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How to Watch Symphogear? The Complete Watch Order

Imagine magical girl idols in a Gundam type scenario! Symphogear is an anime set in that exact ridiculous setup. 

The show goes a step further to take its peculiarity very seriously and builds up the entire plot on it.

The battles feel intense even when the main characters seem too OP.

There is nothing more entertaining than watching cute idol anime girls training to become superheroes and defeating villains. Nothing is truly absurd when it comes to Symphogear!

How To Watch Symphogear?
Symphogear | Source: Crunchyroll

Watch Symphogear if you love magical girls and insane action!

1. Release Order

I. TV Series

  • Symphogear (2012)
  • Symphogear G (2013)
  • Symphogear GX (2015)
  • Symphogear AXZ (2017)
  • Symphogear XV (2019)

II.  Specials

  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: Senki Zesshou Shinai Symphogear (2014)
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX: Senki Zesshou Shinai Symphogear (2015)
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ: Senki Zesshou Shinai Symphogear (2017)
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV: Senki Zesshou Shinai Symphogear (2019)

2. Chronological Order

  • Symphogear (2012)
  • Symphogear G (2013)
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: Senki Zesshou Shinai Symphogear
  • Symphogear GX
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX: Senki Zesshou Shinai Symphogear
  • Symphogear AXZ
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ: Senki Zesshou Shinai Symphogear
  • Symphogear XV
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV: Senki Zesshou Shinai Symphogear

3. Conclusion

The recommended order for watching Symphogear is its chronological order, which is the same as its release order.

The Specials are additional character bits and do not contribute to the storyline, and so you may skip them if you want.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ Trailer July 2017
Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ Trailer

4. Quick Review

I. Story and Characters

The story of Symphogear is really unique. The magical girl elements crossed with superb action and music makes the show very entertaining.

Although there are a few plot holes and inconsistencies, it does not decrease the enjoyment. Try not to analyze the story to find a deeper meaning.

Symphogear has amazing characters. Despite the trauma they face, they keep growing whilst remembering those who are important to them. Their designs are beautiful with occasional fan service.

II. Animation and Sound

The animation for Symphogear is simply stunning. The action sequences look amazing and tense, the music feels powerful, and the characters look gorgeous. The animation adds a pretty layer to the whole anime.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear AMV Monster
Senki Zesshou Symphogear AMV

Symphogear relies heavily on its music. After all, all the battles are sound-based, and the antagonist is literally called Noise. The soundtrack is versatile and conveys the intensity of each scene perfectly.

5. About Symphogear

Symphogear is a Japanese anime television franchise animated by Satelight. It is directed by Tatsufumi Itō and written by Akifumi Kaneko.

The story revolves around two idols, Tsubasa Kazanari and Kanade Amō, who are also called Zwei Wing.

How To Watch Symphogear?
Symphogear Cover | Source: Crunchyroll

They battle against a terrifying alien race known as the Noise, using a special armor known as the Symphogear. Symphogear uses music to form a defense against and attack the Noise.

Unfortunately, Kanade loses her life when she sacrifices herself to protect a girl named Hibiki Tachibana.

During the accident, Hibiki ends up with a part of Kanade’s Symphogear, named as Gungnir, embedded in her chest. 

Two years after the accident, Gungnir is awakened by Hibiki, resulting in Hibiki gaining Kanade’s power.

After gaining this new ability, Hibiki, along with other wielders of the Symphogear, must defend the world from the terrors of the Noise.  

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