Go Back   Anime Forum > General Anime/Manga & Cosplay > Specific Anime Discussions > Anime Reviews

Anime Reviews Read and post in our Anime Reviews

Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Unread 05-02-2010, 04:32 AM
Overlord-G's Avatar
Overlord-G Overlord-G is offline
Citizen
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Aruba
Posts: 8,218
Points: 20,760, Level: 99
Points: 20,760, Level: 99 Points: 20,760, Level: 99 Points: 20,760, Level: 99
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Blog Entries: 32
Rep Power: 9
Overlord-G has shown loyalty and contrubutedOverlord-G has shown loyalty and contrubuted
Send a message via MSN to Overlord-G Send a message via Yahoo to Overlord-G
Default 7th G-View: Simoun

This could be my toughest review yet, because there's so much to tell, so much to explain, so much to talk about without spoiling anything and STILL be able to convince my readers of how much of a Masterpiece this anime is. Yes, you heard me, this is the 2nd anime that I'm labeling as a masterpiece.

Genres: drama, romance, science fiction
Themes: gender switch, religion, shoujo-ai, war, yuri
Number of episodes: 26
G-Rating: 10/10


Plot Summary: In the world of Daikuuriku, everyone is born female, and chooses which sex they wish to become at age 17. In this world, the peaceful theocracy of Simulacrum is guarded by magical flying machines called "Simoun", which can only be piloted by young girls who haven't chosen a sex yet. The Simoun can activate a magical power known as "Ri Maajon" that can destroy large numbers of enemies at once. When the industrialized nation of Argentum decides that it needs to invade Simulacrum to acquire the secret of the Simoun, war breaks out, drawing the Simoun "Sibyllae" (priestesses who fly the Simoun) into a lopsided battle. Because the war is raging, the Sibyllae are granted an exemption from choosing a permanent sex for as long as they're willing to keep flying. Aaeru, a determined young Sibylla with a mysterious past, and Neviril, the leader of Chor Tempest, Simulacrum's most elite Simoun squadron, must lead their fellow priestesses through conflict both within their ranks and in the sky.



Simoun. It is the one of the finest examples of anime I have ever witnessed, and certainly one of the most overall superior anime series with yuri as a major element. It is a story of breathtaking artistry and power, depth and maturity. The life breathed into the characters, their circumstances, their relationships...the story, the setting, the themes, the moods, the artwork. It is superior in all ways. The final episode broke my heart. The final scene is one that I will remember for the rest of my life.

The hallmark of a truly immersive fantasy is when you feel as though you're just getting a glance at something much deeper...that you are hearing only one narrative among countless others which will never be told. Simoun makes an art of creating this feeling.

It never compromises, and it never panders. There are times when Simoun will give you what you want, but it will never be in quite the way you expected, nor will it ever be done in the way you might wish for the most. With a very few exceptions, this show is not interested in crowd-pleasing.

In attempting to avoid specific details and spoilers in these write-ups, never have I felt more constrained than I do now. There is so much I wish I could address, pages and pages of speculation, interpretation, and observation that I could write about the characters, their relationships, the setting, the mechanics of their world, the society of it, its past and future, and so on and on. Initially, I had planned to simply write until I ran out of things to say, but I've managed to exert reason over passion, with difficulty. Perhaps one day, if and when in-depth discussion of Simoun reignites on these boards, I will be able to have my say, but not now, and not here.

I will say this however, and those who have seen the show will understand me well:

Simoun leaves us with so many unanswered questions. The hallmark of a truly captivating enigma is when you feel as though if you contemplated it just a little longer, a little harder, you could pierce the veil and gain some true insight into the heart of the mysteries. Simoun makes an art of creating this feeling.

Certain logistical matters aside however, the lack of answers is not a failing of the show's storytelling, but far more intentional. As with Haibane Renmei, we're not supposed to know the answers. Like the characters themselves, we only get glimpses of what the truth might be.

This anime will also tackle in its own, the journey of a teenager into adulthood. Trust me, the rite of passage here is an incredibly difficult decision to make when each girl has to go to into the spring and have their gender determined based on their thoughts and feelings. The sacrifice that these girls will make. The step into adulthood, where everything that you treasured in your youth, all the good times, bonds shared together with everyone, will either be gone or never be the same again. It's hard to explain, so you'll have to watch in order to understand what I mean.


I'll tell you all this much: If you truly wish to experience something new and unique, THIS SHOW IS ADDICTIVE! At least it was to me. Trust me, you won't be able to skip one episode and stay contempt, because it will continue to lure you in over and over again. You can't stop wanting more. On the other hand, there's so much to sink in, that you'll want to take your time and appreciate this glorious work of art, one episode at a time. It's up to you.

Oh, if you have homophobia or can't get into yuri, my bad.

Also, there's an easy cure for those who may have issues with the gender bending logic in the circle of life in this anime's universe. All you have to do is...remember that even though the decision of which gender you wish to become in this world requires a LOT of thinking, keep in mind that the male species serves one purpose and one purpose only: Continuing the life span of the human race.
All seriousness aside, that is their primary purpose in this anime.

Phew, this was tough. Hopefully my message came through. This anime deserves recognition. There will be characters you'll both like and dislike, yet like again later. There will be good times and bad times. This show will leave you thinking for a while.

That's it, I've tried my best with this one. Whether the rest of you will watch or not, is up to you
__________________
My personal blog:
http://ogmansblog.wordpress.com/

Last edited by Overlord-G; 01-31-2011 at 06:43 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Unread 05-28-2010, 12:13 AM
tupac115's Avatar
tupac115 tupac115 is offline
Royal Clan
Resting Supermod
Sir. Tupac - the Valiant
Knight At Arms
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: small sunny island
Posts: 38,169
Points: 76,954, Level: 100
Points: 76,954, Level: 100 Points: 76,954, Level: 100 Points: 76,954, Level: 100
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Blog Entries: 17
Rep Power: 15
tupac115 is a glorious beacon of lighttupac115 is a glorious beacon of lighttupac115 is a glorious beacon of lighttupac115 is a glorious beacon of lighttupac115 is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: 7th G-View: Simoun

I wanted to watch this one once so i read through the general information but once i saw it was Yuri,i changed my mind.I absolutely can't stand to see any yuri or yaoi of any kind and refuse to watch. Same thing happened to me when i read through O7-Ghost.

But since you gave a 10 rating for this Emperor,i may see a couple of episode to decide.
__________________

Set by Shanks
죽음은 고통에서 내 릴리즈 될 것입니다

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Unread 05-28-2010, 01:21 AM
Overlord-G's Avatar
Overlord-G Overlord-G is offline
Citizen
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Aruba
Posts: 8,218
Points: 20,760, Level: 99
Points: 20,760, Level: 99 Points: 20,760, Level: 99 Points: 20,760, Level: 99
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Blog Entries: 32
Rep Power: 9
Overlord-G has shown loyalty and contrubutedOverlord-G has shown loyalty and contrubuted
Send a message via MSN to Overlord-G Send a message via Yahoo to Overlord-G
Default Re: 7th G-View: Simoun

Quote:
Originally Posted by tupac115 View Post
I wanted to watch this one once so i read through the general information but once i saw it was Yuri,i changed my mind.I absolutely can't stand to see any yuri or yaoi of any kind and refuse to watch. Same thing happened to me when i read through O7-Ghost.

But since you gave a 10 rating for this Emperor,i may see a couple of episode to decide.
Oh, a traumatizing experience huh? Well, I suppose if the genre has had a negative effect on you...then try as hard as possible to picture some of the characters as dudes. Maybe it'll help ease your pain. I still recommend this show for its sheer brilliance. To me, the shoujo-ai is a bonus because I'm a fan, but the story itself is so good that it was an unexpected main attraction. It's that interesting if you try to follow it.
__________________
My personal blog:
http://ogmansblog.wordpress.com/
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Unread 05-30-2010, 03:56 AM
tupac115's Avatar
tupac115 tupac115 is offline
Royal Clan
Resting Supermod
Sir. Tupac - the Valiant
Knight At Arms
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: small sunny island
Posts: 38,169
Points: 76,954, Level: 100
Points: 76,954, Level: 100 Points: 76,954, Level: 100 Points: 76,954, Level: 100
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Blog Entries: 17
Rep Power: 15
tupac115 is a glorious beacon of lighttupac115 is a glorious beacon of lighttupac115 is a glorious beacon of lighttupac115 is a glorious beacon of lighttupac115 is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: 7th G-View: Simoun

Quote:
Originally Posted by EmperorG View Post
Oh, a traumatizing experience huh? Well, I suppose if the genre has had a negative effect on you...then try as hard as possible to picture some of the characters as dudes. Maybe it'll help ease your pain. I still recommend this show for its sheer brilliance. To me, the shoujo-ai is a bonus because I'm a fan, but the story itself is so good that it was an unexpected main attraction. It's that interesting if you try to follow it.
Something like that. If you think so then i definitely have a look at it,If i can stomach the first few episodes then the anime is definitely brillant.
__________________

Set by Shanks
죽음은 고통에서 내 릴리즈 될 것입니다

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Unread 05-30-2010, 01:26 PM
Overlord-G's Avatar
Overlord-G Overlord-G is offline
Citizen
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Aruba
Posts: 8,218
Points: 20,760, Level: 99
Points: 20,760, Level: 99 Points: 20,760, Level: 99 Points: 20,760, Level: 99
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
Blog Entries: 32
Rep Power: 9
Overlord-G has shown loyalty and contrubutedOverlord-G has shown loyalty and contrubuted
Send a message via MSN to Overlord-G Send a message via Yahoo to Overlord-G
Default Re: 7th G-View: Simoun

I don't exactly know how much yuri and yaoi has traumatized your life and left you eternally scarred, but only watch this show if your homophobia isn't truly severe. Sure, he story is extremely brilliant, yet a bit confusing, but like I said, if your allergy is that strong, then I won't say anymore to try and convince you.
__________________
My personal blog:
http://ogmansblog.wordpress.com/
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
56th G-View: K-ON! Overlord-G Anime Reviews 58 06-24-2012 12:26 PM
31st G-View: Chu-Bra. Overlord-G Anime Reviews 7 01-05-2012 05:30 AM
G-View for Google Overlord-G Easy Discussion 6 05-18-2011 07:19 PM
2nd G-View: Saki Overlord-G Anime Reviews 11 10-11-2010 11:30 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
www.animeforum.org.uk