Shooting The Moon: A Symphogear Fansite

Hibiki “Bikki” Tachibana

My favorite part of Symphogear is the characters, so I think some introductions are in order.

Our main protagonist is none other than Hibiki Tachibana, voiced by the altogether-too-powerful miss Madoka Magica herself: Aoi Yuuki.

Hibiki: I'll return alive, even if it kills me!

Hibiki, for all intents and purposes, is Symphogear.

She’s a bit… simpleminded, but hotblooded and passionate; and she channels this straightforward-if-naive energy into her radical compassion.


Hibiki “Heiki Hecchara” Tachibana

If there’s someone who needs help, regardless of the danger – regardless of, well, anything – Hibiki rushes in.

Carol: Your songs can't save me. Carol: They can't save anyone!
Hibiki: I'll save you anyway!

If someone is causing trouble, she will always try to talk them down and find a mutual understanding before she has to use her fists.

Sarazanmai: I want to connect, but they won't accept my fists.

And then she’ll try again afterwards.

Hibiki: Both of you, calm down and let's talk!


Hibiki *Incomprehensible Screaming* Tachibana

She’s basically a super robot pilot in the body of a 15-year-old girl, complete with the sideburns, the scarf, and the giant mecha punches. You will never be able to convince me that her design was not based on Ryoma from Getter Robo (especially considering the amount of other super robot references scattered throughout the show).

Ryoma Getter Robo The Big O
Hibiki Punch Fist

Hibiki “Dattoshitemo” Tachibana

Hibiki is skilled at using her fists in battle, but her most powerful weapon is her willingness to open up those fists, and use them to hold hands - whether to support a friend or befriend an enemy.

Yes, she may be an enormous dork, but her tireless optimism is nothing if not infectious – not only is she able to win the heart of virtually any person she confronts herself, but she even helps to form bonds between the other people around her.

Hibiki: I used to wonder why I didn't have an armed gear. Hibiki: Because I don't have anything in my hands...
Hibiki: I can hold both of yours! Hibiki holding hands

It’s probably the biggest of her many charm points.

Her butt is her charm point


Hibiki “Wife Guy” Tachibana

All this selflessness does come with a cost; she is all but incapable of taking care of herself, and the damage from this quickly builds up, especially when she starts to feel responsible for the people she’s not able to save.

Luckily, the bonds she’s formed with the people she loves work both ways. And there’s no one she loves more than her wife and sunshine, Miku, who is (almost) always there to remind Hibiki that she’s worth helping, too.


Please take a moment to enjoy this adorable sketch from the season 1 character designer (so it’s basically canon). Let the purity of their love bring you life.

HibiMiku kiss


Hibiki “Lesbian Hamster Jesus” Tachibana

Being the newest Symphogear of the group, Hibiki isn’t so hot at singing. What she does instead is R O A R. True to her name, which can roughly translate to “echo”, many of Hibiki’s songs feature a call-and-response chorus, which at live shows turns into an exchange of shouts with the audience as she sings about

CLENCHING JUSTICE IN YOUR FIST

PLOWING STRAIGHT AHEAD WITH THE POWER OF LIGHTNING AT 1000% FULL THROTTLE

WITH EVERY OUNCE OF DETERMINATION IN YOUR BLAZING HEART.

About how holding hands creates a connection and a warmth that exceeds the power of words…

And about how much she loves her wife.

(TL Note: whenever she sings about “the future”, she’s singing about Miku)


Example Song Titles:

Hibiki XV Single


Hibiki “Gentlest Fist In The World” Tachibana

Hibiki Gungnir Armor

Relic:

  • Gungnir
  • Armed Gear:

  • Fists
  • Coolest Attack Names:

  • Who needs attack names when you can just punch stuff really hard?

  • In combat, Hibiki wields the orange Symphogear, Gungnir, embedded in her chest Iron-Man style after its original wielder self-destructed to save her life. While the original wielder used a spear, and Gungnir is named for the spear of Odin, Hibiki prefers to forego an Armed Gear altogether and fight with her fists.

    One of the fun things about Symphogear fights is all the ridiculous named attacks that the wielders throw around during battle. But Hibiki? Hibiki doesn’t need none of those. Not when she’s just laying down some straight-up Bruce Lee fisticuffs!

    Hibiki Bruce Lee training


    Hibiki “That Baka” Tachibana

    Let’s take a look at Hibiki doing what she does best: punching bad guys, loving her wife, and making friends.

    When the heels come off, you know she means business.

    Hibiki gearing up to fight Hibiki tripping over a pipe due to her heels Hibiki landing flat on her face
    Hibiki: These heels are in the way! Hibiki smashing the heels off her boots Hibiki Bruce Lee kicking a Noise in the face

    There are few things as satisfying as watching her plow her way through a wave of Noise.

    Hibiki gaining inspiration from Miku before battle Hibiki rushes in Hibiki destroys some Noise
    Hibiki destroys some Noise Hibiki destroys some Noise Hibiki destroys some Noise
    Hibiki destroys some Noise Hibiki destroys some Noise Hibiki destroys some Noise
    Hibiki destroys some Noise Hibiki pulling back her fist piston Hibiki's fist piston locked into place
    Hibiki about to deliver an explosive punch Hibiki make impact Hibiki causes an explosion with her fist

    And between battles, she always has her sweet sunflower Miku to come home to.

    Hibiki takes Miku's hand Miku Kohinata is my sunflower. It's warmest when I'm near you.
    And that's the place I always return to. It's always been that way, and it always will be! Miku gets flustered

    But really, she’d always rather be friends than fight.

    My name is Hibiki Tachibana, age fifteen! My birthday is September 13th, and my blood type is O! I just had my height measured, and it was 157cm!
    My weight is... I'll tell you when we're better friends! My hobby is saving people, and my favorite things are food and more food! And...
    I've never had a boyfriend in my life! (gee, wonder why) Chris: Wh-Why are you telling me all that? We aren't like Noise. We can understand each other, so I want to talk!

    This has gotta be the most Hibiki thing in the entire show.


    Hibiki “Age 16” Tachibana

    Oh, and you better believe she does this again. The scar on her chest is a forte symbol - she’s nothing if not loud and proud!

    Hibiki Tachibana, Age 16

    Hibiki is pretty easily my favorite single character; she’s emblematic of everything that I love about the show’s message – it can be hard to connect with others, and you might have to fight them to do it, but if you do, you should never lose sight of that mutual understanding as the goal of what you’re fighting for.


    Bonus: Panel Snapshot

    Thanks to @ladyinverse for taking some pics at the panel at AWA and letting me share them here!

    Panel Slide: I'll save you anyway

    (Source)


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