Simon experiences two major losses throughout this story. The first time is with the death of Kamina, his older brother figure and best friend, which drives him into extreme depression, leading up to him meeting Nia, Lordgenome’s daughter. This character death does more than just drive the story forward, or just getting a cheap cry out of the audience. This forces the weak, insecure kid who relied on his older brother figure for strength and support to then find not only a new resolve to keep on going in life, but also his own inner strength to use from now on. Not very many series show this much character growth as elegantly and powerfully as this, and it’s a shame because it sets up the rest of the series so beautifully.
The second time Simon experiences major loss, is during the death of Nia, right after their marriage. His reaction is very different this time around though. Now, he is a mature adult who has held the reigns of responsibility over others. He’s not the same weak, dependent kid he once was. He knows now how to handle depression and prepare for the eventual death of those around him, and that’s enjoying his time with them to the fullest, and never taking them for granted so that it hurts less whenever they eventually leave. Simon understands that Nia had to pass on as her existence was tied with the Anti-Spirals, and he had been mentally preparing for it this whole time and is fine with it. He then proceeds to do the most badass thing ever, and rather than living as a hero of the highest caliber in the new world that he helped create, he goes on and lives as a bum, wandering around the world and helping others. It’s truly inspirational, especially for someone like me who watched it at a very young and emotionally jarring point in their lives to see this level of growth and selfless behavior.