A “Heaven-Piercing” Anime

Gurren Lagann

Gurren Lagann

Okay, I admit I was not fond of the genre “mecha” in Japanese anime culture. But that’s going to change now.

Mecha, linguistically taken from the word “mechanical”, is a distinctive genre in Japanese anime that is about walking vehicles or robots, usually controlled by human pilots. This division in anime zooms in to the use of advanced technology in a futuristic place, so the setting of plot accounts for its fantastic and futuristic elements. Mecha anime is also classified as shounen anime, such as Gundam Seed Destiny that caters to male audience, but there might be romantic and funny touches that females might also like and thus, some of these anime shows are classified as shoujo, like Fullmetal Panic and Vision of Escaflowne.

I’m fond of computer games nowadays, role playing games more often than not, so it was easy for me to appreciate the mecha genre in anime now. Human-sized robots, humanoids, or human-controlled machines are popular subjects for games these days, and I’m one of those who really enjoy them. Probably because of the real time strategy feature in them.

If you love a game that’s a spin off from a much popular anime, then you’ll surely love Gurren Lagann too. Classified as a mecha, Gurren Lagann also has a game developed by Konami, in Nintendo DS platform. The anime is currently aired on Animax Asia but its original run was on April 2007, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi based from the manga written by Kazuki Nakashima. It’s also known as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which literally means “Heaven-Piercing Gurren Lagann.” It was animated by studio Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami.

It’s currently aired every Monday at 12:00AM or 5:30AM and encore replays every Sunday at 4:30PM. Well, I usually visit the TV Guide to get hold of some anime schedules because I don’t want to miss an episode. If that’s the case then there’s always anime on the internet. What’s good about the anime is the fact that it’s able to blend adventure, comedy, drama and mecha in one show. Hurrah!

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