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.
Since this was in storage for quite sometime I finally decided to watch, and finished this anime. This is pretty much action-y, but at the same time, it has a pretty deep story to it, and is kind of entertaining. For people that love action, I think you guys may or may not like this anime, since the action isn't really the main focus, 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 wants the 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 characters, since in some scenes, after they got beaten up pretty badly. They came back fighting looking fresh as new in so little time. Of course, they have quick regeneration skills, but still I don't think it's suppose to be that quick. Sometimes, the motion when the character walks seems kinda unrealistic and that's, for me, a disturbing thing.
Not bad at the sound. The pitch when the characters scream, sweep, or are cheerful is very good. The best part of the sound I liked is the part where they make the crying of some characters 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 were the character doesn't piss you off so much that you just wanna smash your head into your keyboard. The characters are well made. The way they act, and talk to each other seems pretty much like real life. On top of that, a character tries to make this anime sounds like it's 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 a lot of times, and there a not a lot of new moves.
I guess this is my final say on how good the anime was during my time 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 they increased the intensity of the fights, that might have helped to give it a higher rating..
What a mind-blowing anime. Every bit of goodness packed in about 30 minutes of futuristic action packed visuals, eardrum blowing sound and a story that, so far looks to be heading to the right direction for one of the most viewed, most popular, eyes popping anime of the year. Fanboys rejoice, even though its only the first episode thats currently out I can already tell that this is chuck full with allot of emotions that will make you cry both for tears of joy and sadness (I had water in my eyes throughout the whole episode). The gods of anime have answered my prays and
delivered to us his blessing with Senki Zesshou Symphogear.
Not to give too much away. The story is revolved around Hibiki Tachibana who was to go with her best friend Miku Kohinata that couldn't make it to their first live concert to witness "Twei Wing" (the popular vocal group as written in the description) only to have the concert attacked by creatures called Noise. During the attack the group Twei Wing two members Tsubasa and Kanade transformed into their battle gear called 'Symphogear' to defeat and protect the people from "Noise" only to have something go terribly wrong (watch the anime to know what happens).
Story thus far- 8/10 stating a flawless anime right away is just not in me)
Art- 10/10 (the transformations are freaking awesome)
Sound- 10/10 (turn those sub-woofers up)
Characters- 10/10 (it just started and they just lovable) no haters on board this bus
If you love anime allot and don't watch this gtfo (just kidding this is a must see and a great series to open your year with
If your new to anime I recommend this hands down two thumbs and big toes crossed.
you'll not regret you picked this up
I'll be honest, this is probably what I've been most psyched for this season besides Nisemonogatari and I'll tell you why.
Magical Girl meets Gundam meets The World Ends With You.
Okay so maybe the ties to TWEWY are in the enemy designation only, (They're called Noise in case you hadn't guessed) but I stand by Magical Girl Gundam, even if I wasn't sure of the comparison at the beginning of the show, by the end with that 3rd transformation sequence, I was more than convinced as the parts for her suit grew out of her body.
The show starts off with a flash forward, before coming back
into the present within the first 5 minutes, before skipping time again by I'd say a few months, weeks at the least. It took a while, but at least by this point the pace settles nicely.
I don't want to say too much, because I don't like spoiling stuff, but Symphogear is quite an amazing piece of tv deliciousness even if it isn't even nearly the best thing out there. Its stylistic, almost to the point of Shaftyness without the Shaft, fight scenes are well choreographed, the dubbing is done with an amazing grace (Although there is one point where Hibiki is running and her strained breathing sounds entirely too fake) and the musical jams that pop up every now and then brought a smile to my face.
At the end of the day this is only an episode 1 impression and by the end of it my tune might have changed almost entirely, but for now I say give Senki Zesshou Symphogear a shot, a this point, you won't be disappointed, except with how much of a cocktease the damn thing is.
The high hopes I had for this series were dashed after the first few minutes. The storyline felt like someone decided to animate a fanfic for a much better series. There were these honest traces of something better in the storyline. It fell flat because of the cliches within the series and because of how much of a Mary Sue the main character is.
In the first episode I was left asking why Hibiki was so special compared to all the other people who exist in this world. She's not special because she has any sort of talent, something she constantly admits. Her childhood is bland
and uneventful, yet Kanade sings her Swan song in the first episode sacrificing herself just so Hibiki can live despite the fact it doesn't feel as if Kanade needed to sing her Swan song to save Hibiki's life. Instead, Kanade's death is simply a tool the writer used to give Hibiki her amazing powers so that she can be the heroine of the series.
The theme of sacrifice is another place where this series falls flat. At the beginning of the series it is played up as being a very important theme but by the end it honestly feels like a joke. It is instead replaced by the theme that everyone can get along by everyone talking things out. Everyone else has a mind frame that violence will solve everything, but Hibiki is difference because Hibiki is so innocent and naïve that she honestly believes there is a better way when people are human. In the long run, it is Hibiki's character that destroys the storyline.
Of course, Hibiki does have a few flaws up her sleeves to make the viewers not think she is a Mary Sue. She is at the beginning of the series horribly klutzy and she can't do anything right. This is fine when she first gains her powers because she has problems in her first fight. However, after this she receives no training from the government so she can fight the noise, she is allowed to run around on her own letting her klutziness in the way.
Added to this, Tsubasa wants nothing to do with her because Hibiki reminds her too much about Kanade, and yet it would make more sense for Tsubasa to protect the one thing of Kanade she has left. Many of the characters don't get fleshed out and the way Hibiki gets over her flaw is just ridiculous. Her naivity also isn't played up as a flaw either, but it is actually her strong point as it allows her an innocent outlook on life that is willing to accept everyone who is human with no qualms what-so-ever.
The art is really good and the sound is good at points, but they also like to play the main characters songs as being more special then anyone elses, including the other students from a music academy of all things.
Have you ever looked forward to something that looks appealing only to be shot down? Have you ever seen a new series not based off anything else where it's simply stand alone and thought it would be good? I had these impressions only to be gunned down at point blank.
One does not simply fail to execute new.
Yes, I took that gag straight out of Mordor but seriously though. How do you fail to execute a rare or new idea? You make something like this, I myself thought this would have been interesting but was found on the wrong end of the spectrum. Essentially what we
have here are robotic hybrids pummeling non existent creatures while singing extremely poorly. The pacing of the story jumps back and forth too often. It's just another one of those hero super power themes that the average fanboy/fangirl can add to their fantasies.
An approach on the story is pretty poor, you get a glimpse of what happens from the beginning as we hear of misfortune and death. This high-tech organization forces artifacts onto young girls so they can transform into these robotic hybrids and fight the evil known as "Noise". That's the rare or new idea but its executed all wrong. The themes from the plot line like friendship and hard times are cooked over done so not even a bit of juice remains. It has a bit of government espionage but that's rubbish and over done as well.
Now the art and music are more on the flashy side and distract quite too often, so much that I'm not really paying attention to whats happening. The art style is definitely flashy with the unique transformations that occur throughout scenes. Another thing that distracts me is the horrible English lines that are spat and literally translated so it makes virtually no sense. Stick to the Japanese guys, sorry if we butcher your Japanese but now we know how you feel. Another poor thing to point out would be the singing. Almost each and every one of these girls cannot sing worth a damn and its ear grinding to hear English verses.
Now the characters are about generic as you come. The main heroines trying to save the world from evil is definitely not new by and aspect, look at things like Sailor Moon. The characters themselves almost have a shoujo-ai feeling to them and the hints are fairly obvious to anyone into the genre. The manly girl archetype isn't executed at all, they're still women even in their ancient suits of destruction. Not really any special characters that stick out in my mind.
Realistically this failed to meet my expectations because I was somewhat looking forward to it. If you like girls beating things to a pulp though you might like it better than I did.
Ok, nothing personal this is just me, as of episode 3, I've decided to drop this anime. This is because, I find the combination of the following genres; action, fantasy, magical girl, music and sci-fi doesn't seem to be properly combined, in fact the genres seem to cancel out each other, this thing can be compared to a good movie being turned into some sissy musical stage theatrics. Ok, so there other animes that do feature songs and actions in them, true, co'z in those animes the musical is not the main genre, here on the other hand the main genres sci-fi and musical seem
to don't mix at all. So for the story, I give it a "Fair" number 6, since the sci-fi genre could have made this anime good, but combined with the musical genre and magical girl actually puts the story down.
Art: Mediocre number 5.
Don't ask, I always rate it like that.
Sound: Poor number 3.
Co'z I don't like any of the songs and it inculdes both the opening and closing.
Character: Decent number 4.
I much rather prefer to see Hibiki and Tsubasa fighting those Noise things, than have them singing while fighting them Noise.
Enjoyment and Overall: Poor number 3.
I just don't like the poorly combined musical and sci-fi things that goes with this anime.
By the way, in most anime/manga social sites the sci-fi genre is inculded for this anime. So, if any of you have any fuss about me putting the sci-fi thing here, then I suggest that you guys go and deal with those other anime/manga social sites.
PS: This is just me, if you dawgs like this anime, then you like it and that's that.
Despite a weak start and a weak team of writers, Symphogear still manages to be somewhat enjoyable if just for the absurdity of it all.
Unfortunately it doesn't seem to deliver the type of dark story we are shown in the first episode, rather the show is riddled with Dues Ex Machinas and plot holes. The characters and their backgrounds are written at a barely passable quality, but fortunately this seems to get better as the show goes on (except for the background characters who remain terrible the entire show).
Fortunately I found the music, gear design and battle scenes made up for the rest of the
weakness - the songs are beautiful (especially in the last episode) and full of energy and the Symphogear units remain fun to watch the entire time.
If you're willing to let the poor writing slide and enjoy the show for it's good qualities you'll find it enjoyable. On the other hand if plot holes, flat characters and contrived backstories are a pet peeve of yours you will probably want to avoid the show.
The amazingly ridiculous, absurd battles in the last three episodes made the entire show worth it for me in the end.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear is an odd musical, action anime featuring girls in colorful sci-fi battle suits who must fight against monsters called "Noise" in order to save humanity. In order to use the relics that power their Symphogear suits, the girls must sing certain songs. The different songs they sing give them different powers ranging from charging up their suit to unleashing their strongest attack which has a recoil effect on them when used.
Despite a visually promising concert scene in the beginning of the first episode, the story falls to pieces almost immediately. It seems almost as if the organization working with the Symphogear girls
expected the Noise to attack the concert where the girls were singing in order to revive a powerful relic. So why risk the lives of thousands of eager concert-goers who get caught in the fray when the Noise do show up? This may seem like a minor plot problem (aside from the hundreds of carbonized dead bodies), but similar plot issues like this build up after a while and become difficult to ignore. The two girls, Kanade and Tsubasa, who had been performing then change their songs and begin fighting the Noise in order to save the frantic mass of people who are all scrambling for the exits. However, our main protagonist, Hibiki, gets trapped while trying to get away and ends up getting injured despite the singers' efforts to save her. Since mentioning some things that happen in the first episode would be a spoiler, I'll stop the initial summary there.
There are many more problems with the story, but most of them occur with several sudden changes in characters' personalities in addition to the nonsensical ending. The characters in this show get over their anger at others in the most illogical ways ranging from having someone clean their room to just deciding out of nowhere that they should be friends again. The Swan Songs (which are the girls' ultimate attacks) also deal less and less of a self-damaging recoil every time they occur in the anime for some unexplained reason.
As for the characters themselves, they are hardly unique at all. Hibiki is basically a weaker and more annoying version of Kaname Madoka who accepts her power a bit faster (they are also both voiced by Aoi Yuki). As for the other main characters, they are a girl who likes to fight alone and dislikes Hibiki for reasons in their past and a tsuntsun girl who has a hard time understanding other people's perspectives of the world. The villain is just an annoying sadist who enjoys being nude and has no appeal aside from her excellent voice actor (who still couldn't save her from being annoying).
Being an anime with a heavy focus on music, you would expect a great soundtrack. While this is the strongest category, it's only barely above average. For much of the earlier episodes, the music plays almost non-stop switching from track to track with hardly any break. It got to the point where I was grateful for some of the scenes later on when they finally paused the soundtrack for part of a scene. None of the tracks stood out much either aside from one hard rock track that was used to accompany Yukine's fights. Much of the rest of the music consists of the j-pop/techno combinations used for both the songs sung by the characters' as well as the background music. There were also some problems with the volume of the music/singing when used while characters were speaking at times.
Oh, and this anime has some of the worst Engrish I've ever heard to the point where the subbers provided subs for it and even fixed the grammar at some points to make it more understandable.
The animation is the most inconsistent category. It looks like a quarter of the entire animation budget for this show was used during the two concert scenes. Compared to these scenes (especially around episode 3 and 4) the animation takes a nosedive. That's not to say it's all bad aside from those two scenes, however there are some moments where a single motionless shot will stay for almost twenty seconds or the animation just looks like a couple gifs pasted on top of each other. There is also one scene where a character is looking down out of a library window and sees two characters in a hospital room, but when you see out of the window from the hospital room, there is no library (or any buildings at all) in sight. Similarly to Evangelion, this anime also reuses the same shots of the main organization's headquarters many times.
The many faults in this series build up over time and prevent it from being very enjoyable. It's uncreative premise of saving the world from mysterious creatures which has been done much better hundreds of times doesn't allow for much right from the start. The bland characters, mediocre soundtrack despite being a music anime, and the inconsistent animation don't do much to save it either. I recommend skipping this anime and watching something like Gurren Lagann, Evangelion, or Madoka Magica if you want something similar but much better.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear is an anime surrounded by music by Nana Mizuki (not only her, but a large part is). I gave an overall score of 8, which could come from my love for the music of Nana Mizuki, but I do believe there are serious flaws in this anime.
The story is the main flaw in Senki Zesshou Symphogear. I actually am impressed that they made an anime of 13 episodes which doesn't feel rushed even though quite some things happen. But the "why" in why are things happening is explained but when you hear it, it's kind of lame. Though the concept around
the "true reason" is actually nice. I believe they should have made is 26 episodes and not 13, this way they could have made the plot better.
The art is not especially impressive, but (and I'm trying not to spoil here) the art while fighting is different and I like it =) Though understand that while I'm saying that the art is not especially impressive, it's just that the art is at a level that I've come to expect and hope from anime. The series is well animated.
Well, you've got me there. Nana Mizuki for the win! But seriously, the music is good and it gives something extra to certain scenes. They re-use songs in the anime, but what I also noticed is that some songs actually represent the growth in the characters. So besides the fact that I just like this kind of music, it was also very well chosen.
Surprisingly for an anime with only 13 episodes, the characters go through quite some growth without feeling rushed. The feelings they portray are also quite understandable and when you think how you would feel in that person's place, you usually come to the conclusion you would probably feel the same (well, at least a part. I will never end up in the situations they end up in).
For some brainless entertainment with good music, I say yes I enjoyed it quite a lot. I found myself craving for the next episode because I just wanted to know how it would go on, but constantly had to wait another week.
Like i mentioned before, for some brainless entertainment with good music and without too much going on that you won't understand: it's good. I suppose you have to like this kind of anime, but if you do you will enjoy it. If you want an anime that's very wel thought through, with an in depth story line: this is not your anime. Since I like to have some easier animes once in a while, I enjoyed it quite a lot and perhaps even rewatch it sometime. Even though the rewatch value is quite low, as you will understand after the last episode. ;)
Well that was my opinion on Senki Zesshou Symphogear, hope it helped =)
OK this is my 1st review so it's going to be really short,so let's get started.
Right so you may have looked at the season anime list this year and saw this particular one and though to yourself 'hey cute girls wearing sexy Armour that's pointless cause almost 70% of the body is bare but the sword their holding is awesome' right? So you wait for the 1st to debut.
So you watch the 1st episode and if you can tell a crappy anime by from just watching the 1st 5 minutes like me, you high expectations are dropped really low. Basically what you got is
Gundam meet's magical girls....or so you thought. What really get's under my skin about this anime is that not that's it cliche, but the singing while their fighting. SO instead of Gundam meet;s magical girls, you get K-On meet's Infinte Stratos with a dash of Mega Man Starforce 3.
Story-6- Aliens or some mystical being's called noise (rip off from Mega Man Star force) randomly kill people for no reason and the only way to defend yourself against these monsters is sing, have faith and armor will randomly manifest from your body 0.o.
Art-8- as always the seasonl anime art is very good and i was impressed :). BUT! that's the only thing good about this anime and that's not even much.
Sound-4- sounds like wanting to shove a fork through my eardrums. The singing while fighting is probably the reason why i dropped this (no seriously the have to sing to power up....)
Character-4- cliche female protagonist, nothing special, not even bothering.
Enjoyment-1- pathetic, i tried my best to enjoy this piece of crap but couldn't.
So yeah, this anime at the very least is not what your going to expect period. Whether if ou expected to be good or bad. But when you try to mix moe and action, will singing and fighting you get a epic fail. Dont watch this.... unless your horny.
*Review contains minor spoilers, nothing major, but proceed at your own caution.*
Senki Zesshou Symphogear... I've never been so happy to have accidentally stumbled upon an anime in my life. Also, I will be speaking mainly of this anime, but I will be mentioning the following 2 seasons as well.
Now, before we get going, I'd like to make it clear that this anime is nowhere near perfect. It most definitely has it's flaws, some bad animation here, some poor plot choices there, plot armor galore over yonder, I could go on. But that doesn't change the fact that this anime does one thing, and it does
it incredibly well:
When a lot of people complain about Symphogear, I always see that they seem to take it too seriously. With that, I tell you, that you should watch this anime for pure, unadulterated, fun, explosions, and a kickass soundtrack that you're probably going to be wanting to locate and download. Which I have. All of it. So good.
Anyways, on to the actual review.
It's certainly not a bad story, there are worse ones out there, however you will see that it's rather cliche once you start getting a few episodes in. One of the worst parts about Symphogear, is it's rather cliche story, and this applies to the following seasons as well, since they all follow the same rough format that season 1 does. However, while looking at it by me saying that, it may seem rather uhh... "meh". But, I should also mention, that Symphogear KNOWS that it's bad. It knows that it's cliche, and it uses that to it's advantage. Yes, it's a cookie cutter that was built out of the body of season 1, and yes, seasons 2 and 3 were made with that exact same cookie cutter, but DAYUM is that a nice cookie cutter. Normally, if an anime is too cliche, it dies because the audience has seen it before (which admittedly, may very well still apply to some people when they decide to watch this) however, the other aspects of the show are what genuinely carry this anime to glory, the characters, the music, the important animation, all of that combines to patch up those nasty things that the plot just literally can't even. I should also mention that the overlying plot is only affected by this. There are a bunch of sub-plots which are actually quite unique and well thought out, for example, the backstories of the main characters.
Overall, you've seen this plot before, and you'll know it when you see it. But the rest of the anime will more than make up for it, which is impressive considering how important plot tends to be.
I admit, the animation for this anime kinda dies at points. There's a scene where Tsubasa and her Manager are walking down a hall and rather than an animated walking animation, it is merely their unmoving bodies swaying in a small figure 8 pattern. Now, remember what I said about this series being fun? Yeah. It is. "Bu-but, HOW could it POSSIBLY be fun with animation like THAT!?" you may ask. Well I'll tell you, the animation for unimportant things like that walking scene, or someone writing something down on a piece of paper, THOSE are animated quite poorly sometimes. HOWEVER. The producers of this anime were smart, and funneled most of what little budget they had into the action scenes, and other important scenes. A lot of anime, even high budget anime that have all-round great animation, tend to have action scenes that are simply just as good as the rest of the anime, and when you're expecting MORE from an action scene, it can be a little underwhelming. Symphogear, with it's poor budget, knocks up the budget big time for their action scenes, making amazing looking scenes that are animated fluidly. I should also add that this anime liked to have it's action scenes on the go. While a lot of anime take a lot of camera cuts and angles in rapid succession to show a fight, which works well don't get me wrong, Symphogear does it itself a whole bunch, but they ALSO love to follow the action as it moves, meaning you'll get panning action sequences at high speed that look simply amazing (not to mention badass as hell) and really gives the viewer an impression of the speed at which the Symphogear users are fighting. While they obviously don't do this all the time, you'll see it used quite a bit, and it's a nice addition. Back to that bad animation for a moment, and also referring to when I said that people always take this anime too seriously if they hate the anime. The bad animation that pops up? It's reaally bad. So bad in fact, that it's laughable. I actually laugh at this animation, it is so bad. Now I can't forgive it for these atrocities of animation, but hey, you can always get a chuckle out of it! I should also mention that while this anime DOES have some very bad animation issues, those absolutely horrendous only pop up around 3 or 4 times in the entire anime, so they don't overly take away from it as a whole. Seasons 2 and 3 undergo a SERIOUS budget boost however, and nearly every issue that season one had in regards to animation was fixed, or improved past that.
Overall, while this anime has some undeniable animation issues, it isn't bad enough to take away from the series enough to ruin the experience.
I'm including the soundtrack in this, it's a must. This anime is one that is in the "Music" genre, and normally, when you see "Music" tagged on to an anime, with a premise like that of Symphogear, you get frilly cute J-Pop songs, or at least, expect them. That is far from what you'll be getting out of Symphogear. Let's lead in to the music by starting with the voice actors! Tsubasa is voiced by Nana Mizuki, whom is a very well-off musical artist in Japan. Not only does she do an excellent job of voicing the stoic Tsubasa, she carries that voice into her songs which all have an oriental theme. Nana Mizuki also created and sings the OP of each of the seasons, season 1 being "Synchrogazer". Aoi Yuuki voices our main Character, Hibiki Tachibana. Perhaps you've heard Aoi before, she's done quite a few roles. Tornado from One Punch Man, Madoka from Madoka Magica, Victorique from Gosick, the list goes on. Aoi isn't a song artist, however in this series, she sings all of her own songs, which is a rather impressive feat for anyone. This adds to the immersion of the series, since there is no clear difference in voice, unlike when another person sings a song in place of a voice actor. This applies to every single character in the entire Symphogear anime. Each voice actor does all of their own singing, and they do a damn fine job. Each character even has songs that are styled towards them. As mentioned, Tsubasa sings what I call "Technoriental" and Hibiki sings "Electroceltic" technobagpipes included. Other characters are introduced later on, one of which sings aggressive rock, and in season 2, another which sings pure electronic, as well as another that sings perhaps a more punk-style of rock. Mentioning the characters further would be too large a spoiler however. Back to the actual music. Every song was crafted FOR the anime, none were taken from elsewhere. The producers made it a priority to make the music as excellent as they possibly could, as the anime revolves around music, and make it well they did indeed. I should now mention that all of these amazing songs are placed in as character songs (songs which are sung by the characters) and of course, since having characters singing all of the time would be stupid, there is regular soundtrack to go alongside it. Nothing too special about it, in all honesty. The background music you hear in scenes without characters singing is just sorta there, nothing too memorable, but not bad either. Just there. As far as voice acting goes... really well done! They got a very solid cast of voice actors, they didn't lose out anywhere there, however I should mention that ONLY the first season... has the most horrendous case of Engrish that I've ever heard. Thank god for subtitles. They gave up on attempting English in the following seasons, for good reason. As for the Japanese voice acting, emotions are portrayed very well, Hibiki always sounds like she should, cheery and upbeat, Tsubasa sounds like a strong "don't mess with her" type, the list goes on.
Overall, the character songs make this anime absolutely amazing, and are one of it's biggest selling points. The background music and such isn't so up to par, but the sheer quality of the character songs truly outshine the little problems that the background music brings forth. While there was a bit of laughably bad Engrish, the voice acting was excellently done, especially with how each voice actor sings their own songs.
Each character is very well made, and while maybe cliche in a sense, they use cliches that haven't been milked to death. Hibiki is outgoing and cheery, which is the worst offender, however Tsubasa is a strong, stoic type, with more behind her exterior than first meets the eye. Another character may simply be passed off as a bit of a tsundere, but actually isn't, far more complex than that. Each main character has a backstory, not all of which are fully gone into in-depth, but all are at least mentioned at one point or another. Furthermore, these backstories can do a great job of defining why a character acts the way they do, and if this process ins't the one that explains it, you'll simply find out later on. Every character has a unique purpose, and each characters continues to fulfill that unique purpose effectively, without giving too much attention to any singular character. Even the side characters are well thought out, they don't FEEL like complete side characters because they actually get quite a lot of interaction with the true main characters as well as major plot elements. The villain however, is quite cliche. Like mentioned previously though, this hardly counts since the producers did this on purpose. This anime is supposed to be stupid, but handled well.
Overall, the characters are all well thought out, and despite being less-used cliches, they have reasoning to back themselves up. Every characters does exactly what they're supposed to do, with a high degree of effectiveness, no single character could replace another. Even the side characters are given a good amount of attention. The villain is rather cliche, but it doesn't hurt too much.
As I have been consistently mentioning, this anime is FUN. Don't go into it for serious plot developments and incredible levels of character development, go and watch it to watch your favourite heroes beat the crap out of a bad guy. With music. I have given this anime a nickname, as have other people. "Micheal Bay: The Musical" There isn't a whole lot of down time in this anime, for the most part it splits up action and comedy, however it also has a few much darker elements in store for you to keep you on the edge of your seat. Drama is a thing as well, it may have been kind of forced, but it changes up the pace, so see that as you will. Regardless, the main point of this anime is lots of bright colors, explosions, awesome fight scenes, badass soundtracks, hell, even moments that could make you tear up a little bit.
Overall, watch this for fun! If you go in expecting something serious from an anime about magical girls blowing up monsters with the power of songs and friendship, you're gonna be sad. You'll be happy to know that if you enjoyed this series the first time, it doesn't get boring easily either. So feel free to rewatch it!
Culminating everything I've mentioned... this anime is just jolly good fun. Over-the-top fight scenes, an incredibly enjoyable soundtrack, equally likeable main characters, which all excel at doing their own thing. It's a giant blob of stupidity and cliches, yes, but it knows that and uses that as a grounds for making itself more awesome. "Ah well, we've already used this many cliches, let's overcome this insurmountable feat with an attack powered by friendship and unicorn souls!" and as dumb as that sounds, it doesn't get boring, it is truly something you just have to experience for yourself to understand. This anime is a great watch for practically any age, as it covers a lot of things, however, there's no real nice pretty age to acceptable watch it at. If a kid tries to watch it, there's some pretty bloody stuff that happens, if an adult watches it... it's an anime filled with magical girls! Perhaps teens can get away with it. Disregarding social standards however, this anime IS a great, fun watch, for all ages!
While this anime may seem to be the type, it VERY rarely sexualizes it's characters, I can recall a total of 5 scenes throughout all 3 seasons, one of which was a beach episode, another was a bath scene, both of which are anime staples. Even during transformation sequences, season 1 has next to no sexualization at all, the camera doesn't even zoom in on the characters body. Season 2, with their updated budget, opted to have a fancy camera-spinning close-up transformation scene, but even still, the camera never clearly focused on anywhere such as the butt or breasts, it just panned over them as though they were any other body part such as an elbow or a foot. Season 3 starts getting to borderline as it adds in a bit of jiggle to some characters during these sequences, but thinking realistically... I think some jiggle may happen... they certainly didn't blow it out of proportion, and even further, they kept the camera moving with no clear fanservice shots. As for actul in-fight scenes, the rules apply as if it were anime men fighting, nothing is sexualized or focused upon, if you want to see something you can look for it obviously, but it isn't shoved into your face. There are a few instances of blatant fanservice as I previously mentioned, but that count is very low. A good job goes to the producers for that decision as well, the quality of this anime would have dropped big time were it made as an ecchi.
My friends deem this unwatchable, and I don't blame them, nor would I anyone else who says it's unwatchable.
However I find it somehow enthralling. Something about the combination of the music and the fight scenes generates an exaggerated hype that I love.
There is lots of edge and qq, which would normally ruin a series, but its done in a way that either the scene can be skipped without missing anything important. Or it's so overdone that it's funny, using tropes like 'They are powered by friendship!'
The art style heavily reminds me of Megaman, while still being original.
The nameless villains look like some sort of ugly
kidsmeal toys that were likely designed by a different artist.
There is lots wrong with it, especially the angsty character development, but the ultra-flashiness of the fights makes up for it.
The macro-plot is surprisingly very good, although there is very little of it.
As long as you don't take it too seriously then it's very enjoyable.
Well, Senki Zesshou Symphogear is one of the first anime to begin airing in 2012. A good head-start to gain fans' attention. This anime can combine two different anime fields : shojo with music and shonen with battle and mecha. This makes the whole anime became Divine Intervention
The story is scored A, thanks to radically different story compared to any other anime. All anime have their unique stories, but this anime featuring music and battle simultaneously instead of mere music competition. This item makes the SZS anime stands out compared to any other anime as an intersection of battle anime and music anime. Whole anime
themselves is already radically different from any similar anime.
The story swings from fighting against enemy (creep in DotA) then internal conflict. After the conflict resolved, encountering the real boss and case closed. All this in 13 episodes, less than adequate for the whole three major arcs while normally three major arcs will require two periods (one period == one season).
Art is rated as A. Nothing much different from any other mecha anime. The design is somewhere a mixture of futuristic and present design. All futuristic anime usually discard the present technology, saving spaces for hi-tech which is included in the far future sub-chapter or even not written in "Physics of the Future" book written by Michio Kaku. This balances the penalty given in the fields of character design due to overly standard.
The armor is quite similar to Infinite Stratos with minimum torso protection and good extremities protection while differs only in size and capability. With this armor, it should be easy to re-draw the characters (excluding the other class of armor which provides extra armor).
One can easily distinguish the differences between concert scene and street pursuit scene from the side of animation itself. The concert scene (only twice in whole anime) is very well-drawn, almost divine intervention. On other hand, the street pursuit scene is very similar to almost identical to GTA San Andreas-era video game. Those two aspects are offsetting each other with advantage in the concert which is the main theme for the anime.
Sound is rated A. Guaranteed by Elements Garden and Nana Mizuki, Synchrogazer stands out a lot for any other anime Opening track. The other songs featured varies in type, from upbeat in 'Gyakkou no Flugel' or something likely to an aria song which is the Zesshou.
Other songs also gained high value because of the interest of those song (proven by high traffic in my blog for those entries). Say like 'FLIGHT FEATHERS' by Nana Mizuki and 'Tsunaida Te Dake ga Tsumugu Mono' by Ayahi Takagaki that is very well-sung.
Characters is rated A due to the standard design. Play it safe, S.S.D.D.. On the one hand, there is a characters dead early in the anime which can be a severe penalty. This penalty is offset by further development which result in more or less idealistic characters.
Enjoyment is also rated A. Nothing much to be commented except the elegant battle. In some parts, there are yuri scene which can raise the score for enjoyment or reduce, depends on how one sees yuri scene. This enjoyment is also offset by partial nudity and NSFW (for some countries) battle dress.
TL;DR version: Not worth watching unless you get enjoyment from girls battling with some good weaponry and/or a huge fan of Nana Mizuki's music.
Symphogear gives us the premise of an alien race that is causing havoc. The only counter to these strange creatures is the Symphogear weapon system which the female protagonists equip themselves for battle. While this formula for a battle anime has been done a countless number of times, what really matters is "how" it is done, rather than the "what". Unfortunately, Symphogear clearly lacks the direction and the refinement seen in other series such as Madoka.
Firstly, there is the
matter of the story which is fairly average on the whole, but is destroyed by a major plot hole and the lack of refinement in the direction. We are greeted with a significant death in the first episode, which we fully know about from the summary of this anime. This death is caused by Kanade using "Zesshou", the final attack available that uses up all of one's life energy. Unfortunately, this significance is cheapened in later episodes. Therefore, Kanade's death becomes a rather forced plot device to get the ball rolling, rather than a necessary and significant event.
Then there's the clear lack of refinement in the direction, as there are occasions where we get bombarded with the most terrible ENGRISH. I mean absolutely horrific. While the context of including the English was justified (Japanese dealing with Americans), the catastrophic lack of care in its execution just goes to show a lot. Surely, Microsoft Word would have come up with a whole load of green wriggly lines in the planning phase of the script.
Then we move onto the art. Symphogear's characters have a fairly retro look with the use of strong colour shading for the hair, unlike the lighter colour tones that is more prevalent today. While this is not bad in itself, there are issues with the use of shading, which gives an incorrect perception of a lack of detail. Mouretsu Pirates, whose character art is far from groundbreaking uses a very simple, but effective style that shows the detailing in the character's hair. While I am not expecting something crazy on the level of Key/KyoAni collaborations, Symphogear's shading deficiency was clearly evident in the first episode where production values was at their highest. The fluid animation, combined with the excellent camera angles and background art looked a little odd when it was just hard to notice the character detailing. Then we have the main character whom we of course spend a long time staring at her. Her eyes seemed just too narrow and horizontally challenged. This just makes it a little hard to stare at the screen, because the level of distortion was beyond tolerances that is usually seen.
To make it all up though, the background scenery was extremely well done with plenty of detailing and shading. The weapon and attack design and choreography was excellent and fun to watch. The stills, showing the main attacks of the character was a nice touch, using differing art styles that represented the character in question.
Characterisation. We love seeing great characters. Now, a significant number of teenagers tend to have mood swings and can be unstable due to the sudden rush of hormones during puberty. Symphogear's representations of teenagers in distress seemed highly plausible. The way they interacted and reacted were extremely appropriate and on the whole, done fairly well. While Mary Sues on the one hand are boring, there is also unfortunately the case of annoying naivety which we see with the main character. This naivety causes grief for the sake of it. Her thoughts seems to mature though, and her sense of empathy is highly improved after receiving appropriate information.
(Personal Opinion: While I don't mind seeing naive supporting characters giving the slightly more mature main character annoyance, I cannot stand it being the other way around. Simply because the main character gets most of the screen time. Having to live with it is just painful.)
The villain's characterisation unfortunately left much more to be desired. The behaviour, course of action, and reaction felt highly amateurish, considering the number of years' life experience the villain has had. Even the highly egotistical and corrupted Gilgamesh from the Fate universe knew when to do Ego and when to do serious battle. Gender not revealed to prevent spoiling.
The sounds are the strongest point of Symphogear. This is especially exaggerated in my case as I click extremely well with Nana Mizuki's music. The way the music was composed suited Nana's singing style perfectly and was built around the character exceptionally well. (I seriously believe Symphogear was made solely to make some cash out of Nana's talent). The ending result was Macross F on steroids with highly enjoyable battles. Not only that, but Yukine's "badass rock" also suited her character and attack mode extremely well. Battle sounds were generically good, and nothing seemed amiss. Unfortunately, the main character's music, battles and singing was just weak. It is rather loli-ish, something which really has its place in Lucky Star, rather than a battle.
At the end of the day, Symphogear was built on a highly average premise. While they did a good job with the music and weapon design, the aforementioned plot inconsistency and unpalatable main character destroys much of the viewing experience.
For those who click with Nana's music, her outstanding performance is more than capable of temporarily taking the viewer's attention away from the glaring flaws. However, for those of other taste, the sound and enjoyment score would surely be lower and therefore, Symphogear is essentially 3 or 4/10 material. Which goes back to the TL;DR version of the review - if you don't like Nana's music, don't bother with Symphogear.
Symphogear is literally one of the best anime I've ever watched. The story was laid out amazingly and the characters were awesome.
Starting off with the story, it was truly awesome. So, the story basically starts with ZweiWing performing a concert, but suddenly the Noise attack and nearly kill the protagonist however, Kanade sacrifices herself using her “Zesshou” to save Hibiki’s life. This is, truly, an amazing way to start off the story as it introduces the viewer to the main characters but also creates an uneasy and upsetting atmosphere.
Then, as the story continues, Hibiki (now
with Kanade’s power) and Tsubasa encounter Chris Yukine who uses the Nehustan Armor but later the relic Ichaival. (I’m really trying not to give any spoilers) And later (AKA the final episode) they sacrifice themselves to stop the chunk of moon from destroying their town, only to have faked their death in order to protect their friends. This made me cry so much ) ;
Now going to the characters, let’s start off with the main protagonist: Tachibana Hibiki. Hibiki, two years ago, nearly died due to the piece of the Gungnir Relic entering her heart tissue. Hibiki is one of the coolest I have seen in an anime, however, she can be rather annoying. Then we go to the veteran user of the team, Kazanari Tsubasa. Tsubasa, before Kanade’s sacrifice, was originally shy and introverted but usually depended on Kanade to lift up her spirits. Then, after Kanade’s sacrifice; Tsubasa became, how she describes, “like a sword” being cold and independant. I find Tsubasa really cool, and now we go to the most awesome of the team: Yukine Chris! *gives Chris a medal for being the most awesome Symphogear character in existence* Chris is truly pure awesomeness.
And then finally: the music The music in this series has no other word to describe it but utter awesomeness. By the way, Chris' songs are the best; no joke
If you are the type of person that likes singing along anime songs, and you know NANA MIZUKI, this is a great anime for you.
I find that symphogear is one of those animes people don't normally see, but as the story goes own you find yourself in a really motivating anime. Which has a lot of music-fight mecha scenes, school scenes where c¡you can ship characters in a yuri way and even have fun with each characters own story, apart from the group one.
I find that this anime, can somehow , like with other animes, motivate me to move ford wars, as the girls
in the anime do so. Fight for my dreams, cause as Hibiki says: "its alright, keep moving" . I really think the main character hibiki, is the one that pushes her friends, (rest of characters) to see her reality, how to fight for what you want and how to not give up.
I am just here trying to balance out the amount of negative reviews of this anime.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear (I am just gonna call it Symphogear) wasn't a very bad anime, if you want sci-fi action based anime, Symphogear is worth trying out.
My first experience watching the first episode of the anime was like "Wow, this is the real stuff people needs to watch these days." Of course it was quite a let down as animation quality was dropping episode by episode but it was still watch-able to the point that you can still cope with the animation. The art style in some point would change
drastically but I think it was to create visual effects to cope with the music.
Speaking about music, apparently the characters sing songs when they are fighting, it was quite a hilarious concept where you're with an angry face and still managed to somewhat sing songs while fighting. The naming of the enemy units, Noise, also gave me a good laugh. The first thing in mind was that the human races doesn't like "noises" which was quite a pun but of course you'll get what I mean as the anime moves on.
Body proportions in the anime are quite realistic as well each character are able to represent their personality and motive quite well. Colour can be interpreted as a strong theme as it really represents something which I would prefer the watchers to see by themselves. The animation was mind-blasting if any of you watched the 1st episode. Though don't get discouraged by the degrading of animation quality as episodes come by or so. It is still a pretty good anime with its cool moments as well as tragic touching moments.
The story is quite well-created in my point of view. Although it didn't reveal too much background information but it was enough to allow the story to continue. Though there are moments in the anime where there was too much talking that you pretty much made yourself to skip ahead and see if there's any more mind-blasting battle scenes. Its been hilarious everytime a character uses a special move, its like one of those Fighter games where the gameplay freezes and a banner of the move name comes flying onto the screen.
The music and songs are quite good. I especially liked the daft punk genre musics used in Symphogear. Generally the music is good to a point its worth downloading the character albums and put them into your iPod.
Story - 6
Art - 7
Sound - 9
Character - 8
Enjoyment - 8
Overall - 7
The reason why I gave Symphogear a 7 was really because of its downfall in its animation degradation as well as "plot-killer" moments where everything becomes boring that makes you want to skip ahead. Otherwise all other aspects were quite fascinating to watch. Though I would love to give Symphogear a rate of 8/10 due to the fact after finish watching it, it certainly does make you feel like asking "Is there Season 2?" (which I don't think there will be) as it left quite an imprint in memory.
Symphogear is cheesy. It’s a story where at it’s core is about friendship, protecting your loved ones and believing in your own strength. Like I said in my previous post about it, Symphogear is like animated Tokusatsu with music as the main motif. It’s silly, but frankly a lot of shows could learn a lot of things from Symphogear. You know what? I feel like breaking this down in the classic way by categories. Let’s start with the most important/the best part about Symphogear.
The sound department. You know how music can affect a story greatly? Sad music will make you feel sad, happy music will
make you feel happy, but it can also affect the tone of the story. Spooky music will make the scene/story spooky, intense music will make a battle intense and so on. Well, thanks to one Motoyama Satoshi Symphogear has one of the best music uses I’ve seen in a show my entire life. Everything about the music and it’s execution made this show way better than it could/should be. Because of the music and it’s execution all other elements of the show that are affected by it get this boost of energy and tone which they wouldn’t necessarily achieve solely by themselves. The voice acting is also worth mentioning. The VA’s in this show give some of the best performances I’ve seen them give. It’s easy to forget how important sound can be in a show. Symphogear does well to remember it’s importance.
The art department. I’m just going to outright say it: The art in this show is beyond superb. Whether it’s the amazing Symphogear designs (shoutout to my favorite desgin: Yukine Chris) or the detailed backgrounds. It’s amazing. Even the simple enemies are unique and stand out on their own. And the animation in this show is downright fantastic especially in battles. For a modern anime this has some of the best fights I have seen. The art department in this show have done an amazing job and barely cut any corners.
The story. This one here is a mixed bag. On the one hand the story is similar to a cheesy B movie, but because of the important role the music has and how much it supports the story, the story ends up being better than what it actually is, which is a cheesy B movie plot, but in the end of the show the whole story comes together in an enjoyable way and it actually feels like something was accomplished by the end of it. And despite it being so cheesy in it’s way Symphogear ends up being a lot better than quite a few AAA/S titles. A lot of the story elements in Symphogear are just the right enough amount of cheesy to make me smile with joy. I like cheesy/silly stories, they are the ones that end up being the most enjoyable. So, yeah despite being cheesy Symphogear has a very good story, with some slight pacing issues.
The characters. The characters in Symphogear is another one of my favorite parts. A lot of the ideals that the characters represent are ideals I can get behind. Friendship? I’m all for friendship. Protecting your loved ones? Heck yeah I can get behind protecting one’s loved ones. Believing in your own strength? At this point it could be considered pandering. Sure you might call them cheesy, but these characters are in the end loveable. The main villain is one of the best villains I’ve seen in a B movie esque story. The whole “What is giving you your strength” lack of comprehension on the villains part is so incredible. And of course I can’t go talking about the characters without mentioning the one, the only Kazanari Genjurou!. One of the most likeable side characters I’ve had the pleasure of liking.
Symphogear may not be for everyone. But it is for me. I like, no I love Symphogear a lot, and I love it enough to consider it one of my favorite shows. So, as per usual, do I recommend Symphogear? Absolutely. Go watch it. If it doesn’t click with you completely right away the same thing that was with me, but you still want to give it a try episode 6 is where it finally clicked with me, and it was only uphill from there.
People who watch this anime tends to miss some subtle expositions and deems it a plot hole. For example, as to why people still goes outside when noise attacks are so frequent, because it is not suppose to be frequent. Why its so frequent was one of its plot point. I don't blame them because I missed such details the first time I watched it, too, and the dialogues can be quite confusing since they like to use a lot of hard to remember and pronounce names from myths like "Nehushtan." I'm not saying there aren't any plot holes, but not as much people claims
there to be. The plot was pretty good in my opinion until the last few episode.
The positive of this show it is total eargasm. They are militarized mechanical magical girls that gain their powers from singing! Also, its not afraid to get bloody. First episode, there was a massacre. The animation quality was good for its time, but later seasons, they became top-notch. However, they seemed to have spent a lot of their budget on the first episode for this season, making the later few episodes a bit lacking in quality, animation wise. However, they fixed that in the blu-ray, so try to watch that version instead.
Overall, its a good watch, especially if you like, sci-fi/mech themes, and good music. However, proceed with caution if you are expecting a oscar winning plot.