「奇跡の殺戮者」 (Kiseki no Satsuriku Sha)
“Slaughterers of Miracles”
It might be a new season, but they’re not wasting any time here. Symphogear returns after a two year break, and things pick up right where they left off. With the remains of the Frontier still floating around and a UN research shuttle in distress, our heroines are deployed to do their thing, and they’re not letting anything stand in their way of a successful rescue. There’s a mountain in the way? Let’s chop it down to size. Hills and trees blocking the path? Let’s reshape the landscape! With Hibiki and Co. leading the way, all that matters is the objective at hand, and it’s an adrenaline rush inducing start if I’ve ever seen anyone. Just when you thought they couldn’t match the tempo of the previous season’s premiere, they bring things up to another level with this first episode, and it’s everything we expected from this series and then some.
In a sense it’s amazing how they manage to escalate things as the series goes on, and there’s no denying how over the top things are in this show. The signature moves and their special image montages are back as well, and you know it’s not a Symphogear premiere without yet another concert to start things off. The only difference is they actually make it through the concert without things going awry—what a surprise—but that’s only a minor reprieve as a new group of “enemies” join the fray.
With the Noise seemingly out of the picture at this point, these “autoscorers” come in toward the end amid a fiery backdrop, and it goes to show that there’s never a dull moment in the Symphogear universe. Just when you think you’ve saved the world and you can just relax, another group of villains arrive, and I suppose that just comes with the territory at this point. It’s not quite a “great power comes great responsibility” thing, but I’ll surely take the sudden appearance of new enemies it if it means that we’ll get a whole season of Mizuki Nana vocals out of it. Her vocals are second to none in terms of strength—what I’d pay for another duet with T.M. Revolution—and while some may not like the series due to its many flaws, you won’t find any qualms out of me just because of her presence.
Either way, if this premiere’s anything to go by, Symphogear GX is going to be another chop off the old block in regards to its predecessors. It goes without saying that viewers should know what to expect now that we’re three seasons in, and while it may not receive weekly coverage here, I know I’ll be following this series weekly just to see how over the top it can go. For better and for worse, execution and storytelling aren’t the main draws here, but the pure enjoyment, epic moments, and quality vocals more than make it up. It’s a series that I certainly won’t regret spending my time with, and it’ll also be interesting to see what role Maria and the other characters from Symphogear G will play as the series goes on as well…
OP: 「Exterminate」 by 水樹 奈々 (Mizuki Nana)