A second call to adventure occurs here, of a different kind, but one that is ultimately answered the same way as the first: with the drill bit, with his soul, Simon opens a strange box with the same lock mechanism as Lagann. Inside, he encounters his second mentor and goddess, the cute, naive Nia. Nia, the abandoned daughter of the leader of the beastmen, serves as a mentor for Simon’s heart, a salve to cleanse his corrupted spirit. However, she only acts as a small snap back to reality for Simon, who must still find the meaning of his brother’s words on his own. His true Apotheosis of Courage comes when he works to free his allies after their temporary leader Kittan foolishly leads them into an obvious trap. When Lagann accepts him again, he reawakens as not a replacement for Kamina, but instead a guiding light on his own terms, beaming steadily rather than violently.
The remainder of this section is his fight to free humanity. His courage is tested again and again, and never broken; the finely tempered sword of courage becomes unbreakable. Simon’s heart is tested, however, when he must confront Nia’s father, Lord Genome, who is also his precursor as a soldier who faced the Anti-Spiral threat. The love between him and and Nia triumphs over the tyranny of Lord Genome, and over seven years, Simon slowly builds up the different kind of courage needed to confess to the woman he loves.