It's a dark and rainy day, but Miku makes her way through the ruins of a destroyed city to her best friend's grave...
|Pretty gutsy to kill of your main character in the intro.|
Back when Hibiki was still alive, she and Miku went to see a live concert by the (in-universe) group Zwei Wing, made up of the singers Tsubasa (Mizuki Nana) and Kanade (Takayama Minami/vocalist for Two Mix), except due to other circumstances, Hibiki was the only one able to make it.
|RIP Kanade. At least you lasted half an episode.|
It's been almost two years since the Noise attack on Zwei Wing's concert, and Hibiki is now enrolled at the same school as Tsubasa, trying to meet her to see whether she had actually been saved by Zwei Wing, or if the entire thing was a result of her imagination, since the only news reports wrote off all the casualties as being caused by the Noise. Tsubasa, meanwhile, is continuing her career as a solitary idol and an icy anti-Noise weapon.
|Nightmares. That is all.|
Somewhat disappointingly, we don't get a berserk mode Hibiki, but it's pretty close, as she has all the power from the Gungnir Symphogear, but no idea how to use any of it. Fortunately, after a few minutes of her sending herself flying, Tsubasa arrives and quickly dispatches all of the Noise.
|Someone get the high level player out of the n00b zone.|
|Meet Genjuro, the guy in charge.|
Turns out that the rest of the people in the organization are considerably more relaxed than Tsubasa, and she's quickly brought in, uncuffed, fed, recruited... and then taken to a body scanner.
|I get the feeling she's the most dangerous one in the show...|
|Aimo...aimo.... oops, wrong show.|
Tsubasa takes the news rather hard, as, in her mind, Kanada was her only partner and the only one worthy of using Gungnir. Hibiki's quick decision to jump into the fight despite having no training puts more stress on her, and before they can really talk, more Noise appear, and Tsubasa rushes off to fight. Hibiki decides that she wants to help out as well and follows her out. Hibiki ends up not being able to do much in the fight, but again declares her desire to fight with Tsubasa, and the latter agrees... just not in the same way.
|Now you've done it, Hibiki|
The battle itself is rather short-lived, as Genjuro arrives within minutes, and simply punches Tsubasa's weapon out of existence.
Cut to a month later. Hibiki is fighting, but Tsubasa hasn't accepted her existence yet. However, the constant Noise outbreaks is taking a toll on her, academically, mentally, and her relationship with Miku. Another relic is introduced, Durandal, which the American government is pressuring Japan to hand over. During a small lull in attacks, Hibiki and Miku make plans to watch a meteor shower, but at the last minute, Hibiki is called away to deal with another outbreak. While fighting this time, however, she snaps, and goes on a rampage against the Noise.
|Normal mode. >.< PUNCH!|
|Don't make her angry. You won't like her when she's angry.|
A single Noise manages to escape, but Tsubasa arrives in time and takes it out in one shot, preventing its escape... and the two are then approached by an unknown person equipped with the Nehushtan Symphogear, the same relic that went out of control two years previous.
Five years ago:
As the survivor of a Noise attack and potentially compatible with a relic (Gungnir), Kanade was brought into the Disaster Relief Squad. At that point in time, she was also like a berserker, desperate for a chance to get revenge on the monsters that killed her family.
|Now there's dedication and a fantastic drive for revenge.|
The unknown person (her name is Chris, so I'll just skip ahead and call her that) eggs Kanade on, and the two begin to fight. However, because the Nehushtan relic was intact, as opposed to Tsubasa's fragment of Heavenrend, there is an inherent massive difference in power between the two. Chris also summons a number of Noise to restrain and capture Hibiki, noting that she was the actual objective.
|Training by mimicking Bruce Lee movies|
|Akuma and Makoto... Hadouken?|