Gurren Lagann: Season 1 (2008)


Season 1
Gurren Lagann

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This subterranean romp blazes on the screen with brilliant animation, charismatic characters, and subversive writing -- making for an humorous spectacle that any anime connoisseur can appreciate.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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User Ratings: 20

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Episodes

Air date: Jul 28, 2008

Kamina is imprisoned for trying to reach the surface; Yoko and Simon contend with a giant robot.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2008

Kamina, Simon and Yoko face off against gunmen with the help of Yoko's hometown of Ritona.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2008

A Beastman named Viral fights Simon, Kamina and Yoko with a two-faced Gunman.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2008

The Gunmen base is sought by Kamina, Simon, Yoko and Leeron; Kamina tries to improve Simon's skills by throwing rocks at him.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2008

The Gurren Brigade meets Rossiu, the head priest of a village where Gunmen are revered as gods.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2008

The brigade resumes the quest to find the return point programmed into the Gurren and finds a mysterious hot spring.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2008

Viral resurfaces and challenges Kamina; one of the Four Divine Generals poses a threat to the Gurren Lagann.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2008

The Great Gurren Brigade suffers a tragedy when they take on Thymilph, one of the Four Divine Generals of the Spiral King, and his mobile fortress.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2008

While the Great Gurren Brigade mourns a fallen comrade, Lord Genome, the Spiral King, becomes concerned about the death of Thymilph.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2008

The truth about Nia is revealed, which causes the members of the Great Gurren Brigade to become suspicious of her; Adiane returns to destroy the brigade.

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A villager discovers an amazing device as violence befalls his subterranean community in series 1 of this anime series.

Critic Reviews for Gurren Lagann Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1)

Gurren Lagann mixes the madcap energy of FLCL, the escalating metamorphoses of a Gundam epic and the self-reflexive parody of Martian Successor Nadesico into a spinwheel collage of action and insanity.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

"Gurenn Lagann" is one of the best anime titles of all time, a series where imagination, originality and implementation are of the highest degree.

Jul 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The show combines gorgeously animated action, goofy and loveable characters, and surprisingly in-depth science fiction themes to produce an unforgettable experience that anime fans of all ages can enjoy.

Jun 27, 2019 | Full Review…

A first class technical achievement with charismatic characters that offers an indisputable spectacle.

Feb 21, 2019 | Full Review…

[Gurren Lagann] perfectly executed a hybrid of anime comedy and high intensity action, making it instantly addictive from the first episode on.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Equal parts action, mecha, and comedy, this is a new classic that Gainax fans should drop everything and watch.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The premise is simple, but the narrative is precise and avoids unnecessary turns and properly exploits the genre in spectacular action sequences. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

With boundless charisma, meteoric stakes, and exponential heaps of absurd spectacle that laugh in the face of sensibility, Gurren Lagann delivered Gainax another cult classic and became the launchpad for the studio's own successor, Trigger.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Gurren Lagann is a mecha fever dream.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Ten years after its release, Gurren Lagann is a classic.

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Is it the best anime ever made? No. But is it an absolute blast full of increasingly epic robot fights and inspirational speeches? You bet.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

When you look at the way that it was made as a whole, the story that was created, the characters that were portrayed, and the sheer scale of the entire project, it all combines into what is probably one of the greatest anime of all time.

Feb 19, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gurren Lagann: Season 1

  • Sep 14, 2020
    A good show, but a bit overrated I think. Overall, I liked the first half more–it was more funny, endearing, and grounded, and of course, *that* moment in episode 8 really changes the entire meaning of the show, and is a bold choice that pays off. Other than that though, the show can feel a bit generic at times, and too overstuffed with side characters. Would still recommend, but don't believe the hype. Favorite characters: Kamina, Kittan, Rossiu, Lordgenome, Yoko
  • Aug 21, 2020
    Even after 10 years, this anime has proven itself to be one of the best of all time.
  • May 20, 2020
    Ok, so, i don't know if perfect is enought to describe such an art piece, so yeah, its absolutely stunning. The scenes, the story, the characters, and the Lagann transformations, i dunno whitch one is better. !!!WATCH IT NOW!!! Actually, it isn't for nothing thai it has 100% approval here in rotten tomators.
  • Apr 10, 2020
    This show is another amazing anime. The animation is great (except for episode 4) The plot is great with humans revolting against these beastmen for trapping them underground for years because if the population reached over One million then the Anti Spriral race would destroy them all or risk the destruction of the entire Universe and then leading up to one of the most heartbreaking ending ever.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    Most influential shonnen to date, extremely relative to today's standards yet compelling to all parities.

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