Senki Zesshō Symphogear GX (Season Three) is a ★★★☆☆ ︱The Genocidal Alchemist

To many, Symphogear GX is the weakest link in the franchise, but I actually enjoyed it more than the aforementioned first season! Though the conclusion doesn’t have the most depurative departure, like many of the other sequels do, there is still a lot of meat clinging to the bones of the plot! This third season establishes the budding relationship between Tsubasa and Maria, more of the circumstances behind Hibiki’s broken family comes to light, and Chris starts to feel more comfortable as the older sister character, despite her trauma and malignant guilt from her sins of the past.

⚠️ This review will have spoilers ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Following the events of Senki Zesshou Symphogear G, Hibiki Tachibana, Tsubasa Kazanari, and Chris Yukine continue to operate under the command of Genjūrō Kazanari. Meanwhile, Maria Cadenzavna Eve, Kirika Akatsuki, and Shirabe Tsukuyomi are taken into protective custody. With peace restored, everyone returns to their daily lives; however, the appearance of the alchemist Carol Malus Dienheim and her subordinates—the “Autoscorers”—threatens to draw everyone back into a conflict. Armed with a strange and magical power, Carol wishes to initiate the apocalypse and bring destruction to the world… and she is willing to sacrifice everything to do so. Against this mysterious new foe, the six Symphogear wielders must rise to the challenge in order to protect what they hold dear. However, will Carol and her Autoscorers prove to be too much to handle in this fight to protect the fate of the world?

This season had a strong start, I thought the transmutative cityscape fight created a lot of intrigue for our new villains. I remember when Carol first made her stunning appearance, I loved the aspect of her using alchemy as her ability, and the fact that she looks like Marissa Kirisame (東方Project) is a plus, too! Since I have weak spot for gothic imagery, I also loved the idea of Carol controlling a band of sentient, ball-jointed doll demons! That kind of subplot is right out of the pages of a baroque, horror tale! But, their story doesn’t really lead anywhere; Carol eventually finds closure through her fusion with Elfnein, but the conclusion feels abrupt and unearned.

By unearned, I mean that Carol’s only driving crux is her fixation on the murder of her father, who more or less got Salem Witch Trial’ed! I can’t recall anything that could ever vindicate the character of Carol after she murdered hundreds, if not thousands of people in a Tokyo megalopolis, while yodeling “genocide”! Her redemption felt generic and her angst-riddled madness didn’t seem to hold much weight, but I do suppose that this is the first MAIN villain that writers tried to completely redeem, instead of being an unforgivable psycho. Even with her innocence being kept within the vessel of Elfnein, it was difficult to fully empathize with a moody little girl, that had such destructive tendencies!

I think the juxtaposition of Chris is hard, too, because Chris was sexually assaulted for years, while having to come to terms with the brutal deaths of both of her parents. By comparison, Carol’s killing-spree feels weak. On the bright side, it was nice to see Maria, Kirika, and Shirabe finally get to live the life of normal girls! There’s more “ho yay” with Kiraka and Shirabe, as well as a burgeoning bond between Tsubasa and Maria! Chris seems to shows a romantic interest in Hibiki, but Miku and Hibiki’s bond is just as strong as ever. We even get insight into their childhood together, when Hibiki’s tumultuous relationship with her deadbeat Dad is revealed.

Hibiki’s resolution to the disdain for her father isn’t adequately solved, the most he does is try to be supportive for her, but he’s still is a lazy, convenience store worker at the end of the season. He doesn’t really make a big sacrifice or step towards change! And towards the end, it seems like he’s trying to get back together with Hibiki’s mother. But, like the conclusion with Carol, it just seems unearned. The pacing of GX is much slower than the second season, too, so it can be a bit boring at times.

—Technical

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Katsumi Ono (director), notable works:

  • Beast Saga
  • Girly Air Force ✅
  • Hataraki Man
  • Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle — Rhyme Anima
  • Isekai Izakaya: Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu
  • Master Mosquiton ’99
  • Yū☆Gi☆Ō! 5D’s
  • Yū☆Gi☆Ō! Arc-V

Commentary: Haven’t watched many of Mr. Ono’s discography, but his choreography in the Symphogear series is awe-inspiring! After the first season, I was unsure of whether I could get attached to any of the characters, but the later seasons are a Herculean fusion of some of the coolest action scenes in “Dragon Ball Z” with sweet, saccharine shōjo-ai! I play the mobile game for “Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle,” so now, I’m super stoked to try out the anime adaptation! Brilliant director!

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!

Yoko Hikasa as Maria Cadenzavna Eve, notable roles: 

  • Hana Suguruno, 7 Seeds
  • Hibiki Tenshō, Aikatsu Friends!: Kagayaki no Jewel
  • Nanako Saeki, Aku no Hana ✅
  • Tio Clarce, Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō (“Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest”)
  • Tomoe Udagawa, BanG Dream ✅
  • Farnese de Vandimion, Berserk ✅
  • Fighter, Bikini Warriors
  • Erica Blandelli, Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maō ✅
  • Kiyono Amahara, Chu-Bra!!
  • Ayano Kōsaka, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled ✅
  • Sakura Sakurakōji, Code:Breaker
  • Kyōko Kirigiri, Danganronpa ✅
  • Sakie Satō, Demi-chan wa Kataritai (“Interviews With Monster Girls”) ✅
  • Brioche d’Arquien, Dog Days
  • Hina Tachibana, Domestic no Kanojo
  • Freya, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka (“Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”) ✅
  • Ao Gennai, Frame Arms Girl
  • Kei Kugimiya, Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince
  • Aya Akabane, Gokujo
  • Miu Osawa, Hagure Yūsha no Aesthetica
  • Kurumi, Hal
  • Emi Yusa, Hataraku Maō-sama! (“The Devil is a Part-Timer!”) ✅
  • Rias Gremory, High School DxD
  • Junko Hattori, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaō
  • Inōnoshishi (“Warrior of the Boar”), Jūni Taisen (“Zodiac War”) ✅
  • Mio Akiyama, K-On! ✅
  • Kyōko Sonan, Kenzen Robo Daimidaler ✅
  • Seraphim, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? ✅
  • Diana Cavendish, Little Witch Academia ✅
  • Saki Takamiya, Long Riders!
  • Emiru Hazaki, M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane (“M3: Mortal Metal Memories”)
  • Sanae Mokuō (“Ruler”), Mahō Shōjo Ikusei Keikaku (“Magical Girl Raising Project”) ✅
  • Iris, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection ✅
  • Angelina Kudō Shields, Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei ✅
  • Anne, Manaria Friends ✅
  • Folna, Merc Storia: Mukiryoku no Shōnen to Bin no Naka no Shōjo
  • Yua Nakabeni, Miru Tights
  • Lafter Frankland, Kidō Senshi Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ✅
  • Lucifer, Monster Strike
  • Minami Kawashima, Moshidora
  • Kō Yagami, New Game! ✅
  • Stephanie Dola, No Game No Life ✅
  • Jeanne Kaguya d’Arc, Nobunaga the Fool ✅
  • Ruri Fujika, Piace: Watashi no Italian
  • Saitō, Pokémon (2019) ✅
  • Seiten, Queen’s Blade: Grimoire ✅
  • Saki Nagatsuki, Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅
  • Nashetania Loei Piena Augustra, Rokka no Yūsha ✅
  • Maya Kumashiro, Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin (“Occult Academy”)
  • Hana Katsuragi, Seikon no Qwaser
  • Shino Amakusa, Seitokai Yakuindomo
  • Mitsuhide Akechi, Sengoku Collection ✅
  • Maria Cadenzavna Eve, Senki Zesshō Symphogear ✅
  • Ryōbi, Senran Kagura
  • Mammon, Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai (“Seven Mortal Sins”) ✅
  • Hiyori Kazane, Sora no Otoshimon (“Heaven’s Lost Property”) ✅
  • Pitohui, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
  • Mira Yamana, Trinity Seven
  • Satan, Umineko no Naku Koro ni ✅
  • Izumi Takanashi, Working!! ✅
  • Sayuri Muranushi, WWW.Working!!
  • Kaede Saitō, Yama no Susume ✅

Commentary: Ms. Hikasa is very good at creating a duality of good and evil in Maria Cadenzavna Eve. In the past, I have described Yoko Hikasa as a type of sexy, temptress archetype! She has often voiced demons, very evil characters (Nashetania Loei Piena Augustra in “Rokka no Yūsha” and Nanako Saeki in “Aku no Hana” are a couple of examples), and even representations of Satan herself! Maria starts out very much an anti-hero, she has a Spawn cloak, and an undying loyalty for her controllers; but, despite this, deep down… Maria is very caring, and the protectiveness that she feels for Kirika and Shirabe, eventually extends to her other friends, as well! Even in later seasons, Ms. Hikasa is alarmingly good at conveying Maria’s fight between her newfound morality and her brainwashed upbringing! Great character, wonderful seiyū!

Ai Kayano as Kirika Akatsuki, notable roles: 

  • Akari Kawamoto, 3-Gatsu no Lion ✅
  • Futaba Ōki, Amanchu! ✅
  • Mikono Suzushiro, Aquarion Evol
  • Anya Dostoyevskaya, Aria the Avvenire
  • Kaga and Atago, Azur Lane
  • Hana Mutō, Captain Earth
  • Kanade Ōe, Chihayafuru ✅
  • Ponoka, Choboraunyopomi Gekijō Ai Mai Mii ✅
  • Anna Clément, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled ✅
  • Mikan Tsumiki, Danganronpa 3
  • Maihime Shirayuki, Dokyū Hentai HxEros
  • Mimi, Flip Flappers ✅
  • Megumi Sakura, Gakkōgurashi! (“School Live”) ✅
  • Saori Takebe, Girls und Panzer ✅
  • Moka Hoto, Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (“Is the Order a Rabbit?”) ✅
  • Nana Hayashida, Golden Time ✅
  • Inori Yuzuriha, Guilty Crown ✅
  • Yuyuko Saigyōji, Hifū Katsudō Kiroku: The Sealed Esoteric History ✅
  • Diamond, Hōseki no Kuni ✅
  • Mayaka Ibara, Hyōka ✅
  • Emi Kaidō, Infinti-T Force ✅
  • Aoi Sakurada, Jōkamachi no Dandelion ✅
  • Hibino Shiba, Kamisama Dolls ✅
  • Akane Mahōgasawa, Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (“If Her Flag Breaks”)
  • Kanae Kochō, Kimetsu no Yaiba ✅
  • Juliet Persia, Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet ✅
  • Lalatina Dustiness Ford, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (“God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!”)
  • Millia il Velch Cutrettola Turan, Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam ✅
  • Mogana Kikaijima, Medaka Box ✅
  • Zenna Zabi, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin ✅
  • Chisaki Hiradaira, Nagi no Asu kara ✅
  • Shiro, No Game No Life ✅
  • Ai Fuyūmi, Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (“Oreshura”) ✅
  • Erika, Pokémon Masters ✅
  • Chizuru Hishiro, ReLIFE
  • Muginami, Rinne no Lagrange
  • Akane Kajiya, Romantica Clock
  • Utaha Kasumigaoka, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (“How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend”) ✅
  • Kokomi Teruhashi, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan ✅
  • Mashiro Shiina, Sakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo ✅
  • Leila, Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarō (“Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms”) ✅
  • Hitoe Uemura, Selector Infected WIXOSS
  • Kirika Akatsuki, Senki Zesshō Symphogear ✅
  • Yomi, Senran Kagura ✅
  • Ruki, Senryū.
  • Lucy Yagami, Servant x Service
  • Meili Zhou, Shin Chūka Ichiban!
  • Rinko Ogasawara, Shirobako ✅
  • Ryōko Sakaki, Shokugeki no Sōma ✅
  • Haru Estia, Soul Worker: Your Destiny Awaits
  • Karila Hatsuse, Stella Jogakuin Kōtō-ka C³-bu
  • Mei Tachibana, Sukitte Ii na yo. (“Say I Love You”)
  • Mako Saitō, Super Seishūn Brothers
  • Alice Zuberg, Sword Art Online ✅
  • Alisha Diphda, Tales of Zesteria ✅
  • Kanae Mitani, Tamayura
  • Yuyuko Saigyōji, 東方 Niji Sōsaku Dōjin Anime: Musō Kakyō ✅
  • Mamako Ōsuki, Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okaasan wa Suki Desu ka? (“Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?”) ✅
  • Sumire Kisaragi, Twin Angel Break
  • Kasumi Takamiya, Witch Craft Works
  • Anna, Yakusoku no Neverland (“The Promised Neverland”) ✅

Commentary: Ai Kayano is known for having a sugary sweet voice and that translates well into Kirika’s character. She’s straight-forward and typically the most unassuming girl out of the group. She’s simplistic and often even hard-headed, but she always means well, and she will risk her life for her partner, Shirabe! Ms. Kayano did an excellent job with this character, S-tier performance!

Toshino Nanjō as Shirabe Tsukuyomi, notable roles: 

  • Sonia, Berserk ✅
  • Naoto Miura, Clockwork Planet
  • Koko Tsukishima, Da Capo
  • Gankyō Kūrubiyūtei, Joshiraku
  • Eri Ayase, Love Live! ✅
  • Matsuri Sengen, Mahō Shōjo Taisen
  • Robu, Neko no Robu
  • Panpaka, Panpaka Pants Movie: Bananan Ōkoku no Hihō
  • Nene Kurio, Penguin Musume♥Heart
  • Akiho Senomiya, Robotics;Notes
  • Lise Hohenstein, Schwarzesmarken ✅

Commentary: Ms. Nanjō has less speaking roles with the archetypically kūdere, Shirabe, but when she does has a time to shine—she’s sweet, smart, and insightful! Very good casting choice, Toshino Nanjō needs more roles!

Inori Minase as Carol Malus Dienheim, notable roles: 

  • Itsuki Nakano, 5-tōbun no Hanayome (“The Quintessential Quintuplets”) ✅
  • Maya, Animegatari
  • Hibiki Iga, Basilisk: Ōka Ninpōchō
  • Uki Yamazoe, ChäoS;Child ✅
  • Mo Ritika Tzetzes Ura, Comet Lucifer
  • Ruruka Andō, Danganronpa 3 ✅
  • Hestia, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka (“Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”) ✅
  • Meiza Endust, Endro
  • Hidomi Hibajiri, FLCL Progressive ✅
  • Lico, Futago no Mahōtsukai Lico to Gli
  • Mirai Nazukari, Futsū no Joshikōsei ga [Locodol] Yattemita.
  • Tapris Sugarbell Chisaki, Gabriel DropOut ✅
  • Yuki Takeya, Gakkōgurashi! (“School-Live!”) ✅
  • Chino Kafū, Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (“Is the Order a Rabbit?”) ✅
  • Renkin Arthur, Hangyukusei Million Arthur
  • Nagisa Aizawa, Jitsu wa Watashi wa (“Actually, I am…”)
  • Aries Spring, Kanata no Astra (“Astra Lost in Space”) ✅
  • Ciel Kirahoshi, Kira☆Kira☆PreCure A La Mode ✅
  • Jun Naruse, Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda. (“The Anthem of the Heart”) ✅
  • Reines El-Melloi Archisorte, Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note ✅
  • Suzune Tanahashi, Love Lab
  • Mana Asuha, Luck & Logic
  • Ayana Sakanagi (“Swim Swim”), Mahō Shōjo Ikusei Keikaku (“Magical Girl Raising Project”) ✅
  • Aurora Suya Rhys Kaymin, Maōjō de Oyasumi (“Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle”)
  • Merc, Merc Storia: Mukiryoku no Shōnen to Bin no Naka no Shōjo (“Merc StoriA: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle”)
  • Shakirov, Military!
  • Chamille Kitora Katjvanmaninik, Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyō no Alderamin ✅
  • Akane Segawa, Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (“And you thought there is never a girl online?”) ✅
  • Chidori, Nobunaga no Shinobi ✅
  • Mashiro Amatsuki, One Room: Second Season
  • Moka Mihime, Ragnastrike Angels
  • Meteora Österreich, Re:Creators ✅
  • Rem, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu ✅
  • Great Mazinger, Robot Girls Z
  • Saori Kidō, Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō ✅
  • Shōko Makinohara, Seishun Buta Yarō wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (“Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai”) ✅
  • Chito, Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō (“Girls’ Last Tour”) ✅
  • Somali, Somali to Mori no Kamisama (“Somali and the Forest Spirit”)
  • Noel, Sora no Method
  • Mari Tamaki, Sora yori mo Tōi Basho (“A Place Further Than The Universe”)
  • Kahoru Suzuhara, T7S Longing for Summer Again and Again: Harukaze
  • Yume Tzubakuro, Toji no Miko ✅
  • Chizuru Takano, Tsurezure Children
  • Nekone, Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen ✅
  • Fūka Reventon, ViVid Strike! ✅
  • Senri Teshima, W’z ✅

Commentary: Ms. Minase is really good at making characters have sunshine-like voices, that can also have an element of rain to them, see “Swim Swim” in “Magical Girl Raising Project” for an example of this! Though the character of Carol isn’t the most compelling ever, Ms. Minase did the best that she could with what she was given. I was really impressed that she was able to fluctuate between the “loli” persona and then transform into an evil mistress; great vocal chops! Wonderful seiyū!

Misaki Kuno as Elfnein, notable roles:

  • Momo Kawamoto, 3-gatsu no Lion (“March Comes in Like a Lion”) ✅
  • Shio Kōbe, Happy Sugar Life ✅
  • Hisone Amakasu, Hisone to Maso-tan ✅
  • Kurumiko Daishikyōgawa, Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (“If Her Flag Breaks”)
  • Niko Niiyama, Kiznaiver ✅
  • Serara, Log Horizon ✅
  • Kurumi Kumamakura, Musaigen no Phantom World ✅
  • Hawk, Nanatsu no Taizei
  • Bridget Evans, Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (“My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute”) ✅
  • Kate Hoshimiya, Sekai Seifuku: Bōryaku no Zvezda (“World Conquest Zvezda Plot”) ✅
  • Tama, Selector Infected WIXOSS
  • Nina Ichihara, The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls ✅
  • Cook, Uwabaki Cook

Commentary: Ms. Kuno needs more roles, her voice is so dang cute! I personally had a hard time identifying with the Elfnein character, though flawed, I thought Carol was more relatable; despite this, her voice still perfectly fits the character… even if said character may have single-handedly been the weakest link in the plot. Great seiyū!

Shizuka Ishigami as Leiur Darâhim, notable roles: 

  • Kinoa Ōgi, Bubuki Buranki
  • Prince Akatsuki, Chōjin Kōkōsei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyū de Ikinuku you desu! (“CHOYOYU!: High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World!”)
  • Ikuno, Darling in the FranXX ✅
  • Syr Flover, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka (“Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”) ✅
  • Chitose Itō, Iya na Kao sare nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai
  • Kiriko Kiyuna, Kenzen Robo Daimidaler
  • Nike, Mahōjin Guruguru (2017)
  • Hikari Hazakura, Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? (“Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?”)
  • Stella Vermillion, Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry ✅
  • Yoruka Kirihime, Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut (“Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle”)
  • Ellis Fahrengart, Seireitsukai no Blade Dance (“Blade Dance of the Elementalers”)
  • Ayame Kajō, Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai (“SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist”)
  • Ikumi Mito, Shokugeki no Sōma (“Food Wars”) ✅
  • Raiga Kudō, Tomica Kizuna Gattai: Earth Granner
  • Haneru Tobitatsu, Tribe Cool Crew
  • La Hire, Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight ✅

Commentary: I really enjoy Ms. Ishigami’s voice. The doll-character that she played wasn’t the most memorable, out of the quartet, but she still was able to have somewhat of a presence because of her talented actress. Great work!

Michiyo Murase as Garie Tûmân, notable roles: 

  • Mogutan, Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama
  • Sucy Manbavaran, Little Witch Academia ✅

Commentary: I am still confounded that SUCY from LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA has the smallest discography out of all of the actresses, in the entire cast! Sufficed to say, Ms. Murase (in my opinion) made Garie the most enigmatic of the dolls; I really liked Micha, too, but Garie’s charisma and fun with the character stole my heart! Magnificent seiyū!

Masumi Tazawa as Phara Suyûf, notable roles: 

  • Mizuha Ichikishima, Re:Stage! Dream Days♪
  • Kiriha Kurano, Rokujōma no Shinryakusha!? (“Invaders of the Rokujyoma!?”)
  • Kasumi Shigure, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid
  • Pauline, Watashi, Nōryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! (“Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!”)
  • Rika Saiyonji, Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches”) ✅

Commentary: I haven’t heard many of Ms. Tazawa’s previous roles, but she does her job well as the most sultry of the dolls. Wonderful job!

Shiori Izawa as Micha Jawkân, notable roles: 

  • Saya Sasamiya, Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (“The Asterisk War”)
  • Heybot, Heybot!
  • Mega Drive, Sega Hard Girls (“SeHa Girls”)
  • Kanata Ubuyashiki, Kimetsu no Yaiba ✅
  • Noriko Kamomebata, Kuzu no Honkai (“Scum’s Wish”)  ✅
  • Nanachi, Made in Abyss  ✅
  • Sandalphon, Nanatsu no Bitoku (“The Seven Heavenly Virtues”) ✅
  • Ginko Kuroi, Planet With ✅
  • Aoi Hioka, Pop in Q
  • Kafuru, Senran Kagura SHINOVI MASTER: Tokyo Yōma-hen
  • Verda Kleiman, Star Ocean: Anamnesis
  • Pina, Sword Art Online ✅
  • Tanpopo Kuraishi, Witch Craft Works

Commentary: Though her characterization of Micha Jawkân is less emotive and more carnal, Ms. Izawa is a rising talent in the industry. Her role as Nanachi (“Made in Abyss”) was so powerful, that I think she’s probably the most popular character, out of the main trio! Her cute, nasally inflection is often deadpan, but also able to secrete small whimpers of tender-heartedness throughout her run-time. Very talented seiyū!

Senki Zesshō Symphogear GX had a few good character exploration moments, but the plot’s sail was sunk by the excess of slogging characters arcs… all of which really had no proper closure to each of them! Despite this, there are some really cool fight scenes at the very beginning and the very end, and I think there’s a strip-mall fight with the dolls that was pretty neat, too; but, compared to some of the previous seasons’ harrowing villains and cliffhangers, GX definitely is less of a gut-wrenching dive and more of a milquetoast torpor. I give Senki Zesshō Symphogear GX (Season Three) a 5/10!

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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