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Old 2007-05-09, 16:14   Link #2541
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Oof. I searched this thread for "game", and I can't believe it still hasn't been released.
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And these Lines, are from a 3D Program.
Are you referring to the background shower tile lines in the image? ( http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/2...5914883mk7.jpg ) Those are definitely hand drawn; you can tell by the inconsistent tile thickness and the sketchiness.
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In 2D you don't need the deep Well perhaps for the 2.5D (Pseudo 3D).Nowadays they use the CG for original Sketches. Because it should be very hard to get original Sketches in eBay.
Maybe not depth itself...but the illusion of depth is just as important. Poorly executed perspective is jarring. I recently watched an anime episode that had a scene where a character was running away from the screen. Her legs were moving fast, but she was hardly progressing over the ground. The length and speed of her running strides were matching up very poorly with how much ground she was covering and how fast she was disappearing into the distance.

Pseudo-3D is a term that I think is more applicable to actual game play, not the more "traditionally" animated cut scenes?

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Objection! I still think the kiss between Amuria and Neviril in the first episode is hotter.
Agreed. However, the best kiss would have to be the wall kiss. And I think the cutest kiss comes at the end of episode 10; although the two guys kiss could also be a contender in my book. There's certainly plenty of kisses to choose from in this show.

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There's absolutely nothing wrong with being a huge fan, unless you start attacking people or trying to establish superiority with it.

As for flaws in Simoun, I think there are plenty, but much like people, I think for shows you love best, you love them in their entirety, flaws and all. Flaws are also subjective: where one person feels the climax came too soon, I felt it was just right, because we focused on different things: the war plot versus the character development. There's no such thing as a perfect show, and if there was, it would probably be quite boring...hence, not perfect after all.
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Old 2007-05-09, 16:21   Link #2542
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Wow. We really are lousy psychics, but I, at least, can say it's because I'm always pessimistic about everything.

This is pleasant news. I always like it when above average/ non-cookie cutter anime get licensed, because I hope it sends a message to the people who make anime that there is a market for something other that a cute girl boob comedy. Wonder what cover art they're going to use. Speaking of, is there a Simoun artbook anywhere?
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Old 2007-05-10, 01:56   Link #2543
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I recently watched an anime episode that had a scene where a character was running away from the screen. Her legs were moving fast, but she was hardly progressing over the ground.
Aaeru in ep25, around the 12:01 mark?

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is there a Simoun artbook anywhere?
Sadly not. Let us pray that this void in the fabric of the universe may one day be filled.
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Old 2007-05-13, 04:17   Link #2544
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Simoun licensed by Media Blasters

The Media Blasters license for Simoun was formally announced yesterday at Anime Central. See http://okazu.blogspot.com/2007/05/an...ral-day-2.html for details.

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Old 2007-05-13, 05:29   Link #2545
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The Media Blasters license for Simoun was formally announced yesterday at Anime Central. See http://okazu.blogspot.com/2007/05/an...ral-day-2.html for details.
Squee!
Unconvincing, to say the least. Since then are we considering blogs an official source?
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Old 2007-05-13, 05:58   Link #2546
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Since now.
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Old 2007-05-13, 07:58   Link #2547
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Since now.
Especially since AnimeOnDVD consider it legit as well:

http://animeondvd.com/

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Media Blasters Nabs Simoun (08:16 AM EDT): First showing up on the Anime Central lists and now confirmed by yuri blogger Okazu, it appears that Media Blasters has indeed picked up the series Simoun.
Now what do we have left? Strawberry Panic?
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Old 2007-05-13, 09:32   Link #2548
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Unconvincing, to say the least. Since then are we considering blogs an official source?
Ordinarily I wouldn't have given it much credence, but Erica (who also runs Yuricon) is definitely reliable.

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Now what do we have left? Strawberry Panic?
Blech. There were rumours that Media Blasters had that as well.

The really interesting one would be if Geneon finally acquired Marimite...
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Old 2007-05-13, 10:35   Link #2549
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The really interesting one would be if Geneon finally acquired Marimite...
...or finally spilled the beans about it if they already do.

(No, I don't know anything, other than the rumors.)
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Old 2007-05-13, 10:47   Link #2550
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Hmm... I hear Elfen Lied did horribly in Japan, but it's one of the most popular series in North America now. Maybe Media Blasters is going by that precedent.
If that's the case, though, it makes me wonder if they've actually seen the show ...
I'm still kinda in a state of disbelief over this. Definitely not something I would have put money on, even after AIR got licensed. Still great news, though
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Old 2007-05-13, 12:18   Link #2551
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I'm still kinda in a state of disbelief over this.
For some reason, this license didn't shock me as much as it probably should have...I think it is a combination of Media Blasters licensing Kashimashi, Loveless, etc. as well as the fact that I probably compare Simoun's chances of being licensed to that of my other most wanted show, Aria. At least Simoun has air battles! War! "Yuri"! Character deaths! Love triangles! Controversial portrayals of topics like religion and gender!

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Aaeru in ep25, around the 12:01 mark?
Tiny Aaeru! No wonder I'd forgotten. She does look like she's running on a treadmill there. The instance I mentioned in my last post was ridiculously obvious because it was a character in the front and center of the animation (I think it might have been an episode of Ikkitousen...my memory is failing me).
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Old 2007-05-14, 09:27   Link #2552
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Women in combat - Interestingly enough there is one example woman pilots fighting in war - see

A Dance With Death: Soviet Airwomen in World War II
by Anne Noggle

Wings, Women, and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat
by Reina Pennington

Noggle's book is a collection of personal stories of 69 airwomen is especially
touching particularly the ending photos of the aged survivors. Pennington's book is the more scholarly and includes extensive lists, tables and political background etc. A soviet pilot Marina Raskova with an impressive prewar reputation something like Amelia Earhart was well known by Stalin and used her influence allow women pilots to fly in the Soviet airforce.

Here's note on Noggle's book
"From Publishers Weekly
Noggle, a U.S. Women's Airforce Service Pilot during WWII, traveled to Russia several times between 1990 and 1992 to record the reminiscences of 69 Soviet women airforce veterans. Trained as combat pilots, mechanics, navigators and ground crews after Stalin ordered the formation of three all-female air regiments in 1941, their mission was primarily defensive. A number of them became aces-i.e., they shot down five or more enemy planes. This was the first instance of widespread employment of women in combat by a major power. The women talk about their reasons for joining, the extremely rigorous training and harsh living conditions, the way the Soviet military system dealt with them collectively and individually and the role they played in tactical operations. There is plenty of adventure, emotion and drama in these pages, and readers will note that the experiences of these women were hardly different from those of their male counterparts. Noggle writes movingly of the continuing friendships among the survivors (about 100 are still alive) and their twice-yearly meetings in Moscow for a vodka-fueled, sisterly celebration. Most moving of all: the noble photos taken by Noggle of these veterans in old age. "

This makes one imagine the Simoun characters getting together years after their experiences - what would they be like then? etc etc
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Old 2007-05-14, 10:07   Link #2553
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You've got to love how ANN refers to it as "Simoun The Yuri With Mecha Series". Wouldn't that by Fantasy Mecha. Is Yuri even a genre? Last time I checked.....
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Old 2007-05-15, 23:43   Link #2554
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You've got to love how ANN refers to it as "Simoun The Yuri With Mecha Series". Wouldn't that by Fantasy Mecha. Is Yuri even a genre? Last time I checked.....
I did a quick search for Simoun on Amazon (U.S.) today and was pleasantly surprised to see that the Drama and Audio CDs popped up. I noticed that the page was short and realized it was b/c no one has done any feedback for them.

After seeing Kaioshin_Sama's post, I began to wonder what to post that would nudge people into giving the CDs and (hopefully) the series a chance.

I would give it a go but I'm afraid I'd come across as horribly fanboy-ish which would discredit anything I wrote and turn people off to it.

Any suggestions / volunteers?
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Old 2007-05-16, 13:31   Link #2555
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Erica received permission and oficially announced on her blog that Media Blasters has the rights to Simoun. You can check her post over at blogspot or just click this link to the post.

Of note is that ICV2, a website which caters to comic book shop owners and specializes in gathering information about pop culture for it's readership has a brief article about Simoun's licensing on their front page today.

If youd like to see their take the series description, the article can be found under the heading: Media Blasters Acquires 'Simoun' 'Yuri' Science Fiction Anime

To quote Futaba Chan: SQUEEE EE E E !
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Old 2007-05-16, 15:02   Link #2556
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Of note is that ICV2, a website which caters to comic book shop owners and specializes in gathering information about pop culture for it's readership has a brief article about Simoun's licensing on their front page today.
What's promising about this is that they spelled "Aaeru", "Neviril", "Argentum", and so forth correctly, and demonstrated a clue about the plot (although they got Aaeru and Neviril mixed up as to auriga vs. sagitta). It's as if they've been watching the fansubs, or at least reading the Wikipedia page. If all of that information came out of marketing materials that MB sent them, it's especially promising....
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Old 2007-05-17, 11:46   Link #2557
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I just recently (this morning) finished watching Simoun and found my way here as a result of my thirst for more and answers. I read most of the posts in this thread from around Sept on (basically right after ep 26 aired). Truth be told, I was very impressed with the level of detail and thought that went into a lot of the poster's comments.

Mostly I wanted to make sure that you guys know that I am officially a Simoun fanboy now. I loved the ending for the way it tied up some themes, but left some wide open. Truly a bittersweet conclusion, but more importantly one that made me reflect on myself and the way that different aspects of my life related to some of the characters. The last time I watched an anime that had this kind of personal affect on me was Evangelion.

As much as I want to know all of the answers that were never finalized, part of me also wants them to remain a mystery. Nothing in life is fully known or guaranteed, and just feeling that there may exist a type of love in the world that transcends spatial and temporal planes is enlightening. I feel like I'm now part of a small club
that "get's it". Whatever that may mean to you.

Sure it wasn't a perfect anime, there are aspets of it that could have been done better, but nothing is ever perfect. All in all I think that I'm a better person for watching it and I look forward to buying the DVD's. Thanks.
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Old 2007-05-22, 10:04   Link #2558
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I finally finished this series yesterday. Man talk about getting around to it. Well, I had started watching it when it was airing but y'know there wasn't enough "work" going on for it. But I thank the ___ that put in the effort. I enjoyed it. That's all I can really say. I'll also say that the story is not as complex as people thought it was when it first aired. There was all this talk about the terminology that scared folks away. But once you get down to it things are pretty simple. The only problem I had was some of the story. While having some holes it's not so bad that you can't follow it. I sort of got a bit lost in the pacing toward the end. But I can see this series requires a second viewing to get some of the key points. I had to consult the wiki to understand what I missed. I'll say whoever put that write-up for the plot did a DAMN GOOD job. It summarized the whole point of the series in very little words. Not many grammatical errors either. But after reading it I could see where the series plot had issues trying to explain it. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it could have been better orchestrated. But all in all a decent story.

Lots of drama and emotional issues. Though I did find Aeru's voice interestingly odd. Talk about your "back-woods beast boonie". I kept finding myself wondering what the hell was she at times. She had no clue to how normal things worked. Knowledgle about combat but relationships no. It's like 'Tarzan' and the apes. It was like she lived her life as a wild animal. Which pretty much summed up her personality. She and 'Neviril' were about as different as apples and quarters. 'Aeru' was 'Tarzan' and 'Neviril' her 'Jane'. Now just wait for the rock to clock you upside you head. :lol: :lol: But again I found their relation to be interesting as well as moving. Along with everyone else.

Great show! Please support it!
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Old 2007-05-26, 17:34   Link #2559
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I just watched episode 8 of Emily of New Moon (Kaze no Shoujo Emily). It was wonderful, and brought tears to my eyes, as several episodes of this woefully underappreciated show have. Not fansubbed yet. Sound familiar?

The reason I'm posting here is that when I looked at the end credits, I saw that the episode was storyboarded by Nishimura Junji, the director of Simoun. Checking ja.Wikipedia, I see that he also storyboarded episodes of Shounen Onmyouji, Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, and Full Moon wo Sagashite. In addition, Toyoguchi Megumi (Alti) had a role in this episode of Emily.

Emily of New Moon is based on a novel (novels?) by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables, and tells a story quite similar to that: old-fashioned, but emotional and strong.
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Old 2007-06-02, 00:36   Link #2560
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So, where exactly is AnimeExpo again?

http://www.moetron.com/2007/06/01/an...savage-genius/
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