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Gurren Lagann – 15

Summary:
With the emergence of the gigantic Gunmen that is the Teppelin, the Gurren Lagann and its allies get out of the way of all the falling pieces.

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July 7, 2007 at 10:37 pm Comments (42)

Random Musings – Suzumiya Haruhi S2 and CODE GEASS Finale Airdate


  • The August issue of Newtype that will soon be hitting newsstands is reporting that Suzumiya Haruhi’s second season has finally been confirmed. The official announcement is set to be made on July 7th, 2007, which also happens to be the day of the Japanese Tanabata festival. That might be significant because certain events in the Suzumiya Haruhi novel storyline occur on that day. As of yet, there are no confirmed airdates, but MOON PHASE’s diary entry says that, according to an industry announcement from back in March, Kyoto Animation’s schedule will be Suzumiya Haruhi in Fall/Winter 2007 and a light novel adaptation in Spring 2008, so CLANNAD seems to have been pushed back until Fall 2008. We probably won’t know anything more definitive until the official announcement is made. But, regardless of what airs when, this Fall season is going to be chock-full of sequels and potential blockbusters (Konata certainly seems happy about this announcement).
  • I mentioned yesterday that there will be a one-hour special for CODE GEASS airing on the night of July 28th. That same August issue Newtype has also confirmed that that date will indeed be when the final two episodes of CODE GEASS are airing. For those of you marking your calendars, that’s a Saturday, and I can’t wait to have Gurren Lagann and CODE GEASS together on the same blogging day (even if it’s only once).
  • Speaking of Gurren Lagann, some scans have also popped up of the future versions of the main characters. They’re a little spoilerish, so click at your own peril.
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    July 5, 2007 at 8:30 pm Comments (118)

    Gurren Lagann – 14

    Summary:
    It has been one month and with the Gurren Lagann finally nearing the enemy capital of Teppelin, Simon and Yoko pay a visit to Kamina’s grave.

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    June 30, 2007 at 10:51 pm Comments (39)

    FreezeFrame: I’m Looking At Her Ankles

    From some deep, dark corner in the back of jaalin’s mind…

    Anime girls are the best. Unlike those found in 3d-land, anime girls were created for the sole purpose of entertaining me – decades in the making, the science of creating an anime girl has been perfected down to the little personality quirks, the glimmer in their eyes, and the nuances in their voice (Aisia lisp, anyone?) I thank these artists from the bottom of my heart, cuz man oh man do they do their job well.

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    June 25, 2007 at 3:11 am Comments (79)

    Gurren Lagann – 13

    Summary:
    As the Dai-Gurren proceeds through the desert, Nia finds Simon is resting on the deck, and he comments on how her image has changed, though he likes the new look.

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    June 23, 2007 at 10:17 pm Comments (53)

    Gurren Lagann – 12

    Summary:
    Heading straight for the enemy capital, the Dai-Gurren arrives at the ocean, and all the guys get excited at the thought of the girls wearing bathing suits.

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    June 16, 2007 at 10:27 pm Comments (45)

    Gurren Lagann – 11

    Summary:
    With Adiane’s apparent failure, Guame wants to be sent to dealt with the Daigurren next because he’s interested in the Lagann.

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    June 9, 2007 at 9:38 pm Comments (60)

    Gurren Lagann – 10

    Summary:
    Adiane can’t believe that the princess Nia would be away from the capital and ultimately decides to back off for now, but she vows to come back.

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    June 2, 2007 at 9:30 pm Comments (38)

    Random Musings – D.Gray-man Manga And Gurren Lagann News Edition

  • I finally got caught up on the D.Gray-man manga last night after sitting down and reading seven volumes worth of material, all the way to the most recent chapter. Given how generally disappointed I’ve felt with the anime up until this point, I was curious to see what else the manga had to offer since I had previously stopped reading at a point right after the first Krory arc. Overall, I was incredibly impressed with how action-packed and fast-paced the manga was, and it turned out to be a lot darker and bloodier than I thought it’d be. Everything else I have to say about it I’m going to put in spoilers:
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    I really would love to see a good animated adaptation of the manga, but I have my doubts if the current anime is ever going to get there, and even if it does, the question remains if there will be too much edited out in terms of violence or religious imagery. Anyway, I’m going to give the anime four or five more episodes to see if there are any signs they’ll be returning to the manga story, and if it doesn’t look promising, then there’s a good chance I’ll be dropping the show by the end of this season.

  • In Gurren Lagann news, there was a GAINAX Gurren Lagann panel held at the Fanime convention in San Jose, California this past weekend featuring Yamaga Hiroyuki, one of the people responsible for planning the show and current president of GAINAX. You can read a full report here, but the interesting stuff included:
    -Drills were chosen because boys like drills in Japan.
    -Because of the negative reaction to episode four, they won’t be trying stylistic changes like that again.
    -Episode six was edited because it was airing early in the morning in Japan. The DVD will have the full version, which might feature what they originally had in mind: Kamina peeking at the girls in the hot springs.
    -The reason humans live underground will be explained in episode 16.
    -They are currently up to recording episode 21.
    -Yoko may or may not be 14 years old, but time underground may be measured differently.
  • Also, the official site has updated with their romanizations for the new bad guys: Adiane, Cytomander, Guame, and Lordgenome. Given that last name and focus on genetics, maybe we should be calling him the Helix King instead of the Spiral King. The Japanese word rasen can be translated both ways.
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    May 28, 2007 at 6:17 pm Comments (26)

    Gurren Lagann – 09

    Summary:
    Inside the capital city of Teppelin, the three remaining generals – Cytomander the Swift, Guame the Immovable, and Adiane the Elegant – are meeting with the Spiral King Lordgenome about Thymilph’s death and the stolen Daigunzan.

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    May 26, 2007 at 10:05 pm Comments (57)

    Gurren Lagann – 08

    Summary:
    With the volcanoes erupting in the distance, Simon is having trouble sleeping in the Lagann when Yoko brings him something to drink.
    HUGE SPOILERS WARNING!!!

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    May 19, 2007 at 10:55 pm Comments (88)

    Nakagawa Shouko – Sorairo Days PV (Gurren Lagann OP)

    For those who might not be familiar with her, Nakagawa Shouko is an insanely popular idol who seems to be able to do everything, including singing, acting, voice work, being an otaku, and blogging ridiculously often (something like 10 to 20 blog entries per day). I first found out about her from the now infamous Private Lesson segment from last year where she – dressed as Suzumiya Haruhi – explained what being an otaku meant to a dumbfounded Wada Akiko. Sorairo Days, which is the opening song to Gurren Lagann, is actually the first time I’ve heard her sing, and I have to say that she does a pretty good job, much better than I expected anyway. I thought the PV was a bit lacking though since it basically just showed Shocotan (as she’s known as) in variations of the same three shots cycled over and over again, and most of the time it looked like she was just holding that guitar for show. Still, I liked the full version of the song, so I’ll probably just listen to the music and not bother with watching the PV again.

    Nakagawa Shouko’s single Sorairo Days is due out June 27th, 2007.

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    May 19, 2007 at 4:55 am Comments (21)

    Gurren Lagann – 07

    Summary:
    Viral has returned to get his helmet back, but first he tells everyone to put some clothes on.

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    May 12, 2007 at 11:18 pm Comments (33)

    Gurren Lagann – 06

    Summary:
    As they travel through the desert, Simon and Kamina recount the village they just came from and why Kamina didn’t like Magin.

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    May 6, 2007 at 12:41 am Comments (30)

    Gurren Lagann – 05

    Summary:
    The group hasn’t seen any enemy Ganmen in a while as they continue on their journey.

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    April 28, 2007 at 10:31 pm Comments (23)

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