Finished my TTGL Rewatch-Marathon (spoiler)

I love doing a manga or anime marathon, but it only works with really good titles, otherwise you get bored or annoyed really fast. I marathoned Slam Dunk 3 times by now and I’m planning my 4rth one, but I usually don’t rewatch anime. It’s not like me to reread manga that often as well, but I did reread Trigun Maximum, Fullmetal Alchemist and Rough, for example.

However, my TTGL rewatch has shown me why it’s good to rewatch anime and why I probably should do it again when I find the time to do so. The reason is rather simple, but I never really thought much of it. The first time you watch an awesome anime, it blows you away and you can’t exerience the same feeling again. You can only lose your virginity once, so to speak.

Watching a second time will give you other benefits, though. TTGL has blown me away so tumblr_njz9yjYNda1unctdgo1_500much the first time I watched it, I didn’t pay that much attention to detail, especially in the last third of the story when the anime throws away every last bit of common sense. This time, I caught some interesting details and even though I wasn’t as overwhelmed as the first time, it still enhanced my overall experience, because some things actually make sense and some character decisions are better understandable now.

Overall, I guess the rewatch made me realize this animes crazyness even more, but also made me understand it better and it was still amazingly fun. Also, TTGL is one of the few anime that dares to kill off one of it’s main characters mid season in order to properly develop the other main character. Even after 8 years, this still deserves more than just one round of applause. Kamina, your death was worth it.

One anime I would love to rewatch is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, even though I probably won’t gain much from it, because I know the source material so well. It’s just such an amazing anime, it’s worth seeing a second time. I admit, I’m a fangirl, FMA is my favorite shounen and ranks in the top 3 of my favorite manga and anime, but this is seriously the best shounen I’ve ever seen. If you have never read or watched anything FMA related, I highly recommend you doing that right now.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Spoilers)

This current season is going so-so, the best so far is easily Haikyuu S2 and that’s fine, I mean, you can’t have a killer season all the time and there’s at least a couple of decent anime airing.

Recently I watched an AMV, an AMV that made me want to rewatch TTGL. I mean, seriously, watch this AMV and tell me it doesn’t hype you up:

Any fan of action anime should totoally watch it. Actually, any anime fan should watch it. It’s the kind of anime you’re sad you’ve watched it, because you won’t be able to experience it’s greatness for the first time ever again. It’s that awesome.

Not only does it have crazy over the top action, but also one of the coolest characters ever created and probably the most unfortunate one, as well. Seriously, life is cruel on that poor guy. And no, I’m not talking about Kamina, Kamina is already perfect from the start and that’s why it’s good he died. He was Simons big hero and after he died Simon had to step tengen-toppa-gurren-lagann-wallpapers-4up his game and became arguably the most badass character in anime history. Simons decelopment from whimp to hero is nothing but amazing.

I just still hate the ending, though. Simon needs to go through so much bullshit, life is so damn cruel on him and when you think he finally gets the prize he deserves, Nia is snatched away from him and he decides to live his life wandering around in the background. Seriously? At least give him the girl, damn it…

Sure, his friends will never forget him and the ones in power who knew him will always remember it’s all thanks to Simon and remember his sacrifices, but this doesn’t change the fact that he was denied his happy ending.

Tengen_Toppa_Gurren_Lagann-5I will admit, this is anything but a typical cliche-ending, but Simon is one of those characters who worked so hard, they deserve their happy Ending. Like Ed in FMA, when he was shown married to Winry with kids and living a quiet happy life, that was cliche, but man does he deserve it.

I’ve seen non-happy-endings with the main character dying that were executed so well, I love them. Katanagatari has imo one of the most impressive plot twists and endings in any anime I’ve seen. It’s not cliche, it’s not happy, but it’s satisfactory, while TTGL is not.

Even though TTGL is genereally very highly acclaimed, the ending has been part of many very heated discussions. I will not hate anyone for likling it, because I can see why it’s good in it’s own way. I personally would’ve preferred a happy ending for Simon, because he deserves it so much after all of his hardships. Just look at his friends when Nia disappears, it’s heartbreaking, because they know how much Simon suffered and how much he deserves to be happy.

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