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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Gurren-hen

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Gurren-hen

Alternative Titles

English: Gurren Lagann The Movie: Childhood's End
Synonyms: Gekijouban Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Guren-hen, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann the Movie
Japanese: 天元突破グレンラガン 紅蓮篇


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 6, 2008
Genres: Action, Comedy, Mecha
Duration: 1 hr. 52 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Animation studio Gainax presented a website for the release of a movie adaptation of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann TV series in the fall of 2008. Both the original director and series script editor will return to work on the new project. Gainax will also be hosting four events to celebrate this occasion at this year's Tokyo International Anime Fair, featuring voice actors from the anime.

Related Anime

Alternative version: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Sequel: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Lagann-hen

Characters & Voice Actors

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


Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Ootsuka, Masahiko
Episode Director, Assistant Director
Nakashima, Kazuki
Script, Original Creator
Nakagawa, Shoko
Theme Song Performance, Inserted Song Performance

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Apr 26, 2009
*A failed attempt to surpass the “unsurpassable”.*

“Men put their souls into their drills when breaking through!”

Some obvious advices/facts before we dive into the review.

This is NOT a standalone movie thus having knowledge from the TV series is highly recommended and also beneficial to your mind.
Do NOT compare the pacing of the TV series with the movie. One is called a TV series and the other is called a movie for a reason, k? Both the TV series and the movie are by the original director and script editor so they know what they are messing with.
Do NOT expect to see a lot of new footages. read more
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May 7, 2009
Gainax have turned their series into movies before with Gunbuster vs. Diebuster and more recently the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy, now they've decided to give Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann the same treatment. Unfortunately, the runtime doesn't allow for a sufficient amount of development and many elements have been lost along the way, though there are saving graces in the new material.

The original series is twenty-seven episodes long, or - minus the openings and endings - around about nine hours. Gurren-hen follows the events of the first thirteen episodes and so is just over two hours shorter than its source material. As you would expect, much read more
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Mar 14, 2015
8 - Very Good all around.

Hard to compact a season of 27 episodes down into a 6 episode run-time, but for what it's worth, it pulled it off well. I gave it an 8 as I feel that is realistically what it was worth, I wouldn't have given it anything lower than a 7.

But when compared to the anime series, it is (while there is a decent amount of new content), just simply falls miles short. Miles short and yet I'd still give it an 8.

I'm trying to give a score that is not relative. If this was relative to the anime series, it would read more
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May 8, 2009
Gainax is one shrewd animation studio.

With the reuse of 95% of the footage including the "infamous due to crap animation" episode 4 Gainax truly maximized their earnings. In addition to this, there are moments in the movie that felt diluted in contrast to the TV series. Maybe it's due to Gainax compressing half of the series to an almost 2 hour mark. Maybe it's poor directorship. I don't know. To be honest. The recap episode (ep. 16) owns the movie format. Then again. That was a recap.

On the bright side. There is the Spiral King intro and the climactic battle between Gurren Lagann and read more
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Both are part 1 movie renditions of great mecha series. I would say that both are a bit difficult to get into since some prior knowledge would definitely help, but hey, at least we get them down to movie form. 

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Ending Theme

"Tsuzuku Sekai (続く世界)" by Shoko Nakagawa

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