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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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Name Role
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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  • 2009

In a time where hover cars reign supreme and wheeled vehicles are a thing of the past, one group of dedicated speedsters aim for the ultimate goal: to compete in the notorious "Redline" race. In a no-holds-barred battle where anything goes from nitro boosters to all-out warfare and dirty tactics, competitors must be prepared for anything. Having lost out in the qualifying Yellowline race, "Sweet" JP finally gets the chance to participate in Redline as a substitute. However, with his car requiring a total rebuild, the Roboworld government using all their military might to prevent the race from happening, and host of the universe’s best racers – including the beautiful Sonoshee Maclaren – to contend with, can JP go for glory and take the checkered flag?

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Gurren Lagann shares many similarities with Redline. Its animation is also mind-blowing, the characters are a lot more interesting than Redline's, the action never ends, etc.

Gurren Lagann is what Redline could be if it had a more complex plot, developed characters, and time. Overall, it just comes to a matter of style. If you loved Redline, you'll love Gurren Lagann and vice versa. It's that easy.


Both of these animes feature slick, over-the-top action with a dynamic cast and setting that draws you into the hype and tension surrounding whatever's happening at the time. They really get the blood pumping!


Plot wise speaking Redline and TTGL have absolutely nothing in common . What's common is Super High Paced action with lot of color blasts and adreline rush that will make you jump out of your seat.

If u liked one, Ull definetly find it worth to give other a shot


Both are frenetic, adrenaline-fueled anime with round characters and epic story arcs. Neither spares any expense to deliver a satsifying, pulse-pounding finale.

Sengoku Basara

Sengoku Basara

The time is centuries ago, during the Sengoku period; the place is feudal Japan. Political ambitions and bloodshed run rampant as rival warlords battle it out in an attempt to rule the nation. Some seek to spread their noble ideals, some seek to protect justice and yet others seek destruction. Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimumra and a variety of other warriors will fight it out time and time again; their actions helping to ultimately decide the fight of Japan.

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Each of these series focus around groups fighting all out against an "ultimate evil." Furthermore, the constant action and humor is similar in each. Each of these series have all the GAR one could ask for.


The main focus of both series is the over the top fighting involving some rather interesting characters.  Some rather nice action with some comedy mixed in are the basics of both series and throw in some interesting characters and you get two highly enjoyable series.  While Gurren Lagann is more about the mechs & sci fi and Sengoku Basara is more about sword fighting & feudal japan both have a similar pacing and experience.


Seriously over the top action, a good deal of comedy and a nice story, you'll fall in love with both series. Oh and don't forget those unforgettably epic battles.


Sengoku Basara, much like Gurren Lagann, is a series that takes fighting sequences, and just completely spirals (no pun intended) out of control. While Gurren Lagann loves asking the question "Who the hell do you think I am!?", Sengoku Basara, for the first few episodes, skips that question, and states plainly who the hell they think they are. One could almost make a good drinking game out of how many times the characters shout out their names. With that, the sheer amount of gar shown by the male leads just takes whatever amount of masculinity you have and stomps it into the ground.

Both series are an absolute riot to watch, and are shows that, if watched with a crowd, will often result in cheering at least twice per episode. These series are not meant for those who sympathize with cannon fodder, so I hope you enjoy large body-counts in your battle scenes.

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Martian Successor Nadesico

Martian Successor Nadesico

When Akito Tenkawa went looking for answers about his parents' deaths, he had no idea that he'd be indoctrinated into the spaceship Nadesico not only as a cook, but also as a mecha pilot – a job he wants nothing to do with! Alongside his childhood friend Yurika, stoic Ruri, otaku Gai and other misfit crewmates, Akito and the Nadesico crew find themselves in the middle of a brutal war against both the dreaded Jovian Lizards, and the military itself, who wants the civilian ship under their control...

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Both series are light-hearted comedies (although they get serious from time to time). Despite the differences they feel somewhat similar to me.

The differences include: the different settings (Nadesico takes place mainly in the space while Gurren-Lagann is situated under and on the ground), different set of characters (Nadesico is mostly one boy and many girls, while Gurren-Lagann has two male characters and two female ones).

Both series have a leading character who is more manly than a certain other well-known mecha series ^_~, lots of action, and a bit of romance and pathos.


There are some series which are serious, some series which are comedic, and then there are those who use seriousness as a comedic element. Martian Successor Nadesico and Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann are both examples of the later. From their transformation scenes, to the battles, to what it means to be a man, both series are a delight of entertainment quality. If you loved one, you will love the other.


Kamina and Gai from these two series are EXTREMELY alike, from the nonstop gar to the respect the other male main char has for them. I'm shocked this rec isn't made more frequently, definitely a good pairing.

Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Mobile Suit Gundam 00

In the 24th century, the planet's fossil fuels have been completely consumed, forcing humanity to use solar power as the primary source of energy. A huge solar energy system orbiting the planet was eventually built, anchored to the Earth and providing it with power through three orbital space elevators. As a result of the expense of such a large-scale project, most the world consolidated into three factions: the Union, the Human Reform League, and the AEU. Despite their common reliance on the fragile orbital elevators for energy, however, humanity still continues to constantly fight wars and build up arms. A paramilitary organization called Celestial Being, equipped with incredibly powerful mobile suits called Gundams, fight in order to force humanity to unite and eradicate armed conflict.

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Both Gundam 00 and Gurren-Lagann have good fight sequences, machines and robots that save the world from a war, are filled with politics, and aren't easy to understand. I liked both of these!


Obviously these two series are both in the Mecha genre but have more in common than just that. They both recently came out in 2007 and are both excellently animated. Both Gundam 00 and Tengen Toppa have excellent story lines and are two of the best Mecha series to come out in a long time. The story line of both of these have very dramatic and moving moments. While Tengen Toppa tends to be a little more light hearted through out the series, Gundam 00 deals more with the serious side of warfare. Overall both of these series are excellent examples of this genre, and if you love one you'll love the other.


Seekers of giant robot porn look no further.  These non-stop robotic slugfests will instantly gratify your mechanical cravings.  Gundam is more hardcore sci-fi and politically focused while Gurren Lagann is all about epic battles.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

The universe of the future is divided between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT. After a year of war, ZAFT attacks the neutral colony Heliopolis to steal five prototype mobile suits. The mission is a success, but a young man named Kira stumbles upon the fifth Gundam, and he may be the Alliance's only hope...

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both series got their share of giant mecha, if you like action, emotional story and loved gurren-lagann u got to try this one out too!


If you enjoyed the prominent mecha element in Tengen Toppa, where they just seem to get more and more powerful as the series progresses, then check out Gundam Seed. GS has a stronger emphasis on political battles rather than universe-saving battles, but then they're all about justice, peace, and kick-arse battles.


The story line in both anime has some similarity but in special they both have mechanical action or better sayed they have Mobile Suits action,balance between drama and comedy is perfect equal, If you liked action,drama comedy in this one , you\'d surely like the other.