gurren lagann

gurren-lagann

Just finished the 27 part award winning anime series Gurren Lagann.

The ending was a tad unbearable for me. It still pains me when I think about it. But then again, I couldn’t think of any ways to end it either. Argh.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is about a young boy Simon who would eventually save the universe from the Anti-Spirals oppression and return Earth to man. The Spiral theme is inherent throughout the show. It represents the double helix of the DNA structure and symbolises evolution. Each phase of the anime illustrates how Simon the lead character evolves as he ‘breaks through each ceiling’ to achieve the next level of freedom, from himself and from the system. It is scary because I can relate to the fear. I can also see how the story is synonymous to the world around us. There will always be societies, corporations and people who want to keep others ‘under the surface’. It can be for genuine good intentions. However, because it is a world created out of fear of the unknown, in exchange, freedom is lost.

“Go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb!”

“Simon, believe in yourself. Not in the Kamina that you believe in, and not in the Simon that I believe in either. Believe in the Simon who believes in you.”

These words were the source of Simon’s strength and there is a touching story behind it. I will not divulge more. You must watch it for yourself. Do check out the soundtrack too!

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