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Old 2010-08-31, 18:07   Link #92
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Originally Posted by SJCrew View Post
Boring, generic, expected, yawn. I can name fifty characters in other anime who would make the same sacrifice in a heartbeat, not to mention with the same attitude, and almost exactly the same lines (Gai Shishioh, anyone?).

The sad thing is that Simon just doesn't have the personality or presence to even pull it off like the guys before him. Even Kittan, who was a blatantly obvious Kamina-lite, had a better hero persona than he did. Not only did he look the role, but he acted the role and played the role because that's who he was. Simon used to know fear and weakness. He used to have at least some semblance of vulnerability to him. But now that he's an adult, he's just some incredible badass who isn't afraid of anything? I just can't sympathize with any of that.

Also, on a slightly unrelated note, they didn't even have to write Nia's death into the picture at all. I'm almost positive that if every human in the world was killed besides me, I wouldn't disintegrate into pixie dust. That shit was just retarded.

Break down and cry, at least a little bit. But hey, apparently seven years of development dulled him into a shallow caricature of a hero, rather than a real man and human being.

It's way too predictable, that's the problem. Nothing he does surprises or impresses me because it's the same bravado I've been seeing from basically everyone else in the series, and they all seem to pull it off better because who they are from the beginning matches up with who they become in the end. Not Simon though, he just pulls a heroic persona out of his ass and abuses it for the duration of the second half of the series.
I don't even care that he did resemble Gai. Simon was still one of the best characters of the series. Of course Simon didn't have the personality or the audacity of the other leading men of the Gurren Brigade, he was true to his own character the whole show, the only reason that he changed was because he was determined to get Nia back. Simon has always been the timid guy, that never changed at all, even at the end. And how exactly does he abuse this "heroic persona" for the duration of second half the series? I did not see any abuse? It's not like he slaved all the crew members. He played the leader part that the crew needed.

By the way, some people just don't cry. It doesn't mean that they are cold bastards, some people just can't do it. And I do agree that every aspect of Nia's death was stupid as hell.
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