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Reading “Anime on my mind” this week, it came to my attention that a second shamelessly yuri anime was being shown this season: Simoun, so I downloaded the Doremi fansubs and watched the first few episodes…here’s what I thought – Not only do the characters fly around in things that look like Disc Doctors, all the ship designs and things look far too much like they were taken straight out of LAST EXILE. I mean, the Craftsmen’s nations ships, you can’t tell me they don’t look like vanships. And the Simouns look remarkably like those white thingys that Dio and Co. fly around in (sorry about my crap knowledge, EXILE fans)

But the similarity does stop there, thankfully. The entire thing is (rather shakily) based around a race that are born as women and choose their gender when they get to the age of 19, though they lose the ability to blow up hundreds of enemy ships at once while shouting stupid technique names like “SHARK REMERGION!”. And also, for some reason, being able to pilot one of the ships requires the 2 pilots to kiss beforehand, so changing gender results in a great reduction in creamy yuri goodness.

So you can see already that this anime is going to be filled with gallons and gallons of pseudo-lesbian tongue wrestling and shoujo ai relationships until one of the two goes to the spring, becomes a man and shafts the poor other girl senseless with his newly gained manhood (actually I think they didn’t film the last bit)

Despite this excellent premise, the Craftsman’s (I assume they’re all women too, so shouldn’t “Craftswomen’s” be more appropriate?) Nation seems to have little going for it, except having its ships and people blown up repeatedly by, like, 1 enemy craft and the wonderful voice of Mamiko Noto voicing someone we haven’t even met yet. If the anime doesn’t go into a bit more detail about them and we see both sides, it will be extremely disappointing. A bit of Romeo and Juliet cross-sides loving is due here I think…

 

So how does it compare to the other great yuri anime of this season – Strawberry Panic?(Or Full Yuri Panic! as I have otherwise named it)

Lets compare!

  1. Outrageously thinly veiled lesbian subtext Vs. Frankly pornographic amount of girl-girl tongue fencing

Vs.

 


Simoun obviously wins on the yuri-snogging count, but does it beat the cute one-sided longings of Tamao and Yaya-chan and the first girl-love of Hikari and Amane-sama? Especially episode 8 of FYP! when Tamao chased Nagisa round all episode to share an umbrella and Shizuma complained that her umbrella was too big…

Answer: Full Yuri Panic! WIN, 5 points! Although I do love the girl on girl action in Simoun, it lacks resultant storyline to back it up. For FYP! to spend an entire episode on the love shared beneath an umbrella is bold and pretty funny. And Yaya/Hikari is shaping up to be my favourite underdog pairing ever.

2. Cookie eating loli Vs. Slightly mad plush bear obsessed loli.

 


I have to admit, the loli with the plush bear in FYP! did scare me a bit…Isn’t Astraea only secondary school and above, meaning that she is at least 11 and still kookily weird for her age? *shivers* On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with the loli in Simoun (Except that she’s possibly said one word in 2 episodes) Also, she has Ichijou Karen hair (of School Rumble fame).

Answer: Simoun WIN, 5 points! Stoic snacking loli beats scary bear confiding loli

3. Two best friends and a tsundere Vs. Emo girl, genki girl and rampant lesbian

Vs.

 


How does the Yaya-Hikari-Tsubomi triangle shape up to Neville the emo girl and her Pair Amuria(who is obviously rampantly gay) and the new girl Aeru who (thank god) chooses blowing things up over becoming a man. Obviously I am pre-biased to vote for the Yaya-Hikari-Tsubomi fiasco, since I am a massive Yaya fan, but since Simoun hasn’t had enough time to develop its storyline and since there has already been three comsummate kisses in their love triangle, they need some weight too…there’s still room for some rampant lesbian shower sex there too.

Answer: FYP! 3 points, Simoun, 2 points (for potential)

4. Bonus Points

 

Erii (Simoun) -2 points for becoming a man (NOT HOT)


Chikaru (FYP!) +2 points for being ULTRA DETECTIVE COSPLAY HAWT

 

FINAL RESULT: Full Yuri Panic!: 10 points, Simoun, 5 points

STRAWBERRY PANIC WIN!

Undoubtedly, at this early stage, Strawberry Panic provides far more yuri excitement than Simoun, for, although it does lack girls indulging in Sapphic desires around every corner; it does have Yaya-chan. And Yaya > all.

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PS. Damn I wish that I could do “Excerpts”, ‘cept this theme doesn’t support it and its the only one on WordPress.com that I actually like. Oh well, people will have to be stuck reading my whole articles until I actually bother to find some server space then ^_^

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Well, I watched the 7th episode of Strawberry panic today, for reasons which escape me. (Actually, that's a lie, Strawberry Panic has been getting better of late since they stopped focussing on the Shizuma/Nagisa will-they-won't-they-oh-look-I've-fallen-asleep plotline). Since I've also been following the manga which is being scanlated by Dynasty-scans (who is also doing Kasimasi – much love to them), and the anime seems to be similar, but with much reduced yuri, I was expecting an episode full of amazingly heavily implied yuri (an elephant with a two-ton pen could have done a better job) but no actual "Kasimasi moments". It's not like the manga wasn't full of rather risque behaviour ^_^

Nagisa gets fondled by Shizuma in volume 1

And Tamao-chan is slightly more…shall we say, forward about her tastes.

But lo and behold, here we have our first actual yuri couple, rather than all this subtext nonsense when they're obviously all whips and double-dildos when the anime cameras aren't looking.


And following that, what do we have here? Yuri rape? On a mainstream TV show?? *Controversial*!!! (pardon overuse of punctuation there, I couldn't help myself) Though it seemed that the perpetrator had a lot of trouble getting Hikari's seifuku off and actually raping her (judging by how long it took Amane to get there). Maybe in mainstream anime, they don't have those "easy-rip" clothes you get in hentai (and Ikkitousen)


What puzzled me the most, however, was how Amane was so blase about it after they had left "Are you ok? Sometimes people are forceful like that, you should be careful"??? The girl nearly got raped woman! At least show some anger! Maybe she would have given a better response if they had been naked and Hikari was being "deflowered" (The first pun I've ever got in anime "Konohana Hikari = That flower Hikari"; what an awful pun >_<). Or maybe yuri rape is such a usual thing on Astraea hill that the students have just got used to it…

"What's that rustling in the bushes over there?" "Oh, thats just Nagisa getting ass-raped by Shizuma-sama" "Aw that's not fair! She was supposed to be raping me over half an hour ago! Kecchii!"

Oh, and I'm really starting to feel sorry for Yaya-chan. Since her transition from manga to anime has left her with a lot less forwardness in her relationship with Hikari, she seems to have been left in the dust, so to speak, as Hikari seems to be completely clueless without direct fondling…

Anyway, it's good to see that lesbian rape has gone mainstream in anime. I shall continue to watch this one, for the good of…erm…me.

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If you haven't seen it, Jeff Lawson's Strawberry panic edited video is hilarious. Since I watched Strawberry Panic, I always thought in the back of my mind that it would be great if someone took the vids and edited out some words to make it sound dodgy…much the same as I do with everyday life (ahem)

I can only assume she's talking about her womanly secretions…that, or tea.

This is funny even without editing O_o

Anyway, go to his site and watch it, it is a veritable hoot.

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