Simoun – Pretty Gay

The basic premise for Simoun is not terribly simple. Basically, everyone is born female; once you reach the age of 17, you go to this spring (sort of like your baptism) where you decide whether you want to be male or female. If you are male, your name will be changed and you’ll soon lose your breasts and gain male parts. Normal enough.

So the priestesses in this world are girls are “pure” because they haven’t gone to the spring yet. They fly these machines called Simoun, which are referred to as the “Chariots of the Gods”, because of their fluid movements through the air – they are unlike any other thing in existence. The Simoun are used in ceremonies to pray, and the trails they leave in the air have awesome effects. Because all the surrounding countries are so polluted that people are now dying from horrible diseases, they all begin to attack them in order to get the Simoun and its holy, clean-air technology. The problem is, no one really knows how the Simouns work – they just do. It’s divine.

So basically, these girls are forced to use these crazy-ass things as fighting machines due to the fact that the Simoun can create awesome blasts and kill a ton of people. They’ve been granted the chance to not go to the spring so they can continue to fight, which is really complicated because they are supposed to be innocent priestesses, but now they are pretty much mass murderers (but hey, its war).

So there is this crazy war shit happening, and at the same time all this emotional strife and inter-relational drama going on. In the first episode, one of their comrades dies which leads to a lot of crying and pouting for the first quarter of the show. Because the priestesses are so pure, that also means they’re also supposed to be rich (because obviously, poor girls aren’t pure), but since its war they are letting in the rif-raf. So there is some dialog about classism and how religious leaders let politics fuck shit up and how the government is full of heartless bastards (even though the men in charge used to be girls a long time ago, they take full advantage of the patriarchy).

I’m rewatching the show, and even though I knew what was going to happen, I still cried in episodes 19 and 20. But then again, I have been known to cry during movies like “Baby Mama” (oh man, the court room scene was agonizing!).

Oh, I almost forgot the best part. The girls have to kiss to power up the Simoun. So apparently their god is really gay.

Speaking of gay, when looking up Simoun on YouTube, I came across the official music video of the show’s theme song. Totally lesbionic.

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    • erf
    • August 11th, 2008

    candy b! i do love it when you nerd out on this stuff, and i think feminist club should get down with this shit. you are a post-modern pop culture genius. you should be famous.

    • erf
    • August 11th, 2008

    oh shit! i just watched the video. good god. it’s the best music video i have ever seen. hands down. totally beats tatu. i liked it a little bit too much, maybe. how come american cartoons don’t have videos like that? is it like a mortal insult to refer to anime as “cartoon?”

    • hermionedanger
    • August 11th, 2008

    Yes indeed. Best. Video. Ever. Did them passing one another on the street just lead into a premonition of the sweet and dramatic lesbionic times to be had? I think so. And BTW, I think the ultimate way to depict a meaningful and passionate relationship is to show gentle hugging.

    • Cait
    • August 13th, 2008

    candise- your blog is totally awesome! you’re absolutely a pop culture genius and i think you should start up your own feminist version of entertainment weekly so i can somehow ween myself off my addiction to the real thing. hope to see ya soon and get my ass kicked at wii.
    xo

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