Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 1: Gurren-hen

Gurren Lagann The Movie: Childhood's End

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


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 6, 2008
Producers: Aniplex
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy
Theme: MechaMecha
Duration: 1 hr. 52 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.161 (scored by 7069770,697 users)
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Ranked: #3552
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Popularity: #1218
Members: 141,040
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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.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Ootsuka, Masahiko
Episode Director, Assistant Director
Nakashima, Kazuki
Script, Original Creator
Nishigori, Atsushi
Storyboard, Character Design, Animation Director, Principle Drawing, Key Animation


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Ending Theme

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

Apr 26, 2009
KaminaKai (All reviews)
*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
Jul 31, 2010
thepieman35 (All reviews)
Ok, so here what you should NOT do right before watching this: watch the series. The entire movie is just splicing of direct cuts from the series, to make it shorter. Now if you have not seen the series at all, or have not seen it in a while, then this movie, and its sequel could be enjoyable.

I really enjoy the series, and feel that anyone considering watching this should instead watch the series.
May 7, 2009
Touka (All reviews)
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
May 8, 2009
Unregistered00 (All reviews)
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

Recent News

Aniplex To Release Gurren Lagan Movies In US

According to Anime!Anime!, Aniplex will set out for DVD sales business in US in July. The initial line-ups are Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie: Gurren-hen and Lagan...read more

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Am I the only one who thinks gurren lagann is a piece of crap?
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