It was announced today that the fourth season for Senki Zesshou Symphogear is arriving this summer. The title for the fourth season is Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ. This news was accompanied by a short trailer and an official site for the fourth season. This news came from the official Symphogear Youtube Channel. The subheading for the fourth season is “by shedding many tears, the reality you face is…”

Ready for the next adventure

I have been rather curious when we might get some information about this fourth season. The odds on bet was that it would land in Summer of 2017, but there hadn’t been any real news on the next season in a long while. The previous two seasons were both summer releases, but I was starting to get a bit worried it was going to come out later in the year. It’s just nice to see a little trailer, know what the title is, and be able to relax and anticipate it.

I know that the third season had some pros and cons. It wasn’t the best received by the fanbase of the three seasons. Though I am pretty hopeful that they can learn from what worked and didn’t. At the very least we know what they are really good at. This series can always be counted on for some fun action, great songs, and a pretty likable main group. Honestly, I’m looking forward to the next battle songs for each character as much as the plot itself. Hopefully they find a way to surpass the strong first episode for GX.

There is some speculation that can be done with that subheading. It doesn’t sound like things will go smoothly this season. At the very least tears are going to be shed. I suppose there are tears of happiness, but who knows. They already announced season 4 and season 5. So it is entirely possible that season 4 doesn’t end well. Then they could rise up in season 5. At the very least I hope they have a plot in mind that will take 2 seasons to tell.

There is only so much we can take from the trailer itself. It mostly just showed the main cast and some sort of fighting. A nice job done by not giving away what exactly they are fighting. Now we only saw the original trio (Hibiki, Chris, and Tsubasa) in their gears and fighting. The secondary trio (Maria, Shirabe, and Kirika) were all in ‘SONG’ uniforms and seemingly on a helicopter. That makes sense since the status quo was a lack of Linker being available at the end of season 3. So in an emergency they probably would try to limit the use of Linker and set out Hibiki and company.

I’m just looking forward to this. I know Symphogear has its flaws. But I still really enjoy the series. It is a fun show where the pros outweigh the cons for me. I hope season 4 is the best of the franchise. We’ll find out this summer.

Source: Anime News Network

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  • GreyLurker

    I love this series. It is just great over the top superhero action combined with character drama, plus wonderful music. Really looking forward to the new season. One notable absense from the trailer though is the miricle child Elfnein, really hope she is part of the return cast as well, considering the importance of Carol last actions with her in GX.

    • FlareKnight

      Yeah, I’m glad we’re finally getting back to it. A show with a nice mixture of elements. Nailed it. Just over the top superhero action, with character drama and great music. I’m curious to see where the story shall go for this one.

      I’m not too surprised Elfnein wasn’t there. Don’t think we saw any of the side characters which she really should be one of going forward. Another part of the support group. I’m sure she’ll have her role to play in events going ahead.

  • Random Wanderer

    As one of the people who had issues with some of the things done in the third season, I remain tentatively excited about this season. I just do hope they’ve learned not to repeat the parts that went wrong last time.

    • FlareKnight

      Well I’m going to stay fully excited for the time being. More focused on hoping they repeat the things they did right than worrying about them making mistakes.

    • GreyLurker

      You mean like how utterly messed up Tsubasa’s family situation is, cause that was kind of horrifying

      • Random Wanderer

        That was, yes. But no, my primary problem was their reversion of all of Hibiki’s character growth from the first two seasons, during the first several episodes of Symphogear GX. She ended up acting very much not like Hibiki for a while, which bothered me a lot because I LIKE Hibiki, and I like the character she had grown into. It was very unpleasant seeing her be someone else. And then they “fixed” it by letting her have an epiphany that she’d already had two seasons ago, a revelation that had been so important to her back then that she’d made it an inextricable part of her life philosophy. The idea that she could fight to protect people had become practically her entire purpose for living, it definied her so thoroughly, and yet now she had to relearn it?

        That was ridiculous artificial drama which badly harmed one of my favorite characters. And they didn’t even need it: the issue with her father would have been fine for throwing Hibiki off her game, and that would have been justifiable in-universe.

        …I’m going to stop now, because once I get started on this I can keep going for a while. I just want to make it clear that I didn’t actually hate the third season. There was still some awesome stuff in there. The truth is I like Symphogear and its characters a lot, so when I feel that they’re being mishandled it really bothers me.

  • DMS

    Finally, I was getting worried as well since there were no news at all aside from the mobile game. I have several problems regarding the season 3 but I’m still excited for this one. My hope for this season is that they don’t fuck Hibiki’s character like they did in GX (still upset about that), no angst just for the sake of cheap drama (tsubasa’s family thing) and actually give Kirika and Shirabe individual characterization or just split them for a while so they actually grows as an individual characters instead of one person with two separate bodies.

    • FlareKnight

      We’ll see.