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Gainax in Germany [Sep. 17th, 2008|12:30 am]
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann!

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Studio Gainax is a reocurring guest at the german anime convention Connichi. This year the whole Gurren Lagann team attended, and they also screened the Gurren-hen movie on a big screen! They were also holding a Q&A panel as well as autograph sessions (which actually became drawing sessions).

The list of guests:
Hiroyuki Yamaga (Gainax founding member and director of some GL episodes)
Takami Akai (GL producer)
Yasuhiro Takeda (GL producer)
Hiroyuki Imaishi (GL director)
Masahiko Otsuka (director of some GL episodes)
You Yoshinari (GL mecha designer)
Atsushi Nishigori (GL character designer

My thoughts on the movie:
(Sorry if any of these things are old news)

- the Lord Genome intro is FUCKING AWESOME. It's basically the new parallel works movie with a different BGM and Anti Spiral talking.
- after the Lord Genome intro it starts out basically like the TV series, with some really minor differences
- the following ~100 minutes are just a recap of episode 1 to 10 or 11.
- it's really fast paced, I think Kamina's death just doesn't have the same impact on the viewer as it did in the series since he doesn't get introduced that well
- the finale is really different,the remaining 3 generals and viral attack together and put pressure on the Gurren-dan. The "revival" of Simon is done much more impressively, it rivals the scenes in the final episodes of the series visually and emotionally, maybe even outdoes them. It was so overdone it was almost ridiculous.
- the fight of the Gurren-dan is completely redone as well
- the catfight between Yoko and Adiane is FLCL-batshit insane, yet kinda short
- the gattai version of the general's mecha isn't too stunning since it doesn't do too much, but the "Giga Drill Breaker Gurren Dan Special" is again so overdone I wonder how they want to top that in the second movie

tl;dr: the new footage is awesome but 80% of the movie is just a plain (boring) recap.

The Panel:
- They don't yet know what to do exactly in the second movie, but if I understood them right it should hit theatres in april 2009.
- Some dork asked whether they're planning to release a new OST with LESS "Row Row Fight the Powah" during the songs, which was followed by loud catcalls from the audience. Takeda just answered "no".
- Gainax themselves asked the audience what they want to see in the second movie, the same dork as before asked for "more Getter beams". They just shrugged that idea of by saying GL is fighting with drills, not with beams.
- No plans about working together with Jam Project.
- A girl was pointing out that you could see Jeeg and Getter heads in the intro movie and was asking in how far that was intentional. Yoshinari sounded like he felt caught, pointed out that the girl has good eyes but there was no deep intention behind that, they just look alike.
- I think Yoshinari said he wasn't looking forward to designing mecha, but Imaishi plead with him and so he did it.
- Usually Imaishi gives a really rough sketch of a character for the character designer who then refines it. That wasn't the case with Attenborough though, he is just like the sketch.
- They asked the audience for their favorite scene, but the reactions were very mixed and they said it's just like the japanese audience.
- The term Giga Drill Breaker came from the writer, but the final product was a teamwork of the writer, Imaishi and Yoshinari.
- Someone asked what they felt was the main difference between working on the TV series and the movie. The Character designer said "drawing bigger tits for Yoko".
- Someone compared the beginning of the series to a work of Plato (no joke). Something about them being in the cave and shut off from the outer world being alike to people shutting themselves off from the outside or something. Gainax just answered that they just wanted to show the path of a character from "the bottom to the top".
- About fansubs: Yamaga said he really can't blame fansubbing or the internet, because japanese animation wouldn't be as successfull as it is now without those. Additionally he compared fansubs to watching the stuff for free on TV. However he said that most people who like the series will buy the DVDs and it would be sad if they didn't.

The stuff I got:


My girl got:


Imaishi with bunny ears:
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[User Picture]From: mongoliabun
2008-09-16 10:38 pm (UTC)
I SPY KITTAN.
and am instantly jealous. D:

But sounds like this movie is only half worth seeing. Eh, I'll still sit through it like the dedicated fan I am. XD
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[User Picture]From: rax_kun
2008-09-16 10:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah if you already know the series then the movie is really boring for the most part, the pacing is really odd during the recap. The finale is worth it though, it's superbly done.
I hope the 2nd movie is a bit better though...
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[User Picture]From: mongoliabun
2008-09-16 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I might just be skip the recap bits or fastforward through it. That always works. Get straight to the good stuff. But I'm sure the second one will be better, this is Gainax. They'll think up something ridiculously awesome. (Hopefully.)
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[User Picture]From: kirarakim
2008-09-16 10:42 pm (UTC)
About fansubs: Yamaga said he really can't blame fansubbing or the internet, because japanese animation wouldn't be as successfull as it is now without those. Additionally he compared fansubs to watching the stuff for free on TV. However he said that most people who like the series will buy the DVDs and it would be sad if they didn't.

He is awesome and yes I love my DVDs :D
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[User Picture]From: rax_kun
2008-09-16 10:47 pm (UTC)
Actually, to me it sounded more like "we'll produce shit worth buying so we're not worrying about running out of business because of pirates". He seemed really confident when he said that.
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[User Picture]From: gokumew2
2008-09-16 11:10 pm (UTC)
WAH! The director came!?
They were working on the movie at the time so he couldn't come to Fanime. =.((( Yamaga san comes to Fanime every year and he also brought the GL team this year. We didn't get a screening of the movie though!!! .T_T Lucky~~~
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[User Picture]From: gokumew2
2008-09-17 08:59 pm (UTC)
X.D Maybe~~~!
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[User Picture]From: chibitoon
2008-09-16 11:21 pm (UTC)
Other than the "dork" (lol), what else did the audience request to see in the second film?
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[User Picture]From: rax_kun
2008-09-16 11:27 pm (UTC)
I can only remember someone requesting involving the first parallel works setting (fantasy) more into the movie, but they didn't really say anything if that's possible. I think it's unlikely though, since they said a couple of times that it's really hard to compress the series into a movie since they already had to compress their ideas into the series and that the series is actually 4 series in one.

The bad thing is I couldn't really think of anything for that question when I was sitting there, but today I'm getting ideas.. :(
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[User Picture]From: love_michiyuki
2008-09-17 11:30 am (UTC)
Now I'm really really sad I couldn't go (;.;)
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[User Picture]From: tyrenol
2008-09-18 03:51 pm (UTC)
About fansubs: Yamaga said he really can't blame fansubbing or the internet, because japanese animation wouldn't be as successfull as it is now without those. Additionally he compared fansubs to watching the stuff for free on TV. However he said that most people who like the series will buy the DVDs and it would be sad if they didn't.

I, myself, still believe that the people over at Gainax are still creators of highly-animated but horrible looking fanbaiting garbage; just like KyotoAnimu and $unrise.

And I'm amazed at how long most of these companies have survived and how many titles they've been creating per season. (What is it now? 50? 60?)

The semi-fact still remains: Anime that focuses more on the otaku audience tends to flop quicker.

#: "Haruhi's Melancholy" is not in the top ten of Anime Videoscan.
#: "Lucky Star" had recently been found at #23.
#: That "snickering fat guy" over at ADV stated (I'm indirectly quoting here!) that "Welcome To The NHK" is not as popular as they would like it to be.
#: "Genshiken" is a horrible show. And I'm glad that not much news had been heard about it. (I still think John Sirabella, of Media Blasters, is an awesome guy. He should focus more on adult anime titles than otaku crap.)
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[User Picture]From: pippins_nose
2008-09-25 09:55 am (UTC)
oh but it's totally true, TTGL is completely like Plato's allegory of the cave. It's the first thing I thought of when I watched the show!!

lol sorry for my outburst I am just so happy that it wasn't just me XD
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-07 12:19 am (UTC)
Congratulations for not being the only person on earth that enjoys overanalyzing something so far that it's not enjoyable anymore.
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