Yes, I’m blogging it. Yes, it’s batshit loony. And yes, those are fucking circular saws protruding from the back of that girl’s head, slated to go airborne at any time.
There are a few things that tickle me pink when it comes to Symphogear. It’s so unapologetically over the top, and without the slightest hint of subtlety, that I still can’t tell if it’s intentionally taking the piss out of itself. I mean it clearly has as much fun as one could have with a premise, milking it for every goofy moment of tingling homoeroticism that it possibly can. On the other, the attempted drama is incongruous and falls hilariously flat, so any attempts at giving its characters depth beyond “she likes to sing and punch things” are incredibly jarring. Granted, not knowing what to do with its characters made for most of the first season’s (un?)intentional appeal, but it tends to be the same extremely tedious song and dance repeated way too many times.
Case in point, the part when Hibiki finally jumps into the fray is riddled with problems in terms of pacing her development. The moment she jumps in, she apparently forgets how to fight other Symphogears, because Saw Girl tells her that she doesn’t know what it means to suffer. This neglects pretty much every important bit of character development that Hibiki’s gone through since the beginning of the first season, and somehow stops her in her tracks by sawing through her motivation, pardon the really obvious pun. Hibiki is hardly a good character, but this is just scraping together enough dirt to make a molehill that has the tentative goal of being a mountain later. I’m in this to watch Chris and Hibiki punch things while exchanging quips that were written after a massive hangover, not to have Hibiki drop into another existential crisis of even more questionable relevance than the last.
The actual fight that takes up most of the episode is pretty well choreographed, proudly showing off a noticeable increase in budget. The lance-mics from last episode are actually used, albeit not to good effect, the other Symphogears have a decent amount of imagination put into their armaments (fucking circular saws), and the main trio singing a giant, Blob-like noise to death is just what I’ve come to expect from this show. Well technically they just weakened it with the power of idol pop, but still.
It doesn’t add up to much of anything yet, but I’m hoping that the terrorist cell is active for some hilariously inane hidden purpose. I mean they’re already asking for every country to cede their land, so there’s nowhere to go from here but crazier. Then again, the first season’s finale came out of fucking nowhere, so maybe the terrorists are just a similar kind of red herring. There’s just no predicting this show.
In the end, the second episode of Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… is about what I’ve come to expect. Even the forced drama is part of what I love. This Isn’t an Anime didn’t say her trademark line, but that’s about the only thing missing that could have made this the most Symphogear-like Symphogear episode yet.