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Sonhex
2007-01-31, 08:43
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Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann (Maiking Break-Through Gurren-Lagann)
Broadcast: April 2007 on TV-Tokyo
Episodes: 26
Site(s): Official (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/), Gainax (http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/index.html), Konami (http://www.konami.jp/th/gl/), TV Tokyo (http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/)
Trailer: trailer (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/spe/images/gurnpv300.asx) (3.5mb)

Cast:
Katsuyuki Konishi (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=780) as Kamina
Marina Inoue (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=20999) as Yoko
Tetsuya Kakihara (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=28816) as Shimon

Gurren-Lagann is Gainax's highly anticipated new mecha franchise, helmed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (animation director of FLCL), script and storyboard by Shouji Saeki (one of the directors of FLCL). Mecha (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/mecha/index.html) designs by Yoh Yoshinari (Dead Leaves, Melody of Oblivion). Character (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/chara/index.html) designs by relative unknown Atsushi Nishigori. In short the cream of current Gainax talent.

Story:
In the future, people are digging holes in the ground. They build houses and have domestic animals there. They have been living secretly fearing occasional earthquakes and roof-falls for hundreds years. Jeeha is one of such villages. One day, a boy, Shimon, is digging holes to expand their village. He happens to find a small shining drill. On the other hand, Kamina is a guy who believes there is the ground over the village, and he made a gangster to break the ceiling to get out from the hole.

In those days, the ceiling falls down due to an earthquake, and a big robot falls.

Kamina becomes sure that there is a world over them. Then, to be reckless, he begins to fight against the robot. At the moment, someone also comes from the above. It is a girl Yoko with a rifle in her hand. She is following the robot. However, only she can do is to keep the robot from going. Then, Shimon shows what he found in the ground to Kamina and Yoko. It is a mysteries robot whose body is only a face.Mecha wise, the Lagann (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/mecha/lagann.html) of the title is a face section of the main Gurren-Lagann (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/mecha/glagann.html) unit piloted by Shimon. The design is rather old school, but Enki (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/mecha/enki.html)'s design is oddness. The character designs are funky and colourful, Shimon (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/chara/shimon.html), is the Renton-esque hero, Kamina (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/chara/kamina.html) is the rockstar cum passionate leader and saucy looking Yoko (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/chara/yoko.html) contributes the Bounce. Also there's a odd little mascot, a mole called Boota (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/chara/boota.html).

What to expect? Eye-candy. Insanely well animated eye-candy, packed with tons of nods and homages to other Gainax animes and others beside. This is Gainax's next big anime, their first original idea since FLCL (I think?), and there's a lot riding on it for the studio. I have a huge amount of confidence that Hiroyuki Imaishi (and Gainax as a whole) will deliver. I love Gainax's work like Diebuster, FLCL and Nadia, so I'm looking forward to an epic, fun and unforgettable ride. :p

7Th
2007-01-31, 10:25
Gurren-Lagann is Gainax's highly anticipated new mecha franchise, helmed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (animation director of FLCL), script and storyboard by Shouji Saeki (the director of FLCL). Mecha (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/mecha/index.html) designs by Yoh Yoshinari (Dead Leaves, Melody of Oblivion). Character (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/chara/index.html) designs by relative unknown Atsushi Nishigori. In short the cream of current Gainax talent.



Huh? FLCL director was Kazuya Tsurumaki, who is currently working on the new Evangelion movies. Still a great staff, though. Imaiashi <3!

Sonhex
2007-01-31, 10:50
Yes true, but Shouji Saeki is credited as one of FLCL's directors as well. Though which bits he was responsible for I don't know.

MrProphet
2007-01-31, 11:20
Imaishi is godly, but I am somewhat jaded by the kids on mecha genre. It just doesn't get me excited anymore, despite the promise of really good animation.

BTW, speaking of Imaishi, I am currently looking forward to Atsuya Uki's "Cencoroll". Uki is, for all intents and purpuses, Imaishi, Shinkai, okama and Falcoon all rolled into one. 8)

Slice of Life
2007-01-31, 13:05
The Leeron character gives my Paradise Kiss vibes. :D

Sonhex
2007-01-31, 13:31
Imaishi is godly, but I am somewhat jaded by the kids on mecha genre. It just doesn't get me excited anymore, despite the promise of really good animation.

This is the problem isn't it - over familiarity. How to inject life into the genre and get jaded anime fans watching. The same can be said for Giant Robo and Reideen and indeed all the new shows coming in the Big Mecha Revival of 2007. Gurren-Lagann will no doubt be great fun though.

BTW, speaking of Imaishi, I am currently looking forward to Atsuya Uki's "Cencoroll". Uki is, for all intents and purpuses, Imaishi, Shinkai, okama and Falcoon all rolled into one. 8)

Uki's an astonishing talent, his art (http://www.ukix.org/nl/) style reminds me of Kenichi Yoshida a little. When I saw the promo for Cencoroll I thought if this guy can do this on a limited budget using only the resources of a small design studio heaven knows what he'd do with money and an experienced creative team like Madhouse for example.

solomon
2007-01-31, 17:10
This production probably wont have too much in it for non mecha fans. Plus I seriously don't expect anything really challenging, serious or ground breaking from this show at all. Pure shonen cheese is probably all it is, but it will be intresting to see Imaishi and his team's take on shonen cheese. Not to mention it (along with Denno Coli) sounds like a godsend for sakuga anime freaks (of which i am).

Btw am I the only one who thinks the design for the main robot KICKS CLINICALLY DANGEROUS AMOUNTS OF ASS?!

7Th
2007-01-31, 18:45
I like the mecha designs solomon, but I think the characters are what sold this to me, look stylish and edgy, like a softer, maybe more anime-like, take on Dead Leaves or Trava.

Uki's an astonishing talent, his art (http://www.ukix.org/nl/) style reminds me of Kenichi Yoshida a little. When I saw the promo for Cencoroll I thought if this guy can do this on a limited budget using only the resources of a small design studio heaven knows what he'd do with money and an experienced creative team like Madhouse for example.

I don't know about bigger studios being better than smaller independient ones, even for animation, but I was very impressed by Cencoroll trailer, the movement of the creatures, their design and the coloring were specially amazing. Would've loved a Bokurano with that artstyle.

Shinndou
2007-01-31, 19:41
Bring it on.

I mean, I don't have exactly big expectations towards this but the premise, the apparent style they're going for and the staff working on this is enough reason to get me quite curious.

Although I do agree with MrProphet, the mecha-shounen genre has probably become too repetitive and predictable that it's pretty hard to get real positive feedback from any of these shows. And probably as Sonhex said, this might simply be a pure eye-candy show (kinda like Diebuster) and nothing more. We'll see.

Kaioshin Sama
2007-02-02, 18:11
Finally some info. I think I heard about this show ages ago before I even heard of Code Geass which was ages ago but no information came until now.

Sonhex
2007-02-15, 05:30
Finally a trailer (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/spe/images/gurnpv300.asx) (3.5mb)! Looks fantastic and great fun to boot. I think Gainax have a winner here :p

Mitheor
2007-02-15, 12:39
Can you view the trailer?

My wmp shows this (http://www.enregistrersous.com/images/98029a70a3db2dda7c546f38863efd39.jpg) and i can´t press the play button :confused:

the.Merines
2007-02-15, 12:44
I couldn't view it either, but duckroll (who may or may not be the same duckroll from this forum, if so, thank you) has it on YouTube.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jC_lSGooF1Y

Mitheor
2007-02-15, 12:47
I couldn't view it either, but duckroll (who may or may not be the same duckroll from this forum) has it on YouTube.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jC_lSGooF1Y

Thanks a lot ;)

Sonhex
2007-02-15, 15:08
A ton of GL eye-candy here...


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monir
2007-02-15, 15:58
woo woo! I like Gainax. The animation quality for their series are usually very good, and they also understand the need for fanservice, mixed with crazy comedy for fans who may not watch a show just becuase it has angsty teenagers who get to show off their shiny mecha.

solomon
2007-02-15, 19:47
AHHH, these grabs look great, looks more fun then a barrelfull of monkeys! Look's like the perfect show to look forward each week during a busy college schedule

It does look fluffy, but even haughty, conservative, curmodgeonly types like me need some light entertainment now and then. Plus it's a highly skilled and wildly creative staff, so we'll probably get some highly skilled wildly creative fluff here.

solomon
2007-02-15, 20:30
HOOOLLLY GUACAMOLE!!!!

Just saw the trailer, naturally the show looks great, it has Imaishi all over it. And MY WORD Katsuyuki Konishi sounds tottally friggin awesome as Kamina, I really wasn't feeling him as Bleach's Keigo or Blood+'s Haji, or maybe im biased to hammy shonen type acting with delcarative statements yelled at the highest of decibles, but man he sounded cool!:D

Pepperidge
2007-02-16, 04:01
So it's airing at 8:30am? What's with all of the original mecha shows migrating to morning timeslots now?

MrProphet
2007-02-16, 09:38
I dunno.

Personally, I wasn't that thrilled with the trailer. First of all, I hate the art style. Animation was... well, passable, but if that's just a snippet from the first episode, just watch and see it plummet later on. Nothing that made me go WOW, in short. 8)

The mecha were fairly trippy though. Maybe I'll watch it for the pure cornball factor ala Gun X Sword (which also had a "head" robot).

Quajafrie
2007-02-16, 10:20
Trailer = Bad. We have to wait until September to see the good side of GAINAX, I guess.

7Th
2007-02-16, 15:33
What was bad about the trailer? I was expecting a kiddish Dead Leaves and seems that's what we're going to get. The art-style is really as stylish as Imaiashi has always been, just somewhat more "cute" and the action direction of some of those mecha scenes was agressive, surreal and fun. Along with Gunbuster 2 Gainax we're getting Gainax's best animation quality since FLCL.

duckroll
2007-02-16, 16:44
I couldn't view it either, but duckroll (who may or may not be the same duckroll from this forum, if so, thank you) has it on YouTube.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jC_lSGooF1Y

You're welcome. :D

I tried to link the trailer for some people and they all had DRM license problems with it, so I stripped the DRM and uploaded it on Youtube so everyone could enjoy it. ^_^

Shinndou
2007-02-16, 18:32
After watching the trailer I've got mixed feelings on this.

On one hand I am not totally sure about the art style (or rather the clothes design of the characters), nor the animation impressed me that much. On the other hand though it did give me FLCL vibes (probably because of the character design) which is a serie I did like. I hope for Gainax that this show will prove to have more substance than just being plain and bare eyecandy like some of their recent series have been. I mean, I've got nothing against general "eye-candy" but it'd be nice if they tried to produce something more challenging than that, for a kick.

Sonhex
2007-02-17, 06:22
Gainax are not exactly known for being plotsmiths. FLCL and Die Buster had next to none, but delivered on sheer entertainment alone. Even Imaishi has described GL as 'full-on, balls-to-the-wall, guy-oriented drama' and concedes it's hard to find the 'dramatic hook' with that kind of mono-directional plot. I'm not expecting anything too compelling, just enough to carry the action.

Spring has plenty of 'deep' for me, so from GL I demand rainbow coloured fun, cheeky fan service and slick animation where it counts i.e the mecha punch-ups. Anything else will be a bonus...

7Th
2007-02-17, 15:17
Gainax are not exactly known for being plotsmiths. FLCL and Die Buster had next to none, but delivered on sheer entertainment alone.

Huh? While FLCL over-delivered on entertainment it's actual plot, even discounting the usual Enokido symbolism, is fairly well developed, with good conceptual ideas excellent script and charismatic yet highly interesting characters.

Shinndou
2007-02-17, 16:03
Gainax are not exactly known for being plotsmiths. FLCL and Die Buster had next to none, but delivered on sheer entertainment alone. Even Imaishi has described GL as 'full-on, balls-to-the-wall, guy-oriented drama' and concedes it's hard to find the 'dramatic hook' with that kind of mono-directional plot. I'm not expecting anything too compelling, just enough to carry the action.

Spring has plenty of 'deep' for me, so from GL I demand rainbow coloured fun, cheeky fan service and slick animation where it counts i.e the mecha punch-ups. Anything else will be a bonus...

Their first series were plot-driven though. But yeah lately it seems like they mostly focus on the general design and animation style rather than trying to actually develope a solid plot.

Sonhex
2007-02-18, 07:13
Well, I'm not saying all of their shows lack plot but for the most part their stories are either overly convoluted or, alternatively, simplistic to the point of being barely detectable. This doesn't really detract from the fun or entertainment factor. Far from it. Fushigi no Umi no Nadia (one of my favourite shows) hardly bothered to grace us with the real plot until the last few eps but remains one of the most entertaining Gainax shows ever IMHO.

te2rx
2007-03-04, 02:34
If it can be like Imaishi's Dead Leaves, FLCL #5 and Re: Cutie Honey #1 then I'm all about it. NONE of those had good stories, seriously. The Gurren Lagann trailer wasn't that impressive, but TV anime trailers hardly ever are, particularly for good stuff...

JediNight
2007-03-04, 20:24
Like Sonhex said: Gainax never really takes itself seriously with its original shows. Evangelion was all Anno obviously, and Karekano was its own manga as well. Most of their shows are rather over-the-top, especially since the mid 90s.

Shiroth
2007-03-04, 20:31
I'm one of those fans that plans to watch this just because it is Gainax, though watching the trailer a few weeks ago has gave me many more reasons to watch Gurren Lagann. Looking very forward to another Gainax trip.

Ama no Kagaseo
2007-03-04, 21:30
Well, playing on the "Balls-to-the-wall, guy-oriented-drama".. Well, did the FLCL vibes stop for anyone, and begin picking up vibes from another anime entirely?

I speak of, of course, s-CRY-ed.

When I think of this guy oriented drama business, I really think of really lame, homoerotic anime. The kind that usually have very homoerotic [Word for the day!] dialogue. "I want to fight you!" "I want to fight to too!" "RAAAAH! Well then we'll fight and boarderline confess our feelings for eachother!"

...

Now, see. My fiancee loved s-CRY-ed for the homoeroticness. She nearly jumped my bones after the second episode of Gravitation, lemme put it that way. The fact that she's anticipating this series..

Well. THAT DOESN'T SCREAM FLCL TO ME!

7Th
2007-03-04, 21:57
If it can be like Imaishi's Dead Leaves, FLCL #5 and Re: Cutie Honey #1 then I'm all about it. NONE of those had good stories, seriously. The Gurren Lagann trailer wasn't that impressive, but TV anime trailers hardly ever are, particularly for good stuff...

Huh? Pay attention in FLCL, there's quite the plot in there, Enokido is just one of the subtler writers in anime and I think Dead Leaves is much better plot-wise than most anime in the end, but I guess that's an entirely unrelated discussion to this thread.

Well, playing on the "Balls-to-the-wall, guy-oriented-drama".. Well, did the FLCL vibes stop for anyone, and begin picking up vibes from another anime entirely?

I speak of, of course, s-CRY-ed.

When I think of this guy oriented drama business, I really think of really lame, homoerotic anime. The kind that usually have very homoerotic [Word for the day!] dialogue. "I want to fight you!" "I want to fight to too!" "RAAAAH! Well then we'll fight and boarderline confess our feelings for eachother!"

...

Now, see. My fiancee loved s-CRY-ed for the homoeroticness. She nearly jumped my bones after the second episode of Gravitation, lemme put it that way. The fact that she's anticipating this series..

Well. THAT DOESN'T SCREAM FLCL TO ME!

I find relationships between the hot-blood-ness to s-CRY-ed, but the style, or presentation, is primarily the one you saw at Dead Leaves and FLCL's episode 5 and that’s pretty much the first reason to expect an Imaiashi anime.

Sonhex
2007-03-13, 16:15
Not news as such, but Gainax's website (http://www.gainax.co.jp/index.html) is currently sporting a rather super bit of Gurren promotional artwork.

http://img381.imageshack.us/img381/7886/267gurrenyo5.th.jpg (http://img381.imageshack.us/my.php?image=267gurrenyo5.jpg)

Less than 3 weeks till the first episode airs :)

7Th
2007-03-13, 17:28
Some new information, the artists to sing the opening and ending have been revealed. And I must admit I laughed when I read the “otaku” idol Shōko Nakagawa some people at other forum I visit had a wanking thread for in recent memory is doing the introduction song, which name I am unable to read. I’ve never heard her, but I guess her style is the usual mellow strawberry super-cute nasty pop, something I would actually expect from an ending or a Magical Girl Show. The fun thing is the Acidman-like rock band HIGH VOLTAGE is doing the outro and I actually though the guy who posted the piece in Gainax.fr forums got them mixed up until I got into the official web page. I was hoping to see Imaiashi work something aggressive and stylish worthy of the designs for the overture video, but we’ll see what they do with the current song.

Also: I really love the scene composition in this series, it probably has the better stills of all the currently revealed for the season.


(Source: http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/news/0027.html)

Kaioshin Sama
2007-03-13, 19:20
Some new information, the artists to sing the opening and ending have been revealed. And I must admit I laughed when I read the “otaku” idol Shōko Nakagawa some people at other forum I visit had a wanking thread for in recent memory is doing the introduction song, which name I am unable to read. I’ve never heard her, but I guess her style is the usual mellow strawberry super-cute nasty pop, something I would actually expect from an ending or a Magical Girl Show. The fun thing is the Acidman-like rock band HIGH VOLTAGE is doing the outro and I actually though the guy who posted the piece in Gainax.fr forums got them mixed up until I got into the official web page. I was actually expecting to see Imaiashi work something aggressive and stylish worthy of the designs for the overture video, but we’ll see what they do with the current song.

Also: I really love the scene composition in this series, it probably has the better stills of all the currently revealed for the season.


(Source: http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/news/0027.html)

Oh man the bane of my existence Idol Sugar-Pop. It should be the Jam Project or something. But we'll wait and see. Maybe she's like Maaya Sakamoto or MIO and not Aya Hirano or Nana Mizuki.

Edit: Oh wait Nope (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shōko_Nakagawa) Seriously what the hell are they trying to do to mecha. They're pussifying it and emasculating it. This has to be a joke. Reading this article I pretty much auto-hate her right of the bat. Typical Idol in every way possible. Guess I'll be skipping right past this opening.

And about the wanking thread. I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that since she's a mildly attractive cosplayer that shows an interest in singing, that automatically makes her "multi-talented" (more like multi-does stuff) and an object of worship second to none. By using her Gainax has spit in the face of the average mecha fan and is using her to lure in the idol worshipping class of viewer. Well for the opening at least. I was worried how they'd do mecha openings in this day and age, and whether they'd recreate the good old days of hot blooded songs or sell out to the popular Sugar-Pop. It seems those worries were at least somewhat justified judging by Sokou No Strain (Horrid), Dancouga Nova (Passable), Kyoshiro To Towa Sora (Alright song) and now this. Code Geass of course is the sole exception along with Eureka 7 unless I'm forgetting something. Here's a sample (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qUZUv_SI9I) of what we're probably in for. Here's what we have about a one percent chance of getting from her as an idol (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3Yb6r-gMPs) Pffft yeah right as if, those days are long gone. Oh well, I think I'm going to bloody cry myself to sleep. :( :(

7Th
2007-03-17, 16:05
Here's a TV spot with some new animation, say thanks to Manuloz from Manganimation forums:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQD2eFzPcKc

The new action scenes look fairly good, and the song which I guess is going to be the opening isn't really "super-sugar" pop like the rest of the artist's repertorie, sounds like a generic shounen theme with girl vocals.

Sonhex
2007-03-18, 16:27
^ There's a little more action in that CM ~ Shimon in Gurren and Enki looking all scary ~ and the OP track snippet wasn't too bad. I'll reserve judgement until I hear the full OP as Nakagawa Shoko is unknown to me, but I can probably get used to it.

Tsuka
2007-03-25, 06:23
New screeners on Youtube posted by "Saxeki" (thanks to him)

Gurren Lagann video, including the opening :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzeFfOeI114

Sonhex
2007-03-25, 06:52
New screeners on Youtube posted by "Saxeki" (thanks to him)

Gurren Lagann video, including the opening :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzeFfOeI114

Thanks! I liked the OP visuals a lot ~ the animation all looks superbly lush and energetic. It really gets me pumped for the crazy action we can expect. Shōko Nakagawa's music sounded okay, hard to tell really with that audio but it seems to suit the hyper-kenetic style of the animation. I'm really looking forward to the first ep, especially as it's the first (decent) anime of the new season to be aired. Kicking off this amazing Spring of 2007 in style (hopefully).

T minus 7 days.:p

7Th
2007-03-25, 10:02
Hey, the opening looked great! Not really my kind of music, but the direction was as stylish and aggressive as one would expect from Imaishi. The new scenes at the end also looked excellent and solidified my high hopes for this. Everyone who doubts the animation powers of Imaishi should watch the new teaser! Not only for the introduction video but also for the new scenes from the premier! Everything looked really kinetic and well done, with an amazing scene composition and some extremely fun and fluid exaggerated violence. My bet is this is the most entretaining anime this season, so 7 days, indeed! But don’t listen to me; most people didn’t even enjoyed Dead Leaves.

Nightengale
2007-03-25, 20:10
Am I the only one who got Ninku vibes from this? Granted, it's not wholely similar, but it felt to me like an Imaishi-fied Ninku with mecha, without a Urameshi and Griffith rip-off. There's even the token pet and the green wind power, only this time it's not ninja power, but drill power.

Kaioshin Sama
2007-03-25, 22:46
Two words "Mega Man". For most of the video all I heard was a really annoying woman who sounded like she was selling stuff at a booth and thanking the customers for their patronage. I could barely here the opening but it sounds like they have a guitar in it, which is definetely not the usual style of this sugar pop idol. Things are looking up for this show after the shocker of who the opening song would be done by. I think almost everybody had expected something like the JAM PROJECT.

ZODDGUTS
2007-03-25, 23:00
I'm looking forward to this I'm liking the character designs and they style that the previews have been showing. One week left till it airs!

7Th
2007-03-27, 17:24
Hey, check out the high quality trailer and CM in Omni's Spring Season preview torrent(http://randomc.animeblogger.net/2007/03/26/spring-2007-preview/), I am uploading them now with Seirei no Moribito good quality preview while I watch Hidden Fortress, the series indeed looks much better outside You Tube and brings a whole new level of appreciation towards the animation to see how carefully crafted are each of the scenes. Hell, I bet it is impossible to find any uninspired frame for caption in them, something most other series this season, but Dennou Coil, aren't even able to avoid in their promotional shots. Really, try pausing it randomly and you'll get excellent stills that actually represent quite well their movement.

Also before anyone says "LOL, first episode" I find it fairly impossible for them to show us the confrontation with Lagann in the premier since it will already present the setting, Gurenn and the three main characters

aohige
2007-03-27, 17:35
Image from Newtype Romance

http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/img/gallery/ntr0701.jpg

Yummy. :eyespin:

7Th
2007-03-27, 17:38
Image from Newtype Romance

http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/img/gallery/ntr0701.jpg

Yummy. :eyespin:

"Balls-to-the-wall guy oriented drama", indeed. Not like anyone was expecting different with a "gattai" mech piloted by two men and one being "top" while the other is "bottom". :heh:

aroduc
2007-04-01, 00:58
OP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggYtk2o8TXw

Friend's impressions & a ton of screencaps.
http://www.seiha.org/blog/?p=29

My impression... quality first ep, though the style got in the way more than once. The OP and ED are damn irritating though. I wanted more action though and hopefully the later eps will deliver it now that he has his kinda creepy disembodied robot head.

7Th
2007-04-01, 01:13
OP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggYtk2o8TXw

Friend's impressions & a ton of screencaps.
http://www.seiha.org/blog/?p=29

My impression... quality first ep, though the style got in the way more than once. The OP and ED are damn irritating though. I wanted more action though and hopefully the later eps will deliver it now that he has his kinda creepy disembodied robot head.

Would be disappointed if that wasn't the case. My internet is damn slow tonight and It's still in 50% after 2 hours.

Guido
2007-04-01, 01:16
I have watched and listened to the opening. Who performs the song for the opening theme?

7Th
2007-04-01, 01:19
I have watched and listened to the opening. Who performs the song for the opening theme?

Shoko Nakawa.

Nightengale
2007-04-01, 01:20
There's no way I can give an impression on any new anime (( goddamn, Seirei is still at 49.9% after one whole night )) since the internet here hates me at this moment, but still...

I'm probably gonna get shot for saying this, but the way the OP sounded from the horrible TAF cam-video's audio actually sounded better than the actual playing song in good quality. Well, to me anyway. The OP from the TAF camera shot had a lower catch on the higher pitch voice of the singer and it made it sounded lower on the key-tones, feeling more rock-like, and strangely more appropriate. But the actual OP in better quality (( well, Youtube quality )) had the singer's higher pitch clearly apparent, and it's kind of spoiling my previous impression of the OP song. It's not a bad song, it's just that I feel it's better off had the pitch been so obvious.

aardvark
2007-04-01, 01:22
It was a good first episode.

Animation was as stylised as I expected and the storyboarding and direction were 100% pure Imaishi gold, very over the top and overall the whole thing was pretty fun! Definitely did lean to a younger crowd as expected though since it's a saturday morning show, but Gainax still managed to fit in as much fanservice as they possibly could, as per usual. Also I have to mention the BGM was REALLY good imo. Wasn't disappointed, so hopefullly the quality can hold up through 26 episodes!

Though episode 2 next week is a Shouji Saeki episode, I don't really see him in a pretty good light at all, but we'll see how he delivers next episode.

And yeah, the OP song is pretty much something you've heard in hundreds of other anime over the years, nothing special. The ED is ok. The band sort of sounds something like a Japanese The Strokes or any of those other similar bands...

7Th
2007-04-01, 02:20
Wow. I am already in love with the series, but I expected to be since I'm a Imaishi fanboy and I guess my opinion is extremely biased. It is, however, without any doubt the most entertaining and exciting television anime I've seen in a very long time. The animation really deserves a longer post which I'll probably do after a good night of sleep, the motion management and art direction were simply amazing, also playing a good deal in the excellent storytelling. The dynamic camera work and super-stylized illustrations contributed a great deal to the "dramatic", not at all, developments and the amazing hotblooded emotional, again not seriously, showcase which together created the most fun and adventurous action scene since the Kemonozume monkey battles. And aardvark is pretty much on the spot, background music is fairly good, I particularly liked the tune played when they finally exit the outer world, quite epic. Really, outside of the popish intro song which I wasn't expecting to like to begin with, I think this will be impossible to beat as the best premier of the year by a production not named Dennou Coil. Expect extended hyperbolic reflections tomorrow when I wake up.

On a side note, for some reason I find pretty fun than my most hyped and expected releases are aimed for children. :heh:

Omniscient
2007-04-01, 03:07
More Episode 01 Screencaps (http://randomc.animeblogger.net/2007/04/01/gurren-lagann-01/)

I really really liked the first episode, a lot more than I thought I would. Despite the mecha designs being rather ugly (in my opinion), I like Kamina and Yoko's characters, the first episode was fairly action-packed, and I can see a lot of potential in this show. I also thought that the opening song was quite good, but then again, I have a lot of respect for everything Nakagawa Shouko does.

mouhitori
2007-04-01, 04:11
Watched the first episode and I also think this is a fun and fairly entertaining start for the series. More thoughts (http://mouhitori.blogspot.com/2007/04/tengen-toppa-gurren-lagann-1-break.html)

I am surprised when the robot Simon finds is so tiny and cute! I thought the head is part of a much larger body. :heh:
I just hope there won't be too many "short" jokes like in FMA.

Sonhex
2007-04-01, 06:38
Finally, the first episode explodes onto our screens and delivers everything I wanted from it. Yet, incredibly, (like Seirei no Moribito) exceeds my expectations and leaves me with a big stupid fanboy smile on my face.:p


Really it's the best start possible. The first ep could do no wrong - fantastic pacing, inventive action, wonderful music (I like the OP a lot, ED was all too brief to form an opinion) and yeah, animation to die for (despite a cropped low-res analogue raw). There's a couple of big wow moments to get the adrenalin pumping (more later). The oddball humour is spot on, with some hilarious moments of insanity (watch as Kamina's gang hatch a truly ludicrous plan to break through the surface using a herd of pigs). I'm also glad they gave the mascot Boota some significant scenes, although he seems to be smarter than the trio combined lol. Voice acting was great: Konishi Katsuyuki is an absolute revelation as Kamina, who steals the show with his rebellious bravado and sheer dumb cool. In his first lead role Tetsuya Kakihara does a decent job as Shimon, trying his best not to be too much like Renton. Marina Inoue's Yoko is cute but without being too ditzy.

Animation wise, it's great stuff - very stylized and exaggerated at times, especially the character animation and expressions, a lot like Diebuster and that's no bad thing. I appreciated touches and details like Shimon and his drilling comrades looking like frogmen diving through the soil and the dim of the underworld with it's pools of blue lighting. The best stuff blisters by at such a pace and to appreciate it you need to pause and enjoy them frame by frame. Gainax love destruction and pyrotechnics and we get plenty of that. The battle between and Lagann and Ganmen(the horned one) does a fantastic job of setting the standard for combat to come. Accompanying all that action is plenty of lovingly rendered effects of debris and smoke and such. This one of the swirls left by Lagann punching through Ganmen to the surface is my favourite:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/sonhex/gl_04.jpg

Backgrounds are quite stylized, but the best visuals are reserved for the memorable scene when the trio breaks free of the surface and Kamina and Shimon see the sun for the first time (the big wow moment complete with Taku Iwasaki's epic score). Quite breathtaking and worth the price DVD alone I think, take a look:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/sonhex/gl_03.jpg

Speaking of Yoko, this is what 8.30am in Japan looks like:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/sonhex/gl_yoko02.jpg
:p

Good to see Gainax haven't restrained their love of fan service and saucy sight gags (witness Boota's horrified reaction as Kamina's 'crotch' begins to rise as he dreams :D ). But it's all quick fire and most kids will miss it (parents might not though). Yoko is a welcome addition to the pantheon of Gainax babes and she doesn't disappoint with her blazing entrance and onee-chan affections for Shimon. But I was surprised by the amount of service on display considering the air-time; like when Kamina finds time during the Ganmen battle to check out Yoko's 'nice body' :D

There's not much to the story in this first ep, but it did find room to inject some a few nuggets for the future - such as the tragedy in Shimon's past when he lost his parents in a mining accident. This explains his devotion to Kamina and vice versa their brotherly loyalty which is quite sweet. I can wait for the story to emerge, in the meantime give me more fun filled crazy chibi mecha action (and Yoko of-course) :p


...
I am surprised when the robot Simon finds is so tiny and cute! I thought the head is part of a much larger body. :heh:
I just hope there won't be too many "short" jokes like in FMA.


I thought that too, Lagann is amazingly cute (chibi mecha ftw) and I love the way the top of the cockpit is like a brain. :D

Shinndou
2007-04-01, 10:18
I have to admit it, I wasn't expecting this show to be this fun, or atleast this first episode was really fun to watch. It felt exactly like any of the episodes of Diebuster: thirty minutes of fast-paced animation, nice visuals and cool characters. I guess Gurren-Lagann will be my "guilty pleasure" of this season.

As for the characters, I really don't have any preference so far, they were all rather fun in their own way (and Kamina felt like one of those "old school" anime badass type of characters). And damn you Gainax for making a character like Yoko (voiced by a really talented Marina Inoue), I fear I might become a fanboy after a couple of episodes of this. :heh:

Shiroth
2007-04-01, 10:24
Haven't seen the episode myself yet, though i did check out the OP and loved it to pieces. Can't wait to see this one in action later tonight.

MrProphet
2007-04-01, 10:51
The first episode was exactly as I expected: fun, well-animated and very childish.

The shounen pathos and bombast was done superbly, but this is not my cup of tea. I don't expect to be following it too closely, although, having learned the lesson of Code Geass, I won't be abandoning it out of hand either.

I'll see how it develops at arm's length.

Shinndou
2007-04-01, 11:00
The lesson of Code Geass? Care to explain it (briefly, either here or through PM if you want)? I'm curious about it, although I don't really see any close similarty with Code Geass except the fact that they're both shounen type of shows (although this one feels a lot more fast-paced than the average).

MrProphet
2007-04-01, 11:14
The lesson of Code Geass is that a show can be bombastic and stupid, and at the same time, be fun.

Or sometimes it can't.

7Th
2007-04-01, 11:15
The lesson of Code Geass is that a show can be bombastic and stupid, and at the same time, be fun.

Or sometimes it can't.

Yeah, but this show isn't as stupid or campy as Code Geass. :heh: Hell, it's way more coherent most of the time.

MrProphet
2007-04-01, 11:19
You'd better actually watch the episode before saying that "this show isn't ... campy".

Not to sound condescending, but you either didn't watch it or completely missed every cue.

Shinndou
2007-04-01, 11:21
I see. Well it certainly does make sense. :)
Although I feel Gurren-Lagann might prove to be even more "silly" (in a good way), if the staff is going to adopt the same animation style and storytelling that they've adopted for Diebuster (which I liked).

7Th
2007-04-01, 11:22
You'd better actually watch the episode before say that "show isn't ... campy".

Not to sound condescending, but you either didn't watch it or completely missed every cue.

It's really campy, I've watched it, just not as much as newer Code Geass, although Geass may be better defined by another word which I don't remember right now. :P

Also, they're surely going the DieBuster route as both were heavily based on classic anime concepts, like EFFORT AND GUTS or FUN UNREALISTIC SUPER ROBOTS.

MrProphet
2007-04-01, 11:28
Sure, there's a lot of DORYOKU TO KONJOU and the beginning of Gunbuster was also rather childish (robots doing callisthenics), so maybe Gurren-Lagann will also develop a more mature streak.

We'll see.

Crystal_Method
2007-04-01, 11:48
Just watched the first episode. To be honest I hope it doesn't change into a more mature anime too much. Actually, as long as there is still a good amount of humor, I really don't care. :heh:

Sonhex
2007-04-01, 12:38
Well I'm sure it will mature in time, like Eureka 7 did (sort of) but hopefully not at the expense of fun. Sure Kamina did camp it up something rotten (and was great all the way) but I would hesitate to call the first episode childish. Silly yes, but I'd be quite happy for it to remain so as long as it doesn't exhaust its sense of humour or become too repetitive.

Yet the prologue did hint at something bigger more dramatic to come...

Shinndou
2007-04-01, 12:42
I had the feeling that the character in the prologue could be

A grown up Simon? Although that way of talking and acting does resemble more Kamina than Simon. It wouldn't be surprising if that would be an adult Simon who's adopted Kamina's behaviour. :heh:

Sonhex
2007-04-01, 13:17
I had the feeling that the character in the prologue could be

A grown up Simon? Although that way of talking and acting does resemble more Kamina than Simon. It wouldn't be surprising if that would be an adult Simon who's adopted Kamina's behaviour. :heh:

Yep, I think you're right...

...a grown up Shimon, doing a Captain Harlock impression.:p Though if it is him, where's Kamina and Yoko? Too early to say of-course, but things could get very epic indeed esp. if Gurren Lagann's ultimate form is that huge galactic spaceship.

BluWacky
2007-04-01, 13:30
The first episode was exactly as I expected: fun, well-animated and very childish.

The shounen pathos and bombast was done superbly, but this is not my cup of tea. I don't expect to be following it too closely, although, having learned the lesson of Code Geass, I won't be abandoning it out of hand either.

I'll see how it develops at arm's length.

I have to agree with you on this one. Admittedly, I was quite biased against it from the start; I'm not a fan of Gainax's school of over-the-top everything anime, and I'd already decided I wasn't really that interested from the synopses etc.

It's really nicely animated/directed/storyboard, it's very stylish and definitely looks great in pretty much every way. Somehow it just irritated me, though; I didn't have any immediate connection with any of the characters, and it just feels too...well, Gainax-y.

As long as the plot doesn't meander in filler wasteland too much and the production quality keeps up I think there's a lot of potential here for a good show, just not one that I'd particularly want to watch. It just reminds me of too many shows I haven't enjoyed for me to want to continue watching it.

Shinndou
2007-04-01, 14:42
Well, so far I think we all agree, after having seen this first episode, that it was a fun ride anyway. I am not expecting this show to be a masterpiece or a groundbreaking production, but if it'll stay like this during the rest of the serie it's enough for me to watch it and enjoy it without any big deal behind.

7Th
2007-04-01, 17:25
Here’s what I promised, the stupid longer Gurren Lagann review no-one will read. Under the spoiler for space consciousnesses. :P

As I said, I’m already in love with the series. It over delivered in the whole extension of the word and that’s saying something as my expectations where enormous. An enchanting and incredibly fun premier full of charisma that overflows enjoyment that accompanies the playful script with a quality storytelling, trust me I am understating this affirmation, and the best animation so far in the year.

I found the underlying themes if typical, not like that’s a bad thing before someone jumps over me calling me an silly and pretentious avant-garde snob that needs his anime to be intellectually revolutionary as that would far from the truth for someone whose second favorite anime is a long 60 minutes super-fast action scene called Dead Leaves, appropriate and extremely well executed. Kamina’s and Shimon’s relationship felt realistic, in a campy fiction-like way of course, and even if heavily clichéd in concept and implementation an interesting point of “dramatic”, still feels rong to use this word to describe this series even if this premier already had a few developments in this fashion like the epic and memorable, quoting Sohex, climax when the trio exits the underworld and both brothers are able to see the sun for the first time in their lives, foundations for the tradition shounen cheese, with an slightly and very satisfactory graphical twist, you’ll expect from a hot-blooded super-robot grand-scale .

The visuals are beautifully crafted, highly stylish and even if superficially not on the same atypical gritty level of Imaishi previous graphical madness an excellent example of this director genius thanks to the motion management, which ended up being “softer”, in a good way to be honest, and less edgy than what we could see in Dead Leaves or his Cutey Honey entry yet still as kinetically frenetic, and a camera work with a particularly good, both aesthetically and for its main narrative purpose, mise-en-scène that pretty much becomes a portal for the spectator join the charming kitsch universe represented in screen. The first true sakuga series in the year, with the delightfully aggressive movement that characterized Imaishi projects but this time with a singular notion of natural heaviness that appears to fit quite well the original designs.

All this is done in the end for the sake of entertainment, not like anyone was expecting more, something in my opinion impossible to achieve without making the viewers actually enjoy the entity and somewhat care about the characters or setting. While it sure it’s campy and silly you can feel the endearing magic of older journey-anime that really excites the heart while evoking an authentic mood of adventure I for one hadn’t experienced in a long time. Still not going to be loved by everyone, it can’t be said it’s badly done although preferences vary by person and as the over-the-top Gainax production motto some people aren’t fond-of makes itself strongly present in a not-so-subtle fashion this time a few won’t be able to really get the whole package.

On a side note:

According to a post in the production blog a month ago they had already finished episode 13 voice recording and had the storyboards ready until episode 24, so I’ve got hopes of them keeping this quality up for at least most of their run, and if things go as I expect we have without any doubt a really exciting ride awaiting for us.

orion
2007-04-01, 18:32
Yep, I think you're right...

...a grown up Shimon, doing a Captain Harlock impression.:p Though if it is him, where's Kamina and Yoko? Too early to say of-course, but things could get very epic indeed esp. if Gurren Lagann's ultimate form is that huge galactic spaceship.


Well...

Maybe Kamina was the guy at the front of the deck. Shimon was holding the drill and Yoko was the female over the speaker. The emblem on the guy's back does look like a amalgam of 2 characters. (glasses from Kamina, skull from Yoko).

That was a fun episode. :)

Scribble
2007-04-01, 18:55
While it sure it’s campy and silly you can feel the endearing magic of older journey-anime that really excites the heart while evoking an authentic mood of adventure I for one hadn’t experienced in a long time.

That's nice to hear - now I'm a bit more eager to check out the first episode because I'm a sucker for series which hold a hand out to you and go "come along for the ride, it'll be a long one!" Escapism at its finest, hehe.

I haven't seen many older series, but the one I have been watching - Galaxy Express 999 - definitely has that "endearing magic" you mentioned.

te2rx
2007-04-02, 01:34
"Imaishi gold" is how I'd describe it too. I didn't understand what they were saying, but I wasn't bored for a second. Everything that happened on the screen was in the name of entertainment -- I love how the mecha seemed to be gritting his teeth when was trapped between the monster's jaws. It's that kind of hilarious detail and resourcefulness that makes Imaishi-lead anime pure fun to watch. (and it also gave me appreciation for the somewhat absurd mecha design... I wonder how they'll further utilize it in the coming episodes)

My high hopes are only reinforced by seeing this ep#1.

Sonhex
2007-04-02, 16:05
Gurren Lagann at high-res, even an upscale, is such a feast for the eyes :love::

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Ep 2 story from the website...

...takes place in Yoko's village apparently, where attacks by the monsters (such as Ganmen and those at the end of ep 1) are common place. This is why Yoko is trying to defeat them to protect her home against attack. Shimon and Kamina decide to help the village, using Lagann to confront the enemy!

7Th
2007-04-02, 16:14
Gurren Lagann at high-res, even an upscale, is such a feast for the eyes:

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Ep 2 story...

...takes place in Yoko's village, where attacks by the monsters are common place. This is why Yoko is trying to defeat them to protect her home apparently. Shimon and Kamina decide to help the village, using Lagann to confront the enemy!

Is that the 500MB raw? You've convinced me to download it! :cool:

Episode 2 sounds more epic and fun than I thought, I was expecting them to fight random monsters in the desert with no apparent objective. The most focused the better, I say, so it's a great surprise.

Grv
2007-04-02, 16:41
I was very surprised by the upscale too. So much so that I began to question if it were or not. Deciding factor was the credits being a bit blurry yet the clock remains crystal clear, wonders never cease...

Shinndou
2007-04-02, 16:47
Well the quality of that raw was pretty high nonetheless, could we most likely expect to see this every week? I wouldn't mind watching this show at 720p, upscaled or not. :D

Shiroth
2007-04-02, 16:50
Thanks a lot for the high-image shots Sonhex, you're making my wait until its finished downloading even more painful. :3

Absolutely loved the first episode to pieces, Kamina is such an amazingly GAR character, and then you have Yoko who is so much love-love i can't control it. Time to start the first episode rewatch --- Burning Courage!

te2rx
2007-04-02, 19:18
rather than the anime itself being upscaled by the broadcaster, I think it's just the encode (the 500mb divx raw) that's a little crummy / oversmoothed. Still much better than the SD rip though.

Zorak
2007-04-02, 19:32
I wonder how slim the chance is of anyone subbing this any time soon. I wish someone would. Its burning spirit reminds me for some reason of GaoGaiGar.

Kaioshin Sama
2007-04-02, 20:38
I wonder how slim the chance is of anyone subbing this any time soon. I wish someone would. Its burning spirit reminds me for some reason of GaoGaiGar.

Probably pretty good.

issei
2007-04-02, 23:36
after watching the 1280x720 raw, i'm enthralled by this series. it embodies the best of what the shounen mecha genre has to offer, carried by great direction and storyboarding. it's all very energetic, and every moment had that spirit of adventure in it; no time was wasted at all in this first episode. barring a drop in quality or pacing, i'll be following gurren-lagann for sure.

Nightengale
2007-04-03, 07:27
Very lush, vibrant and stylish.

As expected of Imaishi, but whether or not this drive will continue on shining for the next 26 episodes is another thing. We'll see.

I think this show is easily my top guilty pleasure show in a long long time. I can't recall the last time I have so many "I'll watch any crap for *insert reason*" feeling in a long time, be it the hot-blooded Kamina who manages to not look like an idiot yet stil being hot-blooded, the black long haired girl of the 3 Lady Team (( yes, she's already my favourite female, no questions asked. I just <3 her design )), the Kanna-lookalike villian who looked like he came out of Falcon, my favourite Malaysian comic, the Ninku vibes I'm getting from this show regardless of unsimilarities, and naturally, the mecha.

Though the monsters, especially in that last shot REALLY looks like Hollows from Bleach.

Granted, there's not much of any hints towards what the plot will evolve into other than random journeys through the barren surface world, but the prologue is intriguing to say the least. Unless irony bites generations and the previous owner of Lagann JUST had to look vaguely like a grown-up Shimon, it either insinuates that Gurren will slowly develop it's story and plot through the years (( 26 episodes over what looked at least like 7 to 10 years? unlikely )) or that the beginning is an epilogue of the years following the ending of Gurren Lagann.

Yeah, I know there's a Kamina-lookalike in the prologue, but I can so totally feel Kamina's death-flag waving.

Shinndou
2007-04-03, 08:38
Yeah, I know there's a Kamina-lookalike in the prologue, but I can so totally feel Kamina's death-flag waving.

Which is why I was speculating that might indeed be Shimon, somehow "honouring" Kamina by adopting a similar attitude. :heh:
But well, this is really a wild and quick speculation, and I'll just watch this show anyway, no matter on what might happen to the main characters at the end of it.

7Th
2007-04-03, 09:33
Very lush, vibrant and stylish.

As expected of Imaishi, but whether or not this drive will continue on shining for the next 26 episodes is another thing. We'll see.

I think this show is easily my top guilty pleasure show in a long long time. I can't recall the last time I have so many "I'll watch any crap for *insert reason*" feeling in a long time, be it the hot-blooded Kamina who manages to not look like an idiot yet stil being hot-blooded, the black long haired girl of the 3 Lady Team (( yes, she's already my favourite female, no questions asked. I just <3 her design )), the Kanna-lookalike villian who looked like he came out of Falcon, my favourite Malaysian comic, the Ninku vibes I'm getting from this show regardless of unsimilarities, and naturally, the mecha.

Though the monsters, especially in that last shot REALLY looks like Hollows from Bleach.

Granted, there's not much of any hints towards what the plot will evolve into other than random journeys through the barren surface world, but the prologue is intriguing to say the least. Unless irony bites generations and the previous owner of Lagann JUST had to look vaguely like a grown-up Shimon, it either insinuates that Gurren will slowly develop it's story and plot through the years (( 26 episodes over what looked at least like 7 to 10 years? unlikely )) or that the beginning is an epilogue of the years following the ending of Gurren Lagann.

Yeah, I know there's a Kamina-lookalike in the prologue, but I can so totally feel Kamina's death-flag waving.

Hum... their journey will be more focused than that I believe, probably on The Hobbit's or One Piece's fashion. Just saying this based on Imaishi interviews I've read, which promised an excitement extending beyond amazingly directed action and that actually described Gurren-Lagann as a big, epic adventure.

Nightengale
2007-04-03, 23:07
Nah...It's obvious that hot-blooded guy with the drill is Shimon. I mean that the guy with the face-scar tattoo and yellow shades may not be Kamina, but rather another guy who's honouring Kamina.

Kamina strikes to me as the kind of guy who would use his sword to hold back a thousand fleets of Ganmen, to protect his soul brother and friends...and die valiantly doing so. I get the Caesar Zepelli vibes STRONGLY from him, if I'm to make a comparison.

Hmm...A One Piece like adventure? If it's even 1/3rd as good as One Piece in terms of potraying the "nakama-ship adventure of epic proportions", then I'll be more than satisfied.

7Th
2007-04-03, 23:58
Heh, seems like Gurren-Lagann is finally ready to abandon the Unaired forum. :P

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-04, 00:14
I actually posted this in the wrong thread.
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http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/2589/gurrenbll8.th.gif (http://img138.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gurrenbll8.gif) http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/9930/yoco2jl0.th.jpg (http://img329.imageshack.us/my.php?image=yoco2jl0.jpg) http://img476.imageshack.us/img476/9039/gurrenlagann00vm1.th.jpg (http://img476.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gurrenlagann00vm1.jpg) http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/8571/ayokopaperau7.th.jpg (http://img299.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ayokopaperau7.jpg)

Gainax top image:
http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/4742/270gurrenfj1.th.jpg (http://img225.imageshack.us/my.php?image=270gurrenfj1.jpg)

I claim Yoko as my new wife. Dibs! :)

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-04, 00:35
Henceforth -- and I believe this should be codified in the AnimeSuki forum rules -- we should only refer to the monster in the first episode as"The Big Face."

Shouta
2007-04-04, 03:22
Man, Kamina is highly amusing. A lot of the lines he's spouting has a double entendre kind of connotation to them. It's a total riot.

Shinndou
2007-04-04, 03:40
Lol, there's already so much fanart of Yoko even if the episode only aired around three days ago?! I'm impressed. :heh:

Shiroth
2007-04-04, 09:08
I claim Yoko as my new wife. Dibs! :)
Ohohoh --- thats something a lot of us have already done. Anyway --- i claim Kamina as my new Big Brother! Oh, thanks a lot for the images, i see some good avatar material here. :3

Lol, there's already so much fanart of Yoko even if the episode only aired around three days ago?! I'm impressed. :heh:
Well, you have to remember that the character designs have been around for some time --- meaning these fanarts could have easily have been worked-on before the first episode aired.

Also, is anyone planning on making some Kamina & Yoko avatars? ^___^

"YOUR DRILL IS ONE THAT WILL PIERCE THROUGH THE HEAVENS!"

Shinndou
2007-04-04, 09:13
I might make some avatars (but not animated ones, I'm too lazy for that) if I have some spare time.

7Th
2007-04-04, 09:34
Gurren-Lagann gets 100% more awesome when you understand the dialogs... it was already the most fun series I've seen in a very long time, but the amazing script is all sorts of incredible. :D

Really, language understanding make me really foresee an enormously epic future for this series. The "I'll squash them along with space-time itself!" along with Shiroth's signature make for the best quotes I've heard in anime in a very long time. :heh:

Shiroth
2007-04-04, 09:38
Really, language understanding make me really foresee an enormously epic future for this series. The "I'll squash them along with space-time itself!" along with Shiroth's signature make for the best quotes I've heard in anime in a very long time. :heh:
I watched again this morning --- i'll list what i have. :3

"YOUR DRILL IS ONE THAT WILL PIERCE THROUGH THE HEAVENS!"

"The youth will aim for the surface!"

"The infamous Gurren-dan of Jiihan village! Carrying the sound of Men,
the unlawful digger demons! The dee-vine Kamina!"

"HEY, BIG FACE! Get ready to eat a bullet!"

"Go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb! That's the Gurren-dan
way!"

"Show them the power of the Gurren-dan drill!"

I can't think of any show that used such good quote material in just the first episode alone. I can see a lot of good things coming from this 26 episode series!

Shouta
2007-04-04, 10:00
I can't think of any show that used such good quote material in just the first episode alone. I can see a lot of good things coming from this 26 episode series!

Are those from the sub? Cause those are mega-liberal. :heh:

Shiroth
2007-04-04, 10:01
Are those from the sub? Cause those are mega-liberal. :heh:
Yeah, i only watched the raw once --- so i've just gone with what the sub was using. :3

7Th
2007-04-04, 10:04
Are those from the sub? Cause those are mega-liberal. :heh:

Huh? The double-meanings are lost? Hey, release the .ass for your version after you upload the hardsubs, I want good subtitles in my HD...

Shouta
2007-04-04, 10:09
Yeah, i only watched the raw once --- so i've just gone with what the sub was using. :3

Well, one of them is really liberal but the others are a pretty straightforward. The liberal one is certainly quote worthy though!

Huh? The double-meanings are lost?

Oh no, those lines don't have the double-meanings. I don't think those are quite as shout worthy. =P

Kaioshin Sama
2007-04-04, 10:33
I keep picturing the King Gainer opening theme in place of the actual song. Maybe I need to experiment, because now everytime I see the words Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagan I reply "I Need A King Gaaaaaiiiiiiiner!" Downloading right now, can't wait.

7Th
2007-04-04, 11:05
What the hell! I've become such a fanboy to read the GL production blog even without any understanding of written Japanese by using Google Translation. It is worth for what I gathered, though, as I have become more excited than ever for it. Looks like it will remain extremely entertaining but will portray an extremely large complex universe within it. The final episode's script and storyboard are already complete it seems and I get excellent vibes from what I am able to gather in the announcement. They comment on how the story will become of a scale so large, so the introduction really is a hint of things to come, that at the beginning it overwhelmed everyone in the production, but that in the end they "persevered and overcame this enormous scenario, increasing even the actual meaning behind it". Cannot fuc*ing wait! :D

They also supposedly have a fairly well done world overview which is explained in a little section from their website. :heh:

Also, they uploaded production gifs like those in DieBuster page, with significative scenes shown frame by frame in sketch detail:
http://64.233.179.104/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&langpair=ja%7Cen&u=http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/oni_r.html&prev=/language_tools

Shinndou
2007-04-04, 11:45
I looked at the animated sketches on the page you linked, and it looks like the guy in the prologue has some headband covering his eyes. That somehow makes it hard to speculate on who he might be, but I'm still partially convinced he might be a grown up Simon. :)

Mr VacBob
2007-04-04, 16:45
I was very surprised by the upscale too. So much so that I began to question if it were or not. Deciding factor was the credits being a bit blurry yet the clock remains crystal clear, wonders never cease...

The clock isn't an upscale, but I'm certain the rest is, which is why the sub is back down to 856x480. Hides the earlier compression artifacts anyway.

Shiroth
2007-04-04, 17:54
I looked at the animated sketches on the page you linked, and it looks like the guy in the prologue has some headband covering his eyes. That somehow makes it hard to speculate on who he might be, but I'm still partially convinced he might be a grown up Simon. :)
His attitude leads me to believe its Kamina, or maybe his father (who did live in the village, the same place Lagann was found). Then again, it does look lik a future setting..

7Th
2007-04-04, 17:59
His attitude leads me to believe its Kamina, or maybe his father (who did live in the village, the same place Lagann was found). Then again, it does look lik a future setting..

I really believe it is Shimon, specially after reading that a NewType mentioned it being in "four acts with each charting a different phase of Simon's growth as Kamina leads him out of the underground and into the world on the surface." I don't know why, but that sounds fairly ominous for Kamina. :(

As for the future setting... we don't know how technologically advance Lagann universe is at all, the blog says the scope is fairly big but don't reveal much. The Gainax webpage has a section on the world outlook, but for now it only has a description of the underground village scheme.

Also if someone cares: next episode will feature the 90 seconds version ending.

Shiroth
2007-04-04, 18:00
You might wanna place some of that in spoiler tags --- i'm wishing i didn't read it. ;_;

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-04, 18:18
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http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/3331/simonxa3.gif (http://imageshack.us)

Nightengale
2007-04-04, 19:11
You might wanna place some of that in spoiler tags --- i'm wishing i didn't read it. ;_;

You needed spoiler tags for that? Phail. :P

Kamina SCREAMED "waving-death-flag" the entire first episode. His presence as great as it was, was extremely ominious as well.

ZODDGUTS
2007-04-04, 19:28
Just watched this... fun fun fun episode. Loving the main three characters especially Kamina. :cool: Lots of fanservice from Yoko I got no problem with that.:heh: Loved it when Kamina was checking Yoko body out when the monster first attacked.

Shiroth
2007-04-04, 20:13
You needed spoiler tags for that? Phail. :P
Not really --- i don't want to know how this show shall progress. Finding that out alone is going to be a major fun part.

Shouta
2007-04-04, 21:23
I really believe it is Shimon, specially after reading that a NewType mentioned it being in

FYI, the offical spelling for him is Simon.

Budweineken
2007-04-04, 21:50
I know Simon is the official spelling (at least looking at the site), but I got a bit of an off-topic question.

Is there another foreign language that pronounces the name 'Simon' as 'Shimon'? Because if I were to use Katakana, I would use symbols that would correspond to the pronuciation of 'Saimon'.

For example, Michael has different pronounciation depending if it's in English or in German, hence why they are two different Katakanas for the same name, depending on the different pronounciation... Katakana for "Maikeru" if in English, and "Mihaeru" if in German.

So, is there a similar phenomenon happening with Simon that would explain why the Katakana used is for "Shimon"?

Shouta
2007-04-04, 22:03
I know Simon is the official spelling (at least looking at the site), but I got a bit of an off-topic question.

Can't really answer your question but the thought occurred to me that they might actually mean Shimon and spelled it Simon. Si is the same a Shi depending on romanization and if they followed that style, it would be Simon rather than Shimon. >_>

Kaioshin Sama
2007-04-05, 01:35
Oh my god! OH MY GOD! WOW! I haven't seen anything this hotblooded since Shin Getter 2004. I was worried this wasn't even possible anymore and thought I was watching a show from 1997 rather than 2007.

Everybody and everything is so hot blooded that I did the involuntary fist clench muscle flex shake thing I haven't done since 2005 when Holland screamed "HIGHER SAN SA SUN!" in Eureka 7. I haven't had anything that could provoke that response since then. All the pointless screaming, Kamina's manly speeches of inspiration, his ridiculous looking shades, Yoko's ridiculously huge er.... gun, the over the top evil looking monster and Simon going crazy with the ridiculously look super robot head-drill at the near the end and getting a look of determination on his face, had me with a smile on my face that has yet to disappear. I think I even cried at the sheer fact that I am indeed watching something hot-blooded and manly in 2007.

The hegemony of Moe is truly over as of April 5th, 2007 and its time for it to share the stage with the hot-blooded mecha and action series of the past. No compromises for Moe fans, no sugar pop music where it doesn't belong, no crying, no angst, no Sugita Tomakazu, but a tribute, a showing that help is on the way for those starved of good old fashioned hot blooded fun. Not to mention the manliest man who ever lived, a god to me and fans of hot-blooded men in anime the one, so awesome he took on a loli and won, the one the only Nobuyuki F****N HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMA will be joining the cast under a name so awesome sounding.... I can't.... :D :D..... YEAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH! Excuse me....... I just have news that the person doing Kamina is Volfogg (GUNGLUE! GUNDOBERU! SAN MI TAI! BIGU VOLFOGGU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw4WtmFcnyY)) from Gaogaigar, this may take a bit longer. Okay there's a lot of people in here from the Brave Saga, hold on. Hrnnnnnnnn heeeeee. Older legends are coming out of hiding from what I see to work with the new people.... anyway Nobuyuki Hiyama will be someone named Viral. This is by far the best show I've seen this year by an almost impossible to measure margin. I will go to be the happiest I have been in over 2 or 3 years.

To whoever it was in Gainax that made this possible no matter how hard he had to fight for it in this day in age :bow: x100.

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-05, 02:08
Edit: I've reconsidered. I've deleted my own post, and I'm sending myself a stern warning. :)

prince leon
2007-04-05, 04:03
Man, I want the second episode of this soooo badly. :p

Lambda
2007-04-05, 08:32
Well, that was the most PURE UNADULTERATED FUN I've had watching a piece of television for a long time.

Budweineken
2007-04-05, 10:27
This series is not getting the attention it should. I think it has a lot more to offer than what we perceive from the first episode, I mean this is gainax we are talking about. They'll surely provide us with plenty of twists to keep us intersted, let alone the good animation and some nice characters.

Boukenxha
2007-04-05, 10:29
I wholeheartedly agreed with the good things said so far! This has got to be the most fun and hotblooded episode I've seen in a while, arguably more shounen than shounen! Kamina absolutely deserves the best shonen quotes award for all the inspiring speech delivered with so much omph and conviction.

A few interesting visual catch from the episode.

http://xs114.xs.to/xs114/07144/yoko.jpg.xs.jpg (http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs114&d=07144&f=yoko.jpg)

What on earth are those made of to withstand the rough walls of the underground? :heh:

Lagann is no robot maids, but man it's still cute... I mean check out some awesome expressions! :heh:

http://xs114.xs.to/xs114/07144/lagann1.jpg.xs.jpg (http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs114&d=07144&f=lagann1.jpg)

http://xs114.xs.to/xs114/07144/lagann2.jpg.xs.jpg (http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs114&d=07144&f=lagann2.jpg)

Makes me eager to see how Gurren is like with those cool shades and smuggish grin. :heh:

Crystal_Method
2007-04-05, 10:52
You know it's a good show when the robot makes facial expressions.

Skane
2007-04-05, 10:55
Aye, the facial expressions on the robot were amongst the highlights of the show.

Cheers.

Asrialys
2007-04-05, 13:57
Haha, what a great first episode. Kamina is just awesome and Yoko is quite appealing. Can't wait to see more.

Guardian Enzo
2007-04-05, 20:43
More thoughts later, but any series that features the line "And this rodent between my breasts?" could only be chock full o' Gainax goodness...

Aka
2007-04-05, 23:51
Great. Great. Great! lol I was just clicking around and all and jumped into, so I decided to watch it and while I was, it was amazing. It's been awhile since I actually see something new that hasn't been used many times in other animes, so far loving it. Can't wait for Episode 2. Well atleast I didn't spoil anything =P

Nightengale
2007-04-06, 00:01
This series is not getting the attention it should. I think it has a lot more to offer than what we perceive from the first episode, I mean this is gainax we are talking about. They'll surely provide us with plenty of twists to keep us intersted, let alone the good animation and some nice characters.

Maybe the One Piece-ness of this is what's making it not-that-hyped, compared to some really anticipated series.

Let's see...character designs. Some people seem to think the designs in Gurren aren't that nice and looks kiddy. Whatever. It still looks more crispy and somewhat nicely old-school, in my opinion better than those generic looking cute girls and bishies.

It has a super robot. For some reasons I can never understand, some people think that hotblooded + super robot is instant fail and any series with mecha instantly sucks. Never mind the fact it technically makes no difference if it's fighting with drills or piloting one that has drills. It's super robot, it defies laws of physics to begin with.

Not their cup of tea. Well, can't really argue against this. But Gurren-Lagann is pure fun anyway. It's the type of show you shut half your brain functions and just enjoy what you see. And there's even the strong possibility of it developing it's current draw beyond fun.

Can't wait for the black haired fang girl to appear though. She = <3

justinstrife
2007-04-06, 00:43
Ahhhh

Pure sweet goodness. Kamina as a character, was outright awesome. He had me pumping my fist up in the air and repeating after his quotes with energy.

Yoka(sp?) the incredibly huge... Gun. Yes. She is quickly moving up as one of my favorite females around.

I'm definetly keeping tabs on this gem. I just don't like the vibes I'm getting with Kamina's future. He's one of those absolutely bad-ass characters you know won't make it to the end. :upset:

7Th
2007-04-06, 08:39
Maybe the One Piece-ness of this is what's making it not-that-hyped, compared to some really anticipated series.

Let's see...character designs. Some people seem to think the designs in Gurren aren't that nice and looks kiddy. Whatever. It still looks more crispy and somewhat nicely old-school, in my opinion better than those generic looking cute girls and bishies.

It has a super robot. For some reasons I can never understand, some people think that hotblooded + super robot is instant fail and any series with mecha instantly sucks. Never mind the fact it technically makes no difference if it's fighting with drills or piloting one that has drills. It's super robot, it defies laws of physics to begin with.

Not their cup of tea. Well, can't really argue against this. But Gurren-Lagann is pure fun anyway. It's the type of show you shut half your brain functions and just enjoy what you see. And there's even the strong possibility of it developing it's current draw beyond fun.

Can't wait for the black haired fang girl to appear though. She = <3

I think the major selling point in Gurren-Lagann besides being the most purely fun animation piece to be released since Dead Leaves is how well done it is. From a technically-cinematographic stand-point it really is impressively near being entirely flawless, in the whole extension and incredible connotations of such a word. I haven't read any well-fundamented criticism towards this production and all of them are particularly based on taste or the current focus of the script rather than mistakes in storytelling, writing or animation.

As for it's relative under-appreciation... is pretty well-loved outside major anime circles to be honest, as all forums I frequent that have a following for the medium yet it isn't their main conversation purpose, as they are videogame, movie or music themed, have pretty much filled their threads or divisions with a unanimous praising towards it.

Also, the new Gainax front page illustration, Kamina already has his fangirl following it seems... :heh:

http://www.gainax.co.jp/img/271_gurren.jpg

Shiroth
2007-04-06, 09:11
Let's see...character designs. Some people seem to think the designs in Gurren aren't that nice and looks kiddy. Whatever. It still looks more crispy and somewhat nicely old-school, in my opinion better than those generic looking cute girls and bishies.
The character designs for Gurren Lagann to me help the show stay at its fun level, it helps the over-the-top action and quotes work perfectly --- everything rides on each other so to say.

Can't wait for the black haired fang girl to appear though. She = <3
I know what you mean, though at the minute i'm looking forward to seeing Viral, who looks to be the main villian.
http://www.gurren-lagann.net/chara/viral.html
Also, the new Gainax front page illustration, Kamina already has his fangirl following it seems... :heh:
I lol'd --- and am wanting to see more artwork like this. Yay for Gainax official site, i only wish it was desktop wallpaper size.

toxic_trance
2007-04-06, 09:14
hmm..what can i say..i m npt expecting it to be a clasic, but still the first episode wa by no means boring. The character designs are strange but definitely not bad. Very interesting series...efinitely will follow it till the end

-Ajax-
2007-04-06, 11:25
This has to be one of the best first episodes I've seen in a long time. Even if the rest of the show sucks balls I'll still love this first episode a ton. I can't wait for more.

Glitch87
2007-04-06, 11:30
Is anyone else getting Outlaw Star vibes from this show?

quirky adventurous space show with a protagonist that seems to grow into a fiesty young badass. It's got the guns, the tits, and the badassness PLUS a mech that makes this show very promising.

-Ajax-
2007-04-06, 11:35
Is anyone else getting Outlaw Star vibes from this show?

quirky adventurous space show with a protagonist that seems to grow into a fiesty young badass. It's got the guns, the tits, and the badassness PLUS a mech that makes this show very promising.

I still felt more of an FLCL vybe, mostly from the animation and humor.

issei
2007-04-06, 12:23
I still felt more of an FLCL vybe, mostly from the animation and humor.

thematically speaking, yeah, this show resembles FLCL more than anything else -- which is a good thing to me. its similarities to something like outlaw star are really only superficial at best.

Budweineken
2007-04-06, 14:16
It may get into Outlaw Star vibes in the future (first scenes of the anime), but surely for now FLCL and some Melody of Oblivion I'd say.

Kisuke06
2007-04-06, 18:34
I wasn't too interested in this one at first, but after hearing some much people talking good about it I decided to check it out. And damn, I was wrong, this series rock! It was an great episode, the characters are interesting, the comedy is very good, the story is original... it has everything to be a nice show, and it looks like it is going to be. :D

cry
2007-04-06, 20:04
as expected, i had a good time watching this. it's really fun and refreshing, and the trio of characters is really cool. i hope the next episodes will continue this way!

the face robot gives so many possibilities, i like him! the brain-like protection, the facial expressions, the cute walk with the tiny arms and legs... really good ideas!

M.D. Geist
2007-04-06, 20:41
http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/7595/1175692885473uu6.th.jpg (http://img141.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1175692885473uu6.jpg)


There are several ppl out there, who are tracing this picture already ;)

First vector of Toppa was :

http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/8128/toppauw5.th.png (http://img169.imageshack.us/my.php?image=toppauw5.png)

:eyespin: :D

P.S.

The one raw out there is without the stupid clock!

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/5676/darawwz4.th.jpg (http://img340.imageshack.us/my.php?image=darawwz4.jpg)

One of the most interesting animes this season.
I liked it. Lets see what gainax makes out of it

Glitch87
2007-04-07, 03:26
what i meant by outlaw star vibes i meant from the intro to the first episode. grown up Simon ( if that is who that is) reminds me of gene starwind. a fearless spunky leader in a space adventure.

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-07, 14:27
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Previous Gurren-Lagan image posts:
http://forums.animesuki.com/showpost.php?p=889361&postcount=111
http://forums.animesuki.com/showpost.php?p=888417&postcount=92

Shiroth
2007-04-07, 14:31
http://img400.imageshack.us/img400/6967/47aey4.th.jpg (http://img400.imageshack.us/my.php?image=47aey4.jpg)
Any idea of the artist for this one Maids?

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-07, 14:56
Any idea of the artist for this one Maids?

http://p-girl.sakura.ne.jp/

Warning: some of his recent work is a little ecchi.

Archuka
2007-04-07, 15:35
Somehow the first episode managed to be amazingly stupid and amazingly awesome at the same time. Usually I can only cringe when watching mecha because they make it so unbelievable and stupid, but this time they went so over the top that it went from :uhoh: to :D!

Kamina is great. Again, hot-bloodedness generally = stupid, but this show clearly doesn't take itself seriously, so he's actually a lot of fun and there was a high chance I'd grin every time he spoke.

Yoko is just pure <3. One of my all time favourite females already. Super hot, yet cute and has a non-annoying voice and a great personality. Simply amazing.

Simon, while otherwise quite plain, has those great glasses. He pales in comparison to Kamina and Yoko, but luckily I don't find him annoying at all.

prince leon
2007-04-07, 16:48
So much fanart of Yoko! I'm going to have a great time filling up her folder. :p

flou
2007-04-07, 21:29
Uh, hasn't the second episode aired already if I'm not mistaken?

wrex_japan
2007-04-07, 21:39
Uh, hasn't the second episode aired already if I'm not mistaken?

It has. It was more entertaining than the first one. Kamina eventually takes over a large mecha and names it the "Gurren," completing the "Gurren-Lagann," and we also see a bit about his father

The animation continues to be fluid and of high quality. But I guess Kamina's shouting and the art style doesn't appeal to me.

Omniscient
2007-04-07, 23:05
Episode 02 Screencaps and Summary (http://randomc.animeblogger.net/2007/04/08/gurren-lagann-02/)

As wrex said, this second episode was even more entertaining and exciting than the first one. It was full-force action for most of the episode, and I find myself loving this series more and more. And since Kamina now has his Gurren, next week's preview shows that it'll join with the Lagann to form Gurren Lagann.

iwubanime
2007-04-08, 01:05
Hmm, just kind of curious. Is this based off a manga??

Also, I'm terrible with names... but. Did you get the idea the girl likes the shorter guy, or was she just being particularly nice to him?

I'm not too fond of the bigger guy right now (although he is funny and different than most charaters I've seen). He just seems too charsimatic for the first episode. Please the way he made friends with the shorter guy right away was a little weird. But whateva ^^. Was that him in the beginning fighting against all those other ships??

I thought it was a really good episode and I have to say I wasn't planning on watching this series but I downloaded it on a whim. And now I'm going to stick with it a while longer. I like series with a plot that involve some comedy and action (and romance is a ++ in my book).

Can't wait for episode 2 :)

aroduc
2007-04-08, 01:12
More caps if you want 'em.
http://www.seiha.org/blog/?p=42

Alt
http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/6623/untitlediv2.th.jpg (http://img157.imageshack.us/my.php?image=untitlediv2.jpg)

Nightengale
2007-04-08, 01:22
Hmm, just kind of curious. Is this based off a manga??

No.

I'm not too fond of the bigger guy right now (although he is funny and different than most charaters I've seen). He just seems too charsimatic for the first episode. Please the way he made friends with the shorter guy right away was a little weird. But whateva ^^. Was that him in the beginning fighting against all those other ships??

It's obvious Simon and Kamina were already friends to begin with.... Let's just say any unique experience with giant faces and drills can bring men closer. And no one knows who that guy is in the beginning, though the stronger argument is that the beginning is the future, and that's really an older Simon who's caught on the Kamina fever.

te2rx
2007-04-08, 01:50
Did you get the idea the girl likes the shorter guy, or was she just being particularly nice to him?I imagine that juicy bit of service at the every end launched the pens of a thousand shotacon doujinshi artists.

Sonhex
2007-04-08, 06:08
Episode 02 Screencaps and Summary (http://randomc.animeblogger.net/2007/04/08/gurren-lagann-02/)

As wrex said, this second episode was even more entertaining and exciting than the first one. It was full-force action for most of the episode, and I find myself loving this series more and more. And since Kamina now has his Gurren, next week's preview shows that it'll join with the Lagann to form Gurren Lagann.

Yep, even better action, even more fun (if that was possible). Ep 2 was just amazing stuff again. Aside from the kickass mecha scraps, we get more Yoko service but we have some nice character development for Kamina. Now we know where he gets his cape from but I wonder if ...

...the fate of his father is all that it seems? Hmm. I kind of like the way he's figured out that he's the source of Simon's motivation, at least for now. Although Yoko also seems to get Gurren/Simon going too, which is totally understandable ;)


Some great laughs again, but this really had me falling off my seat ...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/sonhex/gl_boota.jpg
:D

kari-no-sugata
2007-04-08, 06:19
I agree with above - I enjoyed ep 2 more than ep 1. Definitely following this!!

Shiroth
2007-04-08, 06:24
Did you get the idea the girl likes the shorter guy, or was she just being particularly nice to him?
Just from the first episode alone we see that Yoko has one wonderful personality --- so she's not one to take something like that the wrong way. & yay for Nightengale who answered the other questions. :3

As for episode 02 --- shall be watching in just about 40 minutes.

Edit: Just watched the second episode:

Such a good episode, like the first. I'm happy to see that this show can deliver so much action while sticking to the level of humor the first episode gave us. Also glad to see that Simon is becoming an interesting character --- the first episode was just a Kamina and Yoko show. & yeah, really upsetting ending. & i'm not sure if its just me, but angry Simon and Kamina seeing the skeleton head for the first time was Gainax all over. & seriously --- i love Yoko so much. So happy to see more from her in the second episode.
Looks like we'll finally get to see Viral & the Enki in action. <3

Shinndou
2007-04-08, 08:25
Hahah oh wow, this second episode was an other fun ride. Although it didn't feel as fast paced as the first it was still full of fun moments, and there's even a hint character development already:

It's interesting to know that Kamina's father seems to resemble the guy we saw in the prologue of the first episode, although the voice appears to be different. Which means that either the misterious guy is Kamina's father when he was younger, or as we speculated earlier it simply might be Simon who's "inherited" Kamina's attitude. And it wouldn't surprise me at all if Kamina himself was heavily influenced by his father.

The funniest part is when Kamina finally gets to control the Gurren and he does the "Ore wo dare da to omoutte agaru-Kick", haha. I also have to give some credit for the soundtrack of this episode, although it didn't feel as "epic" as the music in the first episode, it had a rockish style that went pretty well with its mood.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to more episodes of this serie, so far I'm really happy with it. Oh yeah, and Yoko is llloooooove. :D

7Th
2007-04-08, 08:42
Gurren-Lagann episode 2 was amazing, they've doubled the excitement with excellent adrenaline-fueled dangerous mecha action scenes and have keep up the animation in a more than acceptable level of goodness, as a follow-up I mean for without the premiere to compare it too it would be highly above the average anime. To be honest I am still surprised on them coming with such a good follow-up for last week as the incredible example of entertainment Imaishi presented to us was a complete riot and most of all because they had Shoji Saeki as the script writer/episode director, but they even managed to top themselves in a relative fashion. Visual-wise is still the best anime currently airing, the movement still depicted masterfully with a fun momentum in speed and aggression while keeping a sense of "jumpy" heaviness and the scene composition remains as stylish, I bow before you for this Gainax :p . For those who care, we also got some really cool Kou Yoshinari in there :heh:. Other interesting point is how quick the plot is moving... Viral already appears next week and he seems to be the main villain so far.

Crystal_Method
2007-04-08, 12:00
Second episode was awesome. This show just became my favorite show out of all the new shows (for now).

Is that robot that Kamina steals going to be his lagann? Cause it got pretty beaten up in this episode.

Sonhex
2007-04-08, 12:13
Second episode was awesome. This show just became my favorite show out of all the new shows (for now).

Is that robot that Kamina steals going to be his lagann? Cause it got pretty beaten up in this episode.

It'll be Gurren (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/mecha/gurren.html) eventually (shades are the give away). But I think Lagann/Simon needs to do something to it to make special. Together they'll be Gurren-Lagann. For which I personally cannot wait to see - the combo will be insanely cool I'm sure :p

K3cT
2007-04-08, 12:30
All right. This IS the show to watch out for in this season and damn, it's even better than StrikerS. Let's just pray that Gainax can maintain this level of quality because it has been quite a while since the last time I watch an enjoyable adventure-themed anime and I want this epicness to last!

K3cT
2007-04-08, 12:32
That being said, anyone knows whether any other group is going to take this show?

Crystal_Method
2007-04-08, 13:08
It'll be Gurren (http://www.gurren-lagann.net/mecha/gurren.html) eventually (shades are the give away). But I think Lagann/Simon needs to do something to it to make special. Together they'll be Gurren-Lagann. For which I personally cannot wait to see - the combo will be insanely cool I'm sure :p

ahhh... that makes sense. Wow, now I feel like a dumbass looking at the title of this show... :heh:

Shinndou
2007-04-08, 13:44
Second episode was awesome. This show just became my favorite show out of all the new shows (for now).

Is that robot that Kamina steals going to be his lagann? Cause it got pretty beaten up in this episode.

Yep, most likely the "gay" dude is going to either fix it or enhanche it, since he seems to be a mecha-otaku. :heh:

Sonhex
2007-04-08, 16:10
Hahah oh wow, this second episode was an other fun ride. Although it didn't feel as fast paced as the first it was still full of fun moments, and there's even a hint character development already:

It's interesting to know that Kamina's father seems to resemble the guy we saw in the prologue of the first episode, although the voice appears to be different. Which means that either the misterious guy is Kamina's father when he was younger, or as we speculated earlier it simply might be Simon who's "inherited" Kamina's attitude. And it wouldn't surprise me at all if Kamina himself was heavily influenced by his father.

...

I'm still very much in favour of the ...

...guy in the prologue being future Shimon. Even more so now that we can see that Gurren-Lagann only comes about once Kamina has gained his own mecha.

I notice also that the skull emblem and the fire pattern is used by both Yoko and Kamina's father (and now Kamina). Wonder if there's a connection between Kamina's pa and Yoko? Illegitimate daughter perhaps from some above ground liason? Ouch, poor Kamina hitting on his own sister :p

issei
2007-04-08, 16:31
speculation on the prologue:

if gurren-lagann, featured in the preview of episode 3, can be considered the next evolution of lagann, matching the maturation/character development of simon, then it seems even more likely that the prologue's enigmatic figure is indeed simon. there's the drill-key he holds in his hand, and then the galactic battleship itself is named gurren-lagann. he even quotes kamina's "俺をだれだ思ってる" before the camera zooms out to reveal the lagann as the face or figurehead of the battleship. it makes a lot of sense for simon to take on some of kamina's mannerisms and speech patterns after going through adolescence under his wing.

some speculation on how we get from point A, i.e. now, to point Z, the prologue:

kamina thought his father was headed for the stars when he left him, and so was able to forgive him. but now he realizes that his father died before reaching his goal; this reeks of heavy foreshadowing to me -- kamina's fate is inexorably tied up with his father's. i think we'll see simon mature at the same pace that gurren-lagann evolves, until kamina's too-early death ("早い。。。早すぎるぞう。。。") launches him into the stars aboard gurren-lagann's final evolution, as a galactic battleship, to take the fight to the organization behind the ganmen and viral (this would be the prologue and presumably the end of the series).

of course, getting to the end is where all the fun is, and episode 2 definitely delivers. the series moves at a breakneck speed and shows no signs of letting up, and it never takes itself too seriously, which is a a refreshing change of pace from the usual mecha shows.

Sonhex
2007-04-08, 16:43
...
some speculation on how we get from point A, i.e. now, to point Z, the prologue:

kamina thought his father was headed for the stars when he left him, and so was able to forgive him. but now he realizes that his father died before reaching his goal; this reeks of heavy foreshadowing to me -- kamina's fate is inexorably tied up with his father's. i think we'll see simon mature at the same pace that gurren-lagann evolves, until kamina's too-early death ("早い。。。早すぎるぞう。。。") launches him into the stars aboard gurren-lagann's final evolution, as a galactic battleship, to take the fight to the organization behind the ganmen and viral (this would be the prologue and presumably the end of the series).

...

Yep, totally I agree with this. I think Kamina is a doomed character. Sad as it will be to see him go, I see it as the only way Shimon can mature and develop. The first two episodes have shown that Shimon finds his motivation only when he thinks Kamina is in mortal danger (not helped by the latter's suicidal tendancies). As devastating as Kamina's end will be, it will set Shimon on the course that leads to that fateful prologue. When and how it happens remains to be seen, but I think it's likely to be sooner rather than later.

7Th
2007-04-08, 17:54
some speculation on how we get from point A, i.e. now, to point Z, the prologue:

kamina thought his father was headed for the stars when he left him, and so was able to forgive him. but now he realizes that his father died before reaching his goal; this reeks of heavy foreshadowing to me -- kamina's fate is inexorably tied up with his father's. i think we'll see simon mature at the same pace that gurren-lagann evolves, until kamina's too-early death ("早い。。。早すぎるぞう。。。") launches him into the stars aboard gurren-lagann's final evolution, as a galactic battleship, to take the fight to the organization behind the ganmen and viral (this would be the prologue and presumably the end of the series).

of course, getting to the end is where all the fun is, and episode 2 definitely delivers. the series moves at a breakneck speed and shows no signs of letting up, and it never takes itself too seriously, which is a a refreshing change of pace from the usual mecha shows.

I pretty much agree with your feelings, it's nice to have a series where the production team is actually having fun, and speculations.

Kamina will surely die a manly epic death at the end of the third arc in Shimon's evolution and that event will probably trigger the final change in the boy's personality. I really think the Dimensional Government mentioned in the prologue is probably, no kidding, the final enemy in the series and I have a various number of far fetched theories on why they actually want to wipe out, or at least keep under ties, humanity. As for the Ganmen and Viral... I think their relation will turn out to be fairly weird, with Viral not being of the same race of those harassing Yoko's town and presumably the whole world but only aiding them for the will of a bigger entity.

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-08, 17:58
http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/7965/295xn8.th.jpg (http://img411.imageshack.us/my.php?image=295xn8.jpg) http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/6493/gurenwm7.th.jpg (http://img403.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gurenwm7.jpg) http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/8036/070408scarecrowaa3.th.jpg (http://img244.imageshack.us/my.php?image=070408scarecrowaa3.jpg) http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/6255/070408scarecrowjt2.th.gif (http://img265.imageshack.us/my.php?image=070408scarecrowjt2.gif) http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/8426/uenoar6.th.jpg (http://img186.imageshack.us/my.php?image=uenoar6.jpg)

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/883/simonmasatohq3.th.jpg (http://img265.imageshack.us/my.php?image=simonmasatohq3.jpg) http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/4320/20070408ou0.th.gif (http://img244.imageshack.us/my.php?image=20070408ou0.gif) http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/9804/3977638301771xs7.th.jpg (http://img337.imageshack.us/my.php?image=3977638301771xs7.jpg) http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/1174/yoko01realtb2.th.jpg (http://img337.imageshack.us/my.php?image=yoko01realtb2.jpg)

7Th
2007-04-08, 18:02
http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/7965/295xn8.th.jpg (http://img411.imageshack.us/my.php?image=295xn8.jpg) http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/6493/gurenwm7.th.jpg (http://img403.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gurenwm7.jpg) http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/8036/070408scarecrowaa3.th.jpg (http://img244.imageshack.us/my.php?image=070408scarecrowaa3.jpg) http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/6255/070408scarecrowjt2.th.gif (http://img265.imageshack.us/my.php?image=070408scarecrowjt2.gif) http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/8426/uenoar6.th.jpg (http://img186.imageshack.us/my.php?image=uenoar6.jpg)

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/883/simonmasatohq3.th.jpg (http://img265.imageshack.us/my.php?image=simonmasatohq3.jpg) http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/4320/20070408ou0.th.gif (http://img244.imageshack.us/my.php?image=20070408ou0.gif) http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/9804/3977638301771xs7.th.jpg (http://img337.imageshack.us/my.php?image=3977638301771xs7.jpg) http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/1174/yoko01realtb2.th.jpg (http://img337.imageshack.us/my.php?image=yoko01realtb2.jpg)

SHIMON FANART?! IMPOSSIBLE!

But seriously I actually like that rough b/w Shimon fanart. The marker colored one with Yoko and Shimon over Lagann is cool too.

Shiroth
2007-04-08, 18:42
Yep, most likely the "gay" dude is going to either fix it or enhanche it, since he seems to be a mecha-otaku. :heh:
Thats if Leeron can stay away from Kamina long enough to do the job. That made me LOL --- it never clicked that Leeron would be a gay character, even though i seen his character design a good time ago. Just what this show needs. :3

Yep, totally I agree with this. I think Kamina is a doomed character. Sad as it will be to see him go, I see it as the only way Shimon can mature and develop. The first two episodes have shown that Shimon finds his motivation only when he thinks Kamina is in mortal danger (not helped by the latter's suicidal tendancies). As devastating as Kamina's end will be, it will set Shimon on the course that leads to that fateful prologue. When and how it happens remains to be seen, but I think it's likely to be sooner rather than later.
In a way i can see Kamina's death working on different levels for the series --- yes it would push Simon's character development a lot further then anything we could think of (well, there is the parent link that we need to think about) --- anyway, of course i don't want Kamina to be killed of, though they could get that right and make it OH SO EPIC. That needs to be done.

But seriously I actually like that rough b/w Shimon fanart. The marker colored one with Yoko and Shimon over Lagann is cool too.
Just wait for Comiket71 when all the Yoko x Simon doujins appear. <3

Nightengale
2007-04-08, 19:10
Thats if Leeron can stay away from Simon long enough to do the job. That made me LOL --- it never clicked that Leeron would be a gay character, even though i seen his character design a good time ago. Just what this show needs. :3

...Fixed?

Why else would he be content in that small Lagann when there's the hulky huge room space at Gurren?

Anyway, episode 2 was once again good, even if it did nothing but give me even more "Kamina's so dead...Kamina's SO going to die for Simon" vibes. I've had enough of that in episode 1 alone, thank you.

Shiroth
2007-04-08, 19:22
...Fixed?
No, he loves Kamina. ;_;

Edit: How i love the Lagann Blog:

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/9749/simonco9.th.jpg (http://img244.imageshack.us/my.php?image=simonco9.jpg)

orion
2007-04-08, 21:15
So what's preventing that guy in the beginning from being Kamina or a descendant of Kamina? It is a little hard to believe that Simon is going to grow up to be like Kamina. He's already a teen probably. By the way, do we know their ages?

outlaw97
2007-04-08, 22:04
This show is really messing with my head. For all intents and purposes, this show should be an exercise in superficial cliches not even worth mentioning, much less producing. That's what the rational side of my brain is telling me.

Then Kamina promptly stupifies that side into submission with his lines. This show knows when its supposed to be cheesy, and it delivers those moments with such intensity that you just get caught up in it. Kind of like how you wind up for a punch, miss, and end up spinning around to deliver the same punch, only with more centrifugal force. With episode 2, we see it offset these moments with some character development, a nice interlude that, while still cheesy, becomes dramatic in comparison to everything else in the show.

Ok, I'm starting to babble, so I'll leave it with:

I think this show is a good litmus test of whether you're REALLY getting tired of the super robot genre or not :D

Oh, and Yoko must be Gainax's forgotten Christmas present to me - I will stalk Maidsx3 for as long as those Yoko posts keep coming :heh:

Shirobane
2007-04-08, 22:41
An incredibly fun and high-energy pilot episode. Seems like GAINAX took a whole bunch of canned concepts and threw them in a blender to create the ultimate Red Bull. I hope that GAINAX is able to keep (or exceed) this level of energy throughout the entire airing of this series.

Sonhex
2007-04-09, 04:57
So what's preventing that guy in the beginning from being Kamina or a descendant of Kamina? It is a little hard to believe that Simon is going to grow up to be like Kamina...
I dunno makes a lot of sense to me considering Kamina is Shimon's surrogate father/brother and the only male influence on his formative years. Shimon idolizes Kamina and should events transpire as have been speculated, inheriting his mantle (arf) would be logical.:p

Honey_and_Cleaver
2007-04-09, 07:49
I wished Katsuyuki Konishi would f--k off from this anime.

Sonhex
2007-04-09, 10:10
I wished Katsuyuki Konishi would f--k off from this anime.

Care to explain the source of your anger toward said seiyuu?

IMHO he's one of the best things about this show, so far anyway...

Shiroth
2007-04-09, 10:16
I wished Katsuyuki Konishi would f--k off from this anime.
I don't see a reason as to why he should --- he's the perfect voice for a character like Kamina.

Shinndou
2007-04-09, 10:42
Agreed. I wasn't totally sure about him time ago when I knew which VA were going to dub the main characters, but after these two episodes I've got to say his voice really fits Kamina.

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-09, 13:38
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Sonhex
2007-04-09, 15:14
Nice finds Maids :p

I wonder if the three 'K' girls Kiyoh (blonde), Kinon (meganeko) and Kiyal (fang-chan) will get equally as much fanart when they turn up? It still amazes me the amount of suggestive angles Gainax are getting away with, I guess they're just too good at it :p

I was taking another look at the website and noticed it's either Kiyoh or Darry (pink haired loli in the OP) who appears in the poster, meaning one of them are of equal importance to Viral in the wider plot...

7Th
2007-04-09, 15:33
Nice finds Maids :p

I wonder if the three 'K' girls Kiyoh (blonde), Kinon (meganeko) and Kiyal (fang-chan) will get equally as much fanart when they turn up? It still amazes me the amount of suggestive angles Gainax are getting away with, I guess they're just too good at it :p

I was taking another look at the website and noticed it's either Kiyoh or Darry (pink haired loli in the OP) who appears in the poster, meaning one of them are of equal importance to Viral in the wider plot...

My guess is that it's an unrevealed character, read this from GainaxPages quoting NewType:

Women play a very small role in the show. Yoko is the only major female character until late in the story, when a girl named Nia shows up. Imaish sez, "I hate to say it, but this show is full-on, balls-to-the-wall, guy-oriented drama... It's pretty tough to find an effective dramatic hook when you bias the storytelling in one direction like [this]..." but he's confident the story will turn out well.


Also, early images showed this pink girl prominently... although she looks nothing like the one in the poster at all:
http://www.gainax.fr/multimedia/gallery/gurren/010.jpg

I also particularly liked this spectacular setting:

http://img312.imageshack.us/img312/7771/gaina160cq.jpg

ZODDGUTS
2007-04-09, 21:51
Love this pic of Yoko.

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/3350/gmodoblivionfx4.th.jpg (http://img179.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gmodoblivionfx4.jpg)

Some sort of Mod character from Oblivion. Looking forward to seeing Yoko Cosplayers. :heh:

outlaw97
2007-04-09, 22:53
Besides the lifeless eyes, which is a staple of Oblivion anyway, that is a scarily accurate rendition - I didn't realize Oblivion mods went this far!

(And so quickly too!)

And those scenic shots look gorgeous - has there been an episode count yet? 24? 26?

7Th
2007-04-09, 22:58
Besides the lifeless eyes, which is a staple of Oblivion anyway, that is a scarily accurate rendition - I didn't realize Oblivion mods went this far!

(And so quickly too!)

And those scenic shots look gorgeous - has there been an episode count yet? 24? 26?

26. Says at ANN, Gainax Pages, NewType and pretty much everywhere.

Shinndou
2007-04-10, 02:20
Those three artworks in that photo look absolutely gorgeous, 7th. I can't wait to see those places in the next episodes, and I hope some of them will even show up on some of the notorious magazines (newtype, animage etc). :)

bluerogue
2007-04-10, 02:27
Just seen episode two raw. Ugh, god, this show just seems to be getting better.

Even with the animation director in flcl directing it, and other various top notch animators out there planning the thing, it still doesnt seem to be getting the hype it deserves.

It's hilarious, over the top, hot blooded action, has me riveted. Probably the best this season so far...

Honey_and_Cleaver
2007-04-10, 03:33
I don't see a reason as to why he should --- he's the perfect voice for a character like Kamina.

When i earlier checked this anime, it was suppose to be Nobuyuki Hiyama which was really going to suit this character. But the cast suddenly changed, and Katsuyuki Konishi idiot returns with his stupid trying to be funny voice. I dropped this anime because of the Anti-Captain Harlock sentiment and nerd supremecy, but the main reason is because of Katsuyuki Konishi.

Sorry but thats how i feel.

Shinndou
2007-04-10, 05:26
Whatever, Honey_and_Cleaver. There's still plenty of stuff to watch this season, I am sure that you will find something else that you will like. It's not like this show was supposed to be everyone's cup of tea anyway. ;)

Honey_and_Cleaver
2007-04-10, 06:00
It was suppose to be until KK idiot arrived. He should stick with playing characters like Kyoushirou in Kttns and Hisagi in bleach. That talk less,acting hard to be cool with pervert brain suits his voice and his character.

Everything has its positive and negetive critism. No eternal blue.

7Th
2007-04-10, 07:35
When i earlier checked this anime, it was suppose to be Nobuyuki Hiyama which was really going to suit this character. But the cast suddenly changed, and Katsuyuki Konishi idiot returns with his stupid trying to be funny voice. I dropped this anime because of the Anti-Captain Harlock sentiment and nerd supremecy, but the main reason is because of Katsuyuki Konishi.

Sorry but thats how i feel.

I don’t really see what you mean in here… how’s the exaltation of will-power as a medium to change the world a pro-geek and anti-Captain Harlock representation? As for Konishi’s voice, as my appreciation of voice acting isn’t all that great I won’t comment on this, I like his voice but can’t really say why.

Honey_and_Cleaver
2007-04-10, 08:18
I got this impression from the first episode. Well you like Konishi voice now, but when you watch a lot animes, youll start to recognize that tone and his shrieking throat will sink and embed into your brain, then everytime you look foward to an anime that looks good, hell be there to pull the same crap.

You look foward to Kissdum now, but hes there, everywhere like a freaking parasite getting the main roles and spitting at the mic. It itches me off the chart hearing him in Bleach and sergei in Mai Otome.

MrProphet
2007-04-10, 08:56
You don't like it. We got the idea. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us over and over. Now on to things that are actually interesting...

7Th
2007-04-10, 09:31
Hum... Gurren-Lagann's site updated with next episode summary and staff. Directed by Masahiko Otsuka, who did Abebonashi's premier and DieBuster's episodes 1 and 4, and with the animation supervision of, besides Sushio who looks over the whole series, I think, this is just the closest name I found, Ishihara Mitsuru, he did the Prince of Tennis opening, and a guy whose name I can’t read. I wish they listed the whole animation staff though… but I guess it is better to surprise people like they did with Mori in last week.

Eclipze
2007-04-10, 10:54
Ishihara Mitsuru, he did the Prince of Tennis opening, and a guy whose name I can’t read.
You're talking about the OP animation right? Which OP would that be? The first one?

7Th
2007-04-10, 11:51
You're talking about the OP animation right? Which OP would that be? The first one?

No idea, but that would be my guess... :heh:

Do the openings list in the credits who did their animation? Still, a better example of his job would be Sakura Wars' third movie...

Shiroth
2007-04-10, 12:12
Those three artworks in that photo look absolutely gorgeous, 7th. I can't wait to see those places in the next episodes, and I hope some of them will even show up on some of the notorious magazines (newtype, animage etc). :)
Yeah, its a shame how they are, they're not print-out worthy. We're gonna have to wait for something a bit more official --- please Gainax. :3

Shinndou
2007-04-10, 12:32
Yeah, its a shame how they are, they're not print-out worthy. We're gonna have to wait for something a bit more official --- please Gainax. :3

Which makes me wonder, since they have such big prints of those artworks, it wouldn't be unusual to expect an artbook from this serie, if it'll have enough success. I'd probably buy it, if it's not overly expensive, as well as the R2 DVDs (although I do hope they won't be as expensive as Diebuster's ones :heh: ).

Shiroth
2007-04-10, 12:56
Which makes me wonder, since they have such big prints of those artworks, it wouldn't be unusual to expect an artbook from this serie, if it'll have enough success. I'd probably buy it, if it's not overly expensive, as well as the R2 DVDs (although I do hope they won't be as expensive as Diebuster's ones :heh: ).
I can't wait to see what the cover art shall be like for the DVD's, can already imagine just how epic they'll be. & yeah, i can see an artbook appearing sometime in the future, along with... PVC YOKO. <333

7Th
2007-04-10, 14:21
I can't wait to see what the cover art shall be like for the DVD's, can already imagine just how epic they'll be. & yeah, i can see an artbook appearing sometime in the future, along with... PVC YOKO. <333

There was already an artbook doujinshi, called Doodle Drill, from Gainax themselves... well, it's mostly a groundwork with various illustrators takes on the characters, mostly featuring Yoko of course. :P

Some of the images from that little manga, some of them look amazing, behind the spoiler for being big:


http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/9603/viploader2d221502gf3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/4862/gurrenlagand01rq1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/8803/gurrenlagannd02hl8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Also, this appeared on this month's Japanese NewType:
http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/9839/viploader451736pq1.th.jpg (http://img101.imageshack.us/my.php?image=viploader451736pq1.jpg)http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/7397/viploader451734jb1.th.jpg (http://img156.imageshack.us/my.php?image=viploader451734jb1.jpg)

I just LOVE Sushio.

(Edit: I forgot to thank Manuloz and Otaking for the images)

Shinndou
2007-04-10, 14:38
I didn't know about that groundwork artbook, thanks for the information, 7th. I'll see if I can get my hands on a copy of that sooner or later. :)

Sonhex
2007-04-10, 14:44
Love those Yoko sketches, they're really awesome (and hot). Sushio's artwork has great line work, full of energy. I also like his designs for Kissdum (one of the reasons why I'm happy to persist with that particular show, despite the rough 1st effort).

Thanks for posting them 7th :p

Shiroth
2007-04-10, 16:12
I just like to say that 7Th is my new hero, you'll get a cookie for that. :3

As for that Newtype mention, May issue i take it? *is ready to make a order*

I didn't know about that groundwork artbook, thanks for the information, 7th. I'll see if I can get my hands on a copy of that sooner or later. :)
You'll have to keep me informed with that --- wouldn't mind a copy for myself.

outlaw97
2007-04-10, 19:40
Diebuster had groundwork books for each episode, and while they were quite detailed, it was completely rough black and white sketches. I sincerely hope they release a regular one with color illustrations and whatnot.


Although, if not from Gainax, I'm pretty sure Newtype or Animage will release a version of their own.

Is that Yoko in a seifuku I see? *dies*

Guido
2007-04-10, 19:56
I have been looking forward to this series, since it was announced at the start of the winter season last year.

This show has an entertaining charm which production values rely between the characters and the robots.

I feel that Gurren Lagaan is sort of a lighthearted spoof to the giant robots genre, but amounting the fact that it is actually a refreshing approach to the genre.

The three main casts resemble more of oddball heroes. The type that it gets dragged into this big mess, and they just decide to stick together because all of them the coolest combination ever spawned on Earth. Anything unlike the adventure drama where types of characters like those would usually meet together by means of fate.

But that's OK. The way how the animation and the mecha was designed gives a friendly approach for the viewers to come and witness for themselves hilarity well complimented within serious action.

I am just speaking to myself and not on behalf of anybody else at the thread that we were witness to the birth of the walking-head robots genre.

Simon, the shy boy who thinks of himself not being a big shot on life.

Yoko, the realistic girl who speaks as the voice of common sense for the trio; many gags will revolve around the bounciness of her boobs.

Kamina, well he is the man who has the coolest sunglasses when he puts them on.:heh:

Shiroth
2007-04-10, 20:01
I have been looking forward to this series, since it was announced at the start of the winter season last year.
Actually, i believe it was announced July 2006.

7Th
2007-04-10, 20:30
Actually, i believe it was announced July 2006.

It was... also, the poster girl's design has been out for a long time by now, I don't think she's the Nia Imaishi talked about but will probably be relevant. :heh:

http://gainax.fr/multimedia/gallery/gurren/croquis/04.jpg

Shinndou
2007-04-11, 01:31
I can't manage to find that sketchbook even at yahoo japan auctions. It was most likely distributed in limited copies at some fair or event in Japan. >_<;

Sonhex
2007-04-11, 01:32
It was... also, the poster girl's design has been out for a long time by now, I don't think she's the Nia Imaishi talked about but will probably be relevant. :heh:

http://gainax.fr/multimedia/gallery/gurren/croquis/04.jpg
Now that I see her design, she looks like a hybrid of Melody and Nadia :p

stonedzombie
2007-04-11, 05:49
Which sub group are you cool kats using?

Shiroth
2007-04-11, 07:26
Which sub group are you cool kats using?
I went with ADTRW --- not tried the others yet, though i do plan to soon.

7Th
2007-04-11, 08:38
Which sub group are you cool kats using?

AiA-IZ have the best translation, Nyoro the best video quality... although they didn't encoded anything and just used the 500mb raw directly.

7Th
2007-04-11, 14:23
New, but small and low quality, scans from the May NewType:

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/6807/gl002ja3.jpg

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/6050/gl001lz6.jpg

I wonder what the character chart says... :heh:

Also, new animation groundwork uploaded to Gainax's webpage. I was hoping for Mori's explosion but this particular scene was also really well done:

http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/oni_r.html

Shiroth
2007-04-11, 14:26
Holy hell thats awesome artwork --- ordering May's issue has to be done right this second. :3

Kusaja
2007-04-11, 14:42
Honestly, I had absolutely no real interest in this series when I first heard about it. In fact, I had almost forgotten it even existed by now.

But it seems I was rather wrong, at least as far as the first episode is concerned. It's a well directed, fun ride and it's got me interested enough. The characters aren't anything special, but they fulfill their roles quite nicely.

Waiting for episode two before I can say much more though...I'm still not expecting anything too out of the ordinary, so far, but simply a good super robot / adventure show that can keep me entertained.

bluerogue
2007-04-11, 15:30
Honestly, I had absolutely no real interest in this series when I first heard about it. In fact, I had almost forgotten it even existed by now.

But it seems I was rather wrong, at least as far as the first episode is concerned. It's a well directed, fun ride and it's got me interested enough. The characters aren't anything special, but they fulfill their roles quite nicely.

Waiting for episode two before I can say much more though...I'm still not expecting anything too out of the ordinary, so far, but simply a good super robot / adventure show that can keep me entertained.

Exactly what some said about code geass when it first started...

I've seen episode two, the talent behind the show makes me believe it can only get better. Hopefully it'll incorporate flcl's level of deepness and use funny, ambiguous two faced metaphors in it's story.

Yoko = MIKURU TIER FANSERVICE

7Th
2007-04-12, 07:36
Gurren-Lagann's blog is really awesome; their artworks for today are excellent, full of style, charisma and obviously, as with most things featuring Yoko, a really urban sexiness.

http://gainax.weblogs.jp/photos/uncategorized/hasegawa02.jpg

http://gainax.weblogs.jp/photos/uncategorized/hasegawa_yoko.jpg

SinsI
2007-04-12, 10:07
Maybe the One Piece-ness of this is what's making it not-that-hyped, compared to some really anticipated series.

To me, I thought this was another one of those Kiba-like shounen kids shows I've seen thousands of time, with a stupid story synopsis to boot - until I saw the actual crazy goodness that reminded me of all the previous Gainax masterpieces.

Shiroth
2007-04-12, 10:29
I wonder if 7Th has been able to find high-res scans of the May Newtype images --- that Yoko image is so going to be my avatar. :3

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-12, 10:38
http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/7606/aemgrn01iq5.th.jpg (http://img256.imageshack.us/my.php?image=aemgrn01iq5.jpg) http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/729/yokohaganemaon1.th.jpg (http://img241.imageshack.us/my.php?image=yokohaganemaon1.jpg) http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/3060/gurengaranee2.th.jpg (http://img405.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gurengaranee2.jpg) http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/570/gr001gl2.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gr001gl2.jpg) http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/9584/top10br9.th.jpg (http://img158.imageshack.us/my.php?image=top10br9.jpg)

http://img250.imageshack.us/img250/6114/070412yokacu0.th.jpg (http://img250.imageshack.us/my.php?image=070412yokacu0.jpg) http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/4990/070412pd9.th.jpg (http://img157.imageshack.us/my.php?image=070412pd9.jpg) http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/5236/070407hx9.th.jpg (http://img264.imageshack.us/my.php?image=070407hx9.jpg) http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/4229/d90f4097mu5.th.png (http://img360.imageshack.us/my.php?image=d90f4097mu5.png) http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/9007/img000midori9cg2.th.png (http://img158.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img000midori9cg2.png)

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/4122/yokott5.th.jpg (http://img300.imageshack.us/my.php?image=yokott5.jpg) http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/6483/yoko01seu4.th.jpg (http://img47.imageshack.us/my.php?image=yoko01seu4.jpg) http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/8075/topnicozj7.th.gif (http://img19.imageshack.us/my.php?image=topnicozj7.gif) http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/7770/20070412192127ih4.th.jpg (http://img186.imageshack.us/my.php?image=20070412192127ih4.jpg) http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/6112/grp0408170730jf2.th.jpg (http://img71.imageshack.us/my.php?image=grp0408170730jf2.jpg)

As if there was ever a worksafe picture of Yoko.http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/6928/0704010yd6.th.jpg (http://img261.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0704010yd6.jpg) http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/4250/yoko2pv6.th.jpg (http://img340.imageshack.us/my.php?image=yoko2pv6.jpg)

Shiroth
2007-04-12, 11:08
Seriously Maidsx3 --- you spoil me so much with all these Yoko images. ^__^

& the front page Gainax image has been posted before, though nothing wrong with seeing it again.

As if there was ever a worksafe picture of Yoko.
I have so many stories in my head for them two, its shocking.

Shinndou
2007-04-12, 11:21
So, while we're waiting for episode three, I started making a Gurren wallpaper, which should be done for the end of the week. On a side note, I still can't find that groundwork sketches artbook that 7th mentioned and showed some pages of. Tough luck.

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-12, 11:23
Seriously Maidsx3 --- you spoil me so much with all these Yoko images. ^__^

& the front page Gainax image has been posted before, though nothing wrong with seeing it again.
Thanks for pointing that out. I hate reposts. :)

Dandruff
2007-04-12, 12:34
I'm really enjoying the high energy of the show, bring on episode 3! Lawl. I'm quite curious about the other three girls, Kiyoh, Kinon, Kiyal, they all seem to have matching outifts, I wonder if they're a faction of some sort, that'd be interesting if they turned out to be some sort of antagonists, lawl. I personally find Kinon to be the cutest appearance-wise, I just love cute meganekkos :3

7Th
2007-04-12, 14:36
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/9584/top10br9.th.jpg (http://img158.imageshack.us/my.php?image=top10br9.jpg)


That one is really cool and stylish, very energetic. Who did it?

7Th
2007-04-13, 07:41
Heh, 2ch and Manuloz did it. Higher quality scans from last day scans.

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/7162/gl0407agg1.th.jpg (http://img253.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gl0407agg1.jpg)

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/9592/gl0407nql4.th.jpg (http://img249.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gl0407nql4.jpg)

A bigger higher quality quality scan from the old You Yoshinari Mechabi magazine:

http://mekabi.weblogs.jp/photos/uncategorized/mechabih1_1.jpg

Shiroth
2007-04-13, 07:56
7Th, you're so my hero.

The official GAINAX site has changed there front image (which used to be Gurren Lagann). Pop on over for a quick Eva' laugh.

Shiroth
2007-04-13, 18:17
Sorry for double post --- The Lagann blog has been updated with a few sexy Yoko sketches. Not something you should miss out on.

http://img462.imageshack.us/img462/3117/42899264fm8.jpg

7Th
2007-04-13, 20:28
Sorry for double post --- The Lagann blog has been updated with a few sexy Yoko sketches. Not something you should miss out on.

http://img462.imageshack.us/img462/3117/42899264fm8.jpg

HEY! THAT'S DIX NEUF! :D

Yashiro
2007-04-14, 11:44
Second episode's out subbed, and nobody mentioned it yet?

Anyway, great second episode. Kept up the humor, action and Yoko-awesomeness of the first episode. I love every character except Simon so far. He's tolerable, but by far the worst of the bunch.

I loved Kamina in this episode. He finally got his own mech, and the little battle scene at the end with him using Simon as a weapon was great. Ending was great too, with Kamina discovering the skull bracelet.

I love this series. It's probably my favorite of the season so far, and I wait impatiently for each new episode. If it keeps up this quality, it will secure a spot on my favorites list.

7Th
2007-04-14, 12:35
Second episode's out subbed, and nobody mentioned it yet?

Anyway, great second episode. Kept up the humor, action and Yoko-awesomeness of the first episode. I love every character except Simon so far. He's tolerable, but by far the worst of the bunch.

I loved Kamina in this episode. He finally got his own mech, and the little battle scene at the end with him using Simon as a weapon was great. Ending was great too, with Kamina discovering the skull bracelet.

I love this series. It's probably my favorite of the season so far, and I wait impatiently for each new episode. If it keeps up this quality, it will secure a spot on my favorites list.

I didn't wanted to DP again. :P

Still, it's amazing how much more entertaining Gurren-Lagann gets when you understand the dialogs... and that's saying a lot as even raw it is the series to provide the most fun in a very long time.

bicyclerace
2007-04-14, 14:56
I actually kinda wished this to be even more frantic and spastic like Dead Leaves.
Watched ep 1 and 2 and I´m enjoying it still, hoping there´s not too much focus on the mecha part, or rather, I´d like a new perspective at it.

A lot of the same things that we´ve seen in FLCL I´d say. :eyebrow:

Junpei
2007-04-14, 16:47
Second episode's out subbed, and nobody mentioned it yet?
Nyoro~n's subtitles are unreadable for me in VLC. -_- The text is huge and overlaps itself. I had to watch the ADTRW release of episode 1 because of this.

7Th
2007-04-14, 18:39
Nyoro~n's subtitles are unreadable for me in VLC. -_- The text is huge and overlaps itself. I had to watch the ADTRW release of episode 1 because of this.

A guy has made them more watchable... look in the usual place.

Also: the amount of plot they reveal through the seemingly unimportant dialogs is simple amazing... this is really presented in the same style DieBuster and FLCL were. There quite the big premise behind the adrenaline... and I mean it.

Kaioshin Sama
2007-04-14, 19:10
So after episode 2 I've come to some conclusions

Number 1:

Of the trio Kamina is just the dumbest hot-blooded idiot I've ever seen in an anime and his policy of "HAHA, Screw Thinking, Be MANLY And Figure It All Out Later" seems to backfire just as often as it suceeds. Also Simon probably shouldn't be listening to much to a guy who throws his mecha as a baseball in complete reckless abandon and doesn't seem to have a clue. Yoko seems to be the most useful one and is apparently quite intelligent as well as a good shot with her huge gun. I love these guys, especially Kamina. Oh and the frigging mole with the sunglasses is the most hot-blooded mascot character I've ever seen.

Number 2:

The manly man who taught Kamina how to be hot-blooded cannot possibly be dead. He was too awesome and has to be alive somewhere. I wouldn't be surprised to find out he's alive later on and in disguise. If Super Robot Shows have taught me anything, the cooler you are, the more likely you are to survive.

Regarding the Yoko pictures. That's almost too much to handle at any one time. She has an innocent looking face and friendly personality (Specifically with Simon who she's already acting like a protective older sister to), but dresses very provactively. The "Loli Face and Huge Bust" so to speak.

Oh and I take a bit of issue with the amount of interpretation of the dialogue as cursing done by Nyoron. I don't think there is an equivalent for the F-Word in Japanese and I'm not sure its entirely necessary to include that much cursing in an episode of what is clearly not an M-Rated series. Just thought I'd mention that little nitpick. If the Nyoron folks are reading, maybe try to keep it a wee bit cleaner on the next episode if possible.

Lolfang
2007-04-14, 19:18
Nyoro~n's subtitles are unreadable for me in VLC. -_- The text is huge and overlaps itself. I had to watch the ADTRW release of episode 1 because of this.

A lot of people using outdated players have this problem with our releases, download the Combined Community Codec Pack, and you should be good to go. Best played in Zoom Player or Media Player Classic.

Junpei
2007-04-14, 19:59
A lot of people using outdated players have this problem with our releases
VLC is hardly an outdated player. :rolleyes: It's pretty inconvenient to have to boot into Windows (I've got an Intel Mac) and install a codec pack just for one release (but I'm not here to argue).

Schneizel
2007-04-14, 20:02
VLC is hardly an outdated player. :rolleyes: It's pretty inconvenient to have to boot into Windows (I've got an Intel Mac) and install a codec pack just for one release (but I'm not here to argue).
Uh, VLC is both an outdated and shitty player in the subtitle department. :rolleyes: It's extremely easy to break too.
Try MPlayer.

Edit: Refer to, http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?t=31824
In this thread, the site admin j-b admits the subtitler is weak. I can probably get your IRC logs too of him confessing it's the players fault and not the subtitle groups fault. VLC spoke to asa people about asa implementation, but j-b said something about them being short staffed, so god knows when they're actually going to do something.

Zarifus
2007-04-14, 20:06
Lol, I think I found a funny coincidence
When Kamina gets inside Gurren it pops up the red symbol with a face wearing V-sunglasses. Then when he gets slammed into the mountain his sunglasses fall off and he can pilot it a moment later. Maybe the machine just doesnt' like humans with sunglasses ^^
Coincidence? or will he always have to take his sunglasses off XD

PyTom
2007-04-14, 23:32
Did anyone notice that Lon's computer screen in episode 2 appears to be displaying cyphered english text? (Sorta reminds me of the similar code used in Futurama.)

First screen:

Top: Ragan Front
Left: Ragan Side
Right: Dorill Power
Center-Bottom: Result (numbers?)
Bottom: Power Measurement

(I can't make out the rest of the symbols well enough to translate them.)

Second Screen:

Top: Dictionary
Center-Top: HoshiStar
Center-Bottom: TsukiMoon
Bottom: Text Input

wrex_japan
2007-04-14, 23:45
Looks like the show is getting even better and better... episode three was cool as the fighting escalated. Animation continues to be fluid and of a high quality. Kamina's fight was pretty cool as was the mech fights. And they combine the Gurren and the Lagann to power up.

iwubanime
2007-04-15, 00:05
Just finished watching episode 2, it was great.

A question for everyone, what do you think causes Simoun to be able to use the drill?

They say fighting spirit, but I think it has more to do with love or strong feelings. Just a guess. Because he was able to use it both when he looked at Yoko and when he thought about his dead parents...

Maids! Maids! Maids!
2007-04-15, 02:15
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Omniscient
2007-04-15, 02:17
Episode three was just pure adrenaline and completely cool action. I loved watching every minute of it.

iwubanime
2007-04-15, 02:19
thanx again maids maids maids...

you make me want to make a yoko wallpaper...

Windragon
2007-04-15, 02:58
Hi all ^___^
I saw first two episodes and I fall in love with this anime.
Kamina is god!!
http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/gurren-lagann/gallery.html
I found this gallery wonderful!!
I want big scans of those pics ;___;
Please can you post also pics of Kamina?
Please :P:P

mangasuki
2007-04-15, 03:52
I also love this anime. but the fansubber Leon Jenkins's translation sucks. I'm not good at English but I could get the fact they have many mistakes and bad translation.