Seriously, Iwasaki can whine about how ashamed he is over "No helping it, I'll suck up for just one minute and twenty seconds" as much as he wants, but that doesn't change the fact that it's the most heroic theme in the soundtrack. So to hear it now elevated to truly cinematic levels of awesome.... *____*
Here's what I can sorta make out of the rap lyrics:
no doubt this is my last verse
peeps please don't get it confused
fresh with ideas you can't refuse
I got more pulp than 100% juice
nah, get it? then go and get it
live your life the way you want to live it
me? I don't wait, I go and get it
challengin' is what gets the bread
so when you don't let it go
seize the day till the next break of dawn
till then yes the belt is on
you see what I mean when my hustle is on
people it's time to fight the power
break the unbreakable and climb the ladder
yeah, let's go switch the weather
show forecasters who's the go-getters
ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER
The "more pulp than 100% juice" part makes me LOL. XD
Speaking of which, seeing people discuss BGM tracks over on 2ch is kinda hilarious if you look at it without context:
"The chapter menu is Moe Three Sisters and isn't the first menu screen I'll suck up for just one minute and twenty seconds?"
"The chapter is Ahhhh! A skeleton! A skeleton!"
"What the hell are you guys talking about?"
And you know, it really strikes me how enthusiastic Japanese fans are about this series. I was surprised when I found out that you have to go see the movie three times to get a memorial film. Considering all these tons of film strips being posted on the internet, and the price of movie tickets in Japan, it makes me boggle.
But then there are people saying:
"You have to see it at least three times to absorb everything anyway. It's totally worth it."
"It's been years since I've gone to see one movie in a row so many times, and I still enjoy it every time."
"This is my 23rd time watching it. I skipped work again to go see it." (Okay, this person is just way too obsessed.)
So Gainax is encouraging repeat viewings, and they managed to make a product that completely justifies it. I wonder how well this movie is doing in the box office. :O
It's also great reading all these anecdotes about seeing other people in the theater crying while watching the movie. And so many comments saying "I really wanted to applaud at the end, but I was too shy. I regret that now. I should have applauded, even if I was the only one." And all the new people emerging, saying they had no interest in Gurren Lagann until their friends/family members dragged them to go see the movie, and now they love it and are watching the TV series too. ♥
I think this is my favorite anecdote so far:
"I went to see it at Ikebukuro, and there was a young elementary school boy and his mother sitting next to me.
It's probably completely natural, but the mother didn't seem interested and just munched on popcorn as she watched.
As for the child, during the middle (around the 3rd arc part with all the difficult language), he seemed to get tired and asked his mother repeatedly "Is it over yet? Is it over yet?" and kept leaning against the seat in front of him.
And every time, the mother would give him a warning, and honestly seemed bored like (´･ω･｀)
But during the endgame around the alternate universe part, the mother stopped warning her child.
Thinking maybe she finally gave up or fell asleep, I glanced at my side.
...The mother is seriously crying.
Around the part with the Tengen Toppa sale, the child is also engrossed with the screen.
When the "END" appeared, there was no one else applauding that time, but only the boy and his mother kept clapping until the lights turned on in the theater, and then left.
Somehow, that made me happy."
GAH. I wonder what are the chances of Bandai showing the Gurren Lagann movies in theaters in the US? Pretty low, right? T___T Guess I could at least hope they'll eventually show it at a convention near me...I would love to have an experience like this.
Also, I saw a mention in one of the blog posts about Simon having his pants ripped along his thighs when he's fighting the Anti-Spiral. Well, turns out...
W-WOW. IT'S TRUE.
Well now I'm looking forward to this EVEN MORE. Bring on the Simon fanservice! 8D
If guys on /m/ can go incessantly on about "Yoko nipples where?!" in every Gurren Lagann thread, then goddammit, I'm allowed to fangirl over some ripped pants without shame.