Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is a Japanese mecha anime television series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It ran for twenty-seven episodes on Japan's TV Tokyo between April 1, 2007 and September 30, 2007. It was directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima and had been in development since the participation of the famed animator in the Abenobashi mecha themed episodes by the same studio. The anime won several awards at the Tokyo International Anime Fair and the Animation Kobe and Japan Media Arts Festivals.
Although initially announced to be licensed in North America by ADV Films in 2007, the license was transferred to Bandai Entertainment in 2008, and then Aniplex of America later acquired the North American license in 2013. The series was also announced for a UK release by ADV Films in 2007, followed by Beez Entertainment holding the UK distribution rights in 2008, and finally Anime Limited in 2013 for the television series, with the films and Parallel Works also included. It was also announced by ADV Films Germany for a summer 2008 release. The Sci Fi Channel acquired the broadcasting rights of Gurren Lagann, and began airing the anime on July 28, 2008 as part of Sci Fi's Ani-Monday anime block.See more