Thursday, April 5, 2012
Translation Corner #1
Keyword #1: Symphogear
Based on the proposed "Sakurai" theory from the Special Disaster Response Team Division 2's own technology expert, Sakurai Ryouko, "Symphogear" is the name of a special, counter-measure armor that was created through the phonic gain of unique relics.
Currently it is the only existing weapon know to stop the world-wide disaster known as the "Noise," however to avoid conflict with current constitutional laws its existence has been completely hidden to the public.
Able to respond to the synthetic vibration resonance created by the fighting spirit of the user, the Symphogear's greatest trait is its internal functionality to play a certain melody. By synchronizing that melody with the user through song, the Symphogear displays an incredibly high rate of battle potential.
Although the armor is able to absorb damage during battle, any sort of disruption of the song will result in a temporary dampening of its battle potential. At the moment, this is the only weakness that has been observed in the Symphogear system.
So essentially, as ridiculous as it may sound, the Symphogear itself is what causes the "song" to play in the anime and the user activates the armor by singing along with the melody. Based on this explanation anytime the user stops singing, they see a drop in their fighting abilities, which may explain why Kanade's armor "powered down" at a crucial moment in episode 1 - it was when the song ended! It also helps to explain Hibiki's power-up at the end of episode 12 when she regained her fighting spirit - that spirit resonated with the Symphogear and basically released whatever limiter had been placed up on it. At least, that's how I look at it.