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Simoun 14
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Ah at last an episode of Simoun to indulge my Morinas fangirlism, she (and presumably eventually he after Morinas has her fountain choice revealed) hasn't particularly done much in the series except provide a temporary rival for Aeru in episode three and hang around with Wapourif. So anyway, this week just so happens to focus on Morinas and Wapourif as well as the more non-relationship based part of the show in the form of the sacred Simoun technology. Oh and Morinas and Wapourif share a kiss too... does that qualify as yaoi even if it looks like yuri? It's all so confusing.

Dominura and the captain of the base ship kick this episode off with a rather dull discussion about the military side of things. Sure, sure the war aspect of the show is part of the plot but I can honestly say I really don't give a crap about it by this point in time. The show is all about the character relationships and that's what I'm interested in not who is teaming up with who.

Simoun seems to like it's shower scenes although it manages to do them while being considerably less sleazy than most shows. Last time it was Kaimu and Aeru this time Morinas and Wapourif have a shower conversation (in seperate stalls). Morinas comments she isn't bothered by Wapourif (he is male remember! I apologize in advance if I call him she accidentally at some points) sharing a shower with her as she is going to pick male when she goes to the fountain (much as I like Morinas as a female character, its been fairly obvious in her behaviour that she was going to pick male eventually I felt, she has a very male mindset). Wapourif and Morinas end up talking about Furoe who Wapourif was once in a "romantic" relationship with. It's clear Wapourif feels she can confide in Morinas as she goes on to tell her that he and Furoe never really worked as a couple (could their be two more incompatible cast members?) but puts it down to the fact he sees the Simoun pilots as higher beings. He is evidently a clear believer in the sacred side to the Simoun. He also reveals Furoe insists he tell everyone they were in a romantic relationship...

..yeh this image of Furoe "insisting" gave me bad dreams too.

Anyway the shower conversation here is pretty interesting, Morinas is modest when Wapourif mentions the sacred nature of Simoun pilots but Wapourif is fairly insistent in his admiration. Since they first met I've always thought there has been a bit of a vibe of attraction between Morinas and Wapourif and here it seemed fairly obvious I thought in expressions and in reactions to one-another.

The Simoun pilots take a well earned break (apart from the absent Neviriru and Aeru who I shall talk about later) in some scenes that really highlight how beautiful the series can be visually. I'm not entirely sure why but I'm beginning to like Yuun a lot more as a character lately and fingers crossed she gets an episode two herself at some point as she seems a bit of an enigma in the cast, not obviously bonding with the other pilots. There are a few other scenes throughout this episode where the pilots as a full group or in slightly smaller numbers are together with emphasis placed on them wondering how Aeru and Neviriru are. It's quite evident that to the Corp Tempus as a whole both Aeru and Neviriru are crucial parts and everyone is concerned for one or the other (or both).

Our "baddie but we aren't really sure if she's bad or not but she probably is or could just be up to something else" in the form of Dominura asks Wapourif to take apart a Simoun basically because she wants to know how it works. As we have previously seen Wapourif views the Simoun as sacred and this starts up the "angst, angst, super angst" path for him as he wrestles with what he has been told to do. Again as always with Dominura you have to wonder here if she has ulterior motives for wanting to know more about the sacred Simoun.

Neviriru and Aeru time! After the massive focus on them last week nothing much happens to them this week. Basically they fly about, Neviriru is uncomfortable and upset still and eventually orders Aeru to return back to base. So they head back. The End for these two this week, incredibly dull exciting stuff for our leads I'll think you'll agree.

Meanwhile we have a lot of Wapourif and Morinas angst scenes. Wapourif is still totally emotionally torn on dismantling the craft perhaps even more so after Morinas comments she feels it is something God flies in.

Important revelations? Perhaps! The captain of the Messis has been looking into Dominura's past. It turns out her old Simoun Corp mostly all died after trying to perfect a certain deadly kind of Ri-Mergion. Could that be what Dominura plans to use her current team for? To create the ultimate deadly Ri-Mergion? It would explain why she seems to be trying to discover the best pairings between pilots and the like. Seems very likely to me... the plot advances.. perhaps.

Nothing like skinny dipping in the moonlight to make you decide to dismantle a sacred machine and make you want to go and kiss another guy (or a girl who is eventually going to be a guy anyway). Wapourif decides to do both these things as she takes in the moonlight standing in a river. Time for the yaoi... that looks like yuri!

So Wapourif sneaks into the quarters of the other priestesses and finds Morinas's bed, Morinas awakens seemingly a bit startled to see the mechanic by her (I shall keep referring to Morinas as her or I'll just get even more mixed up between who is what gender at this point, as I said before Morinas is male in mind and will be fully male eventually thanks to gender swapping fountains) bedside. Wapourif kisses the startled Morinas who evidently enjoys the moment and relaxes into the kiss too (ah they really do like each other, all those scenes built up to something!). Wapourif then cries a little.. obviously hurting emotionally still by the decision he has come too. He then tells Morinas that "Simoun are just machines" and leaves the room. I'm sorry Mr.Mechanic but your just wrong!

Fortunately it isn't Wapourif who feels the wrath of the sacred Simoun he has dismantled but rather the person who told him too. Dominura looks into the dismantled machine the next morning and lets out a piercing shriek that is heard all around the Messis. The sacred power of the Simoun overwhelms her and she is left a quivering traumatized shell as some of the crew help her into the main ship. The girls (who have rushed up on deck) watch on in horror and Morinas and Wapourif stare at each other as in total shock. Frankly I feel Dominura deserved this after causing Wapourif a lot of pain in deciding what to do. What exactly has happened to her will perhaps be revealed next week as well as what she apparently saw in the holy power of the Simoun. Anyway, it's interesting and shows that the craft the girls pilot are certainly more than giant sky snails.

While this is transpiring, Aeru and Neviriru approach the Messis themselves. Aeru comments that she can hear someone crying looking pretty surprised about it. I wasn't sure if this was in reference to Dominura's scream or something else.. perhaps Aeru is very in tune with the dismantled Simoun and can hear it's pain? Episode End.

Despite the development for Aeru and Neviriru I thought was coming not actually coming this episode was excellent. I like Morinas, I like Wapourif and for them both to receive an episode of development more or less to themselves (ok Dominura was developed more too but I felt Morinas and Wapourif stole the show) was just a great treat. I've said it before and I'll say it again Simoun is simply just one of the best shows out their for character development and relationship development. As always episode 15 can't come soon enough.. although there was a lot of Rimone in the preview. I hate Rimone.

Rounding off this post with a bit of extra info. I'm a bit behind with my blogging at the moment for various reasons but I do intend (note "intend") to get some more posts (and variety) done the next few days. Strawberry Panic 14 will obviously be coming, and I have some ROD The TV and Brother Dear Brother (the show in serious need of some prozac) upcoming too. As for the new season I'm still reserving judgment on it but have found it seriously underwhelming so far.
posted by Mangaminx On Thursday, July 06, 2006  
  • On Thursday, 06 July, 2006, Anonymous Futaba-chan said…

    "It turns out her old Simoun Corp mostly all died after trying to perfect a certain deadly kind of Ri-Mergion."

    Not just any Ri Maajon -- they died trying to do the Emerald Ri Maajon, the one that Neviril and Amuria tried in episode 1, and the cause of Neviril and Aaeru's current spat.

  • On Thursday, 06 July, 2006, Blogger Mangaminx said…

    Ahah, I missed that so thank you for pointing it out!

  • On Thursday, 06 July, 2006, Anonymous Futaba-chan said…

    "Morinas is male in mind and will be fully male eventually thanks to gender swapping fountains"

    ...assuming that her developing relationship with Wapourif doesn't talk her out of it. It would probably be a mistake, but one of the neat things about this series is the play back and forth with the different pressures on people to choose one thing or another when they go to the Spring. I really hope that there's an episode of denouement at the end where we learn the choices that the cast make when they go....

    (Limone excepted, of course -- she's too young.)

  • On Thursday, 06 July, 2006, Blogger Mangaminx said…

    Of course theres always the chance that a character can change their mind on the fountain decision before the end but Morinas does seem very male to me general I suppose. A wrap up episode where we find out what gender they all pick would be nice for sure... I guess we shall have to wait and see what happens!

  • On Thursday, 06 July, 2006, Blogger hashihime said…

    Morinas did say she would probably become male. I heard a "-rashii" in there, so I think there may still be some doubt. Would she prefer to be Wapo-chan's other-sex partner, or fellow-mechanic and (possibly) same-sex partner?

    And I think Dominura is becoming the heroine of this show. In that early convo with Wauf, when she heard that the two enemy countries might be allying, she said to herself: "What is the Centre doing?" I think she's part of the war party, trying to strengthen Simulacrum so it can resist the attackers; while the peace party, or religious party, thinks things can just go on as they are. Domi-chan realizes that without the Jade Rimaajon, all may be lost. Maybe.

  • On Thursday, 06 July, 2006, Blogger Mangaminx said…

    On the subject of Dominura I suppose seeing her as a heroine comes from your prespective. She evidently is fighting for her people... and doing her best to make the Corp Tempus a great force against the enemy. However there is also the perspective that because she is doing this behind the back of the others (and will ultimatly perhaps try and force them into doing dangerous Ri-Mergion's) that she is harmful to the other cast. She may be a very zealous military organizer.. but perhaps there will be an other path to victory other than war?

  • On Thursday, 06 July, 2006, Anonymous Futaba-chan said…

    "And I think Dominura is becoming the heroine of this show."

    I think Dominura is the centrepiece of this arc. We started with a "Neviril arc" and now seem to be firmly in a "Dominura arc." Symmetry suggests that it'll wind up around episode 17 or 18, leaving room for a third such arc. An "Aaeru arc," perhaps?

    Or the show could turn out to have a different structure entirely....

  • On Saturday, 08 July, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dominura is just a no nonsense soldier given a mission to militarize and optimize the Simoun choirs.

    What her and her group is doing can be considered a heresy, but it's all for the survival of the theocracy.

    In a sense she and Aer a similar in that they are closer to soldiers than priesteses

  • On Thursday, 20 July, 2006, Anonymous Miharu said…

    "Time for the yaoi... that looks like yuri! "

    That got me laughing a good time XD!!!

    Well that "relationship" its kinda hard...but I am happy too that they dit a Morinas and Wapourif episode (well, its nearly their episode..<_<)

    They are my favorito "couple". So dissapointed wapourif is a man...T_T but for them I shall watch yaoi!

    Great bloggin btw, I laugh so hard when I read your "summaries"

    Gosh..I finally got myself spoiled -.-

  • On Tuesday, 06 April, 2010, Anonymous MorinasXWapourif=babies said…

    umm last i checked Moriinas stayed a woman and had a kid with Wapourif~! 2 in fact.. Moriinas felll in love with Wapourif ..can you not tell??..they look like a natural couple from the start....waht made Moriinas change her mind..Wapourif's kiss ~!

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