Well look who decided to wear his tie like a big boy today.
|Hibiki time! It’s not my favorite time of the week, but I can’t say I haven’t been looking forward to it somewhere deep down. She’s grown on me I guess! It’s the genki girl affect!|
The episode starts with Chris (in case you’ve forgotten, that’s the Nehustan girl) thinking back to her fight with Hibiki last week. She shows signs of jealousy over the fact that Hibiki was able to activate the sword relic with relative ease compared to herself who couldn’t do it with six months of training. She’s also a bit jealous of Fenie (the now named Blonde lady with the bad english) showing interest in Hibiki. We get a glimpse of Chris’s past as a child slave and then Fenie appears. In anger Chris ditches her Noise-maker and decides she’ll crush everyone with her own two hands.
At the school hospital Tsubasa remembers her dream of Kanade which prompts her to try and walk again. She sees Hibiki and Miku outside running along the track. Hibiki thinks back to the power she felt when she held Durandal and decides she’ll try and get even stronger. Afterwards Miku and Hibiki bathe together. When they finish they agree to meet up and get pancakes later at their favorite place, the Flower.
Closest we’ll get to a beach episode, probably.
At second division Genjuro returns from the funeral of the defense minister who was killed last week. Ryoko informs him of their progress strengthening the HQ. We learn that the deceased defense minister wasn’t supporting the increased protection because it would bring them more awareness from the public and from enemies. The new defense minister supports the plans and is also “pro-American”, further increasing the American influence.
Hibiki gets a call from Ogawa and asking her to check up on Tsubasa. Once again Hibiki has to back out on her plans to hang out with Miku. (Hibiki, stop being so oblivious to her feelings!!)
Once there Hibiki discovers the mess made by Tsubasa in the hospital room and helps her clean it up. Tsubasa tells Hibiki that she’s doing a good job handling the Noise. While they’re talking Miku notices them from a building nearby. Tsubasa asks Hibiki why she fights and she replies by saying her reason is because of the incident years ago when Kanade, and many others, were killed. She believes it’s thanks to them she can live on. Tsubasa reminds Hibiki that it’s her optimism can kill. (Hmmm …)
Even with a crutch, Tsubasa is awesome.
Now on the roof they talk about the strength of being a warrior and knowing how to use that power. Apart from defeating the Noise, Hibiki also wants to be able to communicate with the humans she fights along the way. Meanwhile Miku visits the Flower alone and realizes Hibiki must have a good reason for making her decisions.
Chris appears as Hibiki and Miku are about the cross paths and Miku is almost crushed by a car. Hibiki saves her and begins drawing Chris away from Miku’s location. Hibiki tries to get closer to Chris as another normal girl, but can’t get through to her. Hibiki manages to deflect her attacks and even utilizes her armed gear to deliver a powerful finishing blow. Miku watches on in confusion.
MIKUUUU!~ I guess it was only a matter of time before our innocent Miku got involved in the mess that is Symphogear, but on the bright side at least we know she’ll survive through it all in the end. (Though I can’t say the same for poor Hibiki …) Anyway! This week was mildly entertaining, the jumble of a plot still feels a bit disjointed, but at least the characters have been getting much more likable.
A LOT of time was spent on Tsubasa and Hibiki reconciling over their past differences and I have to say it was very sweet to see them as friends. Up until now I was used to the bickering and the disparity in their principles as Symphogear, what with Tsubasa merely fighting as a tool and Hibiki fighting to protect the things she loves. It seems like Tsubasa finally came around after her dream last week and is even trying to strengthen her body. I like this new Tsubasa, not only does she seem more confident but she’s instilling some of that confidence into Hibiki. I hope their friendship grows even more and we get to see them fight together in battle against Chris, Fenie, and the Noise.
The back story for Chris felt a bit uninspired, and I still feel just as distant from her character as I did 2 weeks ago. She was a child slave, I guess? That’s very sad, but a little more than a few stills would have been nice. Maybe I’m just being overly impatient, as usual! They’ll probably expand on her story, her wish, and her relationship with Fenie later on. (I love when characters get developed so I get anxious. -_-) Speaking of Fenie! I’m still considering that she’s somehow related to Ryoko, the voice/appearance similarities are just too much! Plus, they both seem to have evil intentions. I can’t even look at Ryoko the same way now, I’m constantly trying to figure out what her motives are.
It’s about time Miku found out Hibiki is a Symphogear! I was getting tired of the usual “I have to bail, Miku”,”That’s okay, Hibiki” routine. Now everything is out in the open and there aren’t any secrets, well unless Hibiki keeps her in the dark. (What a terrible friend she would be if she did that though after what happened!) Agh, I’m really hoping next week is dedicated to Fenie and Chris, I want to know more about them. The political aspect of the plot kind of bores me at the moment since it feels like empty talking every week, but at least they’re still delivering on the action!
Oh, and does anyone have any idea what Ogawa was up to? I was at a loss trying to figure out what the heck he was doing.