This Year Marks the 10th Anniversary of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
To be more precise, April 1 of this year was the anniversary for Gurren Lagann. Better late than never!
I personally did not become aware of Gurren Lagann until roughly 7 years ago. It was during a time in my life that I was just kind of mulling around… I had just recently got back into watching anime after an almost 15-year hiatus (don’t judge) and stumbled across this colorful looking anime on Netflix. For me initially, the art style was not exactly attractive, I was a more accustomed to slightly more muted colors given the type of anime I used to watch and had just recently started watching again. However, I was kind of in a frenzy and wanted to watch whatever anime I could at the time. These are all judgments I personally based solely on the image for it that Netflix used.
I was not prepared for what I was getting myself into.
As soon as the opening riff of the first OP song “Sorairo Days” started, a wave of emotion just washed over me. I have always loved electric guitars. I have even tried to learn how to play on multiple occasions, unfortunately, my high hand just is not coordinated enough. Little did I know that I was about to embark on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
Believe In The Me, That Believes In You!
For those familiar with the series, the statement above makes total sense. If you are not familiar, let me just say this statement could be used to define this series, passionate and a little strange. Gurren Lagann is full of crazy one-liners that upon first hearing will make you go, “huh?!” but as the series progresses you embrace these strange and slightly off-kilter statements and start to feel the passion of the characters in the story.
So Many Emotions, So Little Time…
I don’t want to spoil anything but the feels…oh god the feels. Gurren Lagann for all its funny and quirky characters also manages to tug at the heart strings. When I was finished, I was in awe. Not just of the story, but in the way that I probably experienced every emotion, I’m capable of feeling. I was in a bit of a funk when it was over because I didn’t want it to end. In my opinion, this is one of the few anime series that ended satisfactorily.
Gurren Lagann was originally licensed for distribution in the U.S. by Bandai. Unfortunately, the license went back to Aniplex. This is only important if you are like me and prefer to own your favorite anime series. Aniplex USA uses a similar pricing model as their Japanese counterpart which drives the price up fairly high. Even so, I still bought a copy of the DVD release by Aniplex USA and attempt to watch the series monthly.
The series is also available to stream currently on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
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Image via Aniplex USA