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Senki Zesshou Symphogear – 03

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Quick note: Area no Kishi, Inu x Boku SS will be postponed until a decent sub group comes out (no CR rips). Monday’s series MIGHT be posted same-day, if not they’re going to be on Wednesday. Also, testing out a new post style right now. Hover over the pictures for my lame attempts at comedy.

Short Summary: Hibiki sort of patches things up with Tsubasa while realizing how hard it is to keep her abilities a complete secret from friends like Miku. Tsubasa still does not like Hibiki and her saying that she’ll replace Kanade only added fuel to the fire. More Noise attack and a new character appears.

Thoughts: Honestly, i don’t get why people are hating on this show. Yes, it’s frantic and the animation can be pretty bad at times (more on that in a bit) but it continues to keep a good amount of interest going even with little explained. The only real faults are the short series length confirmed to be 12 episodes and Hibiki herself. I know there are people who enjoy seeing characters like Hibiki but she honestly rubs me the wrong way. She’s very much like Madoka from Rinne no Lagrange only i like Madoka more because the series has a much more lighter feel and Madoka is much older while Hibiki is still young and immature. Saying she’ll replace Tsubasa was a real facepalm moment but i kind of expected it. I do like how Hibiki went back into her “shadow berserk” mode from episode 1, at least it shows it wasn’t some random add-on by the staff.

But yeah, the animation in this episode was decent until a certain hallway scene with Tsubasa and her manager. I’m at a loss for words at how distracting and weird that little scene was. Encourage Films is a new animation studio so of course you gotta cut them some slack..if it was just them. Satelight is also working on this show (along with Mouretsu Pirates and Aquarion EVOL) and yet the animation still doesn’t stand out in the good parts of the episode. I’m very interested in the new character, looks like the girl from the OP judging by the hair color so i guess it’s another Symphogear user? Whatever the case i’m still very much looking forward to more.

Score: 3/5

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