Nia Teppelin and Rei Ayanami.
Nia from Gurren Lagann and Rei from Neon Genesis Evangelion it’s the first similarity that comes up to my mind. The two both non-humans girls that fall in love with the main characters. Nia and Rei are treated as disposable tools by their respective fathers (Lord Genome and Gendo Ikari) and thrown away when they become useless. Beyond their supernatural condition they also share the sense of isolation. The difficulty to build up relationships is emphasized in Neon Genesis Evangelion but the audience should remember the scenes where Simon teaches the meaning of feelings to his future girlfriend.
The shared simbolism of Nia and Rei.
In noth cases, we attend to the awakening of the two girls against their prescribed fate. Nia rebels against the Anti-Spiral while Rei makes her own decision to save Shinji, avoiding the completion of Gendo’s plan. The mystical component (roods ecc..) is also reminended in the giant Nia of Gurren Lagann.
The Gurren Lagann team: Kamina.
Kamina is probably the most important character of Gurren Lagann. Even though he passes away at the first stages of the anime (episode 8), he becomes the motive for the whole series. His educational contribution to the growing up process of Simon is the key of Gurren Lagann. Kamina can, on one side be compared to Kanji of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both of them cannot return to their beloved Yoko and Misato. On the other hand, Kamina represent something more to Simon: it plays the father role that Gendo Ikari was never able to pursue with Shinji.
Gurren Lagann, the legacy of Neon Genesis Evangelion is too heavy.
Gurren Lagann is a very interesting piece of animation. It’s a new step after Neon Genesis Evangelion in the ’00 era. Even the plot is enjoyable, I consider it a “green” product that has not reached its full maturity. Drawings and soundtracks are the basis for the future success of Kill La Kill and Promare, considering the limited budged for the realization. Probably the complexity of the topics the authors wanted to touch was too much deep and, in that case, the “heavy” legacy of Neon Genesis Evangelion appears a burden.
And you,want do you think of Gurren Lagann?