List of Gurren Lagann episodes
This is a list of episodes of Gurren Lagann, a Japanese anime series produced by Gainax and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. The anime premiered on the TV Tokyo and other TXN stations on April 1, 2007 containing twenty-seven episodes. The English version began to air on Sci-Fi's Ani-Monday block, airing two episodes a week, starting July 28, 2008. The English version also began airing on Animax across its English-language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia, starting on May 22, 2009. In Canada, it airs on Super Channel.
Each episode's title is derived from a line spoken by a specific character from the series: the titles from episodes 1 through 8 are spoken by Kamina, episodes 9 through 15 by Nia, the preview for episode 16 by Viral, episodes 17 through 22 by Rossiu, and episodes 23 through 27 by Simon. Note that not all translations for the episode titles are official.
|#||Title||Original air/release date||English air date|
|1||"Bust Through the Heavens with Your Drill!"
"Omae no Doriru de Ten o Tsuke!" (お前のドリルで天を突け!)
|April 1, 2007||July 28, 2008|
|In Giha village, an underground town, Simon and Kamina live mundane lives with the constant threat of earthquakes. During an attempt to escape to the surface - something almost unheard of - Kamina and Simon bear witness to a monstrous Gunman, as it crashes through the ceiling into the middle of their subterranean home. Together with the Gunman's pursuer, a girl from the neighboring village, Yoko, the two young men find the key - a small Gunman buried deep in the ground, named Lagann by Kamina - to both defeating the massive intruder and leaving Giha Village...|
|2||"I Said I'm Gonna Pilot That Thing!!"
"Ore ga Norutte Itten da!!" (俺が乗るって言ってんだ!!)
|April 8, 2007||July 28, 2008|
|With the mysterious Lagann in hand, Kamina and Simon take Yoko back to her home village of Littner. Life on the surface world catches up to Kamina and Simon, as they find themselves assisting in defending against a new Gunman threat and the Beastmen who pilot them. After forcibly ejecting one of the Beastmen from his Gunman, Kamina seizes control of his own Gunman, which he names Gurren.|
|3||"Who Do You Think You Are, Having Two Faces!?"
"Kao ga Futatsu tā Namaiki na!!" (顔が2つたぁナマイキな!!)
|April 15, 2007||August 4, 2008|
|In the aftermath of the previous battle, Kamina, Simon, and Yoko proceed to forage for provisions. However, a chance encounter with a formidable Beastman, Viral, and his powerful Gunman forces the Gurren and the Lagann to combine to form a new Gunman - Gurren Lagann.|
|4||"Having Lots of Faces Doesn't Make You Great!"
"Kao ga Ōkerya Erai no ka?" (顔が多けりゃ偉いのか?)
|April 22, 2007||August 4, 2008|
|In order to take the fight to the Beastmen and their Gunmen, Team Gurren sets out from Littner Village to strike a possible Gunmen rallying point. Along the way, they encounter the eccentric Black Siblings, as well as the prospects of having to defeat a multi-faceted enemy on empty stomachs. Directed by guest Osamu Kobayashi.|
|5||"I Don't Get It, Not One Bit!"
"Ore ni wa Sappari Wakaranē!" (俺にはさっぱりわからねぇ!)
|April 29, 2007||August 11, 2008|
|Team Gurren's continuing journey brings them to an underground village, where society mandates a humbling existence and the worship of Gunmen as divine beings. After leaving the village, Team Gurren is joined by Rossiu, the adopted son of the village chief, and two children, Gimmy and Darry.|
|5.5||"My Gurren is Sparkling!!"
"Ore no Guren wa Pikka-Pika!!" (俺のグレンはピッカピカ!!)
|October 25, 2007||N/A|
|Special episode bundled with the Nintendo DS game based on the series. Envious of seeing how Simon keeps his Lagann clean and neat, Kamina asks the mysterious Chitori to clean up his Gurren for him, unaware of her true intentions.|
|6||"Sit in the Hot Tub 'Till You're Sick!!"
"Temeera Zen'in Yuatari Shiyagare!!" (てめえら全員湯あたりしやがれ!!)
|May 6, 2007||August 11, 2008|
|Having picked up new members in their last adventure, Team Gurren continues onwards to the Gunmen rallying point. However, not everything is as it seems to be at a slight pit stop at a hot springs getaway in the middle of nowhere.|
|6 (Director's Cut)||"There are Some Things I Just Have to See!!"
"Mitee Mono wa Miteen da!!" (見てえものは見てえんだ!!)
|November 11, 2008|
|An uncut version of episode six, involving Kamina's hopes of seeing Yoko and The Black Siblings naked, even at the risk of his friends' safety.|
|7||"You're Gonna Do It!!"
"Sore wa Omae ga Yarun da yo!" (それはお前がやるんだよ!)
|May 13, 2007||August 18, 2008|
|More details of the Beastman Empire are revealed as Thymilph, one of the Four Divine Generals of the mysterious Spiral King, arrives to support Viral's Enki, with the massive mobile Gunmen fortress, the Dai-Ganzan. Seizing the opportunity to land a great victory, Kamina and Simon pilot the Gurren-Lagann against seemingly overwhelming odds.|
"Abayo, Dachikō" (あばよ、ダチ公)
|May 20, 2007||August 18, 2008|
|Having temporarily stalled Viral and Thymilph in the last skirmish, the Team Gurren and their newly arrived allies join forces as "Team Dai-Gurren" and launch a decisive strike against the regrouping Gunmen force. The massive battle violently reaches its conclusion, but Kamina dies in the process.|
|9||"What, Exactly, Is a Human?"
"Hitotte Ittai Nan desu ka?" (ヒトっていったい何ですか?)
|May 27, 2007||September 8, 2008|
|Team Dai-Gurren managed to take control of the enemy fortress, but is still mourning on Kamina's death, especially Simon. After falling off a cliff, he notices a Gunman throw a capsule into a deep valley. Simon inspects it and finds he is able to open it with the same drill key he uses to pilot Lagann, and inside is a young human girl named Nia, but their introduction is cut short when an enemy Gunman appears.|
|10||"Who Is This Bro?"
"Anikitte Ittai Dare desu ka?" (アニキっていったい誰ですか?)
|June 3, 2007||September 8, 2008|
|Having been temporarily spared by Adiane, another of the Four Divine Generals, Team Dai-Gurren uses the reprieve to reassess their situation. Nia learns of Kamina's significance in Simon's erratic behavior and offers him some stinging, yet honest advice, which draws the ire of an untrusting Yoko. With tension building within the Team, the crew scrambles to stand by Nia's side when Adiane returns to complete her stalled attack.|
|11||"Simon, Hands Off"
"Shimon, Te o Dokete" (シモン、手をどけて)
|June 10, 2007||September 15, 2008|
|Team Dai-Gurren falls into a trap set by the third member of the Four Divine Generals, Guame. The Team is taken captive and stored underground to await execution. While digging an escape path, Simon finally understands Kamina's last words to him and after having a discussion with Guame, Nia finds out the reason why she was thrown away.|
|12||"Yoko, Will You Do Me a Favor?"
"Yōko-san, Onegai ga Arimasu" (ヨーコさん、お願いがあります)
|June 17, 2007||September 15, 2008|
|On their way to Teppelin, the Beastmen's capital city, Team Dai-Gurren stumbles upon a vast ocean and must wait for modifications on the Dai-Gurren to be completed before crossing it. While the rest of the group play at the beach, Yoko starts to feel uneasy about Nia and all the attention she gets from them. After preparations are complete, Team Dai-Gurren begins their sea cruise, oblivious to the fact that an ambush is underway by Adiane and Viral.|
|13||"Eat Up, Everyone!"
"Mina-san, Ta~n to Meshiagare" (みなさん、た〜んと召し上がれ)
|June 24, 2007||September 22, 2008|
|Trying to do her part in Team Dai-Gurren, Nia decides to become a cook, but just before the crew have a taste of her dishes, Cytomander, the fourth member of the Divine Generals, launches an aerial attack on the Dai-Gurren. Simon leads the counter-attack on the Gurren-Lagann, this time accompanied by Yoko, who replaces a sick Rossiu.|
|14||"Well Met, Everyone"
"Mina-san, Gokigen'yō" (皆さん、ごきげんよう)
|July 1, 2007||September 22, 2008|
|At last, Team Dai-Gurren arrives at the outskirts of Teppelin, but before aiming to the city, they must face a combined full-scale attack of Cytomander and Guame's forces.|
|15||"I Will Head Towards Tomorrow"
"Watashi wa Ashita e Mukaimasu" (私は明日へ向います)
|July 8, 2007||September 29, 2008|
|The last of the Divine Generals fall, and the city of Teppelin collapses, revealing a Gunman of gigantic proportions. Simon and Nia struggle to pass through it in order to confront her father, the Spiral King himself.|
|July 15, 2007||September 29, 2008|
|A recap of the story's events, as of episode 15.|
|17||"You Don't Know Anything!"
"Anata wa Nani mo Wakatte Inai" (あなたは何も分かっていない)
|July 22, 2007||October 6, 2008|
|During the following seven years, a new civilization rises and prospers under Simon's leadership. However, these peaceful times come to end when the threat mentioned in Lordgenome's last words starts to reveal itself.|
|18||"Tell Me the Secrets of This World."
"Kikasete Morauzo Kono Sekai no Nazo o" (聞かせてもらうぞこの世界の謎を)
|July 29, 2007||October 6, 2008|
|After the Anti-Spirals' first attack and Nia's astonishing announcement, Simon looks desperately for her, while Rossiu finally completes his secret project.|
|19||"We Will Survive by Any Means Necessary"
"Ikinokorun da Donna Shudan o Tsukatte mo" (生き残るんだどんな手段を使っても)
|August 5, 2007||October 13, 2008|
|To soothe the public opinion, Rossiu overthrows Simon and puts him under arrest. But when the Anti-Spirals launch a large-scale attack on Kamina City, he is left with no option but to let Simon engage the enemy using the Gurren-Lagann, not before resorting to extremes to put him under his control.|
|20||"How Far Will God Test Us?"
"Kami wa Doko Made Bokura o Tamesu" (神はどこまで僕らを試す)
|August 12, 2007||October 13, 2008|
|As Simon arrives in prison, he unexpectedly meets Viral, who comments on how far he has fallen. Meanwhile, the truth about Rossiu's emergency plan and the consequences for those left behind on Earth are revealed.|
|21||"You Are Someone Who Ought to Survive"
"Anata wa Ikinokorubeki Hito da" (あなたは生き残るべき人だ)
|August 19, 2007||October 27, 2008|
|One year earlier, Yoko starts working as a schoolteacher on an island until she learns of the situation at Teppelin and returns to break Simon free. Once again reunited, Simon and the members of Team Dai-Gurren launch themselves into space to protect the Arc-Gurren from the enemy forces, now accompanied by Viral as co-pilot of the Gurren-Lagann.|
|22||"This is My Final Duty"
"Sore ga Boku no Saigo no Gimu da" (それが僕の最後の義務だ)
|August 26, 2007||October 27, 2008|
|The Gurren-Lagann and the Arc-Gurren join together to form the massive Arc-Gurren-Lagann and stop the Human Annihilation System.|
|23||"Let's Go, This is the Final Battle"
"Ikuzo Saigo no Tatakai da" (行くぞ 最後の戦いだ)
|September 2, 2007||November 3, 2008|
|The members of Team Dai-Gurren make their preparations for the imminent war against the Anti-Spirals, but Rossiu is missing. However, when Kinon tells Simon about what he really intends to do, both start to look desperately for him.|
|24||"I'll Never Forget This Minute, This Second"
"Wasureru Mono ka Kono Ippun Ichibyō o" (忘れるものか この一分一秒を)
|September 9, 2007||November 3, 2008|
|Guided by Simon and Nia's feelings for each other, Team Dai-Gurren break through dimensions in search for the Anti-Spirals' homeworld. But after falling into the enemy's trap, they end up losing some of their most precious members, due to its vicious offensive.|
|25||"I Accept Your Last Wish!"
"Omae no Ishi wa Uketotta!" (お前の遺志は受け取った!)
|September 16, 2007||November 10, 2008|
|Team Dai-Gurren struggles to escape from the ocean of despair created by the Anti-Spirals without success, until history repeats itself, as another irreplaceable member of the Team sacrifices himself to save the others.|
|26||"Let's Go, Buddy"
"Ikuze Dachikō" (行くぜ ダチ公)
|September 23, 2007||November 10, 2008|
|After finally transforming their flagship into the gigantic Super Galactic Gurren-Lagann, Simon and his friends successfully fight back against the enemy. However, when their enemy starts to use their own memories and desires against them, Kamina reappears to help.|
|27||"The Lights in the Sky Are Stars"
"Ten no Hikari wa Subete Hoshi" (天の光はすべて星)
|September 30, 2007||November 10, 2008|
|At last, Simon and Nia are reunited, and by combining the power of its members, Team Dai-Gurren creates the galaxy-sized Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, and engage the Anti-Spiral threat in a decisive battle to determine the fate of the universe.|
Gurren Lagann Parallel Works
In conjunction with the release of the movie, Gainax has released series of music videos entitled Gurren Lagann Parallel Works which contains alternative stories of Gurren Lagann set to songs from the original soundtrack. Eight videos have been released as of September 14, 2008. A second series with seven videos, Parallel Works 2, was released on May 26, 2010.
|#||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Rap is a Man's Soul! We Surpass the Impossible, and Kick Reason to the Curb! Open Your Ears Wide and Listen to Team Dai-Gurren's Theme"
"Rappu wa Otoko no Tamashii da! Muri o Tōshite Dōri o Kettobasu! Ore Tachi Dai-Gurren Dan no Tēma o Mimi no Ana Kappojitte Yo~ku Kikiyagare" (ラップは漢の魂だ! 無理を通して道理を蹴っ飛ばす! 俺たち大グレン団のテーマを耳の穴かっぽじってよ〜く聴きやがれ)
|June 15, 2008|
|In a medieval Europe setting, Simon, Kamina and Viral infiltrate a castle where Nia is held captive by a Grand Zamboa-like enemy. Viral's wife and Yoko also make appearances.|
|2||"BafBaf! Being Fired Up Like This... Don't You Like It?"
"BafBaf! Sonna ni Moeru no ga...Suki Kai?" (BafBaf!そんなに燃えるのが...好きかい?)
|June 22, 2008|
|Viral encounters a pachinko Gunmen, and then unleashes it on Kamina, Yoko and Simon.|
|3||"Tits vs. Tits"
"Boin VS Boin" (ボインVSボイン)
|June 29, 2008|
|A version of the series in an artistically-stylized medieval Japan setting.|
|4||"Bust Through the Heavens With Your XXX!"
"Omae no XXX de Ten o Tsuke!" (お前のXXXで天を衝け!)
|July 6, 2008|
|In a steampunk wild west theme, Viral is a horse riding hero leading the oppressed beastmen against Kamina, riding Dai-Gurren as a roving bandit.|
|5||"Rap is a Man's Soul! Open Your Ears Wide and Listen to the Great Kamina's Theme, the Man Who Believes in Himself and Surges at Heaven!"
"Rappu wa Otoko no Tamashii da! Onore o Shinjite Ten o Yubi Sasu Dotō no Otoko, Kamina-sama no Tēma o Mimi no Ana Kappojitte Yōku Kikiyagare" (ラップは漢の魂だ! 己を信じて天を指差す怒涛の男·カミナ様のテーマを耳の穴かっぽじってよ〜く聴きやがれ)
|July 13, 2008|
|A nude Gimmy steals articles of clothing from Simon, Kamina and Yoko using kancho.|
|6||"To Hell With Combining!"
"Gattai Nante Kuso Kurae" (合体なんてクソくらえ)
|July 20, 2008|
|In a modern-looking alternate setting, humans pilot Lagann and Gurren against Beastmen-like enemies in Gunmen and then team up with other humans against a Dai-Gunmen.|
|7||"'Libera Me' from Hell"||August 15, 2008|
|An experimental real world look at the environment of the surface portrayed in the first half of the series, which includes the shadow of a man running and a skull motif, possibly in reference to Kamina's father.|
|8||"All You Bastards, Get Fired Up!"
"Omaera Zenin Moete Shimae!" (お前ら全員燃えてしまえっ!!!)
|September 14, 2008|
|The story of Lordgenome's past, with the first war against the Anti-Spirals, Lordgenome's descent into madness and the rise of the Beastmen.|
|May 26, 2010|
|An adventure of the Black siblings set just after they met Kamina and Simon, detailing how Kittan came into possession of his gunman.|
|10||"The Sense of Wonder"||May 26, 2010|
|A love story about Simon and Nia.|
|11||"My XXX is the Best in the Universe"
|May 26, 2010|
|A video in the visual style of Nia's flashback.|
|May 26, 2010|
|Gimmy and Darry find a series of mysterious doors in the underbelly of the Dai-Gurren.|
|13||"Big Building"||May 26, 2010|
|A strange, sentai-esque story starring Simon and Rossiu|
|14||"Kiyal's Magical Time, Three Minutes Before"
|May 26, 2010|
|A magical girl style video focusing on Kiyal.|
|May 26, 2010|
|A story about the development of Gunmen.|
|#||Title||Original air/release date||English air date|
|1||"Kirameki Yoko Box – Pieces of Sweet Stars"||May 27, 2009||May 27, 2009|
|A music video starring of the show's very own Yoko Littner. Featured on a limited edition DVD pack called "Kirameki Yoko Box – Pieces of Sweet Stars", hence the music video's name. The music video was featured on a 1 out of 2 disc DVD from the DVD pack, released on May 27, 2009.|
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Official Story (Japanese)
- "Gurren Lagann Parallel Works" (in Japanese). Gainax. Retrieved 2008-06-18.[dead link]
- "Gurren Lagann: Kirameki Yoko Box - Pieces of Sweet Stars". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- "Gurren Lagann: Kirameki Yoko Box - Pieces of Sweet Stars". PlayAsia. Retrieved 2012-07-27.