Before reading this post, please enjoy happy Kanade.
|Finally, we get to see some attuned vs attuned action and I’m more excited for this episode than any other. We’ve already seen how powerful Tsubasa is, but how will she handle this new villain?|
We all have our problems, I still think you’re awesome Kanade.
The episode starts with a flashback to when Kanade had just been taken in by the second division. While Kanade is being constrained, we learn that she was attacked by the Noise and is compatible with a relic. Kanade, who is clearly at wit’s end, wants nothing more then to slaughter the Noise that presumably killed her family. Through a series of disturbing, and bloody tests Kanade initiates her Symphogear and becomes the bearer of Gungnir. Tsubasa watches on surprised.
Some time later Kanade and Tsubasa are fighting a group of Noise. Kanade is pleased to hear by a rescued soldier that her song kept him alive. Later on Kanade and Tsubasa share a friendly moment that reveals the origin of Zwei Wing. (Tsubasa and Kanade are so adorable when they’re together. <3)
Back to the present, or should I say the nearer past? Tsubasa, driven by her memories from two years ago, takes on the Nehustan armor user head on. Being an “unbroken” relic means she’s much stronger than Tsubasa, who struggles to keep up with Nehustan’s fast whip fighting style. She turns her attention to Hibiki and summons a group of Noise to keep her busy. The Noise, who take the form of tall, beaked creature, spit out a sticky, gooey substance that Hibiki can’t manage to break free of. (I can only imagine how some people will make this scene seem much dirtier than it is. -_-)
Tsubasa manages to get the upper hand, or rather, upper foot (eheheh … that was lame) on Nehustan, but is easily thrown aside. Hibiki, who is still stuck, tries to summon her weapon so that she can replace Kanade at Tsubasa’s side, but can’t manage to do it.
Time and time again Tsubasa’s attacks fail to have any affect on Nehustan. Desperate to take back the Nehustan relic that was lost, Tsubasa makes a risky decision. First, she uses a new technique called Shadow Weaving (I still don’t understand why she didn’t use this from the start) to stop Nehustan in her tracks. Tsubasa sings her swan song which completely obliterates the surrounding area and furiously throws back Nehustan. It works well enough to send Nehustan flying … somewhere into the sky.
Hibiki runs over to Tsubasa, who believes she’s failed to save mankind, as Genjuro arrives. She turns around to reveal that she’s bleeding out of her eyes and mouth. She’s taken to a medical team that barely saves her.
Ogawa, Tsubasa’s manager, comforts Hibiki who waits in a nearby room. He explains to her Tsubasa’s feelings after Kanade died and Zwei Wing was broken up. Hibiki realizes that replacing Kanade is impossible, but Ogawa informs her that wanting to replace someone should not be her goal, but instead she should try to be Tsubasa’s friend. Meanwhile, Tsubasa has a dream where she is underwater and sees Kanade, but sinks after promising to reach higher.
I enjoy sip shots.
Back at second division, Hibiki blames herself for Kanade’s death and for Tsubasa’s injuries because she was too weak. The flashback ends with Hibiki declaring she has things she wants to protect. She opens her eyes and sees Miku. They talk about Hibiki’s solidarity and she waves it off with excuses. Miku shows her support for whatever it is troubling Hibiki and tells her to stay true to herself.
During the credits Hibiki visits Genjuro for training and … MONTAGE, GO! Afterwards Hibiki once more avoids admitting her secret about being attuned from Miku.
The first half of the new episode was surprisingly excellent, thanks to some much needed back story and a thrilling fight between Tsubasa and the new villain. It’s too bad Hibiki had to show up for the second half though. Apologies to any Hibiki fans out there, but I’m still not convinced she’s a fitting person as the protagonist of the show.
(And her hair still irritates me.) Now that Tsubasa is sidelined I’m expecting that Hibiki will pretty much be in the spotlight for the next 1-2 episodes almost exclusively as she trains to develop her own weapon. That could be a good thing, as it might show some new, more likable sides to her, but it seems like she’s already tied to being both naive and overly energetic, considering the circumstances. I do think her determination and loyalty are amiable though, and Aoi Yuuki does a wonderful job of convincing us that Hibiki really is struggling emotionally.
So the battle this episode was … epic, well, for my standards of the show at least. XD It was lengthy, but it never felt like the action slowed down. (I also think it’s amusing how I’m starting to remember all the names of Tsubasa’s moves.) The new Nehustan villain isn’t anything special so far, she seems like your typical maniacal and arrogant bishoujo, but her power is the most interesting. She’s an “unbroken” relic (compared to Tsubasa and Hibiki who only have a fragment of a relic) which explains her strength. I’m wondering if maybe the “unbroken” Symphogears are the true villains, since she’s shown she can summon the Noise which might be a trait only they are capable of.
Tsubasa used her swan song this episode, which almost led to a similar death as Kanade, but thankfully she lived. I’m making a wild prediction here, but the way the show is building the friendship between Miku and Hibiki, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hibiki dies using her swan song to save her. Afterall, they’ve been pushing that Hibiki has things she wants to protect.
Anyway, I really appreciated the edgier aspects of the show this week. The use of blood was unsettling, and watching Tsubasa’s “final” words was upsetting, and very creepy. I guess it just proves how dangerous being an attuned is, and it seemed to have a definite affect on Hibiki. (Oh, and lol at the training montage.)