Title: Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV
Original Title: 戦姫絶唱シンフォギアXV
Directed by: Katsumi Ono
DISCLAIMER! By being this a review of the fifth season of the anime, you could find spoilers of the previous seasons even in the synopsis. Read the article at your discretion.
Humanity is finally confronted with the threat of the Custodians—the ancient, sentient species held responsible for cursing humanity to speak different languages thousands of years ago. The Symphogear wielders—Hibiki Tachibana, Tsubasa Kazanari, Chris Yukine, Maria Cadenzavna Eve, Kirika Akatsuki, and Shirabe Tsukuyomi—are sent to the Antarctic in order to retrieve an ancient relic. After securing it and rescuing the scientific staff present there from a Coffin, the automated defense mechanism protecting it, the relic is given to American researchers due to international agreements.
The criminal organization Noble Red, a remnant of the previously fought Bavarian Illuminati, starts targeting the relic. Will the Symphogear wielders and their supporting organization S.O.N.G. be able to foil the plans of the organizations conspiring against them?
I was really hopeful for this season as it was the trailer of it, when I saw it in a Japanese Comic Shop that made me watch this series. I hoped for a revamp of the series with a return to the splendor of the first season… but unfortunately it wasn’t like this.
The story and the enemies of this season to me seemed a lot less interesting than the previous one, not giving anything new or exciting. Tons of drama too superficial to affect the main story.
I also found the combat to be underwhelming with some of the having ridiculous or funny scenes that seemed to clash with an anime that wanted to treat things with a bit of seriousness.
There are some design choices that I found that were not very suitable like, for example, the shadows of the branch during one of episode two’s scenes that were there to give a certain realism to the scene but ended up only being annoying and distracting.
There is also a huge quantity of gore that ends up being basically useless for the plot.
The transformation sequence again is not as good as the first one, despite a reminder to it, and has the same job that it had in the previous season: doing some fanservice.
There are various references to the previous seasons, like the autoscorers and the initial part of the transformation. I really liked some of them while others seemed only a recycling of ideas.
Unfortunately, this last season has been really delusional for me and the hardest to enjoy watching.