I guess I hadn’t noticed the Gurren Lagann lineage leading up to watching it, but it’s clearly a follow-up in every conceivable way.
There’s something about the art design (some of it, more on that further down) and presentation that is absolutely joyful, in the way that the best Gainax shows were. It manages to hit that exact note where the overblown presentation is quirky, bombastic, sinister, and humorous all simultaneously. The opening minutes of the first episode are just masterful in this regard, with the sweeping camera and the dynamic title cards dominating the frame.
Obviously much of the discussion around the show centers on the fanservice, which at times feels like the raison d’etre of the whole project. It doesn’t fit my sensibility, to say the least. Yet the show is still fantastically entertaining. I don’t feel conflicted about liking the show, I suppose, but it’s got this one aspect that is holding me back from throwing my whole weight behind a recommendation. And frankly, I fully despise some of the shit it’s pulling.
I’ve been out the anime game basically since Gurren Lagann wrapped up in Japan. I don’t have the vocabulary to talk about the show like some of you might. And it could be that this discourse has been wrapped up for years. Just wanted a place to hear some thoughts and discuss the show with some cool folks who just like to game.