Holy crap. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
The plot synopsis seemed fairly standard: it’s a story about a kid who’s living under fairly poor circumstances and is going on from day to day. Something happens and the kid goes on an adventure. Standard anime plot. It’s even got mecha and the mecha are powered by fighting spirit or something. At a glance, there’s really nothing that attracted me. And that was true for the first few episodes. I stuck with it until the magic episode that was supposed to determine whether it’s a keeper or not.
To be honest, it was pretty cool, but it really didn’t compel me to watch any further. I mean, I was rewatching a few Ouran episodes instead of continuing on, but I figured I should keep on going, at least until it was clear that it wasn’t good. And so I watched what happened next.
Gurren Lagann is ridiculous and over the top. It’s clear from the very first episode. What isn’t clear is just how far it goes and how awesome it becomes. In my opinion, it started off fairly slow but when it takes off, it shoots off — into the heavens, as it were. If we were to graph this quality against time, it would be exponential. That’s right, the ridiculousness of Gurren Lagann grows as microorganisms and bad algorithms do: really, really fast. There’s no way to describe just how fast it is without spoiling it.
Again, Gurren Lagann starts off fairly standard as far as anime goes. But my goodness, does it end in pure epic. I’m aware that epic is used to describe a lot of things (olol epic fail), but Gurren Lagann really shatters everything that’s come before it in terms of how epic it is. It’s really surprising how epic it gets; there were times when I was fairly impressed, only to have something ridiculous happen again.
I started off fairly skeptical about this whole thing, but it’s shattered all my expectations about it. This really isn’t just another Naruto, it’s something far more special and it’s definitely deserved all the praise it’s got thrown at it.