Gurren Lagann – 05
The group hasn’t seen any enemy Ganmen in a while as they continue on their journey. In the meantime, Yoko is getting a ride inside the Gurren cockpit, but Kamina isn’t too happy about it because her butt takes up so much space. That gets Yoko angry enough to start firing at him inside the cockpit, causing quite a ruckus that leads to the Gurren getting launched into the air and falling back down through the ground. Simon and the Lagann fall underground with it, and they all end up in a pool of water being watched by a group of villagers. Yoko wakes up first and realizes that her top was caught on Kamina’s glasses, so she kicks him out while she reclaims her clothes. Kamina wakes up to the sounds of the villagers talking about a Face God, and he turns to see a stone structure that resembles a Ganmen. When he reaches to touch it, a boy named Rossiu stops him and takes them into the village. Rossiu feels that Yoko’s clothes are indecent, so he makes her wear a poncho, but Kamina takes the chance to lift it up and take a peek at her inside. Yoko proceeds to smack him down with her foot, and this causes Rossiu to ask her not to use violence if she’s from the heavens.
Their conversation gets interrupted when one of the villagers reports the birth of triplets. However, as the village priest notes, this brings the village’s population up to 52, which means that they have to choose two in a blessing ritual. Rossiu then approaches Kamina’s group and asks to hear about the heavens, but he tells them a little about the village and the priest first. The priest then comes and introduces himself as Magin, the leader of the village. Kamina immediately gets confrontational with Magin, but the priest just ignores him. The next morning, Kamina and Simon find Rossiu opening the cockpit of the stone-faced Ganmen. Kamina actually encourages Rossiu to try piloting it, but the priest arrives to stop him. This reminds Kamina of why he doesn’t like the priest – the man is resembles the head from Kamina’s old village. The priest simply asks Kamina’s group to leave and then heads off to preside over the blessing ritual. This ritual involves everyone drawing straws, and two kids named Gimmy and Darry end up drawing the red ones.
Kamina’s group finds out afterwards that they are to take the two kids with them to heaven in order to keep the village population at 50. Since Kamina doesn’t think that the children should go to the surface, Magin decides to proceed with the ritual as normal. Kamina, however, feels that the villagers shouldn’t go along with something they don’t like and attempts to undermine Magin’s authority, but it’s Rossiu who stands up for the priest and the village. Suddenly, a loud noise and bright light shines down the shaft as a Ganmen comes falling down to interrupt the conversation. It had been looking for the Gurren Lagann, so Kamina and Simon quickly get in their respective mecha and combine together. As the Gurren Lagann and the Ganmen face off, the stone Ganmen roars to life and gets in the middle of the fight. The enemy Ganmen starts fighting the stone one, but then gets knocked into hole in the wall where the stone Ganmen originally sat. Behind that wall is a waterfall, and the stone Ganmen charges into the enemy Ganmen, knocking it into the empty void under the waterfall.
The pilot of the stone Ganmen turns out to be none other than Magin, and his life is in danger when the stone Ganmen starts to fall through the hole in the wall. The Gurren Lagann saves him, and in the aftermath, Magin admits to Rossiu that he was the one who decided to keep the population limited at 50 people so that the entire village wouldn’t be ruined. Rossiu decides to go with Gimmy and Darry to the surface with Kamina’s group, and Magin gives him the holy book to take along.
Well this episode had everything more or less return to normal in terms of animation style and quality. I really don’t have any complaints about it except for wishing for a little bit more color, even if they are underground. Yoko was the real winner this week, with some very funny fanservicey moments. I’m not sure how much I like the fact that the group is growing, especially since I sometimes find myself hating the bratty kid characters (like those three kids from Eureka 7). Gimmy and Darry don’t give off that same feeling yet, but I still question if they’re needed in the group. The same goes for Rossiu, whose character design reminds me a lot of Wufei from Gundam Wing.
Next week looks like a ton of fun with Kamina appearing to go nude at a hot springs resort and Boota covering him up.