There are so many things wrong with this picture.
|My bad habit of having high expectations has kicked in with SZS, but considering how much I enjoyed the first episode I’m sure it’s not such a bad thing. To be honest, I’m looking forward to the music more than anything, but hopefully the other parts won’t let me down!~|
Picking up from last week you’ll remember Hibiki had just awakened to her “Gungnir” powers, the very same Kanade had, in the midst of a Noise swarm. Although we were left with a disturbing, and even somewhat villainous, image of Hibiki in her new form at the end of the last episode (disturbing being an understatement), that’s left in the past for episode two. As any hero would, Hibiki decides her most important duty is to protect the young girl she had saved. Hibiki starts her song and using its powers she’s able to evade the Noise and get to a safer distance. (There’s very little direct action, thankfully for her.)
Tsubasa arrives (on a motocycle, like a boss) to save Hibiki and very easily dispatches the Noise with Azure Flash, including one very large variety that stands no chance against her suddenly huge sword.
Afterwards the group from the laboratory (or HQ or whatever you want to call it) arrive to handle the situation. Hibiki is surprisingly upbeat when she confronts Tsubasa, who is less than pleased. The young girl is reunited with her mother (oh how I love reuniting families) and is told she can’t say anything about what happened. Likewise Hibiki, who believes she can just go, is told she needs to come back with them. (And by told I mean handcuffed and forced.)
Being cheerful in times of chaos is a common trend.
Hibiki is brought back to a “school”, the location of the HQ, and heads down what seems like a million floors underground. To her surprise a welcome party headed by Genjurou and Ryoko is waiting on arrival. (nyaa~) A sign indicates that they’re at the “2nd Division”. (Does that mean there are more divisions with more Symphogear, I’m going to guess … probably?) After some introductions Hibiki learns she’s now involved, like it or not.
Hibiki returns home to her dorm room at school where Miku is waiting. From the TV we learn Tsubasa is soon switching record labels, which could mean a lot of things. Night soon comes and the duo rest together in the same bed. Implied shoujo-ai moments ensue.
In the shower, Tsubasa has a flashback of a time spent with Kanade, the scene further reveals Tsubasa’s anger towards Hibiki for having the Gungnir power. Back in school we meet some of Hibiki’s friends; Hibiki turns their offer to hangout down because she still has to meet with the 2nd Division.
At HQ, as I will call it from now on, Ryoko and Genjurou meet with Tsubasa and Hibiki. We learn of the presence of “relics”, crystals apparently made in mythical times that can’t be replicated, surprisingly considering the technology they seem to have. They’re activated through song, but only by a special few known as the “attuned”. Tsubasa’s relic (the “first relic”) is called Ama-no-Habakiri, a small pendant made from a fragment of a larger sword.
Kanade’s relic (the “third relic”, notice the missing “second”) was Gungnir. It was transferred to Hibiki through shrapnel from the injuries she received two years prior at the Zwei Wing concert. Tsubasa runs out dismayed, followed by Hibiki to comfort her. She happily agrees to fight alongside her, but suddenly there is a Noise attack.
Sees monster … kicks in face.
We get to see Tsubaba’s transformation sequence, which is very similar to Kanade’s. She fights the Noise, which combined together to form a larger one, head on. Hibiki intervenes with a kick to the Noise’s face giving Tsubasa the opportunity to destroy it with Azure Flash. (No, really, a kick was the best thing she could think of doing.)
The episode ends with Hibiki, who is still surprisingly cheerful, saying she’ll fight with Tsubasa. Tsubasa twists the statement and says she’ll indeed “fight her”, pointing her sword in Hibiki’s direction.
My money is on Tsubasa …
Despite a few twists this week ZSZ felt much the same as last week, and I’m thinking it might be working towards a formula now. Noise battles, Azure Flashes, breaking out into song mid-battle, etc. It wouldn’t be too bad if the battles had more variety, but again, they felt like more of the same and it’s only episode 2. Considering the battles, at least for me, are the most entertaining part of the show, I’d hate for it to turn into generic Noise battle after generic Noise battle etc. The only way I could see it getting more interesting comes with the twist at the end of this episode, attuned verses attuned. You may have noticed a couple new characters in the OP, who I’m guessing will be other girls who have the power of the relics, so if the show does take that direction I’d be excited to see where it goes.
As I was saying before, the parts of the show outside the fighting just don’t do it for me at the moment. I don’t like Ryoko or Genjurou and to be honest the parts involving them usually bore me, but I suppose the whole relic aspect isn’t so bad. I like the idea, as cliche as it is, but the one thing that annoyed me was how elated Hibiki was to be apart of it! This kind of reminds me of the first episode of Lagrange, but here we have a girl who seems pretty “normal” in most regards, and suddenly she’s thrown into a battle against some otherworldly giant glowing bug-things and what does she do? She kicks the thing in the face with a grin as if it couldn’t easily eat her alive. Did she not witness Kanade getting killed by them? Did she not watch them tear apart a crowd of people? >__<
It’s kind of hard to watch this show when in the back of my mind I know that in the end Hibiki will end up dead, and if the Miku scenes were any indication, I think it’ll probably involve her being caught up in the fighting. As for those other girls that were in this episode, I hope I’m not the only one thinking that they have huge death flags raised over their heads. I mean, why else would we have had to listen to that lecture about the keeping your friends and family or whatever safe? I’m thinking they’ll be used as a sort of wake-up-call for Hibiki and then maybe she’ll drop that smile and actually get serious.
Also, what the heck was with that teaser last week of Hibiki going crazy? I was so looking forward to Hibiki tearing apart some Noise in an epic deranged battle or something, but nope, they threw that whole thing out the window. Gah, what a waste. I think I found more to complain about this episode because of my high expectations, but don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed this episode and I look forward for more, and hey, even if it gets worse, at least the songs are awesome. ;D