Source: Aniplex of America

Aniplex of America announced that they will host a 10th anniversary event for Gurren Lagann at Otakon 2017. The event lineup includes a panel with dub cast members Kyle Hebert (Kamina) and Michelle Ruff (Yoko), as well as ADR director Tony Oliver.

Aniplex will also screen the top fan-favorite episode, which will be determined by a survey. The publisher will host give-aways at the event, though specifics on what will be offered haven’t been revealed as of press time.

July 24, 2017

Aniplex of America Announces 10th Anniversary Event for Gurren Lagann at Otakon 2017



Anime’s most prolific series celebrates its 10th anniversary
with an event that pierces the heavens!

SANTA MONICA, CA (July 24, 2017) – Aniplex of America is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Gurren Lagannwith an all-star event at Otakon in Washington D.C. on August 12, 2017.  The event will feature a panel with English dub cast members Kyle Hebert (voice of Kamina) and Michelle Ruff (voice of Yoko), as well as Tony Oliver, who served as English ADR Director and script writer for the series. Aniplex of America has also reached out to fans with an online survey to determine which episode they will be screening at the event. The survey also asks fans to share their favorite scenes, quotes, characters and best personal memories of Gurren Lagann.

To celebrate the milestone, Aniplex of America will also be releasing a complete Blu-ray Disc Box available onAugust 8th, which includes all 27 episodes of the TV series and both feature length movies –Childhood’s End– and –The Lights in the Sky Are Stars-.  Described as “one of the greatest super robot anime series ever created” by Forbes’ Ollie Barder, Gurren Lagann is well known for its passionate fan base and the impact the series has had on its audience.

“We’ve watched a fair share of anime here at Nerd Reactor. One thing that many of us can agree on is that episode #7 of Gurren Lagann is in our top 5 best written of all time,” writes Adam “Kharakov” Kharatian of Nerd Reactor in a 2014 review. “You’ll laugh, cheer, and eventually cry harder than ever before for a man that isn’t even real.”

Theron Martin of Anime News Network writes in his 2008 review: “Most viewers will not be able to resist getting swept up in the torrent of high-spirited energy that permeates the early episodes through to their core. It is utterly over-the-top, deliciously bombastic, bodacious, unapologetically sexy, and loaded with enough bravado to face down an entire herd of charging bulls.”

Attendees of the Gurren Lagann 10th Anniversary Event at Otakon can look forward to exclusive giveaways. The results from the survey will be announced at the Anniversary Event and on Aniplex of America’s social media.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this 10th anniversary celebration of Gurren Lagann. When I first came on board with the project I was taken by the fact that the spirit of the show seemed so comfortably familiar, but was entirely new at the same time,” says Tony Oliver. “The storytelling is very bold and sometimes ‘in-your-face,’ but the depth of the characters, their complex relationships, and the scope of the story itself gives the show a near perfect balance. All in all recording the dub for Gurren Lagann was a fulfilling and satisfying experience that has directly led to everything I’ve been able to do since. Happy 10th Gurren Lagann!”

About Gurren Lagann:
This is the story of a man who has yet to realize what destiny holds in store for him….

In the distant future, mankind has lived restlessly underground for hundreds of years, subject to earthquakes and cave-ins. Living in one such village are two young men: one named Simon who is shy and naïve, and the other named Kamina who believes in the existence of a “surface” world above their heads. The destiny of these two starts moving drastically when the ceiling of their village falls in, and a gigantic “Gunmen” and a beautiful girl named Yoko, wielding a superconductive rifle, come from the surface. Together, Kamina, Simon and Yoko ride the mecha “Lagann” that Simon digs out of the ground, and fly up to the surface!

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Original Story: GAINAX

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi

Assistant Director: Masahiko Ohtsuka

Series Structure: Kazuki Nakashima

Character Design: Atsushi Nishigori

Mechanical Design: You Yoshinari

Design Works: Shigeto Koyama

Art Director: Yuka Hirama

Color Setting: Harumi Takahoshi

Director of Photography: Toyonori Yamada

Editing: Junichi Uematsu

Sound Director: Tohru Nakano

Music: Taku Iwasaki

Animation Production: GAINAX

Produced by TV TOKYO, DENTSU, Aniplex

Opening Theme Song: “Sorairo Days” / Shoko Nakagawa

CAST (Japanese/English)

Simon: Tetsuya Kakihara / Yuri Lowenthal

Kamina: Katsuyuki Konishi / Kyle Hebert

Yoko: Marina Inoue / Michelle Ruff

Nia: Yukari Fukui / Hynden Walch

Nia (adult): Yukari Fukui / Bridget Hoffman

Boota: Shizuka Ito/ Julie Ann Taylor

Leeron: Masaya Onosaka / Steve Blum

Dayakka: Daiki Nakamura / Doug Stone

Viral: Nobuyuki Hiyama / Sam Riegel

Kittan:  Kisho Taniyama / Christopher Smith

Kiyoh: Rina Sato / Karen Strassman

Kinon: Kana Ueda / Stephanie Sheh

Kiyal: Kana Asumi / GK Bowes

Rossiu: Mitsuki Saiga / Johnny Yong Bosch

Gimmy: Takako Honda / Brianne Brozey

Darry (English): Mela Lee

Lordgenome: Narushi Ikeda / Jamieson Price

Anti-spiral: Takaya Kamikawa / Dave Mallow

Narrator: Takayuki Sugou / Tony Oliver

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in AprilKILL la KILLBakemonogatariPuella Magi Madoka MagicaBlue Exorcist, NISEKOI, the OREIMO series, DURARARA!!×2,Magi series, Expelled From ParadiseThe irregular at magic high school, and ALDNOAH.ZERO. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows include: March comes in like a lionBlue Exorcist: Kyoto SagaERASEDThe Asterisk WarOWARIMONOGATARIKIZUMONOGATARICharlotte, Occultic;Nine, WWW.WAGNARIA!!, GRANBLUE FANTASY, Eromanga Sensei, and Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU. In June 2017, the company launched its first mobile game based on the Fate franchise, Fate/Grand Order for iOS and Android.