Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Translation Corner #13
The 1st generation user of the 3rd relic, Gungnir. Age at death: 17 years old.
By nature, Kanade had a very low compatibility coefficient with the Symphogear system and should have been unable to become a relic bearer. However, Division 2's Technology Specialist, Sakurai Ryoko, developed a control drug known as "LiNKER" and by taking an overdose of the drug, Kanade acquired the ability to use the power of Gungnir as a compatible candidate.
In Kanade's case LiNKER's effectiveness was proven to be tremendous, but the burden it brought upon the human body was equally as immense. It was for this reason that LiNKER was modified with a limit on how long it could remain active. From then on there were times where Kanade would refer to herself as a "fake candidate" and complain about her "time limit."
-The day of the concert tragedy-
One of the purposes of Project: N was to collect data from the girls during their live stage performance. In order to reduce the number of uncontrollable variables and prevent unusable ("garbage") data, Kanade had refrained from taking her prescribed dosage of LiNKER for a period of time before the concert. Ultimately, this led to a disaster during the fight with the Noise when Kanade's combat limit was cut short.
After a sharp decline in her compatibility coefficient, the Symphogear armor on Kanade's body began to disengage and so she decided to end the fighting as quickly as possible. It was at this point that she began to burn her life energy to the point where it ran out.
This is so sad to read. We knew from watching the flashbacks that Kanade already suffered a lot at the hands of the Noise, and that it was by her own sheer will that she became able to use the Symphogear. Then, reading this, you realize that her death might have ultimately been avoided if they were better prepared for an attack. I'm willing to bet that Ryoko was in charge of Project: N, which makes me wonder if having Kanade stop taking the drug might have been an intentional plan to remove Kanade from the picture. After all, Ryoko was able to control the number of Noise that attacked the concert. Knowing that Kanade was weak, she could have intentionally overwhelmed her with the Noise. Then again, she probably wanted to overwhelm them to create enough chaos so she could steal Nehushtan, and I guess she would only consider Kandade as collateral damage if that was the case.