The official website of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Restart project has announced that all 27 episodes of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime will be broadcasted on Japanese video service Niconico.
The first 15 episodes of the anime’s TV broadcast are currently available now on the anime’s channel on Niconico and will be free to registered users until April 1st, where episodes 17-27 will be available instead until October 1st.
In addition, the site has also revealed that the series will be partnering with Japanese mobile application ComiComi where users have access to custom images from the anime that can be sent over social media.
ComiComi are also having a competition, running from today till January 8th at 11:59pm JST, where fans posting on Twitter through the application with #叫べグレンラガン are placed into a lottery to win a special Onkyo home theatre set with 10 runner ups getting ¥10,000 (~ US$80.00) Google Play Gift Cards.
The site itself does mention that more news about the project will be revealed soon.
Our initial reaction (possibly incorrect) to the new project was that it may have referred to a brand new Pachinko machine based on Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The Pachinko machine, tentatively titled CR Gurren Lagann GNA, recently passed its tests on November 27th this year and may see deployment in the near future. The Pachinko machine is being developed by Mizuho.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, also known as Gurren Lagann, is an original mecha anime series produced by Gainax, Aniplex and Konami. The series aired in 2007 for a total of 27 episodes, being produced by Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Medaka Box) and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (Kill la Kill, Panty & Stocking). The series won many awards after its broadcast, including the Individual Award at the 2007 Animation Kobe awards and the 2008 Tokyo International Anime Fair. Two anime films were produced in 2009, both of which were compilation films recapping the events of the anime. A manga adaptation of the series was produced alongside the anime by Kazuki Nakashima that finished its publication in July 2013 for a total of 10 volumes. The series also received a light novel adaptation and a spin-off manga.
Here is the series synopsis from MAL:
In a faraway future, mankind lives underground in huge caves, unknowing of a world above with a sky and stars.
In the small village of Jiha, Simon, a shy boy who works as a digger discovers a strange glowing object during excavation. The enterprising Kamina, a young man with a pair of rakish sunglasses and the passion of a fiery sun, befriends Simon and forms a small band of brothers, the Gurren Brigade, to escape the village and break through the ceiling of the cave to reach the surface, which few believe exist.
The village elder won’t hear of such foolishness and punishes the Brigade. However, when disaster strikes from the world above and the entire village is in jeopardy, it’s up to Simon, Kamina, a girl with a big gun named Yoko, and the small yet sturdy robot, Lagann, to save the day.
The new friends journey to the world above and find that the surface is a harsh battlefield, and it’s up to them to fight back against the rampaging Beastmen to turn the tide in the humans’ favor! Pierce the heavens, Gurren Lagann!
The Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Restart project has revealed that the 2007 anime will be broadcasted on Niconico, with episodes 1-15 available now and episodes 16-27 available from April. More reveals from the project will be announced at a later date.
You can visit the project’s website here: http://www.gurren-lagann-ps.jp/
Source Article – ComiComi x Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
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