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Kanade Amou
Kanji 天羽 奏

Romaji Amō Kanade
Character Information
Age 17[1]
Birthday July 28, 2023[2]
Zodiac Sign Leo
Gender Female
Status Deceased
Height 169cm[3]
Three Sizes B95/W62/H92[4]
Blood Type O[5]
Nationality Japanese
Hair Color Red
Eye Color Dark Red
Relic Gungnir
Theme Color Vermillion
Affiliation Section Two
Debut
Manga Chapter 1
Anime Episode 1
Game Senki Zesshō Symphogear XD Unlimited
Voice Actors
Japanese Minami Takayama

Kanade Amou (天羽 奏 Amō Kanade?)[Notes 1] was Tsubasa's former partner who fought alongside her, and a member of Zwei Wing.

She was a Symphogear user and wielded the Gungnir relic before her death.

Etymology

Kanade (?) - Written with the kanji for "to play (music)"

Amou (天羽?) - Written with the kanji for "heaven" and "feather"/"wing"

Appearance

Kanade was a tall girl who had long fluffy red hair with a shape of a feather that falls down to her waist and red eyes. She wears a short sleeveless and collar-bearing green shirt and denim short-shorts as her casual attire.

Her Zwei Wing concert clothes consisted of a light pink and hot pink strapless pleated dress with a light yellow petticoat, a large coral colored bow and a right wing on her bustle. She wore it with a light pink scarf and white heels.

As seen in Episode 4 her training attire was a white T-shirt and red shorts. She has also been seen in a mechanic outfit, in Episode 9.

In the manga, it was shown that Kanade has a tattoo of a wing on her back.

Personality

Kanade was a cheerful and brave person. She lost her family during a Noise attack, but she didn't lose hope. When she died, the last words that she spoke to Tsubasa were:

"Do you know, Tsubasa? Singing your hardest, really leaves you really hungry."

On the Senki Zessho Symphogear official page Kanade describes herself:

"However, against an opponent that's defined as the enemy, I have to use severe intensity everywhere. My spicy, bright-spirited behaviour is noticeable."

Synopsis

Season 1

The Concert Begins

Kanade first appears in Episode 1, two years ago, speaking to Tsubasa, who is hiding away. She points out Tsubasa's nervousness, causing her to blush. Kanade flicks her forehead and makes another comment about her seriousness. Soon after, Genjuro approaches them and begins to speak only to be interrupted by Kanade, waving her hand and telling him not to sweat it.

After Genjuro leaves, Kanade is seen stretching as she talks excitedly about the concert, however when she sees Tsubasa's nervous expression she stops and hugs the girl from behind. She makes another comment about her seriousness and comforts her. The two of them stand, taking each other's hands and get ready for their appearance on stage.

The concert begins and the two of them fly from the roof onto the stage while waving to the audience. They begin to dance and perform Gyakkō no Flügel. However, as they prepare to continue on to their second song (ORBITAL BEAT), a large mass of Noise appears and begins attacking the audience. Even though there hasn't been an order Kanade jumps off the stage and activates her Gungnir. Summoning her Armed Gear she begins to destroy the Noise. with the use of her Stardust Foton she destroys many and Tsubasa joins her in battle. With the use of her Last Meteor she destroys another handful of Noise including one of the giant ones but as Kanade's Symphogear begins to run out of power, she is attacked by a Noise and shoved farther back.

She sees Hibiki fall and jumps in the way to save her. She tells Hibiki to run as she continues to fight the Noise. As the Noise mount their attacks Kanade's suit begins to fragment and one piece pierces Hibiki in the chest. Seeing this, she runs to Hibiki and tells her to open her eyes and not to accept death. As Hibiki opens her eyes, Kanade smiles and picks up her Armed Gear, raises it and sings her Superb Song, destroying all the Noise in the area and falling to the ground. Tsubasa holds her body as she turns to dust and is blown away.

In Episode 2 Tsubasa remembers Kanade telling her there was nothing to be afraid of as long as they were together.

In Episode 3 Kanade's death is finally seen. She is being held by Tsubasa, claiming she can no longer see her. Kanade then apologizes, as it would be their last time together and calls Tsubasa a cry baby as she closes her eyes and her body turns to dust and is blown away. Tsubasa tries to hug what is left and calls her name.

Episode 4 reveals Kanade's past. Five years ago, when she was 14 Kanade, is seen bound in a chair with Genjuro, Tsubasa, doctors, and agents watching her as she struggles against her bindings, cursing up a storm. Noise had attacked her and her family while they were on holiday and she is the only one alive that is potentially compatible with a relic. Kanade then (while still swearing) demands the power to fight the Noise and slaughter them as revenge for the death of her family. She expresses that she'll do whatever it takes to kill the Noise. As she finally stops talking Genjuro pats her head and hugs her, knowing what it will take to for her to become compatible with the Gungnir.

She is then seen being strapped down to a table as they inject her with LiNKER in order to make her compatible with Gungnir. As she breaks free of the binding she injects herself with more LiNKER, causing her compatibility to rise due to overdose. She then coughs up a pool of blood as the doctors try to keep her stable and alive, and then activates her Gungnir for the first time.

Later, she and Tsubasa are seen fighting and afterward lifting rubble to free some trapped soldiers, who told her that even though they were buried underneath all the rubble they could hear her song and it gave them hope. She is then seen running and training with Tsubasa, expressing how much she enjoys letting others hear her songs.

As Tsubasa is seen once again figuratively drowning in Episode 5 Kanade's spirit appears, still dressed in her concert clothes, and embraces her from behind. Kanade chides Tsubasa for being too serious and tells her she might break if she is too stiff. Tsubasa begins to tell her of her training and battle and the two are seen sitting on the ground of the destroyed stadium from 2 years ago. She then begins to tell Tsubasa about her own thoughts on the battles and when asked she tells Tsubasa that it is something that she has to find out on her own. She tells Tsubasa that she is one who decides if Kanade is near or far from her as Tsubasa wakes up.

Kanade sneaks up behind Tsubasa, who hus as she fixes a motorcycle in Episode 9. She comments about Tsubasa's new license and teases her about singing outside of work and lightly flicks her forehead before leaving. Through out the episode Kanade's voice appears to Tsubasa and helps her along.

In Video Games

An alternate version of Kanade was introduced in the XDU event Katayoku no Sōsha. In this alternate world, it was Tsubasa who sang the Superb Song instead of Kanade. Losing her partner caused Kanade to be consumed with a desire for vengeance against the Noise, even going to the point of quitting her idol career.

Fortunately, meeting the Candidates from the main series allowed Kanade to grow out of her need for revenge, eventually becoming a big sister figure to an alternate version of Serena Cadenzavna Eve.

The event Sōyoku no Sirius gave Kanade a second relic, Brisingamen, which she was able to combine with her Gungnir relic to obtain greater power.

Attacks & Abilities

Holy Chant

Croitzal ronzell Gungnir zizzl

Kanade owned the Third Relic Gungnir with which she harmonized by using the LiNKER drug. As a Symphonic gear user she had the ability to fight Noise with the use of the anti-Noise armour, the Symphogear, that clads her in battle. Her Gungnir is much similar to Maria Cadenzavna Eve's, but unlike Maria she doesn't wear a cape and her Gungnir's color scheme is white, black and orange.

As a candidate for the Symphogear, she has the ability to fight Noise with the use of the anti-Noise armour that clads her in battle. However, she requires LiNKER to do so. Her armed gear is a white and gold lance.

Unlike her successor Hibiki, Kanade is able to summon an armed gear and possesses more armour.

Attacks

Image Description
LAST∞METEOR.jpg LAST∞METEOR
Kanade uses her Armed Gear to create a tornado she dirige towards the Noises, destroying them.
STARDUST∞FOTON .jpg STARDUST∞FOTON
Kanade throws her Armed Gear towards the Noises, before it multiplying itself, making severals replica of it raining on them.
Kanade Superb Song.png Superb Song
Kanade's Superb Song takes the forms of a blast of energy on a wide area seeming to kill all Noises around her.
Double Star Hammer -DIASTER BLAST- (Tsubasa and Kanade).png Twin Star Hammer -DIASTER BLAST-
( 双星ノ鉄槌 -DIASTER BLAST- Sōsei no Tettsui -DIASTER BLAST-?)
From the Season 1 manga. A combined attack used together with Tsubasa.[6]

Image Description
ANTARES∞BUSTER.gif ANTARES∞BUSTER
TBA
BAMBOO∞NEBULA.png BAMBOO∞NEBULA
Kanade spins her Armed Gear above her head, before piercing the ground with it, making bamboos come out of the ground below her targets, piercing them, before landing in front of them and performing a single slash, cutting the bamboos as well as her targets.
BLACKHOLE∞FANG.png BLACKHOLE∞FANG
TBA
BLAZING∞SUNFLARE.png BLAZING∞SUNFLARE
TBA
COSMIC∞WING.png COSMIC∞WING
TBA
DEIMOS∞WITCH.png DEIMOS∞WITCH
TBA
DRAGON∞DUSK.png DRAGON∞DUSK
Kanade retract the tip of her Armed Gear, using it as a flame thrower to burn her target, then a more powerful one, throwing a blue flame.
EXTENTION∞SOLARRAY.jpg EXTENTION∞SOLARRAY
TBA
GRAVITY∞PAIN.png GRAVITY∞PAIN
TBA
JUPITER∞BURN.png JUPITER∞BURN
TBA
KING∞ATOMICBREATH.png KING∞ATOMICBREATH
TBA
POWER∞SHINE.png POWER∞SHINE
Kanade jumps in the air and slashes the air with her Armed Gear creating a shockwave rushing towards her target.
PLEIADES∞SMASHER.png PLEIADES∞SMASHER
TBA
PROMINENCE∞JUDGEMENT.gif PROMINENCE∞JUDGEMENT
TBA
SAGITTARIUS∞ARROW.png SAGITTARIUS∞ARROW
TBA
SATURN∞BREAK.jpg SATURN∞BREAK
Kanade pierces the ground with her Armed Gear, cracking the ground until where her target stand.
SHOWERMARS∞PARASOL.png SHOWERMARS∞PARASOL
TBA
SIRIUS∞RUNWAY.png SIRIUS∞RUNWAY
Kanade spins her Armed Gear, before striking a pose, she then rush furiously toward her targets by activating her Armed Gear, passing through them, leaving a trail of flames after he passage.
SPEAR∞ORBIT.png SPEAR∞ORBIT
Kanade jumps in the air, throws her Armed gear, becoming much larger, before kicking it, accelerating the fall towards her targets.
STAB∞METEOR.png STAB∞METEOR
Kanade charges towards her target, stabbing him with her Armed Gear before unleashing a powerful tornado into it.
This move can be seen as a variant of LAST∞METEOR.
STARLIGHT∞SLASH.jpg STARLIGHT∞SLASH
TBA
SUNFLAME∞CREMATION.jpg SUNFLAME∞CREMATION
TBA
SUPERGIANT∞FLARE.png SUPERGIANT∞FLARE
Kanade points her Armed Gear toward the sky, creating a giant fireball, before jumping and striking it with the tip of her Armed Gear, releasing a giant fire beam toward her target, incinerating it.
ULTIMATE∞COMET.png ULTIMATE∞COMET
With her X-Drive, Kanade fly's far away from her target before making a sharp turn and flying towards her target with her Armed Gear at the front, piercing her targets and causing the ground to explode in a bright light.

Relationships

Tsubasa Kazanari

She and Tsubasa first met each other five years ago, when she was taken to custody by Genjurou. Tsubasa initially was very afraid to face her, but eventually, the two reciprocated and established a strong relationship. Despite initial fanatic behavior, Kanade showed her deeply caring nature and always cheered Tsubasa in difficult times. When Kanade died, Tsubasa was deeply saddened by the tragedy and always blamed herself for the death of Kanade to a point she even rejected Hibiki at first place.

Hibiki Tachibana

She only met Hibiki when she saw that Hibiki was fatally injured. It was Kanade who gave the determination to Hibiki, even yelled on her to not die. One part of her Gungnir relic fell into Hibiki's body, which had affected on Hibiki in the future, thus gave Hibiki the ability to transform into a Gear fighter like Kanade, although it isn't as powerful as Kanade's.

Trivia

  • Kanade's battle song genre is Jpop.
  • Kanade's attacks are named after astronomical objects.
  • She was 14 when Noise killed her family, 17 when she died and would be 21 years old in AXZ if alive.
  • She and her family were a part of a relic excavation team.
  • Originally, Kanade was planned to be blonde.
  • Kanade shares the initials "A.K." with the other Gear user Kirika Akatsuki and secondary character Kuriyo Andō.
  • Kanade would be the second oldest user if alive. The oldest user being Maria.
  • According to notes from the manga, Kanade has a fatherlike personality. When she is near Tsubasa she takes the role of a mother bird while Tsubasa is the chick.
  • She and Hibiki have been compared to each other as a large bird and a tiny chick.
  • Kanade, Maria, and Miku are the only users whose activation songs finish in "zizzl”. Some speculate that "zizzl" translates as lust or curse. Incidentally, the three users with "zizzl" in their activation songs all lose their Gear in some shape or form, and all three of them require LiNKER to use their Gear.
  • Kanade made a brief appearances in G Episodes 4, 7, 8 and 12 in flashbacks.
  • Kanade uses Tsubasa's name (翼), which is translated as "wings", in her battle song.

Quotes

  • "だから――翼のやりたいことは、あたしが助けてやる…/That's why -- whatever Tsubasa wants to do, I shall help..." - Season 2, Episode 12
  • 「生きるのを諦めるな!!」 / Don't EVER give up on living!!
  • "I once wanted to sing with an empty soul and body. Look how many came to listen today. That is why...
  • "Did you know, Tsubasa, that if you sing so much, you will hunger and starve."

References

  1. Written as "Kanade Amo" in the now-unavailable English version of Senki Zesshō Symphogear XD Unlimited.

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