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Inspiration for Epilogue Simon: Treasure Island

Maybe I'm the only one who finds this stuff interesting, and maybe this was already obvious to some people, but anyway. For a while now I've been seeing mentions online that the creators had wanted to give Simon a manly "Takarajima ending." I knew that "Takarajima" meant Treasure Island, but I wasn't sure if they meant the actual book or what. I also faintly recalled seeing a mention of that in an official interview somewhere, but I couldn't remember where.

But yesterday I found this, which aside from showing some nice clips of the first movie, had Nakashima mentioning that when he and the director first talked together, they both said they wanted to make a manly anime like "Takarajima" or "Ashita no Joe" by Osamu Dezaki. Which made me immediately go, "OH, DUH! Osamu Dezaki!"

So yeah. Takarajima is an animated adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, made in the late 70's and featuring a particularly badass Long John Silver.

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Gurren-hen DVD news + new drama CD!

News on the movie website announces that the DVD will be out on April 22! The limited edition is going to come with seven extras:

-A box that has a new illustration by Atsushi Nishigori
-Inside the box is a digipak that has a new illustration by You Yoshinari. There will be 3 discs in the digipak. One will be a DVD that has the movie itself with audio commentary by the cast and staff. Another will be a DVD with the opening day audience greetings and a bonus feature of the three main cast members being quizzed on Gurren Lagann. And the third disc is a drama CD featuring a new original story written by Kazuki Nakashima, titled "Otoko Do-Ahou! Gurren Lagann."
-Also inside the box are pin-ups of the two Gurren-hen key visuals and a pocket edition of the movie pamphlet that was sold at theaters.

These guys really want our money.

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Pre-orders are up on Amazon!
Limited edition: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B001PTHFGW/
Regular edition (comes with just commentary): http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B001PTHFHQ/

Gurren-Lagann's appearances in popular culture...

So, after noticing that the Kannagi staff drew main character Nagi and her sister dressed as Nia and Yoko as a bonus illustration for the first DVD release of their show, I was wondering what other shows have officially referenced Gurren-Lagann.

Here is my current list:
-Oh! Edo Rocket (A drilling playwright representing Kazuki Nakajima appears, the crossdressing character Genzo voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi gets Kamina glasses)
-Hayate (Nia and Yoko as animators in a brief sequence, a Gurren-Lagann lookalike gets destroyed later in the show)
-The previously mentioned Kannagi illustration, shown after the cut

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taniguchi -WAWAWASUREMONO~~-
  • boopkit

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When I discovered this while editing a mass TTGL summary, I lolled hard. That my friend was glaring at me with suspicious eyes.

..But nonetheless I needed to share this for the lulz epic reference.

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It's a little sequence of Simon returning to Dai Gurren with Nia, and everyone is trying to see her by trying to get into ..the dining place.

..GAINAX wins at life again.