It's official now, there is another Gurren-Lagann "animated project" besides the movie coming:
How about we choose to stop watching this kind of shallow, pandering bullshit, and force the industry to evolve again. Oh, right, nothing but 14 year old boys discovering their penises around here.
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In b4 thousands of copy-pasta.
And no it's not the truth. Stop fucking claiming it is.
I'll go on record and declare Gurren-Lagann as anything but mindless, completely incomparable to Code Geass or the like. The show is that of a strong opinion, one carried by an unflinching speech. The delivery of a multi-layered meaningful assertion is the ultimate objective, a carefully calculated achievement towards an "altered state of mind".
The narrative strips a media swallowed down by purposeless plot convulsion from unnecessary fluff and successfully intertwines in a concrete shape of unyielding palpability what is commonly recognized as separate: argument, theme and symbolism take a single. From the depths of nostalgia the forgotten but powerful voice of honest beliefs surfaces within a technique of representation built over naked, yet fundamental, ideas. In more than one way this essential notion behind the storytelling is deliberately old-fashioned yet actively forward-looking.
Stagnation, mindless progress and the very nature of human "evolution"; with a manifest yet subtle use of imagery such an abstraction becomes core for the script. They're amazingly broad, basically limitless, yet due to their handling tangible enough to be substantial. Textually knitted into the actual writing without even resorting to term dropping; eloquently described through a seamless combination of visuals, dialogs and raw feelings.
Now if only I could read the fucking page.
Babelfish is of mild help.
Even from the very first episode, the attributed core theme is unconcealed to the eyes; enclosed tightly into the premise behind Kamina's constant claims of a "burning youth" breaking through a "ceiling" towards an idealized heaven of freedom. The physical "ceiling" keeping Jeeha village in the underground is just allegoric of a limitation decided by "those that came before"; a literary reiteration that outlines the complete creative purpose. Something that could be called a "youth chained by the foolishness of their ancestors" if you wanted to be dramatic.
From the same episode, we are presented with the "burden of responsibility". The Elder states it clearly: "I'm not taking care of you orphans because I want to! It's because I'm the elder and it's my task to ensure the future of this village."
It's simple, yet very eloquent. A piece of brilliant characterization.
Many talks have been had in this board about the idea of "progress" and "generations" across Gurren-Lagann's narrative, but I believe some of you are over-looking another key concept integral to the storytelling: "individuality".
Gurren-Lagann declares individuality as:
-Something necessary for progress
-Something you achieve rather than being born with.
-A single individual may begin a "social revolution" in order to destroy standardization.
-It's reciprocal. You gain individuality by your interactions with others.
>-Faces are a clear symbol of individuality in Gurren-Lagann. Hence the heavily characterized faced machines and the vilification of the mugan.
Here you could find an ambiguity in the fact that Kamina “stole” his face to the enemy. But this was merely reinforced the statement of individuality being something you win rather than something you’re born with.
There is also a very interesting social statement lying in the underneath. Kamina created a revolution, he inspired a broad number of similar-minded proxies to attain their own individual faces by stealing them from "repression". Kamina's and Simon's face, Gurren-Lagann, became a symbol of hope. It's a concept as accomplished as SAC's memetics, but explained in a more down-to-earth and eloquent fashion.
>It's also her purpose for the narrative to portray another route to how reciprocal "individualization" is, since both she and Simon become individuals only through the help of each other.
-Kamina's security came from his need to become a man that would respect Simon.
-Simon's strength and personality came from the belief of both Kamina and Nia.
-Nia "learned" from Simon to become her own self, to be someone different from just "Genome's daughter".
As for a metafictional take on this statement, I'll resort to quoting Gainax own history:
>>assert your individuality by your interactions with others.
Has been every single aspect of Gainax since day one. Every single Gainax work owes plenty to different narratives. They've mastered their own voice through experimenting with others' voices.
“What is a person?
Eh?... Well, a person is something like us, that looks like this, and has a face...
There are others, too?
Huh? Ah, yes, there are...
Really? Are they all like you? Do they have a face like yours?
We're not the same. If we had the same face, it would be disturbing.”
It's impressive how much a simplistic dialog says about the global conflict AND the episode in question.
-Faces are a clear symbol of individuality in Gurren-Lagann. Hence the heavily characterized faced machines and the vilification of the mugan.
-By proxy, declares lack of individuality and "fitting in" as something disturbing.
-Hence portrays Simon's inner conflict after Kamina's demise. Him wanting to showcase a face that wasn't his.
-Similarly, it states the route of Nia's character development. Despite her looks, she was always one of millions: a doll for Lord Genome, a messenger for the Anti-Spiral. It's also her purpose for the narrative to portray another route to how reciprocal "individualization" is, since both she and Simon become individuals only through the help of each other.
>I'm not the same person as you.
>As a matter of fact, I'm a totally different person.
>But because we are different, I believe we can live together.
>Thank you... for this ring.
>I am very happy
Concretely, this takes the idea of "different faces" forward and reinforces the idea of a reciprocal individualization. Beyond that, this perfectly ties in with:
>Genetic diversity via sexual reproduction is the key to evolution.
...to a more blatant extent and adds to the overall dramatics of Nia, who was so proud of her self-attained individuality, becoming but a puppet for a society of "same-faced" individuals.
Utena's director himself:
>Gurren-Lagann is a show that uses nostalgia as structure, but follows a very forward-looking narrative in the underneath. It's a statement on the medium itself, so to speak, and probably the more important robot story of the decade.
Jesus was an extra-terrestrial.
SHIT IS NOT DEEP
Nobody importanr or talented then.
In during philosofags masturbating all over a child's cartoon until it's so covered in semen no one can even tell what it originally was.
What's with the people claiming over-analyzation?
From what I've seen, they were internally consistent and supported by quotes and examples. It also fits together and makes a lot of sense. So, really, people going "lulz you can overanalyze anything" confuse me. Maybe they just don't know how to analyze such things as literature, movies, or other entertainment mediums, and instantly assume that anything involving the catching of subtle points leading to a larger theme (which is essential if you know anything about writing themes into a novel/movie/animation series) to be "over-doing" it?
They didn't like it. So it's impossible for it to be good.
That's just how it works on 4chan.
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