Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Vol. 4 & 5 (Blu-ray review)

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The second half of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was epic in many ways. The series evolved just as the characters in the series have, taking place seven years after Simon defeated Lordgenome. Simon is now the president of Kamina city, and Team Dai-Gurren and the humans have finally settled into living a better life on the surface. The surface city quickly was booming with life and technology; this is a stark contrast from when the world was a barren wasteland, where the humans were reduced to living underground in fear from the beastmen.

Volume 4

The episode starts off slowly by reintroducing you to many of the characters and how they have changed over the seven years. But very suddenly everything changes in the blink of an eye when the millionth human is born. Nia goes missing and they are attacked by a new enemy known as the anti-spiral. She appears and warns the humans that they will be obliterated in two weeks, when the moon will collide with the planet. Now Simon has to find a way to save the world, himself and Nia in the process.

Volume 4 features episodes 17-22. Studio Gainax did a great job reintroducing the characters you have come to know. The characters have grown up and changed; some very lightly like Simon and Nia, and others doing a complete 180. For example, Rossiu has become an unlikable character.

Volume 4 Content Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

NR 4_5 Atoms - A-
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Volume 5

Spoilers if you haven’t seen Volume 4.

After stopping the moon from colliding with the planet, Simon takes his place again as leader of Team Dai-Gurren. He heads to the Anti-Spiral homeworld to rescue Nia and to put an end to the Anti-Spirals quest to destroy the human race. Things don’t go as planned. The Anti-Spirals is always one step ahead of them every time. To stop the war each member of Team Dai-Gurren will have to put their life on the line to give hope to the future.

Volume 5 shows why Gurren Lagann is considered by many to be one of the best series they have ever watched. There are quite a few moments in the series where it gets emotional, and Volume 5 includes two more of those moments. It will leave you satisfied overall with how everything ends. Where volume 4 got you back into the action, volume 5 features some of the most insane and chaotic battles including the ultimate mecha battles.

Volume 5 Content Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

Video Quality

Both volumes are presented in 1080p MPEG-4 AVC-encoded video with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Visuals have been improved from the original release back in 2007 and colors appear deeper and pop quite nicely. During the black scenes, but you’ll notice grains. They are quickly noticeable in many areas but doesn’t take away too much from the experience.  The character and mecha designs for the series are done extremely well. The second half of the series has a more darker theme, which is shown often in the series and while characters have grown older, we see darker colors. The images are sharper and does a great job to set up to the final epic conclusion which takes place in the vast emptiness of space.

Video Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

Audio Quality

Presented in uncompressed Linear 2.0 PCM Stereo, Gurren Lagann includes both Japanese and English audio to enjoy. You won’t be able to take advantage of a great sound system, since it only offers two channels, but the audio is solid without any drops or distortion, allowing you to enjoy of battle or scene clearly. The Gurren Lagann series has one of the best soundtracks of any anime I’ve heard, which takes advantage of powerful scenes and moments and blends in perfectly from start to end.

Audio Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

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Extras

Both Blu-rays include textless opening and closing videos and trailers of the episodes releases to enjoy. To keep in line with the previous volumes, Gurren Lagann volume 4 & 5 include a two-sided poster, a reversible cover insert, a booklet which contains episode synopsis, and promotional art from the series.

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Extras Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

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It’s already been eight years since Studio Gainax released Gurrren Lagann, and the same team went on to create another over-the-top series known as Kill la Kill. The series does an amazing job of creating an exciting universe and filling it with so many great characters, emotions and visuals.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.