The formal name of the Symphogear system is 「FG式回天特機装束」, which translates roughly as "FG-Type Sky-Returning Specialized Garment". (Maybe? I probably screwed something up, but this is close enough for the purposes of this question)

What does the "FG" in there stand for?

  • Even on the official website, it's only mentioned in passing in the definition of Symphogear.
    – nhahtdh
    Commented Jul 26, 2015 at 8:21
  • 回天 roughly means "reverse destiny/change the tides" (i.e. changing the situation around), amongst other things.
    – кяαzєя
    Commented Jul 26, 2015 at 16:11
  • I speculate that it might stand for 非公式, but I have nothing soild to back up my claim.
    – кяαzєя
    Commented Jul 26, 2015 at 23:32

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In the manga translator's (http://symphogear.blogspot.com) commentary, the FG is guessed to stand for Fonic Gain (it should be Phonic Gain). However, I'd speculate that it would mean Phonic Gear as it is the more elegant and title-consistent explanation.

As we know, Symphogear could mean Symphonic Gear while Symphonic itself means (etymologically) "Sounding Together/Concomittant Sound" due to the syn- prefix means "together/with" or "concommitant"

ref: The first page of TL commentary

  • Manga translator? Which manga translator? Where? How can we be sure?
    – кяαzєя
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 20:39
  • @кяαzєя I think his sources are... not licensed. Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 21:48
  • "Fonic Gain" sounds very plausible to me (alas...). I'm going to hold off on accepting for a bit, though, in hopes that XDU provides some additional information on this topic. (@Mindwin Unlicensed, yes, but from an accuracy standpoint the translator in question has proven to be competent and well-informed.)
    – senshin
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 22:28

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