… where angels fear to tread.
Attenborough’s the one with the pink and violet striped shirt. He wears eyeglasses.
… where angels fear to tread.
I just finished it. I just finished what a lot of people tout to be the best anime of the year. I just finished the juggernaut of an anime: I just finished Gurren-Lagann. It’s been a while since a series became so exciting sleep became out of the question, but Gurren-Lagann really drilled my otaku senses awake. *takes a deep breath*
Boy, it’s a hard series to describe. Aside from my brain turning to mush, words simply fail me. Someone told me that the only time my praise was as fiery and passionate for this series was when I waxed lyrical over the Ichigo 100% manga. This series just deserves it. I think it would even be safe to say that it has been the best mecha series to have come out this year (at least I think so).
I won’t pander to meticulously describing the series like I write my other posts, but to mince words, it is a collective bildungsroman. Bildungsroman is a literary term meaning one man’s journey to self discovery from youth to adulthood, and I have found that this series features all of Gurren-Lagann’s representative men and women’s journeys to find themselves and to obtain the freedom that everyone wished for.
It was redemptive, thought-provoking, and most definitely bittersweet. I haven’t used those words to describe an anime since Honey and Clover. Perhaps a lot of aspects of the series go beyond the realm of believability, but with regard (as I’ve mentioned before) to life and death it is quite realistic. People who die do not come back; they are not resurrected, yet they remain as memories to those people who give importance to them.
Particularly moving were some of the deaths of Gurren-Lagann’s crew. Sacrifices must be made so that success will happen, and I believe that the collective bildungsroman of the cast of Gurren-Lagann have done it and done it excellently. It’s not really the length of the life one lives that’s important; it’s how one lives that life.
The soundtrack, the seiyuu, and almost everything is amazing, scintillating and simply just f*cking awesome, so I suggest to those who haven’t viewed it to view it RIGHT NOW FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
I have not been able to view anime despite it being our semester break because I have returned to books as well as aid in computer-related errands in the house. Gurren-Lagann still remains to be among my priorities in anime, though, despite my belief that I have been spoiled to oblivion by the people over at #ab. Still, I realized that I have been following an outstanding series when, despite those beliefs and despite the quality of the series, I was astonished at Kamina’s death. I applaud the series for its persistence with character development and its relatively realistic approach with regard to life and death. His death was totally unexpected, and it was amazing how the producers of the anime manage to paint a wonderful picture of melancholy at the end of the eighth episode. I am expecting better things from this beautiful show.
Ever since I have heard of Gurren Lagann’s OP, I became a fan of it. When I read of its glaring positive reviews in different forums and websites, I just knew that I had to watch it. With that in mind, I downloaded the only batch torrent of Gurren Lagann there was despite its obvious lack of organization and differing qualities because the uploader used different sub-groups. In time, I was able to download it, but despite the fact that I really wanted to watch it, I really could not accept having such a heterogeneous collection. As much as people want to deny that they have no obsessions, something always pops up to disprove that. Well, I thought I was free from being obsessive of things, but here came an ugly packaging of a well-praised series, and I just could not bear to think of watching some of the episodes lacking in quality. In addition, there was too much video quality in some of the releases that I could not play them even with CoreAVC and a decent computer. This heterogeneity irritated me, and so I searched for other alternatives. (more…)