When Symphogear first aired in 2012, I haaaated it. I mean, I thought the first episode was cool, but by episode four, I was out. No thanks. Then, a funny thing happened earlier this year. AniTwitter brought Symphogear back from the dead.
I have not seen a phenomenon on Twitter like I witnessed with the Symphogear revival. Series diehards continued to beat their drum, talking up the show as this crazy, over-the-top action show but with cute girls in power suits, singing. I had seen it, so I knew it could be cool at times, but I had seen it descend into meh. I wasn’t moved by the fans.
Then, prominent anime personalities began watching the franchise from the beginning. All of a sudden, Mike Toole, Dave and Jeff of Colony Drop, Nick Creamer and other leading lights of our community began tweeting about this series. And they were enjoying it…to varying degrees, but enjoying it nonetheless. Maybe I was missing something?
So, I gave it another shot. And it was awesome! I do not remember why I originally dropped the show, but I’m really happy AniTwitter kept pushing it because otherwise I’d have missed out on a very stylish, nutty thing that oozes good Shoji Kawamori (as opposed to bad Shoji Kawamori). I totally recommend Symphogear to fans of shows like GaoGaiGar or Diebuster…and certainly to AKB0048 lovers; however, that’s not the actual point of this post. The reason for this post is to say, “Thanks, AniTwitter!” Your persistence payed off.
Maybe next year, give that show a chance that your friends keep begging you to try out. You might be very glad you did!