First Impressions – Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX

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Symphogear GX is finally here and it was AWESOME!

 Wow finally I get my hands on Symphogear and I hope this is way better than the previous season even though it had Tomokazu Sugita in the cast as a crazy ass scientist it wasn’t enough to improve the series, but I have higher hopes for this season.

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Believe in Justice and Hold Determination to a Fist! With that we get the third time, more than charming installment of the Symphogear franchise…

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Kick Ass Magical Mecha Girls

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Yep they totally nailed that landing.

One of the best things about Symphogear is that it never takes itself serious at all, instead it destroys all forms of logic and replaces it with over the top kick ass action scenes like the opening scene of this episode which involved Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris stopping a huge space shuttle from crashing into the earth?! How can you not think this series is filled with pure AWESOME when Hibiki punched a freaking mountain just so the shuttle can fly through the damn mountain?! Sure there are countless shounen main characters that could level a town or blow up a planet with their amazing feats of strength, but do to they sing songs while fighting and saving the world? I think not! Only in Symphogear unless you want to throw in other singing filled anime like AKB0048 and Macross then sure I will completely agree and no Love Live doesn’t count since they don’t battle people with magical powers.

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Chris you are so amazing!

Story wise I guess the three girls from the previous season Shirabe, Kirika and Maria have been in prison for roughly three months and now they are free apparently? I don’t recall them saying WHY they were allowed Shirabe and Kirikato go to school and Maria is back to being an idol, but I suppose if they are always around Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris that they wont try to do something dumb? Also the fact that they can’t transform anymore also helps things; however I think the OP and cover art showed them wearing their magical outfits so we should see them teaming up with the main girls later on? Oh and I can’t forget the new baddies appeared. Well two of them at least and I think Phara Suyuf aka the chick who was fighting Tsubasa and Maria was obviously a robot and Hibiki will probably end up fighting that witch looking girl Carol Malus Dienheim who reminds me of an Index filler boss and Leiur Darahim was throwing coins at Elfnein who had a box called Dwerg Dain’s Legacy? So yeah that box is obviously very important…

Over The Top Action

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Those idol outfits are sexy.

The show came in like a boss. It felt just like a James Bond opening. Not only did it serve to remind you that these three, Hibiki, Tsubasa, and Chris, were a team not only in name but in nature as well, but it also gave notice. You must accept this level of absurd action and singing to ride this ride. Can’t’ take it? Too bad….go find another show!

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FATALITY~

But I really do salute Satelight for making such a goofy concept work and work well. The opening was everything I could have wanted and more. I mention the teamwork, and that was just the sauce. The real meat was that they weren’t fight those blobby mooks for the Nth time. Nope they were out in the real world, righting wrongs and saving space shuttles from crashing horribly. Then after that, it’s back to a day of school life, cause that is important as well. I thought they did a great job bring all the gang back, especially Kirika and Shirabe, looking quite fine in their new school digs, but the meat of the real conflict started in grand fashion. Of course both Maria and Tsubas, the idol singers that they are, have to give a bravura concert. But not soon after that they are attacked by a new enemy. Not only that but we have a duo of LOLi on their own secret mission and something about a magic box….

Extra Symphogear

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Hibiki-“We cleared the mountain now what?”        Tsubasa-“I didn’t think that far ahead.”

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Hibiki-“Can we do that again!?”       Chris-“HELL NO.”

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Hibiki x Chris is just 2kute

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Hibiki discovered yuri! Well she was always slow…

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Loli for Skylion who is voiced by Misaki Kuno which is a perfect pairing.

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<3 <3 <3 <3 

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Dat ass on Hibiki thou.

End Thoughts

Wow that episode was AMAZING! It gave us the right amount of action, story and introduced us to a new cast of evil baddies for the girls to fight, but I am curious to see how Shirabe, Kirika and Maria will join in the fighting since they can’t transform anymore or will they create new gems for them to use? Also that idol performance was GREAT! Skating on water? Yeah the animation might not be Idolmaster quality as far as dancing goes but ill take whatever I can get! So what did you think of this first episode? I guess if you are going to comment on this then you have some experience with Symphogear or is this your first time watching? If so I welcome you even though I highly recommend you take time to watch the previous seasons to learn more about Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris.

I like the addition of both Elfnein and Carol Malus Deinheim, the LOLi duo. The later especially seems to have a dark past involving witch burning, and the former has that magic box. I have to love this series for being exactly what it is. I hope they don’t get bogged down in the tragic derp they pulled the past few seasons though. Just keep the mecha girls fighting the good fight!

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23 Responses to “First Impressions – Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX”

  1. Di Gi Kazune says:

    Loli for Skylion who is voiced by Misaki Kuno which is a perfect pairing.

    To get the ball-rolling, something from our resident meme-master:

    http://metanorn.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/genei-fun-7-650×365.jpg

    😛

    I have expectations she will seduce our heroine to the Dark Side(tm).

    Also, the logo is reminiscent of fighting games. I expect Madobe Nanami to carry the sales pitch for this series as usual.

    • skylion says:

      Well she also played Kate, and Hawk, and other halfway decent characters…so don’t count on evil just yet!

    • Foshizzel says:

      Misaki Kuno doesn’t always play a bad character like skylion said she has plenty of hero types.

      • Di Gi Kazune says:

        I know, but she will always remind me of him. :3

        I like pure, innocent, butinsecretnotsoinnocent LOLis.

  2. Wanderer says:

    but I am curious to see how Shirabe, Kirika and Maria will join in the fighting since they can’t transform anymore or will they create new gems for them to use?

    They should still have their relics. The problem was that the three of them weren’t very well attuned to the relics, so they required the dangerous drug LiNKER in order to use them effectively. The good guys are disinclined to start drugging children and sending them into battle when it’s not neccessary.

    • skylion says:

      Goodness, I hope the ditch that drug business. It was an awkward inclusion to begin with and felt so ham-fisted in the application…hur dur…bad people do drugs…hur…

      • Cytrus says:

        Kanade used the Linker, too. There is nothing evil about the substance at all. The issue is that it is just a crutch to make second-rate fighters capable of activating symphogears at all, and will always be more risky than relying on the few people who get better synchronization rates to begin with.

        • Foshizzel says:

          Ooooh yeah I remember that about Kanade! Didn’t it make her go berzerk when they tested it the first time on her? Either way yeah it’s super risky like you said.

    • Foshizzel says:

      I thought they got destroyed in the last episode of season two? Either way I fully expect some random thing to bring their relics back or the use of science to create brand new ones.

      DRUGS ARE BAD M’KAY~

      • BlackBriar says:

        Either way I fully expect some random thing to bring their relics back or the use of science to create brand new ones.

        If they’re new ones, they’ll have the same frame and appearance. I saw numerous stills showing Shirabe, Kirika and Maria with their Symphogears from last season. And unless I miss my guess, Miku will somehow get her Symphogear back as well.

        • Wanderer says:

          If Miku gets a symphogear I would be very surprised if it’s the same one. The Shenshou Jing was completely erased in that final blast.

      • Wanderer says:

        Maria had been using her sister’s relic for the final fight. It had been damaged already, and it did indeed appear to be broken by the end. I’m not sure that would stop it from working, however, since Hibiki had been transforming for ages just due to little fragments of Gungnir that had broken off of Kanade’s spear being embedded in her chest, and Kanade had originally transformed from one of those red crystal relics: which itself was just a tiny fragment of the original Gungnir. So if Hibiki could get full powers from a tiny fragment of a tiny fragment, I don’t think Maria’s relic being broken in half would prevent it from being usable.

        Anyway, that aside, there was nothing wrong with Shirabe and Kirika’s relics, so they’re still functional. SONG just isn’t going to deploy them if the three girls who have good synchronization levels are able to handle the problem, since LiNKER can be majorly unhealthy. It’s good that they’re there for backup, but no one wants to drug these girls if they don’t have to.

      • Wanderer says:

        …Spammy’s being a jerk again.

  3. Wanderer says:

    Gimme back my post, spammy!

  4. Wanderer says:

    Anyway, this opener was just amazing over-the-top awesome fun. They blew a hole through K2, for crying out loud, then chopped down half a forest, blasted their way down the mountainside, then suplexed the shuttle over a building! Maybe the show’s writing isn’t deep or anything like that, but it is always awesomely fun.

    Also that concert scene was incredible! I have no idea how they’re ever going to top that.

    • skylion says:

      It wasn’t that the opening scene was realistic; of course. It followed it’s own internal logic, it had a steady beat to it, with on outrageous scene following hot on the heels of the next, and it was plausible. That’s deep writing, just not in the 2deep4u stuff we usually try to appreciate.

    • Foshizzel says:

      That opening part is why I love this series! It’s crazy and so over the top <3

      Probably not most seasons of Symphogear contain 1 or 2 concert scenes at most because the budget tends to go towards the action bits and music? I can only imagine how much it costs to have the actors sing and act! Their recording schedules must be crazy.

  5. BlackBriar says:

    Over-the-top action, unpredictability, top tier singing concerts, more Hibiki and friends… Yep, Symphogear is definitely back!

    Upon hearing the announcement for season 3, I had to wonder who would be the antagonists since the whole Noise presence seemed to be thoroughly dealt with the end of season 2. These new enemies look really out of the box.

    Not really surprised Maria, Shirabe and Kirika got won over to the good side. If it happened with Chris through Hibiki, no reason to deprive those three of the same option. I saw stills of all 6 girls so I’m really curious as to how the later three will get their Symphogear back. Most likely Miku will soon join the group.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Yep I am happy to see more Symphogear <3

      True same I almost forgot the noise were defeated and now we have new characters that look very cool and seem to be a mixture of tech and magic related.

      Yeah agreed I kinda figured they would eventually switch sides and help the others and now I fully expect some team ups!

  6. Namaewoinai says:

    And so the “Singing Princesses” are shown up…FOR THE THIRD TIME!! Wow! Well Let’s See where this show goes…! And…Misaki Kuno? I’ll bet for Inori Minase (AKA: Cappuccino)…

    Anyways, I would like to give a pun names (Or Codenames) for this people
    Here are the ff:

    – Kanade Amou -D- (Princess Gungnir)
    – Hibiki Tachibana (Princess Gungnir II)
    – Tsubasa Kazanari (Amaha-Hime)
    – Chris Yukine (Prinsezin Ichivhal)
    – Maria Cadenzavna Eve (Princess Gungnir III)
    – Shirabe Tsukuyomi (Prinsesa Shul Shagana)
    – Kirika Akatsuki (Prinsipesa Igalima)
    – Miku Kohinata -?- (Shenshou Jing Gongzhu)

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