Japanese: フリージング ヴァイブレーション
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2013 to Dec 20, 2013
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.271 (scored by 11829 users)
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SynopsisSecond season of Freezing. Ever since the 10th NOVA clash, the Chevalier had concluded that the NOVA have been appearing at a steadier rate and they are losing more Pandoras than they can produce. Their solution is the E-Pandora Project which involves normal humans being given the power to become Pandoras. Inviting Pandora from around the world to their Alaskan base witness the unveiling of their new project, Satellizer, Kazuya and Rana are among those who have been summoned. However, as time goes the E-Pandora Project starts to become fishier and the Pandoras start to grow more and more concerned...
Related AnimeAdaptation: Freezing
Side story: Freezing Vibration Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
As someone who enjoyed the first season of Freezing, I found Vibration to be very disappointing for several reasons, but first I will cover the good points of this series.
Story - (Synopsis from Freezing)
The story hasn't changed, Set in a slightly futuristic world where Earth has been invaded and is at war with aliens from another dimension called the Nova, the story follows the adventures of a Japanese boy named Kazuya Aoi who enrolls for training at a special school for genetically modified girls called Pandoras who battle the aliens, and their male partners, called Limiters, who use a special power called "freezing" to limit their opponent's mobility. The protagonist makes the acquaintance of an unusual older girl named Satellizer el Bridget who appears to be the most powerful Pandora in her class, but has not yet chosen a male partner to be her Limiter, and in spite of the warnings of all his friends, he decides to be her Limiter.
This isn't your typical School/Romance/Harem in my opinion, it is quite different which actually holds a plot - defeating the aliens combining forces of one female, also known as a Pandora and one male who is called the Limiter; although one boy has a different type of power being the younger sibling of the greatest Pandora to exist, where he can use his 'full' freezing power for anyone he fights with and all the Pandoras fight over him. I rated the story an 8, based upon the two seasons.
Now for the art, exactly the same as the first Freezing, it is remarkable. The detail put in, each snowflake falling and all the detail put in to the characters, background and the whole surface of it, it's clearly had a lot of time and effort put in and in my own opinion, this is the best part about this season. I rated the Art a 9.
I didn't find the sound that interesting, it's got the type of opening/ending sound tracks you just listen to once, don't find it catchy and skip it and move on. I rate the sound tracks a 5.
Well, here we go. In my opinion; the character development is the biggest flop of Freezing Vibration; the first season had 3 main characters, Kazuya Aoi, Satellizer el Bridget and Linchen Rana, who had a great back-story and you find out a lot about them all within the first couple of episodes. But, then you come to Freezing Vibration, they have doubled the amount of mains from 3 to 6 and make it confusing; their isn't a big story behind these characters because you are not told much about them, they haven't presented them in the right way and just rushed them into action. Characters - 5.
Although their are bad things about Vibration, it isn't all bad. It is enjoyable to an extent and does keep you moderately interested, although at points I have felt bored and 'couldn't be bothered' watching. In my opinion, the newer mains annoy me and don't interest me, I would of rather watched the first season again but with more development to the story and what/when Kazuya and Bridget finally become the #1 team.
Overall taking all my ratings into account, I rated this a 7.
The story and art are the best things, like in any anime these are a key necessity for a good show, although the Characters are the biggest let down for me and I'm not too bothered about the sound.
Thank you for reading.
~Malteasers read more
First off, I will start by saying that I have not read any of the manga nor do I plan to.
Freezing Vibrations, simply put, was very bad. More so, Freezing Vibrations was even worse compared to it's first season which was quite a good show. My main focus in this review will mostly be directed to anyone who has watched the first season.(which I don't know why you wouldn't watch that before watching this...) Let's begin.
The story never really was this shows strong spot. That said, the first season at least did a fair job at keeping it from being weak. This season,... they really dropped the ball. While the exact idea of the plot wasn't bad, it's execution was something of a nightmare. While I would like to go through each episode and beat them down like the wild animals they are, it is taboo to do so in a basic review. I will, however, address the **** storm that was the final episode and warn you about the 6th.
(Possible spoilers) Firstly, the 6th episode led to a moment that could be misinterpreted ENTIRELY. They did a GREAT job at completely misguiding you on a very important event that almost had me quit the show right then and there. When you get there, you will see, and will hopefully remember little ole me warning you now. To add to this episode, it resolved itself in the most insane way. Just everybody acting like nothing really happened. I just couldn't believe it!
Now for the final episode. So, while the build up to this point was already pretty bad, the phrase, "They dropped the ball" simply no longer does it justice. Rather, they took the ball and threw it at you with full intentions of it hitting you in the face and I will say... it will probably hurt. Vaguely put, the last episode could be described as: A character, who was never really hinted to being important, turns out to be pretty damn important and basically becomes Iron Giant Jesus, everything goes black and white, and then a picture of a nebula gets flashed at you. Yeah,.. you'll see... To top it off, they try to leave you with a cliff hanger by introducing yet another character who looks like three other people in the show. I just couldn't care enough at this point and just wanted it to end. The episode was ironically named "Shaft of Light" because we all got handed the shaft.
Art & Sound: 8
If you saw the first season, the Art was the same. For me, there is nothing to complain about and nothing really special about it either. So, all in all, no worries there. The sound on the other hand was quite swell. I spent most of the last episode listening to it with my face in my hands trying to cope with the pain. It might have actually been the only thing keeping me sane at the time...
Despite of all the stories flaws, the characters might have actually been the most disappointing part of this. While I thought that the first season spent a lot of time making Kazuya the "main" character, the second season spends most of its time making sure you don't think that. In terms of character development, he has ZERO. I warn you all now, if you wanted him to have any significant part of this story where he did ANYTHING useful, walk away. Now that I think about it, he gets less screen time than most characters in the show. Completely disappointing.
While the show does it's best to make him NOT the main character, it can't, FOR THE LIFE OF IT, decide who is. Call me old fashioned, but I like a focused story from a mostly singular perspective and strong development from a MAIN character. The story can't decide who the hell is important and just kills anybody it decides isn't. On top of that, EVERYBODY is crying ALL the time and nobody acts realistically. NOBODY. The weak characters strongly effected the stories progression and ultimately killed entire experience for me. uuuhhh...
Do I really have to say it? It sucked. Every corner of every episode was just one disappointment after the other. I powered through in hopes that something would get good but to no avail. While this rating is strongly influenced off the success of its progenitor, which means it is probably receiving a heavier bashing than it deserves, the show was still just... bad. And I very rarely give below a seven.
I will say, the action scenes were pretty decent at times. I guess I got some enjoyment out of that maybe.
I don't think I need to go any further. If you liked the first, I can't imagine you will like this one more. Though, you may not hate it like I did....
...My face still hurts... read more
Opening Theme"AVENGE WORLD" by Konomi Suzuki
Ending Theme"Sekai wa Kizu wo Dakishimeru (世界は疵を抱きしめる)" by Konomi Suzuki
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