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Senki Zesshou Symphogear G – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「Apple」 by Maria Cadenzavna Eve (CV: Hikasa Yoko) & Serena Cadenzavna Eve (CV: Horie Yui)


「ガングニールの少女」 (Gangunīru no Shojo)
“The Gungnir Girl”

Time sure flies. After a little bit over a year, Symphogear’s back and it doesn’t hold back in its first episode. True to the series’ nature, we get a load of transformation sequences, insert songs, over the top action, and a share of twists to start this second season, and I gotta say: that was quite fun to watch.

Taking place about three months after the end of Symphogear’s first season, Symphogear G brings us right back into the action as our heroines in Tachibana Hibiki (Yuuki Aoi), Yukine Chris (Takagaki Ayahi), and Kazanari Tsubasa (Mizuki Nana) continue their fight against the alien Noise. And well, there’s really nothing else to say except that it literally picks up right where we left off—in more ways than one. Sure, the faces may have changed a bit—due to new character designer Fujimoto Satoru and Kanade no longer being present—but Symphogear G definitely reeks of its predecessor. And there’s no more obvious demonstration of this than its nostalgia inducing similarities between this episode and the series’ original debut, which include the opening episode concert, the Noise crashing that concert, and the appearance of yet another Gungnir.

At this point, it’s quite obvious that the series’ producers (and the new director in Ono Katsumi) aren’t going to change much of what made Symphogear what it was, and admittedly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, I was someone who enjoyed watching the original series during its run last Winter, and it wouldn’t be right for this series to do anything less than what it pulled here this week. What this essentially means though, is that those who liked the first season will undoubtedly like the first season… and those who didn’t like it will most likely hate this new iteration even more than they did the first.

In any case, as much as this first episode did everything I expected of a series in the Symphogear franchise, I was actually quite surprised by just how much they decided to put here in this first episode. I mean, not only do they end up re-introducing our heroines, there’s multiple Noise battles to start things off, the introduction of Maria (and her cohorts), the concert duet with her and Tsubasa, and the reveal of Maria’s true goal (and ability to transform into another version of the Gungnir) to top things off. Suffice to say, there was a lot to swallow here, and I was admittedly caught off guard by both the final revelation and how they managed to do a decent job of putting it all together. Granted, things did feel a bit rushed at times as a result, but I guess that’s just par for the course for this series. After all, the first episode of the original series ended up quite similarly, and I suppose that’s just how this series rolls (for better and for worse). It’s just never going to be a masterpiece, but there’s definitely more than enough entertainment value for this series to be worth watching for (MEGA DEATH PARTY!).

And ultimately, that’s what it boils down to. In the end, there’s just nothing quite like seeing gals fight off alien threats while singing, and having the always awesome Mizuki Nana acting and singing gives this series a unique touch. Looking forward though, it is likely that this series will not be receiving weekly coverage here on RC. Depending on my real life workload and series demand, I may consider it. But as much as I’d like to… the Thursday air date isn’t something that fits well with my current schedule. Apologies ahead of time if there is no additional coverage.

Author’s Note: Thanks to ExecRory for the OP clarification and Sol for ED clarification.


ED Sequence

ED: 「烈槍∙グングニ一ル」(Retsu Yari Gangunīru) by Maria Cadenzavna Eve (CV: Yoko Hikasa)

July 5, 2013 at 9:18 am
  • July 5, 2013 at 9:24 amExecRory

    OP is Apple by Maria Cadenzavna Eve (CV: Yoko Hikasa) & Serena Cadenzavna Eve (CV: Yui Horie)
    ED is Kuro(cant’t translate the second kanji, sorry) Gungnir by Maria Cadenzavna Eve (CV: Yoko Hikasa)

    • July 5, 2013 at 9:52 amZephyr

      Thanks. Added in the OP.

      ED kanji seems to be confounding quite a few people though… aside from the Gungnir part, but it seems to be something like “Retsu Yari” according to a friend.

      EDIT: Got it!

      • July 6, 2013 at 5:48 amrainbowburst

        As 烈槍 is not an actual Japanese word, I think a better way to render it would be “ressou” or “resshou”, using on’yomi for both kanji, instead of on’yomi for one (retsu) and kun’yomi for the other (yari). 烈 has only one on’yomi reading (retsu), but 槍 has two on’yomi readings (sou, shou), so we will have to wait for more official word to come out for what reading the creators intended.

        This is in the same vein that 戦姫 is better rendered as “senki”, instead of as “senhime”.

    • July 7, 2013 at 3:52 amJohnHayabusa

      This epic premier has exceeded my expectations. Better fight scenes and more songs. What a great way to declare a war just after a spectacular concert performance. Love the yuri teasing between Hibiki and Chris. And looks like Hibiki has an evil twin of sorts. I think I am in love with Maria. I cannot wait for more.

  • July 5, 2013 at 9:33 amGermanguy

    The World needs Heroes. While making a strange face.. Well, my Spider Mind rings loud as hell!!!

    • July 5, 2013 at 9:38 amGermanguy

      The Singing “Power” of Hibiki’s Saiyun, improved too. The “Vibration” is gone now, her Voice sound now nice and clean, Pure

    • July 5, 2013 at 9:57 amZephyr

      Yeah, there was definitely something odd about that guy.

  • July 5, 2013 at 9:34 amdestiny

    loved the facial expressions hibiki had, during the plan against the noise with the train or when they apeared on que with seriously.
    also love the new insert songs for when they transformed excited to see wich other new ones they got in store for us :).

  • July 5, 2013 at 9:39 amHarpy12

    I was very pleased with the first episode, despite how much it packed in.

    Initially I was dreading that I wouldn’t like it as much as season 1; but so far so good. I think I still like the music of S1 more as of right now. But who am I kidding, really… even if I weren’t that into this new season, I’d still watch it because of the Macross feels.

    Gotta say, ultra rocketpunch is amazing, lol. The moves Hibiki is pulling off look really nice and fluid, even better and with more flourish/fluidity than the first season.

    I’m such a meganerd that I had my Hibiki figma and nendroid delivered on the day that episode 1 came out >.>

    • July 5, 2013 at 9:58 amZephyr

      I’ve been holding off on my temptation to get a Tsubasa figma… but ack, the series returning might just make me get it now.

      • July 5, 2013 at 10:43 amkatsudon

        DO IT ZEPHYR!

      • July 5, 2013 at 11:42 amZephyr

        B-but I got so much other stuff I want too. -_-

        And actually, where’s my Chris figma!?

      • July 5, 2013 at 12:45 pmkatsudon

        I don’t know! Write Max Factory a letter or something… Though honestly, I expect a Chris figma by the end of this season. Otherwise, I’ll go with you to protest this cruel injustice. =D

      • July 5, 2013 at 3:15 pmZephyr

        I would think so. She should get more screen time in general this season, so it’d make sense. But then again, some fig companies don’t really make much sense with their decisions sometimes, haha.

      • July 5, 2013 at 7:42 pmHaruna

        Srsly what two people voted down the Chris figma comment?

      • July 5, 2013 at 7:57 pmZephyr

        Wouldn’t worry about it. Pretty sure it’s just the trolls following my posts just to downvote everything I write (and the comments in my post while they’re at it) when it comes out. You’ll note someone was bored enough to downvote all the comments above this one earlier.

      • July 5, 2013 at 8:09 pmHarpy12

        I’m not really a Chris fan (she is growing on me though), but I’d totally want a figma of her. Give me ALL THE SYMPHOGEAR MERCHANDISE!

    • July 5, 2013 at 3:31 pmlaaa

      yeah in one way new set up is nice but it has changed a lot I did not feel that sad feeling I had before watching this in S1

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:30 amBirdway

    No love for Chris?

    This world has become crazy.

    • July 5, 2013 at 11:43 amZephyr

      Whaaa. I left a whole row of screens of her special moves in on purpose! But yeah I guess you can never have enough Chris.

      • July 5, 2013 at 2:10 pmWilfriback

        I mean the comments on this site… XD

      • July 5, 2013 at 3:18 pmZephyr

        Ah well. I reckon you’ll see some soon enough. Though sadly it doesn’t exactly seem like this series is “that” popular. :3

    • July 6, 2013 at 2:23 ambaseone

      Don’t worry man you’re not alone for I too love Chris!

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:33 amTheMoondoggie


    I missed Chris so much and she’s back! This season’s only semblance to a Gundam. More zenbus pls.

    • July 5, 2013 at 1:42 pmZannafar

      I love how she actually posed for that first picture and only got out of her pose when her attack name disappeared from the screen.

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:41 amkatsudon

    It’s backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! All I’ve gotta say is that my body wasn’t ready for the duet between Nana Mizuki and Hikasa Yoko… I’m so looking forward to this show, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:41 amMyna

    The severe deficiency of Nana-chan anime roles is so disheartening.

    • July 5, 2013 at 11:44 amZephyr

      Indeed. For someone of her caliber and singing voice, she really doesn’t get much in terms of roles at all. One wonders if part of it is by her own choice, but either way, more Nana is always good.

      • July 5, 2013 at 3:47 pmMyna

        Well, considering that she is going on tour this summer, she probably wouldn’t have time to do a lot of voice work. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the fall season, and we’ve got Valvrave 2 as a guarantee, but my hopes aren’t too high.

      • July 5, 2013 at 4:00 pmZephyr

        Now if only she’d come over to the states. Would get tickets in a heartbeat.

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:48 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    Yay! They’re back! And with more awesome singing!

    • July 5, 2013 at 7:25 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      Also, am I the only one who noticed that the name of the new faction happens to match the name of the antagonist of the first Season who also was able to control the Noise (Finé)? This some sort of group that already existed and was the one Finé was talking with throughout Season 1 at times or something that formed after? x_x

  • July 5, 2013 at 11:09 amEdios

    Strike Witches – you are not. Sit the fuck down.

    • July 5, 2013 at 1:06 pmKarmafan

      I miss Strike Witches.

      • July 5, 2013 at 6:42 pmTheMoondoggie

        Me too but keep your hopes intact. The movie ended in “Hurr Durr we ALIENS Cross the Rhine naw!~”. New mission surely might mean a new season.

      • July 7, 2013 at 11:49 amc2710

        Have this feeling that the Allies will cross the Rhine while Orussia launches Operation Bagration

  • July 5, 2013 at 11:12 amGermanguy

    Lets see, how they explain. How she became her Hands on the other Gungnir Armor Crystal. And Black, is perhaps the color of her Heart

    • July 5, 2013 at 11:14 amGermanguy

      and i am still impressed about Tsubasas Deep volume Sining Voice.

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:00 pmRadler

    Woo hoo!!!
    I was expecting something but not this!
    It’s CAPES VS SCARF. Who will win?!!

    I’m hedging my bets on scarves since they’re waaay cooler than capes

    • July 5, 2013 at 12:10 pmHarpy12


      It’s much easier to choke a bish out with a scarf than a cape.

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:18 pmHarpy12

    I wonder if they did the same thing as season 1, where they don’t show the actual opening to the show until episode 2, and the ending track to the first episode is actually the opening one?

    When I was watching, I just had a feeling that the first song didn’t actually feel like the opening to it.

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:29 pmSDFGS

    Wow…I’m surprised by how many haters there are (not on here but looking through the comments on streaming websites) for this anime. A majority of them are those who didn’t even watch the first season. Here’s a little hint for people, if a title has a random number or letter at the end of the title…you’re most likely not watching the first season of it. ANyways, I’m glad this is back ^_^

    • July 5, 2013 at 1:12 pmHarpy12

      I’ve noticed that too.

      I used to be one of the haters >.> When S1 came out I dropped it after one episode. Came back later and found it to be one of my favorite shows in a long time. There’s a lot you can criticize about the show I think, but at the same time, I think it has less offenses than a lot of other shows.

      Seems a lot of people pass the show off as just a pitch to sell singles and such. Even if it is, that doesn’t stop it from being a decent show (it’s not like that makes it an inherently bad show) – there’ve been some great shows in the past that drove a lot of merchandise.

      One of the things I’m really impressed with, is that it’s an original show that is decently written. After the debacle (imo) of Occult Academy, I was very wary of anime originals for a while. I’m very happy with the writer’s work on this show, especially since their experience was just in games before (please correct me if I’m wrong!)

      • July 8, 2013 at 8:41 amSDFGS

        Me too, I mean despite how much I like this series, I do see some things to complain about it because it isn’t perferct. Its just that there’s a difference between not being interested in a show and not liking it and just plain out despising its very existance in a raging ball of fire (there’s a lot of those people out there) but I guess watching too much anime does that to people…. (referring to the raging otakus).

  • July 5, 2013 at 1:07 pmKaioshin Sama

    The first season of this show was sort of a guilty pleasure for me, but holy crap did it look like arse after the first episode. It’d be nice if this can avoid the usual Satelight trend of constant QUALITY after the opening episode, but I’m not holding my breath. They feel like the new Gonzo to me.

    • July 5, 2013 at 1:23 pmHarpy12

      What parts after episode 1 did you think were the most degraded in quality? I thought some of the fights (Chris v Tsubasa in ep3(?) and Hibiki v noise in ep5 off the top of my head) actually looked pretty good.

      • July 5, 2013 at 1:41 pmZannafar

        Pretty much every scene with Tsubasa’s manager in the first season had quality on the level of flash animation.

      • July 6, 2013 at 4:18 pmboingman

        I still remember that QUALITY walking animation.

  • July 5, 2013 at 4:37 pmTez

    How has Hibiki STILL not come up with a name for her moves?

    • July 5, 2013 at 6:45 pmTheMoondoggie

      Because she doesn’t have one.

      Now, if they somehow able to attach a spike on her glove this season and do attacks similar to Revolver Steak, then she might come up with a special move and name it.

      • July 5, 2013 at 6:46 pmTheMoondoggie

        >Revolver Steak

        Well, fuck this typo.

        *Revolver Stake

      • July 5, 2013 at 9:23 pmTez

        Sure she has a move. Her fist turns into a friggin’ missle!

  • July 5, 2013 at 5:43 pmfragb85

    That concert with Nana and Yoko was just amazing. Its still the same Symphogear but this time with a budget! I’m actually glad for that, it feels like we just left off to where the first season ended and its still the same characters we know and love.

    Same hot-blood-action, over-the-top singing and yuri (That light flirting with with Chris and Hibiki was just adorable). Its the kind of simple honest shows like this and MJP that make me enjoy anime. Its a shame that it may not be covered by RC.

  • July 5, 2013 at 5:46 pmwahas

    Red zeppelin Megadeath Iron Maiden

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:32 pmB.I.T.W

    the singing madoka anime is back again yet well now indeed meet rival team.

    (sure whole black showing past flashback of person tears of blood & mouth while a female trying to check til saved by old lady got rock smash)

    fast forward to few months since fine & moon probs hibiki & chris doing protect cane & male prof give noise has been now more like following order from “something” give stop them on train.

    they keep coming back reach base & oh both prof with cane just “missing” meanwhile tsukasa doing a concert with person named maria with whole world watching & everyone seeing then concert over to the “twist”.

    noise appear yet to attack cause it’s maria doing cause she control the noise & had black version of symphogear while declare war on everyone cause she doing this in the name of FINE faction.

    • July 6, 2013 at 4:22 pmboingman

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      Don’t worry, Zephyr, Klan is the man for moe and fanservice shows. Hire him.

  • July 5, 2013 at 7:45 pmHaruna

  • July 5, 2013 at 7:47 pmHaruna

    Love Chris-kun, Tsubasa, and now Maria, not so much a fan of ChrisxHibiki.

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:34 pmHarpy12

    From a writing standpoint, I really like the things they’re doing to tie in and bring familiarity and work the dialogue. Some people may see it as lame or uncreative, but linking two events together through a specific piece of dialogue or an action or even location is a pretty classic way of doing things. Good examples are the first and final scene of season 1 taking place in the same location. Now we have the link between season 1 and 2 being established in both location type (concert) and event (Gungnir). The cherry on top for me was when Genjuro doled out the same line in reaction. Another +1 from me for the dialogue was the back-to-back “Seriously?!” from Hibiki, since it’s the same dialogue but polar opposite in meaning as a reaction to what’s going on.

    Maybe I’m reading too much into it because I love the show, lol.

    Having rewatched season 1 right before, and ep1 of season 2 a few times, Chris is definitely growing on me. I really didn’t like her in season 1 the first time through, it felt like her character was trying to hard initially to be the type of character she was and it seemed obnoxious. Now that we’re in season 2 and shes mellowed out, I like her a lot more. Though I hope there’s still good conflict between the good guys, because characters that get along too well can get kind of boring.

    Gah, a week can’t go by fast enough!

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:54 pmmythnut

    Y’know, as the memories of this series’ first season flow back, something occurs to me re: Chris’ fighting style. She operates entirely using ranged attacks, the more spammable the better. Thing is, as the first season progressed and she kept pulling out more and bigger missiles, I started to wonder, “what’s the downside?” Noise always went down in one hit, so Chris seemed really OP with her extremely high attack volume. It is for this reason that I am very glad that she couldn’t kill the boss Noise easily, and Hibiki was the one to bring it down.
    BTW, did anyone understand Chris’ description of that trick with the train car? The subs I watched had her saying something about a “dimensional pocket” (?), and that it slowed the enemy down. As best I can guess, it’s something like the phasing shenanigans of Tobi, from Naruto. I just don’t understand what using that train car accomplished, exactly.

    • July 5, 2013 at 9:21 pmZephyr

      Well basically the train car forced them to go into dimensional pockets to go through it. Doing so slows their movements down because they’re taking the time to go into these pockets. So this makes it so that Hibiki’s attack can hit all of them in one go because they can’t dodge/move out as fast as they normally would, because once they’re within the train car, they need to go through it before they can get out of the pocket and freely move around.

      It’s kind of similar to the example you mentioned in Naruto.

      • July 9, 2013 at 9:30 ammythnut

        Thank you. That explanation was superbly clear and succinct.

  • July 5, 2013 at 9:15 pmDark

    I guess this Kanade won’t be making a come back like I had hoped. Looks like the dead really are staying dead this time.

    • July 6, 2013 at 9:23 amHaruna

      Might make appearances in Tsubasa’s mind, kind of like a spirit mentor to give her the strength to go on.

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:24 pmRadler

    Rewatching the episode made we wonder how this would turn out if the makers of akb0048 were to do symphogear. :D

    • July 6, 2013 at 8:19 amruicarlov

      You’re not too far off. The animation studio is Satelight, which is the same who did AKB0048. Sure, it has some different main staff, but I’m sure there are common people aboard.

  • July 6, 2013 at 12:54 amZero Wind

    No much to say except… Awesome!!!
    This season start with a great amoount of power in this songs an battle sequences.
    Ah, right. The ED name is “Dark Oblivion” (the name can see in the credits ^^).
    Impatient waiting the second episode.
    Let’s music!!!

  • July 6, 2013 at 1:22 amBenigmatica

    I was hoping that Aoi Yuuki’s singing voice would improve, but it seems that she still sounded like an unrefined version of Megumi Hayashibara.

    • July 6, 2013 at 3:49 amGermanguy

      Well, for my Ears she did improve. if i am allowed to compare with a Engine. In the Past she reach her high Voice Output with these misfiring on the Peek in a Engine. But now her High Output is without these noise

      • July 6, 2013 at 3:51 amGermanguy

        looks like someone helped her in fine-tune her Voice Carburetor :)

      • July 6, 2013 at 3:52 amGermanguy

        btw. i use http://www.dict.cc for some English translations. So have mercy

  • July 6, 2013 at 4:37 amMightnare


    • July 6, 2013 at 8:25 amZephyr

      I was wondering how exactly that PV scene was going to play out. Thought it was just a re-use of footage from the first season, but yeah… let’s just say that was pretty surprising.

  • July 6, 2013 at 4:28 pmboingman

    I am surprised to see so many positive comments. Then again, those who hated the first season obviously aren’t watching this.

  • July 7, 2013 at 11:01 amEnder905

    Did Chris shrink? I thought she was taller than Hibiki.

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  • July 15, 2013 at 2:02 pmSDFGS

    Its a shame this won’t continue coverage on here, its getting good. Also the songs were insert songs, they have the new opening and ending themes in ep 2.

  • July 17, 2013 at 12:41 amL-a-i-n-a

    I would really love to see a weekly coverage of this on rc! Just saw the second episode and enjoying this a lot already! <3 (Even a bit more than season 1 so far)

  • July 18, 2013 at 9:22 amYartech

    One of the rare animes where Yoko Hikasa voices a villain. Count me in!

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