Symphogear XV #01 — Repetition is the Sincerest Form of Something

July 6th, 2019


Laziness probably.


This was easily the weakest and most pointless fillerific opening episode for any Symphogear season to date in a franchise that has already been on a very steady downhill direction. This franchise frustrates me immensely. Which I guess is nice because unlike say, Fate, I feel something besides boredom, but it's so squandered without any ambition to do anything but maintain the status quo set three seasons ago. They're still spending quite a bit of effort on the animation, but they have so many characters and they're all on such a high pedestal that everybody has to get their fifteen seconds and none of them can struggle with anything, so whoever is the featured character of the episode gets their song and transformation sequence while the rest all take their mandated fifteen seconds as part of the battle montage where they do their little pose and then a hundred things all explode at once. Is it better than twenty minutes of talking heads and explaining your powers? Abso-goddamned-lutely. But it's just of flashing lights and loud pop music without any substance behind it.

Divert a fraction of that to finding a writer who's willing to jettison at least a little bit of the pure crap that has been piled onto the show and is weighing it down, or is willing to actually shake up the status quo in any way, and it could go back to being a lot of fun. Kick them into Noise-land where they'd be bereft of support. Introduce an antagonist that liquifies one of them again. Introduce Noise-Borg to assimilate a few of them and make them their own antagonists. Do goddamned something different. Don't go right back to the same goddamned giant monsters that are *gasp* such big threats but oh wait, actually, no, everyone just got up from the supposed ultimate attack that defeated them all just fine and without the long flashback cutaway would have made the scene totally ridiculous. And now we beat it by attacking literally their big exposed glowing weak spot with literally the power of literal goddamned teamwork. Again. 


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2 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anise_punter says:

    I keep watching this for reasons unknown even though I have never liked it in the slightest.

    • NeclordX says:

      I guess its because we have “wasted” so much time watching this that we feel the obligation of watching it come to an end, otherwise we Will feel the time we spent watching it was pointless.
      Still, the thing that triggers me the most is that everyone seems to forgot some of these girls were mass murderers at some point.

      As for the first episode itself… I guess I can only say that opening the sarcophagus of a mummified ancient god and a suspicious shinny device in his wrist won’t provoke any problems at all. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?