Two years ago, a pair of idols, Tsubasa Kazanari and Kanade Amou, collectively known as ZweiWing, fought against an alien race known as Noise using armor known as Symphogear. To protect a girl named Hibiki Tachibana, who got severely wounded by the Noise, Kanade sacrificed herself. Two years later, as Tsubasa has fought the Noise alone, Hibiki ends up gaining the same power as Kanade. – My Anime List
Based on 12 review scores:
Good action, good characters, and good music. The show really does have a strength centered on these things and that has let it carry forward through 3 pretty successful seasons. I wouldn’t be shocked if this does get a fourth season at some point just because it is looking to be one of the financial successes of the summer season. If people are looking for a show that is a bit of a mix of super heroes, mahou shoujo, idol anime levels of singing, and over the top action then this is a series to give a look. I sincerely recommend it.
It is quite required to watch the first two seasons before this one, but it’s highly worth it for this action packed sentai-esque musical. This third season picks up where season 2 left off, bringing more eargasms and adrenaline than ever before.
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Overall, if you’re looking for a coherent story with poignant themes and deeply felt emotions, you should probably look elsewhere. But if you’re looking to have a rollicking good time, and think the idea of combining JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure with singing teenagers and rocket explosions is a pretty brilliant one, Symphogear offers silly entertainment like little else out there. Motorcycles are driven into explosions, swords are ridden into laser cannons, and monsters are punched so hard they explode into vapor and then explosions and then vapor again. With this show, the more you shake your head at where the story’s going, the more it’s actually working. Symphogear has got it where it counts, and by “where it counts” I mean in the fist that is now swinging a laser sword to blow up the moon.
But really I liked this show because it’s just a lot of fun, rational thought be damned.
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Symphogear is never going to be an award-winning franchise in terms of depth and story. It however continues to be a force of pure entertainment, building upon what it previously established in its first two seasons by continuing to up the ante. By quickly falling back into regular routines Symphogear GX never quite reaches the emotional heights of its immediate predecessor, but it terms of scale continues to push things to the limit. Plot points might often seem silly or not make a whole lot of sense, but if you’re looking for an action series that’s easy enough to just watch and most importantly enjoy you’ll quickly find what’s made this franchise just so endearing to its fanbase.
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So, if you are happy to ignore all that is wrong with this anime, then you will be able to enjoy it. Despite the amount that is wrong with this, it’s all surprisingly easy to ignore. However, if you cannot ignore the technical details in anime, then avoid this like the plague, unless you wish to see how badly executed an anime can be.
A silly story that follows an over-used template seen in countless other anime, but its dedication to following through on that story somehow makes this series well worth your time.
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I’ll say it again. I love this anime. It’s one of the best anime in the Winter 2012 line up because of its near perfect story. I prefer plot over anything else in anime so I really love this anime. I recommend it.
I suppose that, overall, your enjoyment of this series will depend on what you can tolerate in an anime. If you like fights and accept that the plot and characters are ridiculous and over-the-top, then you might like this. If like all the old cliches wrapped into one, then you might like this. If you like generic j-pop songs repeated over and over, then you might like this.
Even with its good points in mind, I can’t call Symphogear an average series, simply because the sloppiness of its writing and characters and the shallowness of the show as a whole outweigh the good parts after a certain point. I can’t bring myself to slam it too hard, though. Symphogear knows full well what it is and doesn’t try to be anything it isn’t. That’s not such a crime, right?
This was just a prime example of how low budgets ruin shows. They had a decent premise with some good concepts but they couldn’t deliver it at all. You could tell they cut corners everywhere they could, this is not the right way of doing things. It would have been better if they condensed the show even further to have a very solid short run then the crap we got here.