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Dear /a/

I (finally) watched Gurren Lagann.
I have a boner.

Signed, anon
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Good. Better that you saw it before /a/'s ridiculously hypercritical opinion of it swayed you the other direction.

In before shitstorm.
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Gurren Lagann ruined anime for me. Watching is like drinking the finest wine, everything else tastes like piss now.
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I bet Simon did, too.
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>FUCK. FUCKFUCKFUCK.

GREATEST. FUCKING. ANIME. EVER. BAR NONE.

My god, that was the best fucking ending ever. I'm BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWing right now and my sister's teasing me for being such a fucking pussy but good god, epic anime is 9001% fucking epic. And this is after being spoiled to hell and back by 4chan.

Speechless. All I can do is shed manly, girly, bittersweet tears. Fuck.

And in after, b4, during Slowpoke.jpg. I just finished the torrent, stfu. My god, can't wait for the subs to come out so I can watch this again and shed moar tears.
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SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE SHOW IS SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE
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>>10219465
Shut the fuck up faggot. This is the greatest fucking GAR-est show ever and you know it. Fuckin trolls
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>>10219487
I lol'd
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>>10219465

The sci-fi shounen genre has never had it this good. Okay, not never, Giant Robo exists after all, but this anime managed to claw its way out of the pile of junk that sometimes stinks up the shounen genre to provide something really refreshing. Tengen Toppa is loud, it's brash, it's explosive just like all the others, and yet it also delivers deep characterization and moving subplots. It's Gundam on speed, GaoGaiGar with brains, Getter Robo with sentiments, and has a liberal dose of Toward the Terra's epic feel. In essence, it looks asinine on the surface, but actually spins a mature and compelling story without losing that heart-stopping sense of adventure.

The first half is not just a great series of episodes but a remarkable laying down of groundwork. At first, what seemed to be merely fun concepts, such as mecha combining, primitive societies living in caves, and battles occurring with giant drill-shaped arms, actually took on meaning in the latter half that lifted the show to epic proportions. The focus shifted from providing a series of power-ups and simple good-versus-evil battles to a fairly complex weaving of political and philosophical ‘grey areas', human empowerment, and romance.
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>>10219355

That's nice. Now go back in time five months to when /a/ actually gave a shit.
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>>10219516

Animation:

I haven't enjoyed a world concept like this since Jyu Oh Sei; the effort put into developing both a believable and yet wholly refreshing universe is admirable. My eyes feasted on the quirky colour palette and animal species, the unique outfits and the bold mecha designs. In a more technical sense, the animation allowed for smooth enough movement, but, more importantly, hilarious facial expressions and enough juvenile inventiveness (did I mention the giant arm-drills?) to appeal to the child in me. Moreover, the distinct ‘comic book' use of light and shadow and extreme camera angles made for an excellent dramatic tone during many of the climactic scenes. Watch out for an episode early on which is actually directed and animated by the same studio that brought us Beck - the animation style was just unsuitable and called for an uncomfortable adjustment on my part.
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>>10219520

Sound:

I found the pop-rock opening theme suitably energetic and the second more punky ending theme grew on me after a while because it had a catchy melody. However, the first hip hop ending theme was just mediocre. The music during the episodes was a good mix of instrumentals, hip hop, metal, and later electronic sounds; in particular, I enjoyed the epic ‘Libera Me From Hell' which moved from rap to opera to instrumental all in one song. In terms of voice acting, everyone performed well, but Kamina and Viral stood out from the rest as the most dynamic.
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Characters

Tengen Toppa would not be half the anime it is without Kamina, the thread that holds the entire fabric together. True, Simon is in fact the central protagonist, but the star quality Kamina brings to the plot is unrivaled. He is cocky, charming, invigorating, tragic, and fearless, a hero whose personality overshadows everything. In terms of charisma, he is probably outdone only by Goro Honda from Major.

Simon, on the other hand, did not show his mettle until quite late into the series. Much of the beginning and middle episodes were used to peel off the layers of his innocence one by one until what was left was the determined and, disappointingly, semi-charismatic core. He rode a powerful mecha and made some great speeches, but in the end I found him less exciting to watch than some of the others.

Those others would include Yoko the sassy sharpshooter, who unfortunately became the sole victim of the series' ecchi leanings, Rossiu, a former priest's apprentice whose development was one of the most complex, Nia, an abandoned princess looking for her own identity, and Viral the beastman, who turned out to be far more than just an amusing recurring antagonist. Actually, the high number of characters that were developed is commendable considering the show was only twenty-seven episodes; getting attached to several of them was easy.
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Congratulations, Shinji!
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Naruto with robots.
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Overall:

Apart from a few instances of inelegant execution, this series packs in some high quality ideas. With a gung-ho mix of action, comedy, ecchi, zany animation, intellectual concepts, and witty characterisation, Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann is a treat for anybody looking for something accessible, all-round fun, deep, and engaging.
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>>10219516
>>10219520
Go away already
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This thread is now about how /a/ has too many tripfags.
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>>10219536
Oh no you didn't.
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Gee, how predictable. A GL thread with rampant trolling.
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IS THIS A TRIPFAG CIRCLEJERK THREAD?!
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Before I start, I'd like to actually point out what makes this community "Good" or at the very least "Unique." Between /a/, and other anime related discussion forums, you'd notice little to no difference aside from layout and posting format. The rules are the same; no NSFW content, no inflammatory remarks, keep content on-topic, etc. The thing that makes us special would be the elitism brought on by the fact that you can post anonymously. Yes, it's also extremely immature, and as a result, people latch on to average shows because they're accepted by the community. It does keep this place relatively free from terrible anime, however. Our sheer intolerance for Gurren-Lagann or related series' is what keeps /a/ different from other places. We are prone to group-think, and group-think has done us well: Which leads me to my next point.

We must maintain the status quo.

Status quo: "The way things are," or "The current state of affairs." This is the underlying fabric of what keeps our community together. Because of the anonymous environment, the status quo is actually vulnerable. That anonymous nature can be shattered by an unfortunate group of posters, the Tripfags. Tripfags, called Tripfriends by the deceived, are a cancer.
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I'm sure we all know what a Tripfag is. We experience it every day. A Tripfag is a person who is deliberately disturbing the order of things to "Fish" for emotional responses from /a/’s population. This is very dangerous because that order is what keeps us, the community, who we are.

You might say "Don't respond to Tripfags" as a means to prevent them from doing it, but that won't work. /a/ gets new posters every day, whether you like it or not. These posters need to adapt to the way things are; the natural order. Ignoring Tripfags would allow Tripfags to dominate the board through Tripfag posting. Old members would know better, but new users will not. With new users constantly coming in, they will adapt to this "Tripfaggery" and the problem will grow worse.

From this, I don't think I need to do much to convince you that responding to Tripfags is absolutely necessary. You need to fight Tripfags to protect new people from adopting their mindset. You need to counter post to show that the majority of the people do not need the attention. You need to contribute to an eventual 250+ post shitstorm just so the very fabric of our community isn't ripped apart by these attention whores. It should be extremely clear to everyone just what Tripfaggery does. Tripfaggery causes a mandatory 250+ argument over nothing.

Tripfaggery needs to stop. Thank you in advance for making /a/ a better place.
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>>10219435
This statement is true. After watching gurren lagann i was unable to watch any anime for 2 months. Then after that i forced myself to marathon a mediocre show (Goddannar, it was alright, a few of the episodes were good, but overall it was lack luster in comparison) And then after that i had to watch a much better show ping pong club ( an older anime that was great in it's time, but which has animation that is archaic looking by today's standards). After that i was able to get back into the swing of things.

But i think i hit the slump again with princess tutu.
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Remember when there were tripfags, but not every fucking second post. Seriously what the fuck /a/ i thought you were cool.
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Gurren-Lagann is the best thing sliced bread.

It is full of symbolism, philosophy, ideals and strong message about moving forward.

The concept of evolution is very strong in Gurren-Lagann, you must move forward, but you will destroy everything by doing so, will you do it?

The animation is superb, 22000 frames per episode is really serious. It's like watching five shows at the same time.

The characters are perfect. Kamina, Simon, Nia, Yoko, then are more than characters they are live people.

Gurren-Lagann is the anime that will define anime for centuries to come, believe it!
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>>10219611
>>10219602
This is Cirno's troll essay, modified for trippers.

Can't create your own work, anonymous?
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>>10219821
>>/a/
>>cool
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>>10219863
It's called a parody. Really popular around these parts.
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Why do I like Gurren-Lagann?

Is it the animation? The music? The characters? The story? Nope, it's none of that. I've seen other series, some were bad, and some were good. But TTGL is different. It's power, and it's greatness are off on a scale of it's own. My heart tells me that the beauty of GL is something unmatched by anything else humans can create. From the beauty of Nia's heart, to the beauty of Kamina and Simons brotherly relationship, to the burning souls of the human race and Simon's journey through worlds, galaxies and dimensions.

It's a show where the culmination of the human mind lets itself roam free, to become the strongest, to take over all and save everyone from evil. It surpasses all boundaries, it does the impossible. It crashes, slams and breaks right through.

It slides past anything before, and surpasses them all. It's beauty and fiery spirit represents our hearts and souls. The very hearts and souls of the human race that we're a part of. It shows we can break right through as long as we have the power. That nothing can stop us if we try, that even the greatest enemies can be beaten. No matter the path we must take, we can move onwards, we can continue on our journey and we can do the impossible.

It's a break-through of the human mind, soul and heart. It's something we've never seen before, we'll never see again, and is definitely something none of us will forget. TTGL is the defining moment of the human race.

pretty much thats why.
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TTGL is absolute shit, plot hangs on a thread at best leaving you wondering why any of these characters are doing this other than to look cool. Series fucking sickens me.
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>>10220003
>>plot hangs on a thread at best leaving you wondering why any of these characters are doing this other than to look cool.
lolwut?
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the only thing that made this "epic" was the 22000 fps and killing off awesome characters as well as love interests.

i want my NIA and kamina back.
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>>10220656
Slamming two galaxies together as a weapon isn't epic enough for you?
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>>10220721
3 words faggot, Exaggerated dragon ball.
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Generic shonen with big animation budget.
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Sage for Naruto.
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>>10219355
Gurren Lagann bump.
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>>10220763
>>Exaggerated dragon ball.
Oh wow. If you're going to troll please choose a series actually similar and not the only one you can think of.
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>>10220783
oh lol, butthurt
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ANTI-TRIPFAG CIRCLEJERK COMMENT
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GIGA DRILLLLLLLL BRREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKERRRRRRRRRRR!
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>>10220803
lol moron
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I watched for the HUEG explosions. It delivered.
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>>10219435
I lol'd.

Anime is far from ruined for me, as I only watched the top percentile of it anyway. I appreciate this work a lot, though.
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>>10220911
>>as I only watched the top percentile of it anyway
Based off calculates from the universal media scale?
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>>10220955
Yes, actually. I do use a bit of deconstruction to gauge the quality of an anime.
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>>10220911

Gurren Lagann is shit anyways. You should watch something good, like Mind Game, noob.
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>>10219435
Mushishi did that for me. But then I got over it. Now I'm alone.
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>>10219435
There's always hope. Try Baccano!

>>10222274
Cirno fanclub
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>>10220955
>>10220983

fucking lol'ed

Cirno's online personality is the best
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>>10222351

Cirno's fanclub flames him?



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