Gurren Lagann

Canada left out of 15th anniversary screenings of Gurren Lagann movies

American anime fans will get to celebrate the 15th anniversary of GAINAX’s legendary anime Gurren Lagann with two films on the big screen: GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE – Childhood’s End – on January 16th and 17th, 2024, followed by GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE – The Lights in the Sky Are Stars – on January 23rd and 24th, 2024. Aniplex of America made this heaven-piercing announcement with a teaser video to YouTube.

GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE – Childhood’s End – premiered on September 6th, 2008, while GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE – The Lights in the Sky Are Stars – opened on April 25th, 2009. Aniplex has worked to remaster both movies in 4K and 4D so moviegoers will feel right in the middle of the action.

After receiving feedback, it appears that the two Gurren Lagann movies are not coming to Canada after all. A web site for Sony Pictures Screenings shows the Untitled Crunchyroll/Sony Film with the poster artwork for the movie SPY×FAMILY CODE: White.

Long fantasizing about life on the surface, diggers Simon and Kamina come across a mecha and use it to fight off invaders from above ground. Now to challenge the leader of the surface, the Spiral King, Simon, Kamina and the friends they meet along the way, set off in an epic adventure.

Staff who worked on both films include director Hiroyuki Imaishi, screenplay writer Kazuki Nakashima, character designer Atsushi Nishigori, mecha designer You Yoshinari, art director Yuka Hirama (BIHOU), sound director Tohru Nakano, music composer Taku Iwasaki, director of photography Toyonori Yamada, colour designer Harumi Takahoshi and animation production by GAINAX.

The Japanese voice cast is billed with:

  • Tetsuya Kakihara as Simon
  • Katsuyuki Konishi as Kamina
  • Marina Inoue as Yoko Littner
  • Yukari Fukui as Nia Teppelin
  • Shizuka Ito as Boota
  • Mitsuki Saiga as Rossiu Adai
  • Nobuyuki Hiyama as Viral

The English voice cast features:

  • Yuri Lowenthal as Simon
  • Kyle Hebert as Kamina
  • Michelle Ruff as Yoko Littner
  • Bridget Hoffman as Nia Teppelin
  • Julie Ann Taylor as Boota
  • Johnny Yong Bosch as Rossiu Adai
  • Sam Riegel as Viral

The Gurren Lagann anime aired for 27 episodes from April 1st, 2007 through September 30th, 2007 and spurred a manga, light novels, video games and two films.

December 8th, 2023 update

A previous version of this article incorrectly listed an Untitled Crunchyroll/Sony Film listing on the Cineplex web site as one of the upcoming Gurren Lagann re-releases. If any information changes, we will make adjustments as appropriate.

Sources: YouTube, Cineplex

©Kazuki Nakashima, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Project GURREN LAGANN


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