The Dai-Gurren paddles across the ocean and is attacked by Adiane. Thatâ€™s pretty much all that happens in this episode (aside from fanservice and some Yoko and Nia character development), and Iâ€™m not quite sure where I stand on it, especially since episode 11 was so exquisite.
What Iâ€™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 wasnâ€™t really seen much in the last few episodes. I thought it had calmed down and maybe walked away, but I was wrong. Now Itâ€™s back, and, as I already said, I donâ€™t like it.
I guess what Iâ€™m really trying to say is that I loved the second half but thought the first was only ok.
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 didnâ€™t exist. Now sheâ€™s lost whatever charm she had. (I canâ€™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 wasnâ€™t really real.)
While it doesnâ€™t really bother me to see Adiane die, I would have rather seen Guam get killed in the previous episode, since heâ€™s disgusting and stupid and I donâ€™t like him at all.
Oh, and I guess itâ€™s important to say something about Niaâ€™s new haircut, although it only gets shown briefly at the end. I think it looks weird, but maybe Iâ€™ll get used to it. Itâ€™s not that important, anyway.
My hopes for the next episode: more Gar Simon.