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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Alt titles: Gurren Lagann

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Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?

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Atsushi NISHIGORI Character Design
Hiroyuki IMAISHI Director
Taku IWASAKI Music
Takami AKAI Producer
Yasuhiro TAKEDA Producer

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann VivisQueen 7.5/10 Jan 26, 2008
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Soul Eater

Soul Eater

In a bizarre fantasy world, students known as meisters are trained at the illustrious Shinigami Weapon Meister University; but the tools they wield are no ordinary weapons! Each meister is paired with a human-like being who can transform into a weapon at will; and after defeating a pre-kishin - a human whose soul has darkened - the weapon eats the soul within it. A meister's ultimate goal is to collect ninety-nine pre-kishin souls and one of a witch so that his or her partner will become an all-powerful Death Scythe. Maka and her partner Soul Eater; Assassin Black Star and his partner Demon Blade Tsubaki; and Shinigami's son Death the Kid and his partners the Demon Twin Pistol Thompson Sisters each vie for their ultimate goal, but plenty of challenges and adventures lie in their way!

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Both these series are very shounen and have a similar manic energy from them. Also, both series are very visually striking and well animated with lots of colour and fluid action sequences. Larger than life characters are also a major part of both shows.


Both shows present great animation and graphic. They both are also about fighing weird enemys. Between both the greatest similarity is a magnificent humour you taste while watching this shows. You just can't help laughing.


Slick, cool characters with an air of awesome about them are what will first attract most people to TTGL and Soul Eater. With a kick ass soundtrack, and fun shounen battles, most viewers will be hooked (I know I was).

Mostly mindless fun, the action is will what will keep you coming back for more episode after episode. That and the slightly adult humour. If you enjoy one, give the other a shot.


While perhaps not sharing any central theme, Soul Eater and Gurren Lagann are both ridiculous action comedies. To some extent, both shows have main characters who are children, that exhibit changes in their lives to make adult decisions, but still have their childish screw-up moments, usually reserved for comedy. If you're looking for an anime with action, fun characters, and neurotic comedy, then either of these will do for you.


Both Soul Eater and TTGL have a very distinctive, whacky and extravagant style of animation, humor and storytelling, which comes across as highly memorable. The world concepts created are both enjoyable and convincing. While Soul Eater may be a bit darker in atmosphere and TTGL more idiotic, they are similar in the sense that both have teenager protagonists struggling with inner demons; whether or not they are able to exert their strength depends on their motivation and resolve.

In both series, relatively small-scaled fights evolve into massive, epic battles for the fate of the world around the beginning of the second half. The weapons that are used are really original and will surely invoke unexpected laughs every now and then. Both enjoy a kind of slight randomness in details that you'll either like or dislike - I personally thought it was pretty amusing.

In short, if you like whacky, epic and idiotic shounen with a very distinctive flavor, don't forget to check out either one!  


Both Soul Eater & Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Feature a plethora of memorable characters & outrageous fight scenes. Not to mention they both boast surprisingly effective visuals and both boast the rewards of teamwork!


These series both have a lot of themes in common, on top of their over-the-top shonen stylings and art work. If you like mixing together fights and laughs with a few similar themes, these series go very well together.


Interesting and fun characters and with both stories being almost filled with action and comedy are only some of the things that Soul Eater and Gurren Lagann have in common.  With some rather nice soundtracks and interesting animation styles if you enjoyed one then give the other a look.


I find simmilar animations werry attractive, fans of one could easily be satisfeed with other. Simmilar themes and animation style can also encourage you to try other one.


They're both very light hearted and full of action, and the characters are wacky and likeable on both the good and bad sides.


Both have a distinctive art style and have a wacky, fun-loving take on their respective genres, with plenty of memorable characters and laugh-out-loud moments

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In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of a celebrated admiral killed in battle, and Amano Kazumi, the top of her class. With their skill and the power of the mecha known as GunBuster, the girls must help fight to protect the galaxy from total annihilation...

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Gunbuster are basically one and the same, Gurren Lagann was made as a tribute to Gunbuster, as Gunbuster is the most recognizable hot-blooded mecha series. If you enjoyed the hot-blooded mecha pilots of either anime, you are bound to like the other.


These shows both build on overcoming the odds through friends, effort and spirit. They both have lots of screaming while giant robots save the day. The ends of both the show are bitter sweet yet highly satisfying. Remember that TTGL is an homage to all super robot before it.


TTGL: There won't be any anime that isn't greater (as in larger) like TTGL. Gunbuster comes close but yet it's thousands and millions and billions and trillions and [...] of kilometers away! Though it's close. Leaving size aside, these two anime are pretty similar: Characters and plot shows many similarites and not to mention it's freaking EPIC. And awesome gigantic battles!

Seriously: WATCH! NOW!


Gunbuster has a younger brother, and that brother's name is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

There’s no denying the similarities that exist between TTGL and Gunbuster.  Everything from the motivational speeches, calling out the special attacks, the fights, the space setting, the mecha designs, and the emotionally charged characters are all similar.

Any fan of either will want to check out the other.


Both of these anime revolve around two young mech pilots who use personal loss to fuel them to fight harder. They are fueled by the knowledge that somewhere, someone wants to kill humans, and that makes them mad. The hot-headed mech pilot is kind of a thing in both. Gainax produced both, and while the plotlines are different, the feel of these anime are very similar. 


Both Gunbuster and Gurren Lagann have plenty in common. But for telling the true, Gunbuster it's not like the sister, it's like THE MOTHER of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. If you have seen Gurren Lagann you HAVE to see Gunbuster. The son is great but the mother is even better.


Gunbuster is essentially the prototype for Gurren Lagann and is Gainax's first take on the mecha genre. While it's more serious in tone and has a very different plot, the themes, fight scenes, and overall feel of both of these series means that a fan of one should check out the other.

Gunbuster 2

Gunbuster 2

Nono, a clumsy young girl living in the backwater countryside of Mars, dreams of becoming a space pilot. But when Nono witnesses Lal'C, a real space pilot called a Topless, and her brutal fight with one of the invading space monsters, she discovers that it may not be so easy as she's rocketed into orbit alongside Lal'C in the ensuing struggle. With guts and effort her only recourse, Nono reaches for the stars to become a "Nonoriri" and a Topless alongside her Onee-sama, as well as to fight back against hordes of space monsters!

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Hotblooded passion! Kicking reason to the curb! Breaking the heavens and pushing aside all fear to accomplish your ultimate dreams, save the universe, and never back down! These are a few of the themes which run boldly through both of these insanely epic GAINAX artistic masterpieces. If you like either, you'll love the other as well.


Both of these shows adhere to a similar theme best described by the quote "surpass the impossible and kick reason to the curb!". Additionally, the animation style and feel is very similar wich adds to the feeling of familiarity. Last but not least, the humor is definitely on the same level.

If you liked one, you are bound to like the other!


If you're like me and can only stomach mecha shows that are completely and ridiculously over-the-top, TTGL and Diebuster are probably your best bets. Each's clueless small-town-y protagonist gets involved in something much bigger than them, and procedes to pull off impossible (-y cool) stunts. Oodles of fun, provided you can muster adequate suspension of disbelief.


A dementedly colorful visual style and a boundless enthusiasm for hot blooded super robot melodrama, backed to the brim with craziness that's so earnest it becomes affecting. As a Gainax mecha series, Gurren Lagann wears its debt to the Gunbuster OVAs - and Diebuster especially - on its sleeve.


They share some aspects of the premise in that they're both mecha that takes place in the distant future. Both are also packed with over-the-top action and ecchi, executed with a suitably overblown and colourful visual style. If you're a fan of one of these works you should definitely check out the other.


Excessive at every single point of the show, from music to graphics and art and not to mention the way the story goes on, that's what these two anime are about. Not to mention Gainax never denied the fact that Gunbuster 2 was sort of an test platform for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, one comparative glance is more than enough to notice this.

Extreme, wacky and exciting at all times, if you thought this way about one show you will most likely think the same thing about the other.


This is one of those circumstances where one anime can be perfectly recomended to 2 different ones. The director, Producer, scriptwriter AND chracter designer for FLCL worked on Diebuster, so you can say that "Diebuster has FLCL written all over". From tone to pacing, to the characters and action, you will love FLCL if you've seen Diebuster and vice versa. But lets not leave out Gurren Lagann, even before its time, Diebuster's action will get Gurren Lagann fans nostalgic, not to mention the almost Kamina-esque feel of episode 4, If you loved Gurren Lagann, Diebuster will be among your favorites easily.



“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.

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Trigun and Gurren-Lagann develop in the same fashion. While beginning as comedy shows, they become action-packed in the middle and turn into drama in the end. This way, you can watch the development of characters in different situations – you can even see them learning from the mistakes done in the past. On top of that, both series tell a story about people living in the blasted world - and making their life better.


Both Trigun and Tengen Toppa are excellent dystopic sci-fi which combine hilarious comedy, excellent developed characters you come to love, and a serious dramatic plot. If you're looking for inspirational protagonists and a pumped-up style, check out both of them.


Either one is a great sci-fi anime with humorous comedy, interesting characters, and a serious plot make both series a very entertaining watch.  While TTGL does tend to focus more on the the whole mecha thing and Trigun has more of a western feel both series do well in their fields with the action being interesting and entertaining.  If you liked one then you should check out the other.


One of the things that link these two animes is the dramatic switch the main characters make. While the fight scenes dominate the plot, they rapidly change from goofy shows of power to plot-laden battles. Both are set on a dystopian wasteland for the most part, with advanced technology centering in the plot


If you liked Gurren Lagann, you will love Trigun. Likewise, if you liked Trigun, you'll love Gurren Lagann. The general tone of both series is very similar; i.e predomently fun but serious when it needs to be. Both of them are also extremely funny and have excellent writing, music, animation, action and characters.

If you haven't watched either of these shows, then you are seriously missing out.


Both pack heavy dose of Comedy and Action, whereas TTGL has super god powered Mecha action,Trigun features shooting action.

Both series have characters worth looking upto,which will make you fall in love with them- Vash in Trigun and Kamina in TTGL.

With Ample comedy, when shit gets serious you better sit tightly to handle High Powered Action.

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Dead Leaves

Dead Leaves
  • Movie (1 ep x 48 min)
  • 2004

For Pandy and Retro, waking up naked with amnesia wasn't the high point of their day. While going on a crime spree, the duo are captured and sent to the infamous Dead Leaves, a notorious prison where the baddest of the bad are sent. Using the bathroom is a chore, eating is force fed and escape seems impossible -- but is it? Join Pandy, Retro, the drill endowed Chinko Drill and a gang of inmates as they plot their escape from the hell that is Dead Leaves!

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It surprises me tha no one has added a recomendation here for Dead Leaves. This OVA is made by the same director and it shows. Brazen, energetic, and unapologetically machistic, like Gurren-Lagann it somehow manages to establish, sustain, and go beyond, unrelentingly superhuman levels of action and energy. As an OVA there is a much greater emphasis on visual style and aesthetic, than a plot (indeed its more of a 'setting' than a plot), but if you enjoyed the surreal outlandishness of the world, villains, and heroes, in Gurren Lagann, there's plenty more of it here - you'll also find what is (quite likely) the inspiration for the 'drill' motif in TTGL (watch TTLG again and you may draw some very different conclusions about its *ahem* symbolism).


On the surface, Dead Leaves and Gurenn Lagann have a lot in common, "both being directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi", but more importantly is their signature style. Hectic action sequences, screwball comedy, and its bold difference from most popular animes now adays. Saying they have bad dialogue might be a little rough, and incorrect, but there aren't sappy 10 minute speeches about love or freedom or what have you that a lot of animes capitalize off of. Strictly fun to watch animes, and if you watch one, you should run over and watch the other.


Both of these animes have quirky characters who do things the way they want to while engaging in flashy, over-the-top action. Dead Leaves has the more distinctive visual style, but Gurren Lagann also has a unique feel, especially with its intermission stills. You should check these out if you're in the mood for some blood-pumping action.


The main difference is that Dead Leaves is significantly more crude, raunchy, sex-based comedy, sex in general and possibly blood, but definitely animation style. By far. But both of them share mind-blowing explosions, escalating violence and feats of awesome badassery, style, ball busting action, a orgasmic amount of violence and carnage and both are rollercoaster rides from start to finish and keep a fast pace; immense fun for action fans.