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Gurren Lagann – 07


Viral has returned to get his helmet back, but first he tells everyone to put some clothes on. Once they get dressed, Simon and Kamina take on Viral, and during the fight, Viral reveals that there is a capital governed by someone known as the Spiral King. The Gurren Lagann manages to crush the Enki’s swords once again, but this time Viral has the power of the capital backing him up in the form of a large artillery shell fired from far away. Soon, a huge object appears in the distance moving towards them. It continues to fire and approach, all while Viral detaches a large blade from Enki’s body and attacks again. When the large object gets there, Viral introduces it as the mobile fortress Ganmen: Daiganzan. Leeron quickly realizes that this Ganmen is the return point that they’ve been looking for, and Kamina’s ready to take it on despite everyone else thinking that they should run away. The beastman controlling the Daiganzan is one of the four generals under the Spiral King, and he proceeds to shell the Gurren Lagann from point blank range. Despite Yoko’s pleas to run away, Kamina doesn’t give up.

Even when the Gurren Lagann’s left leg gets damaged, Kamina still refuses to back down, and his determination powers up the Gurren Lagann to self-repair. Since he can’t reach the top of the Daiganzan by itself, Kamina uses the explosions from the enemy fire to propel the Gurren Lagann upward until he can make a flaming kick at the Enki on the Daiganzan’s surface. The others, who were watching the battle from a distance, now get involved in the fight because the Daiganzan launches three Ganmen at them. Fortunately, they are saved by the appearance of a new Ganmen who lands on one Ganmen and gets the other two to destroy themselves. This new Ganmen turns out to be piloted by none other than Kittan, the brother of Kiyoh, Kinon, and Kiyal. While this is going on, Kamina confronts Thymilph, the commander of the Daiganzan and one of the four generals under the Spiral King. Kamina introduces himself and the jumps up towards Thymilph, but Thymilph has the Daiganzan grab the Gurren Lagann with its large arms and smack it around. It then takes the Gurren Lagann and attempts to pull its legs apart. Luckily, Kamina and Simon are saved by weapons fire from another friendly Ganmen, this one piloted by Dayakka. It seems that everyone has been following Kamina’s example and have been stealing their own Ganmen.

When Thymilph decides to turn his attention to taking care of the Gurren Lagann first, Yoko calls Kamina to make him understand that he’s integral in keeping everyone together. Kamina still refuses to run away, and the Gurren Lagann soon gets knocked off the Daiganzan. Things finally turn around when Kamina says that they can’t win as long as the Daiganzan’s legs keep moving. This gives Simon an idea, so he has Kamina give him control of the Gurren Lagann. Simon proceeds to use the Gurren Lagann’s speed to avoid the enemy shells and then shoots drills around the Daiganzan. With a ring of these drills surrounding the huge Ganmen, Simon only has to attack into the ground to crumble the earth under the Daiganzan. Viral promises to be back tomorrow, but for now, the Gurren Lagann has won thanks to Simon. That night, Kamina’s group sets up camp with their small army of new allies, each with their own Ganmen. While Leeron gets to work on the Gurren because the leg damage returned as soon as it separated with the Lagann, Dayakka explains that the Gurren Lagann is a symbol of hope for mankind now.

After Kamina gives a fiery speech to his new allies to get them excited for the impending fight tomorrow, Leeron explains that the Gurren-Lagann’s combination completes when Lagann takes control of Gurren’s system. Using this same logic, they could try to capture the Daiganzan by combining the Lagann with it, though it will depend on Simon’s fighting spirit. Yoko meanwhile goes out to see Kamina who is admiring the moon in the clear sky. He feels that they have to keep fighting and win for the sake of kids like Simon living without worries. Yoko respects Kamina for saying this, but she also warns him not to repeat the reckless things he did today. He would have died today if it weren’t for Simon, and that made Yoko really scared. After a long pause, Yoko seems ready to say something else to him, but they get interrupted when a distant mountain erupts in flames.


I’m speechless yet again. I don’t know how they do it, but the show was stuck on “insane” mode this entire episode. There were explosions and cool moves being thrown left and right, and I was quite impressed by the animation quality. And now Kamina has his own army of allies with their own Ganmen, so I imagine the battles will only get bigger from here. Heck, they even want to take over the enemy mobile fortress, which would become a base of their own.
Maybe this is wishful thinking on my part, but it seems to me like Yoko was getting ready to maybe confess her feelings to Kamina before that mountain erupted in flames to interrupt her. They’d make a good couple. Actually, the believe speech that Kamina gives Simon in the preview makes me think that there’s a chance Kamina might die next week, though it might just be a motivational speech for Simon to capture the Daiganzan. In any case, I can’t wait to see it since the preview shows even more action coming our way.

May 12, 2007 at 11:18 pm
  • May 12, 2007 at 11:22 pmmangamaxx

    OH man, that this really looks like a crazu episode!!! awesome!! But do they get dressed during the fight or during a break before the fight???

  • May 12, 2007 at 11:32 pmEra

    lol! good question I wanta know too! did their clothes just teleport on them?

  • May 12, 2007 at 11:44 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    GOOD LAWD!!!!! I”M such a sucker fo this type of anime!!! LOOKS UTTERLY REDONk-CUE-LISSS!!!!

  • May 12, 2007 at 11:59 pmRasmiel


    Banpresto would be insane not to pick this big sexy thing as a future SRW candidate. :3

  • May 13, 2007 at 12:18 amDEATH

    Hah I’m so excited! I can’t wait to watch this!

  • May 13, 2007 at 1:18 amwrex

    mangamaxx, era: LOL… their opponent actually yells at them to put on some clothes. ^_^

    This was an awesome episode… just crazy, over the top action… and Yoko goodness.

  • May 13, 2007 at 2:24 amquina

    - Shimon is totally a different person this episode. He just solo the big boss.
    - They also introduced a bunch of new crews at once.. I am surprised….
    - As a lot of you have guessed, Shimon’s Lagann has power to combine. They are planning to have him combine with the battle ship.
    - Its not Gurren dan, its Dai-Gurren dan!!
    - Yoko is definitely going for Kamina…. aww don’t die on me now Kamina
    and most of all…Kamina might be kicking the bucket next episode already wth!? Nooooo

    Translation of Preview:
    Kamina: (in a quiet voice)
    ok? Shimon… Don’t forget this.
    Believe in yourself. Not in me, who believe in you.
    Not in you who believe in me. Believe in yourself.
    Do Believe in yourself!

    Don’t die Kamina >_

  • May 13, 2007 at 3:14 amRandomDendohfanboy

    Gurren Lagann’s version of Inazuma Kick is awesome as it should be.

    The thing about Kamina is, he’ll died to protect Simon, that’s how manly he is. He will be a meatshield for his partner if necessary. While I hope it doesn’t happen, you know that he’ll definitely do it if the situation calls for it.

    The sad thing is, last episode, Kamina told us his future goals, and that is to go to the moon. And we all know what happens when a character tells their friend about a future goal.

    *points to Nichol in Gundam SEED*

  • May 13, 2007 at 3:19 amkenta

    lol, that first SS, Kamina looks like Franky from One Piece with his naked ass.

    and Simon’s ‘drill’ reminds me of Inukami. XD

  • May 13, 2007 at 4:54 amAnonymooo

    Let’s not worry about Kamina dying. I’m getting depressed just thinking about it, and the title of episode 8 isn’t helping at all. >_

  • May 13, 2007 at 11:06 amNexweb

    Well, assuming the person at the very start of the first episode is a grown up Simon, and Kamina is nowhere to be found….

  • May 13, 2007 at 12:08 pmquina

    but come on.. the first episode thing: NOONE else is there too!
    Yoko wasn’t there, so does Rosuoi and others members. (the guy standing next to supposely grown up Shimon is Boota).

    Kamina can’t die this early~

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  • May 13, 2007 at 12:51 pmShiNN

    Downright awesome.
    This episode was so freakin EPIC.

  • May 13, 2007 at 1:21 pmTokki

    I like this series, at first I didn’t but now I’m starting to love it. It seems to be random but thats cool.

  • May 13, 2007 at 1:39 pmSquirrelLuvsPnut

    What happens to Viral? I can’t tell by the pics.

  • May 13, 2007 at 3:25 pm7Th

    Viral will return, just look at the preview and see his Enki(the while ganmen) upgrade.

  • May 13, 2007 at 5:24 pmAnonymooo

    Viral will get curbstomped by Kamina beforehand if Kamina’s gonna bite it.

    Thinking about it more, it’s very possible that GAINAX will hurt us like this. I mean, it’s GAINAX.

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  • May 13, 2007 at 6:35 pmquina

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    And come on, Kamina can’t bite te dust yet. They need to change OP/ED etc if he does and its only ep 8!

  • May 13, 2007 at 10:09 pmExinjeru

    You don’t see anyone else in the prologue, but there’s lots of people on the bridge of the ship. Anyone could be there.

  • May 14, 2007 at 12:10 amAnonymooo

    Quina: Show Spoiler ▼

    I’m just worried–it’s GAINAX, and as one of those stereotypically jaded anime fans, I’m pessimistic. Of course, it’s all just speculation and I’m sure things will be just fine.

  • May 14, 2007 at 5:16 amsolaris

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    Of course, I’m hoping that it doesn’t happen. To Kamina, that is.

  • May 14, 2007 at 6:38 amso… yeah

    the next episode is the perfect episode for kamina to die.
    I like kamina but.. i rather see him have an epic end than keeping him alive.

  • May 15, 2007 at 5:57 amavx

    They did mention it being split into 4 acts, so i’m guessing we’re coming to the climax of the first one, so something big is bound to happen….

  • May 15, 2007 at 2:35 pmhelena

    Banzai for adrenaline pumped, insane anime. Kamina don’t die!! Though I think it’d be pretty cute if yoko turns out to like Simon instead ^^

  • May 15, 2007 at 2:49 pmhelena

    Woot if Simon really turns out to be that guy in the first episode I’ll be overjoyed (hah he WILL get much taller xD) but i don’t think that the guy in the rounded orange shades is Kamina TvT he just doesn’t have the aura. Kamina don’t die!

  • May 15, 2007 at 8:00 pmiiiii

    Umm Kamina is not going to die. . .Didnt you remember the first like ten seconds of the first episode? Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 15, 2007 at 9:42 pmquina

    The first 10 sec there is not Kamina btw. Different voice actor pretty much confirm that.
    He is speculated to be Shimon grown up. And the guy besides him is Boota grown up beastman.
    No other crews are seen in the OP, they probably stay somewhere, if not well… end up dead.

  • May 16, 2007 at 1:54 pmWhite Star

    Omni and other people mentioned Kamina might die.

    I think that will happen, and that the guy in the beginning of the very first episode was actually Simon who has adopted Kamina’s spirit and personality to fight the villains.

  • May 16, 2007 at 4:01 pmAB

    Based on what I remember from the first episode, I think we can be fairly certain they capture that gigantic base, because something like it was shown as part of the ship…

  • May 17, 2007 at 2:51 amAnonymooo

    Wait, so if it’s split into four acts, does this mean the possibility of a new/updated OP every 6-8 episodes? XD

    Wishful thinking, but hey, with the production values of this show…

  • May 17, 2007 at 9:35 amLeelas

    Lord Kamina is too manly to die.

    And holy cripes that episode was the best yet.

  • May 19, 2007 at 6:00 amOrphen

    i m really confused with this series who really is the main character?

  • December 30, 2007 at 7:16 pmDiabolikul

    kamina dies