Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann – 12

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The Dai-Gurren paddles across the ocean and is attacked by Adiane. That’s pretty much all that happens in this episode (aside from fanservice and some Yoko and Nia character development), and I’m not quite sure where I stand on it, especially since episode 11 was so exquisite.

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What I’m trying to say is that I love all of the flashy fighting with lots of shouting and burning spirit and whatnot. I most definitely do not love the fanservice at all. I somehow sat through all of the Yoko-stuff at the beginning, but it wasn’t really seen much in the last few episodes. I thought it had calmed down and maybe walked away, but I was wrong. Now It’s back, and, as I already said, I don’t like it.

I guess what I’m really trying to say is that I loved the second half but thought the first was only ok.

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In the first few episodes, I thought Yoko was a cool character if you closed your eyes and wished really, really hard that the fanservice didn’t exist. Now she’s lost whatever charm she had. (I can’t quite remember what it was about her, but I think it was her interactions with Kamina that I liked. No Kamina = not-so-cool Yoko.) On the other hand, Nia is turning into a more and more likeable character, since she has a backbone instead of simply existing to look pretty and do nothing. (Again, if you pretend that the fanservice wasn’t really real.)

While it doesn’t really bother me to see Adiane die, I would have rather seen Guam get killed in the previous episode, since he’s disgusting and stupid and I don’t like him at all.

Oh, and I guess it’s important to say something about Nia’s new haircut, although it only gets shown briefly at the end. I think it looks weird, but maybe I’ll get used to it. It’s not that important, anyway.

My hopes for the next episode: more Gar Simon.

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