If only the thumbnail didn't spoil it. But yeah, Weiss will be joining her BFF Ruby in this fighting game.
I find it interesting that, so far, it looks like RWBY will be the only English speakers in the game. That's an interesting decision.
11 hours agoCaButler
If only the thumbnail didn't spoil it. But yeah, Weiss will be joining her BFF Ruby in this fighting game.
I find it interesting that, so far, it looks like RWBY will be the only English speakers in the game. That's an interesting decision.
1 day agoCaButler
Must be due to the new volume of RWBY wrecking the site. Expect it to go down when the finale rolls around.
So... anything else. Well, put up another summary of Symphogear G further below, so you can check that out.
Oh, and I have a theme week planned in the next couple of weeks. I'll be a smashing good time.
No progress on the streaming front. Still doing my research for microphones and headsets.
Oh, and I put up new images to be enjoyed by all. And by all I mean three of you.
1 day agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to the penultimate episode of Symphogear G. Where characters switch sides just so that we have an excuse to have them fight each other.
In our last episode, Shirabe is shown to be in the custody of the SDRTST while we're informed that both Shenshoujin and Gungnir were destroyed by Miku's battle with Hibiki. This is treated as a good thing, since it means Hibiki is no longer in danger of burning up and possibly killing them all in a fiery explosion. However, this means they're short two power armored magical girls, as Chris has defected for some unknown reason, leaving Tsubasa behind to deal with the situation on her own. So, basically, standard operating procedure.
But it gets worse. Frontier is actually a floating island, and it proceeds to do just that by grabbing hold of the Moon and using that as an anchor. But physics still exists in this world, so the act of moving such a mass means the Moon is going to hit the Earth Sooner. Something that Maria is against, since they haven't started preparations to rescue people. I suspect Dr. Ver doesn't really care at this point, since he used some of the Nephilim's cells to transform his arm into a Nephilim, which gives him control rights over Frontier. And he had such a trustworthy face, too.
Realizing that Tsubasa has a difficult task ahead of her, Hibiki, all loving hero who has a charisma stat so high it makes Paladins want to roll her stats, convinces Shirabe to help them in their hour of need. She accepts, because of Hibiki, and off she goes into battle, with Hibiki bumming a ride off of her. And this is why, when you want Hibiki to stay somewhere, you put her on a short leash.
This leads to our two battles, the first between Kiri and Shirabe, and the second between Chris and Tsubasa. And these aren't "holding back as much as you can" fights. No, except for the FIS fight, they're out for blood. This means that Hibiki, powerless, must make her way to the control center alone to stop this once and for all. Will she succeed? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with Frontier rising into the sky as we go right into the SDRTST fight. Tsubasa wants to know why Chris is fighting her, but she doesn't answer. Though I do notice something flashing around her neck. I don't recall noticing that last episode. Was that new or always there? I'll have to check it out. Anyway, I'm guessing bomb or another mind control device. The battle continues as Tsubasa does her best to keep the fight to her range. Oh, and I think I see why we didn't see the neck thing before. It's mostly covered up by her collar. That may also explain why Tsubasa hasn't noticed it yet, given how observant she is about these things.
-After an exchange, Chris finally speaks, saying that she can't let anyone else bear her cross. Tsubasa is confused by this, but that's when she sees the pulsing neck collar of doomy death. But she doesn't get a lot of time to think on it as a bullet sends her back a bit. Who knew Chris' projectiles had that much force behind them?
-At the FIS fight, Shirabe is asking Kiri what she meant by "while you're still you". That's when Kiri reveals that Finé's soul is inside her and is close to awakening. She knew this would be a possibility, but this only strengthens Shirabe's resolve to save her. With her blades spinning menacingly, like she's the villain, she will protect the Kiri she loves and will stop her. I imagine some limbs will be lost as a result. Kiri seems a bit insulted by this declaration of love, because she loves Shirabe more, so she's going to protect the world in which the people she loves will live. Girls, can you wait until after the battle to have this "I love you more" battle?
-With this, Shirabe turns her spinning saw blades into helicopter blades, allowing her some flight, which is a skill called Emergency Type Phi Twin Moon Karma. In response, Kiri unleashes a few more scythes in a skill called Sealed Slash: Pinocchio. I'm sure there's some hidden meaning here. The two girls then attack one another, both declaring their love for one another. What an unusual way of expressing it.
-Oh, I should add that the opening was skipped today, but the song was playing in the background of these fights. We need all the time allowed for this episode, and dammit, we're going to find ways to make that happen. We then cut to the beached SDRTST sub as we get tonight's episode title, Striking Spear. Inside the cargo hold, we see Genjuro and Ogawa enter in a jeep, because of course they would have one, preparing to enter the field of battle on their own. I should note that Ogawa is taking the time to buckle his seat belt while Genjuro sits there, hands crossed. Should we tell him to put on his seat belt, or does gravity and physics fear Genjuro that much?
-Apparently the reason they're entering the field is because of Genjuro's troublesome student. Ogawa responds that they should be happy she gave them the chance. As long as the Noise isn't involved, you know having these two enter the field of battle will end things rather quickly. Before they can leave, though, Sakuya shows them a video of Maria addressing the world. Oh, this is going to get interesting.
-In the video, Maria introduces herself and admits to falsely claiming the name Finé. As she goes on about the plan, Aoi tells Genjuro that the video data is being sent from Frontier and is being broadcast all over the world. You think there's a way we can hope on that kind of broadband service? Because the internet would become so much better with that kind of bandwidth. Or worse, depending on what part of the internet you frequent.
-This announcement only confuses Ogawa. At this point, what is FIS after? Given how fractured the group is at this point, the answer is probably something along the lines of potatoes. During the video, Maria explains that the evidence of the Moon's decaying orbit was concealed by the US, the Security Council, and the Bavarian Illuminati. I assume she means the UN Security Council. The reason for the cover up was that the truth was very inconvenient to an elite class that exclusively controls a portion of the political and economic spheres. Damn you, capitalism!
-We briefly pan Frontier, showing just the building itself, before we get a flashback to Nastassja secretly communicating with Maria about how her songs will save them all. Turns out, the Moon was an observation device set up by the Custodians to strip humanity of its mutual understanding. ...Wait... wait a minute. Do you mean to tell me that Finé was right all along and that the Moon was actually causing the Curse of Babel? So maybe she wasn't all that insane after all. No, actually, she was still insane. Just because she was right doesn't mean she wasn't nuttier than a nut.
-Nastassja explains that the Lunar Attack did shut down some of its functionality, but if the Moon can be restarted, it can be returned to its original orbit. You know, I'd question the science of this more, but given that we basically have a magical girl that can punch a tornado rainbow, I think that's the last thing I should worry about. What Nastassja should be worried about is that red background, as she coughs up a heavy dose of blood. Yup, I think she's at the end here.
-Maria calls out to her, but Nastassja tells her diva to save the world with her songs, which leads to the present and Maria addressing the world about FIS and their plans. Oh, and she did get the evil makeover, since her jacket is black and purple instead of whatever color it was earlier. Anyway, she admits to lying about everything thus far and realizes that her words may not reach them, but there is one thing she wants them to believe in. It is the fact that songs can become power! She then sings her activation key, activating Gungnir, complete with her transformation sequence. You do realize you gave the world quite a show there, right?
-Maria continues, saying that her power alone isn't enough to handle the falling Moon. So she calls on the people of the world to give her their songs, and soon enough she's singing into the control panel. Yeah, I'm sure the world is going to get right on that, you terrorist scum. As she sings, Gungnir starts to blow, with her wishing to use the live that Serena save for a greater purpose. And thanks to the video, Ogawa and Genjuro know exactly where to go. And off they go to live out their own action movie scene.
-Speaking of action movie scenes, we check in on Hibiki, who's making her way up the stairs as random explosions happen around her. She knows somebody is trying to do their best, so she needs to do the same. For her, there is no answer except to go forward! Good thing you had that stair climbing training recently.
-Back in the SDRTST fight, that's still in a stalemate, but we get a quick shot of Dr. Ver cradling the Staff of Solomon like a baby. Yeah, like we need further proof of the doctor's insanity. He does tell Chris that if she doesn't hurry, she won't get the toy she wants. Like you can trust him to honor any sort of agreement. Though for Chris, her goal is to destroy the staff, so she'll do that by any means necessary. Tsubasa wonders, then, if Dr. Ver is using the collar of doomy death to make Chris obey him. Realizing that the fight isn't going to get them anyway, the pop idol takes another option.
-Tsubasa goes into a wider stance, asking Chris what she wants so much that she's willing to wear a dog collar? Chris replies that those without homes always do the dirty work. This gets Tsubasa to smile, saying that she is going to take the Death Metal Goth Magical Girl home, even if she was to drag her by the neck. Because there is a home waiting for her. Chris looks away, uncertain how to react to the statement, but Tsubasa says that no matter how strongly she refuses, she will help her. And while she knows that having only one wing won't help her fly, making the wind blow is her duty. She then thinks of Kanade, because she needs a paycheck, before flying off to the ether once more.
-As for Chris, she tells at Tsubasa because of those mixed emotions, but Dr. Ver reminds her of the time limit she has before the Dog Collar of Doomy Death goes off. With this, Chris will end the battle in the next attack, using a combination attack she's been working on. Of course is that she called Tsubasa "senpai", which catches the pop idol off guard. Tsubasa smiles, saying that she'll show her junior the killing side of her blade. If you guys were speaking in code, then I think you lost me with that last exchange.
-The two girls gear up with exchange of skills, which includes the Mega Deth Party and the Thousand Falling Tears skills. The exchange results in a massive explosion that engulfs the two girls, seemingly killing them. Dr. Ver, ever the onlooker, cheers in joy, as this was exactly what she was hoping for. But it may not have been faked, because Aoi reports that she lost the signals for Ame no Habakiri and Ichaival. Of course, this could mean that they're depowered, but we're meant to think that they're dead. So, basically, just like last season, which used the penultimate episode to "kill" them off, too. So I'm sure they'll be back for the finale... maybe.
-Meanwhile, for the FIS fights, Shirabe takes over singing duties as she engages with Kiri, and after an exchange of attacks, Kiri takes over for her verse. Shirabe uses her skill Emergency Type Sigma Forbidden Moon Wheel to launch herself at Kiri, who activates her skill Dual-Slash Cinderella. Given how little we know of their gears, I suspect that they're just making up names at this point. The two girls quickly start singing together as they go all out against one another, and like the SDRTST fight, they're also stuck in a stalemate. And I don't think they're talking in code, either.
-During a break in battle, Shirabe asks Kiri if she really can't stop. She responds by saying that if Shirabe really wants her to stop, then she has to try harder. She throws her a vial of LiNKER to her friend. Shirabe is confused by this, but that's because Kiri has her own vial that she uses on herself. Shirabe follows suit, and soon enough, they're singing their Climax Songs. Their respective gears get a massive upgrade, something we didn't get to see before thanks to Hibiki, and we see Kiri become a flying Dark Magician Witch, using her scythe as a rocket powered broom. As for Shirabe, she basically uses her gear to become a giant mech. At this point, I'm like "sure, why not?"
-After a quick exchange of blows, showing how Kiri gained mobility while Shirabe lost it, Kiri says that she will do everything to protect Shirabe, even if her soul is erased by Finé. She then starts powering up her scythe and turns it into a giant energy wheel. I think Ruby might be a little jealous here. Shirabe, however, counters that the people Dr. Ver will save will lose those they love, just like her. There's another exchange of strikes that results in Shirabe losing one of her mech arms, but that doesn't weaken her resolve. She tells Kiri that, even if she survives in a world like that, she would never be able to sing again. And we all know how important singing is in this world.
-Kiri, however, is just as stubborn as Shirabe, and will continue, even if she is hated by her best friend. She attacks, destroying the other Shirabe mech arm, which only seems to make her worried for Kiri. She asks her friend not to fight anymore, to not let the Kiri she loves be taken from her. But Kiri will not relent and she goes in for the kill, only for Shirabe to produce the same shield that Kiri did a few episodes earlier, just like the one Finé made last season. Uh... okay, what?
-Kiri immediately gets depressed, going right away that it's Shirabe who is the vessel for Finé's soul and not her. Though given her statement, it seems like she already knew that Shirabe was the vessel? I don't know why, but the wording seems to imply that. Kiri sends her scythe away, calling herself an awful girl and wants to disappear. That's when we see that the scythe is coming right for Kiri. Shirabe rushes over, probably looking to move Kiri out of the way, but it's too late as she takes the stab meant for her friend. You know, given how big that scythe is, you'd think it'd do more. In a darker series, maybe, but not in this one!
-The first half of the episode ends, not on that, but on Frontier, glowing a light rainbow shadow, as Hibiki reaches the top of the stairs, ready for the final battle. When we return, we're in the control room as Maria finishes her song, but she's clearly tired. That's when the glow fades from Frontier. And that video feed is still going, showing the world how serious she was. Also giving them a free concert, too! however, it was all for naught as Nastassja reports that the Moon remains silent. It's as if it doesn't want to talk to anybody!
-Maria collapses in tears, thinking she isn't powerful enough to perform this task. The video feed is still going, and the three friends are seeing this. They can understand what she's doing, or at least, what she's doing now, so it looks like public opinion of her is changing. Maybe her career can be saved after all!
-What can't be saved is megalomaniac scientists. We don't need them. We enter a crystal cavern as Dr. Ver makes his way down, saying that, in the world he's looking to create, Symphogear-wielders are unnecessary. Which is why he brought them all together, in order for them to fight one another, but he didn't expect it to go this well. Okay, there's no way you could have planned this. You're just taking credit for something that happened pretty much by chance, like the good megalomaniac scientist you are.
-Oh, so this is the result of the explosion from the SDRTST fight. Dr. Ver is surprised to see Chris is still standing, and it's Tsubasa who's on the ground, depowered. Chris says that she took care of the pop idol, as promised, so she'd like the Staff of Solomon now. Pieces of Ichaival begin to break apart as she turns to face the doctor, demanding the staff. As expected, he wasn't going to keep his promise. He brings out a detonator and presses the button, but for some odd reason, there's no explosion. I know, right? In a show like this that loves random explosions, an intentional one doesn't happen? Shocking.
-Anyway, Dr. Ver is confused as to why there isn't an explosion, but Chris, being genre savvy, says the Dog Collar of Doomy Death is broken, ripping it off her neck. She knew he'd never hold up to his end of the bargain. Good thing Genjuro makes you watch all those movies, right? In response, Dr. Ver unleashes tons of Noise. Chris looks more annoyed than anything else, but she feels a sudden pain, and we find out why. Apparently the good doctor keeps smoke grenades filled with anti-LiNKER with him, and he threw one when she wasn't looking. But don't worry, Chris has a plan for that. And it's to violently depowered her Gear by performing an armor purge, which sends out chunks of her armor, hitting a bunch of Noise. Well, hopefully that didn't destroy Ichaival, because that would be a bad thing.
-Thanks to the smoke from the attack, Dr. Ver is unable to see a now naked Chris attack him, knocking the staff out of his hands. This wasn't part of the plan, but to make it worse, they're surrounded by Noise, and she has no way of fighting them. That's when she calls out for senpai, and suddenly, thousands of daggers appear, striking and destroying the Noise. Yup, Tsubasa was playing dead, and here she is, up and... wearing her season one colors? Dr. Ver explains it as her using a gear with a lesser phonic gain to ease the stress from the anti-LiNKER. He didn't think that was possible, but Chris smugly says that if it's Tsubasa, then she makes it possible.
-So I guess Ame no Habakiri and Ichaival we saw this season were upgrades to season one. Which would explain why they look different. But what about Hibiki's Gungnir? Is that just force of will on her part. Unfortunately we don't have time to discuss this as we're right into the action, with Tsubasa slicing her way through the Noise in classic season one style. And this is how you use those heel swords.
-We get a flashback of the final exchange between the SDRTST girls, showing that yes, they were speaking in code, so they knew how to attack one another and make it look convincing to anybody watching. We do get a shot of Tsubasa slicing the Dog Collar of Doomy Death, deactivating it so it doesn't go boom on the later. In the present, Tsubasa continues clean up duty, so Dr. Ver takes this time to run. Fortunately for him, Chris is surrounded by noise, so the pop idol prioritizes her friend over him, setting her sword ablaze and taking out the remaining Noise. Now, I know this will be disappointing for some people, but we don't get to keep a naked Chris for long, as apparently she can materialize her school uniform, so she won't be trying to hide behind rocks or use convenient censorship. And we see that Ichaival did survive, as Chris looks at the relic in her hand. I suspect that's something you don't want to do too often, because who knows what it does to Gears in the long run.
-Tsubasa herself powers down and hands over the Staff of Solomon to Chris. Mission complete! Now lets get drinks. But before they do that, Chris apologizes for running off on her own, but Tsubasa is a forgiving senpai, though she admits that she can't do anything on her own. Plus, she considers herself lucky to see Chris being a good girl. Chris goes a bit Tsundere on the pop idol, but then asks why she believed in what she said? It's because she called Tsubasa "senpai", so she couldn't ignore what she was about to say. And that's all that was needed. Now, before getting those drinks, they need to meet up with Hibiki, who's probably gotten herself in trouble again. She walks off, with Chris smiling, happy to have a home with them. Chris certainly got an increase in the adorable factor this season.
-We follow Dr. Ver in a long elevator shaft, pissed that he lost the Staff of Solomon. He'll need to send Maria after them, assuming she isn't tired from trying to sing the Moon awake. Speaking of getting people to wake up, Kiri is over Shirabe's barely alive body, pleading with her to wake up. In the all too familiar space between life and death, Shirabe sinks deeper into the abyss. She can hear Kiri call out for her, but she also sees the spirit of Finé floating over her. Turns out, Hibiki actually did purify her, as she planned to stay quite without erasing anyone's soul. The problem, however, is that after being hit a strike that splits the soul into two, she won't last that long. How very un-Finé of you.
-Shirabe asks why Finé took the blow for her. But it's because she needs a messenger, and Shirabe will do. She wants Shirabe to tell "her" something. She explains that, for a millennia, she's been the villain. Sometime, somewhere, and it's too late to pretend to be a hero. She, living in the present, must deal with it. Shirabe recognizes who the "her" Finé is referring to, as the priestess continues, saying that sometime in the future, people will be connected, and sharing that isn't the role for a ghost. And with that, she fades away into little specks of light, which also appear in the real world, coming from Shirabe. So... Kiri killed a ghost? Good for her.
-Oh, right, she's upset because she may have killed her friend. Kiri begs for Shirabe to open her eyes, who tells her that they're already open. She sits up as Kiri is having issues processing it, but after being stared at by Shirabe, Kiri just breaks down and wraps her friend up in a giant bear hug. She's all kinds of confused, so Shirabe explains it as best as she can. Something about Finé apparently not being evil and taking the metaphorical bullet for her. Kiri is just more confused, but that leaves her open for a bear hug from Shirabe. Hugs for everybody!
-Shirabe tells Kiri that everyone is helping her, so she needs her friend to help, too. They are going to save Maria together. Kiri can get behind that, and with that, her heel-face turn has been completed. I think, technically, that makes her the last of the FIS Magical Girls to switch sides.
-As for Maria, she's having her little break down as Nastassja asks her to try and reactivate eh lunar ruins again. Maria is being a defeatist, however, saying that her songs can't save the world. Eye-Patch Mom pleads her to help, but that's when Dr. Ver arrives. You have terrible timing, doctor. So, hey, you know how FIS' ultimate goal was to stop the Moon from falling? Yeah, apparently that wasn't Dr. Ver's plan. He hits Maria with a backfist. No, not a slap with the back of the hand, but a backfist, and berates Maria for trying to stop the Moon from falling. If it fails, he won't be able to do what he wants. And to think I called him a megalomaniac earlier as a joke.
-Dr. Ver hears Nastassja on the comms and gets right to work as Eye-Patch Mom begs him to use Frontier to reboot the ruins that control Balal's Curse. With that, they can return the Moon to its proper orbit. Okay, you want to do that? Then Dr. Ver will help you out by sending you straight to the Moon. And suddenly, the building that I'm guessing contains the engineering room Nastassja was in goes flying. Dr. Ver then says that the reason all the heroes throughout history have been unable to rule humanity is that humanity's numbers were too great! And so, he's going to reduce humanity to the point that he can rule them! Sounds like you were born in the wrong universe, doctor.
-So, let's see. We have psychopath, megalomanic, mass-murderer. Anything else to add? Oh, right, and egotist, as the good doctor says that only a genius like him could figure out how to rule humanity. He says he always wanted to be a hero, and now he'll be greater than one. Maria, pissed, brings out her spear and confronts Dr. Ver, but he reminds her that, if she kills him, she'd be killing all of humanity. Yeah, she stopped caring and attacks. Yeah, looks like the doctor didn't expect that and panics, but luckily, Hibiki comes in to save the day!
-Maria is upset that fusion-syndrome patient #1 is in the way. Lady, she has a name, and Hibiki gives it, along with her age, and that she is not some "fusion-syndrome patient." No anymore, that is. Anyway, Hibiki is here because she wanted to talk to Maria. But the diva already knows that allowing Hibiki to talk is the worst thing that can happen, so she tells the younger girl that, no, there is no need to talk. Dr. Ver killed Nastassja, so she's going to kill him. Well, she isn't exactly dead yet, is she? She's still got some time... possibly. Depends on how fast that building is going.
-Maria attacks, lunging straight for Dr. Ver, but Hibiki, showing why there will be a second law about sending her out on the field, grabs the spear and is able to keep the powered armored diva in check. All without a Gear... maybe. She tells the diva that she can look for a reason to kill Dr. Ver later, but for now, she can't give up on living. And that's when Hibiki sings the activation key for Gungnir, which causes Maria to depower, though she didn't get her clothes back, and for the entire place to be covered with specks of light and energy. Which leads to the reactions of everybody looking, because remember, the live streaming is still going on.
-We have Kiri and Shirabe, who's first thought is to save Maria. Then we have Chris and Tsubasa, who just kind of shrug, calling this typical Hibiki behavior. Then we have the world, showing that yes, Hibiki is a gear wielder. And the three friends looking on in surprise. They'll probably need to tell her about this later. We cut to Ogawa and Genjuro, looking at the video with neutral expressions. Well, he was going to punish her before, so it's not like that's changed. and then we're in the SDRTST command deck. Now, I know the looks of Aoi and Mike are suppose to be one of shock, but given the way their eyes are shadowed, it makes me think they're looking at something horrifying.
-Back at the bridge, Maria is confused. Apparently the fusion patient shouldn't be able to do this. Who told you that, Dr. Ver? Really, how often does the man lie to you? Even if he tells the truth, you can't trust what he says. Also, this is Hibiki we're talking about. She could rewrite the universe if she wanted to. With encouragement, Hibiki transforms into Gungnir, though I think she actually has a jewel on her chest this time, as she yells out her gear, called Strike Spear Gungnir. Cue credits! Good timing, too.
On Friday, the finale. Until next time.
3 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next episode of Symphogear G. The show that breaks the seals on the frontier.
In our last episode, Miku reveals herself to be the wielder of Shenshoujin and proceeds to wreck the place by shooting lasers at everybody. We get a flashback to Dr. Ver convincing Miku to help, but I'm still going with mind control, because he's a bastard that way. Hibiki, with little choice, confronts her friend to get her to stop, releasing that she's on a strict time limit before reaching critical mass.
While that is happening, Tsubasa is keeping tabs on Kiri, showing the vast difference in skill between the two. However, Miku decides to use one of her more powerful techniques to try and kill everybody, including Shirabe, who Dr. Ver suggested that she was a traitor. Thanks to out of the box thinking by Tsubasa and a save by Super Ninja Manager Ogawa, Shirabe is protected.
While that is going on, Chris is on cleanup duty against the Noise, but she sees a lot of casualties, including one who was a parent, never again to see her child. This has an effect on her already fragile mind that comes into play later. As for FIS, thanks to the fight between Miku and Hibiki, they're able to redirect her energy beams into Frontier itself, causing the seal to be broken and allowing a land mass to rise. Though I should mention that, after the battle, Hibiki is carrying an unconscious Miku back to SDRTST HQ, but is caught in the blast, seemingly damaging or destroying Gungnir and Shenshoujin.
As for Chris, she decides to shoot Tsubasa in the back because of all the death around her. Perhaps she believes this is the right course? Or maybe she's playing the long game. Who knows, but maybe we'll find out soon. So let's tune into tonight's episode and see how this gets resolved.
-Our episode begins with the rising of Frontier, stopping all of the fonclifts for a time, which then leads to Chris shooting Tsubasa multiple times, leaving us with our last shot of Chris shooting the fallen Pop Idol one more time. What a dark cliffhanger.
-In the SDRTST sub, Shirabe is currently in some heavy duty cuffs and is relinquished of her Gear. They don't really have a safe, so Ogawa will be keeping it on him. As he's the second most powerful member of the team, this is probably the safest place for that relic to be. Shirabe, however, isn't arguing or asking for it back. Instead, she's asking them to save them. Ogawa is quite surprised by this. He was expecting FIS to be totally evil because of Dr. Ver. And this is why you don't let your psychopathic megalomaniacs became the face of your organization.
-Tonight's episode is titled Destiny Ark. In the command deck, an image of Frontier is shown. Now, the SDRTST already did a scan of it and displace the stats on the screen, showing that it is much larger than you think. It's practically a small island. It lists the length as 30,000 meters, the height as 14,000 meters, the width as 5,000 meters, with a location of North 21.37 degrees and east 136.62 degrees. The location puts in in the Philippine Sea, and the exact spot is close to a thousand miles away from Osaka, the nearest Japanese city. So, yeah, they're basically in the middle of nowhere. Who knew that VTOL could get so far?
-But while they may be in the middle of nowhere, that doesn't mean nobody can reach them. They learn that a second US Fleet is on the way. The Undersecretary, still eating his ramen, asks if the US plans to move to Frontier to avoid lunar impact? There's no answer, but since they are there, Genjuro will take the sub to investigate. Hopefully they won't start shooting you as soon as they see you, but you never know.
-In the infirmary, we see that Miku is awake and aware of her surroundings, but the door opens and Hibiki wastes in time in running towards her friend, giving her a giant hug. I should also note that there's more life to Miku's eyes, which seems to give credit that perhaps she was indeed under some sort of mind control or hypnosis. Also, Tsubasa is there. Hopefully we'll get an explanation as to how she survived several gunshots to the back soon. That said, another shot shows that she's been bandaged up. That must have been quite the escape she pulled off.
-Aoi, acting as a doctor, tells them that the LiNKER has been flushed from Miku's system and there are no visible aftereffects of Gear use. Hibiki, who looks a bit beaten up, is happy. Tsubasa is, too. I mean, sure, you did try to murder them with a very powerful gear and accidentally helped the villains complete their goal, but you weren't of a sound mind, so you are easily forgiven. Though Miku herself isn't happy from seeing Hibiki's wounds. She starts to blame herself as Hibiki thanks her. Wait, what? You're happy your friend tried to murder you? You have some weird ideas on how people strengthen their friendships, Hibiki.
-Actually, Hibiki is thanking Miku because she saved her. Turns out, thanks to Shenshoujin and the laser blast, both it and Gungnir were destroyed. Yes, that includes the fragments that were inside Hibiki. So... yay? I guess? I mean, this is kind of a bad time to have this happen, but look, Hibiki is no longer in immediate danger of being killed by her own powers! Hooray!
-This is why Hibiki is so happy, though it takes Miku a while to understand this. Though she also understands the other problem. No relic for Hibiki means no way of fighting the Noise and stopping FIS. Again, while this is good, this is also terrible timing, given that Frontier is rising from the sea. This also means the SDRTST is down one Power Armored Magical Girl, but Tsubasa, brimming with confidence, says she can handle FIS herself. Which leads to Miku realizing that Chris isn't here. Where is she?
-Well, Benedict Arnold here did indeed switch sides and is with FIS on the island. Chris is quite surprised that its as sleeping beneath the sea. We get a flashback to the betrayal, which even Kiri has issues with, but apparently Chris did this to show that she's serious about switching sides. She also has a wish for conflict to end, so she's going to join up with them. Though I'm still going with the long game here, given that Tsubasa did survive, making me think that Chris came up with this on the fly. I'm hoping the others realize this, too, and won't berate her too badly for nearly killing one of their own when they are in desperate need of help.
-Inside of Frontier, Maria isn't quite convinced that Chris is on their side and asks a question about said change. Chris doesn't seem to give it much thought, telling the diva the she can shoot her on the front lines from behind if she doesn't like it. Dr. Ver, out loud, says that this was the plan. You just don't have an internal censor anymore, do you, doctor? They reach the generator room, and Dr. Ver pushes the heart of the Nephilim into it, causing it to power on. On the surface, unusual looking trees begin to grow, which is something Nastassja notes. How do you even know that?
-Dr. Ver is going to head to the bridge and wants Nastassja to take care of the Frontier control room. Kiri, however, is still bothered by what Shirabe said after she betrayed her friend, telling her that the doctor's methods of doing things won't save the weak. However, she believes that, without Frontier's power, they can't save anyone. She couldn't even save Shirabe, given that she's currently in the hands of the SDRTST, who are completely and totally evil, right, since they're a secret, shadowy organization for the government, and they're always evil.
-If they were, Genjuro certainly turned that around. He's observing Shirabe on the command deck as Ogawa presents him with her relic. He's reporting Shirabe's wishes to him, asking that FIS has apparently lost sight of their goal and are out of control. They're soon joined by Aoi and the girls, but Genjuro isn't happy to see Miku out of bed. She should be resting, but Miku just can't lay down and do nothing, especially after hearing that Chris left them. Of course, he understands that losing Chris and Hibiki is going to make the mission that much more difficult, but Aoi mentions how impressive Tusbasa is, dodging all the vital shots. Tsubasa, however, doesn't think it's true. She believes that Chris missed on purpose. And I think we all know why.
-The sub reaches Frontier, looking as imposing as ever. Inside, Dr. Ver and Maria reach the bridge, which looks more like a throne room, which was probably on purpose. As the two reach a large relic in the middle of the room, Dr. Ver produces a syringe. It's LiNKER, but more specifically, one that was made from the Nephilim's relic-absorbing cells, which he injects into himself. His arm then transforms into a Nephilim looking limb, allowing him to press against the relic control board and activate it. Yeah, Maria, if this isn't raising all kinds of red flags, then I think we should consider you a lost cause.
-Dr. Ver laughs as the relic lights up. He can't wait to turn it on and asks Maria if he should do so. That's when they see the second fleet approaching, and he just gets happier. In the control room, Nastassja sees everything lighting up. She says that if Frontier belonged to the Custodians, who arrived during prehistoric eras, then it should be filled with heretical technology. So, basically, aliens, right? Nastassja, however, has the big picture in mind. Mainly, stopping the Moon from hitting the planet and killing everybody. That's when she notices something unusual. And I don't think it's the second fleet, given that the picture shows up a second or two later.
-Dr. Ver is talking to Nastassja, saying that he can sense Frontier's energy state, and it's more than enough to make it lose its temper. That's an unusual line to use, but at this point I think this is on purpose, showing how more deranged Dr. Ver has become. Nastassja tells him that it's too soon, but the doctor doesn't care anymore and uses the energy of Frontier to... form a giant hand to grab onto the moon. Uh, okay? What did he do exactly? I'm a bit confused.
-That's when the island starts to move, seemingly coming out from the ocean more. Nastassja notes that Dr. Ver's greed is only accelerating and that she must stop him with the heretical technology she trusted, before it's too late. Yeah, I think I just saw a death flag pop up for her. You just don't do heel-face turns this late in the game without a death coming up shortly afterwards.
-The SDRTST sub is feeling the effects of the move, with Sakuya noting that the sea floor is coming up right below them. We see the impact happening, and as the island rises into a flying airship, complete with a landmass. The commander of the US fleet is told by Strategic Command that they are to take control of Frontier. The Commander looks at it and says "Yeah, that's going to be a problem." Still, orders are orders, so they attack, but given how large the landmass is, they don't do a lot of damage to it. Clearly, they need to work out how to attack floating islands better at the Pentagon.
-Dr. Ver, however, is having fun. So much so that his glasses are about to slide off his face. He uses Frontier to unleash a wave of energy that crushes and destroys the US fleet. Turns out, Frontier can control gravity, but Dr. Ver notes that this is as much as he can control. Still, he's very happy with himself and begins to laugh like the mad man that he is. Also, do you have veins popping out of your face? Did that just happen from the Nephilim injection? Maria, however, is still having issues with siding with the doctor. Because, you know, putting power in the hands of a mad man was such a great idea, wasn't it? But Dr. Ver, still thinking himself of a hero, will use this power to trample over everybody else, and will become the last action hero of this world! Hooray! Except you don't look very muscular. Unless you're hiding it under that coat of yours.
-After a break, we have a report helicopter observing the scene. Man, those things must have a lot of fuel... or there's a ship nearby they're able to doc with. So, yeah, the report is reporting that things are getting pretty bad, and unfortunately for the report, he gets to suffer the same fate as the US Navy. It's very quick, too, so they didn't have enough time to cut it off. The three friends see the report happening and are immediately worried for Miku and Hibiki. This seems to be getting worse for the world. Hopefully Hibiki will be able to punch this problem, too.
-On Frontier, we actually get our first proper look at the SDRTST sub. It's an unusual design, as it appears to have a helipad that's in the middle of the sub. That is a very unusual design. As for why the island was rising, turns out, the energy hand that we saw used the Moon as an anchor. Looks like Frontier still has limits, and moving celestial bodies, even ones that are as damaged as the Moon, is still beyond it's capabilities. Or so I believe, but it turns out that using the Moon as an anchor did cause it to move closer to Earth. Which is the exact opposite of what they wanted to do.
-More specifically, the exact opposite of what Maria wanted. They've made no preparations to save anyone, so she pushes Dr. Ver off the control board to try and stop it. As she fiddles around with it, the control sphere powers down. Why? Well, because of Dr. Ver, obviously. Turns out, with the LiNKER still going, he has the control rights. But he tells her not to worry, for humanity will not go extinct for as long as he is alive. This is his proposal, the most certain way to save humanity. Man, if only you guys saw his insanity so much earlier.
-Maria has a lot of issues with this and goes for Dr. Ver, who just slaps her to the ground. He then tells Maria that, sure, you could kill him now, but the twon't change the fact that Earth's about to be doomed. He then tells her to continue to lie on the ground in embarrassment, remembering how she pretended to be Finé. Maria, already a bundle of emotions, finally breaks down, crying for Serena and her own failure. Dr. Ver decides to kick her while she's down, not literally, and walks off, saying that when he comes back, they're going to talk about how they rebuild from the small population of survivors. Yeah, no, I don't think anybody is going to want to be with you, doctor.
-On the sub, Tsubasa is decked out to explore the island, but tells Hibiki not to worryy, for she's used to standing on the stage alone. We then see her ride off the sub, singing her activation key and transforming and mowing down Noise that happen to be on the island. It's a skill called Cavalry Flash, and she can apparently move that motorcycle like it was a living person. I wonder if the motorcycle is also a relic of some kind?
-On the command deck, the staff are observing Tsubasa's slaughtering of Noise, but Ogawa is still worried. They only have one wielder, so what should they do now? Hibiki, however, tells them they have another. Yeah, no matter how much your body may have changed, Genjuro is not letting you fight without a Gear. Oh, no, you see, she wasn't talking about herself or Miku. A cut shows them releasing Shirabe from her bonds. They're basically conscripting her into the SDRTST. Shirabe, however, expresses her dislike of Hibiki, calling her a hypocrite who waves her righteousness around. Hibiki sees to agree somewhat, saying that what she's doing isn't necessarily right, explaining a story about how she spent time in physical therapy after getting nearly murdered in a concert, and how she was trying to make her family happy. But as we saw in the flashback, they appear to be sad about her sudden recovery. You know, I wonder if we'll see more of Hibiki's family and how they deal with her surviving a Noise attack?
-In the present, Hibiki says that, despite all that, she doesn't want to lie about how she feels, for if she did, she wouldn't be able to hold anyone's hands. Shirabe is "Seriously? That's your reasoning?" But Hibiki continues, saying that she wants her to do what she wants to do. She grabs hold of her hand, saying that if she feels the same way as them, then they could help them a little. Shirabe stares at the hand and thinks about her comment for a moment, before Ogawa adds that she wants to stop her friends, who are out of control, from destroying everything they worked hard to avoid, right?
-Shirabe agrees, but still points out that she was the enemy. Genjuro chimes in, saying that an adult would never stop a kid from doing something she wants to do. Unless it was to take over the world, then there might be a discussion about the right and wrong ways to go about it. So he returns her relic, giving her change redeem herself. Shirabe wipes away a tear, saying he hasn't changed, but he knows he's spoiling her. That's just who he is. Wait, that's an awfully familiar comment she made. Looks like Genjuro caught it, too, but he doesn't have time to question it. Instead, Shirabe is taking to the hatch by Hibiki. Yay for new friends!
-Though, of course, this was Hibiki's excuse to get off the sub, as well. She's riding with Shirabe into the field of battle. This was not part of the plan and Genjuro is very upset by this. He gave her strict orders that she wasn't allowed to fight, but she counters that she isn't fighting. She's helping people, which is very different thing. Genjuro, while appreciating the rules lawyering, also doesn't recall showing her any movies where the hero talked back. Miku, however, suggests letting her do her thing. She was going to find a way off the sub, anyway, so why not under escort of another Power Armored Magical Girl? Genjuro can't help but smile. This is the kind of insanity that was suppose to be his job, but it looks like his student usurped that title from him. Ogawa asks if Hibiki will have a bad time waiting for her return, with Genjuro saying that she has an especially big one waiting. But I thought Hibiki was working on the True Pacifist route? As for the support staff, they will continue to provide support. Genjuro cracks his knuckles, saying that he can't let the kids have all the glory. Are you planning to punch the island in half? Because that seems like the sort of thing you would do, and probably something you can do, too.
-Out on the island, Tsubasa is informed of Hibiki and Shirabe coming to join her. She smiles, believing she never saw that coming, but really, this is Hibiki we're talking about. It wasn't a matter of if, but when she was going to join the field of battle. Or maybe she's surprised that Hibiki convinced Shirabe to join up? Which makes me wonder where she's been when Hibiki convinced Chris to join their cause. She'll agree to join up with them, but then realizes that she's pretty far from the sub. Hopefully the Noise won't go after them while she's away.
-Suddenly, a rain of arrows comes down, destroying the motorcycle and prompting Tsubasa to jump away. Dammit, she only had a couple of payments left on that thing! But as you suspect, it's Chris, and the two are their stare down, but Tsubasa was expecting and waiting for this to happen. They have a lot fo things they need to work out, and if they need to beat it out of them, then that's what they're going to do.
-We check in on Shirabe and Hibiki, making their way to the central building. Shirabe isn't certain but she feels like everybody would be there. However, she comes to a stop because they're stopped by Kiri, who hasn't transformed yet, but she's still rocking that scarf and appears to have a hood that has bull horns. How fitting. We then see her sing her activation key, giving us her transformation sequence. I think that covers everybody at this point, though her final pose has her saying "death". Okay, little miss grim reaper.
-Looks like the friends are going to have their fight, though I honestly thought they would be on opposite sides. Kiri brings her her scythe as the two banter a bit, though one is trying to convince the other that Dr. Ver way's are either wrong or the only way. Though in Kiri's case, she believes she's running out of time. Hibiki tries to play peacemaker, but they both yell at her, saying this is a battleground and not to be stupid. Seems like she has a way of getting everybody to yell at her from both sides, even in the middle of battle.
-With that, Shirabe tells Hibiki to keep going. She knows she can stop Maria, and that the diva will hold her hand. Hibiki is reluctant, but Shirabe tells her that her LiNKER has a limit, so Hibiki has to go now. Also, she should believe in the song in her heart. Hibiki recalls those very same words from Finé, right as she was dying, and runs off to do just that. Kiri goes to intercept but Shirabe intercepts her. Kiri is confused by this. Isn't Hibiki suppose to be one of those hypocrites Shirabe hates? Yes, she is, but according to Shirabe, Hibiki isn't lying about who she is. Turns out, she's a bit jealous by how dazzling Hibiki is. She just has that way of blindsiding you with that infinite optimism and charisma. Kiri relents to this, but she wants to leave something psychical behind while she's still her. Shirabe is confused by these words as Kiri says she wants to leave a world where Shirabe, Maria, and Nastassja can live, as well as proof that she was here. Well, harming your friend will certainly do that for you.
-As so battle is joined, with Kiri going for the first strike, using a skill called K1LL JUL1ET. No, that isn't a typo. Apparently, Kiri is L33T. Shirabe responds with her own skill, Type Gamma Svastika Firewheel. While this fight between friends is going on, we go to another fright between friends as we see Chris and Tsubasa are in the middle of their own battle. Tsubasa is keeping close with Chris, taking away her advantage of being a distance fighter, though Chris is still able to hold her own, forcing Tsubasa to block a few times. Her hair does get hit, so her stylist is going to have a lot of work ahead of her at the next event.
-Back with the FIS battle, Kiri takes over singing duties and goes to engage Shirabe. Her friend responds with the skill Hidden Type Sigma Slashing Svastika, bringing out four giant saw blades and using them to keep Kiri away. But this song turns into a duet as Shirabe begins singing the next verse. Kiri wonders what's going on in her friend's heart that's making them fight as we check in on the SDRTST fight, with them going at is as the FIS girls continue the song. That fight continues to be a stalemate, but Dr. Ver is watching, and he's happy to see this happening. I wonder if he knows that Kiri and Shirabe are fighting, or he does and is just as happy about that? Either way, I hope Chris reveals that she was never on their side and snipes him good.
-Maria, who is watching both fights, collapses. She didn't make her choice to see Kiri and Shirabe fight like this. That's when Nastassja contacts her, telling the diva that she may have found aw ay to stop the Moon from falling. It's their last hope, but she needs Maria's songs. Maria seems caught off guard by that, but I can't help but think she's talking about the Climax Song. We then check in on Hibiki, who appears tired at first, but pushes herself harder, for as long as there is a song in her heart, she'll keep going, heading for the central building. Hey, we don't actually have a cliffhanger this time. Shocking, right? Cue credits!
Things are heating up as we go into our penultimate episode. We have one-on-one fights from people we didn't expect would fight, as well as a madman who's slowly turning himself into the monster that we know he is. Hibiki, however, did lose her Gear, which is both a good and a bad thing. Something tells me, though, that Maria's damaged relic is going to come into play, either from Hibiki taking her version of Gungnir, or being given it by Maria herself so she can use Serena's relic to do what needs to be done.
But is there truly a way to stop the Moon from falling? Will Frontier do what nobody else could? And will the emotions from these fights finally break through? You'll need to tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, even if you're out in the middle of a sea, a thousand miles away from home, always bring your motorcycle with you. You'll never know when you'll run into a landmass that happens to rise from under the water.
4 days agoCaButler
Well, I found out that it has it's own TV Tropes page, it's on IMDB page, and found this fan trailer for it, making it out to be a horror movie.
Which, if you think about it, is pretty accurate. It was a horrifying experience... for the guys, that is.
...Also, I posted new images because notifications don't work that way anymore.
1 week agoCaButler
I want to give a shot at it and want to share my experiences with the people. But I'm not entirely certain how to go about it.
Yes, I know twitch and video capturing is a thing, but I also want to look at microphone and headset options, especially something that can switch between consoles.
If anybody can offer some advice on how to get started, that would be great. Besides, I want to start up Trails in the Sky SC and I want to stream that and not type it up again.
Thanks for any help.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next episode of Symphogear G. Where missing friends can suddenly appear as arch-rivals.
In our previous episode, Miku is presumed killed in the Sky Tower explosion, leaving Hibiki to be a bit of a mess for a bit while Chris and Tsubasa handle cleanup. Through the efforts of the SDRTST, they get an idea as to what happened and how it went down. They also discover that Miku is not dead, but alive. Just missing in action. Still, they go based on the assumption that she was kidnapped, which is better than nothing at the moment. So they go off to train in a training montage that will be considered the greatest training montage to ever exist.
Meanwhile, Maria has had a bit of a change of heart, what with murdering US Soldiers, and decides that she likes Dr. Ver's ideas, which doesn't sit quite that well with Kiri and Shirabe. So she's looking to go full evil, but it's reluctant as she has issues with random murdering, which is what happens when Dr. Ver unleashes Noise on a US Patrol ship. Nastassja, too weak to do anything to stop it, is basically out of the picture, so Shirabe decides to take matters in her own hands and deals with the Noise threat.
Kiri, worried about her own potential loss of life, is afraid for Shirabe, so with some prompting from Dr. Ver, goes to help out, only to immediately betray Shirabe by hitting her with some Anti-LiNKER, forcing her to depower. Of course, we know hte reason why, because Kiri wants somebody to remember her, but her plea is cut off short by the arrival of Chris and Tsubasa, who make quick work of the two.
And that's when our twist comes in. For you see, Miku was indeed kidnapped when Maria accidentally ran into her during her escape. Then Dr. Ver had some alone time with her, which should not sit well for any of us, and suddenly, here she is, using Shenshoujin as her gear. Things are getting wild here. How will Hibiki react to seeing her friend on the wrong side? Will Shirabe ever forgive this sudden betrayal? And is Maria truly playing the long game? Let's tune in and find out.
-So our episode begins with Miku revealing herself as Shenshoujin's wielder, which catches everybody by surprise. Also, getting a better look at it, Miku's Gear form has this wierd head dress that makes it look like it's trying to eat her face. Anyway, it's a short teaser today as we're getting right into the opening.
-Tonight's episode is titled Countdown to Loss. Well, that isn't ominous at all, is it? The VTOL, having lost Shenshoujin, is in public few as we see several ships surrounding the US Patrol ship. Nastassja arrives on the cockpit, already aware of what's happening. Maria objects to her being there, but Eye-Patch Mom is all kinds of pissed off. They need Shenshoujin to break the seal, but it also has the power to deceive the heart. She gives a stare of anger at Dr. Ver, accusing him of doing this. Really, should you be surprised at this point?
-We get a flashback to Dr. Ver talking to Miku, offering to help her out and offering her Shenshoujin. And then we see her in a vat with tubes and some metallic object on the back of her head. Miku, did you honestly accept his offer while realizing that this man is a psychopath, who not only killed several people in front of you, but also tried to kill you and Hibiki on a separate occasion? There's no way you would have accepted his offer unless he did use some sort of mind control on you.
-Anyway, Dr. Ver wanted to use Miku because she's friends with "fusion-syndrome patient #1", aka, Hibiki. As we learned last season, all the girls who attend Lydian are potential Symphogear wielders, and Miku is no exception. But Nastassja isn't pleased, because Dr. Ver basically manipulated the poor girl, which is true. She accuses him of just injecting the girl with his LiNKER and turn her into a gear wilder. Dr. Ver denies such claims. Just because you give a person LiNKER, doesn't make them a Symphogear wielder. So how? Because of love, obviously! Nastassja has such a great expression to this reply, asking where did this come from to begin with?
-Dr. Ver explains it. The LiNKER that connected to Miku connected to her desire to prevent Hibiki from fighting anymore, which allowed her to connect to Shenshoujin. Dr. Ver calls it beautiful, because he loves these kinds of twists, given how twisted he is. Though I still think he's under mind control, because we're given a little extra time to the jewel on the back of her head. Anyway, Tsubasa and Chris are like "What?", so Shirabe, who has decided to switch sides, explains. Dr. Ver made Miku expendable, since her creation was faster than Shirabe and Kiri. As a result, she'll break more easily. As if we didn't have enough excuses to wish great pain on Dr. Ver.
-Tsubasa reports the situation, but given that the SDRTST is currently watching the event unfold, I think they're up to date on the situation. This also includes Hibiki, because she's got nothing better to do at the moment. We then get a long look at Miku's face before the jaw headdress comes down, showing it to be a visor, and she joins the fray. I do note that her eyes are very much different from the others, so I'm sticking with my "mind control" theory.
-Chris does Shirabe aside and engages Miku, using her skill Queen's Inferno, unleashing thousands of energy arrows, but Miku is able to dodge them and escapes into the ocean. Hoping to use this distraction to escape, Kiri makes a run for it, but doesn't even have enough time to turn around before Tsubasa has her back at her sword. This unfortunately makes the fight a one-on-one fight, which Tsubasa regrets, because they aren't just fighting an unknown Gear wielder, but one that is a close friend to all three girls. Stupid dramatic twists!
-Chris continues to attack Miku, who can apparently hover above the water. Shenshoujin seems a bit over powered, doesn't it? Chris keeps up by leaping from ship to ship, then decides that if arrows aren't going to work, bullets will. She uses her skill Billion Maiden, and while Miku does fight back, she is nailed a couple of times. When you fire enough bullets, some of them are going to hit. But still, Miku is holding her own surprisingly well despite being a new gear wielder. In the VTOL, we find out why. Shenshoujin is overriding Miku's will and is essentially running the fight for her. Nastassja points out that, with a fake will, she still won't be a match for experienced Gear wielders.
-This is showing in the SDRTST command deck, where Miku is getting nailed and is unable to actually attack properly. It's gotten so bad that Hibiki wants to go out there and help, but in a surprising twist on the cliche, does not go out to engage, even though it's quite painful for her. Genjuro, in another twist, pats her on the head, doing all he can to comfort his student. And this is why we need more Genjuro's running secret organizations. Things just go smoother when they have a party budget.
-Back in the battle, while Chris did jump in right away to attack, she did so reluctantly. She doesn't want to hurt Miku because of all she's done for them, but as they return to the US Patrol Ship, Chris unleashes her skill Mega Deth Party. And just to make sure they connect, Chris lays down fire to hit Miku, allowing the missiles to hit their target. And with that, the battle has ended. I'm trying to decide what Dr. Ver's plan was here? Was he hoping Hibiki would show up to cause something to happen? Was he hoping for some sort of miracle?
-Still, the doctor does have backup plans. Chris finds Miku, alive but unconscious. She goes for the Gear, but Dr. Ver tells her that if they try to forcefully remove it, it make cause damage to her brain. That's when Miku reveals she was playing dead or was running on autopilot, and unleashes a skill called Flash of Light, which is used with her weapon expanding to look like a satellite dish. Even though she was at point blank, Chris was able to dodge the attack. This world must operate on Xcom accuracy.
-Miku then prepares to unleash another attack, forming a metal circle around her. She's also aiming for everybody else, which Chris notes is a bad thing for a depowered Shirabe. Kiri then yells out Death for some reason as Miku starts her song. It's soft, somber, and sounds a bit robotic. Which, given the current situation, makes sense here. Chris decides that she's going to fight fire with fire and prepares her own skill, but Miku appears to get her's out first, which is called Shooting Star. Geez, I wonder why?
-Chris' skill, which is defense oriented, deflects the attack, but man, it does a number on the US Patrol Ship. However, the attack hasn't stopped, but Chris is tanking it like a champ. That's when Kiri calls out to Shirabe, telling her to run before they erase her. Tsubasa is confused by this. Who is going to erase who? Meanwhile, Chris continues to hold her own, saying that this shot is nothing compared to the one that tried to destroy the moon. Still, she wonders why she's being pushed back. Better than getting killed, which is exactly what Miku is trying to do here.
-Shirabe fills in, saying that it's innocent an fierce, a flood of power that wards off evil. That is the power of the Shenshoujin Symphogear. But it looks like Chris is reaching her limit. So you mean erased by the beam from Miku, who was forcefully turned into a gear wielder by a madman who forced Kiri to betray Shirabe and now put her in mortal danger? Tell me again why you want to keep working with him?
-Luckily, Tsubasa chooses now to step in to help, but since she's nowhere near as defense oriented as Chris or Hibiki, she keeps dropping giant swords while running with Chris and Shirabe in tow. She's barely staying ahead of the beam, and before you ask why she can't just move to the side, she states that if she did, she'd have to slow down. So Tsubasa decides to do a little outside of the box thinking. If she can't move to the side, she'll just move up. She drops a sword right in front of her and uses it as a ramp, allowing the three to escape the blast just in time. Well, that was fun, wasn't it?
-There's a pause in the battle as Miku is still ready to attack, but Kiri berates her. Shirabe is one of them, so how could you attack her like that? Dr. Ver, however, asks if Shirabe really is one of them? She did betray the group and helped the enemy, so could you really call Shirabe one of us? And Kiri starts breaking down, blaming herself for betraying Shirabe. But she seems to be taking it rather well, calling out to her friend and telling her that Dr. Ver's methods of doing things won't save the weak. Dr. Ver, who is somehow able to hear all of this, says yeah, that's true. As they are, they're far too powerless. While they don't have enough data on Symphogears and relics, they do have an advantage with the Staff of Solomon. Yeah, if the SDRTST is smart, they'll destroy that thing first chance they get.
-Dr. Ver then unleashes a wave of Noise on the other US ships, killing hundreds of sailors. Tsubasa is shocked by this, but at this point, I think Dr. Ver just looks for reason to use the staff. Chris, however, is concerned about something else. With the staff around, it means the Treasury of Babylonia is still open. That was mentioned once before, but that sounds like a very bad thing.
-Chris engages the Noise while Kiri and Tsubasa fight again. At this point, I'm just wondering how badly damaged Kiri is? Is it because of Finé and the mess that it's doing to her? Miku is still charging up, but then she stops the charge and leaves. How odd. But that's because the SDRTST sub surfaces, though it doesn't seem to be related. Did Dr. Ver call her back or is she looking for a different firing solution? In any case, Genjuro orders a rescue operation for the sailors and to let Chris handle the Noise, something she's very good at.
-As Tsubasa and Kiri lock weapons, the pop idol realizes that she could easily shake off Kiri easily, but that will leave Shirabe open. So Ogawa, being the faithful manager that he is, takes Shirabe out of the equation. He appears in a pillar of water, grabs Shirabe, tells Tsubasa to leave the resuce effort to them and orders her to follow Miku. And then he... shadow walks backwards with Shirabe in tow? Ogawa, are you actually a super powered ninja or something?
-With Shirabe no longer a factor, Tsubasa uses one of the plane launchers on the deck to send herself off. Kiri, uncertain of what to do, runs off screen in the same direction as Miku. Meanwhile, that comment about Ogawa? Yeah, we see him running on the water with Shirabe in hand. I had to stop for a few minutes to process this. So Genjuro is, like, a level twenty monk, so Ogawa is, what, a level twenty rogue/ninja or something?
-Kiri, in pursuit of Tsubasa, decides that she needs to leave her mark on the world. She ties up Tsubasa, leaving her open for a skill called Guillotine Jabberwock. I think the name speaks for itself, but Kiri is going for her own murder here. But just because Tsubasa is tied up doesn't mean she's helpless, as she uses her skill, Thousand Falling Tears, to escape her entrapment. Tsubasa has issues with her own near death, but Kiri goes on to say that she doesn't want Shirabe to forget. Yeah, she might have issues with you killing somebody. She won't forget that.
-Back in the command deck, they've finished analyzing Shenshoujin. Apparently it has the ability to degrade any power derived from relics. Which would explain how she was able to get through Chris' defenses. But this becomes another problem. They can't stop her with another gear. So how do they stop a relic-killer? Well, we have you, Genjuro, who proves to be more for a match for any Gear wielder. But don't worry, Hibiki has an idea. Which will likely involve her in some way, despite having a relic of her own.
-Dr. Ver, meanwhile, is enjoying this. He says that there's blood in Miku's songs, saying that the light of Shenshoujin is amplified by human phonic gain. He suspects that if they fire that at Frontier, it'll break the seal. Nastassja then starts coughing up more blood, so Maria asks the doctor for help. Well, he doesn't want to, since Nastassja has outlived her usefulness, but decides to do it anyway. And by help, I suspect he means kill. They leave, with Maria trying to keep herself in the game. This is the path she chose, but I can sense some regret in it.
-Back in the battle, Chris has dealt with the Noise, but she lands near the remains of some sailors. One is holding a pendant with a picture of himself and his daughter, which cuts at her deeply. She blames herself for letting this happen and is fully willing to accept this as her cross to bear. She renews her determination to see this through to the end, no matter watch.
-We then cut to Miku approaching the sub, where Hibiki stands, facing her. Hibiki calls out to her friend, saying they should go back, but Miku refuses, because she has something to do. She says that the light form Shenshoujin will shine upon a new world, and it's one without war, in which everyone can live in peace. And you honestly believe that Dr. Ver meant all of that, given what you've personally witnessed? Yup, has to be mind control. Even if Miku willingly did this for Hibiki, this just feels way too out of character for her without an outside influence clouding her judgement.
-Miku doesn't want to fight Hibiki, so she's going to make a world where she doesn't have to fight. Hibiki counters, though, asking if a world she makes in this way really be warm? This seems to get to her, so Hibiki keeps going, saying that the world she loves most is in the gentle sunlight, when Miku is with her. Miku counters that the world she'll create is one where she doesn't have to fight, but as Hibiki has issues with letting millions die, she will fight her best friend to prevent that from happening.
-With this resolve, Hibiki sings her activation key and we get her transformation sequence. And with that, the friends engage in their battle. In the command deck, Aoi reports that Hibiki has moved to Negotiation phase B. Hey, remember when I said that as a joke? Turns out it's an actual thing. They then start the clock, likely for how long Hibiki can stay transformed, and the limit is at two minutes and forty seconds. Plenty of time.
-Though it's possible they have less time than they think, because Hibiki is filling like her blood is about to boil over. We all knew you were hot headed, but we didn't mean literally. But this is part of the plan, as in a flashback, Hibiki tells Genjuro the plan. She'll use her energy wave to disable Miku's gear. What can possibly go wrong? Aside from dying and possibly exploding at the same time. I only add that because this show loves it's explosions.
-Genjuro has issues with this, refusing to let Hibiki go out there, but as Chris and Tsubasa are currently busy with other things, she's the only one available. And she's going to bring Miku back, even if it kills her. Genjuro refuses to let her die, so Hibiki will return alive, even if it kills her. Yup, she is certainly Genjuro's student. That's when Sakuya, looking to help, gives Genjuro an estimated time limit for Hibiki. Aoi joins in, saying that, with their support, Hibiki can succeed in their mission. Genjuro is still reluctant to do this, so he asks Hibiki if she has a plan? Her response is "You can't use numbers to describe something you just came up with!" So, no. Perfect. Let's rock!
-With that, we're back in the battle. Hibiki gets in a few good shots, but Miku lands a massive one, knocking Hibiki into the hall of the ship. She keeps laying on the attacks, knowing that her friend has endurance for days. Genjuro gets on the horn and reminds Hibiki about her time limit, so don't forget to not exceed that. I mean, I know we spoke about this just a few minutes ago, but I get this feeling that you need to be reminded of that.
-Hibiki seems worried about it at first, with the gear inside of her exploding like a spike ball, but this only increases her resolve. She breaks the furry of attacks and knocks Miku back, who counters with the Shooting Star. Hibiki, having scouted the attack well, dodges, but is unable to get closer from multiple laser attacks from Miku. Maria, watching from the VTOL, decides to help by launching a few missiles that are actually reflectors, allowing the attacks to bounce around more. You know, for something they just came up with, FIS is remarkably well prepared for this.
-Miku continues forward and... actually, she isn't getting hit by the lasers. She's using them as jumping point. A Monk, a Ninja, magical girls, and now this? At this point, I'd be surprised if they didn't do something over the top. However, Hibiki is quickly running out of time. Less than thirty seconds before critical failure. Miku keeps firing her lasers, saying that fighting is wrong, and that not fighting is the only thing that truly promises a warm world. And... is that jewel on the back of her head breathing? Is that actually the Nephilim heart? It must be.
-Still, Miku wants to stop Hibiki from fighting, so she's going to release her from it. Just then, stones starts to protrude from Hibiki, which doesn't sit very well with Miku, who has her veins popping out. This breaks open her visor, distracting her long enough for Hibiki to get in and grab Miku. Despite her protests, Hibiki will not let her go, even if she's causing third degree burns. As she makes her way back to the sub, we see what hte reflectors were for. They were to redirect the Shenshoujin beams. On the way back, Hibiki and Miku are caught in the beam, doing heavy damage to the two and possibly destroying that jewel on Miku's head. Oh, the medical team won't be happy about this.
-But hte beam itself keeps going, right into the water. Everybody stares at the light, wondering if their mission was successful? Well, somebody's was, and it's Dr. Ver, who rejoins Maria in the cockpit, overjoyed that Frontier's seal is breaking. Cue credits!
-But we're not done yet! We have an after credit scene. The pillar of light fades away, but the shaking continues as a landmass comes from under water. Everybody stops fighting as a result, but htis allows for somebody to sneak up behind Tsubasa and shoot her in the back with what sounds like an actual gun, even if it does look like an NES Zapper.
-Who shot Tsubasa? Why, it's Chris? But why? Why would she do that? There's no answer, for our last shot is Chris staring down her fallen comrade and pulling the trigger one more time. End episode.
Yeah, we totally needed that cliffhanger, because it wasn't just enough to know if Hibiki and Miku are alive and what their conditions are. At hte very least, it looks like Shenshoujin was destroy, but what about Gungnir? That thing can take a lot of punishment, but could it withstand such a blast in her given condition?
And why did Chris suddenly turn against Chris? Is this also a long con, or is there something else going on here? And unfortunately there, we can't say mind control was involved.
Things are starting to look bad for our heroes. Frontier has arisen, and Dr. Ver's plans are nearing completion. We're entering the final stretch of hte season where all bets are off. Did Hibiki and Miku survive the laser blast? Why did Chris shoot Tsubasa? And what will Frontier do about the falling moon? Tune in on Friday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when hiring for a manger, make sure that they have skills that could also qualify them as a ninja, just in case you need to get out of tight situations.
1 week agoCaButler
I found this clip recently of the Blazblue Cross Tag Battle being revealed at EVO.
You want to skip to around 1:30. People went crazy over the BBTAG reveal.
Then Ruby gets revealed, and you wonder how that place still has a roof.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Symphogear G. The show where people lie to other people about who they are and miss the point that other people are becoming who they said other people would be. Also, very creepy scientists are involved.
In our last episode, Nastassja tells Maria that she can stop pretending to be Finé, and that none of the vessels were used to host her soul. Except apparently, Kiri is, as she was able to produce the same barrier to protect herself and Shirabe from imminent harm. Dr. Ver, who only joined this group because of Finé, overhears this, but I suspect that he knows that Kiri is on her way to becoming Finé. That is never a good thing.
Realizing her mistake, Nastassja goes to make a deal with the Americans, who then betray her. Luckily, thanks to an attack of Noise by Dr. Ver, who is against this, the agents are killed, forcing Maria and Nastassja to run for their lives. The Americans, who are apparently trigger happy, mow down hapless citizens, which causes Maria to get pissed off and possibly kill the soldiers. I'm of the opinion that she didn't, but she really, really hurt them badly.
Meanwhile, in the same tower, Miku and Hibiki are on a date to help cheer up the Gungnir wielder because of the whole thing going on with her body. Yes, she was finally told the reason why Genjuro doesn't want her to fight, but he's confident that their medical staff can find and fix the problem. Whether he's truly being optimistic or keeping up a brave face for Hibiki is up in the air, but I like to think it's the former. He doesn't seem the type to lie like that.
At this date, Miku and Hibiki are caught up in the Noise attack, but Hibiki keeps her promise and doesn't transform, but she still helps how she can. But a sudden explosion and rocking of the floor puts her over the edge, dangling for her life as Mike grabs hold. She tries to convince Miku to let her go so that she can transform and land safely, but Miku refuses, only doing so because she lost her grip. Still, Hibiki does transform, and just as she's about to go up and rescue her friend, there is a sudden explosion in the same spot they just were.
Did Miku truly die in the explosion? Is Berserker Hibiki coming out? And will anybody be able to stop her this time? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with Hibiki tells MIku to let her go, but to save her when she truly needs it. And then she falls, singing her activation key and blandly safely on the ground. As she's prepared to return to the Sky Tower, the observation deck explodes, with Hibiki screaming upwards to the sky. Well, it was a nice tower while it lasted.
-Tonight's episode is titled The Origin of a Hero. e cut to an aerial view of the Sky Tower to see it surrounded by several types of flying Noise. Hibiki, however, is a few seconds away from shutting down as she flashes back to all the good times she had with Miku. Like sleeping together, having fun together, watching the stars together. She collapses to her knees and powers down, some pebbles falling from her chest. That's when the Noise see their opportunity and attack, but thankfully, Chris and Tsubasa are there to cover for her. This may be better, because we don't need to start rebuilding entire blocks of the city.
-Chris leaves Hibiki to Tsubasa while she goes into her Death Metal Goth songs, because even if the colors change, the type of music hasn't. She unleashes her skill, Mega Deth Earth, on the aerial Noise, but she thinks to herself that things are starting to fall apart rather badly, even if it's only a little at a time. And she is not happy about that at all. This is her home, dammit! And she'll use her other skill, Billion Maiden, to get that point across. She unleashes millions of bullets on every Noise she sees, looking for the one who caused this to happen, but she believes it's her fault, since she activated the Staff of Solomon. This allows her to unleash her next skill, Mega Deth Fuga... uh, okay. It's two giant missiles of mega deth, which she uses to take out the dreadnaught Noise. They were a bit of an eye sore, anyway.
-As Chris catches her breath, we fade to black to allow for a time skip. Genjuro is on the scene as he's approached by Ogawa, who tells him that the US Government was here. They made contact with FIS and attempted a trade. Yeah, he wasn't happy at how bad negotiations went. They should have asked for a professional, like Ogawa. He's an expert at all kinds of negotiations.
-Ogawa adds that that neither party would want this kind of attention, leading to Genjuro suspecting a third party was in play who didn't want the meeting to take place. We get a slow pan of the area, littered with debris and the remains of the fallen, before checking in on Hibiki. She's inside of a car and she's still in the process of crashing. She remembers Miku's face as she let go, regretting that. She's on the verge of collapse, but Aoi appears, offering her something warm to drink. Hibiki takes it, but she's collapsing, saying that the warmest thing she had is gone. Aoi, who can read the situation, decides to turn away and act as a guard, to let the young girl have time alone. Though I imagine the SDRTST is secretly thankful that this is what happened, and not a monster destroying buildings for miles on end.
-Meanwhile, at the VTOL, Maria is punching the glass, saying that her hands are stained with blood. Well, so much for defending you there, diva. She cries in agony as Kiri and Shirabe look on, uncertain on what to do. Shirabe decides to ask Nastassja what happened. Before she can answer, Dr. Ver comes in and says that she tried to sell them out of their ideal of saving as many lives as they can from the lunar impact. Oh, and this impact will happen within the next ten years, if the doctor is to be believed. The girls ask her if it's true, but before she can answer, the good doctor continues, commenting on how she lied about Finé's soul. Great, the doctor is looking for a bloodless coup here.
-Maria apologizes to the girls, but Dr. Ver feels like he's on a roll and keeps going. He says that, even if the goal was to involve him in their plans, don't Kiri and Shirabe think that it was a betrayal to involve them, as well? He then adds that the Nephilim heart, which he worked so hard to get, was almost useless. And then we cut back to a river, where Ogawa finds something there. He calls for Genjuro immediately, because it looks like one of their communicators. Also, that was a weird cut. I can't help but think there was more to Dr. Ver's rant, but was cut for time. Also, no matter how much sense he's making, remember girls, the guy is creepy as hell, so you should definitely not go with him.
-We then cut to a family restaurant called Illsveil, where Chris is stuffing herself with pasta. She looks up to Tsubasa, telling her to order since this is on her, but she refuses, saying that she doesn't eat dinner past nine at night. Must be a pop idol thing. Chris says that this is her problem, but this just pisses Tsubasa off. She stands up, ready to leave since she feels like she's here for no reason, but Chris, looking confused, asks if the pop idol is mad? Well, she isn't happy. With FIS, Hibiki, and now Miku, she feels like she's failed to protect her comrades. So Chris gives the reason why she called her out. Because she wanted them to eat dinner together once, and she thought that it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a heart-to-heart talk. It's just that the timing is rather bad.
-Chris wonders what happened to them. They were meant to have the same goal, but their hearts are in totally different places. As she continues, Tsubasa interrupts her, saying that if she wants to have a heart-to-heart, why doesn't she use Tsubasa's name? Chris is caught off guard by this and hesitates to answer, but Tsubasa leaves when she doesn't receive an immediate answer. Chris sighs, upset that she couldn't talk to her, but at the same time, thinks that this maybe for the best. Also, Chris is a very messy eater. When she has her drink, some pasta falls off from the bottom. And this is why people don't want to eat with you, dear.
-Back at the VTOL, some time has passed. Kiri has had some time to process this and decides to ask if what the doctor is saying is true? Maria admits to that being the case. First, yes, Maria is not Finé, and yes, they did try to postpone their plan to save humanity. She explains that Nastassja tried to enlist the US government's help by offering information on Frontier. The girls turn to Nastassja, pointing out that she said that the US Government are trying to ensure that they're the only ones who'll survive. Depends on the administration, but I wouldn't pass them to do that.
-Nastassja doesn't answer them, but instead, turns to Dr. Ver. She knows he summoned the Noise, so that they don't lose their advantage. Dr. Ver denies it, saying that he was only protecting them from "those evil Americans." He then points the staff threatening at Nastassja, prompting Kiri and Shirabe to prepare for a fight, but it's Maria to gets in their way. The girls ask why, but Dr. Ver laughs. As for why, Maria says that the world cannot be protected with false feelings. They cannot carry on what Serena wished to do. Everything comes down to power, and without that, one cannot enact justice! Have you been drinking the same Kool-aid as Dr. Ver? Granted, it's not as insane sounding, but you're getting to that point.
-And I think we've lost her, as Maria says that Dr. Ver's way of doing things is the only way to change the world! Which is apparently to go insane with power, proclaim yourself as a hero, and slaughter innocent civilians. Remember those three boys he murdered just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time? This was not because they were threatening, but because they were witnesses. You're fine with that, Maria?
-So Maria is going to throw her lot with Dr. Ver. Shirabe is immediately against that, since Dr. Ver's way of doing things is to suppress the ones without power. Kiri remains silent for many reasons, but I think she's with Shirabe here. There's a long pause before Nastassja breaks the silence. This is a choice made by Maria, not Finé, which she seems to accept, but perhaps with reluctance. Then she starts coughing up a storm. Kiri and Shirabe check on her, and Maria wants to, but she stands her ground instead. Dr. Ver decides to leave the happy family as they are, planning to handle the rest on his own, since he needs to adjust their plans and deal with their guest. Wait, guest? What guest? Who did you kidnap this time, Dr. Ver?
-We then go into what I assume to be the cargo hold for the VTOL, and there, inside a laser cage, is Miku, safe and sound. Well, I don't know about safe, given that she's in a laser cage. But hey, alive is better than dead, right? Which means we have an option to stop Berserker Hibiki from going berserk, if it's necessary.
-At the SDRTST Sub, on the command deck, Genjuro is showing the communicator they found to the girls. It's Miku's, and it was found a short distance away from the Sky Tower. Based on the signal, the communicator was moving fast for several minutes, at an almost constant speed, before being lost in the river. Which mens, good news, Hibiki! Your best friend/Girlfriend isn't dead! But the bad news means that she's been kidnapped. But this leads to more good news! That means she can be rescued! Which means Hibiki doesn't have time to sit around looking glum. And Genjuro says all of this with a wide smile on his face. Because Genjuro is the anti-Gendo, and he isn't trying to cause Third Impact in secret... maybe.
-With all this good news, Genjuro is going to take some time to train Hibiki, as a proper teacher would. As the next day dawns, we get... wow, this sounds like some Rocky montage music. We then see Genjuro, along with the girls, doing a run together. Hibiki looks determined while Tsubasa and Chris look like they're going to pass out. Curse those two and their seemingly infinite endurance!
-And then comes probably the greatest moment in all of anime. At the very least, all of this show to date. Genjuro, master of Action Martial Arts, capable of doing incredible feats, bordering on super-human, decides that dammit, it's his turn to sing! So, yeah, totally riffing on Rocky here. Chris apparently still has enough energy to complain about the singing and asks what is going on here, but nobody answers. She can only decide that Hibiki is just used to this. She's also probably wondering how she got roped into this to begin with?
-As for Hibiki, she's looking forward. She can't be depressed, because she has to save Miku! And then she joins in on the singing, which goes on for the rest of the montage, though there is one unusual moment where Genjuro is laying down, looking at the camera in what I would call a model pose while Hibiki does some training. As for the training, it includes Hibiki doing some sit ups while upside down on a bar, reaching down to fill two cups with water. How unusual. We then go to the girls jumping rope, where we see Chris' poor endurance coming into play. She's cursing her lot in life, it seems.
-We then cut to the girls holding a squatting pose with cups on their legs, shoulders, and head. Hibiki and Tsubasa seem to be doing this quite well, but Chris collapses. Well, she is their long range support, after all. And, of course, it wouldn't be a proper Rocky montage without somebody punching meat in a freezer. And then we see them climbing a mountain. Actually, I should put some perceptive on that. They ran up a mountain, which is covered with snow and above the cloud line. Just what kind of insane training is this? And, of course, the girls are drinking eggs, which Chris cannot handle. Probably not enough sauce for her.
-And it wouldn't be a proper Rocky montage without the girls cheering on top of stairs. Genjuori is there, in a fighting stance, while Hibiki is doing her best Rocky impersonation. Chris herself cheers, but weakly, while Tsubasa decides to go with the static looking at the sun stance instead. And apparently they ran up to a monastery in the mountains. And we bring out montage to an end with Genjuro, still filled with energy, picking up Hibiki in her arms as Chris collapses. Why can't anybody pick her up, too?
-So, yeah, everybody can go home now. We just witnesses the best montage to have ever montaged. No sense in continuing things here now. You will never top that. Back in the VTOL, Maria is standing guard over Miku, singing Serena's song and staring at her damaged relic. She catches Miku looking at her and wants to know what she wants. Apparently, Miku wants to thank her, as we get a flashback showing Maria drilling her way through the roof and finding Miku alone. The diva offers her hand, which Miku accepts, because she's going to take her chance with the enemy than with a burning building, and off they go.
-While she doesn't have much to do at the moment, Miku asks Maria why she saved her. The diva admits that she doesn't know. Perhaps the flames reminded her of Serena, which prompts Miku to ask about her. That's when Dr. Ver arrives to answer the question. Seriously, Doc, are you just hanging around the corridor, waiting for somebody to ask a question that you want to answer and then just pop right in for it? That's twice this episode you've done that, and it only ups how creep you are. Seriously, if this show was more popular, I imagine people would name an award after you.
-So Dr. Ver shows up, answering Miku's question. Serena is Maria's late little sister. There's a moment of silence as Miku stares at Dr. Ver and probably has all kinds of alarms going off in her head. That's probably the right state to be in at the moment. Maria mentions that she saved Miku, but it was Dr. Ver who ordered her to bring the young girl here. Why? Well, it's part of the plan, obviously. I'm guessing the good doctor failed to mention that Miku just happens to be friends with Hibiki. Why would anybody want to tell anybody else important information like that?
-Dr. Ver goes to Miku and tells her not to look scared and suggests talking for a bit. He's certain he could help her. Though one thing I should comment is, ever since the reveal that Dr. Ver is an insane, possibly psychopathic, doctor, he's always had this semi-wild look to him, even during his more calm moments. Here, however, he looks like a normal, regular person who isn't planning to murder everybody for causing him slight. I believe this to be intentional, but I'm hoping Miku's instincts of "do not trust this man" stays in effect.
-As for the others, Kiri suspects that she has Finé's soul. This scares her, which is the appropriate feeling to have. Shirabe, however, has other things on her mind. Like why Maria is like this? She says that she wanted to help because of Maria, not because of Finé. The reason for that loyalty to Maria is because, when they cried, it was Maria who was nice to them. To Shirabe, she was a friend to the weak. But Maria's words seem to have cut deeply into her. Are you going to start calling her a hypocrite, too?
-Kiri asks Shirabe if she's scared, saying that if Maria isn't Finé, then one of them might have her in their souls. Shirabe seems to agree, though it's a bit reluctant, but as Kiri pushes for it, she asks her friend what's wrong? Kiri doesn't react well to this and runs off, leaving the laundry to dry a little more in the forest. Thanks for giving Shirabe all the extra work, Kiri!
-Back at... I'm going with SDRTST HQ, Hibiki is in her bed, and appears to be sleeping in her school uniform. You're going to get wrinkles in it, dear. She wants Miku to wait just a little longer before she comes, as is the proper role of the heroine. Suddenly, an image of a crystal appears in her mind, causing her pain. Then there's some added noise, like something being formed, but we don't see what it is, because we're already at the next scene! Is Hibiki's time running out faster than she thought?
-At the VTOL, it's in the air and over the ocean. Maria is piloting the aircraft a Kiri asks how Nastassja is doing. She's lying down due to exhaustion and from her symptoms, which are progressing. And it looks like they're going to a cold place as Kiri and Shirabe are wearing scarfs! Oh, and Shirabe has a different shirt and skirt set going, which is black, while Kiri only has the scarf. Maria appears to have gone through a wardrobe change as well, but we don't have a good look at it yet. In any case, Dr. Ver, who has this habit of appearing when nobody wants him to, says that they are out of time. They need to unite humanity in a new land before the Moon falls. And it will be their task to lead them there! Kiri and Shirabe just stare at the doctor, and I suspect that they're just one minor push away from abandoning him altogether.
-Suddenly, the alarm goes off. They have found a US patrol ship. Dr. Ver anticipated this and suggests blowing it up with a flashy explosion to draw the world's attention on them. Shirabe has plenty of issues with this, but Maria goes along with it. She tells the girls that they are Finé, and they shall bring an end to the world in which the strong control the weak. And she will not fear treading this path. Yeah, I think Shirabe still has issues with this.
-Meanwhile, at the SDRST Sub, they're detecting a Noise pattern and getting an SOS from a US patrol ship. Turns out, they aren't too far from their location, so Tsubasa prepares to sortie. Hibiki attempts to go, but Chris stops her, saying that she isn't allowed to get herself killed or to leave them. Unlike Tsubasa, though, Chris isn't trying to be mean to her, but honestly means what she says. With that, she goes off to prepare to sortie, as well, leaving Hibiki in the control deck. I imagine she'll be getting involved very soon.
-On the patrol ship, it's pretty much going as bad as you expect. The sailors are getting killed, though some are able to kill some Noise, shockingly enough. Maria is witnessing this on the VTOL, and we see that she hasn't bought into Dr. Ver's wishes just yet, as she bites down on her lip just hard enough to draw blood. Shirabe asks her if this is what she wants, that to protect the weak, this is what they truly have to do? Maria doesn't answer, so Shirabe decides that she's had enough of this. She heads for the door, with Kiri trying to stop her. Shirabe, however, tells her friend that Maria is suffering, and if that's the case, she's going to help end that suffering. And off the VTOL she goes. You girls really need to stop jumping out of high places like that.
-After signing her activation key, Shirabe gets a transition into her transformation sequence. It was a nice transition, to be honest. And with that, she's off to help. Kiri is about to join her, but Dr. Ver stops her, saying that if she wants to bring her friend back, he has the perfect way. Yeah, you really shouldn't accept anything he offers. He's probably told to stay away from schools in various parts of the world.
-Shirabe gets right into the action, using her skill Type Alpha 100 Samsara to take out the Noise before landing on the ship's deck. She then generates two giant buzzaws and spins in a circle, taking out a huge number of Noise, before taking her time for one in particular. Suddenly, a Noise gets the jump on her, but Kiri arrives just in time to take it out. Just as Shirabe is about to thank her friend, Kiri injects her with a red vial in her neck. Uh... okay? What?
-We get a flashback with Dr. Ver giving Kiri the vial. IT's an anti-LiNKER, which is used to lower compatibility values, and he can guarantee it's effectiveness. Oh, so this was the red smoke he used on the girls when they first arrived at the abandoned hospital. I knew it was going to come back again, but I wasn't quite expecting this. As a result of this, Shirabe is forcibly powered down, but she appears to be shaking badly, too. Kiri tells her that she may stop being herself, but before that happens, she needs to leave something behind, or Shirabe will forget her. Yeah, I don't think she's going to forget this betrayal anytime soon.
-Kiri says that, even if she disappears, if the world is still here, the memories they shared will still be here. That's why she's going to protect the world the way the doctor wants. Did the Doctor spike the water in that VTOL while nobody was looking? Kiri believes that she doesn't have a choice anymore, but before anything can be said, a missile appears from the ocean, ejecting Chris and Tsubasa. As soon as they hit the deck, Chris grabs Shirabe while Tsubasa takes on Kiri. Well, this shouldn't last very long.
-With Shirabe captured, Chris asks where Dr. Ver is, putting more pressure on the arm to incite an answer. As for the fight, as predicted, it's short, as Tsubasa has Kiri by the tip of her sword. Maria is ready to jump in, but Dr. Ver says that he has a way to tip the scales back to them, but he's going to do it in the most dramatic way possible, as well as the most romantic way possible. He hits a couple of dials, but Maria already knows what he's doing and isn't happy with that.
-Suddenly, there is a pink light coming from the VTOL, and an activation key is sung. It's for Shenshoujin and... wait, why does that voice sound familiar? Suddenly, the pink light explodes into a white light as the being lands, causing a plume of smoke. As it clears, we get a good look at the new gear wielder. It's Miku Cue credits... wait, what? What!? WHAT!?
That's a hell of a cliffhanger, and we still have a number of episodes left to go for this season. Looks like Miku is a gear wielder and she's been given Shenshoujin. Did she end up using some LiNKER, or was she already compatible with it? And why does she look like she's been hypnotized or mind controlled? There's no way Miku would ever betray Hibiki unless something like that was in play.
But yeah, suddenly, this isn't looking so good. Granted, it's back to even odds, but Miku is a major wild card. Chris and Tsubasa know her well and are her friends, so fighting her is going to be very difficult. Hibiki may be forced into action, but could she bring herself to do anything to her best friend?
At this point, I think, depending on how this episode ends, Shirabe is going to defect. Kiri may follow soon afterwards, leaving Maria to be the last woman standing in FIS. I suspect, however, that she's playing a con against Dr. Ver, but really, that could be a toss up. Maybe she feels that she's too far gone to be redeemed?
As for Dr. Ver... when you are finally dealt with, it will be satisfying. And the thing is, I don't want you dead. I don't want you killed by any of hte girls or by the Noise. I want to see them capture you and put you in a cold jail cell, to be forgotten by the rest of the world. That is what I want to happen to you. Though I'm guessing death by Noise will be his final fate.
How will the girls react to Miku being a gear wielder? Will they be able to reach out to her? How will Kiri stop Finé from taking over her soul? And when did Maria switch her view point? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when you need to do a montage, make sure to sing your own song, just to make that montage your own.
1 week agoCaButler
So, after a couple of weeks of having him on the shelf for a while and letting my thoughts stir, I have decided that I will not be keeping the Transformission combiner Havoc. I will be putting him up for sale in a while and will be posting the link here for those who are interested.
However, I'm not going to do that quite yet. For you see, I know a few of you that watch me also collect Transformer figures, so I thought I'd give you guys a crack at it first, if you're interested.
Currently, you can get the entire combiner set on TFsource for $559.99. For you guys only, I'm willing to sell the entire thing for $300.00. We'll figure out shipping as needed, because this will require a descent size box.
But yeah, I'm willing to drop $250.00 from the price. You'll be getting everything I showed off in the reviews, including the batteries pre-installed, and with the replacement pieces. You won't be getting Clear Optimus Prime, I'm keeping that one.
If you're interested or know of anybody who's interested, drop me a private message and let me know. I'll keep this up for about a week before posting it up on eBay with a higher cost, so this is probably real best chance at getting a good price out of it.
If you need to see what my thoughts of the set were, here are the links to the individual bots and the combiner itself:
Come back later today for my next Symphogear episode. Until then.
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