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First 12 Episodes

Brief Intro…
Gurren Lagann takes place in a fictional future in which human beings have been forced under Earth’s surface. These villages have no contact with the surface world or other villages. To extend these underground villages, the people dig further into the Earth. Simon, a fourteen-year old digger, is a talented digger. Although he is despised by females, his fellow orphan brother named Kamina trusts Simon’s skills as a digger. One day, Simon discovers a “face” of a robot while digging….
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Last 12 Episodes

Meanings
The whole story is based on the theme of DNA. DNA symbolizes numerous things in the story. The spiral motion that is described to be characteristic of life is the shape of the DNA itself. The drill, that is portrayed as powerful, is spiral shaped. “One spin of the drill progresses a person, regardless of how small the change may be.” The Anti-Sprials are afraid that the world would collapse due to the immense energy created by the spiral species (Parallel to the Big Bang theory). Though they were once a Spiral-species themselves, they have turned against the Spirals to avoid the Ultimate Fate of the Universe (Wikipedia that, if you’re curious). The spiral energy produced by Simon and other spiral warriors are based on the essence of life. Likewise, Viral, as an artificial life form, cannot produce spiral energy, for, he is not a spiral life form.
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Character Names Defined:
Simon: Derived from Simo-Ground
Kamina: Derived from Kami-Sky
Yoko: Derived from Yoko- Side
Nia: Derived from the word near
Roshiu: Derived from Ushio- Back
Riron: Derived from Lilon- Theory
Logenome: Derived from Lord Genome
Minions of Logenome:
– Thymilph: Derived from the nitrogenous base Thymine + Elemental Sylph
– Guame: Derived from the nitrogenous base Guanine+ Elemental Gnome
– Citomandra: Derived from the nitrogenous base Cytosine + Elemental Salamander
– Adene: Derived from the nitrogenous base Adenine + Elemental Undine
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