TENGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGANN!!
Hello, fellow nerds and nerd-lites! Nanney here, with the first installment of ANIME CORNER!, where we are going to give you all a chance to find out about some awesome and influential Anime series you may have missed.
For this inaugural post, it is my pleasure to recommend my favorite Anime of all time: TENGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGANN! (Do I have to use all caps every time I mention the title? No... but once you watch this anime, you'll absolutely get why I do so. Thishigh octane funfest is a precious and beautiful mix between the Mech Genre and shows like Dragonball Z. I mean, there are Mechs that get more powerful the more fighting spirit their pilot has! Mix in great fight scenes and plenty of humor, and you have a perfect blend of awesome.
More commonly known as simply GURREN LAGANN, this is the story of a boy named Simon (pronounced See-mōn) and his self-proclaimed "big brother," Kamina. Simon is a digger, a very important and necessary job, as the humans have been forced underground and must keep digging deeper to avoid the constant earthquakes that put them in danger. One day Simon finds a small robot who's entire body is a face, and his life is never the same. I won't give anymore away, because where this story goes is just too good and you should find out for yourself! Also, this entire Anime is only 26 half hour episodes (with #9 and #18 being recap episodes, so not necessary viewing if you are prone to a good binge), so you don't have to feel daunted by the idea of never being able to catch up!
Now, I will give one warning. This show does include a touch of fan service. For Anime newbies, fan service is a term for when Anime girls wear obviously provocative clothing or stand in provocative poses in a manner meant to attract the teenage audience, though usually done very tongue-in-cheek. If you are absolutely disgusted by this, there is probably one episode you might want to skip (the male characters try to spy on the female characters in a hot spring, a trope common in many Anime), but that episode isn't very central to the story, so feel free. Now, before you say "Damn, Nanney, you're sick," fan service is a part of multitudes of different Anime and Japanese media culture. Don't shoot the messenger.
Back to the awesomeness! This Anime has made me laugh, cheer, clap, and even cry (If you get to the scene I'm talking about and you don't cry? You're a heartless monster). Also, the soundtrack is so killer that I still have a few of the songs on my workout playlist. This music will get you pumped!
Alright, there you have it! I sincerely hope you all enjoy this Anime as much as I have!
TENGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGANN: 5 out of 5 air fist punches.
Have an opinion on this Anime or maybe you'd like to add an Anime we should review or push? Let us know!