Differences are put to the side as Nova attack finally commences on Earth and the Pandora warriors must step up to the plate.
What They Say:
Kazuya meets a Pandora who carries the essence of his dead sister, and East Genetics Academy is attacked by four Novas with unprecedented abilities!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Kazuya's life at the academy continues to be a bit awkward as he meets Cathy Lockharte, a very strong young woman there who is a Pandora warrior but also the recipient of his sisters Sacreds after the battle that cost her her life. It turns out she's the one who had invited Kazuya to the academy and is glad that he's there, but she drops an interesting little bomb on him and the others when she tells them that she intends to retire rather than become a fourth year. She wants to move on from this life, which considering how the girls treat each other here you can't blame her, by becoming a novelist and turning over her Sacreds to someone worthy on the campus. By having Kazuya there, it makes sense that she'd possibly think of him as the one for it since it would be in a sense returning his sisters essence to her.
Kazuha has certainly been built up with quite the reputation since the start of the series and that's only reinforced here, as we learn about the number of stigmatas she had and the way she excelled over everyone else in making things into reality. They also explain how Lockharte was a real rarity herself in that she was the most compatible with the Sacreds by such a large percentage that they couldn't not give her any of them. For Kazuya, it's certainly heartwarming to hear all of this, to understand just how good his sister was and how she sacrificed for others. At the same time, when you look at his experiences at the school so far, there's certainly a disparity in how everyone treats him and others as the place seems unnecessarily cruel towards all of the students. That bit of darkness is brought into play here again as well as we see Cathy relating some of her issues with the place.
Freezing does change things up a bit for this episode compared to the previous eight as we get an actual Nova attack and a good number of the students here are selected to serve in the Reserves. With Cathy as something of a focus, the show moves into a good piece where we get to see them actually working together as the Nova focuses its attack and we understand there are some differences compared to the last attacks that humanity faced, showing that the Nova do grow and change much as humans do. This attack really changes the dynamic of the show as we've almost exclusively seen it as a mean girls club with lots of infighting within the school and little of a real look at what their larger mission is. This changes here but they do still manage to keep some interesting yet smaller plot points going as well.
Kazuya gets to learn a lot about his sister this time around as he's told about her abilities and how capable and powerful she was, as well as where her Sacreds ended up after she died. It's an interesting start to the episode that personalizes things more than it has been for awhile, and it's dealt with later on as well, but the larger focus is on the Nova attack. There are some brutal moments to be had here for some of the girls as the attack gets underway and we see far too many of them fall to it. The problem comes in that we have little connection to most of the girls at this stage and even if they were noteworthy ones, we've only seen them acting all mean and vengeful throughout that it'd be hard to feel for them beyond a casual level. The show does have some really good moments with the action in its choreography and oppressive nature and that makes it a whole lot of fun to watch, but this is material that came far too late in the shows run.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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