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I need to speak to people and every bastard in the land is avoiding me.
Preferably containing quotes that make it look like I've done some thorough research and in-depth interviews?
I've spoken to some guy at an NGO (LocalWorks?) and he's given me some stuff but I'm well light on quotes.
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With the exception of the Simon's Lagann and Gimmy and Darry's Grapearls, all of the Gunmen in Team Dai-Gurren have been acquired by capturing them from the Beastmen Empire. However, team members have customized them to be more distinctive and personal to the pilot, rather than the generic looking Gunmen that most lower-ranked Beastmen use.
Later on, when Team Dai-Gurren leaves Earth to rescue Nia, the battles are fought on a much larger scale. Because of this, Leite, Team Dai-Gurren's engineer, uses the Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren to produce much larger versions of the Dai-Gurren's personal Gunmen, which are piloted by the personal Gunmen themselves (similar to the way the Gurren-Lagann pilots the Arc-Gurren Lagann). These new Gunmen keep the same name as their smaller forms, but with the prefix "Space" (e.g. Space King Kittan).
Personal and fortress-type units seen thus far in Team Dai-Gurren include the following:
The Gurren Lagann (?????? Guren Ragan?), the titular mech of the series, is piloted jointly by two pilots for most of the story, with the Lagann portion always operated by the series' main protagonist Simon and the Gurren piloted by Kamina initially and then various other characters after his death. The mech was originally formed as a hotblooded response from Kamina to the Enki's initial two-headed configuration. Later in the series the land-bound Gurren Lagann merges with another unnamed enemy Gunmen and gains a permanent set of wings.
Its powers and fighting capabilities are almost entirely based on its ability to generate drills of greatly varying size, shape and usage from multiple points on its body. Over the course of the series Gurren Lagann produced dozens of different uses for its drills, ranging from projectiles and missiles to shields, water screws and various melee applications. The most powerful attack seen used by Gurren Lagann is the Giga Drill Break and its variants, where the pilot forms a huge amount of spiral energy into an enormous drill or number of drills bigger than the mech itself. This special trait and its status as a fused machine (with two exceptionally spirited pilots) makes it one of, if not, the most powerful entity of its size seen in the series.
Its additional abilities shown in the series include a durable energy shield, which can deflect energy blasts even at short range, the ability to wield the sunglasses on the Gurren's chest as a melee weapon (a sword or boomerang usually), a short-term regenerative function which can restore accumulated damage for the duration of the Gurren and the Lagann's union and the power to rip open a worm hole in space to travel great distances.
The Lagann (??? Ragan?) is Simon's personal Gunmen which he finds in the first episode while digging tunnels in his village. It recieved its name, Lagann (??), meaning "enveloping face", from Kamina and draws power from the Core Drill, a small golden drill Simon uses similar to an ignition key. Unlike any other Gunmen in the series, the Lagann sports a unique cockpit and stands just short of an average human adult as opposed to the others which are all mostly the sizes of small buildings or larger. This physical handicap, in tandem with the usually average level of fighting spirit supplied to it by Simon, puts the Lagann at a considerable disadvantage in single combat against enemy Gunmen. However, when Simon is driven to give his best during combat the Lagann's power increases exponentially, giving it the unique ability to generate drills from nearly any part of its frame. Lagann's other and most notable power is the "Lagann Impact", its trademark ability to combine with other machines by piercing them with its drills. It's through this ability that the titular Gurren Lagann is created, along with the other more large-scale mechas in the series.
In Gurren Lagann Parallel Works episode 8, it's revealed that the first Laganns were found by Lordgenome as a child during the Anti-Spirals' initial assault on Earth long before the series' story begins and as such were used as a basis in the creation of the all Gunmen that appear in the show to use against their enemies. However, after Genome's betrayal he seemingly destroyed all of them except for the one that was placed deep underground until Simon finds it.
The Gurren (??? Guren?), originally named the "Gunzar" as mentioned by other Beastmen in the manga, is initially an above-average sized Beastmen-piloted mecha, which attacked Litner Village the morning after Team Gurren's arrival early in the series. The mech is subsequently captured, rebuilt, stylized and named by its eventual pilot, Kamina, who had the Gurren's original swords converted into massive sunglasses similar to his own that could be used as a blade or boomerang in combat. Being of typical Gunmen proportions, the Gurren is capable to fight without the Lagann's power. While its individual power was initially not on the same level as advanced Gunmen/pilot pairs, such as Viral and his Enki, Kamina eventually became experienced enough to hold his own against multiple enemies. After Kamina's death, the Gurren was mainly piloted by Rossiu and one-time pilots until the aftermath of the battle of Tepplin, pilotless until Viral becomes the Gurren's offical pilot during the battle against the AntiSpirals. Gurren (??) means "Crimson Lotus".
Named Arc-Gurren by Rossiu, this is one of Lordgenome's Gunmen battleships, a Dai-Gun, which his armies used when he was a Spiral Warrior in events prior to the series. Enormous in size, it is initially used to gather as hundreds of thousands of animals and people onto it as possible to escape world-destroying events later in the series. It uses Spiral Energy to run and only recognizes Lordgenome as its operator. It is capable of going into space for at least a year, and contains an array of large-scale defensive systems and weaponry.
When Simon uses the Gurren Lagan to merge into the Arc-Gurren, he converts the Dai-Gun into a giant Gunman-piloted mecha called the Arc-Gurren Lagann, powered up by one of the Gurren Lagann's Giga Drills similar to how the Lagann is powered by Simon's Core Drill. The power of this Gunmen isn't fully displayed in the series, but it has the ability to rip the fabric of space-time itself through its sheer brute force on its debut. The Arc-Gurren Lagann is usually used exclusively by Simon and Viral, in the Gurren-Lagann. It can form massive drills or fight with punches.
The Arc Gurren-Lagann resembles the Gunbuster, another giant mecha produced by GAINAX.
Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren
The Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren, christened by Simon, is another colossal battleship-type Gunmen akin to the Arc-Gurren and first appeared in the prologue of the first episode before being formally introduced near the end of the third part of the series. Originally, it was called the Cathedral Terra and it was Lordgenome's flag ship against the Anti-Spirals in the past and assumed the form of moon until the climatic battle during the Anti Spirals' attack on the Arc-Gurren reveals its true identity and becomes Team Dai-Gurren's flagship for the final part of the series on their crusade to defeat the Anti-Spirals and save Nia.
Because of its size, the people on board use teleportation technology to move around the ship. Its combat abilities are unparalleled by any other battleship-type mecha in the series, sporting an enormous array of missiles, beam weapons and shielding capabilities. It also has the capability to transverse to other dimensions and universes and has the manufacturing capabilities to create hundreds of Arc-Gurren Lagann-sized mecha in a small period of time.
During the final battle with the Anti Spirals, when dealing with larger Kantai, Simon channeled enough massive Spiral Energy to transform the battleship into a humanoid shape similar to the method that created the Arc-Gurren Lagann, the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann. Planetary in size, the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann is piloted by a cascading interface of Simon piloting the Gurren Lagann, which is in turn piloting the Arc-Gurren Lagann which controls the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann. Similar to the Gurren Lagann itself, The Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann sports a colossal pair of sunglasses on its torso materialized during transformation along with a smaller pair for the head.
The sheer power of this mecha shows it to be what is almost certainly the second most powerful machine in the series, capable of both deflecting and destroying objects on a planetary scale with relative easy. Like the Gurren Lagann, it also has the power to create drills from many points on its body at once and even uses a colossal version of its signature Giga Drill Break attack. On top of this, the mecha is equiped with thousands of cannons that appear from the threads of the mecha's drills, each capable of shooting a beam straight through the time-space continuum, used for hitting targets regardless of their location in the universe.
In Gurren Lagann Parallel Works episode 8, which focused on Lord Genome's era as a Spiral Warrior, he used Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann to wipe out the human race. Being Lord Genome's mecha, it had no sunglasses and generally resembled Lazengann more than Gurren Lagann. It was piloted by Lazengann inside the Dekabutsu rather than the Gurren Lagann inside the Arc-Gurren Lagann.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
By combining his own Spiral Energy with his comrades', Simon created the ultimate entity, the titular Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in the final battle against the Anti-Spirals. Not actually a mecha at all, it a mass of materialized Spiral Energy on the scale of a galaxy. Though being similar to the Gurren Lagann, its design is overall very different from other mecha in the series, its armor being made up of red skulls bound together by Spiral Energy that burns continuously from its core, giving it the appearance of Team Dai-Gurren's emblem. Each of its many faces has one cockpit containing: Simon and Nia being the head, Viral the torso and the rest of Team Dai-Gurren in the limbs and joints placed in Lagann-style cockpits. Its abdominal mouth is clenched onto the head of the Lazengann, containing a fully resurrected Lord Genome. It has been confirmed in the data books that the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is 10 million light years in height. This makes it roughly one hundred times the size of the Milky Way Galaxy, and also makes it the largest mecha seen in anime to date.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann draws jointly on abilities from its many pilots, including Simon's drills, Yoko's rifle, Viral's swords and so on. The actual limit of the mecha's abilities is immeasurable, as it gains an infinite amount of power depending on the pilots' will to win. At points, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and the Anti-Spirals' Grand Zamboa were using enough power to alter probability and fight at forces equal to the Big Bang, the battle being so intense it was shown to rip holes through various dimensions showing that the power of each was on a God-like scale.
Originally called the Dai-Gunzan (?????? Daiganzan?) while under the command of Thymilph, one of Lordgenome's four generals, it's essentially a walking battleship many times larger than conventional Gunmen, with numerous heavy artillery gun turrets and heavy armor. The arms attached to the control tower serves as the hangar bay launchers for its housed Gunmen. After its capture by Team Dai-Gurren, it is renamed the "Dai-Gurren" (????? Daiguren?) (although still referred to by its original name by the Beastmen) by Kamina and remodeled to accommodate the Brigade members, sporting a red color scheme and a different tower on the head as the original was destroyed when Simon took control of it using Lagann.
The Dai-Gurren serves as the flagship and mobile home of Team Dai-Gurren for the first part of the series until the battle of Tepplin where at the end, the Dai-Gurren's hull is self-detonated while the rest is ejected before neing deactivated.
In Parallel Works episode 8, many Dai-Gunzan are seen in Lordgenome's fleet. Aside from all being refitted with an additional bow-mounted drill, they otherwise do not cosmetically differ from the one in the series.
The King Kittan (?????? Kingu Kitan?) is the Gunman piloted by Kittan. Inspired by Kamina's hijacking of an enemy Gunmen, Kittan and some others seized Gunmen for their own use to fight against the Beastmen. The King Kittan is a gold-colored star-shaped mecha with a menacing face, able to use its body as a weapon.
After it and the other original Gunmen's abandonment and the adoption of the Grapearls by the human military, the King Kittan, alongside the other Gunmen from Team Dai-Gurren, was reintroduced by Makken and Leite, who equipped it with a cannon on its right arm. The Space King Kittan, an Arc-Gurren-sized Gunmen piloted by King Kittan itself was created by Leite later in the series but was destroyed in a failed attempt to save the Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren from the Anti-Spirals. However, before exploding, the normal-sized King Kittan ejected and through Kittan awakening his Spiral Power and the usage of its own variant of Gurren Lagann's Giga Drill Break attack, it achieved its mission before getting destroyed too along with its pilot.
The Kiyalunga (????? Kiyarunga?), named for and piloted by Kittan's sister Kiyal, has the ability to transform into a lance and shield for use by the King Kittan, with Kittan referring to the formation as the King Kittan Deluxe. A homage to this Gunman is seen when Kittan piloted the Space King Kittan, where wielded weapons that resembles the Kiyalunga's lance and shield transformation.
The Dayakkaiser (??????? Dayakkaiz??) is the Gunman initially piloted by Dayakka, but it was transferred over to Kiyoh after he became the captain of the Dai-Gurren. Along with the other human-piloted Gunmen, this was also seized from the Beastmen Empire. It has a cannon mounted on top of its head, which fires explosive solid rounds.
Believed to be destroyed after the adoption of the Grapearls by the human military, the Dayakkaiser, among other Gunmen from Team Dai-Gurren, was in fact retrieved and maintained by Makken and Leite, who also equipped it with Spiral Energy-based weaponry. Since then, it was solely piloted by Yoko. Among the Space Gunmen manufactured by Leite, Space Dayakkaiser in particular was equipped with many new weapons, such as arm-based rocket launchers and an exceedingly powerful cannon. Notably it is the only Gunmen (other than the Gurren Lagann) to survive the final battle with the Anti-Spirals.
After the seven-year time skip, mass-produced mecha were developed through research of the Gurren Lagann. Considered to be more powerful than the Gunmen, the Grapearls have an arsenal consisting of automatic handguns and blades and were adopted as the new mecha of the human army. The only two known pilots of the Grapearls (although there are many) are Gimmy and Darry, who each pilot a custom-model Grapearl to symbolize their status as commanding figures in the Grapearl squadron. Though originally outmatched by the Anti-Spirals, two new weapons developed by Leeron's science team allowed the Grapearls to successfully deal with Mugann units without causing collateral damage.
The name Grapearl (?????) probably comes from the "Gurren-Lagann (Guren-Ragan)", in reference to the fact they were developed using research on the Gurren-Lagann, and pearl (written in Japanese as ???), in reference to the pearl-grey color of the standard Grapearls (though Gimmy's and Darry's Grapearls are custom models, colored in blue and pink, respectively). However, in the Japanese radio program Onsen Toppa Gurren Lagann, it's stated that the name comes from the phrase "Gurren Lagann ga ippai aru!" ("There are lots of Gurren-Lagann!"), said by a child at the end of the epilogue. Leite also gives Grapearl-type space Gunmen to Gimmy and Darry's platoon.
Other Team Dai-Gurren mecha
Other Gunmen that join Team Dai-Gurren are manned by Team Dai-Gurren's core group of secondary pilots that join them early in the series.
The Sozoshin is Zoushi's personal Gunman, which he pilots as part of the main group of Gunmen Team Dai-Gurren deploys. Unlike the other core Gunmen, it's design is peculiar and squarish, not resembling any sort of animal or other object. Believed to be destroyed after the adoption of the Grapearls by the human military, the Sozoshin, among other Gunmen from Team Dai-Gurren, were in fact retrieved and maintained by Makken and Leite, who also equipped them with Spiral Energy-based weaponry. In the final part of the series an Arc-Gurren sized version of this Gunmen named the Space Sozoshin is created by Leite. However, it is later destroyed by the Anti-Spirals, along with the Sozoshin and its pilot inside.
Ainzer (????? Ainz??) is the Gunman that Ailak pilots. During the first arc of the story, it served as a mobile rifle platform for Yoko in combat. It resembles a shark with two small legs. Like the other Team Dai-Gurren Gunmen, it was believed to be destroyed after Grapearls were adopted by the military but was later upgraded and reintroduced by Leite in the second part of the series.. The later-created Space Ainzer differs in appearence from its original in the form of an enormous rocket thruster attached to its rear end. This Gunman is destroyed by the Anti-Spirals, along with the pilot.
Kidd Knuckle (??????? Kiddo Nakkuru?) is the Gunman piloted by Team Dai-Gurren member Kidd. This Gunman resembles a monkey armed with a pair of guns. Like the other Team Dai-Gurren Gunmen, it was believed to be destroyed after Grapearls were adopted by the military but was later upgraded and reintroduced by Leite in the second part of the series. Similar to Space Ainzer, the Space Kidd Knuckle looks similar to its original model but has an additional set of enormous rocket thrusters on its back. The Anti-Spirals destroyed this Gunman, along with the pilot.
Twin Boukun (??????? Tsuin B?kun?) is a Gunman jointly piloted by the twin brothers, Jogan and Barinbo. It resembles two faces, each with a fist coming out of its mouth and a leg coming out of its neck. Like the other Team Dai-Gurren Gunmen, it was believed to be destroyed after Grapearls were adopted by the military but was later upgraded and reintroduced by Leite in the second part of the series. The design of the colossal Space Twin Boukundiffers from the original in more ways than the other Space Gunmen, having its general design altered so that it has a small head on the center of its body while the two larger faces of the mech act as the shoulders. It also has much more detailed armor, a drill and horns portruding of various places and is a good percentage larger than the rest of the Space Gunmen counterparts. The Anti-Spirals destroyed this Gunman, along with the pilots. Unlike the other Gunman destroyed by the Anti-Spirals, which exploded with minimal damage, the Space Twin Boukun detonated in a massive fireball, engulfing dozens or hundreds of enemies.
Moshogun (??????? M?sh?gun?), piloted by Makken, is part of Team Dai-Gurren's main Gunmen squad. One of its weapons is a large katana, and its physical appearance is that of an ancient Japanese samurai. Believed to be destroyed after the adoption of the Grapearls by the human military, the Moshogun, among other Gunmen from Team Dai-Gurren, were in fact retrieved and maintained by Makken and Leite, who also equipped them with Spiral Energy-based weaponry. Makken is the first to appear to face the Mugann threat in his newly rebuilt Gunman. The Space Moshogun sports more armor and two katana as opposed to one. It was destroyed when Makken took a suicide dive into an Anti-Spiral missile in an effort to protect the Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren.
During the battle of Tepplin, several other villages arrived, along with several battleship-class and personal-class gunman. Though none are named, they all bear homages to earlier gunman defeated by Team Gurren. They are all either salvaged from destroyed Gunman or stolen ones. However none of them are as heavily modified from their original stats, most are simply recolors of enemy mechs.
The Beastmen Empire is made up of Lord Genome, his Supreme Generals and countless number of Beastmen. The Generals command a personal Gunman and a fortress-type Gunman, each with an army of Gunmen that are based on the characteristics of the general (e.g. flight-type, aquatic-type, etc.) Gunmen used by the Beastmen run on solar-powered batteries, making them useless at night, because Beastmen lack Spiral Energy, which is used to pilot Gunmen.
The personal Gunmen in the Beastmen Empire, piloted by the Generals and high ranked militants like Viral, all have two faces, usually one on the chest and one on the head.
The Enki (????) is Viral's personal Gunman, modeled after an armored samurai. The Enki is the product of significant innovation in Gunmen technology, and sports a number of advances that eclipse lesser models in performance, and is the first model seen to support solid-based ammunition. Unlike stout Gunmen, such as the Gurren, that have bulky limbs that can only be used in wide swings, the Enki is more segmented and has multiple joints that allow it to perform complex actions, such as throws, kicks, and various martial arts techniques. The Enki's arm and thigh plates conceal rows of hidden gun turrets that fire large steel projectiles (kunai). There are pop-up compartments in the shoulders that can fire a single volley of rockets, and the entire chest plate can open to reveal a number of launchers that deliver an explosive payload of missiles. The Enki possesses a wrist mounted concave blast-shield, and a helmet with a large black ring atop of it, that is actually the charging focus for a medium-range particle beam cannon. Its helmet becomes the possession of Simon and Kamina, as they stole it when they first combined to make the Gurren-Lagann.
Later, the helmet-less Enki has been redeployed as the degraded "Enkidu" (??????) and sports a new sickle-like weapon, which is affixed to its head (a homage to Ultraseven's Eye Slugger weapon). When wielded, it provides an alternative to the dual swords the Enki usually resorts to in melee combat. Furthermore, it is also capable of shelling from afar by physically launching munitions from the same point on its head, once the sickle has been removed. When it is aided by Cytomander's air raid on the Dai-Gurren, it was also equipped with a flight engine, allowing it to fly.
During the Invasion of Teppelin, Viral's Gunmen remodified into the "Enkidudu" (????????), replacing the sickle crest for an extra pair of arms, meaning the Gunmen can now fight with four blades. When the new form fights the Gurren-Lagann, however, it is swiftly defeated, despite its upgrade. After the timeskip, the Enkidudu is shown fighting the Grapearl unit, in order to protect a group of humans who decided to continue living underground. However, the damaged Enkidudu is unable to hold its own against the advanced Grapearls and is ultimately defeated, shutting down as Viral thanked his mecha for lasting this long for his grudge. The fate of the Enkidudu is never known, but is likley scrapped like the other Gunmen.
All forms are based on figures in Sumerian myth: Enki was a god of wisdom. Enkidu, meanwhile, was the wild man who fought and befriended King Gilgamesh during the Sumerian epic. The latter seems to bear significance to Viral's role in later episodes. It is possible that the mecha's name is a reference to French comic author Enki Bilal as Viral can also be read "Bilal" in Japanese. This is further evidenced by the name of Viral's theme, "Nikopol", which is the name of one of Enki Bilal's most famous work, the Nikopol Trilogy.
Beastmen General Gunmen
The four generals of the Beastmen Empire all have their own personal Gunmen, all with the unique ability to transform into a sort of animal or more intimidation form.
The Byakou (???? Byak??) is Thymilph's personal Gunman. It is stored within the Dai-Gunzan's hangar bays and first saw deployment during Team Dai-Gurren's second attack on the mobile Gunman fortress. Equipped with a polearm called the Alkaid Glaive, it is capable of emitting a powerful energy beam attack from the tip of the weapon, Condemnn Blaze. The Byakou was especially deadly in single combat and proved to be even more lethal, when paired with the Enki in pummeling the lone Gurren. Unlike personal Gunman units fielded by the other Generals, the Byakou was never shown to have a distinct alternate configuration.
The Byakou was the first victim of the Gurren-Lagann's multi-stage Giga Drill Break attack, which completely obliterated both the Gunmen and its pilot. It was also the last enemy defeated by Kamina, who was heavily wounded and died shortly after.
The Byakou's name is based on Byakko, the White Tiger of the West, one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations in Japanese neme.
The Sayrune (????? Seir?n?) is currently commissioned as Adiane's personal Gunman and was first seen deployed from the flagship, Dai-Gunkai, while pursuing the stolen Dai-Gunzan. It is one of the few Gunman seen thus far in the series to feature two unique configurations: its default winged humanoid appearance, as well as an alternate scorpion-shaped layout. While in its winged state, the Sayrune seems to rely mostly on a range of energy whips and tendrils to mount any sort of attack, whereas its scorpion form is endowed with massive pincer claws and a stinger. The Sayrune can also use its wings to form a double-edged weapon called the Bloody Clamper.
The Sayrune was destroyed, along with its pilot, when it was shot by the Dai-Gurren's cannons at point blank range, after Adiane's failed attempt to take Nia as a hostage.
The Sayrune's name is based on Seiryuu, the Azure Dragon of the East, one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations in Japanese neme.
The custom Gunmen Gember (???? Genb??) first appeared in action on the deck of the Dai-Gurren as its owner, Guame, had retreated to it, to personally perform his public warning execution of the captured members of Team Dai-Gurren. It is the second Gunman to feature a transformation. It has the appearance of being rather broad and bulky starfish in its regular mech state and is somewhat insect like with its antennae, which can ensnare enemies. Its second form is a large face-like apparition and is also insect-like with sharp needles that resemble legs. The controls of the Gember differ from normal Gunmen to accommodate its user, as Guame is placed into a sphere-like crevice with a pair of mechanical hands aiding him. The only known attack of the Gember was its Gember Press, wherein the foe is caught in a hold and crushed by the needles that are released from its arms.
The time of the Gember was short lived, as it was destroyed by the Gurren-Lagann’s Giga Drill Break. However, its pilot ejected himself before his Gunman got obliterated.
The Gember's name is based on Genbu, the Black Tortoise of the North, one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations in Japanese neme.
The Shuzack (????? Shuzakku?) currently serves as the personal Gunman of Cytomander. Whereas the Sayrune was best-suited for underwater combat, the Shuzack is more adapted to aerial superiority, sporting a compact flight engine and a massive winged design. Additionally, its multi-jointed frame allows for both arms to both extend and retract in close-quarter situations. Its torso also holds a deadly buzzsaw. The Shuzack is destroyed, along with its pilot, when it got in the way of the Dai-Gurren ramming into the Dai-Gunten. Like the custom Gunman of the other Generals, the Shuzack can also transform. However the full extent of its abilities are unknown, as the Shuzack was immediately destroyed following it's transformation.
The Shuzack's name corresponds to Suzaku, the Vermillion Bird of the South, one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations in Japanese neme.
Mobile Fortress Dai-Guns
Giant Gunmen used to carry smaller Gunmen, similar to the Dai-Gurren.
The Dai-Gunkai (?????? Daigankai?), rivaling the Dai-Gunzan in terms of sheer bulk and apparently much lengthier, is an aquatic serpentine Gunmen fortress, which served as Adiane's flagship. Little is known about its abilities, other than its obvious aptitude for sea travel. While it seems to only be able to travel in a body of water, the Dai-Gunkai's first appearance was marked by a sudden deluge over the battlefield (suggesting that it may have the ability to either divert or even create large volumes of water). The only appearance of the Dai-Gunkai in combat was in episode 12, when it ambushed the Dai-Gurren, while it was crossing the ocean on its march to the Helix Empire's capital. Its main weaponry consisted of torpedoes guided by dolphin Beastmen and two massive pincers, which it used on its attempt to drag the Dai-Gurren to the bottom of the ocean. After bringing the Dai-Gurren back to the surface, the Gurren-Lagann obliterated the Dai-Gunkai completely, but Viral, who was commanding the ship at that time, managed to survive.
This fortress-type Gunmen is Guame's flagship. Its carapace is extraordinarily resilient, as evidenced by its survival of the aerial carrier gunman Dai-Ganten's impact. It is propelled by many legs on its underside, and can travel at a decent clip. It later combines its strengths with Teppelin to form a whirling tornado of energy that destroys anything that comes in contact and disrupts communications and navigation. The Gurren-Lagann destroyed the Dai-Gundo from beneath the surface of the earth, piercing its armor and reversing its spinning, violating its union with Teppelin and dissipating its energy storm before lancing it clean through, causing it to explode.
A fortress-type Gunmen, the flying Dai-Gunten (?????? Daiganten?) is Cytomander's flagship. The Dai-Gunten made its debut during Cytomander's campaign against the Dai-Gurren, acting primarily as a carrier to launch multiple waves of small aerial Gunmen bombers. As the battle wore on, Simon and Yoko's Gurren-Lagann and Viral's Enkidu found their way deep below its decks and ended up dealing severe internal damage to the ship. Having lost altitude in the process, the Dai-Gunten was eventually damaged by a series of powerful kicks delivered by the Dai-Gurren, which had launched itself into the air using a cliff face. In the process, Team Dai-Gurren managed to snatch one of the enemy airship's two Levia-Spheres for themselves, and used it to safely float back to the ground, while the Dai-Gunten managed to retreat using the remaining one.
A month after the first confrontation, the Dai-Gunten returns in the following episode along Guame's flagship, the Dai-Gundo, as Teppelin's last line of defence against Team Dai-Gurren's invasion. Its forces managed to trap the Gurren-Lagann, after the rest of the Dai-Gurren's gunman forces were forced to retreat and protect it against Guame's offensive, and when the Shuzack was about to finish it, Simon and Rossiu were saved by some unexpected allies who entered the battlefield to aid them. In the end, the Dai-Gunten is sunk once run through by the flying Dai-Gurren. Pieces of its wreckage fell on the Dai-Gundo, provoking a massive explosion, but was unable to damage the heavily armored flagship.
Meaning "Spiral Face", the Lazengann (????? Rasengann?) is Lord Genome's personal Gunman, using his consorts as batteries. It is very similar to the Gurren-Lagann and has the same abilities that the Lagann can use (by extension, it also proves immune to being controlled by the Lagann Impact attack). However, it is much stronger and can use more powerful drill techniques, as well as defend against the Gurren-Lagann's techniques with ease. In the end, it took the Lagann on its own to severely damage the Lazengann. The mecha was later recreated as part of the Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, used in the desperation move Lazengann Overload to convert the energy of two galaxies fired by the Anti-Spiral into pure Spiral Energy, taking the form of a gigantic drill with Lord Genome's head on the tip that is ingested by the Tengen Toppa's abdominal mouth. Its spiral theme is different than the Lagann's, as it is more jagged and square-like, compared to the smooth, more circular theme of the Lagann. Unlike the Gurren-Lagann's focus on using large, bulky Giga Drills, the Lazengann primarily uses long, thin drills that can change angles in mid-extension. Its spiral colour is red, unlike the green of the Lagann's, and its spiral gauge within the cockpit rotates counterclockwise when filling, rather than clockwise. The Lazengann is black, with a tail used for attack, a horned helmet, and a mouthplate on the chest armor. It can transform its entire lower body into a gigantic drill (the Gurren-Lagann does the same, when docking with the Arc-Gurren). From an out of series perspective, its silhouette from the side bears a strong likeness to the EVA-01 unit from Neon Genesis Evangelion, another Gainax production. Notably, where Lazengann had one horn, Gurren Lagann had two.
After the defeat of Guame and Cytomander, the capital city, Teppelin, shed the towers surrounding it to reveal it was in fact a giant fortress-type Gunmen, Dekabatsu. It is extremely bulky, and has a very uncomplicated humanoid shape. Extremely powerful, it was able to stop the Gurren-Lagann's drilling power. On one arm it has a hand, whilst the other has a giant hammer, and it can deploy a vast amount of Gunmen. Like the Arc-Gurren-Lagann, it was designed to be piloted by a normal-sized Gunmen - in this instance, the Lazengann, with Lord Genome's throne directly above it. It was stopped upon the defeat of the Spiral King, automatically shutting down and collapsed. After the seven-year timeskip, it is the capitol building for Kamina City. Half of its head was destroyed when the Anti-Spirals attacked. In Parallel Works 8, it is shown to be able to dock with Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann in the same way as the Arc Gurren Lagann did. Also, the tower on top of Dekatbutsu's head was where the Lazengann docks with it. It can be assumed that, after Lazengann docked with Dekabutsu, the tower was constructed around it.
When the Anti-Spirals begin their attack on the Earth once its human population reached one million, they used mecha that are evidence of the their superior technology.
As the human population on Earth reached one million, Anti-Spiralized Nia began to mentally materialize these virtual weapons out of thin air that start destroying everything with high-tech weaponry, such as a massive laser that obliterates anything it makes contact with. After the first one appeared, these mecha were codenamed Mugann (from ??, meaning "faceless") by the human forces, because it does not have a face. They're three types of Mugann that appeared over the series, the soldier class, the black and green Jokyu-Mugann that acts in deploying and coordinating the attacks of multiple Mugann units, and the two Giant Cage Mugann that attack by separating into smaller pieces and reforming around the target, enveloping it and attacking from all sides or combine into a larger Mugann unit that mostly attacks using its body as projectiles before being destoryed by Arc-Gurren Legann.
All three types have almost impenetrable energy shield which can deflect bullets and other solid weaponry, however, its defenses and attacks are not enough to stand up to the Gurren-Lagann, which managed to defend against its attacks and drill through the mecha during its initial appearance with the Giga Drill Break. However, unlike normal Gunmen that simply explode or break-down when dealt a fatal blow, these mecha turn into small explosives that devastate anything nearby, causing almost as much damage as the Gunmen itself can cause. This is a result of the mecha's unstable molecular structure which also enables it to easily teleport itself through long distances.
A technique created by Simon to effectively defeat the Mugann without causing damage is by harnessing their lasers' power using the Gurren-Lagann and delivering it back to them all at once, destroying their body, and then shooting down every single explosive they left with the Grapearl force's handguns before they fall into the ground. However, it's also known that this measure could be troublesome against larger numbers of Mugann. Later, Leeron creates a technique where Grapearls can both penetrate the Mugann defenses and create a shield around it, meaning the Mugann can both be destroyed and have its small bombs rendered harmless.
When Nia was recalled, the Mugann stopped attacking Kamina City. The Mugann are the only 3D-animated mechas used in the series.
These ships are encountered by Team Gurren in space. The gigantic warships resemble a large, rocky, roughly, spherical shape covered with multiple stone faces, designed by famous manga artist, Hirohiko Araki. They can form a powerful energy barrier that not even the Arc-Gurren Lagann could pierce with its drill. Though there has yet to be any indication of their actual size, they are clearly shown to be many times larger than the planets around them, even throwing the planets as projectiles against the Chouginga Gurren-Lagann.
Mass-Produced Anti-Spiral Mecha
These space-faring machines that emerge from the Kantai come in three shapes: foot shape, hand shape and a rocket with a foresection that resembles a set of teeth. At first glance, they appear to be weaker than the Mugann, but were faking until their trap is about to spring, revealing to be much stronger than Team Dai-Gurren initially thought. After revealing their true power, they were able to destroy a number of Brigade Gunmen and their pilots, though the Space Twin Bokken's massive explosion managed to take out the bulk of the armada. Several of these are seen fighting against the Lazengann in Parallel Works 8, with some modeles that resemble the angels from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Grand Zamboa (Guran Zanboa) is the mecha piloted by the Anti-Spirals' avatar. After Team Dai-Gurren formed the Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, the Anti-Spiral created a similar machine to battle it, containing the Anti-Spiral homeworld in its forehead "gem". Its styling is similar to the Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, for the sake of defeating the Brigade at its own game, thus showing the galaxy the ultimate failure of their greatest warrior yet; sowing despair and draining Spiral Beings of their power. It possessed an extra pair of arms, located on its shoulders, which it used to catch the galaxies seen in Super-Spiral space and throw at Team Dai-Gurren. It was ultimately destroyed when Simon and Nia managed to pierce its pilot's body with the Lagann's drill, using the Lagann Impact.
Notably, the Grand Zamboa's arms were in fact able to transform into drills, normally a symbol of Spiral Beings - however, when they are shown stationary, the drills in fact have entirely straight lines from base to tip.
Infinity Big-Bang Storm
By combining the energy of two of the galaxies in Super-Spiral space, the Anti-Spiral created a blast said to equal a Big Bang, in order to annihilate Team Dai-Gurren. However, this maneuver backfired when Lord Genome used the Lazengann to absorb the blast, converting it into Spiral Energy for the Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann.
It's really annoying.
Well, this isn't obviously, I like this.
But one way or the other, maybe?
He looks like a pretty good Bond villain as well:
Sent: 06 November 2008 14:15
To: Kenneth ***
i think it was regina, which is i think pronounced reg-eena. she knew what she was doing
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From: Kenneth Lee
Sent: 06 November 2008 14:13
did i hear what i think i heard?
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here's my tuppence worth. Use this as a prompt if you want or print it and use it line a hamster's litter tray....
1. That call did not have all the folk you needed on it - this is not the best start for you
2. That spreadsheet is hideous and has loads of stuff on it that will just bewilder anyone who is not au fait with CP stuff
3. On a call, you don't know what the other end is doing. She might have been playing online sudoku for all you know
4. I imagine that as long as HR are getting their folk on courses and their goals met then to hell with how suppliers are paid. I imagine they feel "it's not their problem" to a degree.
5. We know sh1tloads about this as we've been working on it for weeks. They don't. Even after careful explanation you probably lost their attention after the first 15 seconds as they won't have a clue what you're on about.
6. That lass had only just popped out of the woodwork. This is not your fault that she's green - whoever did the role mapping for NL HR is at fault for not letting her know her role earlier.
7. It's apparent to me that the SSS training did not stick with her. It's not your position to retrain her, it's the responsibility of her Business Champion to make sure she got the most from the session 3 weeks ago.
8. You have done as you were asked. From now on it is up to her to approach her Business Champion, her fellow SSS and maybe you if she needs more clarity. But you asked her to do that sheet and that's your job here done.
9. Yes, you dropped the ball approx twice but it's tricky if you are in a shared space beside someone who is shaking their head and who is also your boss. If you were that bad he'd have totally intervened
10. You must be a bit ballsy in future. You know best, they're there to learn, you say your bit, answer immediate questions but from there on in it's up to them Don't get bogged down. If you say "do you understand" and someone says "yes" then you have to trust that they do understand. If they don't, it's not your problem at that moment.
^that's what 220,000 Yen will get you in US$ at the moment.