Wow. Gainax broke their own records again. Battle of mechas of galactic proportions, although I must say, it is really weird to see them throwing galaxies around like frisbees.
But really, I must admire Gainax for choosing a “True End” style ending for Gurren Lagaan rather than a “Good End” for it. While the final battle between the two mechas was totally hyperboled and massively overdone, seeing Simon deliver the final blow with only Lagaan really puts in spiral principle in context of the show.
Then, it was truly sad to see Nia fading away after marrying Simon, but it was a totally good decision by Gainax. I honestly didn’t expect them to do so, but this makes the second Gainax character voiced by Yukari Fukui die. Wonder if it’s intentional or not, lol. Also, it was good for Simon to retire out of politics and go off on his own, as that really fits him more than becoming a figurehead president. While he may have the 熱血, politics really wouldn’t be his forte, so which is why I say that Gainax is awesome for doing the more logical “True End” than just another generic “Good End”.
All in all, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan has been a real fun ride, even if it started off on a less than absorbing manner. Being one of Gainax’s real, full season show in years, they’ve done admirably well with it, with a well-executed twist and really awesome, manly tears inducing scenes included. It was also good to see that Gainax has found a nice balance in their way of doing endings, between their “WTF Gainax ending?!” and normal, generic endings as well.
So long, Simon and the Gurren Brigade members. It has been an enjoyable show.