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Poll: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie Lagann-hen Episode 1 Discussion

Mar 18, 2017 8:12 PM

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They ruined the fight against the Spiral King, but the last fight was EVEN MORE AWESOME than in the show.
Dec 8, 2017 8:28 AM

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Best final fight in anime. Period. No contest

Why don’t we become monsters and really mess up this awful world? Just destroy until there’s no more evil, no more sadness, no more anything…
Wouldn’t that be great?

Dec 8, 2017 9:03 AM

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This film ended in a great point, for me this first half is one of the best!!!

Hello, my litte boy!

May 26, 2018 3:12 PM

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Is this a recap of the Anti-piral arc in the series?
Jun 13, 2019 5:06 PM

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THAT WAS SO MANLY Funny story, me and my weeb friends were kicked out of the placed we were watching it at so I did the chaddiest thing and commandeer the sofa from my flatmates who weren't weebs.

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Jul 9, 2019 11:52 AM

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This whole movie was just an excuse just to show Yoko's boobs in their full glory. But to not make it obvious they also showed Nia's. Just kidding... Don't hurt me.

On the movie; while not as tight as the previous movie it was enjoyable nonetheless. I think the new ending is close to the origina. There are new changes that I appreciated a lot but the way they cut the political stuff was meh. I wasn't a big fan of it in the anime but seeing it being cut here just shows how important it was.


Also, Libera Me From Hell and the opening song are phenomenal...
Modified by azertz99, Jul 10, 2019 7:58 AM
May 26, 2021 2:06 PM
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Overall liked this less than the show but good God that last fight. Moving past the pure awesomeness of super TTGL the last fistfight between Simon and the antispiral was just perfectly done.
Aug 19, 2021 2:26 PM
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That fistfight- I was shaking- ... I think I know how it feels to orgasm from pure epicness now...
Nov 18, 2021 5:54 PM

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I had mixed feelings WHILE watching this. Sure it has to cut nearly half the scenes to be able to fit the story into a movie, but I found myself longing for those moments that we had from the original series. Like Kamina's death in the first movie, I think they should've spend more time surrounding Simon's arrest. Also they cut the after credits scenes where it shows our characters when they're much older, instead focusing entirely on Simon and giving him an extra scene, which made me sad. Seeing old and jaded Rossiu was something that got me in the feels the first time I watched this.

HOWEVER, I immediately went to the original series to do some comparisons, to see roughly what scenes they left out and how much the final battle and the ending changed. And first thing I noticed is holy shit, the visuals in many scenes definitely got a massive upgrade. It looks so much better. A lot of it is still the same of course, but where they did change the visuals, I didn't realize it looked so good. Visuals = check. This movie is far more polished in that department.

So in the first movie, they sped-run through most of the journey when travelling to face off the spiral king. I was perfectly fine with that except I think Rossiu's part should've have a bit more time to flesh out since he's a pretty integral character. But I understand that's difficult to do since his story was pretty long if I remember. In this movie, I remember us spending more downtime in Kamina City, seeing how all our characters settled down and enjoying normal life. I would've love to see more of that here again, but again, we have limited time. I'd like to focus more on the final battle.

One thing I wanna say right away is that the moment where they defeat the anti-spiral in this movie is the shining moment for this film and is what puts it above the main series. You know, the scene where each mecha is ejecting out of the other until Simon in his little lagann drills a hole through the anti-spiral. But in the series the anti-spiral is just sending out tentacles at him as he continuously ejects. Here, however, it's a massive DRILL FACE-OFF and it's awesome. The pink and green just shine so brightly. And when he does finally come face to face with the anti-spiral, they have a fist fight in dead silence, compared to the series where he kind of just drills the hole right away. Here Simon has an extra moment that makes it all the more worth it, "the drill is my soul" or something like that. It works, and makes it better. Each of our side characters getting into their own mechs and facing off the anti-spiral was a nice touch as well.

If I kept comparing I could probably ramble on, but I've done that enough. I'll just mention one last thing that caught my attention, after the wedding, when Nia disappears, Simon is asked a question, but is in silence for a moment before answering, his back to us, we are a bit unsure of his emotional state. But then he reveals he's alright, he's going to keep moving on. That's THIS movie, however in the series when asked the question, he answers right away and we can kind of see his face, there's no pause, no silent moment for dramatic effect. For me just a small thing like this made the ending just a level above the original ending. There's probably a couple more things, but I just skimmed through the ending of the series so I definitely missed some stuff.

Overall, if we could put THIS ending and THESE visuals into the MAIN series where we get the FULL story of all our characters, that'd be perfect. Oh and add back the scenes where it shows our old characters in the after credits scenes.

Still going to give it an 8/10 like the main series, it has a more solid ending with better visuals, but I still miss all the little moments from the main series that they had to leave out.

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Jan 1, 7:55 AM

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Wow. The series finale was already awesome but the movie one was made much better! I am already full. Thanks for the treat.

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