Senki Zesshou Symphogear

Title: Senki Zesshou Symphogear
Original Title: 戦姫絶唱シンフォギア
Episodes: 13
Year: 2012
Studio: Satelight
Directed by: Tatsufumi Itō / Tatsufumi Tamakawa

Tsubasa Kazanari and Kanade Amou—the idol duo known as Zwei Wing—use their songs to power ancient weapons known as “symphogears” to combat a deadly alien race called the “Noise.” While the general public is aware of the Noise’s existence, knowledge of the symphogears are kept a secret. When the Noise attack one of Zwei Wing’s concerts, Kanade sacrifices herself to protect a young girl named Hibiki Tachibana, leaving Tsubasa devastated and a fragment of her symphogear embedded within Hibiki.
Two years pass and Hibiki is once again dragged into a Noise attack. While rescuing a young girl who has been left behind during the evacuation, she awakens the power of Kanade’s symphogear lying within her. Although Tsubasa still grieves over the loss of Kanade, both girls must now learn to work together using their powers to defend humanity against the Noise.
(from MyAnimeList)

I decided to watch this anime after seeing the trailer of the latest series in a comic shop while I was in Japan last year. The images showing me a series of girls fighting in this technological armor remind me a lot of the anime Infinite Stratos, that I really liked a lot when I was younger and so I added to my list.

I found the concept of this majokko fighter, whose powers are based on music and singing really cool, like a more “grown-up” version of Ojamajo Doremi. The OST are also really cool.

I have to say though that I didn’t expect this level of gore and violence in the anime; this is not a negative trait, it actually adds some maturity to it, I was only expecting something else from what I saw in that small trailer. Also the fact that each of the heroines has some kind of dark side really makes the characters a lot better.
Even some of the concepts present in it could be indicated to a more adult public, as even something like theology is brought up.

I really liked the design of the special technique and of the weapons of the characters: giant swords, heavy machine guns… it’s all really cool.

Speaking about the graphical part, I’ve also to say that some of the draw, especially in the close shots of the characters are not very good and leave much to be desired.
Also you would find some fanservice but it isn’t omnipresent and isn’t annoying as in other anime.

Some of the parts are seriously thrilling, especially the final battle. I totally didn’t expect an ending like that, I hope that the following series would be as good as this one.

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