This’ll be something else that I can hopefully post about on a regular basis (gonna try for weekly, but we’ll see…): I’ve recently been hooked into watching anime, and I feel it’s about time I began talking a bit about some of the best shows I’ve seen thus far.
For this first post I’d like to shine the light on the epic, pro-humanity, mecha-bearing anime called Gurren Lagann!
The full name for the series is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but this title in fact refers to one of the “final forms” that is taken by the main mecha (gunman) in the anime – known as “Gurren Lagann.”
This gunman is actually two individual gunman: “Gurren,” which is the name of Kamina’s (the really cool-looking guy) acquired gunman, and “Lagann,” which is the name given to Simon’s (the kid with the goggles) gunman.
Now, onto the “meat” of the post…:
The power of the human race!
Gurren Lagann, on the whole, can be summed up rather straight-forwardly: Kamina (recognizable by the funky-looking shades he likes to wear) essentially drives the entire show forward. It’s his unquenchable desire to see humanity prosper and reach the stars that eventually stirs some fellow villagers to go above ground, following the initial gunman attack, to begin with. Even when he dies around halfway through the first season, it is most likely Kamina’s unwavering resolve to do the impossible, I think, that drives the remaining Dai-Gurren coalition to continue to fight on and ultimately emerge victorious against the “Anti-Spirals” – their final adversaries.
Kamina, essentially, embodies the imagination, curiosity, and spirit of the human race at its absolute best and greatest; he’s the sort of ideal that, I’m sure, a lot of us would like to possess ourselves.
That’s probably the most meaningful reason to watch Gurren Lagann…. Yoko’s not a bad reason, either…!