The Unmovable Sovereign: Guess even in a sci-fi fantasy show like this, it’s impossible for super humans to exist naturally, unless you’re an Aubade like Reg. However, because of the mysterious relics from the Abyss, you can artificially give someone superhuman strength and youthful vigor! Ozen’s arms looked painful though. Do they feel painful, too? I also wonder how many other cave raiders possess their own relics to help them in their journeys, or were White Whistles the only ones allowed to? Nat and Shiggy asked Habo about Ozen’s like it was common knowledge, after all. Did Lyza have her own relic as well?
Ozen and Lyza: I never knew that Ozen was so old, so I never imagined she’d have quite a close relationship with Lyza all the way back from when Lyza was still about Riko’s age! Makes me think if Ozen had been like a mother or a big sister to her, too, aside from being a mentor, though given the elder one’s personality, it might be unlikely. But still, I thought their friendship was just due to both of them being White Whistles! It’s really an amazing surprise. With this, despite how she acted towards Riko before, deceit or not, I’m certain that Ozen really does care about her too. She wouldn’t have bothered going through all that trouble just to save impulsive children going on a suicide mission, right? She could’ve just let the two be, or she could’ve just immediately sent them back to the surface after lying about her mother’s fate. But instead, she chose to train the two, just like how she took Lyza under her wing before, and even told them the truth of the possibility that Lyza’s still really alive and waiting for her daughter.
Themes & Trivia
Secret test: Ozen’s unpredictability all throughout their time in the Seeker Camp made it very easy to fool our duo, as well as the audience, that her sudden aggressiveness was just to test them! To think that such deceitful training methods are already very common in stories, but I was just so caught up with what was happening that it never really occurred to me!
Youthful-looking elders: This trope exists in a lot of other stories too, and now Ozen adds to the list! However, while she does share this trait with many others, she’s one of the few I know where her youthful look isn’t made for fan service. She actually still looks like the adult she is, and a strong one at that!
Oh man, I don’t even know where to begin! Everything was just so well planned out: the story, the cinematography, the animation! Like with seeing Reg beaten up badly, only for us to find out that he actually fainted after using his Incinerator and Ozen was trying to wake him up! I thought that she was really out for the kill! The woman sure knows how to act like she means it.
Another thing that stood out to me in this episode were the voice-acting! Everyone did such a good job, but most notably Mariya Ise, who handled Reg’s emotional lines really well!
Ozen is such a bully!
The spot where Riko and Reg have to survive in seemed quite safe when you look at it from the surface, but the Abyss has been nothing but unpredictable lately, so I’m sure we’re still going to be in for a surprise!
In any case, how did you like Ozen’s test? Did you almost get a heart-attack like I did because of the tension? Or did you already anticipate it from the start? Let me know in the comments section! The rest of our Summer 2017 reviews are worth checking out too. You can also check official anime screenshots from the episode at our Made in Abyss Episode 7 Stills and Summary.