Gainax. Shinji and Naota got their fair share of both in EVANGELION and FLCL, and now it’s Simon’s turn. I finally have a better perspective on that “battle thread” GodLen ran a while back about whether Shinji or Simon was more likely to get a girlfriend. The kid who dresses like Texas Hold ‘Em world champion is going through his own sense of loss but, rather than curling up into a ball and moping, he’s getting mad! And that’s good, because he’s kicking even more ass now because of it.
You know, I’ve always found depression to be a funny thing to properly portray in fiction, especially stories like this. Yes, Simon is obviously throwing himself into his mech piloting to avoid thinking about Kamina's death. Maybe it’s not going to get the kind of closure Dr. Phil would want, but if he’s sublimating his grief into destructive behavior, maybe it’s actually better that he isn’t facing his problems at the moment, because he needs to be destructive right now. It reminds me of this kid I knew from high school who I saw again recently at a party. We all admired the kid back the day because he was hooking up with some of the hottest girls in our class. Of course, these days he’s saying that he was actually depressed back then which really baffled me. When most guys get depressed, they lay on the couch all day and don’t do anything... they don’t go on and do something every other guy wanted to do.
So yeah, I was drawing a comparison to Simon piloting a factory-sized mecha here which, by the way, is pretty crazy in itself. The place got a shooting range, bunks… I’d half expect there to be a bowling alley, too.
Anyway, back on point. It’s clear that Yoko’s avoiding her grief too and the introduction of this innocent princess Nia is adding another complication to Simon’s love triangle. See… this is a demonstration of the value of patience. All he had to do was wait around a little while and the odds went in his favor. Yoko pats him on the head dismissively last episode and now she’s already bristling with jealousy about this little waif. The question now is whether the girl really this naïve or if she’s actually a double-agent for her Spiral King pappy.
Watch this episode “What, Exactly, Is A Human?” below and decide for yourself, then check out my comments on the previous episode here.