Senki Zesshou Symphogear Episode 3

So after the big challenge last week, Tsubasa attacks Hibiki, but she’s stopped by Genjurou. Poor word choice from Hibiki only makes things worse after the battle. So more explanation from HQ: basically, the Noise have all been targeting a collection of relic fragments hidden below the school called Durandal, so they believe someone’s controlling them or they have a will of their own.

After that, we see more of Hibiki’s life, while she finishes off a report so she can go see shooting stars with Miku. However, she’s interrupted with Symphogear stuff, so she’s forced to cancel. In her anger, Hibiki’s powers go to the dark side, and she regains that feral appearance from the first episode. She’s still unable to finish off all of the Noise, with Tsubasa arriving to clean it up. They’re both interrupted by the arrival of a strange girl wearing the armor from two years ago.

Too many things in this show seem familiar for some reason. Tsubasa thinks of herself only as a weapon, which I’m guessing come from the fact that she believes that the weakness that she had when Kanade died stems from these emotions. The Noise seem to be controlled by some entity, which makes it possible humans are behind the Noise’s existence. Tsubasa can’t activate whatever Durandal is, so I’m guess Hibiki activates it or something.

Am I predicting too much? Or are these things really truth? Looks like the beginnings of a plot twist with the ending of this week’s episode, so let’s just see where it goes. I’m also wondering if Hibiki will ever get a weapon or if she’s just gonna be punching everything. I still feel like I can’t judge this show properly yet.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear Episode 2

So a week has passed since the premiere of this episode and I have heard some very mixed reactions to it. But back to the show, Hibiki’s feral transformation finishes and she has…a normal suit? Tsubasa also recognizes Gungnir as being Kanade’s code name. She arrives on scene to help fight the Noise, since the newbie Hibiki is unable to use her powers well. With the battle over, Hibiki is taken to the Mobile Disaster Response Corps 2nd Division HQ, where she is uhh…welcomed with party favors?

Hibiki is introduced to Genjuro Kazanari, who acts as leader, and Ryoko Sakura, who I’m guessing is a head researcher or something. When Hibiki gets home, her roommate Miku…uhh…well…nothing (cough yuri). Meanwhile, Tsubasa is being haunted by Kanade’s memory, as Hibiki is wearing her suit. The next day, the guys at HQ explain that Tsubasa has a Relic that’s some fragment of a weapon, and the songs resonate with it and amplify the weapon to draw out its powers.

Also, those that are able to sing these songs are called the Attuned. But wait…Hibiki doesn’t have a Relic? What’s going on? Well, Hibiki actually has fragments of Gungnir near her heart (Ironman much?) from the attack two years earlier. Hibiki is then asked to join the group, which she readily accepts (you fool…you formed the contract). But then, a Noise attack! Hibiki is still a newbie, but she insists on going anyway. However, Genjuro reads this behavior as telling something about her past. The episode ends with Tsubasa turning her weapon to fight against Hibiki :O

An opening! And it sounded pretty good…very energetic and fits the style of the show. As for the show itself, they actually explained things so early in the show? There’s gotta be something they’re leaving out. Some dark secret. There’s no other reason for explaining everything in the second episode (unless there are only three episodes total O.o). I’m not gonna touch the whole thing going on between Miku and Hibiki, but I’m guessing Miku’s gonna be important later. I think Tsubasa has the potential to be a very interesting character or a huge cliche in the end. I’m really hoping for the former. She’s clearly got some serious baggage. Will they actually fight next week or will they be stopped? A show that incorporates good music so much without being about a band…I like.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear Episode 1

So, I’m a bit late on this, but this show seems popular online so I wanted to join in. The episode starts off with a girl visiting the grave of her friend Hibiki, but then flashes back two years to events before her death. In this flashback, we’re introduced to two performers, Tsubasa and Kanade, who end up singing a song (which is pretty good).

However, this song is interrupted when strange enemies called Noise attack. In response, Tsubasa and Kanade activate some sort of armor and start to eliminate the Noise. Despite Kanade’s best efforts to defend her, Hibiki is very severely wounded. In response, Kanade sacrifices her own life to wipe out all of the Noise.

Back in the present, Hibiki is somehow alive and Tsubasa is continuing to sing by herself. We also find out that the battle was covered up as a simple attack by the Noise. Tsubasa seems to have become colder due to Kanade’s death. Hibiki stumbles upon a Noise attack. As she’s about to be killed, she starts to sing and activates a similar to suit to Tsubasa and Kanade, but with a more feral appearance.

So I like the way this show started since it gets right down into the action. Of course, this runs into the problem that there are quite a lot of questions that I have. I’m assuming the Symphogear has something to do with the music required to attack effectively or something. I’m also confused why Hibiki has a grave if she’s still alive after they said “back to the present.” What do I like about this show? There’s so much music and it all sounds good. But I think the way they do attacks is weird, with the freeze frame and the name. I guess it makes it so the characters aren’t just shouting out their attacks, but it just seems odd to me.