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As far as recaps go, this is quite possibly one of the best I’ve ever seen. They got creative by using flashes of live-action writing to precede characters’ lines and accompanied it all with great music, so it was actually pretty fun to watch. The first half of the episode focused on Kamina, Yoko, and how Kamina died while the second half had more Simon and Nia leading up to what happened in last week’s episode.

Special ED

ED: 「happily ever after」 by 中川翔子 (Nakagawa Shouko)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2

happily ever after is a song that has been used a few times already, but this is its first appearance as an actual ED. More interesting are all of the storyboard scenes that this ending sequence shows of events we’ve already seen. I just can’t get over how good some of them look (most of them could be made into wallpapers), and it’s interesting to see how they got translated into the episodes.


Watch the Preview!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2

The preview gives us one of the first glimpses of the Gurren Lagann world seven years after (not including magazine spoilers or the first episode), with Simon and Rossiu looking a lot more serious and mature. Nia appears to be sporting a ring now, most likely from Simon, and Boota doesn’t appear to have changed at all. I was actually most excited to see that Gimmy and Darry have grown up to become Gunmen pilots (mass-production models of the Gurren Lagann perhaps), and I hope they get to play a big part since they haven’t been very important to the story so far. And as expected, it seems that what the Helix King told Simon and company before he died might come to pass after all since they give us a shot of Nia staring up at the moon.

I really can’t wait to see next week’s episode which will have all of this along with the new ending song and at the very least a new opening animation sequence, if not a new opening song too.

July 14, 2007 at 10:27 pm
  • July 14, 2007 at 10:33 pmShiNN

    I completely agree with you on this. To be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to this recap episode but I was actually gladly surprised by how it was orchestred. And god, those artworks at the end are truly beautiful.

  • July 14, 2007 at 10:41 pmMikei

    Wah! Simon propose to Nia?

  • July 14, 2007 at 10:48 pmCelexa

    Oh, wow. I cannot wait to watch this, and it’s a recap! And seconded to ShiNN, the ending with the artworks was great. Especially the last one; it gave me goosebumps.

  • July 14, 2007 at 10:49 pmtotali

    I was kind of expecting that they would do something unique with the recap, considering the preview from last week. The new ED was pretty awesome, and I’m pretty sure everyone can’t wait for next week.

  • July 14, 2007 at 10:50 pmDavwon

    surprise surprise……^_^

  • July 14, 2007 at 10:52 pmRavage

    Hax, wicked, ftw & more obligatory comments.
    Can’t wait ’till ep 17 comes along and we can continue the story after the timeskip. :D
    And for the record, the new ED is far superior to the old one. :p

  • July 14, 2007 at 11:00 pmEz Mac is in Japan

    yea it was the best recap i’ve ever seen very creative with the writing and with the music
    can’t wait till the next episode!

  • July 14, 2007 at 11:02 pmKyo

    The first glimpse of Simon 7 years later was actually shown in the first episode of Gurren Lagann. Rewatch the beginning part of the episode for yourself:


    The scene was very brief, but that’s definitely Simoun on the Dai Gurren Lagann. It even had his drill necklace thing =)

  • July 14, 2007 at 11:29 pmWeePOOF

    wO!! Nia and Simon are gettin` married!??! OxO!!

  • July 14, 2007 at 11:36 pmQuina

    omg… Nia… freaking hot.. wth.. shit..

  • July 14, 2007 at 11:53 pmojan00

    and yoko :S boota noooo
    they are the best xDDDD characters

  • July 15, 2007 at 12:15 amBROOKLYN otaku


    p.s=hand drawn animation will allways be king

  • July 15, 2007 at 12:17 amwhitey-chan

    damn! can’t wait for the ep. 17!!!!

  • July 15, 2007 at 12:18 amcheesechan

    i thought they say they’ll tell us why human live underground in this episode?

  • July 15, 2007 at 12:25 amcheesechan

    even though i’ve read the spoilers, but seeing it with my own eyes is just way too exciting!

  • July 15, 2007 at 12:56 amYen

    OMG, Matured Simon! and Nia!!! Where is Yoko!!!

  • July 15, 2007 at 1:01 amTien Guan

    i wonder what happened to Yoko?

  • July 15, 2007 at 1:52 amcheesechan

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 15, 2007 at 2:22 amMaimeDaifuku

    Gurren Lagann FTW!!!!!!

  • July 15, 2007 at 2:34 amShinichiKou

    hmmm, somehow i get the feeling that Simon might turn into a bad guy, like a final boss or something

  • July 15, 2007 at 2:50 amdmo

    Pretty sure that ring’s from Simon, the jewel in it looks like the same one that he gave to her at the end of episode 11.


  • July 15, 2007 at 5:45 amboo

    storyboard nia has normal eyes =o

    they could so make such a great movie in the drawing style of that storyboard. rossiu and nia look awesome there.
    gurren lagann remake in 10 years perhaps? :p

  • July 15, 2007 at 5:49 amEmperor

    Now this is my favourite series of the month! Gainax does it again to make a great show :D

  • July 15, 2007 at 6:34 amKamion

    I still don’t like Simon’s new Outfit xD

    But the Episode was great, that was the first recap I liked o_o

  • July 15, 2007 at 8:03 amarigatou

    this anime may follow the same idea of time jumps like dragon ball to dragon ball Z

    Some pop-ideas don’t know if it would occur

    Viral would play the almost the same role in Gurren Lagann ep17+ like Vegeta in dragon ball Z. As he rescue Simon
    Yoko’s status is MIA for some few episodes.
    Her future maybe, Yoko will grow old without even get married or having a child. Train teenagers to be GL pilots.

  • July 15, 2007 at 9:37 amklazyguy

    Oi! Looking at the previews make me wanna create a time machine and fast forward to next week. lol

  • July 15, 2007 at 11:11 amTyper

    OMG PART 2, GROWN UP! I love series that have a present and future parts.

    I can’t wait to show this to my fwends @ the end of the year ;)

  • July 15, 2007 at 11:17 amBogus

    As expected from GAINAX they didn’t screw things up (well, they’re not GONZO after all) even when they want to put one of those crappy flashback episode, since this episode is list as an extra for the 26 regulars one, there wasn’t some character telling (lame style) the story from their point of view while eating or sumthing, it was smooth, a great recap, just a bit disappointed to have to wait one more week for the real meat. Still, I don’t think they’ll keep this ending, we are probably going to get a new ending and new opening for next week (well maybe the opening won’t show up rigt at episode 17). Nia looks odd, a 30 years body with a 10 years face… GATTAI ?

  • July 15, 2007 at 11:26 amsushi

  • July 15, 2007 at 12:51 pmGrimaH

    If they don’t add in some steamy SimonxNia action next, I’m boycotting this series.

  • July 15, 2007 at 12:58 pmQuina

    well, since its already on the preview, don’t think it would be spoiler anymore
    Yes, they are engaged.

  • July 15, 2007 at 2:29 pmgolthin

    I believe Yoko left for unknown locations after the spiral king was defeated. I think she is going to show to save Simon at the most appropiate moment.

    episode 17+ spoiler!
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 15, 2007 at 3:25 pmKKensei

    I’ve never seen a good recap episode in any series…..this is the first….wow~

  • July 15, 2007 at 4:13 pmBeh

    Is the blode guy with glasses on the ED new? Or is him from one of the first episodes? I don’t seem to remember him.

  • July 15, 2007 at 4:37 pmRinkun

    o rly? well i guess she prob just want to follow her father step and prevent humanity from wiping out?
    and i do think she is going to die before the anime end

  • July 15, 2007 at 9:27 pmbu

    Yeah Nia looks like she’s going to die soon.

  • July 15, 2007 at 10:00 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    SOMEBODY QUICK!!set up the gambling pool’s. everything from /nia’s death

    ‘episode aproximate,of course”/ all the way to./charecter betrayals… place your bets

  • July 15, 2007 at 10:32 pmsentinel011

    I’ll cry my lungs out if Nia dies. T____T

  • July 16, 2007 at 12:26 amSayna

    Future-Simon’s clothes make him look like a pirate. :P

  • July 16, 2007 at 12:45 amQuina

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  • July 16, 2007 at 2:54 amJulio

    Nia will be the one who save the day and humanity. Warps out when the GL is in grave danger and with her arms crossed stating the return of the oldest GL #7!!

  • July 16, 2007 at 2:56 amNoriko

    Nono..ar no, Nia will be the one who save the GL when Simon is in grave danger. Niaaaaa Beeeeeam!!

  • July 16, 2007 at 8:23 amFuugetsu

    ToT I still miss Kamina. I wish there were more Kamina x Yoko. So sad. I want to see more of Yoko to~ Yay time jump! Everyone’s looking a lot better and mature! Rossiu o.o Nia’s eyes still sparkles lol

  • July 16, 2007 at 9:49 amKroakie

    Concept-art Nia is hot. And it’s interesting to see how much the final character design have evolved from the concept art. Seems like they were originally going for a more realistic and detailed look.

  • July 17, 2007 at 2:27 amKamille

    After the events of Gurren Lagann, there’ll be a spin-off with Rossiu where he lives in a remote village. He has no clear memory and lives a peaceful life until a black Gear makes an emergency landing in his village; that Gear is known as Weltall and it shall be the host of the Slayer of God.

  • July 17, 2007 at 3:28 pmNez

    Um, guys? I think there’s at least one more timeskip.

    The Simon at the beginning of episode one looked quite a few years older than this most recent one.

    Maybe I’m wrong… but yeah, probably one more timeskip in my opinion.

  • July 18, 2007 at 7:35 pmillusion

    Those concept/storyboard images of Nia looks absolutely great. Better than in the animation.

    Someone really needs to vector them!!

  • July 19, 2007 at 5:32 amDLazLong

    Yea, I’ve been thinking two jumps as well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ep1 scene occur in Ep26.

    Yoko will absolutely still be around. She has to be. They can’t phase out ALL the hotness @_@ what about the Black Kinsmen sisters too, eh? They’ll all be there in the giant space army, guaranteed. Can’t wait.

    Ron’s got his work cut out for him if he’s gotta make everything space worthy ^_^;

  • July 19, 2007 at 9:30 amRegular

    This is really madness !!! i really want to see the episode:D i thougt that simon was a noob haha:P but he s getting betther

  • July 23, 2007 at 2:22 amNINDOX

    Just saw this episode I just realize how great the soundtrack is. I really hope for a full release.