Pon. This is an idol show! Fuck! [throws pen] Goddammit! Fuck! [throws pen again]
Oto. Holy shit! What even? How did? Are they? Did she just? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING FROM ME? You failed to mention the part about how every fight is a concert. This is my favorite show of all time. This was my favorite show of all time 10 minutes in.
Pon. Yeah, did I not mention that?
Oto. No. This is like a mix between JoJo’s, Strike Witches, and Macross.
Pon. Well, two things about the idolness of it. One, I can appreciate how all the songs sound like 90s anime openings. Even if they are eurobeat. And two, we live in a world in which the US Army makes video games as recruitment tools, so I can’t find it too weird that Earth’s super-soldiers are popular entertainers.
Oto. Going from Love Live! to Symphogear is like being at a Ranka Lee concert and walking across the street to go watch Sheryl Nome.
Pon. That’s fucked up, man. I lol’d.
Oto. You could say that the pacing is a little fast, but I was in JoJo’s/Sentai mode from second 1 so it didn’t really bother me.
Pon. I’d complain about the pacing if there were two fights in one episode. But jamming in that half a fight at the end … I’m just impressed. Damn.
Oto. I think it successfully got across everything that it wanted to. I don’t see a reason to complain.
Pon. If you look at the first episode of certain Tomino shows, like Zeta Gundam or King Gainer, it’s just a mess. It tries to do character introductions and action all at once, and it falls apart. This episode had basically the same elements of a Tomino first episode, and yet somehow I know generally who everybody is and what’s happening, and there were 2.5 fucking fights. I have to say, shows that are made of symbolism or cinematic craft are fine, but nothing impresses me like straight-up entertainment when it’s well-written. It’s a lot harder than anybody ever acknowledges. I was worried that this show wouldn’t give us enough to talk about, but I can probably talk about the writing 38 more times.
Oto. This show is fucking brutal. The Noise isn’t fucking around. They’ll just straight up murder your ass. And that transformation in the end, man. It was like some FLCL shit.
Pon. So edgy. These people have more blood than minor characters in Akira. And the German names for things, and references to Norse mythology … could the edge be sharper? Only if the hero were a manchild with an unnatural hair color, probably.