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「Pandora Queen」

Seeing as I was expecting a date at the amusement park this week, the episode title struck me as rather odd. It only took me a few minutes in to quickly realize why, as we had an anime original episode centering around a yearly prom where Pandoras and Limiters get a chance to mingle. That’s what the West Genetics tradition is promoted as anyway, when in reality the Pandora Queen beauty pageant is the only thing that matters. Thus far, the anime has definitely upped the fan-service compared to the manga, and it looks like the producers pounced on yet another opportunity to promote Blu-ray sales by swapping out Kazuya and Satellizer’s cute and innocent date with a bunch of Pandora bearing it all on stage for the guys to gawk at.

While I would’ve liked to see the amusement park chapter animated, I’m pretty indifferent to the change given how the prom still developed their relationship in a positive way. As a sort of a bonus, we also had Rana taking the initiative and making sure Kazuya has her on his mind even if he’s set on being with Satellizer. It was amusing to see the two girls continue to knock heads, but even more so when Attia challenged Satellizer in the beauty pageant and was bent on winning by proving that bust size isn’t everything. For all intents and purposes, it was pretty clear that her reactions were intended to put a lighthearted spin on the entire episode, though it was still hard to perceive it as such after all the crap she’s put Satellizer through. Creo, Arnett, and Ingrid I don’t have any problems with, as they even think Attia has some screws loose. Sabotaging Satellizer’s winning outfit? Yeah, that’s real mature.

It may not have seemed like it with Attia’s hazing and Miyabi’s attempt to rig the voting, but I would still consider this a “calm before the storm” type of showing. There was a bit of foreshadowing on an upcoming Nova threat from Chiffon’s discussion with Kim and Elise, as well as Chiffon’s word of warning to Elizabeth that they should stop fighting with Satellizer to preserve the school’s battle power. Also, the preview shows East Genetic’s Cathy Lockharte (Kugimiya Rie) joining the front lines and battling Nova, which I presume means the story will finally move beyond the hazing and onto the threat from dimension invaders. This is roughly where I stopped reading the manga, so I’m actually curious to see what the series is like when the characters are fighting Nova instead of one another.

* There were so many shots to put together and some trickier than others. See images 03, 05, 06, 08, 10, 19, 24, 28, 35. If I had to pick a winner, I probably would’ve went with Rana and her Chinese outfit (if you can even call it an outfit).

 

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February 26, 2011 at 3:50 am
60 comments »
  • February 26, 2011 at 4:40 amKarmafan

    Should be a good episode. I love this series. Just wished they toned the fan service down a bit.

    • February 26, 2011 at 7:45 amfeal87

      If you remove the fanservice from freezing it would not be freezing anymore. :P

      • February 26, 2011 at 8:37 ambabawaba

        It would be improved freezing

      • February 26, 2011 at 9:23 amShirt

        That’s cold. -shot-

      • February 26, 2011 at 7:14 pmKarmafan

        Freezing is a great story that has fan service. Quazar and Queen’s Blade to a lesser extent (I liked them both) were mostly fan service with a little story thrown in.

        High School Of The Dead was a great story that got lost in the fan service. All anyone remembers about that series is the shooting bullets between the girls breasts and legs and the slo motion bouncing. IMHO Freezing is the better of those 4 series that relied too much on fan service.

    • February 26, 2011 at 9:35 amShirt

      I feel so perverted saving those full screenshots.. (Thx Divine!)

      • February 26, 2011 at 10:49 amMisty

        *pathetic

      • February 26, 2011 at 5:54 pmDan

        Men must not question each others’ methods.

      • February 28, 2011 at 4:50 amSpacyRicochet

        Misty is not a man though :P http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misty_(Pokémon)

        But indeed, no questioning men’s methods! Silent disdain is however tolerated.

    • February 26, 2011 at 11:25 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      Agreed.

      A bunch of those shows traded in the story/character development (with a bit of fan-service at certain points) and such that made the stories good purely with fan-service which really hurt more than helped because, a lot of the time, it felt so random and out of place, and doing it SO often only brought them down more.

      Then again, with so many series being based on unfinished manga while only being around 12 episodes themselves these days, I guess they want to “time” things right so they can either end it on their own terms or at least get it to a point where they can more easily transition into a 2nd season.

  • February 26, 2011 at 4:40 amShadiic

    Hmmm I thought that Cassie would have brown hair. Ohwell, it’s not like we have any other green haired pandora girl.

    Yay possibly the finishing arc and at the rate of how they went through material to get up to this point and how many chapters are left regarding the Nova invasion, i hope that this will be detailed and extensive.

  • February 26, 2011 at 6:03 amjrj

    100% fan service episode XD…
    but that wide field freezing is pretty awesome.
    another non-loli by Kugimiya Rei? hopefully this one last for a while

  • February 26, 2011 at 6:12 amNinja Penguin

    Should have spent their time and budget animating more of the manhwa instead of creating this pointless fanservice filler episode. And it feels out of place in a anime where psychotic bloodthirsty girls are attempting to kill each other most of the time.

    At least it wasn’t a beach episode.

  • February 26, 2011 at 6:27 amNova

    Love this episode! Definitely getting the blu ray DVD :D

  • February 26, 2011 at 7:02 amLoL

    I guess each anime season need its own seikon no qwaser.

    • February 26, 2011 at 7:46 amfeal87

      Thought exactly the same, first queen’s blade, then seikon no qwaser, then high school of the dead, now freezing. XD

      • February 26, 2011 at 12:29 pmKai

        Last season had HotD and Hyakka Ryouran.

      • February 26, 2011 at 11:44 pmStranger

        In comparison to those shows, Freezing’s fanservice is downright kiddy.

    • February 26, 2011 at 9:02 amacolyte

      But Freezing’s story more solid than Queen’s Blade. HSOD turned away from its main theme – zombies, and turned into romance and relationships. SnQ was just too complex for me. I love Freezing the most, and so far the anime adaptation is just.. great.

      • February 27, 2011 at 9:21 amLoL

        Seikon no qwaser, sorry if I offend its fans, is not complicated, is just a nonsense. Have you see that episode where a huge musculated nun (wich everyone call her inferno’s tits xDDD) grabs every girl tits and make them spit milk and then tastes it? That’s what I mean.

  • February 26, 2011 at 8:15 amznail

    Attia’s plan is full of fail anyway. You don’t reduce a bombshells popularity by tricking her into showing up in a revealing outfit…

    • February 26, 2011 at 10:00 amCassey

      Very well said…
      If anything, it will make Satellizer all the more popular

    • February 26, 2011 at 10:06 amXRick

      The point of her plan was to humiliate Satellizer, it was the mental shock she had in mind…

  • February 26, 2011 at 9:12 amacolyte

    Heh. A fanservice episode. As if we haven’t had enough yet.
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 26, 2011 at 9:13 amGrumpy

    this episode was so unnecessary.

    • February 26, 2011 at 9:31 amShirt

      Based on what Divine said, this episode gave us some development with our couple and some story too. So despite the heavy fanservice, we still got something to expect next week. Not bad, in my opinion. :]

      • February 26, 2011 at 10:04 amkira-kun

        The amusement park date would have been better I think. It would have been simple to add in this Ms. Pandora contest to it. Sucks that they are now moving straight to the invasion arc, though they could shoehorn in the date still next ep cause it’s barely a chapter. I hope the animators don’t go overboard on the fan service. This were the battles become “real”. Boobs flying in your face would ruin the atmosphere.

  • February 26, 2011 at 9:26 amShirt

    Anytime I get to see Satellizer and Kazuya together is good enough an episode for me. I love watching those two. They’re so cute~ ♥

  • February 26, 2011 at 9:59 amDawn

    I, too was looking forward to the amusement park.

    Oh well, at least the flashback arc with that one senpai who met Satellizer is pretty good, so hopefully that will be left intact.

  • February 26, 2011 at 10:38 aminfo600

    somehow that eating contest would disrupt the flow of fanservice…
    ps. would like to see that wiener dog trophy

  • February 26, 2011 at 12:08 pmLectro Volpi

    Elizabeth fanservice? I approve today and tomorrow!

    • February 26, 2011 at 5:47 pmewok40k

      swimming pool skinydipping at its finest

  • February 26, 2011 at 1:44 pmLee

    If anyone here has read the raws up through the most recent release (ch 59 or something), can you answer this question for me?
    Show Spoiler ▼

    • February 26, 2011 at 2:52 pmacolyte

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm♕Croozboy♕

    The intro is to bright divine. DX. hehhehehe

  • February 26, 2011 at 4:21 pmIchigomaru

    I stay with Attia and Arnett’s outfit =)
    I kinda dislike rana panties, if she was wearing a REAL panties, who knows…

  • February 26, 2011 at 5:25 pmswifty-nifty

    Looks like they did skip Satellizer’s past with Louis, and substituted with this fanservice episode, which I say isn’t bad at all. We will finally see some REAL fighting in the next episodes, and I am looking forward to that.

    • February 26, 2011 at 8:28 pmKarmafan

      I wonder if they are gonna save the drama with Louis to a 2nd season. What happens next week should last at least 2-3 episodes. Time is running short if its a 1 cor season. Or Show Spoiler ▼

    • February 27, 2011 at 5:06 amprejsu

      wasn’t the last episode about her past? Did you miss it or what? Everything was pretty much explained

      • February 27, 2011 at 6:02 amKarmafan

        Actually Show Spoiler ▼

      • February 27, 2011 at 7:10 amznail

        Yes, there is more to that story, but the flashback gave the same details as was given in the manwa at this time. The rest will come later when it happens and most likely in a second season or even OVA.

  • February 26, 2011 at 5:48 pmewok40k

    Queens new clothes :P

  • February 26, 2011 at 11:00 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    Ahhhhh, you just gotta love Slice of life high school shows….HUH!?!?!?!

  • February 26, 2011 at 11:14 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    All about seeing the 3rd years in swimsuits (or lack thereof) and their prom dresses this time, lol.

  • February 27, 2011 at 12:43 amzazza

    It was rather painful to watch, and not only for the (needless) fanservice episode, but because it’s a wasted episode, why couldn’t just go to the interesting part (vol. 5-6)?
    I think the ridicolous low budget is also a reason…

  • February 27, 2011 at 1:52 amC.R.

    Since this show is shonen-esque and some would-be school life aspects thrown in, I’m personally happy that kazuya seems to be gaining in the male lead development it seems, as slight as it is. Well, except when he’s around pretty/aggressive girls. Plus, the whole couple development is always good,too. That end with mass freezing and everything was a nice touch.

  • February 27, 2011 at 4:46 ampsyche

    Wow kazuya was actually useful o.O .I’ve only seen him become useful one time in the manga(freezing thugs) the rest of the time he acts so pathetic, well the mass freezing was cool

  • February 27, 2011 at 5:07 amprejsu

    Does Satellizer finally want to perform a baptism? I think she hinted at that during the prom dance…

    • February 27, 2011 at 7:16 amznail

      Satellizer is quite ready to do anything for him. She even hinted so much in this episode that she was ready to do more then just kissing. The problem is that she is very shy so telling him will be an issue. He is of course oblivious to her change in attitude.

  • February 27, 2011 at 6:45 amfiorin

    What happened to the traumatic experience? Why did this have to be like all the others, Satellizer’s no touching problem could have lasted longer and developed better and in my opinion made her relationship with Kazuya not feel like main boy/main girl have to be together BS.

    • February 27, 2011 at 7:18 amznail

      It’s just a plot hole induced by the anime only episode. She should have reacted violently against being pulled away, but whomever wrote that forgot that part.

  • February 27, 2011 at 4:27 pmSelpheed

    Just curiosity: Anyone know how this ritual of baptism?

    • February 28, 2011 at 3:53 pmDivine

      They exchange Volt Textures, the genetic enhancements that have been embedded into their bodies. A Limiter is supposed to receive one that’s “grown” within the Pandora’s body and vice-versa.

      When they perform an Ereinbar Set, the Pandora’s powers are synchronized with her Limiter so that he can use Freezing. Satellizer doesn’t like it because the Pandora/Limiter pair can feel the bodily sensations of the other person when it’s activated, in a very sexual sense. i.e. It’s as if they were rubbing their bodies together.

      • March 1, 2011 at 12:43 amShirt

        Thank you. :]

  • February 27, 2011 at 6:44 pmgcsasuke

    Woot! Rana’s the sexiest out there

    • February 28, 2011 at 5:42 pmProgeny

      *nods

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:01 pmShirt

    The single is SOOO AWESOME!!!

  • February 28, 2011 at 6:51 amgcsasuke

    Btw Divine, nice job on putting together the Rana shot.. I tried.. Its not easy, hahahahaha

  • March 1, 2011 at 11:18 amZaku Fan

    Finally caught the episode. Funny stuff on the winning queen costume :)

  • March 1, 2011 at 10:13 pmDan

    Quadruple accel…