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Twinkle, twinkle, little drill, soon a robot you will kill.I’ve spent a lot of today trying to figure out the right angle to Aniplex of America’s decision to take the wonderfully over-the-top Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann movies to market themselves. On one hand, it’s good that fans will be able to get their hands on the movie after a whole lot of silence on the part of anime companies about the compilations. On the other hand, their release plan is pretty weak: Bandai’s online store and a couple of conventions are as far as they are going, which doesn’t even match the reach of Gundam Unicorn‘s Amazon-only release.

I’ve decided that I’m just going to hold my nose at the scattershot business plan and just get the movies because they’re fun. If you think like me, you’ll be glad to know that the wait isn’t very long. Both DVDs are going to be released in July, you can pre-order them now, in both an economy $25 version and a deluxe $40 special edition.

But really – does anyone think that this kind of limited business model has any kind of future? This kind of news drives anime further and further into a tiny, tiny niche.

You know, as much as I enjoyed the movies, I can’t get excited about this trailer for the latest Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann music video collection. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Parallel Works was nifty and all, but at this point, I want someone to wake me up when Gainax decides to make something new. 5250 yen for 7 music videos, no matter how nifty they are, feels like franchise milking of the worst sort, the kind that leads to ten years of Evangelion rereleases and miscellaneous pieces of merchandise for a series instead of spending all that effort to create something new.

Maybe I’m wrong, and they’re just using the money from these releases to pay for their next big hit. I really hope that’s the case.

BURNING!The greatest strength of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann isn’t in its burning-hot fight scenes, though those are epic in scale and filled to the brim with awesomeness. It isn’t in the animation, though that’s vastly improved in the movies and gorgeous. It isn’t in the mech designs, either, even though the Gainax designs are impressive in their scope and inventiveness.

No, the strength of Gurren Lagann is its ability to make you stop caring about the bounds of reality. It doesn’t just invite you to suspend your disbelief – it tells you to toss it by the wayside, because there is no rule it won’t break in the pursuit of pure fun, and it plays it so straight that you can’t help but get caught up in its enthusiasm.

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagan movie poster

Thanks to VIZ Cinema’s continued efforts to bring more anime to the big screen, we San Francisco Bay Area anime fans have the chance to watch a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann double feature next week.

On November 17 and 18, the New People Theater will show both Gurren Lagann movies back-to-back, starting with Childhood’s End and rounding it out with The Lights in the Sky are Stars. The two movies condense and retell Gainax’s mecha epic with over two hours of all-new footage and just as much drill-based awesomeness as the TV series.

I haven’t actually seen the TTGL series in its entirety yet, but so many people have recommended the series to me that I’ve already bought my tickets. Who else is close enough to go?

Trailers for both movies after the jump.

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