Posted on September 6, 2012 AT 04:17pm
I am not really sure where to start with this anime series. It is equal parts serious and ridiculous. The story revolves around Satellizer el Bridgette, the Untouchable Queen, and the boy who would be her Limiter, Kazuya Aoi. Both are students at the Pandora/Limiter school, West Genetics Academy. Pandoras are girls with special abilities that allow them to fight Novas. Novas are a constant threat to humanity and Pandora. Limiters are the boys that assist their Pandora partners in battle. Limiters have the ability to counteract a Nova’s “freezing”, the power they use to prevent Pandoras from moving and using their abilities. Pandoras have these abilities thanks to “stigmata”, piece of technology implanted in their bodies that mature and grow allowing them to draw on Nova-like powers. Limiters are implanted with Ereinbar Set. This set allows a Pandora and Limiter to synchronize their brain waves, effectively working as one unit.
Satellizer is a loner at the school and has never taken a Limiter. She is a second year student but should have been a third year. She was suspended from the Pandora program for a year after trouble at her last school. She hates to be touched and has a reputation for being a quick-to-anger troublemaker. However, her abilities are remarkable and she quickly becomes the top in her class. Kazuya decided to become a Limiter and transfers to West Genetics Academy. He is taken with the idea of being Satellizer’s Limiter almost from the moment he sees her. His sister, Kazuha Aoi, was a Pandora with unheard of abilities and it appears he has inherited some of those as well. Kazuya effectively forces Satellizer to take him on as her Limiter.
While at school, both the young ladies and young men are in training. This requires competitive matches where the ladies must fight each other to claim ranking. There is also a hierarchy and the upperclassmen appear to spend a good portion of their time throwing their weight around and picking on the girls beneath them. If teachers end up getting involved, they invariably side with the older girls.
While at first glance the basic story of the series seems intense and serious but after the first couple of episodes you will realize how wrong you are. This is an up-skirt shot and bare breast fest. I actually found myself turning the whole series into a drinking game in my head because of the sheer number of panty shots and bare boobs. It seemed that every school scuffle ended with one or all girls topless. The battle required that the girls’ clothes to be cut from their bodies piece by piece. Add to that the inability to do a shot of a girl without showing her panties, and you have the all makings of a male fantasy series dressed up as a serious anime.
Unfortunately, all this sexuality and voyeurism detracted from what was actually a good plot. If your could stop shaking your head at the ridiculousness of what you were seeing long enough you would notice that the actual plot was complex and intriguing. However, that was extremely difficult to do until the last couple of episodes. Until that point, it was like watching a long drawn out mud wrestling match. The “cheesecake” panels put into the middle of episodes did not help alleviate that impression either. They depicted the girls in sexy outfits and positions with their measurements and other “centerfold-like” information.
The voice acting was average and unremarkable and the music was passable though I found myself skipping the opening and closing scenes after awhile. The animation was typical as well. The girls were overly well endowed and the jiggle physics are reminiscent of the girls from the Dead Or Alive game series. I found myself in awe these girls could get their arms close enough together to even fight much less not fall on their faces when they walked. They must have strong backs.
Overt sexual tension and gratuitous voyeur shots aside, the story was interesting enough for me to finish the series. I would have liked to know more about the Novas and the real purpose of the Pandora program. The final episode eluded to a more sinister purpose behind the program but since this is titled a complete series, it appears we will never know for sure. It is a shame that a series with so much potential got lost in appealing to the baser male desires. It really could have been a great series. As it is, it’s just a little above average with a couple extra points for being silly enough to make it into a drinking game.
The Good: An interesting story idea
The Bad: One giant cat-fight between girls, story needed more meat
The Ugly: Ridiculous, unneeded sexuality detracted from what could have been a great story
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