Holy mother fucking of all shit...I've found my mecca. A dystopian action/romance (okay so the romance isn't a huge theme but it's in there).
This one changed my life. Whenever I feel down, I'm going to punch myself in the face. If only I had a real-life Kamina -- oh wait -- I do! His name is Adaven. But that's a different story...
Please be warned, there are spoilers.
When I first met Kamina (AKA "Bro") he looks like a j-hole jock with an arrogant attitude.
But I fell in love with him the moment he opened his mouth and told our hero, Simon, "Don't pay attention to those fugly girls making fun of you."
The story begins in an underground world in which our hero, Simon, is digging in the soil to make new tunnels and caverns for his people. But this is a case of the secondary character stealing the show.
Kamina has an indomitable spirit whose main goal is to get out of their underground home. He believes there is something more to life than digging and never gives up. Kamina is a man that inspires the people around him. He's also the one that forms team Gurren Lagann which starts out as just him and Simon (below).
Because of Simon's incredible spiral power he was able to find Gurren and the core "key" shown above. Despite his timid nature, Kamina slowly brings out the confident person Simon becomes.
As soon as Gurren comes into the blood brothers lives, so does catastrophe. A huge mecha-tech blows the roof off their cave and that's when Yoko comes to the rescue! That's right! A girl saved our two heroes bacon.
Viral is a beastman that's part of the Human Eradication Forces. He loves the thrill of the fight, but he's got standards and honor that matches Simon and Kamina. In my mind he has a certain nobility about him and is a worthy baddie. So worthy, I have to give him props and his own collage...
The wind is really knocked out of his sails when he learns Simon, the cub, has been beating him when he thought Kamina was behind the wheel. The look on his face showed his pride flushing down the toilet when he learned Simon had more power in his pinky finger than Viral would ever have was so sad and a turning point for our badie.
But, in season two Viral pulls a "Bro" and gets Simon to shake out of his gloom. As Viral seems more accepting of his fate, but lost and abandoned he battles in favor of the humans that want to stay underground when the government forces them from their cave homes. I know I'm getting beyond season 1 but would like to add that even though life has worn him down, Viral still gives his all to Simon and team Gurran Laggan when asked to join their fight. He does, of course, because he was created to protect humans, even if it was in the Spiral King's odd way.
While Kamina will always have my heart, Viral has a section of my soul. He's sexy, rough and noble. A hero on the wrong side who finds his way and his purpose. The best part is I know he'll live forever because he was made that way and will remain with the humans protecting them for eternity.
Each one crawled into my heart and even though there are lots of them, I'd know them by name. The world is fun, the story seemed at first to be about a wandering quest and turned into an epic story with a well done plot.
Though I started loving "Bro" (Kamina) the most the rest of the cast is strong. In season 1 the story hints at these human "moles" going from the underground on up into space and I'm fully willing to go with them!
Kamina is the type of leader you would cross hell-fire for, but Simon is the one who saves humanity.
Simon in the beginning is the "Goose" to Kamina's "Maverik" but everything Simon does is inspired by Kamina. Simon's work ethic, over-coming his fear and his dedication to his friends make him the powerful Spiral mega-source in season 2. He totally matches Bro in spirit. You would think season 2 would be nothing without Kamina, but while reeling from the pain with Simon, you see the phoenix rise again in the smaller, but more powerful half of team Gurren-Lagenn.
I would be remissed if I didn't give Boota a dedication!
Boota is Simon's cute fuzzy pig-mole friend that has a secret of his own. I'm guessing being around all that spiral energy makes certain things possible. Or as team Gurren Laggan would say... forget reality to make the impossible possible. That would even apply to Boota as well.
But Boota is the steadfast loyal companion to Simon even during our hero's darkest moment. He's not gonna let you touch Simon.
In this season humanity is above ground and prosperous. But they soon fight the very oppressors that made the Spiral King retreat to earth and forced humans underground.
Overall, I would say Simon had the largest character development arc, however, Rossiu would be the rival character arc that is very awesome.
Both are on the opposite end of the spectrum in temperament and they each react differently to situations but they need each other because of that difference. Rossiu is a leader that makes hard decisions for the human race, but Simon is an all or nothing type of guy. While Simon is the ultimate weapon of the human race and gives inspiration, in the end, Rossiu has the leadership quality to be president.