Once upon a time, Draggle offered me to join this live watch of Simoun shortly after my defeat in the Aniblog Tourney. Of course, I was busy with a lot of projects and finals for the Spring Semester until now. I decided to take a look at the first two episodes and what I have seen amazed me. (Image Source)
When I first watched the first episode, it seems like a war with an industrialized nation of Argentum. Apparently, the “Simoun” is commonly referred as something heavenly and it’s powered by yuri. When I saw the girls kiss few minutes into this show before touching their lips on the sphere thingy that activates the aircraft, it was the real deal. It’s not like the shallow stuff like having fantasies about two girls in love with each other. This powerful aircraft enables them to perform many moves that can devastate the enemy. With this power, it’s also clear that Argentum wants to invade them so they to take their secret. Despite this, this factor has definitely caught my attention nevertheless.
Aside from the yuri, the first episode was rather dramatic off the bat. Apparently, Neviril loses her partner in the first battle and now wants to visit the “Spring”. It’s understandable since it’s painful to lose a loved one. Still, the most interesting part about the second episode is the ability to choose what gender to become. Apparently, everyone starts out as a female (technically a Sibylla) until she reaches 17 years old. After that, one can make the crucial decision or delay it. Considering that Simulacrum is a religious nation, a lot goes into the ceremony. It’s fascinating how they showed this process with Elly, which automatically gets assigned as a male. This causes Neviril to change her mind and become Aeru’s partner.
Overall, I’m essentially sold on watching this. Although the animation looks different because the show is 6 years old, the art direction is still great. Not only that, the premise is rather interesting with lesbians, religious themes and the premise with some added drama. Although I won’t blog about it considering the incapability to get clean screenshots and the age of this show, I will definitely review it once the group watch finishes. ¶