Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2011 to Apr 7, 2011
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.371 (scored by 51000 users)
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SynopsisSet 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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Freezing, Freezing - Second Season
Side story: Freezing Specials
Sequel: Freezing Vibration
Characters & Voice Actors
*Fan-service aside, this anime did a great job at adapting the manga material.*
It breaks my heart to see such horrible overall ratings and reviews on this anime that, for all intents and purposes, was fairly accurate and stayed faithful to the manga if one were to ignore the anime original contents (eg. mostly fan service and one useless episode). While it is fair to say there are multiple flaws in the anime series that could have been improved on (or unnecessary contents that could have been done without), the anime as a whole has served itself quite nicely considering it is only a one-cour series. Covering nearly 60% of the available manga materials at the time the anime finished airing, there really isn’t any way for the production staffs to wrap up the story without ruining any chances for a second season. For the record, the manga material is only two measly arcs ahead of where the anime finished at the time this review was written and the actual plot did not proceed very far.
I fully understand the complexity the anime brings to the new viewers who have no background knowledge from the manga. Numerous terminologies coupled with even more numerous unfamiliar faces does prove to be quite difficult for one to digest at first. Additionally the anime added tons and tons of boobs and nipples sprinkled everywhere in the show from the dormitory room change scenes to intense battles scenes. In short, there are bound to be boobies for the unprepared! Thus this served as another excuse for viewers (even loyal manga readers) to detest and despise the show. Even I have to admit it would have been better if the staffs can use those boobies air time to produce something more constructive like elaborating on certain flashback stories or further develop some characters and their personality or background. So let this be a fair warning to all you potential viewers, only watch this show IF you can stomach the fan services and accept the fact that the story is a work in progress!! With that said, let us finally turn our attention to introducing this anime for those of us who are still interested.
Set in the near future, roughly 50 years from now, the world we know today has already been invaded by an alien race known as Nova. Normal military is powerless in the face of this new threat and thus the world can only rely on girls with special tissues implanted into their backs (called Stigmata) to fight these unknown aliens. These girls, known to the outside world as Pandora, fight in pairs with a younger boy, in order to neutralize a special effect cast by the aliens (called Freezing which freezes anything within the cast radius). Now don’t quickly jump to conclusion just yet. While this may sound like a military action genre to you, the story in actuality takes place in an academy where Pandora are being trained. Following the school life of a second year sophomore, Satellizer el Bridget, the story introduces the problems and threats of the reality very (and I mean very) slowly to the point where one may end up asking more questions than there are answers to. Thus to be fair, I would categorize the anime as ecchi, school life, romance with a fair bit of action, but nothing dramatic nor is it deep in plot (though the manga is getting there). Without a doubt, the story department is the weakest one of all as all the emphasis so far is placed on the characters interaction.
Characters. Many many lovable girls with great looks and even better body proportions, albeit with a nasty attitude. Yes! This is certainly not for the average female viewers! In fact, the anime was never meant for the female audiences as evident from the trailers and even more evident as the series progress with all the boobie attacks on the screen. With that said, the one major downside in the character department for this show is the fact that there are too many girls with not enough time to introduce them properly. It will come as no surprise that you will likely be introduced to a new character in each episode and that the old ones will be brushed aside until close to the finale. On the bright side, our main hero and heroine does have their own lengthy flashbacks and character development for us to “know them better”.
As a manga reader, seeing this series get animated with voice was wonderful. Unfortunately it was not quite to my level of expectation in a few ways. Firstly and perhaps the most obvious is the fact that the broadcast of the uncensored version is at a horrendous 4:3 aspect ratio (and please don’t bother with the censored version, you won’t understand a single thing). Though it remains a mystery as to why the opening and ending animation are in 16:9. The second disappointment, coming from a manga reader perspective, is the altered character looks which may or may not discourage some readers, but it was a disappointment nonetheless. Lastly, and this I am sure is a common sentiment among all viewers, is the miscast voice acting role for Aoi Kazuya. This voice will surely cause some damage to your eardrums. However, other than that one miscast role, it is fair to say this anime has a lot of strong seiyu in the cast. Additionally, both the opening and ending them songs are extremely catchy and are few received by fans in general.
Overall I have mixed feelings for this anime. It was a pleasant surprise when the news that Freezing manga was to be animated. While the fan service ruined some enjoyment of the show for me, I must confess that in the short one-cour time frame I am quite impressed by the production studio with the amount of manga content they were able to include in the series. Most notably the inclusion of certain subplots that really makes certain characters much more realistic and likable. Staying faithful to the original material and introducing some anime-original contents as enhancements to the overall story made me very pleased particularly with the fact that the production studio did not opt for an anime original ending. With that said, I still cannot recommend this series to those who does not enjoy watching ecchi series as this show clearly relies on boobies as its major selling point. However, if the premise of the story does intrigue you then I highly recommend giving the manga a try. Afterall Dall-Young Lim’s manga are quite well received in Korea, Japan, and even Taiwan. read more
I'll have to say, the reason I started this series is because the introduction summary reminded me of Ash and Pikachu XD. But besides that, Freezing is a definite different from anime i have watched so far.
Please remember that this is my own personal opinion, whether you find it distasteful or outright wrong in your viewpoint, is your own valued perspective.
Story: The story is original, although it has the overused theme of aliens coming to earth for reasons unknown other than destruction, a typical fanservice-harem anime was easily revealed when the main roles were given to sexy teenage girls with giant racks and fetishes for younger boys. They attempted, and accomplished well to have a good amount of action and shounen aspects which I found the most blatant factor of why this anime was good. The amounts of ecchi were tastefully included, not shoved in your face at every scene, which is a plus, and the overall plot kept you guessing. Near the end however like many other short anime, was rushed dramatically, dropping the amount of effect it has on the audience. My guess was that Freezing never intended to have a second season, but did particularly well,which is why i look forward to it airing in October of 2013.
Art and Sound: The animations for the Limiter's Freezing have to be my favorite, other than that the soundtrack complimented well with the scenes and the art was very good. Although giagantic oppai that are too large for reality do kind of disagree with me, they kept it fairly under control. Respect points for that. The action scenes were well done too,with enough gore to add effect, but not too much to make you lose your lunch, it was done thoughtfully.
Characters: The personality traits is mainly what i look for in characters, that said,some characteristics were standard in all harem anime, but who can deny the desires of the audience =P.
Overall i enjoyed this anime series and i recommend it to any that enjoyed similar ones such as, Pokemon (XD), Date a Live, Guilty Crown and possibly Angel Beats! fans.
The ending really got me hooked on expecting a second season. read more
It's about male characters fighting along side stronger female characters.
both have action that can enjoy the viewer, specially the harem fan :)
Story is about strong fighting girls with a male partner that makes them more powerful. Similar fighting scenes of clothes being torn apart leading to tons of fans service and ecchi scenes. Also both actually have pretty good plot and storylines.
Both anime are action-packed and have proportional fanservice :D
Both are strong female characters who fight each other and boobs. Sekirei is lighter and funnier where Freezing is more serious.
Guy fights along a strong girl and he's in some kind of pact with her, but I think Sekirei had more funny moments and more Ecchi. Overall l liked both series i hope there going to be a 3rd season to Sekirei and a 2nd one for Freezing
Both protagonist have made a contract to the heroine to fight with their side, and both male has the strong determination to help their contractee ..
In sekirei, he only has more contracts made than freezing..both good action and harem!
Girls fighting each other with those fantastic boobs.♥
Super powered ladies make up a large chunk of both of the show's casts. They also have to partner with (mostly) male characters to unleash their full power. The main male characters in both of the series are also timid quiet characters that let the girls do most of the fighting while providing support from behind them.
Both have a Certain power that only women/females/girls can use
This Kinda have a similar feel I.S has less Eechi Scene but more harem but its opposite in Freezing Also they have a story kinda the same of Girl being the ones with Power but in Freezing there a limiters for boys I.S has nothing really
Both anime are set in a sort of futuristic world, and girls are dominant. Infiinite Stratos has girls fighting in mech suits, whereas Freezing has girls fighting with weapons they summon from having an orgasm. Similar? :P sorta, but they're both harems AND they are both airing this year so go watch both at the same time!
They both have powers than only females can use.
The Difference between Freezing and IS is that Freezing is more ecchi and IS is about mechas
Both have an international cast of large chested bishoujo who come from all kind of different countries. These women fight using technologies only women can use and summon some kind of armor and weapons. In IS women become some kind of mecha; while in Freezing women wear paper-thin clothing and mainly melee weapons.
Also both anime are ecchi.
Doesnt really have that overall feel, IS has more rom-com like feel while Freezing is more based on crazy action.
However while watching Freezing it reminded me of IS with the Females having the special powers or that they are the only ones who can do a certain thing. The main male protagonist in both animes are "different" then the other males.
This is my first recommendation so please tell me if im doing something wrong ;)
Both IS and Freezing involve extremely powerful women gathered at a High School in order to learn about their abilities.
Both male protagonists seem to be unique because of their gender (IS) or their personal skills (Freezing)
Furthermore both male protagonists manage to create a Harem
As for the differences IS is a mecha like genre-anime ( gundam etc.) while Freezing makes use of genetic manipulation and fantasy (somebody compared it to neon genesis evangelion)
A big difference is the amount of tension and drama within the story
While IS seems kind of carefree and funny Freezing deals more with the problems of the protagonists (both male and female)
To sum it up there are definitely some diefferences but to me the overall feeling was the same
I enjoyed both of them
Mecha/romance: Freezing is bloody violent while IS is downright hilarious.
Both series contain a male lead that teams up with females to battle enemies. When in-battle, both of the males usually focus on one girl only, while off-battle, they own a pretty nice harem, including as many girls as possible at the same time. They both also deliver quite a lot of fan-service, with Infinite Stratos doing so through the display of our main character and a selected girl that's on-screen at that time, while Freezing tending to display the female characters' bodies as/when they perform various activities, such as swimming.
Opening Theme#01 "Color" by MARiA
Ending Theme#01: "Kimi wo Mamoritai" by Aika Kobayashi
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