- January: Different Platforms, Familiar Faces
- February: Filling in the blanks of Anime History
- March: Starting a blog / Zael in Japan: Arrival in Tokyo
- June: When Symphogear set the shores of AniTwitter ablaze / Zael in Japan
Hello again everyone. Due to a variety of factors I’m sorry that days 4 and 5 were skipped. That’s not a good enough reason to bow completely out of 12 Days of Anime, so let’s just pretend it never happened and continue from day 6, which corresponds to June.
(Next part of the Japan travel stories on page 2.)
In the weeks leading up to the airing of a third season to a certain lesser-known show, some corners of my feed were abuzz with talk about this.. this thing, called “Symphogear”.
I initially just thought it was the standard sort of anticipation that happens whenever a sequel of a show I haven’t seen comes around. Though quickly, the talk and tone around this show escalated farther and farther beyond what could just be considered as existing fans conducting re-watches, as more and more people decided to jump onto this wild ride.
To put it simply, Symphogear is a show so unabashedly camp and insane that out-of-context screencaps of it are sure to become memetic and spread like wildfire.
Between funny segments of dialogue like this…
to awesomely beautiful freeze-frame moments with attack names like this…
or just the handsomely alluring face of the trustworthy Dr. Vers…
Symphogear became this sort of hilarious in-joke, that anyone looking in from the outside would definitely want to watch themselves and enjoy the insanity.
While I was slightly late on the train, starting my marathon after the 3rd season, Symphogear GX, had started airing, I was pleasantly surprised, and overjoyed to have found a new favourite show out of the whole affair.
To be frank, I was expecting Symphogear to just be some funny-bad trainwreck that I could enjoy ironically while shit-tweeting about it. That would have been fine, and I did get some of that kind of appeal out of it, but after experiencing it myself I ended up thinking that while Symphogear sure might be funny, it definitely was not bad.