Hello everybody and welcome to our seasonal wrap up of Symphogear GX. Well, I call it a seasonal wrap up, but that's not really what I'll be doing here in this posting.
Now, if you've been to my other WIW threads, you typically know how it goes. When a season ends I basically wrap things up with the good, the bad, the ugly, and generally make a review about it. And if you've been with me that long, then let me apologize in advance for how terrible I've been at this. I'm getting better... maybe... hopefully.
Anyway, I'm not doing a seasonal wrap up in the traditional sense here for GX, because I've made it pretty well known during the posts that I'm not a big fan of GX. There were, to me, a lot of questionable decisions that were made, with a lot of stuff being mentioned almost in passing, only to have a payoff later with virtually no lead in. And really, nobody wants to read all about that again, so I won't. Instead, having been recently inspired to do this, I thought I'd try my hand at something else.
Basically, how would I fix the season that is Symphogear GX. Insert your own theme here. But essentially, if, by some weird stroke of luck or insanity, if I was put in charge of GX, what would I do or change instead of what actually happened here. You're free to play along, if you want, but this is my thoughts on it as a whole. So, there's no sense in dragging this out any longer, let's discuss what I would change to make GX better.
I should add that there is one ground rule I'm keeping here. Everything that happened in the first and second seasons remains. I am not changing anything there to fit the needs for what I'm doing in GX. Yes, it would be interesting to see how Hibiki would react to only having one arm, but that can be for another time. We're only discussing GX here.
First things first, I can understand wanting to make your season villain look powerful compared to your previous season villains, in order to give the heroes something to fight and overcome, as well as an excuse to upgrade their powers to combat said villain. I am fine with that and wouldn't mind keeping it. What I do mind is the fact that they made this a big deal and really didn't do much from it aside from giving the girls a black version of their own Gears, which gave them some immunity against the new threat, but the way they did it just seem mean or unnecessary. Though a lot of the problem is that the show gave us scenes of the relics being destroyed, but the show saying "It's okay, they only destroyed something else and not the whole thing." Yeah, no, we're going to do something more with that.
In this case, I would not have all of the girl's enter a battle where they lose their relics, or are informed that they are destroyed. It becomes a moot point later on, but I feel that it loses the impact of such a major transition. So, except for one character, the relics are not destroyed. Of course, we still need a sacrificial lamb to show how dangerous the new villains are, but doing this means that it would need to have a major impact on the character, making them question their own identity and purpose in life. The person I would select for this is... Hibiki.
And if you think about it, this would make the most sense. Hibiki tends to be the go-to person as she's considered special, being able to channel the power of the other girls into herself, as well as being the one who initiates the X-Drive modes for the other girls. Taking her out of the picture early on will have a major impact on this, and perhaps, a major impact on the dynamic of the core group. Now, most of the plot with needing to upgrade the relics remain the same, only without the need to do this with everybody else, so while they get beaten early on, nobody has to lose their relics.
For Hibiki, it would need to be rather devastating. She'll hide it, of course, with her smiles like she always does, but this should start to eat at her slowly when she sees her friends go off to risk their lives while she's forced to stay behind and watch. She would start to feel alone again, like she did during the time between the Zwei Wing incident and the start of the series. She'll put on the brave face, but she'll be hurting rather badly, because her own heroic persona pushes her to want to help, but given how long she's had her powers, she starts to feel rather useless. Which can lead back with her own personal arc that she had this season.
And yes, I want to change that, as well. First, we're dropping the father entirely. We don't need to kill him off or say he died or anything like that, but he's essentially a non-factor here, since he wasn't much of one in GX. It was just so random, really. Instead, the personal arc will remain with the family, but would be related to Hibiki's mother instead. Based on her flashback scene, we'll have her come off as being overprotective of Hibiki, since she nearly lost her once and would rather not risk losing her again. So her finding out that she is a Gear Wielder will make her freak out, since she would have recognized her from the broadcast back in G.
This way, we get Hibiki's mother involved while keeping the connection personal for our lead heroine. To start, after losing her Gear at the second or third episode, either Hibiki or her mother will reach out to the other and have a talk about it. We'll keep it brief though, but we'll make their stances clear. Hibiki wants to stay, even if she can't do much of anything, while her mother will want her to come back home, away from all the danger she surrounds herself with. It'll be back and forward like this for a while, but we'll make it clear that Hibiki's mother is scared of losing her child, as she almost did once before, and doesn't want to go through that again. She'll recall all the threats and notes, but for her, nothing is worse than losing a child. We can even throw in a scene where somebody gives her an angry comment and she just blasts back at said person, to show that she isn't intimated by these threats.
However, even she will have a breaking point, and in one case, Hibiki will allow herself to get involved in a fight, if only to help with the evacuation, and will find herself severely injured. At this point, Mom will have enough and force a confrontation with Genjuro, about her concerns for Hibiki, how he seems to be letting her do what she wants without any real supervision, or the fact that he allowed this young girl to fight abomination from beyond the veil because of some vague requirement. This way, we give Genjuro something to do, because it seemed like all he did for this season is just sit around and not much else. In the previous seasons, he was active, so I would like to see him get more to do, even if it's outside his role with S.O.N.G.
This will, of course, all come to a head late in the season. With Genjuro's urging, Hibiki and her Mother will have a long talk about their own feelings on the matter, coming to understand the other's viewpoint. For Hibiki, she understands that her Mother was also putting on a brave face, but was worried about losing her only child, while Mom will understand that Hibiki will always have that need to save other people, because it's in her nature, something that she did well before the Zwei Wing incident. They will reconcile, and with her blessing, Hibiki will be allowed to fight once more.
And that's because we're going to give her a new relic. Yes, we're not giving her back Gungnir. That relic will be completely destroyed with no chance of recovery. Instead, she'll get a relic that Genjuro picked personally, because he thought it would best fit Hibiki's heroic and noble spirit. Now, we can think of any number of different relics to give her, but for me, I think the relic we would give her should be Rhongomyniad, King Arthur's spear. This way, you could keep Hibiki's fighting style, and perhaps her outfit, but change out the powerset, giving her access to new powers and abilities. Now, as for why she would be just as compatible with this relic like with Gungnir, we can handwave it as due to her connection with Gungnir and how, as a final act, helped Hibiki with her new relic. This allows her to rejoin the fight, and having a new power to draw on, gives her a distinct advantage against the villain of GX. We'll still need to do the X-Drive, though, but it'll be hard to do since Gungnir could channel that power, but Rhongomyniad wouldn't have that same capability, so Maria would have to help provide the link, but Hibiki can still be central in making that happen.
I've spent a bit longer on Hibiki than I would have liked, so let's talk about the other girls. First, we'll talk about Tsubasa. We had something interesting about her own backstory show up here that was only briefly talked about in the one episode it came up in. I would expand that into an arc of it's own while keeping the central theme regarding familial bonds. Would it matter that Tsubasa's father isn't really her father? In the end, it should be no, but we should stretch that out to a few episodes. While this could focus more on Yatsuhiro and his lingering rage, we can give him flashbacks on where he directs that rage against, since it's clear in the present that he doesn't direct it against Tsubasa anymore. We can keep the same resolution, as it gives Tsubasa the extra moral boost needed for her increased power, but this type of thing shouldn't be a one and done episode.
As for the actual arc itself, I wouldn't change how it came about. Yes, I know, one might argue that making Tsubasa adopted would be less terrible, but to be completely honest, I feel like that would lessen the impact of the story arc itself. As much as we would like to change it, I say we keep it as is, that Tsubasa's grandfather, in the need to keep the family bloodline pure, impregnates her mother, who was Yatsuhiro's wife at the time, and making that whole mess happen. The reason for that is so that, in flashbacks, we can see Yatsuhiro's rage over this "betrayal", but that overtime, he's decide to look passed all of that, to see Tsubasa as his daughter, even if he isn't her father. For Tsubasa, while she claims to have accepted the whole situation, it should become apparent that it has warped her personality. However, after learning of Yatsuhiro's true reason for his cold exterior to her, as well as the honest, fatherly love he feels, this makes her think about those happier times with a warmer feeling, allowing for her to take her steps towards a better life with her father. While she will never forget or forgive her Grandfather, she can instead begin to reconcile with Yatsuhiro, who she sees as her real father, and resume that relationship once more.
I don't want to keep this going for much longer, so aside from Carol's arc, which is going to be important for her, so that has to remain, there's only one more arc I would include here. And the person who gets that arc is going to be Maria. For me, at least, her arc in GX had something that lead up to her pay off, where she was able to use her upgraded Gear, as well as being able to use a Gear that wasn't suited for her. That said, I feel like we need to include Kiri and Shirabe with her own arc. Mainly, despite wanting to change, Maria feels immensely guilty over dragging those two into her mess and how she feels like she's a failure of a surrogate older sister to the two girls. The payoff is at the beach, where Maria is helping Elfnein with her serves, feeling more like the surrogate older sister she wants to be. This will help her more with Kiri and Shirabe, and help them out with their problems.
And as much as I would like to look more at that relationship, as we already had a friendship straining moment back in season one, I'm fine with keeping Kiri and Shirabe's situation to one episode. Maybe two, if we feel like stretching things out, but I'm assuming I have a thirteen episode season to work with and I just don't have the time for that, unfortunately. The same with Chris, but I feel like her "Oh, I have to look good as the senior to these girls" just doesn't work as well for me as well as it could be for Maria. For Chris, I would say her insecurities of being a former enemy pop up again when Elfnein appears, and you could have her be initially distrustful of the girl at first until some incident or event proves to her that Elfnein is on the level with them.
Now let's talk about the villains. They were rather disappointing here, with the four Autoscorers not really getting much of time or personality. All we really gathered was that Micha was the child-like one, Garie was the Gothic Lolita, Leiur was the flashy one, and Phara was... uh, what was her deal again? I mean, she had wind powers but that's really all I could recall about her. She only appeared in the first couple of episodes and disappeared for a while.
You see what I mean about the villains. They were unremarkable and, honestly, underutilized. To correct this, we would need to do one of two things. First, we scrap the Autoscorers all together. This way, we keep the focus on Carol. Granted, part of her plan requires her to sacrifice her Autoscorers to die, but we can replace that with homunculus versions of herself. You keep the one character, but have them disposable as necessary. This can work out with Elfnein in being one that grew more of a conscious and defected, though it was technically part of the plan. This can also make Carol more evil as a villain, or require more pity, when she sees herself as disposable to the grand scheme of things.
The second thing we can do with the Autoscorers is keep them as is, but make them representations of Carol's personalty, or one aspect of her personality that speaks more of her. Just as an example, you could say that Garie is her cunning, Leiur is her ego, Micha is her child self, and Phara could be her mischievous personalities. Each one, aside from Micha, generally considered a negative trait. And as they are extensions of Carol's own personality, it would give us a better look at her overall. Granted, her whole plot is all about revenge, which is fine as far as motives go, but the fact that she has to delude herself to proceed with the plan, even though other parts of her, like Elfnein, are trying to tell her that this is the wrong path.
I don't think there's much else I would change aside from this. The Autoscorers still get killed as that's part of the plan, the big fight happens as is, with the newly powered Hibiki leading the charge, showing off her brand new power set to the team. Elfnein remains fatally injured, but Carol, in her last act of compassion, the last bit of her that remains, gives her life to save the one she looked down upon and used as a tool. Which leads us to AXZ and whatever happened there.
And that's about all I have on what I would do if I was in charge of GX, which just goes to show you why I should never be put in charge of anything as I'll just make it worse somehow. Thank you for letting me indulge myself a bit here, because honestly, what hurts the most is that GX had a lot of potential that ended up being squandered away because either the show runners thought they had more time or they didn't want to drop anything, resulting in things getting compressed and coming with something that feels rather rushed. It tells the story fine enough, but unlike the other seasons where everybody had natural feeling growth, GX just felt too rushed, wanting to get to the payoff for things that never really occurred. Hopefully things get better with AXZ.
At the time of this posting, AXZ has not let been licensed by Crunchyroll or anybody else, so there's no official streaming service offering the series here in the States. Which means, if I were to continue with AXZ, I'll be taking to the high seas to take care of that. Though that may lead to a schedule change, depending on my source.
But no matter what, tune in on Friday as we take a look at the first episode of Symphogear AXZ. Until next time.
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Hello everybody and welcome to our seasonal wrap up of Symphogear GX. Well, I call it a seasonal wrap up, but that's not really what I'll be doing here in this posting.
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Hello everybody and welcome to our season finale of Symphogear GX. Let's not waste any more time and get right into it.
-Our episode begins where we left off, with Hibiki taking on Carol's attack, creating the Rainbow Tornado that clears part of the sky, allowing the sun to break through, if only for a moment. And from there, like angels descending from heaven, are the S.O.N.G. girls, transformed into their X-Drive modes. And you think I might think I'm a little heavy handed with the comparison, but the panning shot of the group shows that they all have angel wings. Though you could make an argument for Kiri, but her's are on her head, so she still counts.
-HQ is shocked to see this, because it's never a thing that gets old, as Elfnein calls it the shape of a miracle before passing out and totally not dying on us. Because that would be a cruel fate to bestow on this girl, and we're well passed the dark half of season one, so no unnecessary deaths!
-Tonight's episode is titled Believe in Justice, and Hold It Close. Of course, while we're skilling the opening intro, we still need to have the banner for our sponsors, though the song they play here is something out of a western. I would have said Wild ARMS, but as those are essentially westerns, it still applies. Anyway, back in HQ Elfnein is having trouble breathing as Papa Tachibana continues to cradle the young girl in his arms. He sees her tearing up, which apparently confuses him. A young girl crying? What sorcery is this?
-At the battle, Maria notes that they have Carol outnumbered, but Tsubasa reminds her that she's the final boss, so numbers won't matter much here. Chris, however, believes they have the advantage since they're in the X-Drive modes, which gives them a huge boost in power. Carol, however, is unimpressed. She doesn't think that them wielding a miracle would be enough to defeat her, but Shirabe argues otherwise. They created this power together, with Kiri saying that "miracle" fails to describe what they've done. Yup, that's exactly what Carol is going to call it, just to make sure it's degraded a bit.
-Carol goes on to explain that, for her, when her father saved the village from a plague, the "foolish" villagers called his work a miracle. And his reward for creating a miracle was to be burned at the stake for heresy. You do one nice thing for somebody and they just throw it back in your face. Some people, man. Carol then goes on to explain that she used the Château de Tiffauges to lift the veil over reality's fundamental principles and record them as part of her task to complete the Apocalypse of All things. You know, she keeps saying that, but wouldn't saying that mean that you're planning to destroy the universe and not just a planet?
-However, thanks to a bunch of meddling kids, Carol can't perform her self-appointed task anymore. Hibiki notes that Carol is crying, and we do see tears welling up in her eyes, but Carol says that miracles are the true plague, like the one that struck her village. And that's why she said that she would destroy them, like she said in episode one. And that's why she refuses to lose to someone wielding a miracle! She summons a lot more Alca-Noise, including some Metroid looking ones, and floods the streets of Tokyo with them. Even without the Château, HQ notes that she's planning to use all the Alca-Noise she has to destroy the world. Ogawa, however, is upset because it means they're in the final battle stage so there's nothing they can really do at this point. Like that stopped you last season, or the season before that!
-That's when Papa Tachibana calls out to Hibiki, telling her that Elfnein is crying. That's when she looks at Carol and comes to a realization about the two. She relaxes her guard a bit, saying that if a child is crying, you have to reach out your hand to them. Though Carol is having a bit of a temper tantrum, she has her Alca-Noise attack and destroy everything around her. You know, if they were still being secretive, they could have claimed this was part of a film shoot for the new Super Sentai series.
-But this destruction Hibiki can't let go, so she gets the other girls to deal with the Alca-Noise. Chris is excited, because she is the blood knight of the group, but in case you don't get it, Maria explains while drawing a sword out from her chest. Seems like somebody really wants to do a remake of Revolutionary Girl Utena.Though I could never see Maria being the Rose Bride. Anyway, they're going to take out the Alca-Noise individually before dealing with the final boss proper. There is an order to these things, after all.
-Hibiki takes over singing duties, summoning her Armed Gear, Gungnir proper, on her arm as she rockets her way through the Alca-Noise. then we have Kiri and Shirabe commenting on Carol, how she kept struggling to change things, but I'm actually a bit distracted by that because it looks like the girls are operating some sort of control scheme, which I found rather odd, until I see why. And I understand that this show tends to do a lot of oddball things, but usually, while some things are over the top, they're at least limiting themselves from being too out there. Shirabe's mecha expansion of her Gear is probably the most unusual, but as that's just an extension of her own Gear, so I can justify that. But this? This!?
-What in the actual fuck is going on here? How is it that Kiri and Shirabe were able to form their Gears into this UFO Shear Cutting Machine of Death? How is that a thing? Why is this a thing I'm asking in a show that features power armored magical girls that are able to travel into the upper levels of the Atmosphere to do battle with an abomination and trap said abomination in another dimension filled with other abominations? How!? How!? And I get the idea that this is suppose to be cool or something, but honestly, I think it looks terrible, to be honest. It basically comes out of nowhere and with no possible hints that Gears can be used in this way. I just... I just... my brain is hurting.
-Anyway, what's going on? Right, the battle for the planet. Before being distracted by the KiriShirabe Flying UFO Death Machine, the FIS girls mention that Carol is just like them. She was oppressed, downtrodden, but she kept struggling, trying to change things. The only difference between them and her is that she was alone. Chris feels the same way, being a former villain herself, and remarks that she has to save her, since she was saved, too. And yes, Chris basically acting like a mobile battle station isn't as off-putting, because we've seen her do that before in her normal form, so it only makes sense that she can do that here. I'm more forgiving about something things if they're just an upgrade of previously existing things that we've seen before.
-Tsubasa gets in, as well, saying that she'll wield her miracle and keep rising, no matter what. Hibiki finishes it off by saying the they'll sing a song in this warring sky. As the girls clear the sky of Alca-Noise, Maria takes over the next verse. Oh, and the song is being translated, so you don't take a drink here. We then see Kiri and Shirabe flying they're combined Gear UFO of Death before splitting off, but we're finishing this off with a huge bang. Quite literally, as this part of Tokyo lights up. Those Construction firms are going to be very busy in the next couple of months with all the repairs that need to be done.
-At HQ, Ogawa believes that they can win thanks to the X-Drive, but Genjuro, who keeps his head in the game at all times, notes that Carol's phonic gain is just as strong. And we see that Carol hasn't just been spending her time just idling about. She was charging up her alchemy for a massive spell. Hibiki notes that the Alca-Noise were just a distraction to build up this magic. Chris wonders if Carol plans to burn every last memory she has for this one spell? And this is taking a toll on the alchemist, as we see her tears have been replaced by blood. She plans to destroy everything, the world, the miracles, even her memories. She unleashes a burst of energy, signaling that she's about to unleash her spell. Maria swore to save Carol, so with Tsubasa's help, they're going to try to clear a path. They link up together to form a corkscrew attack, but I just need to say this, really. What in the hell is going on with this episode?
-Look, I can understand that Symphogear can be a fan service heavy show at times, and I have come to accept that (not that I complain about fan service, mind you), but even then, I have to wonder what goes through the minds of these writers and animators about where they placed their fan service shots. And this is the example I'm using. As Maria and Tsubasa are combining their attack, they have to get very close to one another, body to body. The show apparently decided that now is as good as time as any for a fan service shot by getting a close up of the two girl's chests bouncing against each other for this attack. Which makes me ask, yet again, is now the time for such a thing? I almost call it worse than the KiriShirabe UFO Death Machine, but then I remember that one thing makes more sense than the other so I'm slightly more forgiving of this. Slightly.
-Anway, Maria and Tsubasa do their dual attack, but Carol blocks and repels the attack. So much for that combination. But Carol doesn't waste any additional time. Instead, she uses her harp strings to create... a giant lion mech. Show, you know I was joking earlier about the Super Sentai thing, right? Though I could argue that Carol just happened to make this more as a means to protect herself than anything else. Carol plans to return everything to the void, but seems like she doesn't care about anything else anymore. She feels that if she doesn't try to destroy everything, then the ache beneath her belly won't stop. Yeah, I don't think I like the implication she's making there.
-Mecha Lion attacks, causing the girls to scatter and avoid the attack, which does some good damage on it's own. Chris is rather overwhelmed by the display of power, but Kiri and Shirabe are going to let a little thing like that stop them. They go for a direct attack, but the damage they do is negligible at most. Maria notes that they need to focus their fire if they want to break through. Tsubasa suggests gathering their X-Drive energy into their Armed Gears and push through. Shirabe admits it's a risk, but it is their most powerful attack, and one they can do. Chris tells the younger girls to make their banter later as another attack is in bound. Looks like Carol decided for a Macross Missile attack instead of a fire attack, but she didn't count on Hibiki to come in and tank the attack to allow the others to combine their strength. Geez, I wonder what they're setting up here?
-We see the other five girls shed their armor and combine their Gears for one massive attack on the Lion Mecha, hitting it directly and breaking through the defenses, revealing Carol, who smugly says that they were one Armed Gear short. But thats when she sees that the attack isn't done yet. The girls are combining more of their energy into one Armed Gear, and that is Gungnir. And suddenly, Hibiki has claws. Yeah, Carol won't let this stand, so she directly attacks Hibiki. However, as shown before, Hibiki is the tank of this group, but in this case, the combined power changed her Gear into something that looks like a giant mecha arm, which is able to block and possibly absorb Carol's attack. Yeah, Carol is looking worried now, but she keeps up her bravado and threatens to flatten Hibiki like a pillow. A bit weird since pillows aren't exactly flat. They're more fluffy than anything else.
-Unfortunate for Carol, she gets hit with a rejection pain at just that moment. She gets flashbacks of her happier times with her father, making her think that those memories are trying to stop her. But she pushes past that, saying that she doesn't need memories that will defy her. She'll burn them all and turn it into power, which is symbolized by the image of the smiling father being burned away. This girl needs so many therapy sessions. So she uses Lion Mecha to prepare to attack, so Hibiki responds by changing up her giant mecha rocket arm into a giant energy mecha rocket arm. Why is it easier for me to accept this than the KiriShiriabe UFO Death Machine?
-Carol's Lion Mecah fires as Hibiki charges at it, attacking the attack head on. Not out of character for our head strong tank. But Tsubasa thinks she needs a boost, so she and the other girls start giving her more power. Of course, they say the name of their Gears, because you might need to be reminded of it, but the extra burst is enough to give her the power she needs to break through, using a skill called... I honestly have no idea. The front being used, along with the angle and the background color, make the first word very difficult to read. I can make out the second word, Break, easily enough, but not the first. So I'm just going to call it the Combined Energy Rocket Punch of Friendship.
-The attack nails Lion Mecha, causing Carol to smile. How odd. As the Lion Mecha starts to float up in the sky, it begins to produce energy from it's body. HQ, watching the fight take place, note that the energy's lost its outlet and is going out of control. They attempt to estimate the damage to the city, but Aoi points out that they have sexy seconds until the energy reaches criticality. And apparently my spell check didn't correct that. I didn't think you could use that kind of word. As for the damage, the surrounding twelve kilometers will be caught in the explosion, and any buildings within three kilometers will be badly damaged. For us that still use the Imperial System, that's approximately 7.5 and 1.8 miles, respectively. Not a small scale by any stretch. As if Tokyo needs these kinds of things to happen.
-Carol, however, is happy. She's going to show them a truth they will never forget. That, in this world, songs can't save anything. But she forget that she's deal with Hibiki, who tends to have an antagonistic relationship with "impossible" and "giving up." If she has to, she'll draw on another miracle, but Carol calls miracles "curses". All they do is kill those who cling to them. And the Lion Mecha starts exploding as Aoi tells us that there are twenty seconds left. Suddenly, Carol, back in her younger form, is blowing out of the Lion Mecha, losing her long hair in the process. Hibiki prioritizes her and makes a grab for her. She calls for the alchemist to grab her hand, but Carol isn't interested in helping her. She tells the Gungnir wielder that her songs can't save her or anybody else! Again, Hibiki is the type to tell the impossible to shove it, as she draws upon the Ignite Module to give her an extra boost of power. Huh, I thought X-Drive was the max level, but apparently not.
-As Hibiki makes the boost, a ghostly image of Elfnein reaches for Carol, followed by a ghostly image of her father, telling her to know more of the world. This gets her attention as Ghost Dad says that hte task they've been given is to ensure that, someday, people can understand one another. She knows her daughter is smart, so she should know this. Thanks to this, Carol reaches out for her father, but it's Hibiki that gras her, using the extra power to wrap the two up in a cloak of shadow to protect them from the exploding Lion Mecha. As we enter the halfway mark of the show, we are left with an image of a mushroom cloud hanging over the center of Tokyo. Well, that's not a scary or ghastly image at all, is it?
-When we come back, we see the devastation brought forth by the exploding Lion Mecha. It isn't pretty, as there's no a rather large crater in the center of Tokyo. Over the radio, we hear Genjuro being told that nobody knows where Carol is as Ogawa explains that it's been seventy-two hours since the battle ended. We do see the Metropolitan Government Building is still standing, somewhat, with the Château de Tiffauges still there. I'm actually a bit surprised that the building survived being at ground zero of the explosion, but clearly, it means the building was made of some pretty good steel.
-In any case, Ogawa suggests to stop looking for Carol or her remains, given how long it's been. Genjuro agrees and calls him back. Aoi does point out that, since Hibiki survived, it's reasonable to assume Carol did, as well. Granted, Hibiki could probably tank a blast from the sun, but she was also protecting the alchemist, so it's reasonable to assume she did survive. We get a shot of the S.O.N.G. girls standing outside of sickbay, likely waiting to hear on Eflnein's condition. On the Command Deck, Sakuya expresses concern not just about the missing Carol, but something else. Apparently he's looking at somebody's X-Ray and he doesn't like what he sees.
-This leads us to the bed ridden Elfnein, greeting the S.O.N.G. girls. She's happy to see them everyday but feels she's putting a burden on them. Miku is with them and says it's Summer Vacation, so it's fine. Elfnein is confused by this so Hibiki gets to mention how great it is, like being able to sleep in and stay up as late as you want. Miku, however, says that this is just her typical lifestyle. Chris also tells her not to give the young, impressionable girl any weird ideas. Hibiki, however,r ignores them and mentions that he shopping street holds a festival, where they can eat yakisoba, cotton candy, takoyaki, and grilled squid. She then says, between her and Elfnein, when she gets excited, Maria's Gear plays a Bon Odori song. The young girl turns to Maria, who fiercely denies it. Besides, she says that it would sound better coming from Tsubasa's Gear than her own. This gets an image of Tsubasa, transformed, doing exactly that, getting a laugh from Maria, Hibiki and Elfnein. Tsubasa, however, is not amused that they would all think so lowly of Ame no Habakiri. Besides, I think Maria's gear would probably do an Irish song, as appropriate of her relics origin.
-Elfnein appreciates the laugh, adding that there's so much she doesn't know yet. She asks that if she can learn more about the world, about all of them, then she could be closer to them than she is now? Hibiki grabs the young girl by the hand and tells her that yes, she can, so she has to get better soon, okay? We get a shot of the other girls, smiling in agreement, which gets Elfnein to smile. They leave, but promise to return tomorrow. After the door closes, Hibiki tells the others she's going to the bathroom, getting permission to do so, and then runs off. Though as she runs, she doesn't appear to be smiling. However, the other girls leave, knowing full well what Hibiki is doing. Well, all but Miku, actually.
-In the next shot, we see the sink nearly overflowing with water as Hibiki cries. Apparently, whatever is happening to Elfnein is not a good thing, and the rest of the girls seem to know this. Miku walks in to check on her friend. Hibiki apologizes, saying that if she cries, then Elfnein won't get better when she's suppose to. She turns off the water, but the sink is still filled with water, allowing her tears to drop in it. She adds that the only problems she can solve with her fists are the easy ones, and the only things she can do are so small. She calls it frustrating. All this power and she still can't find a way to rewrite the universe.
-Miku understands, but she grabs Hibiki's hand and tells her that when she's doing what she thinks is right,, her clenched fist is special. To her, it's the gentlest fist in the world, and someday, she's sure it will fix all of the bad things. Apparently Miku is confident that Hibiki will one day gain the power to rewrite the universe as she sees fit. Hibiki can only respond by hugging her friend, thanking her for being her sunflower. Yes, totally an innocent nickname to give your best friend. Though I wonder what kind of nickname Miku has for Hibiki?
-We fade out, but return to see night has fallen. Elfnein is sleeping peacefully in her hospital bed as she gets a visitor. It's Carol, but apparently she's still rocking from the last battle, because when Elfnein calls Carol by name, she repeats that, yes, that is her name. Elfnein immediately knows what has happened to her. Carol had burned most of her memories in the recent battle. Carol admits that they are in pieces, and are hazy, like a fog is covering them. And while she knows her name, she doesn't know who she is, so she asks Eflnein to answer that. She came to her because, when Carol closes her eyes, she sees her. Elfnein tells Carol that she is the other me. Yeah, that didn't clear anything up. Can you be more specific?
-So Elfnein explains that she and Carol followed the words that Papa left them. Carol feels like she should know something there, something important, but she forgot it. She asks Elfnein to tell her, begging her to do so. The young girl stares at her former enemy, but coughs, revealing blood, signaling that she is running out of time. Well, no time like the present, so Elfnein will start from the beginning, though she can't share it in a few words because her body is like this. Carol asks if she's almost gone, like she is? Well, kind of, but not really in the same way.
-Elfnein admits that, at first, she was fine with that, as long as she could save the world. However, she doesn't want to disappear. Yeah, Hibiki has that way of giving people a purpose in life. Or at the very least, want to live life again. Though I wonder if that would be Maria in this case? But still, her pleas reaches Carol, saying that the two of them can do it again. And then she kisses Elfnein. I'm not entirely certain how to feel about this. Cause, you know, Carol is redeeming herself this way, but at the same time, they do look alike. In any case, as Carol gives a kiss of life to Elfnein, we see green flames appear from their hands, and the machines begin to flatline. Well, that isn't good at all.
-We suddenly cut to a spinning camera as the S.O.N.G. girls start running for the hospital room, but as soon as they enter, all they find is an empty bed and an all too familiar figure standing above it. When Hibiki calls her Carol, she shakes her head, then turns to face them. Instead of the stern, hard look of Carol, you get the innocent look of Elfnein. The girls immediately recognize this and smile. Carol gave her life and body so that her other self could live, to fulfill the words that their father left them long ago.
-We then cut to a shot of Hibiki running before stopping to take a break. She looks over to a nearby river filled with green, saying that she shouldn't have any good memories of this place, but right now, she feels like she does. She's taking a walk with her father, who tells her that she's gotten stronger than she once was. He appears to be clean shaven as he stretches, saying that he has to do his best, too. Hibiki agrees, and they tell each other the tit's all right! Everything's just fine!
-But not everybody is having a good time. We cut to Kir and Shirabe doing homework, with Shirabe wondering what happened to their fun summer vacation? They turn to Chris, who's lounging on the couch, wondering why she doesn't seem worried? She's sucking on an ice pop, but then tells the girls that, while she seems like a lazy hot head, she's actually got pretty good grades. The girls are shocked by this, with Shirabe saying no way. Chris gets irritated, so Kiri immediately throws her friend under the bus. Shirabe then asks what happened to the Kiri that was supposed to protect her? Well, there are limits to that protection, and she probably doesn't want to get in front of the rampaging bull that is Chris, who proceeds to yell at the girls to finish their damn homework! Why must you be so mean?
-We then cut to Tusbasa walking in a long hallway with Ogawa, who appears to be carrying suitcases. Looks like she's returning to the world of music, but along the way, they run into Maria. She turns to face her friend/rival, telling her that she also goes to England once in a while. Tsubasa smiles at that, causing Maria to blush and to call her unfeminine after all. Outside of the airport, Genjuro is in front of a car, telling the person in it if he thinks of himself as a failure of a father for not being able to see her off? It's Yatsuhiro, of course, but he says that this is enough for them. Still, he has a business question for his bother. What's his take on this Magical Girl Incident? Well, apparently, in this world, the US fell from power, there has been trouble brewing in Europe, but Yatsuhiro seems to think that something else is up. A hint for what may happen in the next season, perhaps?
-At HQ, Elfnein runs in, apologizing for being late, and she, along with the rest of the support staff, get right to work at analyzing what appears to be a Micro SD card. As if we don't have another reason for a next season cliffhanger. Cue credits!
-But we're not finished yet! We have an after credit scene, and it's at Hibiki's old house. Papa Tachibana stands in front, reaching out his hand and hoping to start over. Mama Tachibana looks over to Grandma, starts to reach for the hand, but is reluctant to do so. And yes, we all know where Hibiki gets her looks from. Papa understands that she would be reluctant to take his hand, but Hibiki isn't going to let this go without a fight. She reaches over and grabs both of their hands, who tells her parents that she's holding their hands because she believes it's the right thing to do. And she won't let go of them easily. And our final scene of the season is of Hibiki, holding onto her parent's hands, looking to rebuild her family once more. End episode.
And there we go, the scene of Symphogear GX. And... yeah, I have so many problems with this particular season. I plan to discuss this more in my season wrap up, but honestly, what hurts the most is that there was a lot of potential arcs they could have done in this season that either felt too rush or just went nowhere. I feel like I've been particularly hard on the show this season, but I did have some rather high expectations that I feel like the season failed to achieve.
I think this is why my season wrap-up is going to be very different than what it has been before. What will it be? You'll have to come back on Sunday to find out. Though don't expect me to come out and be harsh with the season. I don't come into these shows looking for a reason to be harsh or snarky, but sometimes, the shows just do things that make me question some of these things. And honestly, I do like Symphogear, but GX feels like a massive misstep.
So until next time, remember, when your clone is dying, and you happen to know alchemy, you should sacrifice yourself by giving up your personalty to allow that better half of you to survive, because in all likelihood, it is your better half.
2 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next Transformers review. Last time we look at look at a third party Masterpiece figure, but this time, we're going with the CHUG route. And for this one, it's a bit unusual as the figure I got is a Convention Exclusive figure from a popular third party line. I don't normally go for these things but I was interested in getting this figure and thought the Convention Exclusive looked better.
What could it be? Well, without further ado, may I present to you the MMC Reformatted Convection Limited Figure, Kultur Asterisk!
Well, that's a rather plain box, isn't it? Why don't we correct that.
There we go. Here is an artistic representation of Kultur, the MMC version of the DJD member Tarn. Though in this case, it's more in an orange color rather than his purple color. We'll get to that in a minute. But this is a slip for the actual box. And when we remove it...
It turns out to be a slightly beat up green box and a dark colored version of Kultur. You see, most MMC Convention Specials are usually a dark or black color to the figure, but Kultur is one of the rare exceptions.
On the back of the box we have a whole lot of nothing. Just lots of green.
But this Reformatted box actually has a lid to open up.
Which reveals Kultur's primary colors, as well as the figure itself. And that's about it for the box, which isn't all that special, so let's get the figure out and see how he really is.
So here we have Kultur out of his package and in his tank/APC alt-mode. And it is quite orange.
And a lot of paint is on this guy, too, but it's mostly where the treads are, as well as another area we'll focus later. It's got a metallic color to it that does make it stand out a bit.
Despite the look, there are no wheels on this guy, so he will not roll around. That could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you display him. Anyway, let's talk about some features of the figure.
Up front you have these laser antenna things that move side to side on a hinge. There is no up or down movement here, so don't force it.
Further back, hidden behind what will be the robot feet, are a bunch of missiles that are meant to be fired out at his enemies.
And in the cockpit area, which has that metallic paint, is more missiles. Yay for missiles!
Now, Kultur comes with one accessory, which is a requirement for any Tarn looking figure.
And that is, of course, these two blasters that connect to a connection that goes on top of the alt-mode. They're very nicely detailed, and while they are the same cast, they also have different details going for them. Basically, these two laser cannons are not the same ones.
Now for some comparisons.
Here we have Kultur with MMC's Caldius, their version of IDW Hot Rod.
Here's another from the Reformatted line, the MMC version of Sixshot in his APC mode.
And for an official comparison, here is Kultur with Titan's Return Alpha Trion.
And with that out of the way, let's get to transformation. And while the instructions go from robot mode to alt-mode, the transformation itself is very simple and the instructions are very good about it, which is surprising since MMC tends to cut a lot of corners there. And soon enough, you'll go from Kultur in alt-mode...
To Kultur in robot mode. And you can see a lot more red and yellow here in robot mode. Now, I don't have the original Kultur, so I won't be doing any comparisons in that regards, but all in all, I do like this color scheme.
Getting up close to the head sculpt you can see the Decepticon looking mask done up in orange. Yes, I said mask, because there is indeed a head there.
With this cyclops looking head sculpt. Now, I know in the IDW comics that Tarn was originally a character named Damus, but I don't recall if this was his head. I don't read many of the IDW comics so somebody will have to correct me there.
Anyway, yeah, nice looking head. But we aren't done yet, because there's one more mask for this character.
To an Autobot looking mask. See, the thing is, while the MMC comics do show that Kultur can change colors, the Asterisks are typically the Shattered Glass versions of the characters. That's why, for Caldius, there's a purple version of him, which is his Shattered Glass version.
If there was a Shattered Glass version of Tarn, he'd probably have this kind of mask instead. And I do like that MMC gave us different mask options.
And yes, with a mask on you can still tuck the head away, so you don't have to worry about that.
With regards to articulation, he's a bulky bot but he has some rather interesting posing options. Mostly, in the shoulders, instead of some sort of ratcheted universal, they gave him a ball peg shoulder. This allows for a lot of shoulder articulation, as well as a limited options to reach across the chest, giving him a bit of a butterfly joint.
As for his main accessory, it's plugged in on the forearm, but it doesn't change his center of gravity much so Kultur can stand with his arm extended like this.
Now for some comparisons.
Here is Kultur with MMC's Caldius. And fun fact, Kultur was originally going to be a remold of Caldius. Funny how things work.
Next, here is Kultur with MMC's Azeal, showing off another size scale. If she is meant to be deluxe and Caldius is Voyager, than Kultur is pretty close to a Leader class figure.
Here is Kultur with MMC's Commotus, aka, Turmoil.
And lastly, here is Kultur with MMC's Tyrantron, their IDW take on Megatron. And while we have the guy here...
When I looked at this guy, I mentioned that his chest allows him to have Kultur's mask there, as it uses a magnet system. It did come with it's own mask, but I wanted to show off the ones that came with this version.
Here's the Decepticon looking version, but as it's orange instead of purple, it doesn't fit too well here.
But here he is with the Autobot looking one, and if you've read the IDW comics, you know that Megatron changed sides and is now and Autobot. Crazy, I know, but it works here as a result.
Now, as I mentioned before, I didn't own the original Kultur, but I did enjoy the one I got here, so if you get an option for the figure, go for it. It's up to you which color scheme you want to go for, if you have access to them.
I have nothing in stored for the next couple of weeks, so hopefully you'll come back tomorrow for the season finale of Symphogear GX. Until then.
4 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next Transformers review! We'll be coming back to the wonderful world of Third Party transformers, and this time, we're taking a look into one of many Third party figures involved in what is now known as the Springer Wars.
Creative, I know. Anyway, I've chosen my side for this Springer War, but was it the correct one? Why don't we find out.
So, without further ado, may I present to you the Fanstoys FT-19 third party version of Springer, Apache!
As you can see, Apache is a third party Masterpiece version of the Third Season character Springer, and he comes in the typical "Not Masterpiece" style box, showing off an artistic look at the robot and his two alt-modes.
And on the back of the box you have your obligatory product shots, including the alt-modes and the accessories he comes with. But who cares about a stupid box, right? Let's get him out and see how he really is.
So here we have Apache out of his package and man, man! You can see that he carries the silhouette of Springer, but I do have an issue with the figure. Mainly, the shoulder pieces on his arms. I don't like how they look here. I wish there was a way to angle them up more, but due to transformation, they're stuck this way.
Oh, and Apache is strictly a G1 Springer. You cannot go with the Studio Ox design if you wanted to. My understanding is that only one figure allows you to switch between the two, but I made my choice here.
Otherwise, I think the look of the figure is spot on. You can definitely look at this figure and go "Yup, he certainly has better things to do tonight than to die." And that's the only time I'll ever reference that line here.
Getting up close to the head sculpt you can see that it's a really nice head sculpt with nice, metalic blue eyes. Interestingly enough, you do not have alternative faces for Apache, unlike some other Fanstoys releases. Really, the accessory count is actually rather low, but we'll get to that later.
With regards to posing, Apace is a big, bulky figure, so you may find yourself limited in some capacity. Fanstoys, and other similar companies, typically make figures that you put in one way and keep it that way. You don't come to these figures or any sort of action toy element, which can be a downer for some people. Apache is certainly the case here. Lots of stiff movements are shown to be more for display than playing.
Now to the accessories proper. First we have this nicely painted silver rifle, which Apache holds usually an unusual tabbing system. Due to a screw being done in the middle of the palm, the tab has a curve to it. Instead of doing for the rail system, they just opted for the curve instead.
Here's a closer look at hte gun, showing off some of the detail and that delicious paint.
Next we have a sword for Apache, because every Springer figure has to have a sword. It's basically a requirement. This one is done in green plastic with appears to have some sort of finish on it. It uses the same connection ports as the gun, but can hold the sword pretty well.
Of course, if you don't want to go with a green sword...
You can go for a silver one instead.
Unlike the green sword, this one is most certainly painted, clearly meant for display purposes. It's still nicely painted, though. The silver isn't used much, but man, does Fanstoys know silver.
Now, the swords can be stored in robot mode. On the hip skirts there's a little peg hole that hte swords can be plugged into, giving a look like so.
Unfortunately, due to the location of the peg on the sword, you can only really do this for one of them, though there are holes on both sides for them. So you can't go with that dual sword stance, but can get a nice one like him reaching for his sword.
Just keep in mind not to scratch the paint.
Now for comparisons.
Here we have Apache with MP Hot Hod, showing how they scale with one another. Obviously Apace has to be big due to his transformation, but I think, compared with Hot Rod, they should be close to equal in height, give or take.
For another comparison, here is Apache with MP Ultra Magnus. Again, I think the scale is off here. I think Apace should be shorter.
For a line comparison, here is Apace with Fanstoys Tesla, their version of Perceptor.
And just for fun, here is Apace with Generations Springer, who has more of an IDW look.
Now, with regards to transformation. Fortuantely, the engineering is nowhere near as bad as Koot. You don't have to bend plastic in any way to move pieces around. That being said, there are some issues with the transformation. The chest piece works on a slider system, but the slider system is very, very tight, so you'll need a good grip on there.
The shoulder and arm movement is very tight, as well, and given how close it is to the body, some movement is going to require you to move them around to get it going. This won't be too bad, though.
And the legs. Hoo boy, the legs. Even with the transformation instructions some of it just doesn't make sense. Especially with the feet.
Now, I can understand that Triple Changers are going to have complicated Transformations, but I would like it if the instructions were a little more clear on some things. Still, with a little patience, you can go from Apace in robot mode...
To Apace in his car mode. And it looks the part, to be honest.
Size wise, I think everybody is there, though obviously some bits of the other modes can't be hidden, as shown in the rear with the leg sections.
And... yeah, the feet just kind of hang out back there. They don't really get to hide all that well, so hopefully you won't have him displayed this way.
Now, here's something I didn't know until I saw videos about it, but the G1 animated cockpit section actually changes sizes depending on which mode it is. One company came up with a solution for that, but most tend to keep it the same size. Fanstoys decided one size fit all. If you care about that thing, just be advised, but it's not a deal breaker. If it is, then you have some serious priority issues.
Now, the gun can be stored on the alt-mode here, but it clips in to the rear, so if you want the weapon there, you need to do it during transformation.
Now, as for the swords, they can be stored in this mode, too. Though one at a time.
Here's the green sword.
Here's the silver sword. And now you know why you have two swords. The clearance is there, though ,but you want to be careful of your things, right?
Now for more comparisons!
Here is Apace with Fantstoys Koot, their version of Kup. I'm undecided on the scale factor here.
For an official release, here is Apace with MP Hot Rod.
And just for fun, here is Apace with Generations Springer.
Now, you can go straight from vehicle mode to helicopter mode from here. Most of the work is going to be with the legs, though some parts of the front half will change, like the arm placement. The legs, though, continue to remain a problem through, but it's a bit easier to get into helicopter mode.
Otherwise, not much else changes. Oh, wait, I seem to be forgetting something.
There we have the green sword for the helicopter blades, but if you don't want that...
You can go with the silver one instead.
From the side, you can see that a lot of the robot's mass is in the front of the helicopter mode. There's not much in the rear.
Still, unlike the vehicle mode, the helicopter mode cleans up a lot better.
The gun can store in this mode, in the front, but without a proper flight stand it's going to look awkward. And really, this guy needs a flight stand for this mode. But from what I can tell, there isn't even a peg for a standard one, so you'll need to get creative.
And here's a close look at the cockpit, which is the proper size for this mode.
Anyway, time for some more comparisons.
Here is Koot.
MP Hot Rod.
And lastly, Generations Springer.
One thing I can say is that you aren't lacking for choice. You have multiple companies with their own version of an MP Springer, so you don't have to go with Fanstoys if you don't want to. I went with them because I thought the engineering would work best and the figure would look the best. And while hte look is there, the engineering, while better than Koot's, can be still a problem.
Would I recommend this? Honestly, I can't say for certain. I like it well enough, but there are other Springers out there with their own way of doing things, so you'll just need to do your research and see which one you want.
As for me, the show goes on. Tomorrow, I'll be looking at a special Convention release version of a third party figure. What will it be? You'll have to come back tomorrow to find out. Until then.
5 days agoCaButler
I know I kind of promised a Transformers review, but I needed to do this entry. This is for those that question why Santa Alter is Lawful Good.
Apparently Gilgamesh isn't a good boy to receive a visit from Santa Alter
Can I use that excuse to get every night off?
Maybe an actual coat as you appear to be wearing practically nothing at all.
If you select the first choice...
It's against the Santa Union to give out presents to those that don't write letters.
Though there is a clause to the Santa Union. Just beat up Santa and get all the presents you want!
Bloodshed makes everything merry.
Overacting a bit much, Santa?
If you call her Alter-chan...
Didn't you kidnap me for this job?
I wonder if any of these gifts were meant for Gilgamesh. But screw that guy, right?
Even though the kids ended up kidnapping us. So what does that make me? A double kidnapped victim?
If you suggest inviting over Euryale. Bear in mind that one of said girls is named after the most infamous serial killer to ever exist.
And to think, you called yourself an Evil Santa. You're really just a big softy, aren't you?
...Please put the sword away.
6 days agoCaButler
I would have posted this over the weekend but notifications weren't working and I want you all to see the insanity I have to deal with since I got forced to be a reindeer.
I imagine a lot of booze is involved. Also, gifts you'll never get.
Happiness is over-rated anyway.
I wonder if that's the Briton in her talking.
Who thought it was a good idea to give Marie access to a cannon?
A longer skirt, I would hope.
We never needed that fourth wall anyway.
...Can't really argue with that.
No, she isn't Tsundere for you, Astolfo. Don't get that delusion stuck in your head.
You could always ask.
I feel like you're projecting a bit much there, Martha.
Because what else are they going to play on Christmas, Death Metal?
So, yeah, Martha was punching a punching bag because she has so many issues. So, so many issues.
Allegedly heard. I like my head where it is, thank you very much.
Martha wants to sulk in peace.
I can think of a number of reasons. One involves dragons.
You mean the staff you're holding in your hand? The one that you have right now?
Despite the absurdity of Santa Alter herself, even she has trouble processing all of this.
I feel like Santa Alter just insulted the ladies in the cave here.
Dammit, Alter! What did you do this time?
I think Martha was hitting on the eggnog more than she let on.
MC's snarkiness is coming back strong here.
Can't ever give the fourth wall a break.
That might explain the storm in the background.
Even Emiya is like "I want no part of this."
You're fooling nobody, David. We all know you want Alter because she somehow reminds you of your wife.
And this is why you don't piss off Santa Alter on Christmas.
Anyway, I have two Transformers reviews coming this week, so keep an eye out for them. Until then.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Symphogear GX, where the end of the world begins once again. It's like a yearly event for Tokyo these days.
In our last episode, Hibiki gives it one more shot with Papa Tachibana, and while he wants to reunite with his family, he wants Hibiki to talk to Mom first. Hibiki, who had built up the courage to have this meeting, tells her father to do the same and to talk to Mom instead of using her. The jerk. Before she can storm off, though, the Château de Tiffauges arrives above Tokyo, bringing with it warnings for the end of the world.
Inside, we find out that Dr. Ver had fixed most of the issues with the Château, so Carol decides to be rid of him for her own sanity, though given that he fell down a pit, it's likely he'll return. But she really wants to kick off this Apocalypse with a bang, searching for Hibiki to use her screams in place of trumpet blasts. Oh, and we learn of Carol's motovations for wanting to destroy the world. And that reason is... SCIENCE!
No, seriously, that's the reason Carol gives. Apparently, she's going to take her father's dying words to heart and learn more of the world. And to do that, she needs to take it apart. And then nothing else afterwards. Seems like a waste of a perfectly good planet. But with the world in danger, Hibiki fights back, and thanks to some revelations that came out of nowhere, accepts that her Dad isn't really that bad of a person. And thanks to the arrival of the other Gear Wielders, they can go about stopping Carol's plans.
Will they succeed, or will the Solar System be down one planet? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with the Château de Tiffauges firing it's green death way of dissection as the SDRTST girls are on the ground after an extended fight with a powered up Carol. The FIS girls have alreayd infiltrated the Château, which is why they aren't taking part of this fight. Hibiki is the only one still up at the moment as Carol announces that she has a song that will destroy the world. I imagine it isn't the opening song, which is playing right now.
-Inside the Château, the FIS girls are down because clearly I missed a scene where they get knocked out. I think. Anyway, there's a strange robot looking thing there that turns to face the girls. Maria looks up to see that it's actually... Nastassja!? Aren't you dead? Eye-Patch Mom tells the girls that their hands are stained with blood, so how could they save the world with such hands? Oh, I see. Either the Château is really screwing with the FIS girls or Carol made a close of Nastassja because she thought she would need one at some point. Anyway, Eye-Patch Mom really lays it into the girls, especially Maria, telling her that the only reason she wants to save the world is that she has a desire to be saved. Kiri and Shirabe aren't fooled, though, and try to get through to Maria. Don't worry, the diva already made her save, but just because she resisted it doesn't mean what was said isn't true. Damn those illusions that can read your inner thoughts and fears!
-Fake Nastassja lays it in deeper to Maria, causing her to recall Serena's death. This one hit hard though, prompting Shirabe to grab Maria and order a retreat. Kiri doesn't like it, because this stupid trap is hitting too close to home, which is what all those mind traps do to you. But yeah, if we're going back to exploring sins of the past, then we're certainly in finale territory.
-We have no opening sequence today. We're skipping that because the show needs every single minute to tell it's story. Except for the few seconds to mention it's sponsors, using possibly the worst look of Adult Carol they could have done. What a way to sell your sponsor's products. Anyway, tonight's episode is titled GX. The green energy wave begins it's trek along Earth and apparently set the ocean on fire. But this firewall is moving and heading for the city. Genjuro is pissed because he is powerless to stop it. He hasn't quite perfected how to create tidal waves from his punches.
-Elfnein, still on the bridge because everybody was too busy gawking at the light show, mentions that this is part of Carol's final stage. She nearly collapses from the pain, only to be caught by Papa Tachibana. He comments on her wound, but she says that stopping Carol is her job, so she has to watch this until the end. Because they can't set up a screen in sickbay to let her watch there.
-Back at the battle, Chris is wondering why an Alchemist is fighting, forgetting that she already fought Carol back during the halfway point of the season. Carol replies that there are Seven planets and seven musical scales, and that the harmony of the universe, alchemy's deepest secret, is the harmony of music and the absolute truth it creates. So the absolute truth is that there are actually seven planets, not eight (or nine of you count Pluto). So... yeah, which planet doesn't count as a planet? I hope it's Jupiter. We don't need any planets trying to become stars here.
-Tsubasa demands to know what Carol is talking about, but the alchemist is basically ranting at this point, she she's not hearing anybody saying anything. She actually starts providing a history lesson. She stats that, in the prehistoric era, after the Curse of Balal removed humanity's mutual understanding, they sought a new method. I assume they mean humans of that era. And they went to Alchemy, which, according to Carol so there may be some bias in it, is communication with the world, attaining harmony with it by knowing all. She says that her predecessors tried to use it to go beyond words, to connect with the world. Essentially, songs, and both songs and alchemy were created to restore the lost unified language. Well, they do say that music is a universal language. Also math. The SDRTST girls don't believe Carol, but she says that its origin is lost to history, bu the girls should easily be able to guess. And they all think of the same immortal Sumerian Priestess that has been causing nothing but problems for them. First with trying to destroy the moon, then by helping out FIS to destroy the Earth, and now by apparently being the person who first created Alchemy. Thanks a lot, Finé!
-Meanwhile, in the Château de Tiffauges, the FIS girls are still making their way through the winding tunnels, waiting for the next trap to be sprung. And suddenly, the trap is sprung! Behold, the girls worst fear! A wounded and bloody Dr. Ver! ...No, wait, that's the real deal. Yup, the good doctor survived his fall, then tells the girls that he doesn't have enough blood left to take control of the Château's functionality. Even if you were in perfect health, I wouldn't trust you with a piece of paper! But he's hoping to make a trade with the FIS girls. Of course, given his condition, he isn't really in a position to bargain for anything, but we cut to the Clockwork Throne Room and see the FIS girls there, with Kiri carrying the good doctor. I did get a laugh on how she just nonchalantly drops him to the ground. I think she's still pissed about manipulating her to betray Shirabe.
-Anyway, they found the control panel, so Maria thinks the best thing to do is to blow it up. Dr. Ver points out that it would actually cause the Château to go out of control. Shirabe asks what they should do, but they are interrupted by the sound of a gong and the arrival of more Alca-Noise. Dr. Ver then reminds hte group that, while they stand there trying to decide what to do next, the world is being destroyed around them. Then he stands up and... attacks? Attacks who? I am so confused.
-We see the green energy beam of doom take out a dock and appear to wipe out part of a city as Hibiki is anguishing over the fact that sons are destroying the world. Hibiki, I thought you knew better than to take a villain's word at face value? Carol adds that the center of Tokyo is the end point of the ley lines, which means she can use this place to send songs around the entire world. And now we know why Tokyo is always the first target for any invading alien force. This is also why Carol had the keystones destroyed, as they would have acted as safety valves. The SDRTST girls are hitting their low point, trying to find out what to do, but it's Maria that calls out to them.
-We see the diva is busy slicing through the Alca-Noise as she reaches out to the other gear wielders, telling them that even if ten thousand plans fail, then there must be ten thousand and one! That she is certain of. And it wouldn't surprise me if Genjuro happens to have ten thousand and two plans available, in case that one fails, too. While the FIS girls clean house, we see Dr. Ver working on the machine to try and bring the Château under his control. I would normally have issues with this, but desperate times and such. Though he's complaining that he doesn't have enough blood to complete the task. Yeah, guess what? We don't have enough time or orange juice to replenish your blood supply, so suck it up and get it done.
-That's when Carol senses that something is wrong and takes a look in the Clockwork Throne Room to find Dr. Ver screwing around with her stuff. While he's certainly mad, being a genius scientist allows him to catch up on things rather quickly, like the science of alchemy, which is all about dismantling and analyzing. Also, while Dr. Ver always wanted to be seen as hte one true hero of the world, the important part is that there has ot be a world to worship him, so he's kind of got issues with the whole "destroying the world and not putting it back together" plan. So he's going to rewrite the Château and restore the world. And then we will be the hero that the world will worship!
-Carol calls it an impossible task, saying that the Château won't be able to endure that. It'll just absorb all of you, which Dr. Ver is counting on, because he wants a big bang for his big return. Yeah, apparently he failed to mention this to the FIS girls, because Kiri and Shirabe look surprised at the suggestion that they aren't coming back from this. Maria isn't certain what she should do about the mad doctor, but she doesn't get much of a chance as Fake Nastassja arrives. It's always just one thing after another, isn't it?
-Back in the battle, Carol is kind of breaking down a bit. She won't let the disintegration of the world be stopped, but Hibiki vows to do it, and with the help of Elfnein, too! She's planning to use the Ignite Module, but Chris and Tsubasa say that it might actually help the alchemist instead of stopping her. This works, but it leaves the girls open to an attack, following by a huge finisher, which is Carol producing extra harp strings on her back and causing an explosion. Oh, that is going to be a nightmare to clean up.
-In the Château, Maria tells Fake Nastassja that she isn't Mom, prompting her to transform into the Gungnir Maria. It's a shapeshifter! Good thing your relic is a silver dagger, right Maria? Fake!Maria attacks, which Diva!Maria blocks for a moment before being overwhelmed. As she recovers, Fake!Maria calls herself Finé, the one who bears the name of the end. A shapeshifter and a telepath!? This is just not looking good for Maria.
-And suddenly, I get Persona 4 flashbacks as Diva!Maria recovers from the attack, recognizing that Fake!Maria is actually her shadow, and what her path would have happened if they continued in error. And while Fake!Maria isn't a shadow of the other girls, they are linked to her just as much. Kiri recovers, saying that dark histories exist to be rewritten. Shirabe also recovers, saying that they will overcome their sin and escape before the Château explodes and kills them all. And with that, the FIS girls stand together and begin their song. It's not translated, so take a drink for that.
-Shirabe starts off with the first line of the song and the first attack, which Fake!Maria blocks. Kiri then follows up with an attack, but it's Diva!Maria that takes over the next line, exchanging a number of blows with her shadow, who uses her cape weapon to block the diva. During a short lull, Elfnein contacts her and asks if she can give the communicator to Dr. Ver. She wants to fight in her own way, though you could tell that Diva!Maria doesn't want her cute surrogate little sister anywhere close to that madman. But, you know, desperate times. She flings the communicator to him, catches it, and is told to connect the terminal to the Château. Dr. Ver goes insane looking, because he's enjoying this! Keep it in check, doctor.
-So Dr. Ver connects the terminal, showing the Photosphere on the screen in HQ. With Elfnein's assistance, they plan to control the system from there. Sakuya gets right to work, with Aoi and Elfnein helping with the processing to reduce his load. Meanwhile, they need to use whatever control they have to start reconstructing the world. Though it's not looking good as the green energy of death takes out a hospital. It's always a hospital that gets destroyed in these incidents.
-We get a shot of the Château, showing that it's overloading with power. The clock is ticking, but which will happen first, the end of the world or the destruction of the Château de Tiffauges? The battle inside rages on, though. Diva!Maria promises to bring an end to the sins she committed, then orders Kiri and Shirabe to withdraw. She needs to deal with her shadow herself. However, the young girls refuse, blocking an attack that was meant to kill Diva!Maria. They tell her that they have to overcome their sins together. With that encouragement, Diva!Maria tells Dr. Ver that they will protect him, even at the cost of their lives. No, really, you shouldn't go that far for him. Even if the world is ending, don't give up your lives for this man.
-As the gears begin to turn, Carol starts losing it more, purposely turning her attention away from the SDRTST girls. She flies her way to the Château to stop the FIS girls from stopping her. Inside, Diva!Maria does battle with Fake!Maria, and as they clash their weapons, the diva says that it was fun standing on stage with Tsubasa, and if they can do it again, she wants to sing all night. Tsubasa quickly recognizes this flag and demands to know what she's doing. Kiri adds her own flag to the bunch, telling Chris how amazing it was that she befriended those she fought. Chris pleads with her, that she can do it as well, that she already has! And we can't forget about Shirabe, who completes the hat trick, apologizing to Hibiki for calling her a hypocrite, even though she didn't know anything. She admits that she should apologize in person, but Hibiki cuts her off, saying she can. However, before she can finish that, the Château de Tiffauges starts to break apart.
-Seeing the Château losing control, Adult Carol, mentally, reverts to her younger self, asking them to stop, to not get in Papa's way. In HQ, the bleeding Elfnein keeps going, saying that she will protect hte world with her alchemy. Inside the Clockwork Throne Room, the FIS girls come to the end of their song, with Fake!Maria making one more attempt to get into Diva!Maria's head by taking on the image of Serena. It isn't enough, though, as Maria goes right through the shapeshifter with her skill, Sernade. Causes the Château to seemingly explode on the inside, but it's enough to drive Carol over the edge and attack the floating castle, causing major damage to it. Well, that's one way to get it to stop, and Carol knows that she screwed up big time here.
-AFter the break, we see the green death ray of doom blazing through some more buildings and start to tear them apart, but before completing hte process, it begins to put them back together, including the ship, the harbor, and the hospital. Not the people who were in the hospital, though. I think they're permanently dead. And while HQ does report the areas are being restored, there's still no word from the FIS girls. Genjuro is upset, asking why they can't bring forth tomorrow without paying a price? Well, those death flags activated fast, didn't they?
-In Tokyo, the Château de Tiffauges falls onto some skyscrapers which I'm certain is suppose to be familiar if you live in the area, but are unrecognizable to me. And while it did some damage, it landed right inbetween the two buildings. Basically, you now have a gothic looking building in the middle of Tokyo. It'll bring in the tourist money like nothing has ever done before.
-Carol is breaking down, but she isn't the only one. Chris and Hibiki are tearing up for their falling allies while Tsubasa is in murderous rage mode. She doesn't try to kill Carol, but demands her surrender, saying that the future she dreamed of has turned to rubble and collapsed. Carol lingers on the word "future" as Elfnein reaches out to her, asking her to stop. She says that this isn't what their papa wouwanted... wait, that's mean to say "Would have wanted". Nice job, guys! Ruining a dramatic scene like that!
-Subtitle errors aside, Elfnein continues, telling Carol that while their father was being burned at the stake, this isn't what he wanted them to do. And this is where we get Carol's proper motivation. She understands what her father's last words were, but if she was to do only that, how would she get revenge for Papa? Hey, there's nothing wrong with revenge as a motivation. At least it's an honest reason. Just don't drag the rest of the world in your pursuit of it.
-But at this point, Carol is venting. They were left with a problem by their father and never got the answer. Elfnein has no answer, but luckily, there is a father figure there in Papa Tachibana. He gives his own suggestion. He believes that, when your life is about to end, you say the thing you want most to say. Elfnein starts to suggest what their father wanted to say, but Carol appears in her younger form, saying that it can't be anything but the truth. Elfnein then reminds Carol that alchemy's goal is to communicate and be in harmony with the world, by knowing all things. Yeah, no, Carol isn't interested in accepting the world that rejected her father. So Elfnein is going to provide the answer instead. And the answer is... forgiveness. I'm not sure that can be converted into a mathematical formula and would result in an F in any such test.
-Elfnein believes that their father wanted them to forgive the world for burning him at the stake. Cause, you know, burning people at the stake is a perfectly reasonable thing to do with people who practice strange magic and witchcraft, right? And hey, it's not like he was married to a powerful Vampire Lord, right? Though the words to appear to reach Carol, Elfnein is at her limit as she coughs up some blood. Okay, can we now get her some proper medical attention before she ends up dying on the bridge? You don't need government officials asking these kinds of questions in the debrief!
-Though it wasn't shown in the ghostly image, Carol is breaking down. The Château de Tiffauges has been the destroyed, and her future where the Apocalypse of All Things is complete is gone. Well, screw that! Carol is going to abandon the past and destroy the present! She starts glowing, turning to face down the SDRTST girls, but Elfnein recognizes what she's doing. If Carol keeps this up, she'l lburn up all the memories she has of their father. When Hibiki asks what she's doing, Carol only gives a one word response. Revenge. Then she unleashes her harp strings if glowly doom, knocking the girls away. Though we don't see what happens with Chris and Tusbasa, Hibiki gets slammed into a wall hard. That's going to leave a mark.
-Carol, having broken down, says that revenge is all she has left. I think that's all you had, but you were trying to fool yourself to think otherwise. Tsubasa thinks the Alchemist is going to burn out until her memories are gone. Chris remarks that Elfnein doesn't want revenge, which Hibiki agrees with. But she's going to do what it takes to stop Carol. She plans to use the Ignite Module, and while the other girls are initially against it, given the odds, they don't have any other options. So they're going to do a Double Drawn Blade. And with that, the girl's transform into their black armored versions and attack. Hibiki starts off the singing duties, which are not translated, so get your drink on here.
-Hibiki attacks first with a punch, which Carol blocks before moving to the side, but Chris doesn't let up and attacks from afar, which the alchemist blocks with her harp strings. Tsubasa attempts a flank attack but apparently Carol can't be surprised as she blocks the attack. While the battle rages on, we see Papa Tachibana cradling a bleeding and possibly dying Elfnein in the center of HQ, with a report coming in that two of the three safeties for Ignite Module have been disabled. I imagine if the third one was, not only would you have Berserker Hibiki, but Berserker Chris and Berseker Tsubasa to deal with. I hope that doesn't come to pass.
-Also, seriously, can we please get some medical attention for Elfnein? Please? The battle rages on, but so does the clock, and we see... okay, I know this is suppose to be series, but there is something funny about seeing Hibiki slamming her fists into the barrier in midair while the others attack from afar. Carol seems bored at first, but then smiles. She says that raw power is just like them. And it's very cute, too. But even so, Carol is showing she's more than a match for the three girls in their second Ignite Module stage.
-With this lull in battle, Carol decides it's her turn to sing, and begins to do so. Take a drink for the untranslated song. And as she begins to power up, this is the moment that Hibiki was waiting for as she and the other girls release the final safety. The screens go nuts in HQ as Tokyo explodes in light and color. And thus we see Carol's own energy orb compete with the SDRTST girls. They plan to overwhelm her with their own phonic gain, though it appears to not be enough. Carol stops her song long enough to tell them that she knows the Ignite Module's maximum output, and that's why she threw it away. According to her, her songs have the power of seven billion Climax Songs' phonic gain. And to prove it, she is able to overwhelm the girls, blasting them away. Carol is now amused, because it's all too easy to her now.
-As the smoke clears, Hibiki is the only one that's able to get up. She repeats what Maria told them before, that if ten thousand plans fail, then there should be then thousand and one. Suddenly, the opening keys for a Climax Song are played. As the smoke clears, we see that the FIS girls have survived, activated their own Ignite Module, and have joined in the battle. Talk about much needed backup arriving at the right time.
-As for their survival, well we get a quick flashback to that. We see that Dr. Ver is alive, but currently crushed under debris. Maria attempts to help him, but he seems too far gone. But he's happy, for he saved the world. And he made sure the girls survived so that the ycould tlel the world about his heroic deed. But he can't help but get one more dig in, telling the girls to leave and show the world that they shamed themselves by surviving, but then asks if Maria is sitll a failure of a woman like she once was? Even dying, Dr. Ver remains a jerk to the end.
-Dr. Ver does have one more gift for them. It's a chip, and he calls it love. Maria doesn't understand why he's talking about that now, but he explains that miracles have nothing to do with Symphogear compatibility. If they want to make that power their own, they need to reach out and take it, which Maria does. I suspect that's the LiNKER formula for the FIS girls to make that less of an issue. Yay? Still, dying underneath that rubble, Dr. Ver asks if he was able to be a hero? Maria turns away, disgusted that, yes, he did, and it was the worst thing. So, assuming the doctor is dead, am I the only one that's upset that he died a heroes death? Because, honestly, I would have preferred him to being a reoccurring villain.
-In the present, with the S.O.N.G. girls reunited, their all sing their Climax Songs together, prepared to give it their all to stop Carol once and for all. She's unamused and attacks, but with the Climax Songs completion, the girls are able to resist the attack. But Hibiki isn't done yet. Using Gungnir's special ability, she'll bring the phonic gain together, with Maria providing help to control and redistribute it. With that, the scarf on Hibiki begins to multiple and glow into different colors. At HQ, the clock is about to hit zero, but Elfnein reaches out to them, calling for one final miracle. Even Carol is shocked that they're using the phonic gain she unleashed. And this is why you don't use energy attacks against a creature that absorbs energy attacks.
-The result is Hibiki, taking on that power herself, throws out her Rainbow Tornado Uppercut, parting the clouds, allowing them to descend from the heavens in their EX Drive modes. Carol is shocked by this as Elfnein looks on at what she calls a shape of a miracle before collapsing. The final battle draws to a close. Cue credits!
On Friday, the season finale. Until next time.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to the next exciting episode of Symphogear GX, where sometimes you can't fix crazy.
In our last episode, Dr. Ver makes his return appearance in the show, catching everybody by surprise, including Carol, the Alchemist, who was inadvertently rescued by the good doctor. Though even her patience has limits dealing with the mad man. Our fight mostly focuses on Chris and company dealing with the enemy Alchemist, but apparently, Chris has been having these feelings of inadequacy, both as a senpai, and as a leader. This only came up once before hand to never be brought up afterwards until this moment, so it's quite jarring.
Oh, the things we will be talking about in the season wrap up. Just so many things. Anyway, despite the main purpose of coming to hte Undersea Dragon's Palace failing, Carol apparently found another means of completing her World Destructor. We also get a flashback between Elfnein and Carol, discussing it. OH, and Elfnein is revealed to be the inside many, but Genjuro, a man wise beyond his years, feels pity for the young girl, and will do no such terrible things like tie her up and lock her away to be forgotten until the last minute. If you were thinking that, you clearly forgot what kind of show you are watching.
But with Leiur killed, S.O.N.G. rushes to the surface, only to be chased by the humanoid monster we've seen briefly in the first couple of episodes. Apparently that's a real thing. It chases after the sub and attacks it, causing an explosion that suggest the team to be no more.
Oh, and Hibiki is going to meet with her Dad one more time, because clearly that's a thing we have to do.
Did S.O.N.G. survive the attack? Will Dr. Ver have the last laugh? Will Carol succeed in her plan in dissecting the world? And will Hibiki punch her Dad in the face? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with Leiur looking monster attacking the sub, causing massive damage to it. Of course, we know this sub's bridge can eject, which does exactly that. inside, a light fixture starts to fall, aiming right for Aoi, with Eflnein warning him about it. We don't see what happens as we're back in the sea, with the powered up Chris ready to take on Giant Leiur. I assume the giant monster is Leiur, because it has her hair style. Chris summons up a giant bow and prepares to attack the creature with a new skill called Arthemis Spiral. Of course, Chris doesn't do anything in small measures as the arrow in question is actually a rocket powered missile. It scores what appears to be a glancing blow on the creature, but it's enough to destroy it. Just have hit a generator or something. Man, their party budget is going to take such a nasty hit after this one.
-Inside of the command deck, Aoi awakens to find Elfnein on top of her. The young girl says that nobody controlled her, but she passes out. A shot from behind her shows that her dress is stained with blood, indicating that she took the hit for Aoi. Aoi calls out for her to awaken, but the young girl does not stir. I hope your medical bay wasn't in the main part of the sub.
-After the opening, we cut to the café La Bale, one that we should be familiar with. As we see Papa Tachibana drink his coffee, we get tonight's episode, titled It's All Right. Everything Is Just Fine. I wonder who they're talking about here? There's an empty plate in front of him, but it was Dad who had a meal. He apologizes, saying he was hungry, but Hibiki brushes it off. Unlike before, where she was boiling over with rage, she looks a lot calmer this time around, but she's clearly uncertain about this meeting. She looks over to her phone with a message ready to go out, giving us the title of the episode. Clearly, Hibiki herself doesn't feel that way and doesn't send anything.
-Hibiki decides to ask a very important question. Does Dad really want to start over with Mom? Well, yeah! Of course he does! So if HIbiki would just- Nope, wait, Hibiki just interrupted him. She says that he should take the first step himself instead of using her as a middleman. She says that he was the one who ran out, so he needs to be the one to try and make amends. Dad, though, doesn't want to do that. Why? Because he's scared. Well, I get the feeling that Mama Tachibana's reaction to a thrown brick is to simultaneously hug her daughter while staring defiantly at the window shows that she's a very strong individual who you don't not screw around with. So, yeah, I can see how she can be scary.
-But it's not just that for Papa Tachnibana. Nope, aside from being scared, he has his pride as a man. You know, that sounds like a fallback excuse when you want to hide the real reason you want to get back together with your wife. I wouldn't be surprised if she initiated any sort of separation after he ran out on them. Anyway, Hibiki does indeed wanted to start over, which is why she worked up the courage to see him. But he needs to have the same courage, too! However, he says that he can't do it alone. In most cases, you would need help for doing something, and here, the help one would get is just a push in the right direction. But asking your daughter to start the process for you? That seems low to me.
-And Hibiki can see right through it, too. She's annoyed by her father's response. As a result, he isn't her dad anymore, then adding that once a family has been broken, it can't go back to the way it was. This hits Dad pretty hard, as he is unable to say anything as a result. The two sit in silence as he looks out to see a mother with a child. The child has a balloon, but because he trips, loses it to the sky. We follow the balloon, clearly following from Papa Tachibana's perspective, until suddenly, the sky cracks and breaks apart. And this is why you don't let balloons loose in the open sky! They just break everything.
-So, yeah, the sky cracked open and a strange object starts coming out through the hole. This is very much not a typical Thursday. From the outside, it looks like a building made of organ pipes. It's the Château de Tiffauges, descending to reek destruction on the world. Inside of the Clockwork Throne Room, we see a console in the middle of the floor, with Dr. Ver manning it. He tells Carol that the World Destructor System is set up, and while he was at it, he fixed all of the Château's functions in auto-drive mode. He did that one for free. When he removes his arm from the console, he goes mad villain happy, saying that his left arm doesn't need Trigger Parts, adding that any relic he connects to can be controlled in any way he wishes. And now he gets another chance to destroy the world, like before, and this time, he'll get it right so that he can be praised as the hero he is!
-Carol, however, doesn't seem as impressed. She says that her Autoscorers have brought the cursed melodies together, and with a sinister smile, says the world will be shattered into pieces. Dr. Ver, however, takes objection to this. Shatter the world? That doesn't match up. So Carol explains that it was a problem her father left her. She recalls her father's last words, to live and to know the world. and with an uncharacteristic smile and higher pitched voice, says that this is why she's going to rip apart the world. Is it odd that I found her sudden change in tone and look more disturbing than anything else I've seen in the show thus far?
-So, from what I've gathered, Carol's motivation for wanting to dissect the world is not out of revenge for her father, but because she wants to know more of the world. And if she can tear it apart and analyze it, she can understand all things. Well, if she wants ultimate knowledge, Dr. Ver can get behind that! He asks her what she will do with that knowledge? Nothing, of course. She adds that the problem her father left her was to understand the world's mysteries and nothing more than that. Dr. Ver is extremely disappointed by this. Not from wanting to tear apart the world, but that she has no dreams. He adds that a hero dreams endlessly and shares dreams with others! If one lets themselves be satisfied with only those one has been given, then they'll never reach their full potential! Man, Dr. Ver has some weird standards sometimes. Also, Carol seems to take offense to his use of the word "Only." Oh, she's one of those types of people, isn't she?
-Back outside, the Château hangs ominously in the sky, Hibiki gets a call from HQ. Genjuro keeps it brief. Carol's plan has entered its final stages. Elfnein was wounded in an enemy attack, as we see her resting in Shirabe's lap, but she's in serious condition, despite what first aid they gave her. Though the young girl sits up to try and argue her case, it's clear that it's a struggle just to do that. Hibiki can overhear the young girl's anguish over the call, causing her to be sad. Genjuro continues with the briefing, saying that they are on their way to Tokyo as fast as possible. Tsubasa and Maria are also on their way via car. When the wielders have gathered, they'll launch their counterattack. Hibiki understands her orders. She is to assist with the evacuation and keep the damage from spreading. Under no circumstances is she to engage the enemy without backup. Though she might need somebody there to restrain herself from doing any harm to her father, because as soon as she turns around to being evacuations, she finds him, with a camera, filming the event and wondering out loud how to sell videos like this to TV stations? Hibiki looks at him in disappointment, when really she should have grabbed the camera from his hand and crushed it. Because we know she could do that easily.
-Speaking of people being disappointed, Carol is in a rage about Dr. Ver's comments from earlier. How dare he suggest that her dreams were only given to her by her father! Dr. Ver doesn't deny it, adding that if this is her only dream, then he wonders if she can even solve this problem of hers. Carol is confused and is possibly contemplating murder, so the good doctor explains that only a hero can exceed the universe's boundaries and attain ultimate knowledge. And a lady the size of an elementary school girl is too small for a hero. With this, the conclusion Dr. Ver comes to is that he's the only hero in the world and that no one is his equal. He rants a bit on how he'll become a hero, prompting Carol to ask what he's going to do? As he gives his answer, which is to go beyond good and evil and control the Château de Tiffauges and then... nope, sorry, you just got stabbed in the back by Carol. So I guess that means we won't get Dr. Ver for AXZ? That's a shame.
-But the good doctor pushed the wrong button too many times. Carol calls Dr. Ver a madman, claiming that a loon like him could never become a hero. He's then blown across the room, but to his credit, he's still standing. He tells Carol she shouldn't use an instrument like that. But Carol is thankful for the doctor in fixing her issues with the Château, but now he's lived beyond his usefulness and plans to dispose of him. He pleads for his life, but Carol swings anyway. It appears that she misses, though, but Dr. Ver falls over the railing, seemingly to his death. Carol remarks that she dispatched him earlier than she planned. Admittedly, his rants would push the limits of anybody's patience.
-However, Carol's own limits rear their ugly head once more as her rejection strikes once again. But she's not going to let this stop her. All obstacles to her plan must be eliminated. She then opens up a magic screen to show Hibiki teller her Dad that no cameras are allowed! He reluctantly puts it away, but she's in serious hard work mode. After berating him for not taking this seriously, Carol's voice reaches out to her. So that's our Dad, eh? Dad points to the floating little lady in the sky, causing Hibiki to turn and face Carol. I wonder if somebody told her that the alchemist wasn't dead? As for her appearance, she apparently wants to start the apocalypse with Hibiki's screams. Little lady, if you want Hibiki to start the apocalypse for you, you need to do something extreme to unleash Berserker Hibiki. Then you will have started the end of the world as we know it.
-After the break, we're back with the confrontation. Carol admits that the castle floating behind her is the Château de Tiffauges, and admits to owning the dissection device, the Alca-Noise, to dissect the world. Hibiki remarks that she mentioned it once before. Carol remembers, then says that she whined about how Hibiki couldn't fight. She asks if hte Gear Wielder feels the same way now? After a moment of hesitation, Hibiki reaches of Gungnir. Carol wasn't expecting this, but she reacts quickly, using a burst of wind to knock the relic out of her hands. The alchemist knows better than to try to get into a fight with a motivated and powered up Hibiki, so she's going to take one half of that out of the equation. She did forget that Hibiki is motivated, though, as she gets into a fighting stance. With or without power, Hibiki is going to fight to protect the people and the world, even if she's going into a fight under powered.
-Carol plans to fight, though, and says that she'll take up the problem her father left her, even if it means standing against the world. Hibiki lingers on the phrase on what Carol's father left her, allowing the alchemist to add that everyone should have something like that. This gets to Hibiki, since her Dad is basically a dick, causing her to relax her guard, because her father never gave her anything. And if she's got nothing, then Carol is going to blast her with something she can't tank. Luckily for Hibiki, she doesn't have to, as Papa Tachibana grabs her daughter and pulls her away from the attack. At least those paternal instincts are still going strong.
-However, my respect for Papa Tachibana quickly goes away, for as soon as Carol looks in his direction, he runs off screaming, leaving his daughter behind. This draws a flashback for Hibiki on him leaving the first time, causing tears to well up in her eyes. Carol continues to take pot shots at him, both with magical and verbally. After tripping, Papa Tachibana makes a vain attempt to fight back, but then goes back to running. Carol takes this opportunity to jab Hibiki, telling her that Carol's father didn't run, even in the end. Though he was kind of tied up, so it's not like he could have ran then. Papa Tachiban, however, reveals that he's purposely drawing fire as he tells Hibiki to run, because if he wants to fix this family, he needs her to be there. One shot gets very close, though, knocking him to the ground. As Hibiki calls out for him, he sits up with a smile, saying that this is nothing. He then says that it's all right. Everything is just fine. He's like the dog in the server room that's caught on fire. Everything is fine, folks! Nothing to see here!
-We cut to another flashback where young Hibiki is with her dad in the kitchen. He's peeling potatoes but accidentally cuts himself. When she asks if he's okay, he response that it's all right. Everything is just fine. This gets her to smile, reminding present day Hibiki that her father always said that. Carol is a bit surprised that he wasn't running, but he admits that he was. However, no matter how far he runs, he can never run away from the fact that he is her father. Carol seems agitated by this as he continues, admitting that he wasn't good, but that his daughter really was trying to repair their broken family. He throws more rocks at Carol, adding that Hibiki had the courage to try and face him. She he's decided to squeeze out what little courage he has. This hardens Hibiki's resolve as Papa Tachibana throws one more thing at Carol. Except it isn't a rock, and he isn't aiming for Carol. It's Gungnir, and his target was Hibiki.
-With relic in hand, Hibiki sings the activation key for Gungnir. Carol is on her game, though, and quickly attacks the defenseless Hbiiki. Though while her aim was true, it wasn't in time, for as the smoke clears, we see Hbiiki standing there, transformed. She tells her father that it's all right. Everything is just fine. With a smile, she tells him that she did get something from him. We then get flashbacks to Hibiki in rehab, likely shortly after the Zwei Wing concert incident, as well as cleaning up her desk, repeating the same words her father said. She admits that, whenever she was about to give up, he was always there for her and that he was always protecting her. I kind of have issues with this, but I'll talk about it later.
-And with that, Hibiki starts to sing as battle is joined. Though I note that, in the first line of the song, she talks about "this mechanical arm." Makes me wonder if the plan was for Hibiki to have an artificial arm at one point. Anyway, Carol summons Alca-Noise, because we always need fodder in this fight. But Hibiki is in the zone today, as she creates a whirlwind attack that allows her to fly up in the air before going right back to the ground, taking out a few Alca-Noise along the way. She then quickly dashes to put herself between the Alca-Noise and her father before getting right back into the crowd that needs control.
-The next scene confirms one of my suspicions, though. With Hibiki transformed, Papa Tachibana confirms his own suspicions that Hibiki is a gear wielder. You know, back from the Frontier incident. He admits that all he ever did was run, but that her daughter kept doing her best, no matter what happened. We see in a flashback that an older man, possibly his boss, yelling at him, before seeing him leaving his house for the last time. In the present, however, he comes back just in time to see that Carol has joined the fight and is blasting his daughter with wind magic. She takes the hit well, but as she was blasted into a building, starts falling with no control. Papa Tachibana calls out to her, telling her not to lose. Carol responds by throwing some Alca-Noise gems at him, which begin to break.
-His words reach Hibiki, though, as she fires up the jet engines and makes a straight shot for Carol, delivering a massive gut punch that the Roger Smith would be proud of. Oh, but she isn't done yet. After landing on the ground, she goes back up for another shot, prompting Carol to summon a shield called Hermes Trismegistus. But Hibiki, operating at her highest non-elevated level, breaks through the shields and delivers a nasty right hook to the alchemist. I mean, I know she's trying to destroy the world, but maybe you shouldn't have punched her so hard in the face? Anyway, she's blasted into a nearby park just as the Alca-Noise are summoned, surrounding Papa-Tachbana. Carol, being vindictive, says that if Hibiki's father is giving her power, then she's going to take it away from her first!
-As the Alca-Noise prepare to rip apart Papa Tachibana, Hibiki can do nothing but cry out, too far to reach him. Just as it seems like Dad is going to die, a sudden rain of crystal arrows appears, wiping out the Alca-Noise. Carol realizes that something is wrong and goes to leave but is cut off by a giant sword. Standing atop the sword is the ever watchful Tsubasa, and with her, the other Gear wielders. S.O.N.G. has arrived and they're going to start kicking all the ass now. Oh, and Ogawa is here, too, but he's running support, so he grabs Papa Tachibana and gets him to safety. Still, he can't help but worry for his daughter, because that's clearly a thing now.
-With the battlefield cleared of civilians, the final battle draws near. With that, Hibiki makes another plea to Carol to put an end to this. She's not going to, though, because she's so close to accomplishing her life's goals. If she has to burn every memory she has, then so be it! With a play of her harp, we get Carol's transformation sequence, because of course we want to see a young, elementary looking school girl get strung up by strings and aged up. Maria comments on how the light from Carol's gear is similar to a Symphogear's, but the alchemist tells them that it isn't just the light that's the same. She then starts singing, which HQ reads as phonic gain. Also, the song isn't translated, so take a drink.
-Carol finishes powering up and unleashes a torrent of golden tornadoes at the Gear wielders, who I should mention were just standing around doing nothing while she was powering up. They scatter as Carol lays waste to the ground. Chris comments that this is equal to the power of a Climax Song, with the rest of the girls commenting on her using it like it's nothing when it's the ultimate do-or-die skill for them. But Hibiki isn't going to let a thing like that stop them. They're going to use their S2CA, but Tsubasa says they shouldn't. Hibiki would never be able to handle the strain. Yeah, I was wondering if she had any changes since losing the Gungnir that made her special on the inside. Then again, she's such a tank that she'd probably be able to handle the strain, just that it'll hurt her a bit more.
-Of course, all of this attacking from Carol does serve a purpose. It's to distract them from Château de Tiffauges, which begins glowing. At HQ, Sakuya comments that he entire fortress is resonating with Carol's song like a tuning fork and amplifying her energy. We see energy building up inside the Château, when it's suddenly released, striking the ground and spreading out like a cross. What it's actually doing is following the ley lines, as a shot from space shows the green energy wrapping around the world like a piece of string. Genjuro and Elfnein recognize it as the photosphere. Oh, and Papa Tachibana is there, because he wants to see his daughter fight, even if he's in a restricted area. Can't you guys put him in another room with another monitoring station, or did that get destroyed with the main body?
-Of course, Papa Tachibana may be bearing witness to the end of the world. Sakuya says the energy waves are converging around the dissection point and is leaving the surface. From space, we see the green energy leaving the world, and it appears to envelop some fishing ships, too. Well, this won't be a low body count, will it? Carol is pleased, but Hibiki isn't going to let this stop her. She makes another go for Carol, but her strings tie up the Gungnir wielder. Carol mocks her, saying that if she had an Armed Gear, that might have worked. When she punches you in the face you'll be wishing she had an Armed Gear.
-Maria, however, isn't going to stand around and do nothing. She plans to stop the Château de Tiffauges and makes her way towards it, with Kiri and Shirabe following her. They're going to give her a lift and provide support. As the FIS girls make their way up, Carol isn't too concerned, saying that they won't be able to overcome the Château's defenses. Of course, while she's distracted by the, the SDRTST girls attack, but Carol takes care of them with ease. She won't let them stop her work, for she has a song that will destroy the world! Because she is motivated by her father to do just that! Except it was to know more of the world, but she interrupted as wanting to tear it apart, which will be to destroy it. Yeah, I'm going to have a talk about this one, too.
-At the Château de Tiffauges, the FIS girls see the path and what blocks them. Alca-Noise. Lots and lots of Alca-Noise. Well, there's no time like the present, so they get right to work in clearing the road. They don't destroy all of them, just enough to get passed them. Sakuya, who's monitoring the FIS girls, reports this. Aoi, who's monitoring the SDRTST girls, reports that their vitals have gone way down. Yeah, it's looking bad as we see Chris and Tsubasa on the ground, but Hibiki remains up, defiant to the end. At HQ, Papa Tachibana vows to never look away again like he did all those years ago. And we end our episode on the defiant Hibiki, still prepared to fight for the world. Cue credits!
And with that, the final arc begins. Only two episodes left, so we'll be finishing up this season next Friday. After that, man, are we going to have a lot to talk about.
But why don't we talk about what went on with this episode. So we finally knows Carol's motivation, which is to destroy the world because... it's not about revenge. Maybe. No, you see, she's going to do what her father wants her to do, which is to know more of the world. And to do that, she needs to tear it apart, so she's going to do exactly that. I think, with regards to motivations, I would have preferred revenge. Tired, granted, but that seems less dumb than "I want to know more about the world so I'll destroy it in order to study it." Now, if she responded afterwards with "Then I plan to rebuild it into a planet of my own image", then I'd have less of an issue for this. Because it's at least different from other "destroy the world" motivations.
I kind of wish we had more Dr. Ver, but I suspect that we're not done with the good doctor quite yet. He'll likely be an issue, but I imagine one look at Hibiki and he'll automatically fail his will save roll. Still, his hamminess was nice to have, even if it was for a short while.
As for Papa Tachibana. Here's the thing, and this has been a bit of a common theme for this particular season, but we're getting payoffs to themes and arcs that didn't really seem to start anywhere. I think the only person that did have something like that was Maria, who was trying to redeem herself from trying to destroy the world, as well as trying to prove that she was a better person, both to herself and those that are with her. For everybody else, we only had one mention of something related to them, little follow up, then a payoff that seemingly comes out of nowhere. When Hibiki mentions that her father was always there, I can't believe it because I have no reason to. We know very little about Papa Tachibana before this, so we don't know what kind of person he was. We get one flashback of Hibiki being with him when she was young, but that's all there is to it.
I don't want to keep going on here about this, as I want to save something for the season wrap up. Depending on how the next couple of episodes go I think I'll be taking a different format to my typical wrap up. Because it seems like there's a lot to talk about and none of it is good. And I don't like being overly negative on shows, because then it seems like all I do is complain when I honestly do want to. Then again, some shows are so bad that I can't do anything about complain. Looking at you, Beyond the Boundary.
I think I'll leave that here for now. But with this, the final battle has begun. Can the S.O.N.G. girls stop Carol from fulfilling her dream of destroying the world? You'll have to tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when you cut yourself while making food, make sure that food is cleaned throughly. Nobody wants to have food with your blood in it. Unless you're feeding a vampire.
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And it was a good one for me. Yes, it means exactly what you think it means.
But Santa Alter is a cute evil Santa, but I think they honestly missed an opportunity to bring in Odin, or a genderflipped version, of the Alfather, since he's commonly linked to Santa Claus. It's a real thing, look it up.
But I didn't get as many screen shots as I would like, but here's a couple:
Bow before the King of Santas!
Well, in this stage, Medea Lily is a friendly witch.
I guess Euryale was Tsundere, especially in the main story.
Hans has the best one, because that is so true.\
And now, for the servants that are only limited for a short time since they'll be making an appearance in the London chapter, which is likely to be later this month. And yes, I did get these servants.
This is obviously Nursery Rhyme's second stage, but yup, the Fate/Extra Caster joins the party.
And of course, our five star one...
The cutest little serial killer you've ever met. And a desperately needed 5 star Assassin for that class.
Finally, this one gets a link because it's borderline not safe for work. You'll see what I mean when you click on it.
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