A few weeks have passed since we at The Classiest Anime experienced Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then…. Having allowed our writers a proper chance to reflect upon the series, we’ve asked them for their impressions. Read on for their replies.
As always, our pictographer Foshizzel has provided his commentary in graphic form.
One of the key ideas presented in Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… is the power of music. The show tells us that through singing, people can be brought together, enemies can be defeated and humanity saved.
And yet, there is a contradiction present in the show. In the later episodes, the villain claims that words alone are not enough to unite humanity. In response to this, Hibiki repeatedly claims that we can communicate without the use of words. We can get along with one another even when we can’t speak to one another.
This might be a literal comment on Hibiki’s part because she got telepathic powers at the end, but I don’t think that is the case. Hibiki truly believes that any human, telepathic abilities or not, can communicate without words.
But doesn’t that invalidate the power of singing? If human beings can talk to one another without words, then what’s the point of empowering each other with songs? Was Hibiki a hypocrite when she talked about songs?
No, she wasn’t a hypocrite, she simply changed her mind. She realized that it is not the song, nor the words that are important, but the bonds she shares with her fellow girls. She realized that the bonds formed by the constant exposure to the buttocks of her comrades require no words.
She realized that other humans to could form such bonds if they lived intimately with one another and it was this bond that she preached to the priestess during their fight.
Another interesting thing to note about this anime is the use of the moon.
The priestess wishes to destroy the moon. Why does she want to do this? In the show, she claims that she wishes to destroy the moon because doing so would lift a curse that is preventing her from God, but is that really the only reason?
The moon changes a little every night before it disappears for a few nights. Then it comes back as a New Moon. Since ancient times, the lunar cycle has lead to the moon being thought of as a symbol of rebirth.
For as long as the moon exists in the Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… world, the characters will be reborn. Each time they are reborn, they are a bit stronger to. The priestess knows this and thus she decides to destroy the moon.
Unfortunately for her, she has let one too many rebirths happen and is subsequently stopped.
When the three girls charge at the moon at the end of the show, they have accepted their love for another. They have accepted their connection to the moon. That is why Hibiki tells her Miku that she will be back even though death is certain and she does come back because the moon isn’t destroyed.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… is anime. It is not merely a japanese cartoon. This is more than representative. Everything great about the genre is present. It is the quintessential japanese cartoon.
While other shows we’ve featured on Classy have been rich in world history, social commentary, and symbolism, Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… takes another approach. The message is laid bare on the surface in an epic story of three girls. Yet, there is a compulsion to seek more and to dig deeper. That is a fool’s errand, though. You’ve already been instructed: Listen to my song.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… is a showcase of modern japanese visual culture. It is able to tell, within 13 episodes, the story of every long-running Shonen series. These girls are those who wish to sacrifice themselves to save others, no matter the cost. (It should be noted that the cost in this case seems to be the total annihilation of the entire city and everyone in it.) Nothing will stop them from saving the day, not even their petty misunderstandings amongst themselves.
Sometimes, Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… is Naruto. Others it is Evangelion. Still others it is Star Driver. Or Yuru Yuri. Gurren Lagann. Madoka. It is all of these and much more, specifically they sing while they fight.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… is entertaining and holds itself to a high standard of excellence throughout its run. The ending is nothing short of brilliance. This is the show that saved anime.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… is the greatest story ever told. A story where love, friendship and the power of song triumph over evil. Now… listen to my song!!!! *Draggle runs away singing in falsetto and dressed
in lesbian battle armor*
Our compatriot kevo was so moved by the series finale that he was unable to form any coherent response. We hope that he will recover his capacities soon.
Watching Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then… was a treat for our writers. We all agreed that this show raised the bar for Classy entertainment. We’re looking forward to season two.