Simoun: Complete Collection
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In the peaceful theocracy of Simulicram, everyone is born female. At age 17, each maiden undergoes a special ceremony where she chooses her sex. However, only Pairs of maiden priestesses can synchronize with the ancient flying ships known as Simoun needed to defend Simulicram. These Pairs refrain from undergoing the ceremony as long as they wish to keep piloting their Simoun. Aeru is recruited to be a Simoun pilot after a terrifying attack by an enemy nation decimates the squadron known as Chor Tempest. To earn her wings she needs to find her way into the heart of Neviril, Regina of Chor Tempest. But Neviril s heart still belongs to her previous Pair, lost in the battle when she attempted a forbidden Simoun maneuver.
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A Simoun is an airship, with a pair of Ancient Helical Coils as its base. Spinning a coil provides power, which can be used to fly. The coils also react to the pure soul of a child before she chooses her place as a man or woman in this society, and can alter the space around it, by tracing through certain patterns.
Children of noble decent are chosen to act as priestesses. They perform these acts to bless the land, fight disease, improve crops, and other tasks that will better the community. Priestesses that excel can delay their trip to the stream to enter adulthood. It is a wonderful system, that is, until war breaks out.
The priestesses are now asked to save their country, by tracing out patterns of destruction. The burden of war is placed on little girls. Some of them die, and some that are over 17 choose to escape the horrors of war by crossing the stream.
With the desperate need to replace priestesses, trainers, younger girls, and children of non-noble rank are added into save their country.
Simoun does have battle scenes, but the main emphasis is on the maturation of the priestesses through difficult events. The horror of war, the loss of a soul mate, class differences, choosing a life partner, and honor, are what Simoun is about.
While there is one or more depictions of yuri,they are side "arcs" and not the purpose of the series. Those that pay attention will note the "female" mechanic putting presure on Nevell,the very attactive and central figure of this series,has already been to the springs and chose to be a male and is slowly changing into a male. But,you have to pay attention for these details.
The aircraft and other mechanical artwork is splended,the character designs of the girls is very good but the adults males and females, are plain and boring and, while the landscaping is minimal to a fault,it enhances the mechanical art.
Just how well the subtitling is,I haven't a clue as I have gone through three different releases of this series and only one made any sense at all.
This is an intelligent and worthwhile series,without the slightest hint of sex,nudity or fan service and is most highly recommended for those mature to 16 years or better.
That being said... this is a good anime, with a very interesting plot that will pull you in. Just make sure you put your reading glasses on if you don't know Japanese!
I hope Amazon will correct their error in the product description as I would most likely not had made the purchase otherwise. Not that I did not enjoy the anime, but I just don't like being mislead.
I personally love the series and when media blasters/anime works finally put out a box set of the 5 disk series here in the US I snapped it up eagerly.
This story is about war and the affects of war on the innocent people drug into it. It's a story about growing up in the chaos that is war and a story about figuring out what you want to do, or be, and taking the first steps into that direction of your life. I personally love the series completely and it is one of my all time favorites.
Now this boxset format disappointed me a little bit. I love simoun and did buy this set as soon as it was offered but they stuck all 5 disks into a single normal dvd case. I understand that media blasters like everyone else has to cut costs somewhere but there is just something nice about holding a nice box with slimpacks of your favorite series (with the cover art they released the single editions of) in your hand instead of one dvd case.
Overall if you don't mind the yuri content(everyone in this world is born female till 17 when they choose their gender) it is an awesome series and this boxset is a cheap way to get the complete collection.