Reviews

Sep 26, 2015
Stark700 (All reviews)
Ah, Symphogear GX, a show that people may have forgotten by now. It’s one of the more underrated series this year and honestly not surprising. GX is the third season of the series’ trilogy that began from the original series. And by story standards, a lot has evolved since then. I’ll state the obvious for now. Watching the previous season is absolutely necessary as you will be completely lost if you come into GX fresh.

Hibiki and her friends are now much more experienced in using their technology while gaining respect for one another with as new friends. If you remember the events of the second season (Symphogear G), they came in conflict with the mysterious Symphogear users composed of Maria, Shirabe, and Kirika. Now that their conflict has resolved, there seems to be a peace in their world. Or is it? Unfortunately, the third season introduces a new threat.

The third season establishes a story where the new enemies are no pushovers. Led by a mysterious girl coming from the world of alchemy named Carol, she wishes to bring the world into despair. This also introduces the Autoscorers, mysterious fighting warriors named after holy archangels who support her ambition. The story turns deadly as their first encounter with Hibiki’s friends show the testimony of their power. For what’s worth, the third season makes it clear that the new antagonists are capable of destroying the world. As the story progresses though, startling revelations are discovered when we learn more about their goals. As generic as it sounds, Symphogear GX does able to entertain the audience with its sheer ability to craft conflict.

Similarly, the conflict extends more than just the fighting between the two sides. There is an abundant amount of interpersonal issues as well such as with Maria’s background, Hibiki’s relationship with her father, Tsubasa’s tragic past, or Chris’ own self-doubt. Symphogear GX makes connections with the previous seasons as it hopes to remind viewers the purpose of what the characters are doing. By doing so, I think the show has a firm grasp at characterizing the characters. Unfortunately, the story itself is quite predictable with each progressing episode. Some resolutions are swift while the buildup can be a mixed bag. And like the previous season, there’s comedy in it as well although most of it has some ill-timing.

The show still maintains a nice amount of visual artwork. From a visual standpoint, it actually improved especially compared to the first season. Character designs looks steady and is resourcefully decorated. The transformation scenes are focused with a good amount of highlight. Fan service on most parts is light while replaced by full throttle action, most of which features well-coordinated cinematics. It’s also noticeable that some of the new enemies are almost unlike anything the first two seasons. Their designs bring a colorful yet malevolent intention with their presence. Finally, some of the newer battle gear that the Symphogear users looks quite stunning.

At the core of Symphogear is the music. It’s one of the strongest points of the show as main characters each has their own signature song. And on most parts, I think it’s attentive enough to keep the momentum of a fight going. Even Carol gets her own character song as well because she is the Big Bad. Likewise, the OST is performed with a lot of tense moments that dictates what Symphogear GX is – a show that combines music and action into a battle extravaganza.

Symphogear GX may have ended but it’s made some memorable moments. Its storytelling isn’t exactly the best but sticks to the point throughout each episode while getting the fans to anticipate for more. Anyone who is also interested in the music will find that GX will be a nice treat to the ears. By the time you finish watching this show, it might bring somewhat of a nostalgic feeling to know that it’s all over. It’s just a nice little present to give back to the fans.