Compared to previous seasons, which broke up a lot of the major action with TRAINING or SCHOOL, the third seasons of Symphogear seems to be bypassing much of the downtime and presenting almost an-episode-a-week of some kind of action. Hell, even Maria is not being as useless as before. But some of the C-plot lines being folded in to story here in the late game seem a bit off, and I wonder why.
Even the beach episode didn’t last long before the Tohou Squad came after them again, and here we finally got to see Maria fight with a Gear other than Gungnir. While not half-bad, she still demonstrated that of the three forced-Gear users, she is by far the weaker of them. But holy shit, Hibiki’s Dad…
Sure enough, the next episode did not disappoint.
It’s no wonder that she tries pretty hard to keep herself perpetually happy even in the face of hardship. Hell, she was slowly dying of the relic throughout her body in the first two seasons and she still fought with a smile and her fists. This fuckwad has been running away and working at a convenience store, and still can’t pay for his meal when seeing his daughter for the first time in years. Un-fucking-believable man. That sort of grinds my gears. But I don’t really see where Hibiki’s father plays in to this plot, other than maybe appealing to Carol somehow. I am guessing he is either going to sacrifice himself for Hibiki at the end and that might appeal to Carol’s emotions since her father sacrificed his life for her.
We did get to see Dainsleif-mode Kirika and Shirabe, completing the Ignite Module activation for all six Gears. The two of them really are a cutest pair in the room, both in and out of their Gears. Their roles in the third season have been hit-or-miss, taking a backseat in the first half due to their probationary period, but predictably when the main cast got shut down for a couple episodes, they had to step up and fight, and they do it well. Minus Maria of course, who just sort of stumbles about.
Tsubasa though has not gotten a lot of fight time so far this season, which the latest episode rectifies.
Apparently this season is about fathers, and hers is knowing that her father isn’t her father, her grandfather is her father. Yeah, you heard that right. Womp womp. Making up with papa got her to kick her Ignite on and kill the third Autoscorer after defining herself as not a sword but DREAMS OF FIRE, or something.
But the biggest and best part of this episode, which brought /a/ to its knees, was the man, the myth, the legend, John Wayne Vercingetorix
The return of Ver, complete with his Nephliem arm, means one of two things. He either broke out of whatever prison he was in and is out for revenge, or he is working for another party looking to crash on SONG and Carol’s leyline party. Given the expression on Carol’s face at his LAST ACTION HERO entrance, I am guessing she has no idea who he is. I do wonder though what his motives are. The moon and Mega-Nephliem were defeated by the six before, so it’d be pretty silly if his entire plan here is resurrecting that thing, especially when both the Ignite Gears and Carol’s Alchemy are probably many times stronger. But, given he can absorb things like Chris’ nukes, the danger could now be absorbing any of the Dainsleif fragments and really going full-dubstep on the show.
Either way, Ver coming back replaces Garie in the reaction face department and tunes up the show for an almost-exciting conclusion. With any luck, we’ll get to see Hibiki’s fists connect with his face because why not? Though a more proper send-off would be Maria and Co. beating the snot out of him. Poor Ver. He is the greatest cartoon villain in the world, but like Syndrome, is just going to get rolled.