Utsukushii kereba sore de ii

(I initally wanted to make the title in English, but “Being Beautiful is Enough” sounds weird to me some how)

Now, as I said in my Za Paper post, I’ve started up on Simoun, with some initial encouragement from Jeff :). Initially, I tried watching raw but I gave up after the first episode as I couldn’t endure watching through it’s jargon filled self without guides.

I’m up to episode 09 now, and although I won’t be saying it’s the best show of the year yet, but I find it quite an entertaining watch. God damned trying hard not to get myself wiki-spoiled now.

But man… there really are no guys in that world. Simoun is the only anime so far now that I’ve watched that does not have a single male seiyuu yet. The cast list is really all female. Quite a few surprising roles for some of my favourite seiyuu’s in there which I did not really notice, like Nana Mizuki’s Morinas. And yes, Noto Mamiko’s Limone kinda feels weird at first, but it’s starting to grow on me.

I must say one thing too… Simoun’s theme track, Youen Naru Kizuna Hibiki, is made of accordians(?) and win. And Aaeru is a really awesome character. She carries a perfect balance of tomboyiish stubborness with a mature grace, making her one of the most intriguing and interesting characters I’ve seen in a while that doesn’t try to conform to the current moé stereotypes.

6 Comments

  1. berz Said,

    September 23, 2006 @ 2:09 am

    seems to be a nice show… kinda…. weeeeell i’m trying to catch up with strawberry panic o_0 but most of the time i’m not into watching anime =(

    maybe its just cos the server i play is doing 2x rate, i’ve got my arin but no kooh =( (pilling up money for that)… i’ll try to finish a few series first and give simoun a try sometime later too cos theres no more space to dload anything heh =p
    (nice pic btw^^)

  2. Zzz... Said,

    September 23, 2006 @ 2:21 am

    What mature grace? Aeru has all the ‘grace’ of a bull elephant maneuvering through a egg packaging plant. She is maybe the second most inconsiderate primary character this entire season after Yano from Bokura ga Ita.

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 23, 2006 @ 3:01 am

    =.=.. maybe mature grace isn’t the right word, but forgive me for using that phrase.

    Still, inconsiderate I won’t really say she is. At the least, she doesn’t bug me very much, compared to other characters I’ve seen. She kinda gets inconsiderate without irritating others….

    … or maybe I’m just biased because of her gender.

  4. Adam Said,

    September 23, 2006 @ 4:57 am

    Nah, I think the reason you don’t think Aaeru’s inconsiderate is probably because you haven’t seen episode 13 yet… Without wanting to spoil it, let’s just say that she manages possibly the most staggering jaws-on-the-floor social faux pas in shoujo history. She’s great. :)

    Simoun-Fans should be releasing episodes 1-3 in the not too distant future (we’ve finally got finished scripts for all of them), so with luck that’ll give everyone a chance to get into things more easily. There is a lot of jargon at first, but it is at least internally consistent and does make sense.

    Anyway, I hope you continue to enjoy the show…

  5. hashihime Said,

    September 23, 2006 @ 5:04 am

    In a year with SHnY and Honey & Clover II, it’s a close-run thing, but depending on the final episode, Simoun really could be the best anime of the year for me. It is ten times as mature, sophisticated and interesting as most anime. In spite of entertaining weirdnesses like the pre-flight kiss and the Barbarella flight suits. Despite their unusual society and biology, the characters are all real, deep people with subtle feelings, and the SF aspects are at least equal to Noein. And Aaeru is a wonderful character. Her bullishness has charm and is not negative in any way. She definitely has inner grace. I’m watching for her seiyuu, NIINO Michi in a major role in Ayakashi Ayashi this fall (typecast as a girl who dresses like a boy).

  6. Aoi Tokichiro Said,

    October 8, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

    Kurogane sama, can you give me simoun OP- “Utsukushii Kereba Sore de Ii” by Ishikawa Chiaki… plz
    sent it to my email:
    aoitkr@hotmail.com or
    aoitokichiro@yahoo.com.my
    thx

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