Synonyms: Senhime Zesshou Symphogear
Japanese: 戦姫絶唱シンフォギア Meteoroid-falling, burning, and disappear, then...
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2012 to Mar 30, 2012
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 6.741 (scored by 8061 users)
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SynopsisTwo years ago, a pair of idols, Tsubasa Kazanari and Kanade Amou, collectively known as ZweiWing, fought against an alien race known as Noise using armor known as Symphogear. To protect a girl named Hibiki Tachibana, who got severely wounded by the Noise, Kanade sacrificed herself. Two years later, as Tsubasa has fought the Noise alone, Hibiki ends up gaining the same power as Kanade.
(Source: ANN, Wikipedia)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Senki Zesshou Symphogear
Sequel: Senki Zesshou Symphogear G
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Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Assistant Animation Director
Script, Series Composition, Original Creator, Series Production Director
If you hate inconsistencies, stupid plot devices, a horribly flawed setting, and poor characterization, Senki Zesshou Symphogear is your worst nightmare.
The start of the series is deceptively good, we see a concert that's animated brilliantly, and we have a seemingly gritty story; we witness Kanade die in the past, and Miku crying over Hibiki's grave in the future. This image the anime painted itself in the first episode is one of the greatest deceptions I've witnessed in any form of media.
After the first episode, the animation quality drops dramatically, at times you wonder how the producers thought they could get away with it. Epitomizing this is a scene as early as episode 3 where Tsubasa is walking along the corridor with her manager, which looks like a GIF pasted on top of a moving background. It's obvious that they spent most of their budget on the first episode, leaving them to cut back as much as they could throughout the rest of the series. By the end they managed to get a more acceptable level of quality, which was consistent for the rest of the series, so happily it manages to avoid totally failing in the art area.
The soundtrack is quite enjoyable, and goes some way to make up for the animation. The songs they sing as they fight are relatively good, and it can bring an atmosphere to fights that is otherwise missing. The Opening is fine and fits the series very well, but I personally preferred the ED, "Meteor Light" by Takagaki Ayahi. It took a while for it to grow on me, but it's a track that sounds dark and traumatic, which fits the atmosphere the series was originally aiming for.
The characters are terrible, and the relationships they share change for the most bizarre of reasons. There's an instance where a character hates another one so much she's tried to kill her, but her hate is instantly forgotten when the other character points out her room is messy. Most of the characters are characterized very poorly, and the protagonist is very annoying. However, whilst this is the case, most of the cast is likable, and so you'll find yourself liking most of them, even as they go through the harsh character changes that the plot forced upon them.
Unsurprisingly, the plot is also lacking. It's a very simple plot, the one plot twist the series has is so obvious that you can identify it 5 episode before. It's simplicity works for Symphogear's though, as it manages to avoid being too disastrous throughout most the series. However, in the final few episodes, it gets so ridiculous that you will be amazed. Stupidity like this is something that is rare, and therefore something to be treasured, as it will make you re-evaluate what you consider truly preposterous.
The setting is also so tremendously flawed that whilst you can happily ignore it if you so wish, even minor probing will expose questions to which there are no answers. For example, with the frequent attacks by the Noise, which you cannot defend yourself against and kill everyone in the areas they attack, why do people go outside so casually? Much as I like the outdoors, I can't hep but think that I like living more. Also, much as I love my current house, if there was constantly the threat of death, I think I'd move.
The inconsistencies are fairly easy to ignore, but if you think about anything in the series, you're likely to notice some. Take the Swan songs, they used to mean certain death, yet past Kanade's death, it stops being fatal, and towards the very end, there is no visible affect at all. This is of course because it was a plot device, but the unashamed way in which the anime casually allows these is dreadful.
With this all in mind, this is a very bad anime. However, there is one thing that works in Symphogear's favour that saves it from the worst, and that is that it's earnest in it's stupidity. It isn't trying to be taken seriously, and it isn't pretentious, which means it is very hard to hate. The characters that I hated at the start of the series grew on me, to the point I liked almost all of them. Take the girl who's lines almost solely consist of failed meta-comedy attempts like "If this were an anime" which infuriated me at the start, towards the end I almost found her habits endearing.
It's a strange quality of an anime like Symphogear, which is terrible, but still enjoyable to the extent where I looked forward to the last few episodes, to see if the episodes could outdo themselves in their silliness, but more importantly fun.
So, if you are happy to ignore all that is wrong with this anime, then you will be able to enjoy it. Despite the amount that is wrong with this, it's all surprisingly easy to ignore. However, if you cannot ignore the technical details in anime, then avoid this like the plague, unless you wish to see how badly executed an anime can be. read more
since this was in storage for quite sometime i finally decided to watch and finished this anime. this is pretty much actiony, but at the same time, it have a pretty deep story to it, and is kind of entertaining, but for some is not. for people that love action, i think you guys may or may not like this anime, since the action isn't really that, cuz they focus more on the plot i would say..
started of pretty good on how they kind of went to the future, and then goes back to what happen to get there, like a lot of anime i know. it moves at a good pace, and that's good since in my opinion it explained to me more about what's going on. mostly this anime probably want to watcher to be sad when they watch it, but it turns out to be a pretty happy story after watching all the episodes.
they could make some more improvements on the way the made the character, since in some scene after they got beaten up pretty badly, they came back fighting looking fresh as new in so little time. of course they have quick generating skill, but still i don't think it's suppose to be that quick. in some, sometime while they're walking, the motion when the character walks seem kinda unrealistic and that's, for me, a disturbing thing.
not bad at the sound. the pinch when the character scream, sweep, or is cheerful is very good. the best part of the sound i liked personally is the part where they make the crying of some character pretty short. in some anime they just made the crying very long, which is pretty annoying, maybe because they want to waste time cuz they can't think of anything.
it's great to find anime that the character doesn't pissed you off so much that you just wanna smash your head to your keyboard. the characters are well made. the way they act and talk to each other seems pretty much like real life, and on top with that, a character tries to make this anime sounds like it really "not" an anime, and that it was real life, for them.
i don't really think i could say much, since i saw the rating on this anime, and it's not That good at all.... for me, it was a nice experience watching this, and i don't really think a fan of a serious action would wanna watch this, since the action in this anime is not quite that great, and the moves the characters have are repeated alot of times, and there's not much new moves
i guess this is my final say on how good the anime was in my time of watching it. this is, i think, a pretty girly anime.... i say that cuz of the not so violence parts ( even though there was a lot of blood ) in this anime. maybe if the increase the intensity of the fight, that might make it have higher rating.. read more
Both fighting with the power of songs.
Although macross is more set into space then Senki
They feature a lot of songs and music is central to the plot, as it amplifies people's fighting abilities.
Girls. Fighting weird creatures. By singing.
Both animes use music, singers and idols as a way to fight in the world that they are living in, whether it is to survive or for power/hope.
I was lucky enough to watch Macross Frontier after starting Symphogear.
For those who wants something with dynamic fights and singing chars I recommend Macross Frontier. MF is just far better in production. You may miss Symphogear's clumsy madness, but MF is all about perfect quality.
Similar style involving girls singing to music and fighting the good fight. However, Senki focuses more on action/drama while Macross Frontier has that love triangle side. Both series have great soundtracks.
Both anime fight alien-like enemies.
Both series also have idols who fight.
Both series are sci-fi
Both have awesome soundtracks :D
Opening Theme"Synchrogazer" by Nana Mizuki
Ending Theme#1: "Synchrogazer" by Nana Mizuki (ep 1)
#2: "Meteor Light" by Ayahi Takagaki (eps 2-3, 5-12)
#3: "Gekisou Gungnir (撃槍・ガングニール)" by Aoi Yuuki (ep 4)
#4: "Gyakkou no Flugel (逆光のフリューゲル)" by Nana Mizuki and Minami Takayama (ep 13)
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Related Clubs♫ The Music Genre ♫, Senki Zesshou Symphogear Fanclub!, The Garbage Connoisseurs, On Goings Club, Winter Anime 2011, Anti-Symphogear Liberation Front, Seinen Magical Girl Fanclub, Hibiki Tachibana´s club, World of Animes (W.O.A.), /m/ - MIKU FEI-YEN, Kanade come back!!!, Yuuki Aoi fanclub, Mutirão Brasil - Ver. Summer Season 2012
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