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Aug 31, 2012
Based on the anime 'Senki Zesshou Symphogear' which aired in early 2012 to very mixed reviews due to its low budget, the Symphogear manga is a retelling of the events that also serves to fill in some of the blanks from the anime.

We are given a bit more of Kanade and Tsubasa's time together, and for those who did not pick up the reason for Kanade's 'weakness' in the anime it is clearly spelled out in the manga's opening chapters.

From there we jump into the story as we're already familiar with, with a few changes thrown in to the mix - to sum it up read more
Jul 23, 2012
AKB0048 (Anime) add (All reviews)
It's not often that an anime comes around that pulls one over on the audience as fast as AKB0048 does. Given what is probably one of the silliest premises ever in anime the writing takes hold and runs away with it, spinning a complex story of futuristic idols in a world where entertainment is banned.

I went into this show with incredibly low expectations and came away wowed. Although the show does not fall too dark there are some rather grim undertones - to perform their concerts in worlds where entertainment is banned the idols form two teams, a performance group and a defending group. The read more
Apr 2, 2012
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 read more