.

If you liked one you may like the other, even if you hate magical girl or mecha anime they both manage
to be fairly entertaining. read more 
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Anime: Dragon Ball Z
Both display over the top action and insane amount of power (level) 
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Anime: Jyu Oh Sei
Although they have incredibly different storylines and settings, the pacing and character development in both Gurren Lagann and Jyu Oh Sei could probably be both thrown in the "super fast paced shonen" category. So, they seem very shonen-like, though because of their shorter length's compared to usual shonen's the plots progress extremely fast and things just get straight to the point, which can be a great thing. Young main characters coming of age rising to the top, various time leaps, solid action and animation, interesting plot twists, etc. It's all there. 
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Anime: Cobra The Animation
Both are awesome shows made to be in an old style on purpose yet both still have great animation they also both feature Manly protagonists and hot chicks in them  
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Anime: Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen
Old-school style and passion meets modern techniques and storytelling. Things explode and faces get punched - often.  
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Anime: Sentou Mecha Xabungle
Both anime are super crazy/insane and over the top.
And you could say that Gurren Lagann is a spiritual successor to Xabungle, as it's clear that TTGL is influenced heavily from it. 
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Anime: The SoulTaker: Tamashii-gari
Similar aesthetics and "power words". The story development also has some common points. 
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