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18th-Jan-2008 12:13 am
GL - Nia & Simon - you are my happy endi
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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I know I've posted this picture before, but like when Yuugi's dueling Kaiba in Guard Dog and says, "I don't care how many times we kick his ass," - I kind of feel the same way about this picture. It is my special OTP of Love picture, just like the cover of re-release YGO Volume 13 is my Jou-Yuugi OTP of Love picture. That and the I LOVE YOU. ♥

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.

Simon's been going through a really bad time in his life (trust me, the end of YGO has nothing on what happened to Simon in Episode 8. Nothing) And so, his life has been EMO AND HORRIBLE WOE AND DARKNESS:

At this point in his life, she comes from a world without Kamina, so the only world she has ever known is a world without Kamina. This is precisely why he needs her, even if he doesn't realise it at the time. It is precisely because she knows nothing about his past, that she can be his future.

It is through Nia that Simon finds a new reason for living, a new future out of the painful past, and it is in her that he finds a new person to share his life with.

She gives him courage, and in turn, he becomes her future, too.

I love that when all around him is death, he climbs up to this coffin:

And when he opens it, he finds life.

I can't tell you how amazing this moment is in the anime, you have to see it. It's been EMO and HEARTBREAK and RAIN and DARKNESS and then he opens this MAGICAL box and inside is light and flowers and you just know things are going to change.

And you just know she's always going to be his princess. Always.

XD His reaction is so cute. But of course, she's the first princess you've ever set eyes on, I suppose I can forgive you staring.

you are my new beginning

After Kamina, Simon suffered this massive crisis of faith. And when everyone around him has been going DON'T EMO! STOP EMOING! BE A MAN AND PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER! -

She is the first one to say I BELIEVE IN YOU.

And because of her, he finds his courage and his purpose again.

Behind every GREAT HERO is someone who BELIEVES IN HIM.


And she's so cute.


She's still the same slightly-silly, warm, lovely AND TOTALLY CLUELESS princess she always was.

So he proposes to her:


Nia: "YADA!" :D

And she brings him lunch while he's at work:

She's the second female anime character to make me think, "If I were an anime boy, I'd want a girlfriend JUST LIKE HER ♥"

She's perfect for Simon because, among other things, they are both equally clueless.

you are my happy ending

He'll still travel to the ends of the earth to save her.


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.
17th-Jan-2008 04:25 pm (UTC) - i only have one GL icon THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE
first comment!!

i never noticed rossiu was the one who married them.

i also never expected you to fall so hard for nia. but I AM VERY PROUD. XDDDDD
17th-Jan-2008 04:39 pm (UTC) - OMG HI THERE :D

XDDDD!! I noticed Rossiu was the one marrying them because I heart Rossiu (Saiga Mitsuki, omg ♥ only the ONLY female love-of-my-life-seiyuu, and the VOICE OF WOLFRAM - which is why she's the girl!Seiyuu love of my life).

XDDDD!! I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE PROUD ♥ I never expected to fall so hard for Nia, either! I think I saw her and then sparkled at her character design, and then I watched the series and sparkled even brighter because I thought she and Simon were amazing together. ♥ I have never fallen as hard for a female character as I have for Nia, or for a het pairing as much as Simon/Nia! ;)

I guess there's a first time for everything ;)

♥ ♥ ♥ I have a bunch here (I mostly use others' icons now, not enough time to make my own, sadly!), and here are some of my FAVOURITE GL ICONS:

+ hikkie_heaven's icons - first Kamina icons I want to use!
hodemimes's icons
+ calamit0us's icons
+ ushitora_icons's 94 icons
+ caffeinecritter's has MILLIONS OF ICONS here (some good Nia ones)
+ kawaii_madoushi's GL icons. I like these.
17th-Jan-2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
As someone who've never watched this anime...you make me want to watch it!

This Nia character seems interesting (and yes, I tend not to like the female characters in most anime as wellXD they're all so unbelievably Mary Sue-ish).
17th-Jan-2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Why hello there! *grin* I am so glad to hear this! Gurren Lagann is the anime that basically ate my heart and then my soul (well, what's free after YGO XD), so I love it to pieces and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see it! *beams*

Random C had some great Gurren Lagann reviews here: very detailed and full of spoilers, but great if you want to figure out if it's the kind of show you'll like! ;)

YAY for someone else who feels the same way I do about female characters! ;) I always think it is not that I do not want to like them! They are so hard to like. *laughs* The only few I like are:

(1) The female characters in Gurren Lagann (they're all very well done)
(2) The female characters in Tales of the Abyss
(3) Juliet in Romeo X Juliet
(4) Kei in Moyashimon (I adore her!) WAIT, KEI'S A GUY WHO LOOKS LIKE A GIRL.
17th-Jan-2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
I am such a wimp and totally teared up during this post. NIA ♥
18th-Jan-2008 01:04 am (UTC)
*radiates love at you* They are such an amazing couple, I am so glad that you feel the same way! *hearts*

In my head when I watch the anime, I sometimes refer to her as Nialove, because that's what she is ♥
17th-Jan-2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
wahhh *head explodes from cute*

You know it's funny, the GL girls and ToA girls are some of the only female characters I've really loved recently (or ever) too! Female characters really do get the short end of the stick characterization-wise most of the time. Or I'm watching shoujo and everyone's exasperating anyway. But omggg GL girls so cute! I've talked to people who hate Nia for being all Mary Sue too, and my basic response was like ......let's move on! =D Because I didn't really want to go there. She's just so cute, it's hard for me to understand why people wouldn't like her. ;_; Especially after what she does for Simon.

BESIDES they're such a cute and visually appealing couple omg *__*
18th-Jan-2008 01:12 am (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥ Happy to share the head-exploding cute! ♥

XDXDXD On this post on fandomsecrets where someone posted a "Nia is a Mary Sue" secret, and I was secretly and HAPPILY vindicated to see so many people jumping to Nia's defense. We GL fans are so protect-the-princess, too!

... it's probably part of the reason people go, "Gurren Lagann fans are scary."

my basic response was like ......let's move on! =D
XDXDXD Me too. When that happens, I just go, "We are separated by a very wide abyss of understanding from which there shall be no bridge." I don't compromise on my Nia views, which is that she's absolutely amazing. I won't impose it on anyone, but my mind and heart can't be changed on this. I can be persuaded on Kamina and Simon and maybe Viral, but not Nia. ♥

They are such a cute couple. Completely drawn to look perfect together. ♥
17th-Jan-2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I just go, to quote Rossiu: "あなたは何もわかっていない".

I have decided: Rossiu is a prettier version of Wufei! Wufei v.2! SRSLY! ^^;

*surprised!* I downloaded Gurren Lagann episodes 1 -> 6 from you (well, excluding episode 5?)! O.o; I don't remember DOING THIS? T-t-thank you, I guess. xDDD I think I only watched the first two episodes so far, though! I really enjoyed them and should watch the other ones soon - but just as I was getting into this series Yu-Gi-Oh came and hijacked all my time!

I adore Nia so much~! ♥ I already loved her a lot before you made this post, but now you've given me SO MANY OTHER REASONS to love her... *squee!* (I might even end up shipping Simon/Nia if I can get over what happened to Kamina?)
18th-Jan-2008 01:26 am (UTC)
OHMYGOD, I love Rossiu. ♥ I will totally make another post of him sometime, too! I have all these amazing GL things in my computer that should be shared!

XD! I realised that YGO was eating all my time, too, and taking my fandom time away from the other things that are Important to Me! LIKE GURREN LAGANN. I think I've done enough YGO fangirling for the rest of the month, and the month after that, and the month after that...

OH sweetie, nobody who loves Kamina ever gets over missing Kamina. If you wait to get over it you'll miss out the best Gurren Lagann has to offer! It is precisely because Kaminan goes that the best in Gurren Lagann happens. Nia is really something very special, and it would be a great shame to miss out on her because of Kamina.

I'm really glad you like Nia, and that this post made you love her more! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ♥
17th-Jan-2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
MAH OTP!!!! o/

I think I'm gonna ignore the pretty fanart that is making me SOB about SPOILERS and just watch Simon and Nia be cute at each other in CFUD. :(
18th-Jan-2008 01:01 am (UTC)
XDXDXD There is no fanart here ~ Everything here is canon screencaps and canon artwork! ♥

IS NOT OUR OTP GREAT ♥ You don't even NEED fanart for all these amazing shots.

omg CFUD XDXDXD I haven't had the time to follow it recently, but I am falling in love with the Kinon and Rossiu players' interaction, especially when they go IC in the Gurren Lagann community. ♥
18th-Jan-2008 05:12 am (UTC)
You seriously make me want to watch this. Where can I download this?
20th-Jan-2008 02:59 pm (UTC) - :D!
It is a great show! I totally and completely encourage you to watch it!
18th-Jan-2008 08:52 am (UTC)



HELLO, SWEETHEART: I MISS YOU TOO! And I should totally come to INVADE YOUR PLACE SOON and show you Blades of Glory and Ratatouille and ALL THOSE MOVIES and omg just to SEE YOU. *HUUUUGS*
18th-Jan-2008 11:58 am (UTC) - YOU ARE THE BEST
A whole post dedicated to Nia~! Absolutely wonderful! ^0^
She won my heart over the first moment I saw her too!
I'll do my best to cosplay her for cosfest. >
20th-Jan-2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
*beams* I really hope that we'll both be able to do this series for Cosfest! *grin* You'll be perfect for Nia. ♥ And I can't wait. *grin*

Maybe it's my inner!Simon speaking! ;) But Nia is completely love-at-first-sight. The first episode I watched of her was actually Gurren Lagann 17, after the timeskip, so I was ♥ SHE'S SO ADORABLE ♥ I found it impossible not to love her.


23rd-Jan-2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
Saw the link from the gurren_lagann community xD Hehe

I had also planned to do something like this in my journal but didn't find the time ^^; But I will . . .I MUST!!! FOR MY OTP!!! WHEEEEEE! xD

Anywayz, we share similar thoughts on this xD They are each other's futures and strengths. Simon and Nia are so perfect for each other xD And I also love Nia!!!! She's one of the FEW anime princesses that I respect ^_^ (because most of them are annoying damsels-in-distress) And me too, if I were a guy, I'd want a girlfriend like Nia xD She's so damn beautiful xD

23rd-Jan-2008 03:02 pm (UTC) - Hi there! *grin*
Hello there! *beams* Great to meet you! *smiles*

! That's brilliant! I'd love to see more Simon/Nia love in the world, and more Why I Love My OTP posts for this pairing = always good! ♥

And YES! *high-five on the similar thoughts!* I think they're perfect for each other, in every way! *beams*

*grin!* Nia's a special anime princess who also becomes the anime Villain! ;) She's special! :) And as you say: so damn beautiful. ♥

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