Symphogear G ep2: the climax isn’t the end
Is there any point to what you crazy b*tches are doing?! The worst of worst situations, we have a group of angry, bitter terrorist Gear users with a crazy and greedy organization backing them up. I have a feeling simple world domination isn’t enough for a group like this. Symphogear G episode two, let’s go!
What a ridiculous situation! Maria Cadenzavuna Eve has the entire audience hostage, and the world’s ear as she controls not only the Black Gungir, but the Noise as well! And to make matters worse, Tsubasa is standing there and apparently can’t do d*ck about it! I find this pretty ridiculous. This is just like the old joke about Superman and his glasses being his disguise. The problem here is that Tsubasa doesn’t even have the glasses as a poor cover. She’s a huge pop idol, and very likely one of the most recognizable people on the planet. And yet, she can’t change into her Geared form because someone may recognize her?! Her Gear is no less gaudy than any of her other stage outfits! But I digress, the drama in this show has and will be forever set to ridiculous, so I have to deal with it.
With Chris and Hibiki still minutes away, Maria Cadenzavuna Eve makes the decision to release her hostages so that Tsubasa can transform and fight her fairly. Unfortunately, the broadcast is still going, so it will take more than their freedom to get her to transform.
In order to give her that freedom, her manager, Ogawa is scurrying through the stadium to cut the live feed when he comes across two little girls with REALLY BIG HEADS. And falls for their ruse of ignorantly looking for a restroom. In fact, they’re Maria Cadenzavuna Eve’s backup, Gear users themselves!
Ogawa is able to cut the feed just in time, as Tsubasa is losing in the battle. Tsubasa transforms and begins kicking Noise butt, and her fight with Maria Cadenzavuna Eve goes pretty well until the two new Gear users show up to push her back to the brink. Thankfully, the cavalry has finally arrived.
We then get to witness an awesome three on three rumble amongst all the known Gear users! It’s a good ol’ mahou shoujo throwdown! Unfortunately, it seems Team Evil isn’t meeting some quota and Maria Cadenzavuna Eve has to get her team out of there. The Old One-Eyed Pirate Hag Lady deploys some super Noise to allow them to escape, and the good Gear users are forced to deal with it before the super fast replicating beast overtakes the innocents outside the stadium.
Their plan is to use Hibiki’s new super technique to channel their swan songs into a massive super powerful blast that will kill all the Noise in one shot. The plan succeeds, and everyone is saved. But Fine’s evil Gear users are also free now, too. And it looks like forcing Hibiki to channel the swan songs met the necessary quota they were looking for. What does that creepy mask and that creepy scientist have in store for the story next?
End of episode.
And that was it. Nothing much to it. It was basically one huge battle royale in the end. And I’m perfectly OK with that. It was a pretty amazing spectacle. And we got to see some of the rivalries, as one of the girls clearly has a problem with Hibiki, somewhat like how Chris used to have one with her. The Gear user with the scythe seems to have paired off with Chris, who unfortunately doesn’t have any intention of letting her close. it reminds me of a classic fighting game match up with Chris being the long-range zoner/sniper, and the scythe user being the “rushdown” character like Wolverine in the Marvel Vs. Capcom series, or Yun and Yang from the Street Fighter series. And of course, Maria Cadenzavuna Eve has paired off against Tsubasa, her musical rival. I gotta say that I really like Maria Cadenzavuna Eve’s cape and how she uses it as a weapong. It’s pretty badass!
Again, I find it more than silly that no one recognizes Tsubasa in her Gear, but I’m living with it. I don’t enjoy this show because it makes sense, or pays particular attention to detail. I find it interesting how Maria Cadenzavuna Eve has a healthy respect and fear for her rivals. I guess because of her intimate competition with Tsubasa, she has a good feel for how powerful they are. This episode was one hell of a teaser for what the rest of the show should be like. I’m looking forward to more of this insanity.