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- Episode 2:
Tsubasa: Smiles have no meaning where we're going.Cue the next scene having the bureau celebrating Hibiki getting there.
- When Tsubasa calls Hibiki to the base again, she puts her in handcuffs, even if they probably aren't needed. There's also Hibiki's scream as she's riding the way-too-fast elevator again.
- Episode 3:
Genjuuro: Any opinions?
- Genjuuro shows Hibiki a map with dots on it.
Hibiki: (matter-of-factly) Hm, lots of dots.
Ryouko: Virgins are all the same, huh? (with a sultry look) I want to pop your cherry before anyone else.
- Ryouko very suggestivly bites Hibiki's ear, causing the latter to freak out. She then drops this gem:
- More of a Funny Aneurysm moment than anything else, since it's implied she was playing it completely straight.
- During lunch, Hibiki claims she's "cursed" right before getting a piece of food from two of her friends, smiling broadly as she eats.
- Genjuro dressed as Bruce Lee and Akuma during episode 4's post credit Training Montage.
- The voice actors' very bad attempts at speaking English in episode 5.
- Same episode, Hibiki stumbling upon a hentai picture in a magazine.
- Hibiki entering Tsubasa's room, and assuming she's been kidnapped, due to the utter messiness of said room in episode 6.
Hibiki: Ehh? You let a guy clean your room!?Tsubasa:(blushing furiously) You're right, that's a problem in a number of ways.
- Also funnier that Tsubasa just appeared behind her out of nowhere... and her usual deadpan expression turn into extreme embarrassment.
- While Hibiki is putting away Tsubasa's underwear, Tsubasa admits she usually has Ogawa clean her room.
- Tsubasa's expression makes it clear that she's never before noticed anything untoward about that.
- In episode 6 Hibiki tries reaching out to Chris by telling her personal details, like her age, her birthday, her blood type, even that she's never had a boyfriend. But when it comes to her weight:
Hibiki:Uh...I'll tell you when we're better friends!
- A combination of a too short shirt, and no underwear contributing to Chris giving Miku an eyeful in episode 8.
- Hibiki's attempts at a crane game in episode 9, where she lets out a rather goofy sounding Hot-Blooded yell.
- Hibiki's endless Glomping of a freshly Heel Face Turned Chris in episode 10.
- In Episode 10, Ryoko is expositioning something, while Ogawa tried to interrupt, only to receive Offhand Backhand, Offhand Kick, etc every time he tried.
- Chris' Symphogear Ichaival, (and for that matter, all the Symphogears) can magically conjure up massive missiles, but can't conjure up enough material to cover her bust fully, unlike Hibiki and Tsubasa's Symphogears which seem to manage that just fine.
- The secret to Genjuurou's strength: Eating, sleeping and watching movies.
Genjuurou: A TRUE MAN NEEDS NOTHING ELSE!!!
- Chris's very Magical Girl-equse transformation in episode three. Not to mention the lyrics of her song.
Rather than a greeting I'll give you my gattling. You're just trash that deserves a good trash burning. 1, 2, 3 You're an eyesore!
- Genjuurou randomly breaking into song during the training sequence in episode 9, with Chris playing the Straight Man the whole way through. And Chris completely sucking at the training despite being the most Hot-Blooded girl.
- Made even more hilarious when that song is "Ying Hung Gu Shi (Cantonese: Hero's Story)", the main theme for Police Story, originally sang by Jackie Chan, with Chris' comment in the background is basically saying "Won't we get into copyright infringement with this song?"
- The training montage itself. Tsubasa is in her own pace, Hibiki is giving it her all, while Chris is...borderline keeping up and failing in almost all of it.
- Hibiki's thoughts during the aquarium date in Episode 8 are fairly somber, but it's a little hard to take things seriously with the derpy ocean sunfish in the shot.
- And her reaction to Miku pressing a cold soda can against her face is just priceless.
- In Episode 10, Hibiki goes "I'll bring back Miku even if I die!" -"You're not allowed to die!" -"Then I'll come back alive even if it kills me!" to a baffled Genjuurou, who honestly can't answer anything to that.
- Ending montage. Tsubasa complains that Chris isn't calling her 'senpai' anymore, so Hibiki teases her... which led to Chris exploding and reminding her that she is Hibiki and Miku's senpai.
- Both OVAs in almost their entirety.
- In Episode 1, Hibiki attempts to glomp Chris on their way to school, only for Chris to hit her with her bag before Hibiki makes contact.
- And to top it off, Chris has to remind Hibiki that she's still her senpai.
- At the beginning, the girls are trying to save a space shuttle from hitting K2 mountain and Chris blows them "through" the mountain with her missiles and Hibiki's help. The mission operator says (in a matter of fact voice) "K2 is now only the THIRD tallest mountain in the world"
- A bit latter Hibiki performs a suplex on a SPACE SHUTTLE!
- Later on that episode, Hibiki falls asleep in class again. Even after two seasons, some things never change.
- When Hibiki and Chris are called to rescue people from a fire, Shirabe and Kirika offer to help, only to get turned down by Chris. Shirabe and Kirika are...not happy to say the least.
- Their responses are synchronised too!
- Episode 3: Tsubasa reveals herself to be a Terrible Artist, drawing an Alkanoise as a poorly-drawn samurai guy. What's funnier is that her voice actress shares this same trait and drew the same picture◊.
Chris: There's avant garde and then there's this! Are you trying to change your career from "pop star" into "pop artist"!?
- Right before she transforms, Kirika is shown with a Badass Armfold and a Scarf of Asskicking. However, if one looks closely, the "scarf" is actually just a banner for a shop. What does this mean? Kirika picked up a random shop banner and tied it around herself just to look cool.
- Miku notices that Hibiki is looking a lot more depressed than usual after the latter's encounter with Carol. As she interrogates further, she notes that Kirika and Shirabe were put in the hospital for "necessary tests". One Gilligan Cut later...
Kirika (in a hospital gown reading a magazine): I'm bored to death!Shirabe (in a hospital gown eating food): Hospital food is so bland.
- Aoi and Sakuya just finished running some medical tests on Elfnein and reveal that there's nothing wrong with Elfnein...except for the fact that Elfnein has no apparent gender. To which everyone thinks:
Everyone: She's unusual enough already!Kirika:: ...desu...
- Episode 3 has Chris being depressed about having to be saved by Kirika and Shirabe...and then it cuts to Yumi, Andou and Shiori singing a musical number about beef stroganoff. Mood Whiplash? Probably. Big-Lipped Alligator Moment? Maybe. Hilarious? Definitely.
Yumi: Beef Stroganoff: You know it from manga and anime!
- Kirika attempts to glomp Shirabe in Episode 5, only for Shirabe to nonchalantly move out of the way and leave Kirika falling to the floor in a comedic fashion.
- In Episode 6, when a naked Shirabe is shown on the SONG headquarters' screen following her fight with Micha, Maria angrily yells for the men to look away. Genjuro respectfully looks away and Sakuya seems to be straining not to look. ...And then Miku covers Hibiki's eyes as well.
Hibiki: W-Why me too?!Miku: Sorry, I got caught in the moment!
- Episode 7 begins with a much-needed break from all the action as the girls take a vacation to the beach. Amidst the various shenanigans that occur, here are a few standout examples:
- Chris displaying an unhappy, "oh-no-not-again" face upon hearing that the Gear users are going to "train". It looks like she still hasn't forgotten the last time she was forced to undergo training. Hibiki, on the other hand, is absolutely pumped.
- Tsubasa taking something as simple as a volleyball game very seriously and calling it a "tough exercise".
- Elfnein preparing to serve a volleyball like a pro...and then failing miserably.
- How does the group decide who has to go get food from the local supermarket? A free-for-all Rock-Paper-Scissors match!
- The Mood Whiplash that comes in the very beginning. Maria contemplates the events of the past, including her miserable state she was as a Heel in G. She certainly wanted a power to protect those she held dear. And that journey has led her... to the beach.
- What completes that scene are her attire and the pose she's in, both completely inappropriate to the initial mood: the most stylish (and daring) swimsuit of the six Symphogears, and a rather alluring contrapposto stance.
- Kirika playing the vending machine lottery and getting bitter coffee, which she hates. Turns into a heartwarming moment when Shirabe swaps their cans, stating that she doesn't mind black coffee.
- In the same episode, and in contrast to that above tender moment, Shirabe and Kirika having a quarrel halfway through the episode. Lampshaded by Miku and Hibiki, who point out how rare it is for those two to fight.
- Also a quick moment from when Kirika and Shirabe activate their IGNITE modules.
Kirika & Shirabe: Bakken!Kirika: ...desu!
- Dr Ver's hamtastic return is both this and a moment of awesome for him at the end of episode 9, but what really sells it is Carol's "What the fuck" look on her face, showing just how out of left field it is.
- And in episode 10, we get to see Kirika and Shirabe's reactions to Dr. Ver's return. It's priceless.
- Chris' "Red Hot Blaze" move during her fight against Leiur in episode 10, which involves Chris using a rifle as a melee weapon. Even Leiur is surprised!
- Episode 13's final battle: Kirika and Shirabe merge their Symphogears into a rather... familiar-looking form. Complete with an old-school 'alien' sound in the background!
- Hibiki describes a summer festival to Elfnein and quips that Maria's Airgetlam jingles whenever she gets excited. Maria refutes this claim by saying that the jingle would sound better from the Ame-no-Habakiri, to which everyone starts laughing. Tsubasa is clearly not pleased.
Tsubasa: "I now understand exactly what you all think of the Ame-no-Habakiri..."
Chris: "I may not look it, but I get pretty good grades."Shirabe: "No way!"Chris: *Death Glare*
- Later on, Shirabe and Kirika do summer homework and learn the hard way that their senpai Chris can slack off due to having good grades.
- In the GX OVA, the FIS Children are shown absolutely loving the prison food they are given.note So much that Maria thought of withholding information so they can continue eating them. A later short has Tsubasa mention how more well rounded the trio are. She meant their character but they took it as them getting fatter.
- The entirety of the third GX OVA, which focuses on Carol and the Autoscorers. Some highlights include:
- The Autoscorers' A.I.s/personalities being based on Carol's subconscious, meaning that their various character tics (such as their crazy facial expressions and poses) are things that Carol secretly wants to do.
- The skit about Garie's public displays of affection. It begins with Garie kissing both Lieur and Phara in order to awaken them and Carol having a very scandalized reaction and saying that Garie should tone down the PDA. Cheekily, Garie replies that since their personalities are based on Carol's subconscious, then the PDA must've been Carol's idea to begin with. Carol immediately tells Garie to shut up.
- The skits involving Carol "relieving" Elfnein of her duties. As seen in the series, Carol can see what Elfnein sees and Carol's expression can only be described as utter exasperation when she sees that Elfnein is busy cleaning her room before she departs in order to make the life of whoever might replace her easier. Then in order to speed up Elfnein's departure, Carol orders Lieur to chase Elfnein out but Lieur initially refuses because seeing Elfnein's various trip-ups has her actually feeling sorry for the poor kid. Carol then tells Lieur that she doesn't remember installing a sympathy node into the Autoscorers.
- In the fourth OVA, Chris actually acts like a Troll in one of the skits where she asks Tsubasa what each of them would look like if they switched Symphogears. Chris has an Imagine Spot of Tsubasa wearing Ichaival (complete with Tsubasa yelling out "YASSAI MOSSAI!") and Chris holds back her laughter while Tsubasa blushes furiously out of sheer embarrassment.
Shirabe: W-What's with her?Kirika: I'm not liking the look she has on her face!
- For that matter, Chris imagining herself wearing different Symphogears. She first imagines herself in Hibiki's Gungnir (complete with her yelling "Rice and more rice!", Hibiki's favorite food) before deciding that yellow isn't her color. Then she imagines herself in Shirabe's Shul Shagana (complete with "That's why you're a hypocrite") and Kirika's Igalima (while cheerfully yelling out "DESU! DESU! DESU!). Her subsequent expression scares both Kirika and Shirabe.
- A minor detail in the opening, but in contrast to the otherwise more serious training shots of Tsubasa, Chris, Shirabe, Kirika, and Maria, Hibiki is shown partaking in her favorite pastime of practicing her kung-fu moves with Genjuuro...while watching action movies.
- The beginning of Episode 1 has Hibiki worrying about every student's worst nightmare: summer homework. Then, as Hibiki begs Miku to help her, Chris, Shirabe, and Kirika interrupt the moment by showing up in a helicopter. The girls then try to talk to each other over the sound of the helicopter before Chris gets fed up and throws her shoe at Hibiki. What makes this scene even better is that this is how the episode starts. Instead of starting things off with an action-packed intro like the first three seasons, you get the girls acting as they always do. Our heroines, ladies and gentlemen.
- In the same scene, Kirika's drowned-out dialogue is replaced by 'DESS DESS DESS'.
- Hibiki reassuring Kirika and Shirabe that they are still contributing to SONG even though they can't always fight with their Gears would be a heartwarming moment...if it weren't for the fact that 1) all of them are naked and coming out of the shower, and 2) Hibiki is holding Kirika's hand as she says this, which elicits a jealous, vocalized stare from Shirabe.
- When Aoi and Sakuya are being chased by a giant alchemical serpent, Genjuro tells them to escape, even if it kills them. Sakuya points out the flawed logic of that order.
- The co-pilot of a plane, currently being chased by a legion of Noise, taking time to point out the girls on the runway (Kirika and Shirabe) are cute.
- Saint-Germain reawakening Tiki in Episode 3 has this amusing little exchange:
Tiki: Saint-Germain? It's been four hundred years, but you haven't changed a bit!Saint-Germain: That's right. The times may change, but I do not.Tiki: So, you're still always going on about boring stuff like freeing mankind from the yoke of oppression?
- The brief montage of the girls returning to school in the same episode has one amusing moment of Reality Ensues. Hibiki may have been looking awesome while kicking loads of ass on the other side of the world for the past couple of episodes, but at what cost? She didn't have enough time to finish her summer homework.
- Adam makes his on-screen debut in Episode 4...and just randomly gets naked for it.
- A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but Tiki first shows up in Episode 4 reading manga. Yes, an Autoscorer made by the Big Bad to observe and record the motions of the planets...is reading shoujo manga◊. The very idea is as ridiculous as it sounds.
- Cagliostro calling Maria, Shirabe, and Kirika "Team Neapolitan" (as in the ice cream) because of the respective colors of their hair. note
- The group manages to find a possible countermeasure to the Philosopher's Stone through a scab of waste material from when Hibiki was merged with the Gungnir relic. For convenience's sake, Chris dubs it the "Fool's Stone", a name that eventually sticks. Hibiki is less than enthusiastic.
- The main website for AXZ has a section called "Keywords" which give details on important things in the show like what LiNKER is or giving details on the villains. Occasionally, however, there will be special "joke" keywords that are there for no real purpose other than simply for providing levity. Case in point, this keyword, which roughly translates to:
The Standards of CutenessThere are people who like dogs, and people who like cats.Everybody is unique.
- The brief training scene in Episode 8, in which each of the girls get their respective asses handed to them by Genjuro. That's six girls equipped with armor imbued with the power of song who are able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of alien eldritch abominations, entire armies, automated dolls, and long-lived alchemists with supernatural powers...all taken down within the span of a little under two minutes by one man.
- Another blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but the title of the mixtape Genjuro brings out at the end of the clip above indicates that it's the same song he and Hibiki sung during the training sequence back in G. We only get glimpses of the girls' training afterwards, but it's very much implied that this song, in all of its hilarity, is once again playing in the background.
- Episode 9 reveals that Hibiki, Chris, and Kirika have one thing in common: they're all very messy sleepers.
- Though it's meant to be a very somber scene as Prelati is drinking in honor of her fallen comrade Cagliostro, there's just something funny about the fact that she's drinking milk out of a wine glass.
- This line from Genjuuro when he and the rest of S.O.N.G. commence their operation to return Hibiki to normal.
Genjuuro: All right! Time to throw Hibiki a birthday party she'll never forget!
- Hibiki possessed in Episode 12 is rightfully serious...until the trucks of anti-LiNKER shoot her right in her giant jiggly ass.
- This translated line from Cagliostro, given no context:
Cagliostro: Honestly, I'd rather ram this thing up the Lodgemaster's ass.
- At the celebratory feast in the finale, Maria makes Tsubasa squee like a schoolgirl by feeding her a delicious tomato.
- Tsubasa is later seen washing dishes while stacking the dishes in a manner that would otherwise be impractical and impossible to replicate in real life. Chris can only look on in disbelief.