“Mark my words! This drill will open a hole in the universe, and that hole will be a path for those behind us. The dreams of those who have fallen! The hopes of those who will follow! Those two sets of dreams weave together into a double helix, drilling a path towards tomorrow! That’s Tengen Toppa! That’s Gurren Lagann! My drill is the drill that creates the heavens!”
These words, from episode 27 of Gainax’s 2007 anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are the heart of the show. They speak to the idea of creation, both in a way that respects what has come before and inspires what is to come, and in the same breath declare that this idea of creation is how humans evolve.
Giga Drill Breakdown is a site that aims to bring this idea of creation to anime analysis. Our goal is to inspire others to begin contributing to the conversation of anime, bringing their own unique voices to create new ways of looking at the medium and the community that surrounds it. We strive to be “casually academic,” putting out thoughtful, intelligent content that is still accessible to less niche audience, prompting larger discussion of the medium and opening a hole in the universe to serve as a path for those behind us.