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Summary:

Before Simon had arrived, the black Anti-Spiral figure had told Nia that she was merely a virtual being included in the Spirals’ genes that would awaken when they rose up in revolt. The fact that she was born to a Spiral warrior and loved by a Spiral warrior is just a coincidence. Despite this, Nia had kept faith that Simon would arrive, and soon enough, he does indeed appear through her ring with the Gurren Lagann. Along with him are all of his friends in drill-shaped pods, and the Anti-Spiral is dumbfounded at how they were able to escape the labyrinth of the multiverse. Simon doesn’t care about any of that since they’re the Dai Gurren-dan, and he and the others proceed to form the galactic-sized Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Still surprised that they made it here, the Anti-Spiral decides to fight them with a similar looking galactic-sized mecha whose purpose to give them absolute despair by winning. Lord Genome is the one who explains this, and he’s also gotten his body back temporarily because they are in a super-spiral universe. After a word of encouragement to Nia, he tells Viral that he’s no longer a king – he’s simply a warrior now, just like Viral.

The two galactic-sized mecha then charge towards each other and meet in a clash of the titans. Unfortunately, the Anti-Spiral has the upper hand and punches the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann into a nearby galaxy. Yoko tries to help by creating a huge version of her rifle and pounding the enemy with bullets, but the Anti-Spiral seems unfazed and declares that there is no chance for the Dai Gurren-dan to win since the Anti-Spirals rule this universe. Through her scope, Yoko notices and fires upon the spherical and shielded object resting on the head of the Anti-Spiral mecha. Nia identifies this as the Anti-Spiral homeworld. The Anti-Spiral then reveals their past, including how they started out as Spirals and how they destroyed those with the Spiral power and confined the remnants to a corner of the universe. Along with keeping themselves in an isolated space and sealing their evolution, the Anti-Spirals also kept their ugly appearance as a symbol of their determination. The Anti-Spiral now questions if the Spirals have the resolution to do the same to protect the universe, and as the battle continues, the Anti-Spiral yells that they don’t.

During all this, the Anti-Spiral mecha had destroyed the swords that Viral pulled out, and it slams the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann through several galaxies. The Anti-Spiral feels that the Spirals don’t have the determination, resolution, or sense since they drown themselves in their power – this is the Spirals’ limit, and it’s why the Anti-Spirals must destroy them. With the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann now losing spiral power fast, the crew worries about not being able to protect Earth, and, as if on cue, they suddenly see Earth in the distance. Cybela thinks that this is a distortion of space-time, and Leeron and Lord Genome theorize that this battle has interfered with the spiral transport system, creating a bypass. Amused to see the Dai Gurren-dan’s homeworld, the Anti-Spiral mecha reaches for it. On the planet’s surface, Kiyal, Kiyoh, Kinon, and Rossiu all see the giant figure looming, but right before it grabs the planet, Dayakka and Gabal use a spiral powered rope to grab the Anti-Spiral mecha and swing it around. Even Attenborough manages to get in some hits by unleashing a wave of probability variation missiles.

When the Anti-Spiral comments on how the Spirals are still struggling, Simon retorts that the tomorrow that they’re grabbing is not the one decided by the Anti-Spirals. He feels that they’ll choose their future from the boundless universe, and they’ll fight to the end to protect this universe, including stopping the Spiral Nemesis. The Anti-Spiral doesn’t think that Simon and company can do that, and in order to beat them, the Anti-Spiral forms a ball of energy out of two galaxies and launches an Infinity Big Bang attack. Things look bad for the crew as Spiral power drops throughout the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but back on Earth, the population believes in how the Dai Gurren-dan won’t let things end like this. Indeed, Lord Genome tells Simon to leave things up to him, and from within the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann appears the Lazengann. Putting it into overload mode, Lord Genome is able to stop the oncoming energy blast, and he tells Nia not to grieve after she cries out his name. Having come here after his soul sank into a sea of despair and weariness, Lord Genome sees creating a spiral life tomorrow as his heart’s desire.

Nia’s body flickers as she agrees with her father, and it causes Simon to realize something. Seeing Simon’s shocked face, Nia reminds him that he came here to do what he must do. Simon knows that they have to win, and Lord Genome helps them out by turning the enemy attack into a giant drill when the Lazengann finally gets vaporized. In his final act, Lord Genome has the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann swallow this drill, giving it off-the-charts amounts of spiral power. The Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann now has enough energy to swing endlessly at the Anti-Spiral even if its arm drill breaks each time. The Anti-Spiral doesn’t understand where they got such power, so Simon declares that they’ve evolved from themselves from one minute ago. Each rotation moves them forward a little more – that’s what a drill does. The Anti-Spiral believes that this is the road to perdition and questions why they’re oblivious to the limit of the Spirals. Simon, however, feels that this limit is actually the Anti-Spiral’s own limit.

Simon then tells the Anti-Spiral to remember this: his drill opens a hole in the universe, and this hole becomes a path for the people who follow afterwards. The wishes of the fallen and the hopes of the people who follow after – these two desires are woven into a double helix, and it will dig up the path that leads to tomorrow. Saying that his drill is the drill that pierces the heavens, Simon charges the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann forward once more, and in the ensuing clash and explosion, the Chouginga Gurren Lagann jumps out. When the enemy stops it with tentacles, the Arc Gurren Lagann then jumps out, and when that too is stopped, the Gurren Lagann jumps out. Not quite able to make it all the way to the Anti-Spiral, Viral has the Gurren throw the Lagann, and this is what ultimately barrels through their enemy. The black Anti-Spiral figure realizes that this is the end, and his final words tell Simon to protect this universe. Back on Earth, the people cheer as they watch the grand explosion, and the space around them returns to its normal black color. Rossiu then radios Simon to inform him that they are being communicated with from across the galaxy by Spirals overjoyed with liberation, meaning that they have a lot of allies in this universe.

In the aftermath, Nia returns home where old Coco welcomes her back and gives her a dress. This is her wedding dress, and she and Simon soon get married in front of all their friends. After they kiss however, Yoko notices that Nia is disappearing. Simon was already aware, and he tells Nia that he won’t forget her, even if this universe is destroyed. Nia feels that it won’t be since that’s what everyone worked so hard for, and she finally says that she loves him. After Simon tells her that he loves her too, Nia completely disappears, and her ring falls to Yoko’s feet. Everyone is worried about Simon, but he’s okay with this because he knew defeating the Anti-Spirals would lead to this since Nia was a virtual being created by them. Gimmy thinks that they should use the Spiral power to bring her and all their dead friends back, however Yoko reminds him that Simon isn’t God. Agreeing that the dead are dead and that they shouldn’t be forcibly brought back, Simon hands Gimmy his core drill and leaves everything else in Rossiu’s hands. He feels that he’s just Digger Simon and that there’s someone more suitable out there to go through the hole that was dug. Putting on his Dai Gurren-dan coat, Simon catches Nia’s ring when Yoko throws it to him, and he walks off.

20 years later, Rossiu and Leeron are discussing the Galactic Spiral Peace Conference, and how the different Spirals have different ways of thinking. When Rossiu wonders how Simon is doing, Leeron reassures him that Simon is watching somewhere. Elsewhere on an island, Principal Yoko listens to a transmission from Nakimu as she waves goodbye to her current students. Nakimu has joined the Gulaparl Corps and is one of the pilots under Gimmy and Darry, the former of whom still has the core drill for the Gurren Lagann. They are headed for the Chouginga Dai Gurren – now under the command of Viral – and the ship will be leaving for deep space as a representative of Earth. That night, in a seaside town, a cloaked man finds a boy trying to drill into a coconut-like fruit and gives him some advice on how to do it. The boy is successful and very impressed by the man, causing the man to start to ask who the boy thinks he is, but he stops midway through the signature line because the boy isn’t paying attention anymore. Realizing that he’s no one now, the man watches as the boy cheers over the sight of the Gurren Lagann and the Gulaparls taking off into space in the distant sky. The boy dreams of going too, and the man describes how all the lights of heaven are all stars. This man is of course Simon, and Boota reminds him that these are the stars where their Spiral friends wait.

 
 
 

The bitter-sweetness of this ending due to Nia and Simon’s fates evoked a lot of emotion in me – if last week almost made me cry, this week definitely did. I had always thought that the two of them would die together or end up happy together. It always seemed like Simon and friends managed to find the way to succeed, particularly after setbacks, so it was a bit surprising to see them end on the loss of a character, even if it was under the happy wedding setting. It also seems unlike Simon to just resign himself to the loss of Nia and to a wanderer’s life (especially since he’s like a spitting image of Kamina in this shot). It’s as if he lost his own motivation to continue on as a leader of the people, though he still holds a lot of hope for the future generations. I wonder why they’re sending this kind of message at the end here after spending pretty much the entire series essentially saying that you can do anything by believing in yourself and trying your hardest. I guess you could argue that he had done what he had to do and left things up to those future generations.

I don’t want to sound too disappointed in this one regard though because I really did enjoy the ending overall. The battle was one of the best this series has to offer since it felt like it was in overdrive from the very beginning, due in part to the massive scale it was taking place on. I did think that using the opening song during the entire latter half of the battle was a bit unnecessary (I would have preferred the “fight the power” song instead), but that’s mainly because as soon as they started playing it, you knew that the good guys were gonna start winning. I also appreciated that the 20-years-after part offered a good deal of closure and ended on a relatively high note.

Final Thoughts: I originally approached this show with a great deal of skepticism, some of it due to the Sunday morning timeslot this was airing in. Looking back at it now, that sounds really naive since Gurren Lagann turned out to be my favorite series that started in this past spring season. The word “epic” gets tossed around a lot, but I really think that it’s applicable here. Not only was this show incredible from an animation quality point of view, the story just kept growing in scale until they were literally fighting for the fate of the entire universe. Add to that all the memorable characters and inspiring moments, and I have no problem calling this the must-see show of 2007.

September 29, 2007 at 10:10 pm
263 comments »
  • October 4, 2007 at 12:21 amMoogle

    Very nice job, gainax. I first approach this series just for entertainment purpose, I didnt expect this series to be this much EPIC and dramatic! The ending is truly bitter-sweet, since the protagonist carves a path for the future of humanity, but some of them lose someones important, very touching indeed.
    Thanks for random animeblogger too for blogging so I can make decision before watching something.

  • October 4, 2007 at 12:36 amMoogle

    Btw will gainax create a sequel for this series? or OVA?

  • October 5, 2007 at 11:33 pmSazuko

    ….what can be said that alreadcy hasn’t been said, this last episode…was…


    was… just~ “beyond”~? awsome~? epic~?
    it was just too much for me~ the level this last episode and generally the WHOLE SERIES was on,
    was just~ Overwhelming, Best Anime of 2007 DEFINATELY and as far as I’ve seen
    MOST POWERFUL MECH IN HISTORY~! TENGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGANN
    all that can be said is~
    Ore o Dare ga to omoitte aru~?
    Beyond Epic~ ….just~ …wow~

  • October 6, 2007 at 7:42 am41nano

    Thanks a lot Omni, if you hadn’t blogged this show I wouldn’t have wanted to watch it.
    This the best show of 2007 with Lucky Star so far!

    Great ending, i cryed a loot, maybe too much
    Thanks GAINAX

  • October 9, 2007 at 10:10 pmcentzontotochtin

    YES
    I cried manly tears
    even though I am a girl
    also laughed my ass off…

    Sign of a genius series

    Also the no-obvious-couples-getting-together and Simon wandering around as a dodgy old man was quite a brave ending.. And as some tit on a message board last week was implying that Yoko had died a stupid death and I actually believed them, I was quite relieved at the sensibleness of it all..
    I wish the annoying princess had dissolved a bit sooner though.. like the same episode she appeared…

    mind you this series is a first for having 3 drunk people shouting hurry-up-and-disappear-bitch at the screen and it actually happening

    xx

  • October 10, 2007 at 10:34 pmlividsama

    The ending battle puts the term “Intergalactic space battle” on a whole new scale XD
    Thanks GAINAX, for yet another awesome show!

  • October 14, 2007 at 12:11 amKaioshin Sama

    I can’t see how people can mention Lucky Star in the same sentence as this show. The former settles for mediocrity and it’s studio name brand appeal to see it through the day on all but a few occasions, and the later kicks it into overdrive on almost every level, constantly exceeding acceptable levels of direction.

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  • October 19, 2007 at 5:59 pmT____T

    Why why!!! Nia ;___________;

    they made me love her so much and then this happens?????????????????

  • October 20, 2007 at 2:26 pmfilou

    Beyond epic! With Evangelion and Eureka Seven, one of the best three shows ever!!!
    Thanks Gainax.

  • October 21, 2007 at 5:59 amFreedomaster

    This is the best there is and the best there was! The ending was awsome dramatic cool! Thsnks too you all!

  • October 28, 2007 at 12:04 amKaruki

    This series is officially my FAVOURITE anime ever o_o Gainax surely completed a masterpiece here XD haha, ROW ROW FIGHT DA POWAH!! The ending was pretty satisfying, though it was bittersweet with Nia disappearing and Simon been left alone at the end ;_; (and it happened at their WEDDING too) I wish Simon didn’t have to just disappear and drop contact with everyone even 20 yrs later..== but i guess even a hero needs a break?

    anyway, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is just…amazing >

  • November 11, 2007 at 6:42 amandynai

    i had a feeling the series was going to end with nia leaving, and a 20-years conclusion after watching the nia “disappearance” episode.

    it’s just that this director always seems to work on projects with similar endings, such as “kono minikuku no utsukushii,” and take FLCL for example, the poor dude failed at making his brother’s crush (Mamimi) fall for him. the point is, the main protagonist always seemed to lose the most cherished person, so in a way, it blows.

  • November 24, 2007 at 8:52 amKazeKage

    This is the best damn series I ever fucking watch since the ending of Claymore was crap!

  • November 24, 2007 at 9:18 pmNoremac7777

    Awesome series, awesome end. though i am sad that Nia had to die T_T

    also, RE those people saying there should be another series…
    Not sure there’s enough stuff left for that, but there could pretty definitely be a movie, to kinda conclude it all, maybe get Nia back somehow ;P
    I just think it worked well for Fullmetal Alchemist, could work here too *shrugs*.

    Ok, and i NEED to see more of this XD Just too awesome, haven’t been so emotional over a TV series in YEARS.

  • December 8, 2007 at 6:49 pmLiz

    For some reason I’ve never really liked Nia. x_x

  • December 8, 2007 at 6:55 pmLiz

    >.> This series reminded me somewhat of Eureka Seven, yet again most things remind me of it… :3

  • December 23, 2007 at 9:56 pmCharlo

    I’m all for bittersweet endings but this one just made my heart ache. It would probably be easier to get over if it wasn’t during the wedding. Maybe a few days after…when they get the chance to be a full couple, but I guess that’s life right? You can never get what you really want all the time. Though it seems unlike Simon to become a vagabond (with a weird drill stick) like wanderer, he’s pushing forward. Heh, but we already saw that he’s not the most fit person to be in a political position, maybe a military commander…

    GAAH CAN’T GET OVER NIA!!!!!

  • January 1, 2008 at 3:58 pmmango

    i just finished watching this anime (i know, but better late than never right?) and my gawd…..i criedddddd….such a good anime

  • January 2, 2008 at 12:33 amlilcupidangel

    one of the best of the best!! EPIC… but nia dies!!!

  • January 3, 2008 at 11:41 pmAlCa

    Why the dress of nia disappears??? nia died cuz she was a created by the antispirals but the dress was made by Nia`s grandpa (xD)

    lol it was an antispiral dress???

  • January 3, 2008 at 11:44 pmAlCa

  • January 4, 2008 at 8:51 pmVor

    Any news about Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Shisen Genshikou?

  • January 5, 2008 at 5:17 amjho

    One of the best shows I have ever watched…man what a great ride

  • January 20, 2008 at 3:19 amCrystal Dagger

    I won’t be happy until Simon is dead too. I mean, wandering around helping random people? That is just lame. What ever happened to the blaze of glory?

  • February 1, 2008 at 12:22 amRoar

    The guy in the opening scene of the first episode HAS to be Simon because the cloak is the one that Simon wears, and I don’t think anyone else will be wearing that. I pretty much waited throughout the series to see all those enemies get owned and it never happened =(. It made me sad.

    Also Nia dying made me sad :’(.

  • February 5, 2008 at 7:31 pmFalconx0101

    Wow, this series made me cry manly tears. I love it.

  • February 15, 2008 at 4:52 amExia

    The only thing learned from this series: u can kill sth really big with sth really small

  • February 19, 2008 at 3:06 amGaboo

    sniff…sniff..Nia.

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:51 amjake

    actually because of the first episode where u see simon and human boota fighting there is the possibility of another season that might deal with war between spirals

  • March 13, 2008 at 8:44 pmwowzerz

    this show was so good i saw it all in a span of two days…i spent from 10PM to 6AM watching it then i went to school w/o sleep…. i was really… sad about it (i couldn’t wait to get to school to take my mind off of it)… i think i was more hurt them Simon. i mean i was expecting a happily ever after or Simon dies but Nia has a child or something along the lines but no… but i finally realized that this is a legendary end which i will never forget

  • March 23, 2008 at 9:41 pmaddiction

    one thing i can say
    “this anime is effing awesome!”

  • March 23, 2008 at 11:41 pmI Luv It

    [THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL STORY]
    Just can’t get enough of it so I made some thinking what will happen if there is a season 2

    After 10-years

    Spiral became the necessity of every person. Vehicles, structures, and appliances are powered by spiral. The spiral became the centre of life.

    Everyone were able to use a Ganmen.

    The spiral provided convenience to people.

    Until the people begun using the spiral for evil purposes. Gulaparl is now facing criminals with power of spiral. Due the spiral power it became hard for gulaparl to handle the criminals.

    After seeing the destruction on a television news, the veterans, Yoko, Viral, Darry, Gimmy, Dayakka, Gabal, Rossiu, Leeron, Kinon, Kiyoh, Attenborough, Reite, and Tesukan, reunite to stop the destruction. Though, without Simon and his knowledge of spirals, they weren’t able to stop the evil.

    They formed a group “Search for Simon Brigade.” Using Dai Gurren they went around the world searching for Simon. After the searching, they weren’t able to find him. They lost all their hopes and sat on a beach. It was a failure for all of them.

    They felt useless. Attenborough went berserk and fired the cannon to the beach. Rossiu discovered the big hole that the cannon made. It was an underground city that wasn’t on their government list. He told everyone everyone in Dai Gurren about it. With their curiosity, they went to explore the unknown underground city. Inside the city they heard a sound and followed it, but due to echo they weren’t able to pinpoint where it really came so they decided to split up.

    The group went their separate ways. At the end of a tunnel Yoko found a man in a cape digging holes. Yoko asked him why he was working alone. The man replied with a smirk and kept digging. Yoko got irritated and whacked his head removing his hood. The man said, “You’re still violent aren’t ya, Yoko.” Yoko replied with a surprised face, “Who are you? How did you know my name?” The man replied, “I am the drill that will pierce the heavens.”(Posed like Kamina) Yoko answered, “It was a long time, Simon.”

    To Be Continued -_-

  • March 27, 2008 at 3:46 pmbre

    Dont forget the first part of the first episode… Simon standing there with Boota whose in human form. I hope we can see the continuation of that story in the movie or in the next series.

    btw best anime:)

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:14 amTyper

    I just rewatched this now… and i must say…

    THIS WAS ONE HELLA OF AN EPIC SHOWWWWW, ITS TIME FOR ME TO DRILL INTO MY INFINITE ENERGY TO PENETRATE MY ASSIGNMENTS!!!!11!!!!!!1

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:18 amTyper

    “Dont forget the first part of the first episode… Simon standing there with Boota whose in human form. I hope we can see the continuation of that story in the movie or in the next series.

    btw best anime:)”

    LOL, i just rewatched episode 1, you are right, I HOPE THAT IS SIMON! And i would love to see it too!!!!

  • June 11, 2008 at 7:56 amTigerclaw

    I loved this series, but the ending would have been better if Simon died a lover’s death with Nia after they killed the anti-spiral. It would have been a beautiful parallel to Kamina’s death and it would make more sense than him selfishly deciding to cut himself off from the world and become a hermit. (Because a person does not choose when his time is up; only death does)

  • June 24, 2008 at 12:40 pmdkkiller

    I JUST SAW IT AND IM CRYING RIGHT NOW, WHY DID NIA HAVE TO DIE, WHY!

  • July 13, 2008 at 7:46 pmkayan

    OMG ITS SUCH A GOOD ANIME!!!

  • July 21, 2008 at 8:21 pmwhiskey-man

    Unless Gainax learned and deceided to mess with us on purpose. You know forcing us to accually break down and tear apart the epilouge. We know Simon is the narrator, we know he has a spiral eye, that means in the process he may have became something else. If that is the case, then the parallel AMVs and the ten minute OVA may just be a hint of if not the first movie, maybe the second movie. If and just if Simon is more than what he is showing to be. And that If might explain Simon’s reaction to Nia’s death. Yes, I’m grabbing for straws, very thin straws, but then as I said earlier in this post, they are most likely messing with us. Sick monsters, and they know we like them for it.

  • July 31, 2008 at 7:28 pmhellishdude

    From start to end, the series was awesome. I have to bow to such an epic series and to such and awesome ending. Whos said the best endings are the happy endings? but it wasn’t a sad ending either, it was….bittersweet and thats what made the ending even more awesome.

  • August 22, 2008 at 6:06 pmkatsuro

    Ending is awesome, it fits series theme and closes story very well. And it leaves a possibility for more Gurren Lagann. Even so I’d like ending like that:
    Nia is alive. Simon stay and entrust new generation – give Core Drill to Gimmy as it was in original ending. After 20 years, remnant members of Dai-Gurren Team watch together youngsters and Viral flying to Spiral Peace Conference…

    Anyways, it was hell good piece of anime. Thanks Gainax!
    I’m looking forward to Gurren Lagann movies.

  • August 25, 2008 at 9:07 pmhallyo

    ;_;

  • August 25, 2008 at 9:07 pmhallyo

    Cant believe i didnt watch the subs earlier btw found this anime through Sci-Fi

  • September 19, 2008 at 12:11 pmVangrim

    Just finished it. I’ll make this as short as possible: I loved the series, one of the best I’ve ever seen, totally gripped me. But I didn’t like the epilogue that much. Simon being a hermit, I just didn’t like it. I thought he would stay with his loved ones.

    LONG LIVE TTGL!!

  • November 17, 2008 at 11:39 amTAB

    Best Ending ive ever seen.
    SO Sad its all over.
    Somthing so great has to end in glory.

  • December 19, 2008 at 3:19 amShadower00

    So now what??! Simon died a virgin? Yoko as well?!

  • February 17, 2009 at 5:55 ammutio

    Seems so^^ Ah well, the ending still disappointed me. Also I can’t really believe, that this series is SO popular – almost no fansubs and if there are any they are hard to get and of average quality. No comparement with the good HD stuff we get these days.

  • February 25, 2009 at 5:09 amkyoko-han

    BOOOO not happy why did simon have to become a wanderer he worked so hard to be a great leader and now he was reduced to a “nobody” I don’t like that I feel simon deserves better!!!!!

  • March 2, 2009 at 5:44 amheh

    The ending:

    Look at it this way: at least it didn’t end with “CONGRATULATIONS, SIMON!”

  • April 22, 2009 at 9:34 amKablack

    Lol, this anime had a pretty boring beginning imo. Only up to the time Kamina the man died did it become truly great.

    Ending was awesome. Difficult to find any anime series rivalling TTGL and CG from 07 until now.

  • May 27, 2009 at 12:38 amGarsaia

    lol Old woman yoko.

  • May 28, 2009 at 3:34 pmkyoko-han

    He could have been a military general because simon made it clear he knew nothing about politics and could have left that in rossiu hands since he proved quite capable if running the country aside from that Simon had the qualities to be the head military general of the force but thats just me. In that way he could have still be looked up and remembered as a great hero that he truly is.

  • May 30, 2009 at 11:44 amStockStalker

    This may sound cliche/corny, but…

    1. In the process of fighting a monster (anti-spiral), make sure that you don’t become one yourself, which is why Simon stopped when he accomplished what he set out to do and became a wanderer.

    2. Those who depend on external things (money, relationships, pets, etc.) to be happy will experience heavenly joy when they are around. But when they are taken away, these people become sad/depressed unto death. In the end, Simon and Yoko have found the center of gravity within themselves and no longer depend on Nia, or Kamina to live happily, though they still love each other.

    3. Human life on Earth is limited and un-free. Live life with love, compassion, and courage (what’s Kamina and Simon 2.0′s spirits are all about), and you will be united eternally with your loved ones. Break, or lack any one of these, and you will be sent back to Earth to live another limited and un-free life, until you learn and fix your mistake.

    4. Control is an illusion. You can’t control the world. It is not yours to control. People, who suicide, are simply trying to exert one last expression of control over a world that is spinning out of control. What you CAN control are everything that is within you. Kamina could never control his death, what he did have control over was the expression of his spirit, and that has made all the difference in the world/universe.

    5. Going back to #2, there will always be a bigger battle/a bigger fish to fry/catch. If winning battles, catching/frying a bigger fish everytime makes you more manly, you will never achieve manlihood, as there will always be a bigger battle, etc. In otherwords, you will never be satisfied defeating an external enemy. The hole in you only gets bigger and bigger with every victory. Your only real enemy is within, not without.

    Anyways, that’s enough of my ramblings… Ciao!

  • June 19, 2009 at 11:51 amTTGL rulz

    I seriously cried manly tears after seeing Simon all grown up… How we started with him at just around 14, all up til around 55. Whenever I see a character do that, I always get sad… Best series of ’07, possibly all time.

  • August 8, 2009 at 2:35 ammy guess

    i can’t believe i waited till now to watch this, omg!

    seriously, my guess is that the first part in episodes 1 is the destruction of the universe due to spiral nemesis and the desire to concure all

    The ending itself was simon saying it was important to control his power (thats why he let nia die), also the intergalactic meeting was another way to show the aversion of the spiral nemesis

  • October 2, 2009 at 8:11 pmLee

    This isn’t the end, remember the first episode, and the opening that made no sense at all? If you look at it you see the pigmole guy in his human form, and kamina is the one at the helm, which must mean that like Lord Genome, Kamina doesn’t age because of his spiral power (check out his eyes in the last pick),so eventually he’ll use his power to be young again, and when the human race is threatened by all others, he’ll be back to fight once again (the “all of the starts are now are enemies” comment and a reference to a “dimensional waterfall”) some people claim the beginning was just Simon’s dream, but I’m pretty sure Simon didn’t know what stars where before reaching the surface. To put it simply, Simon lives on, with near god-like power, and is there to protect humanity when they are needed again, so gainax pulled through this time and gave us a kick ass ending!

  • November 22, 2009 at 6:50 pmRob

    This is THE anime that got me addicted to anime.

    Its my opinion that it will be a long time until there is another as good as this.

  • February 18, 2010 at 2:32 pmguest

    wow just watched this again for the 2nd time, it really pumps me up like the spiral energyyyy! Live life to the fullest at every moment, even in peace and quiet, savor it! =) ROW ROW FIGHT DA POWAHHH

  • February 21, 2010 at 6:03 pmArily Mae

    In my opinion, Simon looks so much like Kamina in the wedding pictures.

  • March 1, 2010 at 1:17 amdrunkenprince

    guys, this anime, is another crisis core with addition humor :D . A true tribute to heroism and romanticism. But wtf, I can’t stand Yoko being single for life and get old and shrivelly. Those awesome milk jugs went to waste. XP

  • March 1, 2010 at 7:11 amVandesdelca

    ok like i am totally baffeld at the fact that nia could be an anti spiral. Cause first off she was made ny the spiral King that is made with a capital MADE so you would think he would know if he made an anti spiral or a spiral. Also anti spirals are actually spirals who sealed away thier physical bodies on thier home planet so nia is in fact incapable of being a true anti spiral due to the fact that she has a physical form. I could have accepted her being possesd by an anti spiral but not being one the build up of who she is and what the anti spiral are just dont mix. other than that point and the fact that nia disappeared the show was fracken awesome.

  • March 3, 2011 at 7:51 pmMichelle Pendlelton

    @My guess,
    Yeah I felt the same way after finishing the series just a week ago. I like they way Gainax made the anime so full of emotion that you want to jump out of your seat every time there’s something epic going on! I’m currently streaming TTGL’s 1st movie. It’s been a long time since I tried to watch anime movies online for free. I just cant wait for my DVD anymore; I need to watch that movie now! XD

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