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--> ''"In the distance that day, when the star became music....."''

''Senki Zesshou Symphogear'' (widely translated as ''Swansong of the Valkyries: Symphogear'') is a [[ScienceFantasy sci-fi]] series about {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s who use PowerArmor fueled by ThePowerOfRock to battle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.

[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, seriously.]]

Hibiki Tachibana is an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary schoolgirl]] who attends a concert by the IdolSinger duo "Zwei Wing". Unfortunately, the concert is attacked by a group of mysterious {{Eldritch Abomination}}s called "Noise", and Zwei Wing transform using magical PowerArmor- the Symphogear- to battle against them. During the battle, Hibiki is impaled by a fragment of Symphogear armour, which gives her the power to use the armour as well. Recruited by the secret government organization behind the Symphogear, Hibiki must learn how to use her new powers to fight against the Noise on behalf of humanity, alongside veteran fighter and BrokenBird Tsubasa Kazanari.

Originally airing in [[Winter2012Anime January 2012]], ''Symphogear'' was developed by Noriyasu Agematsu (composer of music for games and anime including WildArms and Manga/GirlsBravo), published by [[Franchise/DotHack Kadokawa]] [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Shoten]], and animated by [[Manga/FairyTail Stu]][[Anime/GenesisOfAquarion dio]] Creator/{{Satelight}}. It features an AllStarCast, including NanaMizuki, Creator/AoiYuuki, Creator/HideoIshikawa and Creator/MiyukiSawashiro.

Compare and contrast ''ArTonelico'', ''{{Macross 7}}'', ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' and ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure''.

A second season was announced for July 2013 with the title '''''Senki Zesshou Symphogear G''''', adding Creator/TomokazuSugita, Creator/AiKayano, Creator/YokoHikasa, Creator/YuiHorie and Creator/YoshinoNanjo to the cast. Taking place three months after the events of the original series, the heroines of the 2nd Division face a new threat when a terrorist group known as "Finé" emerges from the shadows with an army of Noise and their own [[IncrediblyLamePun band of]] [[TheRival rival Symphogear users]].

And in December 2013, a ''third'' season has been announced.

Hibiki, Tsubasa, and Chris also appear in ''VideoGame/SuperHeroineChronicle'', though Chris starts out first as a villain.

'''Unmarked spoilers ahead!'''
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!!This series contains examples of:

* AllMythsAreTrue:
** Norse myths (Kanade's relic, Gungnir), Japanese myths (Tsubasa's relic, Ama-no-Habakiri) Hebrew/Sumerian tales (Kadingir, the gateway of the gods, looks like the Tower of Babel, the healing artifact Nehushtan and the demon-binding Staff of Solomon), Roland's sword Durandal, all together.
** All mythological creatures and monsters are thought to have existed too, though the majority are theorized to have been Noise.
* AllThereInTheManual: Lots of information regarding Symphogears, relics, and other material can be found in the form of translated key words. They give insight to things that weren't or couldn't be explained by watching the anime alone.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: At the end of the series there's still Noise in the world to be fought and heroines willing to do it. Indeed, the adventure continues in ''Symphogear G''.
* AnimationBump:
** Within the first episode of the first season, Kanade and Tsubasa' concert features extremely fluid choreography for both characters, something that goes unrivaled for several episodes.
** Season 2's animation is much more fluid and better-looking than the first season.
* AnyoneCanDie:
** Kanade and the main heroine, Hibiki in the very first episode. That said, it turns out Hibiki wasn't actually dead.
** Of diplomatic importance, [[spoiler:Japanese Defense Minister Hiroki is assassinated in episode 5]].
* BadassFamily: The Kazanaris. Tsubasa is a Symphogear trained since childhood to become a warrior (or a sword[=/=]sentinel according to herself), and her uncle, Genjuro, is a BadassNormal who punches boulders and gets all his training from watching action movies. By extension, the latter is also Chris' legal guardian, who reveals herself to be another powerful Symphogear user.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Subverted. [[spoiler:The last thing you will see in the OP is the holding hands of two girls and a starry sky. This is elaborated further in the finale, and it is also the last thing you will in that episode. After Hibiki's return to Earth, she and Miku get to see the meteor shower, holding hands.]]
* {{BFS}}: [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Durandal]]. Hibiki activates it in episode 5, which she promptly uses to demolish an entire chemical plant in a single attack.
* BlandNameProduct: They weren't even trying to hide it.
** For instance, Ryoko's car's logo is the same as the Toyota logo, ''upside down''.
** At the cinema that Hibiki, Miku and Tsubasa go to, there's a movie poster for the caped and spandex-clad "Suppaman", [[BlatantLies who is most definitely not]] {{Franchise/Superman}}.
* BloodierAndGorier: While there's plenty of HighPressureBlood instances, Tsubasa is even shedding TearsOfBlood at the end of Episode 4.
* BookEnds:
** Just as Hibiki did in the first episode, in the last episode Miku rescues a girl under Noise attack, they run, she falls, a heartbeat is heard...
** The whole graveyard scene serves as book ends.
** The final episodes (of the first season) bring back the following songs: Synchrogazer (as an ending theme specifically) and Gyakkou no Flügel (the insert song from the first ep, now the series ending theme).
** Done again in the final episode of the second season with: Vitalization (as an ending theme for 12) and Niji Iro no Flügel as the series' ending.
* BodyHorror: Noises' mere touch turns people into ashes quickly, but not quick enough for the victims not to feel it.
* BreakTheCutie
* BreatherEpisode: A ''well-deserved'' one, at that. Episode 9 is a "girl's day out", and NanaMizuki [[ShoutOut performs karaoke on an]] ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Enka]]'' song.
* CerebusRollercoaster:
** The first episode is very dark. The second episode is far brighter, focusing on Hibiki's induction as a Symphogear candidate; then episodes three and four go back to being serious... until the very last minutes of episode four suddenly turn into a goofy {{shonen}} TrainingMontage. Overall the tone of the series gets LighterAndSofter as the series progresses (Episode 8 even relies on ThePowerOfLove and ThePowerOfFriendship ''as a plot point'') with the international conspiracy subplot and Chris' DarkAndTroubledPast being the only "edgy" elements left by the finale.
** The 2nd season, on the other hand, goes back to the dark tone of the first 4 episodes, and even more.
* ChekhovsGunman: The little girl Hibiki saved during episode 1 plays a role in the finale.
* CliffhangerCopout: Tsubasa and Hibiki's fight never happens: old man Genjuro comes out of nowhere and stops Tsubasa with his BARE FIST.
* ColonyDrop: This was [[spoiler:Fine]] last ditch effort as [[spoiler:she grabbed a piece of the moon and pulled it towards the Earth]]. The second season reavealed that [[spoiler:the moon itself is heading towards the Earth]].
* ContinuityNod: ''G'' has many nods to the first season.
** There is at least one DeadStarWalking character, who dies in episode 1 of both seasons.
** At the end of the respective first episode, a new Gungnir user appears, followed with Genjuro's reaction "Gungnir datto?!"
** In season one, Hibiki breaks off the heels of her Symphogear outfit because they're in the way. Season two has Tsubasa accidentally break a heel of her idol outfit when fighting Maria.
** When Hibiki tries to prevent Tsubasa and Chris from fighting in episode 4, they say "Shut Up! This is a battlefield!". This happens again in ''G'', this time it's [[spoiler:Shirabe and Kirika]].
** Episode 12 from both seasons start with the ending theme and end with the opening theme. At the end of the episode, Hibiki transforms and she yells "SYMPHOGEAR!" and "GEKISŌ ・ GUNGNIR DA!" in response to Finé and Maria, respectively.
** The first season ends with the song ''Gyakkou no Flügel''. ''G'' ends with ''Niji Iro no Flügel'', a remix of the former.
* CreatureHunterOrganization: The Mobile Disaster Response Corps, being the ones with Symphogear users who are the only ones with a fighting chance against the Noise.
* CreepyDoll: The ending features a lot of "gutted" mannequins, [[FauxSymbolism for no discernible reason]]. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar It somehow got past the radar]] with it's explicit pictures.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The fate of those attacked by Noise: they get reduced to carbon compounds over the span of a few seconds.
* DeconReconSwitch: At first it seems the series is going to play the MagicalGirlWarrior as strategical weapons, villains being honestly deadly, heroines never getting a break and lacking PlotImmunity. By the final three episodes, the PowerOfFriendship and the PowerOfRock trumps all. [[MoreDakka It's quite epic]].
* DescriptionCut
-->'''Tsubasa''': "''Smiles have no meaning where we're going.''"\\
{{Beat}}\\
Cue the next scene having the bureau celebrating Hibiki getting there.
* DownerBeginning:
** It was rather shocking to watch Episode 1 where a main character dies and another is seemingly handed a death sentence (not to mention the villains slaughtering a whole concert hall).
** In S2, it's a {{Flashback}} DownerBeginning... [[StartOfDarkness for the girl who later become a villain]]. Complete with CreepyChildrenSinging.
* EagleLand: ''Extremely'' obvious by the phone call [[spoiler:and the assassination of Hiroki [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed by an]] [[TheTerminator Ahnuld]] [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed look-alike]].]] -- In-universe, Japan and America relations are tense due to sheer competition and its authority present around the world. [[spoiler:At least until it is revealed that America and Japan were working together to get information about Ryoko.]]
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Kadingir was designed for blowing up the Moon. [[spoiler:And it has some success at that.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Noise are mysterious monsters [[spoiler:created by mankind]] that kill people just by touching them.
* [[EmpathicEnvironment Empathic Music]]: Since singing songs is a key idea in the anime, the background music changes depending on [[{{Leitmotif}} who is currently singing and/or in their Symphogear]]. It is rare for songs to be pure orchestra.
* EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITLQzENPvVI This series loves spinning.]]
* EvolvingCredits:
** Chris is added to the final group shot in the OP in episode 11.
** In ''Symphogear G'', Episode 5 adds portraits of the legends the gears are based on and episode 10 adds [[spoiler:Miku with her Symphogear]].
* {{Expy}}: The Noise; they're [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} the Gnosis]] in all but name. Namely, they resemble featureless humanoid or animal-like abominations, shapeshift, can go right through walls and conventional projectiles, turn humans into swiftly crumbling statues on touch, and may only be harmed in the split second while they attack - unless specialized weaponry based on ancient artifacts is used.
* FauxFluency: The beginning of episode 5 has a conversation over the phone done in full English. And it's ''very'' obvious the voice actors aren't very fluent in the language. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TXTpik5wf4 Watch it here]]. {{Invoked}} on the Japanese side of the conversation: she was performing that gratuitousness as an ''insult'' to her American interlocutors.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler:
** We see the tombstone of a main character a minute into the first episode. Midways through that episode another main character is dead, becoming a PosthumousCharacter.
** Similarly for ''G'', we see [[spoiler:the moon cracked open]] and the competing Idol against Tsubasa having a fragment of Gungnir ''and'' being TheDragon.
* {{Flanderization}}: The OVA exaggerates some traits of the characters. Justified, it's a gag series.
** Hibiki being dumber than usual.
** Miku's love for Hibiki is less ambiguous.
** Tsubasa's stoic {{Samurai}} personality reaches freaky levels.
** Chris' HairtTriggerTemper is even shorter.
** Kirika's VerbalTic is basically a CatchPhrase.
* {{Flashback}} : The first episode has an extended flashback to Kanade's death.
* FunWithSubtitles + BlindIdiotTranslation = ZeroWingrish: {{Invoked}}. During the English portion of Episode 5. When the EagleLand person is speaking, it is actually in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish. When the woman is speaking, she is talking in [[BlindIdiotTranslation Blind Idiot]]. This demonstrates the way she thinks of America: a bigoted country who needs to know their place.
* TheFuture: Not terribly far into the future, but more than {{Twenty Minutes|Into The Future}}.
* GenreBusting: The above description is correct: a music-themed ScienceFantasy MagicalGirl series.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** The subtitle for the logo is "Meteroid-falling, burning, and disappear, then..." This is supposed to reference shooting stars, [[TheCameo which show up]] in Episode 3 as a Website/{{Youtube}} video.
** In S2, the subtitle is "In the distance, that day, when the star became music..."
* HairContrastDuo: Kanade (orange), Hibiki (creme) and Kirika (blond) are cheerful, Tsubasa (blue), Miku and Shirabe (black) are calm.
* [[{{Heartwarming/Music}} Heartwarming Music]]: Not that it is even seen in ''Symphogear G'', but the single for the ''G'' ED Next Destination has Creator/AyahiTakagaki, Chris' {{Seiyu}} singing [[http://en.musicplayon.com/play?v=961626 "Memory"]] from Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''. When you listen to it, imaging Chris is the person singing this song will be the way to see this as a JustifiedTrope.
* HeroicBSOD: Episode 7 is a good contender for the ''most [=BSODs=]'' in one episode.
* HighPressureBlood: Any meaningful impact will release a humongous burst of blood, as seen for example when Hibiki gets hit in the first episode.
* ImageSong: Not only the Symphogear users has some, even minor characters gets image songs in ''G''.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: In G episode 12, no less than three characters suddenly find themselves naked due to their circumstance. Two of them are even displayed in their glorious nudity to the whole world!
* InvincibleMinorMinion: The Noise are truly dangerous {{Mook}}s. They can actively adapt, morph, mutate, and combine to form some of the strangest kinds of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. The concert scene destruction in the first episode, for example, was comprised ''fully'' of {{Mook}}s and several {{Boss in Mook Clothing}}s. Episode 4 is the first episode to actually show a MookMaker and a Boss, if you would call it that.
** Noise are nigh-unbeatable for anyone who doesn't have a Symphogear. They can kill in a single touch, and are only vulnerable to conventional weaponry within the split second in which they need to physically interact with their target.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: In ''G'', Hibiki and Chris' battle to secure the by-train delivery service of a relic is rendered moot when the Noise attack the party who receives it just as those two leave. Both the relic and the scientist who handles it (Dr. Ver) are missing. Episode 3 says that this was intentional, and that Dr. Ver is actually in league with the BigBad. No, he ''is'' the BigBad.
* MagicFromTechnology: The relics are explained as ancient supertechnology by Ryoko. [[spoiler:Then again, she's a reincarnated Sumerian priestess who wants to break the CurseOfBabel.]]
* TheMenInBlack: The government agency handling the Symphogears actively keep their existance from the public eye, as they are considered a strategic resource. But their tactics are pretty nice and polite, like making witnesses sign Nondisclosure agreements.
* MonumentalBattle:
** The fight in episode 10 takes place around the Tokyo Tower.
** In season 2 episode 7, the battle between Nastassja's group and the US military takes place in what is obviously Tokyo Sky Tree, probably as a ShoutOut to fellow MagicalGirl anime ''Anime/DokidokiPrecure'' and ''Anime/VividredOperation''. [[spoiler:The tower blows up [[WhamEpisode with Miku still inside]].]]
* MoodWhiplash: It's extremely hard to keep a straight face when transitioning from an Idol concert to a BloodierAndGorier battle in under 12 minutes and then to high school SliceOfLife.
* MusicForCourage: In the DarkestHour, the school's anthem rallies the forces of good.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Space is vast. Or maybe they burned in the atmospheric reentry.
* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfEnergy: Dr. Ver exclaims that the energy released [[spoiler:by Nephilim's heart that will vaporize the earth]] exceeds 1 trillion joules. This is roughly equivalent of 1 kiloton of TNT, or a third of the energy released in the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Of course, he does have a few screws loose so his thinking could be off...
* OffModel: Episode 3 has a walk scene that looks animated in AdobeFlash. The animation studio working on ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'' in the same season (especially when Mouretsu Pirates has so much CG scenes in them), plus having the OP single delivered post-haste and a budget slash might explain these animation issues.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Notably, given how notorious anime is for this trope, it's averted for the most part. Maria and Serena do have bright blue eyes, but lack the blonde hair that's also typically associated with Americans and other Anglophone countries. Nastassja, Dr. Ver, and [[ButNotTooForeign Chris]] all lack both the stereotypical hair and eye color. Background characters who are said to be American aren't overwhelmingly blonde and blue eyed either. However, it's played straight in regards to Finé once you realize that she was apparently blonde and fair skinned even though she lived in ''Ancient Mesopotamia'' - located where Iraq stands today. It makes more sense while she's [[spoiler:using Ryoko's body if you take PowerDyesYourHair into account, but she has the same hair and skin even when you see the real Finé during flashbacks and when she speaks to Shirabe from within her mind.]]
* RedSkyTakeWarning: Episode 11, complete with a WeirdMoon.
* TheReveal: An InUniverse example: Miku sees Hibiki in Symphogear form fighting off against Chris in Episode 6. This [[HeroicBSOD easily changes]] her perspective on how Hibiki has been acting.
* RunningGag: Genjuro's reaction to a relic being activated, usually the Gungnir, is usually done the exact same way. The name of the relic pops up on their [[MissionControl central monitor]], then [[ChewingTheScenery cut to Genjuro yelling the name of the relic in surprise]].
** This was actually played with a few times. They used it to announce a special event after the credits of the final episode of season 1, and Genjuro's reaction changes from a yell of surprise to quietly repeating the name of the relic with a worried look at one point in season 2, when [[spoiler:Hibiki's uses her Gungnir when it could kill her]].
* SceneryPorn and SceneryGorn: On both sides of the spectrum, and can change at any moment. Transitioning from a vibrant laser-show concert that ended with a sunset to a battle-stricken concert under that same sun is animated very beautifully.
* ShoutOut:
** Hibiki? Kanade? Noise? Mephisto? [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Why does it sounds so familiar?]]
*** Second season adds up 'Maria' and 'Shirabe' in the shout-out to said familiar series.
** When Tsubasa bleeds from eyes and mouth when she executes her Ultimate Song against Chris, she looks almost like [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Miki Sayaka]] during her [[IAmAMonster "I'm such a fool"]] moment. Jarring, because Tsubasa normally doesn't make ''that'' kind of face, her [[TheStoic emotional spectrum]] considered.
** At one point during the episode 4 TrainingMontage, Genjuro is dressed exactly like [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma/Gouki]]. Considering his {{Badass}}ery, it's not exactly inappropriate. Hibiki is also wearing Makoto's clothes.
*** The TrainingMontage of the second season, on the other hand, is a full-blown ShoutOut to Film/{{Rocky}}, complete with punching frozen carcasses and the library staircase.
** Chris's armor the Ichaival is a nice one to ''Franchise/WildArms''.
*** Let's not forget "pagan technology", the "Ruins of Memory" and [[spoiler:Kadingir, a tower to reach the heavens]].
** Music/{{MEGADETH}} PARTY. In episode 10, she transforms into the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Dendrobium Orchis.]]
** Maybe it's just coincidence, but if you take Toyosatomimi no Miko from ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' and wear those hair ears down, she looks a lot like Hibiki.
** Berserk Hibiki has some interesting similarities to [[VideoGame/AsurasWrath Asura]], completely with being shrouded in darkness with ominous glowing eyes.
** It seems that Noise have started manifesting [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou outside of Shibuya]].
** [[spoiler:Miku's Sympohogear form is a pretty much a [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Murokumo unit]], mixing elemnts of Nu-13 and Lambda 11 (the [[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Anubis-like]] head gear and visor) with elements of Mu-12 (having special devices that allow beam spam).]]
** Kirika's jump at the end of her TransformationSequence looks a lot like of [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Cure Pine's]].
** The [[spoiler:Frontier]] resembles ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', especially the generator room.
** The final episode of G. [[spoiler: Vitalization? They might as well have called it [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Hell and Heaven]]!]]
* StartsWithTheirFuneral: The first few minutes of the first episode reveals under GraveClouds that Hibiki is already dead and buried. The series then flashbacks to two years ago and then forward two years again (though some time before the initial scene, since Hibiki's still alive) to show it got to that point. Also doubles as a ForegoneConclusion.
* TakeThat:
** In season 1, Genjuro states that Japan has the upper hand over the crisis-ridden Europe (i.e. the 2008 financial crisis), and thus the Durandal will be kept by the Japanese.
** In season 2, Genjiro states that the USA can't be trusted. One wonders whether it's because the mess was kickstarted by the American relic lab, or due to the sheer extent of the US' surveillance state in RealLife.
* TemptingFate: Pretty much all of the first half of episode 10. "Boy do I like my school! I sure hope nothing happens to it!" Well guess what?
* [[ThoseTwoGirls Those Three Girls]]: Aside from Yumi, Shiori and Kuriyo, there are also three girls in Chris' class that want to be her friends and help her break out of her shell.
* TitleDrop: The collective name of the anti-Noise armor is the name of the show. And the Ultimate Songs are translated from the the Japanese word "Zesshou". Also, [[spoiler:each season title-drops its opening theme as the final, ultimate attack for that season.]]
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Japan as a whole consists of the Research Facility underneath the school, at least three Symphogear users in two locations, and (potentially) two weapons, one of them being {{BFS}} Durandal. Doesn't look like Japan will hand over Durandal to the EU, what with Episode 5's revelation that Hibiki can use it as part of her song.
* TowerOfBabel: The tower Fine built to reach God is obviously supposed to be it, despite being unnamed within the show. But since she mentions the CurseOfBabel too, it's obvious. [[spoiler:Finé even transforms into the semblance of the Whore of Babylon when she goes OneWingedAngel, with apocalypse dragon included.]]
* TrainingMontage:
** Hibiki trains with old man Genjuro during the credits of episode 4. BruceLee and ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' make appearances.
** Also in season 2 episode 9. This time, all three Symphogear users are training under Genjuro. And Genjuro also ''sings''!
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Shown in episode 12, when [[spoiler:Hibiki starting her transformation into her new Symphogear creates a shockwave that pushes Finé away.]]
* UnmovingPlaid: Sometimes the school uniform skirts move but the fabric pattern doesn't.
* UnusualUserInterface: The consoles in the control room include features such as virtual faders/drawbars and turntables.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Frontier has all the trappings of one. It's a mini-FloatingContinent, the main characters are StormingTheCastle into it and [[spoiler:FightingYourFriend]], the FinalBoss has taken OneWingedAngel form and is waiting inside, and so on. [[ClicheStorm Glorious!]]
* WarIsHell[=/=][[spoiler:HumansAreBastards]]: The Noise [[spoiler:were created by humans in order to fight against rival humans during the [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy early ages]].]]
* WaveMotionGun: Kadingir is not a [[TowerOfBabel tower]] - [[spoiler:Finé even references the biblical Shinar]] - even though it is referenced as such, but an humongous energy cannon with the intention of ''shooting the moon''. [[spoiler:It works, but not as expected]].
* WeirdMoon: It...[[spoiler:has a massive dent and a ring surrounding it]] as shown early on in the second season.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 11; the BigBad and her plan is revealed, bad guys change sides or turn to have been TheMole for the good guys all along.
** ''Symphogear G'', episode 5: [[spoiler:The moon is on a collision course with earth, and Hibiki loses an arm to the Nephilim.]]
** ''Symphogear G'', episode 7: [[spoiler:Maria didn't inherit Fine...but ''Kirika'' does.]]
** ''Symphogear G'', episode 9: [[spoiler:Miku was brainwashed by Doctor Ver and '''armed with her own Symphogear.''']]
** ''Symphogear G'', episode 10: [[spoiler:Hibiki and Miku are apparently killed, The Frontier is risen by their fight, and as a last shot '''Chris shoots Tsubasa in the back while saying "Goodbye"''']]
* WholeCostumeReference: During Hibiki's aforementioned training montage with Genjuro, there's a brief still where Hibiki dressed like Makoto (the red cloth strip is on her neck and her gi isn't sleeveless) and Genjuro dressed exactly like Akuma, both characters of StreetFighter fame.
* WorldOfActionGirls
* [[YouRemindMeOfX You Remind Me of My Partner]] [[spoiler:[[DeadPartner Who Is Dead]]: How Tsubasa views Hibiki. And she doesn't like her, at all, because to Tsubasa, Kanade is irreplacable. The second season brings this back in a twist: After Tsubasa finally befriended Hibiki, she was extremely crushed that Hibiki is going down the path that would lead to her death, reminding her on how she lost Kanade.]]
* XMeetsY: ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' meets ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** Or ''Anime/MacrossSeven'' meets ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''.
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