Thursday, February 23, 2012

Senki Zesshō Shinfogia [Senki Zesshō Symphogear]

Senki Zesshō Symphogear (戦姫絶唱シンフォギア Senki Zesshō Shinfogia?, lit. Swansong of the Valkyries Symphogear) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Encourage Films, with production assistance from Satelight, which began airing on Tokyo MX from January 6, 2012.[1]


Two years ago, a pair of idols, Tsubasa Kazanari and Kanade Amō, 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.[2]


Hibiki Tachibana (立花 響 Tachibana Hibiki?)

Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
A cheerful, rather childish schoolgirl who attends the same school as Tsubasa. Two years ago while attending a ZweiWing concert, she was nearly killed by the Noise, barely surviving thanks to the sacrifice of Kanade, who taught her never to accept death. During the first episode,when she becomes cornered by the Noise, she sings the same song she heard Kanade sing and ended up gaining Symphogear powers due a fragment of Kanade's armor that entered her body that day. Her Symphogear is Third Relic- Gungnir (ガングニール Gangunīru?), which originally belonged to Kanade. However since it is only a fragment, she possesses less armor compared to the original and has no weapons or Arms Gear, but she is able to defeat most Noise with her fists. Whenever she becomes really angry, she sometimes enters a state of frenzy. She is seen capable of using Durandal, though it is yet unknown whether it would last. According to the first episode, she dies sometime in the near future, as her grave is visited by her friend, Miku.

Tsubasa Kazanari (風鳴 翼 Kazanari Tsubasa?)

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
A girl who has the power to use Symphogear armor, which uses music to fight off against aliens known as Noise. She was formally a part of a duo known as ZweiWing, but her partner, Kanade, sacrificed herself fighting the Noise and she has since been fighting the Noise alone. After the death of her partner Kanade, to whom she is rather attached with after witnessing Kanade's urge to fight the noise, Tsubasa became quiet, cold and aloof. She is very reluctant to work with Hibiki, refusing to accept her as Kanade's replacement. Her Symphogear is the First Relic- Amano Habakiri (天羽々斬?)and her Arms Gear is a long katana. She is also a rather popular pop idol, though she refuses to sing in concerts or accept proposals to release her songs internationally, viewing herself only as a weapon that sings only to fight.


A manga accompaniment to the series, illustrated by Dan Yoshii, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's NewType Ace magazine from December 2011.


The anime, produced by Encourage Films and assisted by Satelight, began airing in Japan on Tokyo MX from January 6, 2012. Funimation Licensed the series for North America and will be streamed by Nico Nico.[4]


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