One thing you need to know about me if you’re going to read and listen to me spout about my love of Japanese cartoons is that I LOVE NANA MIZUKI!
“Who is Nana Mizuki”, you ask? First, shame on you for not knowing who she is! Second, she is a Japanese voice actress/ singer-songwriter who has had quite a prolific career since her debut in 1998. Since then, she’s held roles such as Hinata from Naruto, Fate from Nanoha, Moka from Rosario+Vampire, Oburo from Basilisk and many more. Many of these shows she’s either sang the opening, ending or, many of the insert songs for, since she is an incredible singer and I mean INCREDIBLE. So, in early 2012, when a show know as Senki Zesshou Symphogear was described to me as “music-themed magical girl show starring Nana Mizuki” I dived right in. Initially, I was dissappointed to learn that top billing was given to this relative newcomer, Aoi Yuuki while Mizuki played the role of secondary protagonist but, overall, Symphogear did exceed my expectations and was one of my favorite surprises of 2012.
Now it’s 2013, and we have a second season, titled Symphogear G! So how well does it stack up to the original? Let’s see….
If you’re unfamiliar with the plot of Symphogear I’ll fill you in. In the future, mankind is constantly threatened by monsters called Noise, who bear a striking resemblance to the Moroloians from Space Channel 5. The only way to stop them is with ancient relics that transform into power armor known as symphogears when young girls sing to them. Long story short, the three main characters, Hibiki, Tsubasa (voiced by Nana Mizuki) and, Chris use the power of SONG and FRIENDSHIP to stop the mysterious enemy that’s controlling the Noise and stop the moon from falling to the Earth. Now in the second season, The trio are still out doing what they do best, blowing up monsters while singing their own insert songs. As Tsubasa performs her duet with international pop star Maria Cadenzavan Eve, the concert hall is attacked by Noise and we learn that Maria also has a symphogear that has an uncanny resemblance to Hibiki’s.
Analysis: Another thing you’ll need to know about me is that I love Yoko Hikasa, another voice actress/singer who plays the role of Mio Akiyama in the infamous K-On! and also plays the role of Maria here, so needless to say, the fact that episode 1 ends with a duet from Nana Mizuki and Yoko Hikasa is simply phenomenal. Symphogear’s strength comes from the fact that the main voice cast is made up of great vocalists who all posses excellent singing voices. The action isn’t bad either. Season one’s action slowly escalated to the point that, as previously stated, our main character had to punch the moon to keep it in place. Luckily, Symphogear G does not disappoint with its fight scenes.Along with the addition of Yoko Hikasa to the show’s voice cast. We also have Tomokazu Sugita, who many will know as Gintoki from Gintama and most recently as Joseph Joestar from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, as Prof.”I’m-TOTALLY-not-a-mad-scientist-who-plans-to-betray-you-later” so, anyone who’s familiar with Sugita’s delightfully goofy delivery will be excited to hear him in here.
Verdict: What was easily one of my most highly anticipated shows of this season did not disappoint on any level. I’m definitely going to keep watching this as the weeks go by and see if this time around, Hibiki has to punch 2 MOONS!!