January 18th, 2008

GL - Nia & Simon - you are my happy endi

Baby I'm all for believing. I'm believing in you.

I wanted to make a Girls of Gurren Lagann post, but the truth is, I just wanted to make a post about Nia. And Nia and Simon. As someone who pretty much never has a main het pairing in any series, Simon/Nia took me completely by surprise, because I never expected to even care about it, and because of how much I came to love it.

When I see people going, "Nia is such a Mary Sue. Tragic past, falls in love with hero, etc." I just go, to quote Rossiu: "あなたは何もわかっていない".

It's not very nice, but I have a natural bias against female characters. The vast majority of them bore me to sleep. I probably put this down to me (a) not reading the right books, (b) being more interested in the guys, (c) female characters simply getting short shrift in terms of characterisation, most of the time.

But, Nia's different for me. Nia's special. And Simon/Nia is special because they meet each other at exactly the right time. Simon meets Nia exactly when he needs her the most, even if he doesn't realise it. She is exactly what he needs exactly when he needs it. She saves him, and then he saves her. And:
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Spoilers for Gurren Lagann from Episode 8 to Episode 27
I left out the major ones, but there's still a fair bit here.

So Nia and Simon meet cute. "If you see a girl in a really big box, you've found your soulmate?" That's them.
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SEVEN YEARS LATER - POST TIMESKIP

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Goodness, I have never made a post with so many screencaps of a female character and a straight pairing. I think I'm going to go and make sure I'm still me.