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