「防人の歌」 (Sakimori no Uta)
“A Sentinel’s Song”
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Elements Garden’s original series when I looked into it for the season preview, and now, a good three quarters through it, I’m actually still not sure what I’m in store for. I thought I had a good idea of where things were headed with Finè abandoning Kurisu and leaving her to her own devices, but the writers have not only prolonged the Ichii-Bal user’s switchover to the good guys’ side, they’ve started to make me wonder if it’ll even happen. What’s more, the focus has moved away from from Finè being the ultimate antagonist in recent episodes with Ryouko showing some regret over what she’s doing to the eager youngins who still trust her. The real kicker though is Tsubasa’s sudden interest in performing overseas now that she’s been approached by one Tony Glazer (Nakamura Hidetoshi), which seems to further remove her from the Noise side of things. This is only shortly after she finally recovered from singing her “zesshou” too.
As unusual as it may sound, I actually think these unexpected developments are something that the series has going for it at the moment. (Well that, and Kurisu starring in the next “Got Milk?” commercial.) While Symphogear hasn’t exactly done anything terribly thus far, except maybe Yuuki Aoi getting a bit too “creative” with her voice for Hibiki at times, it hasn’t done anything particularly stellar to make it memorable either. Lately, it’s been missing the same kind of “oomph” that it had in the premiere, so until things eventually move forward enough to get back to that cold open, anything that the story does to veer off a potentially predictable path can only really work in the series’ favor. I have no idea how this series will end and I don’t know what will become of Tsubasa’s newfound perspective on life, but I am starting to wonder if “Mr. Glazer” has an ulterior motive. Say, the United States luring Tsubasa away from Japan to acquire a Symphogear for themselves?
It’s definitely a possibility and one I wouldn’t be the least bit opposed to seeing since the U.S.’s interest in Symphogears has been brought up several times in the past already. A small plot twist like that would also tie in nicely with Finè’s dealings with America, making this overseas subplot not as unrelated as it seems now. Of course, if this turns out to be nothing more than an excuse to put Tsubasa on stage and listen to Mizuki Nana sing like she did here, I’d be perfectly fine with that too. The Enka was a nice touch. Go Nana.
* I’m kind of relieved I didn’t have to hear Yuuki Aoi sing. I love her voice acting, but her in-character singing not so much. Her GOSICK character single was pretty good though — when it wasn’t in character.
* Full-length images: 11, 15, 16, 19, 20, 24, 32, 34, 35, 38.