Senki Zesshou Symphogear – 13 (END)
「流れ星、堕ちて燃えて尽きて、そして―」 (Nagareboshi, Ochite Moete Tsukite, Soshite…)
“Meteoroid, Falling, Burning, and Disappear, then…”
Thirteen weeks of relics, gears, and music have finally come to an end.
I’m sorry for the delay, but here it is – the finale of Senki Zesshou Symphogear – one of the most peculiar shows I’ve ever seen! I may as well add that selecting screenshots for this show is one of the most annoying tasks I’ve ever come across. There are simply too many of them to choose from.
This finale was spectacular. It was entertaining, well executed, animations were good, and the music was nice – I finally got to hear a song performed by the trio – something I’ve been looking forward to, since Kurisu joined the team. The song itself didn’t appeal to me but I enjoyed listening to it. I don’t want to sound rude or upset anyone, but personally, I only like Mizuki Nana’s songs (in this show), please don’t kill me!
Whenever an antagonist uses some hidden ability, very late during battles, I always wonder why they save it for last. But watching shows like Bleach has taught me that questioning strategies ruins the show, however, I must say that Finé might’ve been able to pierce the moon if she’d summoned her army of Noise a bit earlier.
Equipped with new gears, the girls had the better hand in the game until Finé stabbed herself and fused with the Noise. And to top that, she also got a hold on Durandal! With a new appearance, Finé hid herself within the “shell” she’d created, which to her surprise, didn’t help at all.
Thirteen episodes later, and Hibiki finally has a weapon! With Durandal taken from Finé with force, Hibiki enters berserk mode – but it didn’t last for long, not with everyone’s support behind her back. With the opening song playing in the background, the girls hit Finé with everything they had, an attack called “Synchrogazer” which happens to be the title of the opening song itself.
When Finé was finished off, with everyone remaining alive, and more than 10 minutes left of the episode, I knew something else was to come. And guess who the final boss is! It’s the moon!
Finé’s last move was to drag the moon towards the Earth, an action that would extinguish mankind. I did not expect her to be strong enough to pull the moon, especially not after facing defeat. With that being done, Finé fell apart, pulverized and obliterated. I felt a bit sorry for her in the end; she is after all, a very pitiful character.
The battle against the moon was pretty interesting. I had a hunch Hibiki would sing her swan song in this battle. Otherwise, the first episode would make no sense. However, I did not expect everyone to sing swan songs. A swan song performed by three people at the same time is indeed a powerful one. Blasting the moon with full force resulted with the scene we saw in episode one.
Some of you had expected the death in episode one to be a troll, and guess what – you were correct! I was a bit surprised when it turned out that the girls had survived their swan songs (some of them did that twice), and had been hiding undercover for security reasons. But I’m glad they didn’t die, however, I wouldn’t mind a tragic ending either because that’s what I had prepared myself for since the beginning.
Whenever I see a season preview, I divide shows into three categories: Will watch, check out, and ignore. Senki Zesshou Symphogear was one of my “check out” shows. Given what I’d read from Divine’s preview post, I expected music and action, nothing more, nothing less. I hadn’t set very high expectations for this anime. I even thought I’d end up dropping it, but then I finished the first episode – and I was hooked! Everything was so mesmerizing, and a lot of it felt pretty unique. I’ve never seen a magical girl series influenced by mecha (it looks like that to me).
In my opinion, the first episode was flawless. The animation, the music, the story – everything seemed exciting. But then episode two aired and the show became a roller coaster. While remaining entertaining, this show truly was all over the place.
I enjoyed watching it, I was interested throughout the show, but I was left with so many questions. There are plot holes everywhere. The show had a lot of potential, but it wasted time on the silly moments (even if I happened to enjoy them). I feel like this show should’ve been either longer or simpler. Adding more information to the story near a finale is not good, unless a second season is planned.
This show was doing very well, had relatively small plot holes until Finé was revealed. She will remain an enigma to me for eternity. While I can understand the Kadingir concept (based on the tower of Babel), I do not comprehend the curse of the moon. I’ve looked through piles of articles related to myths and religions but I couldn’t come across the “Balal” curse, or what it is based on. If some of you know something, please tell me, I’d love to know.
Finé is not the only questionable factor; the whole relic concept is one too. I’ve actually rewatched some of the episodes, trying to figure out how everything connects, but still, there are some things that make no sense to me.
To round things up, I’d like to say that this show is peculiar. While it is interesting and entertaining, it leaves me unsatisfied. Symphogear had everything, some of it too much, some of it too little. For me, the best parts were the concerts. The animation during the performances was top-notch and beautifully delivered to us.
So, would I recommend this show? – Yes, I would. This show may be unsatisfying, but it is entertaining, pleasurable to the eye, and definitely worth a watch.
With that being said, I’d like to thank Divine for letting me cover this. It has been very fun covering this show. I’d like to say goodbye to Senki Zesshou Symphogear with my favorite line from it: It’s like they’re in an anime!