FREEZING – 07
This adaptation may have skipped the background story for Ingrid, but there was no way it was going to skip the one for Satellizer showing why she can’t stand being touched and how that bestowed her the nickname, Untouchable Queen. It’s already been foreshadowed that she’s been both physically and sexually abused in the anime — something that wasn’t even done in the manga — so the flashback this time around served to reaffirm those suspicions by showing how her younger half-brother Louis (Sanada Asami) was the culprit, and how Satellizer endured it so she and her sickly mother Noel (Amano Yuri) could live at the el Bridgette mansion.
With Itou Miki voicing the household’s legitimate wife Olivia, I got instant Umineko vibes due to her role as Eva, which was rather appropriate given how spiteful she was towards Noel and Satellizer. The eldest daughter Violet (Kayano Ai) was their one gleam of hope in that wretched lifestyle, so it was pretty heartbreaking to learn that she didn’t catch her abusive brother in the act until well into Satellizer’s teenage years. Traumatizing would be an understatement, seeing as Satellizer was victimized from the age of nine to what looks like thirteen-fourteen. It goes without saying that I’m sympathetic towards her, but I honestly can’t say the same about her mother who neglected Satellizer’s concerns while struggling to cope with her own illness, only to realize her mistake on her deathbed. I can see how her dying words motivated Satellizer to become strong and never be subjugated; I just don’t feel sorry for Noel for being an unloving mother when she needed her the most. I definitely had mixed feelings about that scene for Satellizer’s sake.
As for the episode as a whole, it’s pretty impressive how it managed to cover seven chapters of material, and didn’t seem to skip all that much since a lot of pages were dedicated to the two concurrent fights between Satellizer/Arnett and Rana/Creo. Everything just happened a lot faster animated, since we had the inclusion of Creo’s Tempest Turn, Arnett’s Double Accel, and even Satellizer’s throat getting mercilessly slit, before the tables were turned with Satellizer unconscious and fighting from sheer willpower alone, unleashing a Triple Accel, and Rana following up with her Holy Gate variation of the Tempest Turn with four images. This was easily three episodes worth of material compressed into one, if not four-five, so the pacing felt rather feverish in comparison to typical shounen series milking these type of fights for all they’re worth. Had the lengthier explanations of the abilities not been thrown out along with excessive camera panning, this episode could have been easily stretched out. Incidentally, it was on the verge of feeling heavily rushed, had I not been subconsciously happy about seeing the fight wrapped up in a single showing.
There was still enough time for Chiffon and Ticy to show why they’re ranked one and three respectively, with the student council president wowing everyone with her Illusion Turn that’s akin to a certain Fourth Hokage’s Hiraishin technique. What’s more, Chiffon finally put a stop to Elizabeth’s attempts to subdue Satellizer, leading to an intermediary phase in the series as a whole. I really wasn’t expecting this adaptation to get to this point at just over the halfway mark, so in hindsight it seems like the quick pace was well thought out. I actually haven’t read too much further than what’s been shown either, since this sort of marks the end of the first arc and was a good stopping point. The next episode should be about Kazuya’s “date” with Satellizer though, after which the story will likely be shifting towards the Nova threat side of things. It sure is starting to look like the producers are pushing for a meaningful finish to this twelve episode adaptation, and they may just be able to pull it off at this rate.