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  • Actors: Tetsuya Kakihara, Katsuyuki Konishi, Marina Inoue
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Imaishi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Bandai Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001934SSM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In his sky-less cavern of a village Simon toils daily, drilling holes to expand his stifling little world until one day he makes an extraordinary discovery: a small glowing drill-bit and the man-sized mech it activates. Before he can give it a second thought Simon s dragged into a plot to break through to the surface by the local gang leader Kamina, only to have the ceiling come crashing down on top of them under the weight of a giant monster! It somehow falls onto the boisterous Kamina and cowardly Simon to defend their village but once they defeat the monster what awaits the duo on the surface world? Get ready for buxom babes, beastmen and giant mechs as only Gainax can provide them! Special Edition includes Opening theme CD by Shoko Nakagawa.

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The case was flawless as were the disc's.
Jamie Walls
The sound quality is clear and crisp, making this CD a small but welcome contribution.
E. Carden
I just finished watching all these... and all I can say is... Wow!
Jay F. Grissom

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Marcus on August 10, 2008
Format: DVD
While the others sing the praises of this anime, and they are well deserved, I feel the need to speak out on the CD. For an extra $10 you get a sountrack CD. Normally this is a good value, but not in this case. The CD is 4 tracks. The first is the long version of the opening theme, the 2nd is another different piece, and the other 2 are short versions of the first track that are virtually indistinguishable from each other. Basically, you will be paying $10 more for 2 tracks of music. Not a good deal at all. Save yourself some money and just get the regular edition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R.B on July 11, 2008
Format: DVD
For those that don't know, ADV originally licensed Gurren Lagann and was set to release it this past February. Unfortunately that didn't happen, and the fate of Gurren Lagann was in limbo as far as a US release date was concerned. Luckily, ADV sold (or dropped..not quite sure on the specifics) the license to Gurren, and Bandai entertainment picked it up. This is good for two reasons, the first being that Bandai upped the amount of episodes from the Japanese standard 3 per release, to a more palatable 9 episodes per disc (For a 27 episode series, it should be 3 sets total, which is great news) for an even cheaper price than the 3 episode releases go for in Japan. The second is that Bandai has recently aquired Bandai Visual, and hopefully, their knack for putting things out on Blu-Ray. Gurren Lagann was aired in HD in Japan, so a Blu-Ray release seems like a no brainer. Unfortunately, at this time, there doesn't seem to be any planned Blu-Ray release, but if the DVD sales are good, it should spur them on to announce something (hopefully).

This DVD set includes episodes 1 through 9 in Japanese only (with subtitles). The English voice over release is supposed to come out later in the summer, or in the early fall. If dubs are your thing, this isn't the release for you.

I'll leave others to give a synopsis of the story, because I don't trust myself to leave out spoilers, and this is truly one of those anime where there are megaton spoilers that can be dropped if you are unsuspecting. I will however say that this is one of the best shows I have seen in the past couple of years (if not ever) thanks to it's memorable characters, memorable fight scenes, truly emotional plot twists and turns, and excellent voice work by the Japanese cast.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Carden on July 15, 2008
Format: DVD
If this is your first foray into the realm of "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann," then shame on you. If you've already shed many a manly tear and generally been blown away by this series, then the R1 release you've been waiting for is finally here in all it's glory. Long story short, this DVD is one heck of a deal. You get 9 episodes where most releases give you 4, at most 5. While the only language is Japanese, the translators at Bandai did a great job of capturing the essence of each character in the subtitles. For those of you that watched the fansubs, you might chafe at the different wording of some favorite lines. Don't. No translation is ever going to be "the right one," and the meanings come across loud and clear in any case. The menus are great and fit the show perfectly. The extras are a little sparse, clean OP and ED only, but that's to be expected.
The bonus-CD with this edition is short but sweet. It contains the full opening song, "Sorairo Days," along with the edits for the first and second set of OP's. "Happily Ever After" makes an appearance as well, rounding out the Shoko Nakagawa contribution to TTGL. The sound quality is clear and crisp, making this CD a small but welcome contribution.
For the fans of the series, this edition is a must-have. The extra price is worth the CD, and the DVD is just a good deal in general. For first-timers, WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?! Turn off your terrible reality-show reruns, buy this, and begin your foray into one of the most colorful, explosive, exciting, and GAR-feeling inducing shows for years!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Bobzien on August 25, 2008
Format: DVD
I'll keep this relatively short. If you buy these volumes of Gurren Lagann now you'll be saving tons of money instead of buying the dubbed versions that will no doubt come in more volumes, but I digress. The show stars Simon, Kamina, and Yoko. Their fates inter twine in the first episode and for about 9 episodes or so after that. The first volume is filled with tons of shenanigans that will make you want more up until the last two episodes that will no doubt cause any fan to tear up at least at some point. The DVDs themselves are very bare bones so to get the episodes out faster for those you desire a subtitled version instead of a dubbed version. Either one will probably be great but once again if you want to watch this show and prefer subtitles then buy this series right away.
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Anime is something that has gotten a bad rap in my part of the country. If you bring up that you are an Anime fan (or Otaku), people tend to take a step back, expecting you to throw sushi at them or smell as though you have not bathed in weeks. I would guess this is the same reaction many got when they said they played Dungeons & Dragons back in the day.

Regardless of the strange looks I have received, I still pursue my love of this varied artform. While watching the previews on another DVD, Gurren Lagann was first brought to my consciousness. Watching the frenzied animation with a buxom, red-haired woman and gundams with large, predominant faces, I was enthralled. As the announcer described the series, I realized I had to watch this. Any commercial that has "Are you ready to chew off your own [butt] from frustration?" as part of its draw will undoubtedly garner attention. So on my next trip to FYE, I picked up this DVD.

All I can say is WOW! I have been borderline unimpressed with the lackluster Anime releases of late. Gurren Lagann delivers, in truckloads, with action, comedy, and a plot that takes a while to develop but is great nonetheless.

The Story

Gurren Lagann centers around the adventures of Kamina, his "bro" Simon, and a young woman from the next village over, Yoko. The story starts out showing that humans now live underground, in self-contained villages. Large metal covers block out the sky, in fact, attempting to escape to find the mythical "aboveground" is strictly prohibited. Consequently, men must dig further and further into the earth to expand their homes, while periodic, violent earthquakes threaten to destroy everything.

After establishing this plot, the story takes off.
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