Bridget and Kazuya grow closer as an informal bond is set which just annoys and angers others.
What They Say:
Kazuya is attacked by three sadistic Pandoras while on his way to Satellizer's room for a private celebration of their new union. When his powers suddenly vanish, he'll need help from a new friend to survive the night!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the pairing now informally set as Kazuya and Bridget are together, things are only going to get a lot worse for them after the events of the previous episode and the reveal of how Kazuya can operate. What we've largely learned from the series so far is that the girls of this school, and probably some of the boys as well, are beyond vicious when they're really supposed to be working together to take on the mysterious alien Nova threat that they're facing. While it feels like high school on hyperdrive at times with the cliques and brutality of it all, it's so vicious that it's hard to believe that the faculty would let it ride. Other than the fact that they probably want to weed out those that can't handle things in this form. Which, really, doesn't say much for them.
The relationship between Kazuya and Bridget has a very odd feel to it as well, one that doesn't quite connect well. There are reasons there from the past but Kazuya's enthusiasm is a little off-putting and the blushing and uncertain ways of Bridget when the talk is even more so. Bridget is certainly drawn to him for his power but there's that something else as well. His ability to cast Freezings without having the Set is certainly curious and the fact he hasn't done almost anything that the rest of the students have done by being accepted into the academy leaves you wondering exactly what strings were pulled in order to get him there.
Freezing has decided to add a new character in this episode with Rana, who has been sent there by her patriarch to go through the routine but with a secret plot to find the man of her dreams as well. Naturally, Kazuya meets her early on and helps her find her way to the principal and that's just going to come back to bite him in the rear. Even worse is that because the relationship between Kazuya and Bridget is kept so informal, it leaves things very open to interpretation by others. When Kazuya gets invited to Bridget's room for a private celebration, it sends up lots of red flags with his friends and ultimately just makes him a whole lot more nervous. He's not a nervous nelly by nature, but he's got that kind of deferential nature to him that makes situations like that even worse.
Naturally, there has to be some action here and it comes when Kazuya is heading off to see Bridget and he gets ambushed by a trio of Pandora warriors who lost to Bridget back in the last competition. They're all fairly varied in dress and style but they're the all too familiar cruel and mean girls who want to have their revenge and don't care how it looks when it happens. Amusingly, it's another evening setting for the match that happens, something that seems to be common here if it's not a night time fight, as it looks like the animators really like the sunset shades. It was interesting at first but casts a really unwelcome light on the action that softens everything up too much. Of course, the fight is going to have its spoiler as Rana comes across them and we get some clue as to who she is as a person and her abilities, which will only add to the romantic tension as the show goes on.
Freezing continues to feel like a very awkward series with what it does. The character relationships feel superficial at best and the action is softened up because of the settings that they lose their impact. And they're not terribly exciting because it's all a lot of backbiting mean girls trying to get some form of revenge. Or just being mean for the sake of it. The introduction of Rana brings in a light spirited character and that definitely helps, but it's also likely designed to bring romantic tension in a relationship where it's hard to understand why they're together in a real sense. Freezing had some interesting ideas at the start, but they've largely been jettisoned at this point in favor of Mean Action Girls With Wimpy Guy instead. It's still not clear what Freezing really wants to do.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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