If you're being shaken by the physics in this anime and feel the need to argue with them, you're missing the point. The second recap movie that introduces loads of new mechs to the Gurren Lagann multiverse is just as stunning as the original series was. Be warned as this review contains spoilers to the original Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and the first movie. *The reason I purposely left out individual scores is because I can safely say that I was biased during watching this film, and I will thus be biased towards writing this review. Note: I am pro-Gurren Lagann and all for manly
screaming, yelling, pointing, crying, dying, fighting, punching, kicking, galaxy smashing, and most importantly - heaven piercing.
The movie resumes from the point where the Spiral King has been defeated and Kamina City is being built. The spirals of Earth have lived peacefully for seven years and, surprise, the cast has aged and matured along with the planet. All is well - Yoko is a school teacher somewhere far-off, Viral the immortal Beastman has been imprisoned, Rossiu is a powerful leader in the new worlds government, and Simon is regarded as the hero of all humans in defeating the Spiral King. Peace is boring, and just as requested an enormous battle begins - no less, right as Simon proposes to Nia. The first hour of the movie is dedicated to story taking place on Earth. Albeit a little choppy, it doesn't lose it's impact. The second hour of the film is the battle for the universe against the Anti-Spirals in space, with an entire newly animated ending full of explosions, outrageous over-the-top screaming, fighting for justice and all that good stuff. If you loved the original series, you won't be disappointed.
The animation and art are as beautiful as ever. The colors are vivid and thrilling, bringing the experience of using a galaxy as a weapon right to your home computer. Not much to be said as a lot of the animation is reused, but the new scenes are just as good, if not better, than the originals. The amount of art put into faces and mechs (and mech faces) still amazes me to this day.
Do the impossible. See the invisible. Row. Row. Fight the powah. I hope that sums up the musical score. Just kidding! The music renews a fair amount if tracks including the aforementioned, but what's really nice how it's applied. When Sorario Days (the original OP) started playing, I think the back part of my brain stopped working and I submitted to the screen and the anime took over. In summary, the soundtrack enhances the quality to an extent where it can obliterate your senses.
Same characters, but this movie focuses in on Nia in its new scenes. No complaints. Some characters that did or did not survive the first series encounter different fates too, so watch out for those. Some also get new mechas, which might I add, are awesome. And of course, the effect of Kamina's manly spirit still resonates as strong in this movie as it did before, even though he plays a minor role in the story.
How much did I like this movie? I screamed at my screen for the last 15 minutes of the movie and was carried by the presentation throughout. A truly spectacular movie. There were moments of sadness, moments of joy, moments where it was hard to even blink.
I hope this quick review is enough to wet your pallet for another exciting adventure with all your friends from the Dai-Gurren Brigade. This is a good movie to just flop down on the couch with, regardless of age or gender. Taste is a different matter. If you were not a fan of the original anime, this apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, and therefore you most likely won't enjoy this movie as much as I. I gave this anime a 10 because I felt it achieved all things I wanted from it - now you, the reader, have to decide on your own whether it was a 10 or not.
This movie was INCREDIBLE. It was definitely worth spending 1500 yen at Akihabara's sunshine theatre.
The movie included much more different scenes than the first movie Gurren-hen, and the last battle was so intense, one couldn't blink to miss anything. The background music for this movie was as well different than from the series, and very fitting with each scene of the movie.
Lagann-hen is an exhilarating production with a setting of monumental proportions, though not without its flaws, which - in some cases - are unfortunately more apparent than in the first installment.
The movie picks up right where Gurren-hen left off, though the opening sequences have been hugely condensed in order to quickly drive the plot into the second arc of the story. The setting expands in Lagann-hen, we travel from Earths surface into interstellar territory, in line with the TV show, although small sections of the story have diverged from the series, some understandably and others disappointingly. Certain new ideas seem extremely rushed, dragging what was
a fairly engrossing - if manic - plot downwards. Nevertheless, the scale of the story is as ever admirable and thrilling, though the developmental issues carry over from Gurren-hen, making it clear the Gurren-hen/Lagann-hen film double was more an excuse to cash in on the series, rather than create a coherent piece separate from the TV show. The dialogue, at times, also encountered issues; present simply to move the story along without any natural flow to it.
As in Gurren-hen, the rehashed sequences barely differ - if at all - from the series, but the new scenes go above and beyond. The new ending sequence is a powerhouse of action and zest, which will leave you wishing there was more, but unfortunately, there aren't as many new additions to Lagann-hen as there were in Gurren-hen. The staff really rely on the climatic sequence to blow you away, and while it may do just that, they don't really attempt anything deserving of praise throughout the opening and middle acts.
Taku Iwasaki's score returns for its third outing with no changes, yet the sound and music is a noticeable drop from the first installment. The music felt poorly timed, jumbled and out of place during much of the film, and often it was at such a low volume it may as well have been absent. Even the sound effects, which could have been turned up a couple of notches it give it that extra umph, were disappointing. The sound department manage to redeem themselves a little towards the end with larger emphasis on the music, but it's a shame an aspect presented so well in the series wasn't handled better in Lagann-hen.
Developmental issues mean that Rossiu and Kittan are still very much unknown characters to the audience of the movies, and Lagann-hen does little to remedy this. The film makes use of its supporting cast, more so than in Gurren-hen, but extra screen time doesn't equal development. They are still empty shells with a single trait, which isn't far below their series counterparts, but disappointing nevertheless as they lack any kind of background or character motivation, and the movie absolutely requires you watch the series in order to comprehend the characters' depth.
The stand-out segment in Lagann-hen is the climatic sequence, which delivers and then some, and is probably the sole reason to venture into the second installment beyond just re-watching the series. Pushed for time, Lagann-hen is always moving, but even so it begins to tire. Undoubtedly, far more could have been done to create a more coherent adaptation of the series, and it's unfortunate the studio behind such an enjoyable work would rather cut corners and cash in, than create a comprehensive piece both long-time fans and those new to the franchise can enjoy.
To write a spoiler-free review of lagann-hen is difficult, especially since there is quite some variation from the show. However, I will write this review on the basis that I don't want to spoil TTGL or Lagann-hen.
First things to say would be, Lagann-hen is a must watch.
To review Lagann-hen I think I should sum up some of the premonitions I had before watching it. I had seen Gurren-hen, and although I enjoyed it, I actually didn't like it as much as the series. Gurren-hen seemed a bit rushed to cover the first part of the series, and was chopped and changed here and
So coming into Lagann-hen, I was expecting this to be Gurren-hen for the second half of the show... Boy was I wrong.
Like Gurren-hen it does re-use a lot of images from the anime, however at most points they are in a different order, or given new narration. Large sections were redone completely.
The story is much the same as TTGL, however some minor differences persist. I won't say them in detail, lest I plague this review with spoilers, but I will say that I think the main cast is better represented in this movie. Each character is shown thinking or doing things that may have happened off screen in the TTGL anime. This sheds new light on some characters, while giving others more of a noticeable role. There was not one change I disliked about Lagann-hen. All the good bits were there, and all the bad bits were polished into good bits. Never once did the story feel rushed.
The actual ending of the show is nudged off course from the anime, but not in a way that breaks any of the continuity. It seems like every opportunity Ginax had to make the show better, they took it. Some places it seems almost unnecessary to alter the little things, but the overall effect is an amazing addition of depth to the plot.
As far as art goes, there are only improvements from the anime. The anime itself had great art, but the movie shook that up, turned it around and increased it to something that was a totally new, and increased it to a quality suitable to the big screen. Some of the movie is straight the same as the show, much of it is different. But not once did the animation look out of place. (Unlike Gurren-hen, where some of the new animations seemed a little too noticeable.)
Sound, was brilliant. If I can make a recommendation, listen to this in surround sound. It's not just the sound effects that have been given extra "omph", the entire voice acting matched perfectly, new lines flowed into old ones, narration covered some points and none of it had even the slightest flaw. I was surprised to hear the TTGL anime theme music kick in at the right place, I don't think any other piece of music could have fit there, sure enoguh, Ginax kept it for the movie. Full points here, it's been a long time since any show has had this much music that just screams, raps and wails ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWAH!
Character development was something I enjoyed very, VERY much. This was probably the biggest change to the show. Each character, no matter how minor, was given full attention and detail. Their roles never waned from their original, and only expanded the Dai-Gurren Dan feel. There are some surprising things that the characters go through in the moive, that is not present in the anime, it'll be obvious what I mean when you watch it. The characters are surprisingly human, if you cut them, they bleed, is one of the things the movie makes obvious. But it also shows, you cut a lion and you'll be faced with the claws. Dodge the claws and the fangs are next. The characters prove an unrelenting injection of determination and awesome, that the series did so well.
Enjoyment is next. Woah, did I ever enjoy it! Personally, this movie had me hooked. Having seen Gurren-hen, I was a bit inclined to think "skip" for the first bit and then just watch the end. But no, it had me on the edge of my seat all the way, even though I knew exactly what was going to happen! One of the things that made this movie more enjoyable, was the inclusion of a few jokes here and there. Even at the most serious of times, they put in a little one liner that really brought it down to earth. This is TTGL, after all, was the feeling I got from these kind of moments.
Lagann-hen has to be THE crowning moment of awesome for Gainax, if not all anime. I've seen a lot of mecha shows, I've seen a lot of hot-blooded pilots, cool super attacks and climatic battles, but none scratch the level of awesome exuded by Lagann-hen. Strangely, I'm not over-exaggerating here. But I will admit, Lagann-hen doesn't stand on its own. I don't think Gurren-hen supports it well enough to just watch those two on their own. And if you didn't like the series, then re-watching the ending may not cut it for you. Even though the ending to the movie covers far more plot and detail than the series did (and it did it in less time to). My overall conclusion would be, Lagann-hen is TTGL at its best. I don't think it could be perfected by even 1% more. If you even enjoyed 1/2 episode from the latter half of TTGL, you will enjoy this movie.
Lagann hen was a huge dissapointment for me.
They simply couldn't blend the new and old footage, for example, why Nia's hair is short again?
In Gurren-hen she didn't get her hair shot out by Yoko.
The pace was a mess too, everything felt so rushed and some favorite scenes were gone(I'm looking to you Rossiu) and the final battle was a fucking joke, too stupid(yes, even for TTGL standards), I remember when the tengen toppa gurren lagann showed up in the TV series i was like "fuck yeah row row fight the powah!" in lagann-hen every mecha felt so bland and didn't last more than 5
Also whats up with the OST? most of time I didn't hear shit.
And what was wrong with Kittans voice?
He sounded too weird all the movie.
Shame on you Gainax this movie could be something great, I'll better stick with the TV anime because it was and still is fucking awesome
When you thought you couldn't see anything not even close as epic as TTGL series, when you wonder how the hell could enough Spiral energy could be reunited in order to create such a brilliant masterpiece of a series, is when you notice that only one thing can beat TTGL: TTGL itself.
Honestly, I was well deceived by the first film (Gurren-hen), as it was not more than a rushed overview of the series until Tepperin's battle. Furthermore, even while being willing to see more of the TTGL world, I was fondly worried
about the fact that maybe the second film would be more of the same stuff. I'm glad I was wrong in every way I could have been wrong.
Opposite as his predecesor, Lagann-hen achieves to re-tell the whole TTGL story in 2 hours from the battle of Tepperin without feeling rushed in any moment. Furthermore, literally EVERY little addition that was made before the final battle, either was a wonderful addition for the backstory, or to the characters, or just the appearance of certain characters in certain scenes (don't pretend to spoil anything to you guys) exclusively for the film, which literally put me into tears.
Even though the film until the final battle was amazing, the film was actually nothing but a prologue to the GODDAMN CLIMAX OF EPICNESS that supposes the final battle. Music was epic, art was epic, sound was epic, full enjoyment, shivers down my spine, couldn't just stand the feelings, manly tears all over my face. I'm not ashamed, peeps.
I must say, this is a MUST SEE, but only after watching the series, as the experience is quite more developed in a whole series than in an only film. However, it wouldn't be actually a bad idea to jump the series in the final battle and watch the film instead, as I reckon it leaves nothing behind from that point and it only adds new stuff. BUT, I highly recommend you to watch the series as I watched: first the series, then the first film (just to remember the story, but not too essential, as I dislike a little bit the spin of the end) and then Lagann-hen.
Quite long for a first review, but I couldn't help to create a new account just to share my experience about these amazing series and films :3
If you aren't a fan of the serie that wants a bit of a reminder, don't watch this movie. All it is a repackaging of bits and pieces of the original animes, with few extra scenes.
The result : a movie that completely loses his pace. It's almost all action from start to finish, with no crescendo. You don't get the time to get attached to the characters, or to feel their dread. As a result, it's no longer a movie about overcoming difficult obstacles, or about strong bonds between individuals. It's just action, action, action.
So, don't watch this movie if you're new to the serie,
and don't watch it if you've still got fresh memories. It is nothing but a big deception.
This movie wasn't that great at some parts but I must say the ending was more epic then it needed to be then in the anime. They went over epically insane that I thought it would never end. The story wasn't that bad unlike the 1st movie and the music was still great and I wasn't as disappointed as I was the first.
The 2nd TTGL movie is a big improvement over the first one. More than half of the movie is based on new materials, making the story flows much better than the first movie.
With the new materials, they did a great job condensing most of the less important stories. There were a few exceptions, like Rossiu's story. But overall, they were able to preserve all of the epic scenes while maintaining a good story flow. However, there is one problem of non-stop actions. I felt the emotional impact is not nearly as much as the TV series. After all, there is only so much you
can do in 2 hours. I felt the movie would be more successful if they pick/choose further.
I like some of the new scenes, like the extra ones about Nia. But there were some bad ones, such as the final fight where each character will have their own 30 minutes of fighting with the final boss. In my opinion, this is clearly fan service which weaken the emotional impact. Speaking of fan service, there is more boobs flying around, which I don't mind.
Overall, I think this is a very enjoyable movie. Not as good as the TV series but clearly a step up over the last movie.
In order to watch this film one must first complete the series. As the movie would become very confusing.
For those of you who have already seen the series, then you know how many people were extremely disappointed with the 2nd season. Throw common sense out the window. The movie, much like the 2nd season in the series, is over the top with its action.
The movie stays true to the series with a few changes and added bonuses. Overall, the movie kept me entertained and was a fun watch. Nothing special.
*I'm writing this review for people mainly who have already seen Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and will hopefully be worded in such a way that there aren't spoilers for the show for those who haven't seen TTGL. I HIGHLY encourage those who haven't seen TTGL, to see it FIRST.*
This is a companion movie, a sequel to the previous Gurren-hen. Both are movie adaptations to the TV series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. This movie picks up at the end of the first, (wow, really?) somewhere between episode 13 and 15 of the TV show. Since this is an adaptation, some
of the story elements have been tweaked, leading to some difficulty matching them up. The beginning finishes out the Battle of Teppelin, and then we move on to the second half of the series, where the movie continues and concludes.
The story, in movie form, is lackluster, and while it is still the same basic principles as TTGL, loses much in the translation. The story in TTGL is superb, and the plot and pacing are excellent, but when condensed into an over 2 hour movie, way too many things are lost. Initially, the sub-plot about population increase is removed entirely, replaced with a decent fill-in about reaching spaceflight. Additionally, most of the political subterfuge and wrangling that Dai-Gurren does, in responding to the Anti-Spiral threat is also only mentioned in passing. There are many issues with the interpersonal relationships that are altered or ignored, but to list them would be to just add to the length of this segment. After reaching space, the story stays close, but only parallels TTGL's story, since after the divergence earlier, they are similar in only in basic plot and direction. As Dai-Gurren progresses towards the end, the real reason for the movie is revealed, elaborated on later in the Art section. The conclusion is, again, similar, but there are small things changed that do make a difference in the feel of the ending.
This is one of the highlights of the movie, and where the whole movie hangs its hat. The art is gorgeous, and the last 45 minutes or so are spectacular, evoking all of the feelings from TTGL, and more. The true reason for the movie was really to draw more awesome mecha, and this is clearly shown in the movie. Already TTGL had sweet mecha, but they apparently had ideas they never used, and needed a medium with which to express them. Unfortunately, they had to sully the good story of TTGL to get these mecha into a movie.
The other reason for making the movie, one that was in their minds more important I believe, was one specific scene around 4/5ths of the way through. Everyone who's seen TTGL knows that they have stayed away from visible nudity in general (for an anime), relying on almost-hints and some humorous situations to keep from showing it. However, when the gang appears before the Anti-Spirals, and Simon covers Nia with his cloak (a very respectful and tasteful scene in the show) this work is undone soon after in the movie. Through some series of circumstances which I can't remember right now, the characters fight, and you see Simon missing his traditional Awesome Glasses and wrappings. However, when they shift to Nia, separate in her own mecha, there is ALSO no clothing around, and you see pretty much everything from the bellybutton up, for no less than 5-6 seconds as she talks. The animators lavished time and thought on this animation, and you can tell. Unfortunately, it is a cheap way to get views, and I was extremely disappointed that they put such nudity in the movie.
Decent, but not excellent. The sound was reminiscent of TTGL the show, and many of the feelings one got from the show are still present, but the volume level was much too low, and the emotional resonance not the same in the movie.
As I elaborated earlier, the character development lost the most between the show and the movie, and made certain scenes fall flat. Namely when Rossiu must grit his teeth before being walloped by Simon, the movie's rendition honestly was pathetic. There was no reminiscence, no empathy, and the blow, not a punch, isn't even thrown by Simon.
Additionally, the epilogue doesn't bring any of the character development to a fitting conclusion except for Simon's, and it can be debated whether he ends on a better note than in the show.
It looks good, and its very fun to watch, evoking most of the same enjoyment the original series had. Not as good, due to the flaws, but still enjoyable.
Not the greatest movie, but its still TTGL, and if you really want to get a cool look at an alternate reality rendition of the story, check it out.
Me? I'm going to rewatch the last 4 episodes of TTGL to refresh the true story, the one with a fitting conclusion, the one with no nudity, the one with awesome mecha that are still awesome.
I'm not the type of person to watch anime films that re-cap an already completed series. However, being the huge Gurren Lagann fan that I am, I had to make an exception for this. By the time I finished these two films, I thought it was well worth it.
Both films are very well done. They hold true to the traditional storyline and yet change a fair amount of material as well as add some to give it a slightly different taste while still holding the same energized Gurren Lagann atmosphere. There were a few sequences that were greatly condensed or even removed from the original
series to fit the four hour, two-part film. Thus I would strongly suggest watching the show before seeing this movie if you've never seen the show and are interested in seeing this film. Its good stuff.
Overall, I would say that this movie is the movie that will pierce the heavens!
A great movie, for those that saw Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime, I have to reccomend it, most of the scenes of the are re-used were, it a couple of new ones for the final battle and others... I gave this a 9,because most of the stuff I have already experienced on the anime, even though, this movie made me relive everything I liked about the anime, which I finished a couple of weeks ago so I M was already aware of what I was going to get, it had impact, but not as much as the 27 episodes, what is perfectly fine. It consists
of summarization of 15-27 episodes of the anime, and still managed to kick the curb up to strastosphere and making the impossible possible again... they done a really good job at it, from sound to animation everything is like the anime, OVERKILL!!