The official website for Senki Zessho Symphogear G has been updated with more characters and cast members, and the additions are making the second season of Symphogear look very promising.
While we previously covered a few of the main characters and their respective voice actors, now we have character designs to put the pieces together. Thus, I hope this article will be a great overview for those of you wondering whether or not Senki Zessho Symphogear G should be on your watch list.
First we have the principle antagonist, Maria Cadenzavna Eve. As a pop princess, she has legions of fans around the globe. After fusing with a Symphogear outside of the jurisdiction of the Japanese government, she becomes an enemy despite her enchanting voice. Yoko Hikasa (K-ON!‘s Mio Akiyama, Kore wa Zombie desu ka?‘s Seraphim) voices this dangerous diva.
In contrast to her older sister, Serena Cadenzavna Eve is of a gentler nature. Although she too has fused with Symphogear, she does not know how to use it in battle. Instead, Serena is more likely to be seen living up to her name by soothing her older sister’s spirited heart. Serena is the reason behind Maria’s dogged perseverance. She is played by Yui Horie (Fairy Tail’s Carla, Dog Days‘ Millhiore Biscotti).
Despite her appearance, Shirabe Tsukuyomi is one of Maria’s warriors. Cold and calculating, Shirabe does whatever is necessary to complete an objective. She finds Hibiki Tachibana, the so called hero of the world, to be hypocritical. Shirabe is voiced by Yoshino Nanjou, a main vocalist of FripSide.
Next we have Kiriki Akatsuki, another one of Maria’s fighters. Although she possesses the personality you’d expect a young girl to have, Kiriki, like her comrades, was once a test subject in a research lab and labeled a “Receptor Child”. Because of this, she will do anything to protect her friends. Ai Kayano (Guilty Crown’s Inori, Aquarion EVOL’s Mikono) plays Kiriki.
Dr. Ver is a part of the American Holy Relic Research Facility’s 2nd Division Mobile Disaster Response Corps. As a biologist, he works to uncover the truth behind the holy relics and analyzes Ryoko Sakurai’s theories. He admires Tsubasa, Chris, and Hibiki for saving the world, and dreams to do the same. Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama‘s Gintoki, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi‘s Kyon) will voice the scientist.Professor Natassja is the technician behind Maria and her team. Her knowledge of the holy relics is formidable, and while she can be friendly with her partners, she can also quickly turn harsh for the sake of her objectives. Professor Natassja is voiced by Kikuko Inoue (Ah! My Goddess‘s Belldandy, Ikki Tousen‘s Goei).
Lastly, we have Masahito Shibata, the vice-minister of the Japanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He aims to protect the Symphogear system as it is of national interest, and is one of the few people who understands Genjuro. Masahito works with the Mobile Disaster Response Corps. He is played by Hidekatsu Shibata, whose other roles include Naruto‘s Sarutobi and Mazinger Z‘s Baron Ashura.
The opening theme song ,”Vitalization”, will be sung by Nana Mizuki, the voice of Tsubasa. The ending theme song, “Next Destination”, will be sung by Ayahi Takagaki, the voice of Chris Yukine. A CD is also in the making to be released on July 17, and will feature the song “Fushidori no Flamme” and a character song duet featuring Tsubasa and Maria.
A few staff members have changed for the second season. Katsumi Ono (Hataraki Man) is replacing Tatsufumi Ito as diretor, and Satoru Fujimoto, the chief animation director, will also take the position of character designer from Satoshi Koike. Hopefully these changes are for the better!
Senki Zessho Symphogear G premiers July 4, but until then, check out the first official promo below.