Though starving, Kamina, Simon, Leeron, and Yoko make their way towards the enemy base. At one point in their travels, Kamina starts trying to train Simon on gattai (combining) by throwing rocks at him and ordering him to fly. Simon running away from the rocks gets interrupted when the Gurren get attacked by a group of masked assailants who think that Simon needs rescuing from a Ganmen. Kamina, however, is not the Beastman that his assailants think he is, and the misunderstanding soon gets cleared up. The three girls who “saved” Simon introduce themselves as Kiyol, Kinon, and Kiyal, and the guy who attacked the Gurren introduces himself as Kittan. They are Beastmen hunters – the Black Siblings. After the introductions, the girls go off to find food for everyone and end up discovering a large and furry pink something that already looks dead. Meanwhile, the Kittan reveals to Kamina and Simon that they’ve been after a 16-faced Ganmen. As they soon find out, the pink fur-balls they attempt to eat are the 16 pilots, and all of them soon escape to their respective Ganmen.
With Kittan’s help in providing covering fire, Kamina starts up the Gurren and Simon starts up the Lagann. Simon wants to combine immediately with Kamina, but Kamina refuses because Simon’s not putting his soul into it. Before they can go through with anything, their 16 enemies also combine into a larger Ganmen. Remembering how Kamina wanted him to fly, Simon tries to avoid all the enemies, but gets knocked into the air anyway. Kamina chooses that moment to combine into the Gurren Lagann. It squares off against the combined enemy Ganmen, but being starved, Simon and Kamina are unable to overcome their opponents. Realizing the graveness of the situation, Simon’s pet Boota bites off a piece of its own rear and feeds it to Simon and Kamina. This re-energizes them enough to beat their enemy and win the day. In the end, the two groups part ways with Kittan extending an invitation for Kamina to the join the Black Siblings and Kamina doing the same for Kittan with the Gurren Brigade.
Well, the first thing that stood out to me was that the animation quality dropped dramatically, at least during the non mecha parts. As many people have pointed out, this can be attributed to the different style, but there’s also the issue of them reusing footage (particularly with the 16-faced Ganmen). It was still fun to watch and had plenty of action, though the Boota offering part of himself to be eaten seemed kind of weird. Overall though, this was probably my least favorite of the episodes so far. Still, the next episode looks very promising…