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Gurren Lagann 1 Season

In their closed-off underground village, Kamina and Simon chafe at the limits imposed by the village elder. Yet all this will change, when Simon stumbles across a fantastic device - just as the village's peace is broken by a violent intrusion.

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Season 1

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1. Bust Through the Heavens with Your Drill!!

In an attempt to escape their mundane lives, Kamina and Simon bear witness to a monstrous Gunman, as it crashes into the middle of their subterranean home.

TV-PG Language: English Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: July 28, 2008

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2. I Said I'd Pilot It!

With the mysterious Lagann in hand, Kamina and Simon take Yoko back to her home village of Ritona. Life on the surface world catches up to Kamina and Simon, as they find themselves assisting in defending against a new Gunman threat and the Beastmen who pilot them.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 28, 2008

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3. Who Do You Think You Are, Having Two Faces!

In the aftermath of the previous battle, Kamina, Simon, and Yoko proceed to forage for provisions.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 28, 2008

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4. Having Lots of Faces Doesn't Make You Great!

In order to take the fight to the Beastmen and their Gunmen, the Gurren Brigade sets out from Ritona Village to strike a possible Gunmen rallying point.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 28, 2008

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5. I Don't Get It, Not One Bit!

Team Gurren's continuing journey brings them to an underground village, where society mandates a humbling existence and the worship of Gunmen as divine beings. After leaving the village, Team Gurren is joined by Rossiu, son of the village chief, and two children, Gimmy and Darry.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: August 11, 2008

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6. Sit in the Hot Tub 'Till You're Sick!!

Having picked up new members in their last adventure, Team Gurren continues onwards to the Gunmen rallying point. However, not everything is as it seems to be at a slight pit stop at a hot springs getaway in the middle of nowhere.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: August 11, 2008

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7. You're Gonna Do It!!

More details of the Beastman Empire are revealed as Thymilph, one of the Four Divine Generals of the mysterious Spiral King, arrives to support Viral's Enki, with the massive mobile Gunmen fortress, the Dai-Ganzan. Seizing the opportunity to land a great victory, Kamina and Simon pilot the Gurren-Lagann against seemingly overwhelming odds.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: August 18, 2008

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8. Later, Buddy

Having temporarily stalled Viral and Thymilph in the last skirmish, the Team Gurren and their newly arrived allies join forces as "Team Dai-Gurren" and launch a decisive strike against the regrouping Gunmen force. The massive battle violently reaches its conclusion, but Kamina dies in the process.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: August 18, 2008

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9. What, Exactly, Is A Human?

Team Dai-Gurren managed to take control of the enemy fortress, but is still mourning on Kamina's death, especially Simon. After falling off a cliff, he notices a Gunman throw a capsule into a deep valley. Simon inspects it and finds he is able to open it with the same drill key he uses to pilot Lagann, and inside is a young human girl named Nia, but their introduction is cut short when an enemy Gunman appears.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: September 8, 2008

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10. Who Is This Bro?

Having been temporarily spared by Adiane, another of the Four Divine Generals, Team Dai-Gurren uses the reprieve to reassess their situation. Nia learns of Kamina's significance in Simon's erratic behavior and offers him some stinging, yet honest advice, which draws the ire of an untrusting Yoko. With tension building within the Team, the crew scrambles to stand by Nia's side when Adiane returns to complete her stalled attack.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: September 8, 2008

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11. Simon, Hands Off

Team Dai-Gurren falls into a trap set by the third member of the Four Divine Generals, Guame. The Team is taken captive and stored underground to await execution. While digging an escape path, Simon finally understands Kamina's last words to him and after having a discussion with Guame, Nia finds out the reason why she was thrown away.

TV-PG Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: September 15, 2008

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12. Yoko, Will You Do Me A Favor?

On their way to Teppelin, the Beastmen's capital city, Team Dai-Gurren stumbles upon a vast ocean and must wait for modifications on the Dai-Gurren to be completed before crossing it. While the rest of the group play at the beach, Yoko starts to feel uneasy about Nia and all the attention she gets from them. After preparations are complete, Team Dai-Gurren begins their sea cruise, oblivious to the fact that an ambush is underway by Adiane and Viral.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: September 15, 2008

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13. Eat Up, Everyone!

Trying to do her part in Team Dai-Gurren, Nia decides to become a cook, but just before the crew have a taste of her dishes, Cytomander, the fourth member of the Divine Generals, launches an aerial attack on the Dai-Gurren. Simon leads the counter-attack on the Gurren-Lagann, this time accompanied by Yoko, who replaces a sick Rossiu.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: September 22, 2008

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14. Well Met, Everyone

At last, Team Dai-Gurren arrives at the outskirts of Teppelin, but before aiming to the city, they must face a combined full-scale attack of Cytomander and Guame's forces.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: September 22, 2008

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15. I Will Head Towards Tomorrow

The last of the Divine Generals fall, and the city of Teppelin collapses, revealing a Gunman of gigantic proportions. Simon and Nia struggle to pass through it in order to confront her father, the Spiral King himself.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: September 29, 2008

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16. Entire Polysynthesis

A recap of the story's events, as of episode 15.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: September 29, 2008

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17. You Don't Know Anything!

During the following seven years, a new civilization rises and prospers under Simon's leadership. However, these peaceful times come to end when the threat mentioned in Lordgenome's last words starts to reveal itself.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 6, 2008

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18. I`ll Make You Tell the Truth of the World

After the Anti-Spirals' first attack and Nia's astonishing announcement, Simon looks desperately for her, while Rossiu finally completes his secret project.

TV-PG Language: English Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 6, 2008

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19. We Shall Survive by Whatever We Do

To soothe the public opinion, Rossiu overthrows Simon and puts him under arrest.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 13, 2008

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20. Oh God, To How Far Will You Test Us?

Simon ends up stumbling on Viral in prison, while Kittan discovers the shocking truth behind Rossiu's emergency escape plan of the Anti-Spirals' Human Extermination System.

TV-PG Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 13, 2008

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21. You Must Survive

Yoko's peaceful life during her absence is revealed.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 27, 2008

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22. That is My Last Duty

The Gurren Lagann and the Arc Gurren join together to form the massive Arc-Gurren-Lagann and stop the Human Extermination System.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 27, 2008

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23. Let's Go, The Final Battle

The members of the Great Gurren Brigade make their preparations for the imminent war against the Anti-Spirals, but Rossiu is missing.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 3, 2008

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24. We Will Never Forget, This Minute and Second

Guided by Simon and Nia's feelings for each other, the Great Gurren Brigade break through dimensions in search for the Anti-Spirals' homeworld.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 3, 2008

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25. I Accept Your Dying Wish!

The Great Gurren Brigade struggles to escape from the ocean of despair created by the Anti-Spirals without success, until history repeats itself, as another irreplaceable member of the Brigade saves them through self-sacrifice.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 10, 2008

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26. Let's Go, Comrades!

After finally converting their flagship into the gigantic Chouginga Gurren Lagann, Simon and his friends successfully fight back against the enemy.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 10, 2008

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27. All The Lights In The Sky Are Stars

At last, Simon and Nia are reunited, and by combining the power of its members, the Great Gurren Brigade creates the galaxy-sized Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and engage the Anti-Spiral threat in a decisive battle to determine the fate of the universe.

TV-PG Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 10, 2008

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Genres Science Fiction
Director Takami Akai: Yasuhiro Takeda
Network Starz
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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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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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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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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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Growing up I have heard about Gurren Lagann but I never had the chance to watch the anime. And since August 2014, Toonami on adult swim has started airing episodes of Gurren Lagann, which sparked my interest in the series. After researching online what was available today on collecting the Gurren Lagann with the English dub, I found at least three different options. And then I decided to go with the first volume of Gurren Lagann with English and Japanese voice options released by Bandai Entertainment years ago. This volume includes episodes 1-5 of this series, which is a great way to a get a small start on a cheaper price. This volume also includes an extra where the Gainax Anime staff is interviewed. I would love the own the rest of the series but in the mean time will watch the remaining dub episodes off Toonami. Currently there are 2-3 complete season collections released by two different companies which are Bandai Entertainment and Aniplex but both come with a price/catch. Bandai Entertainment's version comes with all 27 episodes at an affordable price (roughly $40 or less) but their collection has been know for being defective where certain discs don't play properly. The Aniplex's collection includes the whole season as well plus alot of extras like an art book, soundtrack cds with music from the anime but...that collection is ridiculously expensive (way over $100). That's the reason why I settled on this small volume to hold me over for the mean time. Good luck to everyone trying to collect and own this Anime.
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