In the world of Daikuuriku, all children are born female; but once they become a young adult, they may choose which sex they will become. In this world which is at war with itself, the women of Simalacrum find themselves charged with the task of piloting the ancient machines known as Simoun in hopes of turning the tide of war. Though originally simple ceremonial machines, the most gifted of pilots can turn the glowing "ri maajon" of their rituals onto their enemies and obliterate them from the skies using these Simoun. However, it takes a special bond between two highly gifted girls to successfully pilot a Simoun. With the toll of blood and pain that these previously innocent girls are taking, how many will be able to carry on, even knowing that they are the only real thing standing between freedom and subjugation of their land?
Mari Wakatake is the sole survivor of an apparent island tsunami disaster that took place five years ago; she has been raised and schooled by her grandmother from that day. But now, she has been sent off to a boarding school in order to grow and make new relationships; and it is there that she meets Senkouji Hagino, a mysterious girl who is liked by everyone – everyone except for Mari. But Mari soon discovers that Hagino is not what she seems to be, and as Mari struggles to figure out Hagino and fit in at school, an alien race is maneuvering in the shadows for their conquest of an unsuspecting Earth. Little does Hagino know that she herself holds the key to the truth of Mari's past, as well as the key to her future.
The most obvious and superficial similarity of Simoun and Blue Drop is that they share the theme of shoujo-ai. On a deeper level, however, the two anime have a great deal in common. The cool, self-contained personalities of Hagino/Ekaril (Blue Drop) and Neviril (Simoun) are of the same cloth, though Hagino is more honest about her emotions. Likewise, Mari and Aaeru have the same rôle of being the extrovert that opens up the closed personality of their partners. Of course, this introvert/extrovert match is a common pairing in shoujo-ai oryuri anime.
In both anime, too, there is a common theme of almost supernatural vehicles (flying in the sky, or diving under the sea), the appearance of which can transform a simple scene into a dream-like one, fraught with significance.
Overall, if you have seen one of these, you will find that there is a familiar feel to the other -- and you will probably like it.
Simoun and Blue Drop offer a mix of shoujo-ai and giant flying ships, a combination that does not occur all that often. In both cases there is a mostly female cast and a war backdrop that fuels the plot is balanced by the interaction between the several characters. Simoun is set in a somewhat fantastical world and follows the clash between religion and military accomplishments while Blue Drop takes place in a world that is more or less realistic
Both animes share shoujo-ai and sci-fi aspects a combination that we dont see that often in animes that have shoujo-ai as main tag.Both of them are pretty much alike since we have in each of this animes girl x girl couples (Hagino and Mari in Blue Drop, Neviril and Aaeru in Simoun).Even though in terms of story and plot this animes arent similar, when we talk about genre aspects and characters this animes are very similar.As an overall if you seen one of this two animes you will definitely like the other one as well
These two sci-fi yuri series will appeal to any fan out there who enjoys a tiny bit of girls-love in a story based in a fictitious setting. They both involve special aircrafts and other sci-fi'esque technologies, as well as sweet romances that thankfully stays away from the usual otaku-pandering clichés so common to the genre.
In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.
Want an anime featuring fantastic flying machines pitted against each other in exciting mid air battles that will decide the fate of not just a single civilization but possibly even the whole world? Want all of this depicted in a heart-thunderingly detailed and visually stunning style? AND do you want this to be tailored into a compelling storyline that is just as fascinating as the artwork at hand? You could only be talking of either Last Exile, or Simoun.
Simoun and Last Exile place a great emphasis on lavish flying machines and on war. In both there is a technologically advanced nation that has the upper hand and a series of others that must struggle in a very harsh environment. Technology is mixed with a sense of mysticism that takes a religious turn in Simoun while it remains essentially vague in Last Exile. Simoun has a shoujo-ai element that is absent in Last Exile, yet on par with the theme of flying both series develp their cast through several trials.
Air combat? A world in the grip of a terrible war? Strange, pale woman who preside over decadent civilizations? If you liked all these aspects of Simoun, then you're gonna find a lot to love in Last Exile.
Both titles focus on the effect that a large-scale conflict can have on an individual's dreams and how war brings a swift end to childhood and innocence. If you loved the complex, melancholy, and adventurous plot of Simoun, then Last Exile is a must-watch.
Gentle Himeko and reserved Chikane were born into very different backgrounds, but still became the best of friends. Their fates, they would soon come to discover, are intertwined in a fashion that they can't possibly imagine -- they are the reincarnations of two priestesses who once sealed the god of darkness Orochi in their past lives. Set to revive again, his giant robot-riding agents have set out to destroy the girls, one of whom is Himeko's friend who is in love with her. Riddled with memories of their past lives, the two try to survive long enough to cast the seal on Orochi again...
Looking for a good and nice shoujo-ai/fantasy/mecha anime? Well you dont have to search that hard, Kannazuki no Miko and Simoun are very much alike in terms of genres but much different in terms of plot and characters.Even though the yuri and fantasy aspect from both of this anime are very much alike.So my guess is that if you seen and liked one of this two then you should try the other one as well
In proper yuri, action is rare enough. To find actiony science fiction, one generally has to look. Though not further than to either one of these.
More than that, these two both contain religious aspects – the female main characters are all priestesses. Simoun especially doesn't hold back on that aspect, including a religious debate that is nowhere to be seen in Kannazuki no Miko.
In any case, if you like one there is reason to watch the other.
In the distant future many things have changed. Worlds are colonized and people travel the stars freely. The GOTT (Galactic Organization of Trades and Tarifs) exists to maintain order and peace along the galaxies. Enter two ES members. Eclair and Lumiere. They are sent on missions to keep the universal peace, under the flag of GOTT. But soon they come to realize that there is more going on behind the scenes than they previously imagined...
If you like Simoun, you will probably also like Kiddy Grade and vice versa. The worlds are very different, as well as the story, so that's not why I recommend these with each other. Why I recommend them is that the characters are very similar, and throughout the story they grow and mature in very similar manners. Both stories deal with a primarily female cast which has a wide range of personalities. Their growth is not shallow, and that makes both series worth watching.
Aside from being science fiction shows with fantasy elements, the main thing these two have in common is the casts consist of a majority of girls, with very different personalities. Both contain well written, believable character development, which makes either one a good recommendation for the other.
Furthermore, have serious messages about religion and war (Simoun) / opression and the responsibility of the ones "just taking orders" (Kiddy Grade).
For the young women at the Lillian private school for girls, nothing is more prestigious than Rosa Sinensis, Rosa Gigantea, and Rosa Foetida, the beautiful and talented women who head the student council. When a young girl named Yumi's path is intertwined with Sachiko, a successor to the council, things will never be the same for the both of them. Maria-sama ga Miteru is a quiet tale of forbidden romance, friendship, and the everyday life of a school girl.
While Maria-sama and Simoun are nothing alike in setting, both include a lot of fun "anime girl drama." There is a strong yuri undercurrent in both, and if you enjoyed one, the other may suit your tastes as well.
Simoun and Marimite feature a similar tag and thats shoujo-ai though this two animes are not the same when it comes to setting, both have a nice and warm "girl love drama"aspect. The yuri current is way stronger in Simoun than Marimite (given by the fact that in Marimite the relationship between girls are more like senpai-kouhai) but if you enjoyed watching one of this two shows then you should check up the other one as well.