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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, Gurren Laggan
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: Sundays at 08:30 (JST)
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.721 (scored by 513,136 users)
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Ranked: #422
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #26
Members: 915,650
Favorites: 56,166


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. 
report Recommended by Master10K
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. 
report Recommended by DaBigD
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. 
report Recommended by bobide
Mecha anime, mixture of humor, mysterious "aliens", a large cast of unique individuals, not to mention both take place on a devastated planet. 
report Recommended by yami_shinyi
Both have ridiculous, over the top fights with the same epic feel. They're also both made from the same company. 
report Recommended by Excelsior
-Big Mecha battles -Male MC trying to prove himself -Similar overall story progressions 
report Recommended by Dsnadium
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. 
report Recommended by elc1247
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. 
report Recommended by Tachii
The basis for Gurren-Lagann thematic wise: humanity fighting for survival against a righteous enemy, the rise to power from a cowardly lead character and a similar brotherly relationship. 
report Recommended by 7Th
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.  
report Recommended by Writtenmuse
Rainbow and Gurren Lagann are two shows that take place in vastly different worlds, but they both share the theme of brotherhood and sacrificing oneself for the sake of others. Although both shows have that standard shonen theme flowing through the story and characters, Rainbow tends to be more mature in expressing that brotherly bond, whereas GL is more lively and animated. If you liked Rainbow's passionate portrayal of brotherhood, then you might like Gurren Lagann. 
report Recommended by Lucena
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. 
report Recommended by WhaleWright
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. 
report Recommended by Dodecahedron-O24
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. 
report Recommended by KonaKona4
Deku and Simon. They're both the underdog kids you just love to root for when the tides go against them. Wish them luck when things go uphill, cheer for them when they learn to overcome obstacles. The rush you get from watching these two grow up to be the great people they would be is pretty addicting. 
report Recommended by Hereditus
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 
report Recommended by Veronin
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. 
report Recommended by DarkRoseOtaku
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. 
report Recommended by Starcastic
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] 
report Recommended by melieon
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. 
report Recommended by Noontide
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. 
report Recommended by Sparkysharps
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 
report Recommended by Mystic_Spirit
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. 
report Recommended by SuperTiencha
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 
report Recommended by rah-rah
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. 
report Recommended by Dorcas_Aurelia
It's similar with saving Earth along with mechas.. 
report Recommended by candigal
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.  
report Recommended by Kantarou
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. 
report Recommended by yarvenclog
This is similar in style of action and comedy... if you want thrill seeking action scenes with brutal detail of the fights wath this anime and it's outstanding comedy and plot... Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann will captivate your anime attention much like Soul Eater with great characters and almos unlimited action... 
report Recommended by Rodskape
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.  
report Recommended by JNSky
Both shows features mechas fighting other mechas, with an enemy seeking to prevent humanity from advancing. The similarities in these two shows are not limited to just the storyline and the mechs, but also the beautiful and dramatic visuals, the mechas piloting bigger mechas, and the growth of the main character. If you like one, you will like the other. 
report Recommended by Shuc49
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.  
report Recommended by Auralvampire
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? 
report Recommended by llxwarbirdxll
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 X Yoko ..etc remember, the deeper it gets the more  read more 
report Recommended by colorful_smile
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 
report Recommended by Daphne4
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. 
report Recommended by CRAZEH247
Kamina and Ikki have the same spirit. The atmosphere is kinda same too. 
report Recommended by rmd12
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. 
report Recommended by JayF
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  read more 
report Recommended by KrazyKobun
They both have a western comics feeling, main characters are really GAR and they are very good comedies.  
report Recommended by sanjica
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.  
report Recommended by Lsseu
I feel that the way space is designed and the ridiculousness is similar. In a good way.  
report Recommended by Perposterown
somewhat the same, since they both have rebellions 
report Recommended by Vin-nii
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). 
report Recommended by Ravenhood
Same idea with beastmen ruling over humans. 
report Recommended by sexylittleotter
Both anime have the same theme: the strenght of hummanity and it's power to fight on against all odds. Both also feature a war that humanity is involved into, bittersweet moments and hints of romance; although TTLG is more over the top and comedy centered, in other hand NGNL Zero is a war drama. 
report Recommended by Lax_Caux
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. 
report Recommended by eagleman252
Both have incredibly manly main characters, awesome spaceships and stuff about spirals. What more do you need to know? 
report Recommended by slax
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. 
report Recommended by broujo
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. 
report Recommended by zaberiel
Same studio and art. Also refrences of Gurren Lagann mentioned 
report Recommended by Setsuna200
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. 
report Recommended by SirBlackCat
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 
report Recommended by MrMana
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! 
report Recommended by japzone
-Both are action/mecha that even non mecha fans can enjoy -Both have very interesting and unique story's -Both are funny and have their fair share of fan service -Both are very enjoyable  
report Recommended by alimula
Both anime have similar themes of the power of human spirit, the impact of death, and of doing the impossible. The main characters in each series have to fight through an unfamiliar world and must cope with the loss of those around them, learning and growing from it. They muster up all of their strength and courage to break the rules of the world and fight for what they believe in. Each offers its own unique take on a similar, intense experience. 
report Recommended by GeminiMaxxim
Protagonist and deuteragonist are mistreated and abused orphans who have a strong bond and consider each other brothers. Simon and Kamina's dependence, unconditional love, and blind-faith on one another mirrors that of Orga and Mikazuki's. Together, they create an organization and treat the members of their organization as their family. Members of the organization are dedicated and loyal to their organization and what they stand for, and care deeply for one another. If you like the sense of brotherhood in one series, you'll like it in the other. Both series deals with systematic oppression on people of lower class and their desire to overturn the inequality.  read more 
report Recommended by dahabi
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. 
report Recommended by FoxSpiritShrine
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. 
report Recommended by nixnao
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. 
report Recommended by TheStormPow
both by gainax, same adolescent quirky feel  
report Recommended by OnceTwice
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. 
report Recommended by FirstFamiliar
Gurren Lagann is referenced thoughout the series and Space Patrol Luluco is more enjoyable after having seen it as well as other Gainax and Trigger productions. 
report Recommended by koparo
Mecha,willpower,nice plot,the protagonist is so motivational, the speeches too!! One of the BEST anime out there! 
report Recommended by SeraphimGRG
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 
report Recommended by roselovespuppies
Akko and Simon have very similar character arcs. Both shows focus on believing in yourself for power. Magic is very similar to fighting spirit. Little Witch Academia contains references to Gurren Lagann. Some shared staff between both shows since Trigger is made up of former Gainax employees. 
report Recommended by djguthrie5
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.  
report Recommended by Saki-Rebellion
Main character joins a rebel- type group to defeat evil people trying to create an utopia using artifictal life (sorry about spelling) 
report Recommended by Antione
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.. 
report Recommended by yumiche
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. 
report Recommended by soregashi
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. 
report Recommended by VK11
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. 
report Recommended by Kuromii
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. 
report Recommended by Pontifus
Well first series of zoids os basically same as tengen, boy finds mech, boy beats mech, boy finds girl, girl becomes special 
report Recommended by ecchi_taichou
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. 
report Recommended by birdboy2000
Both anime grow in the same fasion. They start out with comedy, then get into action, and end out very dramatically. 
report Recommended by Kinsouwa
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. 
report Recommended by CodeSaint
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. 
report Recommended by DivergentKarma
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. 
report Recommended by Ardeur
A Super Robot series with fanservice? No denying that. But there's a compelling story beneath the fanservice and mecha action. 
report Recommended by RodG
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. 
report Recommended by bereta002
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. 
report Recommended by NaruTony
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 "intelligence" is  read more 
report Recommended by ManvsPillow
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. 
report Recommended by GameXtra
Similar aesthetics and "power words". The story development also has some common points. 
report Recommended by ladyxzeus
Both take place far in the future where earth is a wasteland of its former glory, both have advanced technology, and both take place in space. 
report Recommended by Vroknokmen
Both take place far in the future where earth is a wasteland of its former glory, both have advanced technology 
report Recommended by Vroknokmen
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. 
report Recommended by LoidNerdy101
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 message that family  read more 
report Recommended by TheBlackCrow
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) to the universal scale (planets, galaxies) -In Tempest, pretty much  read more 
report Recommended by Jazzy_Noodles
Both anime feature over-the-top characters who provide lots of action and much comic relief. 
report Recommended by Kwertie
Epic classic space opera. Humanity is kept repressed underground by alien attacks, which have wiped out Earth's surface. With the help of an alien technology that can harness the infinite power of the universe, with risks, a selected cast of determined and competent people, ranging from teens to elders, incorporate it to their vehicles, and reach higher horizons, fighting versus entire armies, which are not pure evil, but mostly facing a grave environmental problem by taming the universe through terror. There is some strategy involved, but the main crew is still plot-armoured, and the solution always ends up being to ram the enemy! fire the freaking Wave  read more 
report Recommended by Roruman
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. 
report Recommended by ImpurestClub
These series are both very inspirational and present the idea of trying your heart out to over come obstacles throughout it.  
report Recommended by hypernova_00
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. 
report Recommended by Asfaria
Both are very manly to the point of "spiraling" out of control. (Pun intended.) 
report Recommended by ForeverFizz8
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. 
report Recommended by Megamean09
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 sword, for that matter,  read more 
report Recommended by pika247
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. 
report Recommended by LoidNerdy101
The similarities between these two anime reside in the fact that it just keeps escalating. It gets more and more ridiculous through the series, in a good way. Samurai Flamenco makes some intense changes at episode 7 and then keeps getting more intense. Gurren Lagann starts off with some intense changes and keeps working up to an epic scale. If you liked one, you're sure to at least find something you'd like about the other.  
report Recommended by Perposterown
Both have intense interdimensional fights on a grand scale and have themes of combating the impossible 
report Recommended by iBlewupthemoon
Same kind of epic, over the top badass stuff. Both series have a start out pretty small but escalate to some huge fights. They're both pretty funny, but still have something serious about them. (You know, friendship, public opinion, some politics, saving mankind and stuff) The animation and character style also felt similar to me. 
report Recommended by robbe
both are mecha, the protagonists are both weak (at first anyway) and both protects Earth. 
report Recommended by MotherOfUltra
Science fiction, but very different setting. The plot leads to a similar climax involving the love interests and their roles during it. 
report Recommended by Piegoose
Large focus on the individual characters' growth. 
report Recommended by Camoral
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. 
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
Some kids find a small robot buried underground and it's power helps them fight off an evil threatening the universe. 
report Recommended by HunterRose
Ancient warrior travels to earth and the battle against a universal evil is renewed. Kamina and Optimus are boy courageous and hope inspiring and are both willing to give their lives for what they believe in. Transformers is a bit dated but the ideologies and characters still hold up. 
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Ancient war between two factions. A lot of manliness and passion. Both mains are head strong and determined. They have similar feel to me as well. 
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Druaga has a similar flow and dynamic to that of Gurren Lagann. If you enjoyed Gurren Lagann for the simpler aspects, you'll probably enjoy Druaga. I will say that there aren't so many hidden philosophical points in Druaga, but it's still worth a watch. 
report Recommended by RWFC
They do not take themselves seriously, have a very similar style and powers and level of power VERY much.  
report Recommended by morettiBlueEyes
Both are well written action shows, with likable characters that make you care about the action instead of just being mindless. Both shows also sport an entertaining, young main character who does whatever pops into their mind. 
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In Ideon: Be Invoked (1982), the technology found to be the apex of humanity elaboration is fueled by human energy and as progressively becomes unbeatable, also causes anomalies. Its mythology of unending power antecedes its occurrence in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007). 
report Recommended by suikasama
Action adventure anime following a shy boy who unlocks great power within himself with the help of his mentor figure to confront evil. Sound familiar? 
report Recommended by Axelthrow
Both have mecha and can mecha-fusion (Gattai) Both have stpd love story Both have a villain that act like villain to prevent them to be villain to avoid villain Both have stpd well-written protagonist (it just simon is waytoo idk make me sick) Both have remarkable character like (kamine & kojiro) can i brag a lil? mkay i actually like gurren lagan and personaly only love the first 10 eps whats wrong with cliche  
report Recommended by Aawwuuii
The characters strive to reach one desired goal of a long journey despite unexpected obstacles and perils to face in any time, also making new friends on the go and fulfill the wish regarding their beloved relatives. Both are highly inspirational and endearing series. 
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What's there to say? Mazinger Z is the OG super-robot anime, so naturally there will be similarities between the two. -Over-the-top mecha battle sequences culminating in climactic and potentially world-ending showdowns between the heroes and villains -Quirky characters with an equally quirky sense of humor -Similar cast of human characters 
report Recommended by Dewelleric
Both Main Characters have an inferiority complex to the group leader. Circumstances lead to the characters taking a leadership role. Both have comedy aspects but also have some emotional moments.  
report Recommended by Mesto83
Ninja Batman takes a lot of inspiration from Gurren Lagann, and it is heavily recommended to watch TTGL prior to Batman to better understand what is going on in the movie and how. 
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Macross' plot is really similar with Gurren Lagann's.Its about the human's nature of feeling the need to explore the unknown , this will lead to conflict served with romance and a lot of action! Macross tries to show that human kind and general any other being is helpless to resist it's nature (whatever it is).(Yes Im talking about Devil's Dolls).Gurren Lagann shows how insignificant human is compared to powers that exist in the world outside earth but in the end , HUMAN WILL and love , can make you enough powerful to stop anything that will get in your way and  read more 
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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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It is no doubt in part to their ridiculous yet threatening villains that these two mecha series can fluctuate between seriousness and over-the-top comedy without a hitch, delivering a heartwarming message of teamwork all the while. Interestingly, most of the key members in Gurren Lagann's production had previously worked on Medarot.  
report Recommended by vegetablespirit
Lots of morale boosting yells! 
report Recommended by ikinie
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 
report Recommended by KhiddStayiin
More hot-bloodedness and tons of explosions from pure action! 
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Both main characters have lived in an area their whole lives, and thought that where they lived was the only living place out there. Simon(GL) lives underground and Chakuro(KnKwSnU) lives on a sand island. Both main characters come off as weak and whiny Two characters in the series Kamina (GL) and Ouni(KnKwSnU) wish to escape their boring lives and explore the world outside of their little bubble. Both main characters meet a girl who forces them out if their "little world." and into the real world. Both main characters see that the real world isn't all it seems and that war is going on. Both shows have  read more 
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These series both have funny characters and a family environment. They also have great action scenes and a heartwarming storyline. 
report Recommended by SenpaiSteve
Lots of morale boosting yells! 
report Recommended by ikinie
Both have over the top action, exaggerated characters and a hyperactive narrative. And you can say that Tanks are close to mecha in some ways. 
report Recommended by AbsoluteXandy
Drills are a man's... A Magical Girl's... soul! The saikyou no weapon, undefeated in both it's manliness and it's cuteness! Spinning across time and space, unknown to demographics, the drill appeals to men, women, and children of all genders, races, and species. For the ultimate form of evolution, the ideal body that is humanity is the result of our nature as Spiral Beings. The appeal of drills is embedded within our very DNA, so we can't help but fall to the allure of drills.  
report Recommended by Rahkshilord
Similar to Gurren Lagann in the fact that it is out there and is very funny to experience. The whole premise of this is that a boy gets super powers when he sees girls panties and he tries to save the world. 
report Recommended by hadesbane
An orphan boy learns how to be a man thanks to a father figure who's careless and hot-blooded. Both coming of age stories has a subplot that involves the MC's love interest. 
report Recommended by BlancaXLobo
-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. 
report Recommended by femto999
Crazy fights. Kid fights demons(aliens) big adventure. dues ex machina plot tons of fun  
report Recommended by IamdaNimzy
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. 
report Recommended by EkansRap
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! 
report Recommended by wtflinda
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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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. 
report Recommended by Mach_Dent
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 different.  read more 
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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. 
report Recommended by lotrus28
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.  
report Recommended by spark91
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... 
report Recommended by Chrnomeerr
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. 
report Recommended by slax
Both have a young main character who own and fight with a mecha. 
report Recommended by Ousto
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. 
report Recommended by neito
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  
report Recommended by Hideyoshilover
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. 
report Recommended by ZeraX
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.  
report Recommended by Yuki-Shiyami
Action, epicness and MANLYNESS!!! 
report Recommended by twy
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.  
report Recommended by HooHiraiBunny
Similar adventurous themes, as well as [spoiler]combining[/spoiler] 
report Recommended by Prime32
Awesome, over-the-top action and using the power of friendship and belief to do the impossible. 
report Recommended by ninryu
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.  
report Recommended by Henna
Same action style and both are strange drawing 
report Recommended by albadr_almuneer
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. 
report Recommended by ohai
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. 
report Recommended by eklie
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! 
report Recommended by amf85
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. 
report Recommended by moritheil
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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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. 
report Recommended by gardab
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.  
report Recommended by kkslider89
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 
report Recommended by Wraith7153
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. 
report Recommended by Probability
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. 
report Recommended by Kawawaface
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! 
report Recommended by Scallion
"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. 
report Recommended by BlitzAceSamy
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.  
report Recommended by Amberleh
- 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 
report Recommended by billyea
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. 
report Recommended by Echelon
Old-school style and passion meets modern techniques and storytelling. Things explode and faces get punched - often.  
report Recommended by Noontide
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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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. -SPOILERS- Other large similarities include both having mysterious extraterrestrial antagonists who command a group of  read more 
report Recommended by mikemania
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. 
report Recommended by Kaizoku_Mugiwara
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. 
report Recommended by chaosabordine
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. 
report Recommended by Objurgo
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. 
report Recommended by 1231415333
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 goal, though  read more 
report Recommended by anemoneko
Imagine if Kamina was put in charge of a spaceship and had the best luck in the world. That would be Irresponsible Captain Tylor in a nutshell 
report Recommended by weirdy8
As with the first season, a mecha series with fanservice, but it also centers on the characters. 
report Recommended by RodG
Super natural science. 
report Recommended by zdeamonjosh
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. 
report Recommended by Gurreninja
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 who gets all his/her  read more 
report Recommended by Kyrdua
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. 
report Recommended by Elu
Mecha; epic battles against unthinkable odds. Fanservice. 
report Recommended by Elunah
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? 
report Recommended by ModHip
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.  
report Recommended by alienninjasaiyan
If you're a fan of Yoko and fan service, Bakuretsu Tenshi's Meg will drive you crazy! 
report Recommended by ModHip
Both have giant robots that are godlike by the end of the series. 
report Recommended by oijgahkrthnkndc
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. 
report Recommended by Taufiq91
Not as fast-paced as TTGL but plot-wise, its as similar as it can get, well at least from where I was standing. 
report Recommended by mvpmerome
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 
report Recommended by hiddxnsystxm
Both display over the top action and insane amount of power (level) 
report Recommended by MagEarwhig
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. 
report Recommended by Jetman2021
FIGHTING ROBOTS IN SPACE~ 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 ) 
report Recommended by RedBardIsCool
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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