What word does Kintaro repeat constantly throughout the series?
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Gurren Lagann Perfect Complete [FX]
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In their closed-off underground village, Kamina and Simon chafe at the limits imposed by the village elder. Yet all this will change, when Simon stumbles across a fantastic device - just as the village's peace is broken by a violent intrusion.
--Video: Bright colors really pop. Some rough lines here and there, but that may just be the style of the art. Nice edge and playfulness to the art style. Lots of dramatic angles and a nifty mix of images. They play it free and loose and it's brilliant. By episode 4 it appears they ran out of budget, though because the art quality plunges--a sure give away that they're doing some heavier comedy--and a dedication to the original art of the manga. Thankfully, higher quality animation returns and remains steady throughout. The compelling images are excellent: When the moon smiles you feel it!
--Sound: Horrid English speakers. My especial annoyance is that the surviving kid's name is constantly spelled Simon, but they insist on the Japanese "Shimon". The greatest failing of the English cast is adding a sense of drama that the series plays with. Great Japanese voices. Big musical track, and they know how to use it. They rock out at all the right places. When the series resets (see story below), they keep the same music, but change all of the images. Great aurals.
--Subtitle: No real problems. These actually match up with the spoken English a bit more often than usual.
--Story: A frenetic mix of events, characters, dialogue styles, images and action. The team gets together, fights hard, and WINS... and then the real battle begins... seven years later after everyone's grown up and started to settle down. The moon is falling! A new enemy! The reason the old enemy existed! And it's all told in the same style as the first part! Oooo, tingly! One of the most impressive things about the series is it's ability to diseminate information and resuse older episodes--while leaping forward in the story. Basically, they know how to flashback well. Interestingly, they throw away a whole episode on a flashback one, making their nod to convention, but it really wasn't necessary.
--Characters: Big characters mixed with mediocre ones. The death of one of the coolest characters came as a huge shock to me, but the character certainly isn't forgotten. He's almost TOO cool: Every move, line, and choice that he makes. He almost had to die, I suppose. The primary mecha has quite a persoanlity of its own, going so far as refusing to fight, and the nifty ability to integrate with other mechs. Of the badguys, Viral is pretty cool. It bears mentioning that the continual death of the characters really serves to drive the story. The challenge for the series is giving the characters souls before then--and some of them some pretty awful flaws--so that as they move the story forward they're constantly upping the stakes. By the end you wonder who will die--which of the chracters that you've grown to love will die... In the end... Does even Simon, himself have to die?
--Enjoyability: Chapter skips allow me to skip the opening song. Action, comedy, great lines... An instant classic. With just the best anime kiss I've ever seen. This anime constantly takes itself to the next level, and always inforcing the team spirit: Dramatic action, served over-the-top. Excellent. So, is there a message to this anime? Who lives and who dies and who makes those choices... DARE to act on hope... Survival is a poor god... But this anime becomes an instant classic for always taking itself to the next step--I'll tell you, THESE ENDINGS ARE AWESOME!!!! This is anime that reminds me of why I love anime. Highly recommended.