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Maria “Maria Cadenzavna Eve” Cadenzavna Eve

Let’s introduce the season 2 brigade! Uh, spoilers, I guess, but the three enemy Symphogears from season 2 all get befriended by the end of the season. The leader of the group is the superbly named Maria Cadenzavna Eve, voiced by the adventurous Yoko Hikasa (best known as Mio from K-On).

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Let me say it again:

Maria.

Cadenzavna.

Eve.


Maria “The Holy Mother” Cadenzavna Eve

Maria Cadenzavna Eve, being in her early 20s, is the oldest of the six gear users, and takes it upon herself to be their voice of reason, and the one that will stand up for them when they need support.

Maria being a mom

In other words, she’s their mom. She’s a very good mom; I am very proud of her for giving so much love to these disaster children.

Maria continuing to be a mom

She’s named after a couple of pretty important mothers, too, if I’m remembering my biblical references correctly.


Fun Fact: I was googling for “Symphogear Mom” to try and bring up the page for Dr. Nastassja, who is called “Mom” in the show, and I got this result instead:

Even google thinks Maria is the real Symphogear Mom


Maria “Is Not Useless” Cadenzavna Eve

Maria is strong of will and pure of heart, almost to a fault; her sincerity and protective instincts will drive her to do just about anything for the sake of those she cares for. Now, on her own she may not be as powerful as her fellow wielders, which she’s very self-conscious about, but she will always, always get back up.

Her big arc in the series is coming to terms with who she is - acknowledging her weaknesses and overcoming her past to become a guiding light for the others to look up to.

Maria posing dramatically

Also, while I’ve got this picture up can I just say? Evil Maria? With her black Gungnir? She friggen rules. She just, like, completely dominates every scene that she’s in, and the conflict between her noble heart and her devotion to the “Mom” who raised her makes for a powerful arc.


Maria “The Gungnir Girl” Cadenzavna Eve

Maria lost her family when she was young, and was taken as an orphan to be subjected to brutal experiments to try and force symphogear aptitude. Even still she can only comfortably harness it with the help of LiNKER injections.

Maria and Serena

She’s also an accomplished pop idol, and has performed with Tsubasa several times throughout the series - all of which are among Symphogear’s most impressive scenes.

Maria singing at a concert

These are all things she shares with her fellow Gungnir-wielder and Tsubasa-lover, the late Kanade Amou (who was also around the same age).


Maria “The Heart Behind The Blade” Cadenzavna Eve

In many ways she plays a similar role as Kanade did in Tsubasa’s life, as her rock, her love, her emotional support. The two of them can’t help but throw embarrassing lines back and forth, and Maria is always there for Tsubasa when things are not okay (and with Tsubasa, things are pretty frequently not-okay).

Maria and Tsubasa being adorable

And having lost her sister Serena in a traumatic Symphogear incident, she can relate to Tsubasa’s experience on that front, too. She even gives Tsubasa the same forehead flick that Kanade did when Tsubasa gets too stuck in her own head.

Maria flicking Tsubasa's forehead

I’m pretty sure that the only reason they’re not explicitly dating is that they’ve both had such messed up lives that neither of them knows what it is. For now, they’ll just “sing all night together” instead.

Maria and Tsubasa sing all night together


Maria *Sweats Profusely* Cadenzavna Eve

Also on the topic of that episode, Maria looks absolutely baller in a suit and sunglasses.

Maria looking fly in a suit


Maria “And Knuckles” Cadenzavna Eve

Also also on the topic of that episode:

Everyone's Diva

Tsubasa...

And Maria (and Knuckles)


Maria “KORT EL FES GUNGNIIIIIIIIR” Cadenzavna Eve

Maria’s battle songs make an immediate impression with their huge, bombastic orchestral-choral arrangements - they’re some of my favorites. She charges headlong into danger bellowing passionate odes to self-sacrifice and self-discovery, about how

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH I CRY

HOW MUCH PAIN I MUST ENDURE

MY BODY COULD BURN TO ASH UPON A CROSS

AND THE FLAME WOULD ONLY GIVE ME STRENGTH

FOR WHAT IS TRUE STRENGTH BUT THE ACCEPTANCE OF WEAKNESS AND BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF

I’LL RAISE MY SILVER ARM TO THE SKY AND ROAR TO THE HEAVENS

AS SERENA SMILES DOWN ON ME

She’s so incredibly powerful; she’s just always giving it everything she has.


Example Song Titles:

Maria XV Single


Maria “Left Hand Of God” Cadenzavna Eve

Maria Airgetlam Armor

Relic:

  • Airgetlam
  • Armed Gear:

  • Daggers, Whip
  • Coolest Attack Names:

    • Infinite†Crime
    • Empress†Rebellion
    • Horizon†Cannon
    • Sere†Nade

    While she originally wore a dark gungnir, Maria now carries on the legacy of her sister Serena with her white Symphogear, Airgetlam. Named “Silver Arm” after a king in Irish Mythology, it’s made from the left arm of a god, and uses a chain of daggers to attack. The blades and the whip can be used in all sorts of cool combinations, and befitting of a paladin character like her, she can also summon a shield to protect her and her allies.

    But sometimes, all she needs is to deliver a good ol’ punch in the face.

    Maria Punch

    Maria Punch


    Maria “Infinite Crime” Cadenzavna Eve

    Here we get to see Maria slug an autoscorer in the face, reveal her coolest attack name, and be a good mom/gf to Tsubasa:

    Maria doesn’t even need a gear to pack a punch.

    Garie rears back for an attack Maria dodges it Maria's fist enters the scene
    Maria punches Garie so hard it generates a shockwave Maria punches Garie off camera Garie's gonna feel that one
    This fist of Maria's glows with an awesome power She completes her transformation into her new Airgetlam armor And follows through on the punch

    Then later in the same scene, we get a tour-de-force of the power of her new Airgetlam.

    Maria draws a whole set of knives And throws them all at once Signature move: Infinite Crime
    Maria charges forward Maria slices two Noise in half with a spinning slice And catches a spinning Noise out of the air
    She chops the Noise in twain And lands gracefully Before taking out two more
    Maria's blood-smeared face after taking out a wave of Noise Maria draws her knives into a whip Signature move: Empress Rebellion

    Maria’s strength isn’t all physical. She’s a true emotional anchor for everyone else on the team, especially Tsubasa.

    Tsubasa: What should I have done? Maria: Have courage, maybe. When you didn't take the hand she offered, I'm sure she felt sad.
    But she summoned up the courage to take yours. I think it's your turn to answer her courage. Tsubasa: You're right.
    Like a coward, I pushed her hand away and- Maria flicks Tsubasa in the forehead Maria: My goodness, you're ridiculous sometimes.

    She’s SUCH A GOOD MOM YOU GUYS.


    Maria “Yes, I Absolutely Frame-By-Framed That Boxing Scene From The AXZ OP, Why Do You Ask?” Cadenzavna Eve

    I have no shame.

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