FREEZING – 08
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).