Gurren Lagann – 16
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.
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.
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.