OP: 「Sychrogazer」 by 水樹奈々 (Mizuki Nana)
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「雑音と不協和音と」 (Zatsuon to Fukyouwaron to)
“Noise and Dissonance”
My Mizuki Nana/TWO-MIX anime has been taken over by Yuuki Aoi! As much as I like Aoi, it’s a bit of a downer that I may not get to hear Nana and Minami as Zwei Wing anymore. The episode itself on the hand was fairly dialed back compared to the high-tension premiere, but provided a rather entertaining blend of plot development and timely humor that has me hooked.
On the story side of things, this is largely due to that fact that Tsubasa isn’t very accepting of Hibiki as a replacement partner for Kanade — to the point that she’s both angered and repulsed by the fact that Hibiki inherited Kanade’s Gungnir Symphogear from the Holy Relic 「聖遺物」 (seiibutsu) fragments lodged in her chest. Hibiki’s cheery and grateful personality doesn’t really help her case either, since she’s a painful reminder of Kanade’s death. At the moment, Tsubasa isn’t fully aware that Hibiki is the girl whom Kanade died protecting, so it’ll be interesting if that tidbit actually makes their relationship worse. One thing is clear though: Tsubasa harbors a lot of misguided frustration and most of it isn’t directed at Hibiki as a person, but simply what she comes off as — salt in open wounds.
To heavily contrast an emotionally burdened Tsubasa, I really like how the leader of the “Mobile Disaster Prevention Unit 2nd Division” 「特異災害対策機動部二課」 led by Kazanari Genjuurou (Ishikawa Hideo) and Symphogear inventor Sakurai Ryouko (Sawashiro Miyuki) are an easygoing bunch. The operators, Fujitaka Sakuya (Akabane Kenji) and Tomosato Aoi (Seto Asami), are much less so with agent Ogawa Shinji (Hoshi Souichirou) falling somewhere in between, which all together provide a lighthearted atmosphere where things never seem quite as severe as they probably should. That effectively alleviates Tsubasa’s anger to a certain degree — at least from a viewer standpoint — so she’s not mistakenly perceived as the “bad” person in all this.
Instead, I find myself more understanding of Tsubasa’s situation than Hibiki’s, who’s taken on the “accidental heroine” role in the series. The most Hibiki has going for her is being in the wrong place at the wrong time two years ago and now her desire to protect Miku and her other friends from the Noise. That naturally falls a bit short of Tsubasa’s painful loss that I witnessed last episode, so I don’t find myself picking sides at all when Tsubasa pointed her sword at Hibiki in the cliffhanger. I’m simply curious to know how Hibiki’s going to gain Tsubasa’s trust — something that the extremely “busy” opening sequence (as awesome as it is) doesn’t even allude toward. Well that, and who the lavender hair girl in the OP is.
* I’m okay with the premise where the Holy Relics resonate with a person’s singing, even though it drifts more toward fantasy than sci-fi.
* I am a bit surprised to see Encourage Films and Satelight recycle some footage already, even if it’s just for some of Tsubasa’s attacks.
* Full-length images: 01, 05, 06, 15, 16, 19, 28, 29.
ED2: 「Meteor Light」 by 高垣彩陽 (Takagaki Ayahi)
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