Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds? 
Source: Anime-planet

My introduction to the animation studio known as Studio Gainax and they didn’t disappoint. The animation style is absolutely amazing and the 3 main characters have a pretty awesome chemistry.

I’m normally not a huge fan of mecha style shows and I think a lot of that has to do with how static robots move around but the Studio Gainax crew just really has a way of creating really fluid and playful animations.

From the first episode we’re introduced to a character that refuses to give up, no matter what situation he finds himself in. The show keeps falling back to the quote we’re introduced to in the very beginning. It’s a simple message but one that’ll stick with you.

Don’t believe in yourself. Believe in me! Believe in the Kamina who believes in you!

Kamina

The show really knows how to play with your heartstrings. Every character will go through some insane highs and some extreme lows but you know that there will always be a character trying to help carry the burden.

Just an overall strong cast of extremely likable characters with some of the best animations you’ll find. A dark romantic roller coaster about never giving up on your goals.