Too Much Gurren Lagann Part 1: That ANN article

As I’ve been writing some future posts on Gurren Lagann this week, let’s pass some comments on the article that’s gone up on Anime News Network today.

Dig For Fire: The Roots of Gurren Lagann

It’s woefully under-researched and subsequently massively unrepresentative of the actual roots.

The conclusion you’d draw from the article is that GAINAX are only inspired by other GAINAX shows. Which is somewhat of a misrepresentaion. Not a total one (yes, they are still recycling shots from DAICON IV), but the main inspirations of Gurren Lagann would seem to lie outside of GAINAX, and a lot of perceived connections drawn between GL and earlier GAINAX shows are due to shared inspirations more than some linear growth.

But I’ll get to what I perceive those to be in later posts.

It’s not all bad though, the article does do a good job of detailing the staff of the show. Though I do think Dead Leaves is a little misrepresented. I’d say there’s more of Takeshi Koike’s fingerprints on that work than a GAINAX influence. And the importance of Kazuki Nakashima on the finished product is a little understated.

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Initial thoughts on the Bandai Gurren Lagann release

I only got this in my grubby gigantic hands 2 hours ago, but here’s what my initial thoughts are.

* It would have been nice if both discs had stayed secure in transit. As the thing was still factory wrapped, I’m placing some blame on Bandai. Particularly as the one other double disc release this has happened to me on was also a Bandai release. Luckily this time it wasn’t scratched to fuck.

* The subtitles are obtrusive. Not to the point of ruination, but they do take up too much of the screen. And there’s the occasional spelling mistake (plast instead of past, seriously how did that not even get stopped by a spell check program?).

* Gurren Lagann is incredibly rewatchable.

I mean to do an episode by episode review of this, so I’ll leave it at that for now. Except to say, hooray for the weak dollar meaning this cost me less than 10 quid plus postage.

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