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12 Days of Anime #6: Bang, Zoom, Straight to the Moon


Symphogear is a series that is often a mess, to put it kindly. I think the show’s animation got a bad rep. The fight scenes were usually solid, and the final battle is legit one of my favorite scenes of the year. However, I suppose I can’t blame people too much when there’s embarrassing shit like this as the counterargument. The story is also the kind of nonsense you can get only from anime. Despite all that, Symphogear charmed me due to its relentless optimism (that stuff gets through to me every once in a while) combined with its batshit insanity.

That is no more apparent than when the Obvious Villain finally does away with her Obvious Disguise and reveals her True Plans.

You see, the main villain is an ancient entity known as Fine who tried to give God a, “What’s up? How’s it hangin’, Big Guy?” To reach God, she (and many others, I presume) built the Tower of Babel. God, however, wasn’t having any of that shit, and he blew the tower up good. And, of course, as the story goes, God also fucked with humanity’s communicative abilities and introduced multiple languages so that people could not understand each other. Kind of a mean thing to do, but hey, that’s God for you.

That’s only where the story begins, however. Fine has been biding her time, hopping from one famous historical figure to another, getting resurrected and furthering her plans in each age until she ends up in the era where Symphogear takes place. From there, she finalizes her plot: She’s somehow secretly used a massive underground base to build a giant phallic laser cannon, Kadingir, to blow up the moon, which is what keeps the curse alive. Then Fine can take over the world or some such.

It’s truly ridiculous, but fuck it, that’s Symphogear. To think it all started with idols . . .

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  1. Gunslinger
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    WHAT THE FUCK ?????

  2. R1CK_D0M
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Is that tag a reference to that short movie about the rocket hitting a moon in the eye, as shown by the movie “Hugo”?

  3. Scamp
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink


    Holy shit this show was so dumb

    • Stef
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      South Park tribute maybe?

      Aw fuck that it’s just horrible.

    • Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

      Yes, but it was the moe kind of dumb.

  4. Stef
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Anime is such a magical place.

  5. lmm
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    You mark spoilers for Fate/Zero but not for a show that was so much better in every way?

    • Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      First off, good on you for recognizing obvious quality. Secondly, all the spoiler stuff is after the cut, and my sentence before the cut is basically a giant spoiler warning!

  6. shytende
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t paid too much attention of the animation…

    Well, that show was really fun ! I don’t really ask more of Anime.

    • shytende
      Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

      Anyway, one more proof that Moe can lead to awesomeness !
      I mean, you can’t read awsome without moe, right ?

  7. Inushinde
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    When it finally got to this point, I knew this was destined to be one of my favorites of the year.

  8. Posted December 21, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Every time she said something in English I just about died of laughter. I think I needed the subtitles for that more than the Japanese.

    • Posted December 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      Funny thing is I think Miyuki Sawashiro did a bit of study in America and has a decent grasp of English. Half the lines uttered in Symphogear would probably sound mad coming from any of us, I bet.

  9. Posted December 21, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    What… what did I just see.

    • Posted December 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      Magic, my friend. You saw magic.

  10. Fumoffu!!
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    I still remember watching that moment well.


    I loved it somewhere in my heart, and I’m pretty sure somewhere or another I got wind of another season…. Nah… that couldn’t be true… Could it?


    • Posted December 21, 2012 at 3:20 am | Permalink

      Oh my.

    • Posted December 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      I was happy to hear about this. I have no idea what could even happen in a second season, but I was happy to hear about it.

  11. SQA
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    It was like the band from Spinal Tap was asked to write an anime series about Idols, Super Powers and an Ancient Evil. This was the result.

    It was terrible. And so very, very awesome.

    • Posted December 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      If only Stonehenge had been worked into the anime somehow. Perhaps in season two.

  12. Fadeway
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Symphogear added to plan to watch.

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