4 Days of Awesomeness

Simoun

Kimitachi ni wa… imagoro doku ni iru darou…bokutachi no… eien no shoujo wa…

So thus Simoun ends, as one of the best but underrated shows this year. I have my dislikes about the ending (mainly, because it ends), but overall, still made of awesome and win. Still can’t believe I only started this like 4 days ago, and now, it’s like an obsession, with Chor Tempest adorning my desktop and the OST put on full repeat.

So, taking in the episode’s title to heart, I’m going to present some portraits of the cast members, 10 years in the future.

Starting off, Limone and Dominura are still in the past, and Limone has matured finely. *Now*, she really does fit Noto’s profile :). While Dominura seems to have not chosen a sex yet, and appears to be exhibiting the signs that Onashia had.

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Limone.

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Dominura.

Wauf is still the captain of the Messis, but it’s freight ship now apparently, with Morinas working under him too. And speaking of that, Morinas x Waporif fans, rejoice! Both of them are married happily now, with a child and one more coming soon too ;).

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Wauf, awesome as usual.

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Morinas.

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Waporif.

Paraietta now runs an orphanage, with help from Rodoreamon, who has taken over her family business.

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Paraietta & Rodoreamon.

Alti and Kaimu, meanwhile, are both living happily together with their family.

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Alti & Kaimu

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Neveril Eyecatch.

Break time now, for the awesome eyecatches. Too bad NegativeZero doesn’t want to do more Simoun vectors :(. I would love this to be my wallpapers.

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Aaeru eyecatch.

Back on track, Yun continues to be Onashia’s replacement at the Spring. I do wonder if she doesn’t get tired of standing and holding that cradle all the time :P.

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Yun-sama

Floe, or now, Floef, lives in the countryside somewhere nearby the now sunken Arcus Prima, making a living on cultivating strange vegetables. Vyura, or Vyuraf, seems to be close to her… sorry, him, and with a new war lurking on the horizon, both of them are set to be on opposing sides, unfortunately. Seriously, I still can’t think of Floe as a guy. She was the last ever person I thought would be a guy in the end. Her masculine look now really, really feels weird.

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Floef,looks very weird.

For the fangirls, Anubituf and Guragief, undoubtably the resident bishounens, look even more handsome now. God, I can already hear the swoons of the fangirls over them. As for me, my thoughts are, “These are definitely characters I’d wished they were women instead, but man… I think I might fall for them as guys as well.”. I think they’ll make a whole new catagory of trap by themselves.

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Anubituf & Guragief, the new GAR’s.

Simoun’s ending was….. ambigious, to put it in a way. No clear resolution was given to the fates of Aaeru and Neviril, and instead, I guess we get to interpret it in any meaning that we like. But it’s not to say, it wasn’t good, instead, it was awesome enough to make me feel sad that this great series is ending. Particularly my favourite parts were when the Morning Calm Ri-Maajon was performed out by the Highland Simouns to bid farewell to them and the Neviril x Aaeru dance sequence outroing to the _rakugaki_ of the Chor Tempest members on the living quarters of the now sunken Arcus Prima, over the tune of the theme song, Youen naru Kizuna no Hibiki. (would’ve loved to post out the full _rakugaki_ but I can’t photoshop, so meh :P.)

18 Comments

  1. dm Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 1:19 am

    (would’ve loved to post out the full rakugaki but I can’t photoshop, so meh :P.)

    Emerald Ri-fan Muey did it for us:

    http://www.zomgwtf.net/RandomPicturesNstuff/Simoun/PortraitOfTheGirlsChopSmall.jpg

  2. Futaba-chan Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 1:30 am

    There’s a collage of the full graffiti on the 2ch thread from yesterday. The direct link to it is http://dat.2chan.net/18/src/1159264322141a5d3.jpg .

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 1:44 am

    Ooo… cool.. man, that’s so cute.

    SOMEONE WALLPAPER IT!

  4. SteltekDraco Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 4:31 am

    A wallpaper would be nice… :)

    Anyway, I usually watch a series that captures my attention like this one in 1-2 days (if I have the eps), but since I did not it took me 6 weeks (had to watch the raws from ep. 12). Yay for a rewatch to tie up the loose ends (with subs this time) :).

    As for the ending… I guess it was ok to leave it a bit open but I would have preferred if either more about what happened to Aaeru & Neviril was revealed or what their intentions were. I mean they went to a different world … what did they want to accomplish there?

    (Or is there a sequel coming that shall explait it? :))) )

  5. Zzz... Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 5:23 am

    I’ve been thinking about it and I give up. I renounce trying to find the real meaning in what Neviril and Aeru (grrr…) did, are doing, and will be doing (huh?) or how it can possibly be so important that Kyuushuu-sama, the captain and commander, all the girls, and the Plumbum priestess (what was the point of Plumbum to begin with?) all conspired to send them off.
    If I actually find the answer it will probably be some trite and super idealistic clap that makes me want to tear out my hair and has nothing to do with the character development and maturation of this series that I love.
    So in closing “Uta Kata”…yeah…best not think too hard about it.

  6. Conri Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 9:07 am

    Four days! And I thought my week and a half for 3-25 was pretty fast. I need merchandise now! Figures! I think I will import the OSTs. And if the possible licensing rumors are true, Geneon, don’t you dare pick Marimite over Simoun.

    “[Floe] was the last ever person I thought would be a guy in the end. Her masculine look now really, really feels weird.”

    And that is some of my love for this show–it forces viewers to think Fand reconsider their conceptions on issues like gender. I was surprised by Floe too, but in retrospect it makes perfect sense to me. Floef and I are a lot alike…we’ll probably both still be carded for alcohol and movies when we’re 40. We’ll probably always be kids at heart. We’re emotional, and we’ve become very introspective. We’ll never ever be candidates for Mr. Universe. *laughs*

    Futaba & dm: Thank you for those wall graffiti images–I turned part of it into an avatar for myself.

  7. Haesslich Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    Actually, Negs MAY make an exception for 26, IIRC, after seeing his post on it here – it seems Aeru and Neveril got his attention.

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 11:35 am

    After thinking about it, my theory is that the purpose of sending off Aaeru and Neviril is basically the embodiment of the theme of the series, which is the desire to remain young.

    One of main recurring themes of Simoun deals with how hard it is to turn suddenly into an adult from childhood by making a choice to become a man or a woman. Maturity doesn’t come suddenly by just changing your sex at 17, right?

    So in essence, as the members of the Chor Tempest said, they were so persistant about sending Aaeru and Neviril off to the “Land of Hope” was an embodiment of their desire to remain as maidens, without becoming an adult.

    @Haesslich: Yeah, I saw his comment down there, so YAY! Hope he does the _rakugaki_ as well ;).

  9. michi Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

    It is truly the anime of the year.Still,Simoun is not getting much attention in Japan.Support the DVDs,what say you?

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 4:49 pm

    As much as my intentions to support it can go, I’m afraid I can’t afford the DVD’s myself, unless I die horribly of starvation, thirst and loan sharks.

    Maybe in the future, maybe in the future, when either I’m earning RM100K a year, living in Japan or the exchange rate of ringgit to yen is 100yen to RM1..

  11. Goras Said,

    September 28, 2006 @ 1:22 am

    Why is paraietta crossed in the graffiti? (I think it’s her)

  12. dm Said,

    September 28, 2006 @ 1:41 am

    Paraietta appears twice in the graffiti — one is the crossed-out foreshadowing of her choice at the spring, the other is the chibi-Paraietta next to Neville-with-flowers.

    We saw her start on the graffiti in the last episode (maybe two episodes ago — when they were having their last fling on the Arcus Prima), so it’s her work.

    I agree that sending Aeru and Neville off has the role of fixing that moment in time. But it’s kind of ironic — they’re eternally young in a ghost world, while all the other girls are growing up and making their mark on the world: Rodoreamon arguing before the council (in some sense fuliflling the role that Neville was being groomed for), Paraietta running an orphanage, Morinas raising a family, Limone and Dominura founding a religion. In a sense, I view Neville and Aeru’s choice as a negative, a sort of Peter-Pan rejection of maturity, while the others accepted it, and are reaping the fruits of doing so.

  13. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 28, 2006 @ 3:14 am

    Yes, in a sense, that is one way of looking at it.

    For me, though, I prefer to think of it as an embodiment of an ideal, of being eternally a ‘maiden’. It might not be the best choice, or even the correct one, but it certainly is a dream that many hope for, and Neviril & Aaeru embodied this dream for them, the Chor Tempest.

  14. Zzz... Said,

    September 29, 2006 @ 1:23 am

    So basically they missed the point. By a mile. Actually they are, were, will be heading in the opposite direction of the goal or is denial the new moe?

  15. hashihime Said,

    September 29, 2006 @ 6:10 am

    I can’t see it as a mistake. They are becoming one with the universe, while everyone else (including us) is scuffling along in the so-called real world. They didn’t seem very unhappy, did they?

  16. Zzz... Said,

    September 29, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    That is a question of whether there is only happiness or there is a right kind of happiness. I lean more to the line of thought that it is better to be miserable for the right reason than to be happy for the wrong reason.

    Choices should be made for…good reason…and I don’t consider the refusal to make a choice a decision at all. The dream for a infinitely long deferal from choice doesn’t seem to be a very responsible dream. It just seem like stasis and a delusion.

    Yeah as you can see I’m just a tad bitter about growing up!

    Wait a minute…is Geneon considering licensing Marimite? Or was that just a demand that IF Geneon was to license another yuri series that it be Simoun?

  17. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 29, 2006 @ 11:38 am

    Zzz…, growing up is always bittersweet, I know I am, and as humans, the dream of eternal youth is a well entrenched concept in our collective psyche.

    Simoun can be seen as having this theme as one of it’s main points. For me, I think that their choice was not right nor wrong, but just the embodiment of an ideal.

  18. Tess Said,

    October 4, 2006 @ 7:05 am

    I finally finished after pausing at episode 13 so long ago… There was just so much going on for me to watch and then there was the huge backlog. Oh how the downloads took forever…

    At first Simoun seemed like just a slow but well developed show, but after watching just a few more episodes I finally realized how deep it is. I really can’t compare it to any other series. Every developement seemed needed, and nothing uneeded was added. Not to mention amazing characters… Not one I don’t like anymore. Of course number one will always be Mamiina…

    In anycase, Simoun has managed to become one of my top anime now. And personally, I think it’s the best of both seasons it aired.

    Actually… I really need to look over my top anime list in my mind now. Simoun could qualify for number one. I need to rewatch this from episode one, soon.

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