Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ is just utterly amazing experience for LA, from the first season's inconsistency but brimming with personality, to G going god damn crazy with it's plot and characters and was LA's personal favourite season of Symphogear to GX's still having it's own personality but felt less awesome in comparison to G and now AXZ comes into the fray and it's just as amazing...maybe even better?.
From character development of the majority of the main cast as well as developing the new villains in this season and world building on the Alchemist that it did
in GX, crazier battles, awesome music and cliffhangers that Symphogear is well known for in making us always guessing what was gonna happen next.
Character development happens to the majority of the characters, Maria gets one through her past even before G and her trying to get stronger to combat the new Alchemist threat with the help of Elfnein who has now joined SONG as a researcher of LiNKERs and general mission control (so bringing in world building through the knowledge of LiNKER), Chris gets one through new characters of Stephan and Sonia Virena voiced by Asuna Tomari and Natsumi Fujiwara respectively, as Sonia knew Chris' parents before their deaths. Kirika and Shirabe gets one through trying to open up to everyone as well as their self-deprecative personality (Kirika for being too naive, Shirabe for keeping things to herself). Character interaction also gets a boost in combating the new villains of this season which also means NEW styles from the Symphogears we've never seen before and crazier than ever seeing new ways of different duos fight Noise and the Alchemists. LA's favourite character has still been Chris since G, right next to Hibiki and Maria seeping into third place due to this season.
For the villains however we get a more sympathetic villain in the form of Saint Germain voiced by Minako Kotobuki however she doesn't show it at first, her along with Cagliostro voiced by Aoi Shouta and Prelati voiced by Rina Hidaka have a bigger leader in the form of Adam voiced by Shinichiro Miki who is the leader of the Bavarian Illuminati who had influences but separate goals to Carol in GX. Adam however is probably the least interesting villain for this season all due to his goal and his asshole demeanor not only to the Symphogears but to Saint-Germain as well, in comparison to Saint-Germain and her Alchemists especially Cagliostro. Cagliostro gets some amazing fight scenes as well as her being a rather unpredictable character as well as her personality. Prelati however gets shafted due to her character-centric episode being kinda a awkward breather episode in comparison to Cagliostro's however is redeemed in the penultimate episode. LA's favourite villain for AXZ would be a tie between Cagliostro and Saint-Germain, Cagliostro for her personality and Saint-Germain for making the plot interesting. Nonetheless the villains are great in AXZ and to be honest MUCH better from Carol if only because of Saint-Germain and the Alchemists.
The plot goes out all from the first episode immediately focusing on Saint-Germain's group and the Symphogears combating as well as finding their motive of why they are doing terrible things such as collecting life energy, the plot just never stops trucking along besides the aforementioned Prelati focused episode but that in itself was meant for Shirabe's character development. World building helps immensely as well as plot twists goes hand in hand as AXZ manages to reference events from ALL previous seasons (New Alchemists that tied into but no proper affiliation with Carol, Fine from Season 1 get referenced and Maria's past from G as well as some smaller events from G) that all ties up to AXZ's climaxes and plot threads. As for plot twists they do get explained later on and again even references back to previous season and although Symphogear is known for their asspulls, AXZ still had some but they did explain as much as possible and in certain cases there is enough suspension of disbelief that you can give it the grace it needs due to the awesomeness on screen that is happening. Seriously as bombastic and crazier, plot & character-focused AXZ has become away from the slice of life elements it had in the previous seasons to say that it's gotten even more serious, the writing is extremely clever like AXZ was the thread that was meant to tie up all 3 previous seasons together into one story that lead up to AXZ.
The animation done once again by Satelight is amazingly bombastic like it should, from it's crazier and crazier battles, slicker character designs and decent backgrounding. Satelight did seem to have gone all out though at rare times, felt like some certain scenes did seem derpy but LA just did not care, the animation was impeccably amazing right down to the character designs, battle animation and special effects, rare derpiness be damned to Hibiki's fist!
The voice acting is amazing as always, from Aoi Yuuki, Nana Mizuki, Ayahi Takagaki, Yoko Hikasa Ai Kayano, Yoshino Nanjo, Misaki Kuno, Minako Kotobuki, Aoi Shouta, Rina Hidaka, Shinchiro Miki and Hina Kino. Special mention would go to Ayahi Takagaki, Aoi Yuuki, Yoko Hikasa and Aoi Shouta for their amazing vocal range, battle cries and amazing dialogue, with Aoi Shouta crossdressing voices and doing it extremely well and Aoi Yuuki doing Hibiki like Hibiki as always and loving every time Aoi Yuuki's honed battle cries and battle dialogue are just fueled with adrenaline. Nana Mizuki probably gets best vocal voice acting through AXZ's OP "TESTAMENT" which was LA's favourite OP for Summer 2017 as well as Symphoear XD Unlimited's OP "UNLIMITED BEAT" (the mobile game's OP) as an insert song with heck even Ayahi Takagaki's ED for AXZ "Futurism" being great as well as LA never skipped the ED either. The voice acting and sound is AMAZING, expected from Symphogear.
If there were any flaws LA saw from AXZ however is that Miku Kohinata, Hibiki's best friend voiced by Yuka Iguchi along with many of the minor characters (Hibiki's three trio posse for instance) kinda got shafted a bit due to all the serious business in taking down the Alchemist were thus Hibiki and the gang couldn't go to school as much, however this flaw got a bit of grace as they utilized Miku at least during the last few episodes and it made sense either way. On speaking of Hibiki, Hibiki got less screentime in favour of Maria, Chris and the new villains of this season but thankfully she became important in the later half of the season and even connected with the villains (especially Saint-Germain) in some form or the other. Again Adam was probably the weakest villain in this season heck even to the point Carol had more promise than Adam did and again Prelati's focused episode was a breather episode but not much happened and Prelati got better by the final few episodes.
With these flaws, LA did see AXZ evolve even with all this, from the clever writing, character development that was VERY much needed to certain characters especially from Chris and Maria and the always bombastically musically fueled battles that never ceases to amaze LA time and again.
The finale, well holy shit, although the scale of the final battle wasn't as HUGE as G, however the final battle was nonetheless jaw-droppingly amazing, batshit frantic and crazy as is Symphogear's fashion, even though there are asspulls in this finale, it is explained later on but seriously this finale was jaw-droppingly WHAT THE SHIT IS LA WATCHING BUT IS FREAKIN' AMAZING and yeah because of that, the finale was done amazingly and gave a fulfilling finale all things considered. The final scenes of the final episode also hinted at something amazing as well that MANY fans wanted back and this hint may have been the ticket to it. Overall, this finale was amazing with many more to come due to the 5th season in the works and LA is even MORE hyped due to the revelation the finale gave us.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ is LA's favourite anime for Summer 2017 and heck AXZ has been topping LA's ALL TIME FAVOURITE ANIMES list during it's release. It was thee ONLY anime of the Summer 2017 season where LA got pumped up to see what would happen next every episode, repetitively watching previous awesome episodes' battles and speculating on the plot, AXZ in terms of Symphogear seasons ousted G from LA's favourite season all due to it's amazing plot progression, clever scripting, batshit crazier battles, character development and evolution, world building and and even grander spectacle of a finale than G.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ went out with a blast with enough fuel to keep itself going and LA loved every moment of it but with another season in the works, it's a great time to be a Symphogear fan!...
Fourth series of Senki Zesshou Symphogear. (seriously MAL you couldn't find something else to put in here :D)
Well basically there is a new threat to mankind and the girls are facing a new challenge with how to deal with this new enemy. Conflict, friendship, and explosions the perfect Symphogear formula
One line from episode 2 will summarize the whole thing "fist 1 reason 0" :D
If you have watched the previous Symphogear seasons (and you probably did or else you wouldn't be watching the 4th one) you will see that this season offers you more of the same.
Like i said in the Synopsis this season
will present a new challenge to the girls that they must overcome to protect mankind once again so fans of the series will be pleased to have their favorite formula.
Again the process of the story is exactly the same as the previous seasons and i mean exactly the same. The way the enemy is introduced the ups and downs of the plot everything except a little difference in the conclusion is the same (which might be a little bothersome)
I think the characters are one of the key factors to how you will enjoy this anime as their stories and histories and relationships move the plot forward.
Some of the girls will face their pasts once again and in the process will learn to move beyond some hurdles that were hampering their progress
Friendship and relationships (connection in general) always have a high priority in Symphogear as ususal
The villains characters are similar to the previous seasons which will make them kind of predictable and lessen the surprise factor
Art and Animation (7/10):
EXPLOSIONS!! EXPLOSIONS EVERY WHERE they show is full of flashy new explosions, moves, and transformations (This will be the second key factor for enjoying the show). You will never get bored watching this
aside from the action sequences the show look average on every aspect whither it's characters environment or movements but it's the same design as the previous season so points for constancy
Music & VA (8/10):
This is the 3rd key factor for show enjoyment. Symphogear = Songs which means you will be hearing alot fo them both old ones and new ones. As with the previous season struggles and pain will show up in the voices during the songs which will give you discord but will offer more immersion (i mean what human would take a blast to the face and keep singing normally :D)
OP and ED match the show vibe perfectly
This is Symphogear so if you are watching it you should not be expecting a complex and thought provoking plot, you should be expecting however outrageous action and explosions and lots of music and an emphasis on friendship which the show deliver to the fullest. It is a crazy ride that will keep you entertained the entire time
Context: I am a rather big Symphogear fan who was extremely let down by GX, and considered not even watching AXZ after the train wreck that came before it.
And I am very glad that I didn't miss out on it.
From the start to (almost) the finish AXZ has been nothing short of amazing. There's some weird metaphors and phrasing but it's Symphogear so I mostly expected that.
Unlike the previous season, and even the first, every episode (with one exception) was fulfilling and enjoyable, with each making me more excited for the next one. The character development of each character was very natural and fitting,
and Hibiki especially was a massive step up from previous seasons. The use of the Gears was one of the best parts of the season, which each being used in new and unique ways, changing things up from the expected patterns of attacks. Chris in particular has this going for her as instead of her gun spamming she mostly uses various bows, with a more interesting use of her missiles added into it. It felt as a whole like they're all more experienced, which they'd started to hit on in G for the original three but was sorely lacking in GX. They're also animated incredibly well, as is the show as a whole, with the obvious exception of far shots where everyone looks like mush, but that's in every anime.
And of course, the real reason everyone is watch Symphogear, the music. The one good part of GX was the character songs, and even in that area AXZ stepped it up. Every track is superb with the only one lacking being Tsubasa, and even then it's still pretty good. There's more combo songs, a triplet for both the main and second team, as well as various duets of unexpected combinations. Every track is wonderful and fits the fights they're placed in very well.
It'd be hard to top the villains of GX for me as Garie and Carol are some of my favorite villains in anything let alone Symphogear, and while it didn't quite make it to their levels for me the villains were certainly great. The alchemists are sympathetic without forcing you to feel bad for them and have bursting personality and small quirks that make them often come out standing over the main cast. Adam remained charismatic and intimidating the entire way, even if his reveal had me yelling "THAT'S JUST SINBAD" at his character design. The only lacking one would be Tiki, and that was only towards the end when she started getting annoying to me.
As a whole this season was amazing and made me fully willing to recommend Symphogear to people after GX made me hesitant to do so. The characters, art, sound, story, everything is incredible. My only real complaint is how... terrible episode 12 was. But one 1 out of 13 being bad when the rest are amazing is an acceptable loss for me as many shows have had worse. Other than that, there wasn't enough Last Action Hero.
Watch it, love it, and hold a determination to fist.
Oh yeah also Miku was here sometimes and p good when she was. Let's give her back her Gear in s5.
Also yes I have watched all 13 eps I forgot to update my watched list before writing this. Damn you MAL.