Gurren Lagann

Japanese anime television series

Gurren Lagann, also known as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is a Japanese mecha anime television series. It was animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It ran for 27 episodes on Japan's TV Tokyo between April 1, 2007, and September 30, 2007. It was directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. It was written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima. Gurren Lagann takes place in a fictional future where Earth is ruled by the Spiral King, Lordgenome. Lordgenome forces people to live under the surface of the earth. The plot focuses on two teenagers, Simon and Kamina. They live in a village under the earth surface and wish to go to the surface. Using a mecha known as Lagann, Simon and Kamina reach the surface. There they and other humans start fighting against Lordgenome's forces.

Gurren Lagann
(Tengen Toppa Guren Ragan)
GenreAdventure, action, comedy,[1] mecha[2]
Anime television series
Directed byHiroyuki Imaishi
Produced byEiichi Kamagata
Takami Akai
Yasuhiro Takeda
Written byKazuki Nakashima
Music byTaku Iwasaki
Licensed by
Original networkTXN (TV Tokyo), BS Japan, AT-X
English network
Animax Asia
Original run April 1, 2007 September 30, 2007
Episodes27 (List of episodes)
Written byKazuki Nakashima
Illustrated byKotaro Mori
Published byASCII Media Works
English publisher
MagazineDengeki Comic Gao! (former)
Dengeki Daioh
Original runJune 2007July 2013
Light novel
Written byKurasumi Sunayama
Illustrated byHiroki Shinagawa
Published byShogakukan
ImprintGagaga Bunko
Original runAugust 17, 2007December 19, 2008
PlatformNintendo DS
ReleasedOctober 25, 2007
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Gurren Gakuen-hen
Written byAshi Zaitsu
Illustrated byKabao Kikkawa
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineComp Ace
Original runAugust 26, 2008January 26, 2009
Anime movie
Gurren Lagann The Movie: Childhood's End
Directed byHiroyuki Imaishi
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
ReleasedSeptember 6, 2008
Runtime112 minutes
Anime movie
Gurren Lagann The Movie: The Lights in the Sky are Stars
Directed byHiroyuki Imaishi
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
ReleasedApril 25, 2009
Runtime126 minutes

In North America, at first it was announced to be licensed by ADV Films in 2007, the license was transferred to Bandai Entertainment in 2008.[4] The license was again transferred to Aniplex of America in 2013. In the United Kingdom, it was licensed by Manga Entertainment in 2007, then transferred to Beez Entertainment in 2008. The license was again transferred to Anime Limited in 2013. The Sci Fi Channel got the broadcasting rights of Gurren Lagann and began airing the anime on July 28, 2008.[5][6] The anime won several awards at the Tokyo International Anime Fair[7] and the Animation Kobe[8] and Japan Media Arts Festivals.[9]

A manga based on this was published by ASCII Media Works between 2007 and 2013. Bandai Entertainment licensed the manga and released it in English in North America. A series of four light novels was published by Shogakukan between 2007 and 2008. A Nintendo DS video game was released in October 2007.[10] Two animated film versions were produced. The first premiered in Japanese theaters on September 6, 2008, and the second premiered on April 25, 2009.[11]


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  3. "#GurrenLagann To Air On Toonami!". Toonami Faithful. July 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  4. "Bandai Entertainment Gets Gurren Lagann TV Anime". Anime News Network. April 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  5. "Gurren Lagann Listed on America's Sci-Fi Channel on July 28". Anime News Network. May 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  6. "'Gurren Lagann' on Sci Fi Channel". ICv2: Inside Pop Culture. May 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  7. "Eva 1.0 Wins Tokyo Anime Fair's Animation of the Year". Anime News Network. February 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
  8. "Gurren Lagann's official blog" (in Japanese). Gainax. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-12-18.
  9. "Coo, Gurren-Lagann, 'Kafka' Win Media Arts Awards". Anime News Networks. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  10. "Gainax Announces New Anime". Anime News Network. July 11, 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-04.
  11. "Two Gurren Lagann Movies Confirmed". Anime News Network. May 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-23.