「兆しの行方は」 (Kizashi no Yukue wa)
“Where the Signs Lead”
As the animosity between Kurisu and Hibiki continues to grow, somehow Miku’s worries about constantly being blown off seem to trump it. However, it’s taken Symphogear in a very welcome direction with the conflicts being less about the Noise and more about the characters themselves, especially in conjunction with the whole conspiracy involving Ryouko and “Finne”. With the death of Defense Minister Hiroki and Genjuurou already wary of American infiltration under his successor, the story really opens up to numerous possibilities — some of which could even involved the takeover of their division.
While ominous, the thought of that looming over my head does make Hibiki’s endeavors a lot more meaningful to watch, as she was surprisingly quick to get into Tsubasa’s good books after the latter’s near-death experience. That actually came about a lot sooner than I was hoping, but it does work well as a “calm before the storm” type moment seeing Tsubasa finally accepting Hibiki as someone who has something to protect and not just a painful reminder of Kanade since I can only really see things get more complicated hereon in. I presume that Genjuurou is more on top of things than he seems, judging from the works that Shinji’s doing, but we probably won’t find out if that’s the case until Ryouko’s exposed as a double agent. Admittedly, I’m not so sure if Ryouko and Finne are the same person anymore, as there was no concept of time between the pre-opening portion of the episode and the sight of Ryouko at the base, but my growing suspicion is that they are since Finne isn’t credited as a separate character. However, one or two antagonist doesn’t change the fact that we have an actual antagonist now, along with further indication that Kurisu is just being manipulated out of fear of being alone again.
With the way things were going and Hibiki hilarious belting out all her personal info to try and reason with Kurisu, I actually thought that the Nehushtan would open up to the idea that there are greener pastures out there than a life with Finne. In retrospect, I’m kind of glad she didn’t come around right away, because Kurisu’ jealousy is serving as the only real conflict on the Symphogear side of things. What’s more, it was pretty cool watching Hibiki’s first fight with her new resolve, as she awakened a bit of her Armed Gear and really gave it to Kurisu. It looks like like Hibiki’s still a ways away from getting cool comic-book like still frames for her attacks, but I’d imagine it’s only a matter of time before she starts whipping out some of moves we saw Kanade perform. For now, all eyes are on Miku though. I’ve been quite indifferent about her character because I don’t really see what she adds to the story as another “main” heroine, so hopefully I’ll find out soon enough. I would imagine she’d support Hibiki after learning in style what her friend’s been up to, but I don’t see her suiting up in a Symphogear herself. (I sure wouldn’t be opposed to seeing that though.)