Senki Zesshō Symphogear (Season One) is a ★★☆☆☆ ︱The Rickety First Season, Which Then Led to an Incredibly Dense Franchise

♬ “Listen to my song” ♬ The first opening theme in Senki Zesshō Symphogear is one of those catchy tunes, that… after merely seeing the lyrics written out, Nana Mizuki’s voice will immediately start playing in your head! Truly, a banger of a song! Welcome to Symphogear, where singing can be converted into phonic waves, which is then used to take down a bunch of aliens, mutants, and every other mythological destruction device imaginable! The fighting system is very similar to the technical magic that is employed in “Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha” but, with the hyperbolic meter cranked up to two-hundred! Senki Zesshō Symphogear is like a fusion of the “Macross” idol “deculturization” — fused with the magical, science fiction in “Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru”! An amalgam of everything cool in fictional realities, but this aspect is sometimes overused, and causes a bit of a detriment to the plot.

⚠️ This review will have spoilers ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Tsubasa Kazanari and Kanade Amō—the idol duo known as Zwei Wing—use their songs to power ancient weapons known as “symphogears” to combat a deadly alien race called the “Noise.” While the general public is aware of the Noise’s existence, knowledge of the symphogears are kept a secret. When the Noise attack one of Zwei Wing’s concerts, Kanade sacrifices herself to protect a young girl named Hibiki Tachibana, leaving Tsubasa devastated and a fragment of her symphogear embedded within Hibiki. Two years pass and Hibiki is once again dragged into a Noise attack. While rescuing a young girl who has been left behind during the evacuation, she awakens the power of Kanade’s symphogear lying within her. Although Tsubasa still grieves over the loss of Kanade, both girls must now learn to work together using their powers to defend humanity against the Noise.

The series starts out with a battle that costs Tsubasa Kazanari’s girlfriend, Kanade Amō, her life. And of course, to up the ante, Hibiki Tachibana (the girl her girlfriend risked her life to save) is then recruited as a new trainee, because a piece of Amō’s symphogear (“Gungnir”) is embedded inside of the young girl’s chest. Naturally, Tsubasa is a bit bitter towards Hibiki, but—like every buddy cop trope in existence, they eventually become friends! Chris Yukine is an antagonist/rival character that works for the megalomaniacal, Finé, before having a change of heart; many of Chris’ reasons for being evil, her parents’ deaths/being sold into sex trafficking, are very vague in the first season and it’s difficult to discern any of the characters’ real motives.

Since some of the staff from the first season are swapped when Senki Zesshō Symphogear G comes around, that season exfoliates a lot of the head-scratching moments from the first season and is less about “Yū-Gi-Ō”-like, prisma-colored abilities and more about the internal struggles that each character bears; and how, despite the odds, they fight against an enemy with unfettered strength. And because of this, Hibiki Tachibana’s famous catchphrase is, when asked “what if [insert problem here] is impossible to solve”—she says “even so” and usually ends the statement with punching a bad guy into oblivion!

Yes, the side-plot about Finé using ancient relics to resurrect “The Tower of Babel” and getting Gold Saint (“Saint Seiya”) armor was cool! Yes, the fight choreography, after Chris uses “Ichaival” for the first time, was cool! But, that isn’t enough to sustain the story! The first season would have benefited more from having more character moments with Hibiki, Miku, Tsubasa, and Chris! There’s an endless onslaught of battles and then the big reveal that Ryōko Sakurai was Finé all along, which really isn’t a surprise at all! If you’re new to the Symphogear series, and you don’t like the first series, keep in mind that the sequel productions are much better—think of the first season as just an introduction into the world.

—Technical

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Tatsufumi Itō (director, episode director, storyboard, key animation), notable works:

  • Mahō Sensei Negima!: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai Extra  — Mahō Shōjo Yue♥
  • Shugo Chara! Party!

Commentary: Mr. Itō passed away last May (2020). It’s a shame, because even though the first season of Symphogear isn’t the greatest, there could have been another series or OVA that he could have finished with excellence. While he was alive, Mr. Itō did the storyboards and key animation for a good number of popular series. The direction seems a bit disoriented in this particular show, but since the man recently passed away, giving too harsh of criticism would feel like stomping on his grave. Rest in peace, Tatsufumi Itō.

Aoi Yūki as Hibiki Tachibana, notable roles: 

  • Tōru Ichii, A-Channel
  • Nyx Megami, Accel World: Infinite∞Burst ✅
  • Yoshiko Hanabatake, Aho Girl ✅
  • Riko Mikogami, Anyamai Tantei Kiruminzū
  • Tsugumi Aozora, Asobi Asobase ✅
  • Hana Oshiroi, Ben-To
  • Varel Jin, Blade & Soul
  • Kayo Hinazuki, Boku dake ga Inai Machi (“Erased”) ✅
  • Tsuyu Asui, Boku no Hero Academia ✅
  • Akiho Kōsaka, Boku no Kanojo ga Majimesugiru Sho-bitch na Ken (“My Girlfriend is Shobitch”)
  • Boogiepop and Tōka Miyashita, Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019) ✅
  • Mina Tepes, Dance in the Vampire Bund
  • Arisa, Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku ✅
  • Couvert Eschenbach Pastillage, Dog Days
  • Tamaki Kotatsu, Enen no Shōbōtai (“Fire Force”)
  • Victorique de Blois, Gosick ✅
  • Mihoshi, Gundam Build Fighters ✅
  • Mayoi Ayasato, Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari! (“Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney”)
  • John, Hakumei no Tsubasa
  • Konju, Kakumai to Mikochi ✅
  • Nodoka Hanadera, Healin’ Good PreCure ✅
  • Jūbei Yagyū, Hyakka Ryōran: Samurai After
  • Korone, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaō
  • Alice Blanche, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée ✅
  • Serika Ginyūin, Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (“If Her Flag Breaks”)
  • Kiriya Ubuyashiki, Kimetsu no Yaiba ✅
  • Kino, Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
  • Tomo Kunagisa, Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai (“Zaregoto Series”) ✅
  • Murasaki Kuhōin, Kure-nai
  • Giselle Collette, Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam (“Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing”) ✅
  • Madoka Kaname, Mahō Shōjo Madoka★Magica ✅
  • Diane, Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Tatsumaki, One Punch Man ✅
  • Clementine, Overlord ✅
  • Krul Tepes, Owari no Seraph ✅
  • Aika Nakamura, Persona 4 the Animation
  • Futaba Sakura, Persona 5 the Animation
  • Iris, Pokémon ✅
  • Maihime Tenkawa, Qualidea Code
  • Mélie, Radiant
  • Kasumi Midō Barnett, Ragnastrike Angels
  • Fremy Speeddraw, Rokka no Yūsha ✅
  • Shizuno Takakamo, Saki Achiga-hen: Episode of Side-A ✅
  • Shizuno Urushibara, Seiken Tsukai no World Break
  • Sunako Kirishiki, Shiki
  • Noël Kannagi, So Ra No Wo To
  • Toshiko Tatsuno, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (“And Yet The Town Moves”) ✅
  • Meme Tatane, Soul Eater NOT!
  • Tika Blunche, Star Ocean: Anamnesis
  • Kayo Fujikawa, Stella no Mahō
  • Yūki Konno, Sword Art Online ✅
  • Rino Tanaka, Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (“Tanaka-kun is Always Listless”) ✅
  • Claire Cruz, Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta (“The Pilot’s Love Song”)
  • Yōmu Konpaku, 東方 Niji Sōsaku Dōjin Anime: Musō Kakyō ✅
  • Komachi Hikigaya, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (“My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU”) ✅
  • Loup, Yakimochi Caprice
  • Noa Takigawa, Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (“Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches”)
  • Tanya Degurechaff, Yōjo Senki ✅
  • Inaho Misora, Yōkai Watch
  • Ichigo Amano, Yumeiro Pâtissière
  • Mitsuko Yurizono, Yuri Kuma Arashi ✅
  • Yutori Tanaka, Yutori-chan

Commentary: Ms. Yūki has become a strong amount of magnetism in the industry, even invoking a memorable presence in mobile games like Fate/Grand Order (“Shuten-Dōji”) and Azur Lane (“Taiho”)! I think that Ms. Yūki strong personality translates well in the case of Hibiki Tachibana, a cute girl that is strong-spirited and has a cosmic punch, that is practically unrivaled! Hibiki reminded me of my best girl in Girls und Panzer (“Miho Nishizumi”) and for the most part, tries to her best to keep the peace. Aoi Yūki did a wonderful job at making her cute, charming, relatable, and a fighter! Excellent seiyū!

Nana Mizuki as Tsubasa Kazanari, notable roles: 

  • Nanase Kotobuki, “Bungaku Shōjo”
  • Allison Whittington and Lillianne Aicasia Corazón Whittington-Schultz, Allison to Lillia
  • Akiko, Aoi Bungaku Series
  • Oboro Iga, Basilisk
  • Kururu, Binzume Yōsei
  • Saya Kisaragi, Blood-C
  • Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi, Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryū no Rondo
  • Misaki Kirihara, Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
  • Nanami Takatsuki and Ricotta Elmar, Dog Days
  • Hannah, Dragon’s Dogma
  • Sieglinde Baumgarde, Dragonaut: The Resonance
  • Cisqua, Erementar Gerad
  • Wrath, Fullmetal Alchemist ✅
  • Bi Fei, Gin no Guardian
  • Lydia Carlton, Hakushaku to Yōsei
  • Tsubomi Hanasaki, HeartCatch! PreCure! ✅
  • Yu Minamoto, Ichigo 100%
  • Kotoko Aihara, Itazura na Kiss
  • Tsugumi Shibata, Jigoku Shōjo (“Hell Girl”) ✅
  • Sora Yamato, Jikū Tantei Genshi-kun
  • Tiz, Jū Ō Sei
  • Yin Fu, Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki
  • Roya, Kiba
  • Yuno Rukina, Kiss Dum: Engage Planet
  • Alois Trancy, Kuroshitsuji II ✅
  • Janice Quatlane, Layton Kyōju to Eien no Utahime (“Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva”)
  • Nyamo Naamo, Love Hina
  • Sayaka Mizushiro, Magical Canan (“Magical Kanan”)
  • Fate and Alicia Testarossa, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ✅
  • Hotaru Shirakawa, Memories Off
  • Mizuki Hibara, Mokke
  • Magaret Liones, Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Hinata Hyūga, Naruto ✅
  • Kaho Serizawa, Natsu-iro no Sunadokei (“Hourglass of Summer”) ✅
  • Shinobu, Ninin ga Shinobuden ✅
  • Ann Takamaki, Persona 5 ✅
  • Rue Kuroha, Princess Tutu ✅
  • Yufa, Ragnarök the Animation
  • Rin Ogata, RideBack ✅
  • Moka Akashiya, Rosario to Vampire
  • Pandora, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas ✅
  • Mave, Sentō Yōsei Shōjo Tasukete! Mave-chan
  • Nana Suzuki, Shichinin no Nana
  • Kanon Seena, Shining Tears X Wind
  • Utau Hoshina, Shugo Chara!
  • Morinas, Simōn
  • Aria, Sister Princess
  • Suzu Edogawa, Tactics
  • Colette Brunel, Tales of Symphonia the Animation ✅
  • Sylvette Suede, Tegamibachi ✅
  • Neju Na Melmas, Tenchi Muyō! GXP
  • Chizuru, Tokyo Marble Chocolate
  • Sunao Konoe, Tsuyokiss
  • Matsuki Akino, Wakaokami wa Shougakusei! ✅
  • Maria, Witchblade
  • Rina Ogata, White Album ✅

Commentary: Nana Mizuki is another very famous voice actress, having had lead roles in Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha (“Fate Testarossa”) and HeartCatch! PreCure (“Tsubomi Hanasaki”)! Ms. Mizuki conveys the anguished, yet distinguished nature of Tsubasa’s character in a very charming and likable way! Over the span of the series, we deeply sympathize with her feelings of grief over her dead girlfriend, Kanade; as well as the struggle that she has, when pitted against the corrupt system that her wealthy family has implemented. Great character, great seiyū!

Ayahi Takagaki as Chris Yukine, notable roles: 

  • Kuro, Ao no Exorcist
  • Kotoha, Arata: The Legend
  • Suiren, Battle Spirits: Shōnen Toppa Bashin
  • Daina Kurogami, Beyblade Burst
  • Roana Dan, Blade & Soul
  • Nene, Canaan ✅
  • Takuto Tatsunagi, Cardfight!! Vanguard
  • Nina Antalk, Chrome Shelled Regios
  • Otome Asakura, Da Capo
  • Jasmine, Deltora Quest
  • Ferris Eris, Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu (“The Legend of the Legendary Heroes”)
  • Erika Karisawa, Durarara!! ✅
  • Arrester Blanket, Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!!
  • Shungo Ninomiya, Goshūshō-sama Ninomiya-kun
  • Manny Ambassada, Gundam: G no Reconguista ✅
  • Hamiji, Hakkenden: Tōhō Hakken Ibun
  • Hiiragi, Hanamaru Yōchien (“Hanamaru Kindergarten”) ✅
  • Jade, Hōseki no Kuni ✅
  • Larimer, Jewelpet Magical Change
  • Aoi Shindō, Koitabi: True Tours Nanto
  • Tsubasa Kawai, Kyō no Go no Ni
  • Henrietta, Log Horizon ✅
  • Mitsuba Marui, Mitsudomoe
  • Feldt Grace, Kidō Senshi Gundam 00
  • Saki Mizukoshi, Natsu-iro Kiseki
  • Mikoto Kuga, Norn 9
  • Ein, Phantom: Requiem for a Phantom ✅
  • Tobio Fūma, Sanjōgattai Transformers Go!
  • Sumika Murasame, Sasameki Koto ✅
  • Ami Kuroki, Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin (“Occult Academy”)
  • Mikako Satsukitane, Sora no Otoshimono
  • Megumi Yamamoto, Special A
  • Rika Shinozaki, Sword Art Online ✅
  • Wakana Sakai, Tari Tari ✅
  • Noe Isurugi, True Tears ✅
  • Kira, Vampire Holmes

Commentary: Although, she hasn’t had as many roles as many of the other voice actresses on this list, Ms. Takagaki does a damned good job at making Chris immensely likable! I don’t think I’ve ever met one person who has remotely disliked her character! While being a hardcore tsundere, she’s also very caring, kind, and empathetic; despite, her backstory and immense trauma during her stead as a villainess, in the first season! In my opinion, Chris is one of the best examples of a reformed adversary, and she kicks a lot of butt, too! Wonderful character and a phenomenal job overall, on the part of the seiyū and the writing team!

Yuka Iguchi as Miku Kohinata, notable roles: 

  • Arisa Hoshigaoka, Arata naru Sekai: World’s/Start/Load/End (“World’s End”)
  • Maria Takayama, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (“Haganai: I don’t have many friends”)
  • Mako Nakarai, Bokura no ✅
  • Honoka Sawada, Chibi☆Devi!
  • Yashiro Hoshimiya, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (“Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl”) ✅
  • Shima, Devidol!
  • Sherry and Chelia Blendy, Fairy Tail
  • Tamaki Irie, Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince
  • Mako Reizei, Girls und Panzer ✅
  • Suwako Moriya, Hifū Katsudō Kiroku: The Sealed Esoteric History ✅
  • Myne, Honzuki no Gekokujō: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen (“Ascendance of a Bookworm”)
  • Naeka Fujiwara, Kamen no Maid Guy
  • Kaga, Tenryū, Tatsuta, Tone, and Chikuma — Kantai Collection (“KanColle”) ✅
  • Shizume Seo, Kara no Kyōkai ✅
  • Natsuko Ishikura, Koitabi: True Tours Nanto
  • Luea, Lady Jewelpet
  • Chinatsu Morikawa, Lostorage Incited WIXOSS
  • Rinna Fuwa, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to the Animation
  • Subaru Konoe, Mayo Chiki!
  • Tsukihi Araragi, Monogatari (series) ✅
  • Kaede Mizumo, Nyan Koi!
  • Mitsuba Sangū, Owari no Seraph
  • Crusch Karsten, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu ✅
  • Maho Misawa,Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅
  • Yū Sonda, Sakura Trick
  • Hibari, Senran Kagura ✅
  • Astarte, Strike the Blood
  • Norie Okazaki, Tamayura
  • Yuzuha Aigae, Tenshi no 3P! ✅
  • Mea Kurosaki, To LOVEる ✅
  • Librorum Prohibitorum Index, Toaru Majutsu no Index (“A Certain Magical Index”) ✅
  • Aiko Andō, True Tears
  • Mirei Shikishima, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid
  • Aoi Yukimura, Yama no Susume ✅

Commentary: Despite everyone’s dislike for Index’s voice in “Toaru Majutsu no Index,” I am a fan of Ms. Iguchi’s discography! Her role as Miku Kohinata is doting and maternal, and it reminded me of her roles as Tsukihi Araragi in the “Monogatari” series! She has a very charming, earthly aura when she plays certain characters — when they’re not ecstatic, they’re often very practical like Crusch Karsten from “Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu”! Magnificent job in making Miku stand out, even though she starts out as a side character! Superb seiyū!

Minami Takayama as Kanade Amō, notable roles: 

  • Mia, .hack (series) ✅
  • Train Heartnet, Black Cat
  • Sachiko Fujinuma, Boku dake ga Inai Machi (“Erased”) ✅
  • Irene, Claymore ✅
  • Lady Armaroid, Cobra the Animation: Time Drive
  • Yū, Cosmic Fantasy: Ginga Mehyō no Wana
  • Hajime Hinata (“Izuru Kamukura”), Danganronpa 3 ✅
  • Conan Edogawa, Detective Conan ✅
  • Taiki Kudō, Digimon Xros Wars
  • Mami Tachibana, Explorer Woman Ray
  • Envy, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood ✅
  • Kitarō, Gegege no Kitarō (2007)
  • Dark Pretty Cure, HeartCatch! PreCure ✅
  • Japan Hinamoto, Jimoto ga Japan
  • Lakshi, Kaze no Tairiku (“The Weathering Continent”)
  • Yaiba Kurogane, Kenyū Densetsu Yaiba
  • Honmaru Edojō, Magical★Tarūto-kun
  • Genie, Mahō Senshi Louie
  • Kiki, Majo no Takkyūbin (“Kiki’s Delivery Service”) ✅
  • Yama Rikudo, Makaryūdo Demon Hunter
  • Former Rosa Gigantea, Maria-sama ga Miteru ✅
  • Mana, Mermaid’s Scar
  • Yō’ichi Ajiyoshi, Mister Ajikko
  • Mashura and Mashuranbo, Mushrambo
  • Moomintroll, Mūmindani no Suisei
  • Rantarō Inadera, Nintama Rantarō
  • Kei Kuruma, Project ARMS
  • Nabiki Tendō, Ranma ½ ✅
  • Hao Asakura, Shaman King ✅
  • Minatsu Nakazato, Slow Step
  • Janny Mann, Sol Bianca
  • Yohko Yamamoto, Soreyuke! Uchū Senkan Yamamoto Yōko
  • Mithos Yggdrasil, Tales of Symphonia the Animation ✅
  • Dilandau Albatō, Tenkū no Escaflowne ✅
  • Keno Inuzaka, The Hakkenden
  • Alice Beaumont, Touch
  • Tommy Bangs, Wakakusa Monogatari: Nan to Jo-sensei (“Little Women II: Jo’s Boys”)
  • Feena, Ys ✅
  • Mukuro, Yū☆Yū☆Hakusho ✅

Commentary: Ms. Takayama is one of my favorite voice actresses of all time (in fact, I’m pretty sure she’s in my top ten on MyAnimeList—), when I was growing up, I had such a huge crush on both Nabiki Tendō (“Ranma ½”) and Dilandau Albatō (“Tenkū no Escaflowne”)! Her most famous role is obviously her performance as Conan Edogawa (“Detective Conan”), and she does such an enigmatic job as portraying a genius in a child’s body! Kanade Amō has a very short role in the series, but Ms. Takayama breaths life into this incredibly short-lived character! Excellent work!

Hideo Ishikawa as Genjūrō Kazanari, notable roles: 

  • Jūshirō Ukitake, Bleach ✅
  • Yoshihiko Kenjo, Boys Be…
  • Dino Ptera, DinoZone
  • Keisuke Honda, Fantasista Stella
  • Cait Sith, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children ✅
  • Hōsei Toki, Kin’iro no Corda: Blue♪Sky
  • Hiroto Kanazawa, Kin’iro no Corda: Primo Passo
  • Oliver May, Kidō Senshi Gundam MS IGLOO
  • Itachi Uchiha, Naruto ✅
  • Seiji Hayami, Re: Cutey Honey ✅
  • Jabu Unicorn, Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ✅
  • Ryōma Nagare, Shin Getter Robo
  • Yūsuke Katō, Sotsugyō M: Ore-tachi no Carnival
  • Kintarō Tōyama, Tantei Gakuen Q
  • Minoru Tokitō, Wilder Adapter

Commentary: Mr. Ishikawa makes Genjūrō Kazanari one of the biggest badasses in Season One. Genjūrō can tear open steel doors with his muscles and has the endurance of of phoenix! One of the most compelling parts of the first arc was his on-going relationship schism with Ryōko Sakurai. A+ seiyū!

Soichiro Hoshi as Shinji Ogawa, notable roles: 

  • Kaoru Hanabishi, Ai Yori Aoshi ✅
  • Takuto Kaneshiro, Argento Soma 
  • Masaru Kodaka, Bokura no
  • Rygart Arrow, Break Blade
  • Masaru Daimon, Digimon Savers
  • Shu, DT Eightron
  • Son Gokū, Gensōmaden Saiyūki ✅
  • Kazuki Fūchōin, GetBackers
  • Camus Pfalzgraf von Silvaner Lüneburg, Ginyū Mokushiroku Meine Liebe
  • Taira no Atsumori, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de (“In a Distant Time”)
  • Keiichi Maebara, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni ✅
  • Momose Sunohara, IDOLiSH7 ✅
  • Narutaki, Kaiketsu Jōki Tanteidan (“Steam Detectives”)
  • Lio Shirazumi, Kara no Kyōkai ✅
  • Seiji Hiwatari, Kirarin☆Revolution
  • Yukio Kasamatsu, Kuroko’s Basketball ✅
  • Kane Blueriver, Lost Universe
  • Brera Sterne, Macross Frontier ✅
  • Claude, Masamune Datenicle
  • Alviss, MÄR
  • Kōsuke Seto, Mekakucity Actors ✅
  • Kira Yamato, Kidō Senshi Gundam SEED
  • Yūki Aiba, Mugen no RYVIUS (“Infinite RYVIUS”)
  • Samon Gokū, Nanbaka ✅
  • Kei Kusanagi, Onegai☆Teacher
  • Gorō Akechi, Persona 5
  • Kazuma, s.CRY.ed ✅
  • Cheshire Cait Sith, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas ✅
  • Akira, Samurai Deeper Kyō
  • Shiro Shibakusa, Scan2Go
  • Yukimura Sanada, Sengoku Basara
  • Zero and Sōma Akizuki, Shining Tears X Wind
  • Makoto Ōgami, Shinreigari (“Ghost Hound”)
  • Sasuke Sarutobi, Shinshaku Sengoku Eiyū Densetsu: Sanada Jū Yūshi the Animation
  • Tomoki Sakurai, Sora no Otoshimono ✅
  • Homare Kanakubo, Starry☆Sky
  • Sunao Fujimori, Suki na Mono wa Suki Dakara Shō ga Nai!! (“Sukisyo, I like what I like, so there!”) ✅
  • Keele Zeibel, Tales of Eternia the Animation
  • Sōichiro Nagi, Tenjō Tenge ✅
  • Gakuto Mukahi, Tennis no Ōji-sama (“The Prince of Tennis”)
  • Ginosuke Isuzu, Tsurezure Children
  • Seiichirō Sano, Ueki No Hōsoku
  • Kaoru Matsutake, Wagamama☆Fairy Mirumo de Pon!
  • Chaos, Xenosaga the Animation
  • Keith, Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ōji-sama: Short Stories

Commentary: I talked about him recently in my “Tenjō Tenge” review, but Mr. Hoshi makes every character that he voices fiery, cute, and lovable. That’s Shinji to a T — he doesn’t have many lines throughout the entire continuum of Symphogear, but when he does: he’s so dang lovable! After all, how many ninjas work for a top secret government organization? Remarkable seiyū!

Miyuki Sawashiro as Ryōko Sakurai, notable roles: 

  • Maria, Arakawa Under the Bridge ✅
  • Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub, Beelzebub
  • Slan, Berserk
  • Cassandra Jill Warlock, Black Blood Brothers
  • Yomi Tokanashi (“Dead Master”), Black★Rock Shooter ✅
  • Canaan, Canaan ✅
  • Kei Yuki, Captain Harlock ✅
  • Eiha, Chaos Dragon: Sekiryū Seneki
  • Tōko Fukawa, Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen
  • Dalian, Dantalian no Shoka, localized as “The Mystic Archives of Dantalian” ✅
  • Petit Charat, Di Gi Charat
  • Celty Sturluson, Durarara!! ✅
  • Aka no Saber (“Mordred”), Fate/Apocrypha ✅
  • Julia Jinyu, FLCL Progressive ✅
  • Yu Lan Xia, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid ✅
  • Mint Blancmanche, Galaxy Angel
  • Kitarō, Gegege no Kitarō (2018)
  • Yuzuki Seo, Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun ✅
  • Towa Akagi, Go! Princess PreCure ✅
  • Reika Honjō, Goshūshō-sama Ninomiya-kun
  • Katalina Alize, Granblue Fantasy ✅
  • Saeko Busujima, Highschool of the Dead
  • Kurapika, Hunter x Hunter (2011) ✅
  • Queen Diamond, Kaitō Joker
  • Kiari and Ririka Momobami, Kakegurui
  • Kazune Kūjō, Kamichama Karin
  • Tsugumi Aoba, Kannagi
  • Ayane Yano, Kimi ni Todoke
  • Himeko Inaba, Kokoro Connect
  • Shinkurō Kurenai, Kure-nai
  • Masazumi Honda, Kyōkaisenjou no Horizon, localized as “Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere”
  • Myao Rei, Loups=Garōs
  • Fujiko Mine, Lupin III ✅
  • Dorm Mistress, Maria†Holic ✅
  • Izuna Hatsuse, No Game No Life ✅
  • Bishamon, Noragami ✅
  • Aria Kurenaino, Occultic;Nine ✅
  • Pudding Charlotte, One Piece ✅
  • Cal Devens, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom ✅
  • Tomoe Misumi, Photokano
  • Kotarō Higuchi, Pita Ten
  • Kamitsure, Pokémon ✅
  • Shion Karanomori, Psycho-Pass ✅
  • Claire Forrest, Red Garden
  • Narrator, Rokka no Yūsha
  • Shinku, Rozen Maiden ✅
  • Racine, Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarō, localized as “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms” ✅
  • Tarō Sekiutsu (“Maria”), Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei ✅
  • Rita, Shingeki no Bahamut ✅
  • Perrine H. Clostermann, Strike Witches ✅
  • Shino Asada, Sword Art Online ✅
  • Lag Seeing, Tegamibachi
  • Tycho Science, Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster (“Gunbuster 2”) ✅
  • Marisa Kirisame, 東方 Niji Sōsaku Dōjin Anime: Musō Kakyō ✅
  • Haruka Nanami, Uta no☆Prince-sama
  • Arūrū, Utawarerumono ✅

Commentary: Ms. Sawashiro is one of my personal favorites, she has such a presence, despite my lack of caring for her villain in Symphogear (mostly blame the writing for her characterization), the actress gives a very strong performance as a villainess. Wonderful job!

Conclusively, I wish the first season of Senki Zesshō Symphogear was a little bit better, so more people would get into the whole series. The directing in the first act is a little bit slipshod and the characters aren’t really revealed to have as much of a personality, until G. The crutch that Season One leans on, are the multiplicity of the characters’ romantic relationships: Tsubasa with Kanade, Hibiki and Miku, and Genjūrō with Ryōko! But, the sentimentality of these relationships cannot be fully realized, unless the character writing is stronger, which is does eventually get to be, in the succeeding seasons! I give Senki Zesshō Symphogear (Season One) a 4/10, but highly recommend Senki Zesshō Symphogear G (Season Two)!

Rankings:

Senki Zesshō Symphogear (Season One) ★★☆☆☆

Senki Zesshō Symphogear G (Season Two) ★★★★☆

Senki Zesshō Symphogear GX (Season Three) ★★★☆☆

Senki Zesshō Symphogear AXZ (Season Four) ★★★★★ 

Senki Zesshō Symphogear XV (Season Five) ★★★☆☆

Published by eggheadluna

H.E. Rodgers is the author of the Juniper's Tree series, also known as the 真柏Project. MyAnimeList: https://myanimelist.net/profile/Egghe... Twitter: https://twitter.com/EggheadLuna #真柏Project #JunipersTree

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