Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gurren Lagann Review

There's definitely going to be a lot of spoilers so if you haven't watched it yet and hate spoilers please stop reading!

I know I'm late to the band wagon, but I finally had a chance to watch this anime. I was really aversive to watching it because the animation looked old and it didn't seem worth my time to watch it, but after must persistence from my brother I finally started this anime.

I feel like this anime had a few sexist things still inlaid in it but overall it was brilliantly written and when watching it thoroughly, I actually enjoyed the animation. I love the theme of it and how they kept persisting to write their own tomorrow and finding their own destiny, instead of what was written by the "Anti-Spirals". The drill reflecting our DNA and thus, deeming those with DNA the spiral race was quite innovative.

So let's go through the time-line so this review is somewhat comprehensive. I genuinely love how much faith Kamina had in Simon, especially when Simon was considered a child. It's very much reflective of how children have so much potential and they have the power to change the future. Also, Kamina's will to inspire and believe in Simon when Simon did not believe in himself. If you believe in someone else who believes in you, that will give you the push you may have needed all along to do whatever you wish to achieve.

Yoko is a bad-ass bitch. I love her character so much. She's the best sharp-shooter and doesn't let normal standards confine her. Although I wasn't too found of the sexualization of her, I think it's actually embracing her femininity and her qualities and dressing in a way that makes her comfortable to do what she does best. Women can be as good as men. I also liked how she made the first move with Kamina, instead of waiting for him to make the first move.

I cried when Kamina died. I don't know how I feel about having him dead so early on in the series. I don't think the series would have been as successful if they had left him alive during the entire time as it fueled everything that followed after. It reminds me of Harry Potter and how Rowling killed off important characters for the push of humanity. I cried when the member of Dai-Gurren died. It felt like when the toys of Toy Story accepted their death. Stuff like that pulls my heartstrings. If Kittan had feelings for Yoko this whole time, I wish they explored that relationship further, and I thought it was interesting that her and Kittan was getting married in the extraterrestrial time freeze rather than her and Kamina. Because it was supposed to bring anything you thought to reality, but I guess without her knowledge of that, she was simply thinking of Kittan instead since he just died and all.

I wish they had found better happy endings for the main characters. I'm a sucker for happy conclusions and wish Simon and Yoko had remained in the capital or had more contact with each other. I also wished they had a more equal representation of male and females in the main battle. It could just be reflective of how our current society is progressing but they should have made that push anyway.

One thing I was unsure of is whether or not Viral could die at all. Obviously he's body could not take any damage but does that mean he could die of old age? I love how they integrated him into the creating a better society, especially when he questioned Simon for not allowing people to live back underground. He also became the general of something (can't remember what) later on. It's definitely shows how people have both darkness and goodness in them at the same time, but it's our will power that determines what our fates will be.

OKAY, so the main issue I have with this anime is this time jump. I was trying to figure out their ages that would make ANY sense in terms of their aging. Gimmy and Darry's growth made sense cause when we met them they were like 5-8 ish? Not sure, but assuming this is correct, then seven years later they actually looked like teenagers, then 20 years later they looked their proper age. BUT Simon's aging made no sense at all! Okay, let's assume he's like somewhere between 12-15 years. Viral did mention that he was facing a "Kid" when the whole time he thought he was facing Kamina. Point is, he had to be within this age. Then that would make him 19-22 during the second half of the season. Based on the context when Kamina said, "hey when did you get taller than me?" He HAD to have been somewhere in this age because this is where most male growth happens. Let's arguably say he was 12, like I had originally thought, which would make him 39 at the ending scene. I don't think he should look that old! This is just how I feel about it but I think people at the age of 39 would not look that old but maybe SOME signs of aging but not to as old looking as they drew him.

Honestly, I was quite sad when it ended. I wanted more from their stories but I think the writers wrapped it up really nicely in terms of not overbearing the story but giving the audience enough information. Let me know what you think of the series!

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