After the tragic events of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Gainax studios put together a Gurren Lagann charity book featuring fan art from people in the animation industry. Our old buddy Bobby Rubio (who was a storyboard artist on Avatar, and who now works as a story artist at Pixar) worked on behalf of Gainax to enlist a group of U.S. artists to contribute to the book, many of whom were also Avatar alumni. It was an honor to pitch in with all of these talented artists on such a worthwhile cause, put together by such a legendary studio. FLCL changed my life and continues to be an inspiration for me all these years later. And I think Gurren Lagann was the perfect choice as the theme of this charitable book, as that series has such a great message of undying optimism and perseverance at its core.
I can’t read Japanese, but below is a link to a site where you can order the book, or at least you could last year. Hopefully you can still get a hold of one and help the charity:
Listen While I Work: “Platina” by Maaya Sakamoto (3rd Opening to Cardcaptor Sakura)
I’m a dreamer… Hidden power…
My world is made of dreams, love, and worries. But there are still things lying hidden that I can’t even imagine
Facing the sky, like all the different trees, I’m gazing right at you.
I want to find my dream… I want to make it come true… There is nothing that I can’t overcome if I only believe. Just like singing, just like miracles, “feelings” can change everything! Without a doubt… Without a doubt… It’s almost surprising!
A world yet unseen… No matter what awaits me there, even if it’s not the ideal, I won’t be afraid.
The birds travel on the wind on a journey from today to tomorrow.
I want to tell you… I want to shout it… I am but one entity in this world. But like a prayer, like a star, even with a small light, someday, I want to be stronger and stronger.
There are limitless possibilities, right here in my grasp. (It’s gonna be your world.)
I want to find my dream… I want to make it come true… There is nothing that I can’t overcome, if I only believe. Just like singing, just like miracles, “feelings” can change everything! Without a doubt… Without a doubt… It’s almost surprising!