Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2011 to Apr 7, 2011
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.391 (scored by 37456 users)
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Jun 20, 2013
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
Apr 10, 2011
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
Aug 26, 2013
The driving force behind the series called Freezing is a busty, young woman named Bridget Satellizer, who's reputation as "The Untouchable Queen" runs rampant among the other characters present at the university. With blonde hair, a different uniform from anyone else, and the biggest bust of the bunch, her role as the main character is set in stone, and it's apparent from the start. While there are other characters introduced before her, it's hard to recall said characters when comparing them to Satellizer's overall design. While she appears menacing and cold on the outside, she's actually cold and menacing on the inside as well. That is, until the appearance of the other central, yet less important character, Kazuya Aoi transfers into the school. From that point, Satellizer's image as "The Untouchable Queen" comes under fire, while a looming threat lingers in the distance.
One thing about this series that I never understood was its priorities. This is part of my claim that this series is simply a combination of popular anime tropes. At one point, the series focuses on developing the relationship between Satellizer and Kazuya through the role of damsel in distress, as one of them is placed in a difficult situation, while the other rescues them (or attempts to) from their conflict. This is typical in shounen series and Super Mario games in particular. At another point, they focus on melodrama based on testing the bond between the two of them as new characters are placed within the plot. Then there is also the evident antagonist threat, those called Novas, that eventually become a threat to everyone involved at the school and the world. These creatures are written off as unknown creatures with unknown purposes, which may or may not be an excuse for lazy writing. The sudden shift from one situation to another is more distracting than anything, and it shows an unusual desire to move on from a certain plot point into something new, which may also be a result of lazy writing.
Everything I've said up to this point about the plot was basically underlying problems, problems that arise after digging deep into a title and finding nothing. But what isn't underlying is the inexplicable amount of fan service shown on the outside. Sex appeal and the violence. The strongest argument I can give to support my claim is the apparent focus on these two qualities. Throughout every episode, these two qualities make themselves known in almost every situation. Whether the situation stem from tension between characters, the closeness of partners or comic relief, Freezing finds every single possible excuse to show exposed breasts or unnecessary violence. And while the violence isn't as prevalent throughout the series than the skin, it still panders to the whims of the viewer, finding unreasonable excuses to have the characters duke it out and show off their exaggerated weapons and speed. While this may not be a problem, it starts to become expected. And to expect something before it happens takes the pleasure of being surprised by the creativity of writing out of the equation. And what does this series become memorable for? When someone or something repeats a certain action enough, they become what they do, and they're remembered for that reason alone. How do I remember Freezing? Fan service alone.
Characters within Freezing are about as typical as the writing of the series. They display qualities similar to that of other characters from other series. Satellizer is a tsundere with a remorseful past. Kazuya is the equivalent of the male harem lead. Every other character serves to back them up. They each have one quality that defines who they are, and never develop past that. Their designs are a different story, however. Satellizer's appearance is memorable and does well to support the viewer's interest in her life and problems, if not her chest. The uniforms that all other characters wear are enough to draw interest, but some issues arise in the fact that they're either never in them due to fan service, and that their battle armor looks identical to it. Which, in turn, leads to the quality of animation, which is slick and shiny enough to keep even a sloth awake. The art is of higher quality compared to other titles released during that year, but doesn't take any risks to ensure a place in history. It's well done, but it's nothing different. And with the glorious amount of exposed sexual features, it's within my power to state that they're well done, but with how much it's shown, anyone would expect them to pay attention to detail.
In a society where money is everything, it's easy to assume that titles like Freezing will be prevalent far along in the distant future as much as they are today. As long as sex and violence remains a popular spectrum in the minds of viewers and they use their money accordingly, these things won't disappear anytime soon. At this point, those against it have to at least applaud their durability throughout time. And to those who are so against it, perhaps they should take the chance to see how it can be improved in the future. Fan service is not a bad thing. It lets the viewer identify with the writer or writers of a title and provides them with evidence that these writers had them in mind. But that isn't to say that a series should only rely on fan service, as there are other parts to a story that need to be constructed in order to make a quality work. This statement is both controversial and a gateway to debate. A debate that I hope everyone will take seriously and will take into consideration when watching series in the future. What makes a title successful? Its revenue or its attention to quality? Freezing is a good example of this, as nothing of its quality outside of fan service could be considered good in any sense. read more
Dec 25, 2011
Freezing, despite sharing similar attributes to Claymore, happens to be one of those Anime that stands out as having quality to the storyline despite being of the ecchi genre. Sure, the series has plenty of fan service, but none of it is forced and every shot is actually believable within the context of the story. There is no pushing “the willing suspense of disbelief for this story.” Every step is thought out.
This includes the artwork and the characterization. All of the action scenes flow realistically, not to mention this is one of those shows that as I've said before, due to the subject matter, would be hard to pull off without the ecchi moments. On top of this, the female characters aren't degraded into being mere eye candy for the main protagonist and his friends to ogle over and have to protect because they are girls. No... the girls are allowed to stand on their own two feet. read more
Apr 10, 2011
The premise for Freezing seems like it might have had an enormous amount of potential. Mysterious entities called Nova are invading earth intent on wiping out mankind. All that stands in their way are special soldiers known as Pandora and their Limiter partners. Our setting is a school/laboratory called West Genetics which trains future Pandora and their Limiters. This is where that potential I was speaking of starts to get lost. The Pandora are all, unsurprisingly all big breasted girls (hey this is anime after all!) and the Limiters are all guys. Given that the Limiters are timid, weak, and mostly useless this is unsurprising and the only thing they really do is hide behind the skirts of the Pandora and yell "Freezing!" and other clichéd nonsense. The girls on the other hand are violent and uncouth and spend most of their free time trying to kill one another or bully their underclassmen.
Now since I have not read any of the original manga I can’t speak to how well this anime adapts its story. Even if the manga has an amazing story (which I doubt honestly) it is completely lost in its transition to an anime. Really nothing is adequately explained from what the Pandora are to what the enemy is or why or how they are even ended fighting. Eventually by the end you do get some explanation and can make some conclusions from the action and context but this is a piss poor way to present a story to your viewers. Additionally for pretty much two thirds of the series nothing of significance to the plot happens. We get introduced to the lead, Satellizer el Bridget, learn a few snippets from her past, watch her take ALOT of showers, and get groped and bullied by the cunts and bitches she has as classmates and seniors. And for about the first eight episodes that’s just about all that goes on. What story there is remains unresolved with the ending. Though it leaves the viewer with the impression that at least one additional season should be expected. This kind of series always seems to get a sequel if it wants one so it’s really hard to hold the ending against it.
For a series that is at its core about fighting, the overall action is a bit disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of fighting but the majority of it is crammed into the last few episodes. Most of the early fighting is uninteresting and more about tearing apart the girls’ flimsy school uniforms to expose their breasts. If you enjoy exposed nipples and breasts then the world of Freezing should be like heaven to you. Like most fighting anime, the characters yell out lots of nonsense. With Freezing most of it is mindless technobabble and engrish and little to none of it is ever explained. While you can get the meaning from some of it through context it sure would be nice for the story to explain this to you once in a while.
Like the story the characters are also a major weakness. Neither one of our leads, Satellizer or the boy Kazuya are very interesting. Kazuya is your typically weak and unremarkable anime boy with powers (unsurprisingly) far beyond your typical Limiter. He has a special attraction to Satellizer that is both mysterious and due to the fact she reminds him of his dead sister. I know shocking that someone should have a sister complex in anime right? (Pardon my eye rolling) Satellizer, known in the school as the "Untouchable Queen" is a girl of dual personalities. Her external persona is that of a cold and ruthless killer while her true personality is that of a meek and mild mannered girl with a fear of men. Other than learning every inch of naked body through her regular trips to the shower or having her uniform torn off in all her battles we don’t learn all that much about her. What is learned fits into the narrow stereotype her character has its basis in.
The supporting cast is no different. I seem to beat this point to death in an awful lot of the shows I review but the main issue with Freezing's cast is the sheer number of characters in the cast. It is literally impossible to keep track of all the characters. They bring in 2 or 3 a week, many of which looks almost identical to each other. Their main purpose seems to be only to bully Satellizer who for some reason seems to really butt hurt them. Even so, you’re likely to have at least a couple that amuse or even interest you just a little bit. For me it was Rana Linchen who is a quasi-main but whose personality I enjoyed as well as having a pretty sexy character design.
Artistically, Freezing is also weak. For one the character models are absolutely ridiculous in most cases. While I do like the "full figured" look, the extreme and impossible bust and waistlines really detract from the series. Given how much tits and nipples are visible they really should have done a better job with this. Everyone's figures are pretty much interchangeable and the actual animation of all the "jiggle" is really not that realistic or even appealing. The color palette is very drab and depressing, with maroons, dark blues, grays, and blacks dominating the series. The world is also incredibly dark and depressing. While I am certain this is by design that doesn't explain why there is basically no sunlight at all and while they seem to be stuck in a world of eternal midnight.
Freezing's voice cast is quite impressive as it seems to include almost every current seiyuu of note. However this is a double edged sword as the reason it has so many is because the cast is so enormous. Because of this none of the actors really gets a chance to shine. Additionally Satellizer is horrible miscast with Mamiko Noto. While I really enjoy her work and also seeing her portray a bit of a different character than she normally does (though also exactly the same) I just don't think her voice works for her character. The music is solid but unspectacular action anime fair. The OP is particularly exciting but also really drives home how ridiculous, Satellizer's in particular, chest measurements are.
Even though I never really had any high expectations for it, ultimately Freezing is a failure. I was hoping it would entertain me somewhere between other anime it has a lot in common with such as Seikirei and Ikkitousen. But its lack of a coherent story, bland characters, and unappealing visuals make me unable to recommend this to anyone.
Apr 24, 2013
Aliens who try to destroy earth. Sure, we need super powered something somethings to save the world from total annhilation!' Sadly, those something somethings happened to be girls with special powers. No, no I have nothing against the most beautiful half of our, but look at genres! Sometimes, that works, but after seeing it for millions of times, and seeing it as badly executed as this, I honestly, cannot really tolerate this show's story.
The animation on the other hand, is pretty good. But what we have here, girls shaking boobs during the fight and that’s all. Boobs-boobs-boobs. C’mon! There's a time for fan service, and a time for action. Isn’t it that hard? Freaking NO! Heaven's Lost Property, is a perfect example, it’s more perverted but it’s epic! Rememer the Uranus queen mode…
The sound, all in all, is average, nothing special, but it is good. That's it. However when one of the "Novas" started to sound like an out of key choir, I sorta gave a start.
This series follows the adventures of Aoi Kazuya who entered a special school where Pandoras, genetically modified girls that battle other dimensions enemies, are being trained. The partner of these Pandoras are guys who uses the ability called ‘Freezing’ that either limits the opponents mobility or neutralize the ‘freezing’ ability of the opponent. Unfortunately, on the day that Kazuya entered the school there was an ongoing ‘carnival’ in which all of the Pandoras of a certain year battle each other to determine who’s the strongest among all of them. Our protagonist, having a sister complex, suddenly hugged the beautiful ‘Untouchable Queen’ Satellizer El Bridgette mistaking her as his sister during a battle and accidentally activated his ‘freezing’ that caused her to lose to her opponent. That encounter draws Kazuya’s attention to the upperclassman, he touched that girl and he is still alive...
The story isn’t as complex as some of the shows but it got me really hooked. The story didn’t focus on the battle between the inter dimensional aliens on the first few episodes but instead focused on getting to know the main characters as they battle out their upper classmen who want to punish and humiliate them for disregarding the ‘order’. Yes, the battle between Satellizer and her seniors are really interesting. Then on the climax of the series, we got introduced to the real antagonist the inter dimensional aliens that wants to invade earth though unfortunately there was little to no explanation on what those being really want and why they are after the corpse of the 1st Pandora and also they didn’t explain much on what Pandoras really are.
Despite its flaws, I definitely enjoyed Freezing because of the characters and their relationships. If you enjoy fan service, action and a bit of romance I suggest you to try watching this anime but don’t expect much from it or else you’ll be left in disappointment.
God damn you fan service, another ruined anime. read more
Aug 31, 2011
Story: I will try not to give away the best bits! Basically, the story revolves around a highschool-aged group of female superstrong Genetics soldiers and their slightly younger male partners, whose power combined is just enough to fight Genetic's greatest foe, the Nova. Right from the beginning, this show flaunts the extreme violence that comes with training for war. We meet the main characters, Sattelizer and Kazuya just as a "carnival" (read: masochistic annual tournament) is wrapping up, with Sattelizer as the heavy favorite in the second years. The late transfer student and the secluded, tormented fighter makes for a great story of reconciliation and selfless love. We get to see the characters as they fight over school politics, war partners, and each other's hearts. The story has a tendency of showing emotions through protracted fights rather than dialogue, and there were a few points where I just wanted to shove two characters in a room and make them talk. It's frustrating when the source of drama is sometimes just silly miscommunications or assumptions, but I guess these fighters and defenders of the earth are a tad egotistical and self-involved. It comes with the territory.
By the time you're wondering just where the show will go with its fleshed out leads, a large attack befalls Genetics, and Sattelizer and Kasuya find themselves right in the middle. The emotional plot really does play into each character's effectiveness as a fighter, which makes the story much more enthralling. I loved the last four episodes. They were dramatic, had some great twists in the fight, and generally made the show. The stakes feel high in the battle, and I was caring for the different characters, as their survival did not seem to be assured. Now, here's some not-so-sweet news: there is a good amount of boobs and poses thrown into this anime, and though it is almost always related to the fights (as their ever-shredded stigma fabric suits are indicative of their condition), some will see this as gratuitous and pointless. And as I said before, the fights can last quite a while, robbing the viewer of more character development or general setting about the outside world.
Animation: The character designs for everyone is great. We see many nationalities at Genetics, and it actually shows some in their look. Also, every Pandora's a babe, and you will be seeing many a pair of fight-revealed titties (for better or worse, this show is a kind of ecchi), and if it's important to you, they are quite the mammaries. The fighters use a variety of tactics and weapons in their fights, and oh are the fights extraordinary! Great animation paired with a visceral feel of classmates/comrades fighting all out (thank goodness for their magical hospital!) makes for exciting fights that feel like they have lots of power behind them and real consequences. Both the fights and the more dialogue-heavy scenes are well-animated, with good, strong emotions coming through with most of the characters. CGI is used for some of the special moves in a way that blends well with the drawn characters and enemies. It looked like it belonged in the fights, and I think that's the best compliment I could give. Blood and gore are present, but never gratuitous, and the expressions of pain that comes with each hit looks the part. Settings can sometimes be bland-- the school is pretty, I guess, and the city in the last arc does give off a futuristic vibe, but sets in the Genetics compound and during fights are dark and spartan. This is a more generic future than NGE's Nerve center, and the beautiful landscapes of that world. The most important parts, though (the characters, the fights, and the enemy design) come out as the focus, and these elements more than make up for the lack of pretty sunsets.
Sound: The OP is fairly good, and this is coming from a chronic skipper. I found myself humming along often, and the montage during the song is a good overview of the characters and their job: kicking ass to protect the world. The ED is more techno, and has stills behind it rather than animation, but it's still a catchy tune. The soundtrack is usually servicable techno, some piano. It gets the job done. I thought the seiyuu performed admirably. Sattelizer and Kazuya are well-done by their respective actors. There's a "rural" character in the show, and her dialect sounds different even to me, a complete japanese newb. Everyone has great force behind their lines during fights, and especially at the end. Overall, a great and even effort. Also, the sound design for the fights and Nova are great. The special moves really pick up intensity when their sound effects give some weight to the punches and slashes. Oh, and that sound the Novas make? It's really creepy and scary. The sound helps make these behemoths seem menacing and frightfully dangerous.
Characters: The crux of this show is the relationship between Sattelizer and Kazuya, and as they draw closer to each other, both of them have to look back on their lives and their motivations to fight before they can handle a Nova fight. Sattelizer had a traumatic childhood, but in the beginning, all you can think is "ice queen". Who better to thaw the Untouchable Queen's heart than Aoi Kazuyah, the brother of the deceased hero of the last Nova war? There's plenty of meat on these characters, and seeing Kazuya's iron will and its affect on Sattelizer makes for good drama, most of the time. It seems like they pulled the rug out from under our feet at the end, though. We never get to see the result of them caring for each other, this "baptism" of sorts, which cheapens the conclusion of the series, in my opinion. Though the other, secondary characters also have varied and refined personalities, the focus on fights and the main two mean that you'll be left reading info cards after the commercial breaks to learn about the other fighting vixens. Lana, Ganessa, and Chiffon are all great personalities to have around Sattelizer and Kazuya, but I just wish I knew more about their stories. In the end, the characterization are meant to lend emotional power to the action climax of the show, and for all my complaining, it worked!
So there you have it. I started watching for the fight scenes and boobs, and ended up staying for the exciting, world-in-the-balance conclusion. This is an adult anime that eschews the ditzy humor of most ecchi for a serious sci-fi story of love and sacrifice. About the 20th time a blade cuts of a girl's clothing but not her skin, you realize that fanservice is a big part of the show, but by no means is it the biggest. If you can't stand these parts, ask yourself what the difference is between this and the naughtier bits of Rome, True Blood, or Weeds. Adult shows have some T&A, get used to it and just watch the censored version if you're too boob-shy. There are some niggling issues with bland-ish settings and Sattelizer's crushing inability to talk to Kazuya about important things in a normal manner, but these are all small imperfections on a generally good, sometimes great futuristic sci-fi action series. With tits. read more
Mar 19, 2013
It should be at minimum #500, and not #1794.
The story is pretty exciting, you wont get bored for sure.
Its actually about a Pandora girl "el Bridget, Satellizer" who doesn't want to be touched by anyone because of the trauma she had in her past. But then she gets to see a boy called "Aoi, Kazuya". She starts to get feelings for Kazuya and let him touch her body, normally she nearly killed people who touched her. After that Kazuya wants to be her Limiter but she is too shy to accept and confront Kazuya, that's actually how the story starts...
So every Pandora girl has an Limiter, except for Satellizer due to her trauma. Normally to fight the enemy Nova, the girls need Limiters who can Freeze the enemy movement. That is only possible if those both partners have done the Baptism (joining). But Kazuya is able to Freeze without the need of Baptism, like his sister "Aoi, Kazuha".
So actually its pretty interesting how the story continues, I really enjoyed this series, hope there will be an Season 2 in future, the ending was open.
Now about the rating,
Story 8, is very interesting and enjoyable!
Art 7, the art could have been better, but still its pretty decent!
Sound 9, the sound is very good, the effects/fighting sounds are really good, soundtracks was very nice, I really liked the Nova screaming sound!
Character 9, nothing to tell about it, characters are awesome!
Enjoyment 9, really enjoyed it, no boring episodes or childish stuff.
Blood splatters, slashed body parts, the fighting scenes are all topnotch!
Overall : 9/10
May 8, 2011
Before watching Freezing, I was expecting it to be containing just a shitload of fanservice and nonsensical fights. After its last episode, I found out that I was right with the former and quite wrong with the latter. So if you’re going to ask me what’s Freezing all about, I’d answer: A humongous PLOT and a good plot.
With its first episode, I can’t believe with what I’m seeing as there were blood spills everywhere and with some girls’ limbs being torn off which I find freaky but not as brutal as you’ve seen from Elfen Lied. I was honestly not expecting Freezing to have gore but surprisingly, it works out pretty well, and I guess even those who couldn’t stand such scenes could manage to pull through. Though what makes me wonder is the fact that they have suffered from massive injuries and sometimes even gets their throat slit, but they could act as if nothing happened right after the battle. Super human recovery powers maybe? But then they are special to begin with so maybe they have skills such as those.
Gore aside, the presence of fanservice is utterly distracting. I mean surely a bit of fanservice scenes here and there wouldn’t hurt, but when it happens almost every minute? Geez. It kind of gets old and overused that I don’t even feel any excitement from seeing whatever boobie or panty shots they’re offering. What I really find amusing with Freezing is the camera angles. The camera will always and I mean ALWAYS find a way to zoom in the girls’ boobs and even peek on what’s under their skirt even if the mood is all serious and you can sense a killing intent from the characters. Thus I really really REALLY wanted to point out that Freezing could have been way better if the ludicrous ecchi/fanservice scenes were greatly reduced. In fact, this anime is ½ about boobs and ½ about fighting. There’s even one episode where they held a beauty pageant which is totally irrelevant to the whole story in where its contestants were the main characters and a lot of exposure was displayed. If you’re very much into these kind of stuff, then you’d find this episode very enjoyable but if not, you’d only find this nonsensical. But honestly, I find the episode well used as it was the “calm before the storm” where all the characters are still happy and lovey-dovey before the real shit happens.
The characters here, when looked through individually would undeniably be one of the weakest points of Freezing but when looked through as a whole, the chemistry with each other could simply work things out. But still, I pretty much find the whole cast 1-dimensional but an exception for Satellizer. Her life stories were explained through flashbacks and eventually, you can see her character maturing unlike others that remained the same all throughout the entire anime. All others, which mostly consists of the upperclassmen have the same personality, the only difference is on how they look. They’re mostly arrogant prima donnas that are bullies who appears in a “bitch of the week” format. They were probably the most uninteresting bunch even when they tend to plot something as they were all very predictable. The only side-character which I find interesting is the President. Surely there’s something behind those weak smiles and very fragile personality.
Regarding the character issues, I really need to ask the question “Is it really a fad nowadays to have a male main character that is annoying?” as of all the characters, he is the one that pisses the hell out of me. So here’s a scene where someone badly needed help but just to be sure that she needs the help of a Limiter’s “Freezing” skill (in which the main character Kazuya is known to be the best with) he just kept on screaming like “Oh my god! Stop this please. This is just wrong … But I think she’s doing ok even if she’s stabbed so let’s just wait a bit longer to see if she really needs us.” and other annoying stuff that doesn’t make sense. Seriously, I never liked Kazuya since the moment he acted like a jerk which started with the last few minutes of episode one. But then, even when knowing that these characters act like idiots individually, I don’t know what makes everything feel right when together they are put in as a whole.
As much as I find Kazuya annoying, another point would be the fact that his voice is one of the most irritating in the whole anime. I think it would be better for him if the other characters put a duct tape on his mouth to make him shut up. As I’ve said before, he likes to keep on talking and talking about shit and other stuff even though his allies are in trouble which is a total plus for his annoyingness. The others’ too doesn’t fit well with the characters they are voicing. Even Kana Hanazawa’s moe prowess doesn’t really fit well with Rana’s energetic attitude.
Speaking of characters, the character designs were rather dull. Satellizer’s attire doesn’t really make her stand out amongst the other bitches in which I find the other girls more appealing especially the girl from the other school Cathy Lockharte. Kazuya on the other hand looks like your SOME ordinary average guy. He looks so normal that even other male side characters look cooler than him. Aside from the character designs, what I really find ugly are their weapons. It looks like a massive lump of steel that was molded into something fugly. It’s plain dull; no color schemes or whatsoever, it’s just plain grey all over. No other animation qualities are worth mentioning here except for the truckload of panty shots and nipple exposures from those massive boobs as the background were nothing more than average.
Though the animation was dull, what I really loved here were the opening and ending songs. The opening song “Color” was a very cool J-rock song that I actually found myself nodding to the beat. The ending song too entitled “Kimi wo Mamoritai” is a very catchy techno song that will remain in your head after a couple of hours hearing it. Speaking of the songs’ videos, the ending songs’ was very fanservice-like as there are the characters with different poses that looks like something that you’d see in a bar. The opening song however, looks like it was taken in another world where everything seemed calm and peaceful.
After an interesting and fast-paced premise, it kind of toned down a bit in the middle but with the last few episodes, it used what it had from before and turned out to be something great. In the latter episodes, feelings of shock and fear will hit the fans as the true enemy now makes their appearance. Though most of the happenings in Freezing are unexplained, I’m hoping that all of it will be explained as I’m very sure of it that there will be a 2nd season. Why? An unknown character said “Everything starts now.” You couldn’t get any more reassurance than that.
So what now? Should you watch this anime or not? Honestly, I was expecting it to fall behind the lines of bad or below average; but I really can’t say that as I’ve enjoyed this anime a lot than I’ve expected even with all these flaws dangling almost everywhere. Having said negative stuff about Freezing, it is highly enjoyable that you wouldn’t mind the minor details at all. And even though I’m not a fan of gore and ecchi; I’ve liked it. So what more if you’re a fan of those? read more
Jan 27, 2011
So what does this have to do with Freezing? If you're still asking this question after watching at least an episode then clearly you're either still a cherry or you watch Mormon porn.
If you understand where I'm going with this then congrats! Your right hand is your best friend (or left for some of you) and the only reason you stumbled upon this is because you finished jerking off to Sekirei and wanted more hot overpowered girls with wimpy guys. Lucky for you, Freezing has all that aspects!
So the story is pretty simple. In the future, big inter-dimensional creatures invade Earth, hot girls used by the military to fight the battles for them (Yes, military men are all perverts ;) God bless you Uncle Sam!) and wimpy guys giving them orders. Right.. At least guys are still giving them orders.. That's all what we've got in the future.
So a young boy wit a japanese name (where as everyone has cool high class western names) Kazuya Aoi just transfered into one of the many Academy use to militarily train poor clueless students by robbing them of their adolescence. Now Kazuya is one lucky bastard. Because he got to see his elder sis naked before she died?? No you sickos!! It's because he is able to touch the prestigious "Untouchable Queen" of the academy without the risk of getting his balls chopped off.
The artwork... Graphics are above average especially during combat scene and throw in a couple of panty shots and hundereds of "Mune" shots no one would be complaining. "Im sick and tired with all these fanservice!!" I know, I know... But this would probably never had cross your mind. Why? Because chances are you stumbled upon this review because you saw "Battle Raper" and instantly reminisce on your "Semen scented days"
Combat music is top notch as well, sending "chills" through my spines. Get it? Chills? Because this anime is called "Freezing" Get it?? What? I'm lame for making a lame joke??...Screw you guys.....
So introduction of characters! I love this part when Im reviewing.
Kazuya Aoi! Weak, but protective, lovable to all. A fine candidate for a harem male lead. Has a strong relationship BUT NOT TO THE POINT OF INCEST with his sister who died while fighitng one of those huge inter-dimensional beings.
He blushes easily to any girl...seriously... ANY GIRL!
Satellizer el Bridget! Strong in the outside, mushy in the instead. Apparently has a traumatic past and thus wont let any guys touch her except to Kazuya Aoi.
Why is this so? Well, according to the" Theory of Evolution", some males had develop into a new species named by the science community, "Justinian Bieberious" Im no expert on this matter, but Im guessing Kazuya Aoi is under this new species.
NAHH... Im just kidding... The fact is Kazuya Aoi possess something that normally the female characters in the anime would only possess (wont spoil anything here)
So other than those two, the rest of the cast are psychotic female warriors, a hot teacher, a hot nurse, another gay looking roommate, and powerless student council members.
Overall, fanservice anime with hot girls fighting each other and/or giant inter-dimensional beings. If you're complaining why Japan is always making such repetitive animes its because you're probably not the targeted demography. Remember kiddies, animes are made 1) For Japan... after that 2) Rest of the world...
This is one type of anime that will make you perverts go yay! when her clothes gets shred off and boo! when their clothes regenerate. So enjoy it while you can.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some clothes to shred as well.. Damn.. Why do I always end up defeating the girl in battle raper before shredding her clothes?? Wait? Wouldn't it be easier to defeat her first then shred her clothes?? I mean, have you ever tried shredding clothes of an unconscious girl. Waaaay too easy.. Umm.. Not that I've ever tried... REALLY!
Nov 22, 2012
A little warning though, despite all the said above in favor of the series, the series' storyline tends to get somewhat confusing if you don't pay enough attention to the details, and there's some new and nifty terminology to it that you must pick up early, or you'll miss a lot. read more
Mar 22, 2011
The underlying premise isn't anything special. You've got a school that trains students solely for combat. The girls are powerful fighters with lots of abilities, but they need the support of the boys for a special power that only the boys have called Freezing. This relationship generally requires compatible males and females to pair up and develop strong bonds (in other words, become close as boyfriend/girlfriend). Fine. Accept it. It serves as a good excuse to add romance and sexual tension to the ecchi, which is always a good addition to otherwise mindless ecchi.
The story isn't anything complex or unusual. While you might think the story is supposed to be about fighting aliens from another dimension, that really isn't the focus of the story. That part of the story is just developed slowly on the margins until the final episodes. In fact, the aliens don't become a factor until the 9th episode, as part of a multi-episode climax. Almost all the fighting before then is between the heroine (Satellizer el Bridget) and the other girls. And even though fighting happens in each episode, I wouldn't exactly say it is the focus of the show.
#1 reason to watch, romance/tsundere:
The focus of the story is mainly on the development of the romance between the main hero, Kazuya Aoi, and heroine, Satellizer. This is one of the feel-good aspects of the show I mentioned at the start of this review that I really enjoy. The heroine is a tsundere, not the kind that is violent and abusive, but rather the kind that is shy and normally a loner. She's actually feared by most of the other students and thought to be ruthless. But the Hero Aoi, who is a transfer student, is unaware of her reputation and so treats her kindly and without fear, which is new and unexpected for the heroine. This leads to all the cute feel-good stuff that usually happens with this kind of thing in anime (it's why we love tsunderes). Note: there is also some harem type romantic action from a competing love interest which sparks some jealousy, but it's mostly friendly rather than a bitchy cat fight.
#2 reason to watch, hero and heroine being impressive/cool:
Another feel-good repeated feature of the show that I really like is the way that the 2 main characters (who you'll probably be rooting for) continually impress others by greatly exceeding expectations. Much of the fighting involves other students trying to put them in their place and humiliate them, but they manage to turn the tables and be the ones doing the humiliating, and being awed and respected in the process. They are constantly showing us new, more advanced abilities that they shouldn't have. They take bravery, defiance, and perseverance beyond the limits. It's fun to watch.
The fighting, not bad and possibly pretty good:
I typically don't care for fighting-based anime. But I actually looked forward to the next daunting challenge each fight brought here. I didn't feel the fights were random or forced. I thought there was a very believable purpose to each fight. Each was nicely more epic than the last. Each had a distinct sense of progression and unique challenge. Thankfully, the fights aren't done in a corny shounen way where they yell and shout and it suddenly results in them being stronger. Instead, the battles are a bit more technical and skill-based rather than being based on grunting and getting pumped up mentally. They were pretty cool. The sound effects and music added positively to the coolness as well. The art wasn't anything spectacular, but I didn't think it detracted from the scenes either.
Of course, the show is absolutely full of fan service. I can't complain. I like it. It doesn't get in the way of anything. It's just there and can just as easily not be there without changing anything. All the girls look great. Boobs are larger than average, but not excessive. Though, I suppose I can complain about the one time early on that the hero sticks his face in the boobs of the heroine to hug her and is oblivious to how awkward that is. I don't like ridiculous stuff like that, but thankfully that is rare here.
The story is fairly typical. Not many surprises to be had there. The fighting is at least better than average. Fan service is there in force, if you like that. But the real draw for me was 1: the cute tsundere romance and 2: the awe-inspiring displays of raw talent and virtues from the two main characters as it gains them the respect and admiration of others. If these two things sound particularly appealing to you, and you don't mind fighting, fan service, or a background plot that spends most of the time being secondary to the romance and high school student based storyline, then I think you'll enjoy this. But if you are watching this for the alien storyline, you might feel that this other stuff just gets in the way. read more
Nov 18, 2013
May 28, 2013
Story - 9
Whilst watching a lot of anime what you have to bear in mind is that there is usually some sort of material that it is being adapted from. Freezing, the anime, has only part of a story. And that part is awesome. The story has many parts to it that will intrigue you, if you're the sort of person who likes to know everything there is to know about what you're watching. Throughout there are undertones that something else is going on behind the scenes and if you pick up on it it makes for a headscratcher. The actual plot is more or less stubborn guy meets strong but fragile girl and his relationship with her in a world where everybody seems to be out to get them for one reason or another. But, like I said, it has a very nice and mysterious undercurrent to it.
Art - 8
Yes, I enjoyed the art of Freezing, sue me for liking bouncing boobs. Two aspects of the art I particularly enjoyed were the NOVA and the 'evil' looks of Satellizer. Both were pretty impressive.
Sound - 9
It's rare I enjoy a soundtrack so much. The intro is one I'll actually sit there and listen to and the battle between East and the NOVA....... wow the soundtrack gave me chills.
Characters - 8
The characters were kind of... meh ranging from a guy with some obvious unresolved issues with his sister, a girl who hates to be touched to the point where people dont even like getting close enough to talk to her and someone rather worryingly nicknamed 'Intoxicating Bondage.' Of the main cast, only Chiffon Fairchild is truly memorable and that, for me, is purely because her eyes are actually shut and not just drawn that way. How she goes through the whole series without opening her eyes is beyond me. For almost solely that reason I'm saying 8.
Enjoyment - 9
I definitely enjoyed this, so much so, it's one anime I actually bought.
Overall - 9
Blood, boobs, a school where older girls are required to 'please' their juniors, intrigue, mystery, some kickass fighting sequences, the occasional comedic moment and some nice character development I didn't mention above. I don't see what's not to like. Freezing definitely has a little something for everyone. read more
Mar 16, 2011
The story is pretty interesting, girls and guys take on roles to use somewhat interesting abilities. It takes place in a school, from the eyes of a young male protagonist, based on the make-up of how the roles are set, it's normal to see younger males pairing up with older females. Considering the rating of this anime and the "Ecchi" tag, you can imagine what it's all about. It does however pick up a lot of depth towards the end, nudging you towards the edge of your seat in anticipation as more exciting events unveil.
The art is pretty standard just as the animations are. Do not expect jaw-dropping visuals unless you're asking about the fan-service stills growing like mushrooms on your screen in-between each episode? Yeah, they're okay.
The sound, there are a variety of voices you can hear. The soundtrack is actually very decent, which took me by surprise. You can expect some interesting orchestral spin-togethers and catchy Opening and Ending sequences.
Characters are fairly well portrayed and as with any decent anime you get a good feel for each personality. Each major character has a varying amount of background information shown either in a flashback or self-introductory scene.
But all in all, I enjoyed this anime and as said at the start you will enjoy it too if you are a fan of Ecchi. There's fighting, fanservice and plenty of cool-down time where you get to know the characters, as well as some pretty decent gripping action towards the end. read more
Jul 20, 2011
There are a lot of things that work against this show; firstly the plot is very slow and somewhat shallow as every girl, in this academy pandora, decide they want to pick a fight with Satella. Despite it being faithful to the manga, the ending arc which has actual relevance to the setting seems as if they just wanted to have some actual plot. While it is nice it has a lot of action, this is what ends up limiting the story of the show.
The action is solid and pretty enjoyable, and it damn right should be seeing how it takes up some much screen time. I wouldn't be wrong to judge that at least a third of the show is spent with weapons drawn. The girls each have their own special pandora weapon and after watching the opening battle you know that nobody is pulling their punches as the blood rains down.
Of course our female lead might be a little uptight and tsundere, but her background fully justifies her behavior, and allowed me to sympathize with her a lot. The same can not be said for our pathetic cliché male lead. He is completely stupid and head over heels for Satella, but unfortunately we can't have a bad lead right? So they made him the most powerful limiter* in existence - The pandora's male companion who can use 'freezing' to stop the enemy movement. This is another shounen aspect in case you weren't wondering, where the main character pulls tricks out of his butt without having any idea why he is special. The rest of the pandora's we meet are average characters without much depth, but they aren't horrendous either.
Freezing is an okay watch if your looking for something that is easy to follow. It doesn't have very good characters or story, but it maintains a high level of enjoyment despite these weaknesses. read more
Jan 29, 2011
Every once in a while, an anime comes along that you watch and wonder why you liked it so much. Well, for myself this is one such anime. The overall graphics and sound quality may not be as high as some of the new productions, but the story is very interesting.
I only wish the anime was longer than 13 episode because only the surface of the story can be portrayed in such a short format; only a brief back-story to why the world is in its current state is discussed.
With that being said, I really like the two main characters and the romantic feelings between then. I like the idea of the super fine girl who no one wants to get involved with, due to her perceived personality and background, has an immediate reaction when she first meets the new guy, who may not look like much but definitely has that kinda hidden inner strength and swagger that any main guy should have in an anime.
Although I've only watched 4 episodes, I truly like the idea of the story and the development between the two main characters; I only hope the show continues in a good direction and doesn't turn to crape.
The main negatives:
- graphics aren't the greatest, buy definitely aren't bad
- same with the sound
- some might say the intro is bad but who cares about the intro and ending credits anyway, I never watch 'em
- a little nudity never hurt anyone, but pointless excessive nudity can just get annoying, this show edges on too many pointless boob shots
Maybe this wasn't the best review but I'm sure the best thing I can tell you is that you'll either hate it or love it, hopefully it's the latter of the two. read more
Apr 20, 2011
Let's start with the nerdy side. The action was good. Very good in fact. There was a lot of gore and blood, as well as some ridiculous moves and action sequences I couldn't even possibly imagine. It was very well done, and the plot was definitely interesting and unique. However, I will say that there wasn't as much action as I predicted, and some of the battles were all hyped up and somewhat of a letdown. But still, nonetheless, enjoyable.
The analytical romantic part of me, hated many parts of this anime. If you don't like boobs, naked anime women, a few scenes that could be even considered soft core hentai, then you will not enjoy this anime. It seems every chance the anime gets, there are naked boobs, as though it's just to keep the attention of the 12 year old boys (no offense). But if you're like me, and can handle the ridiculous amount of unenessary nudity because the action mostly makes up for it, then you should still like it. Though, this anime is meant to create a second season, and once again, the huge hype of the ending battle was just a huge disappointment, and there's a good chance that all of these negative factors add up to an anime that you may not want to watch. And as for me always enjoying the romantic parts of animes, this one drove me insane. In the end, I wanted to punch all of the main characters for their ignorance.
To conclude, it was a solid anime. A lot of moments I absolutely loved, other moments not so much. I'm interested to see where the second season goes. This anime could be your friend, or your enemy, it just depends on personal preference. read more
Oct 28, 2013
Aug 28, 2012
I found this show via an advertisement on a youtube. I mistook it for another series I'd been looking for and watched the first episode and wow...I'll start by saying that this is easily one of the most shallow anime I've ever seen in my life (And that's saying something). Characters with little to no unique defining qualities combined with a story that just copy and pastes cliches and settings from other anime come together for the sole purpose of showing breasts.
It's a cross between Neon Genesis Evangelion and Sekirei (A less painful anime show that at least tries to hide its intention). Don't believe me? The story is that in the future, the human race is under attack by a mysterious race of aliens/robots (Evangelion) and the only defense we have is a race of genetically altered super-girls who (Here's the Sekirei part:) depend on a respective male to reach their full power, or neutralize them. The latter act is called 'Freezing', yes that's where the title comes from, and yes it's incredibly stupid to call it that. From what I can gather, the actual act of Freezing plays a relatively small part in the show, it'd be like if Star Trek was instead called 'Teleporting'.
I wont dare list the character's names, that'd be insulting to my intelligence. This portion only furthers my point that the show exists for fanservice, and to exploit sexuality at every turn. For instance, the show starts with with a generic boy character meeting up with his long lost sister, who is one of the 'super-girls' as mentioned above. After years of separation, he sees her and does what any flesh and blood relative would do, he puts his face between her enormous breasts and begins to motorboat her. I'm not even kidding. At all. That's just the beginning.
This show follows the Ikki Tousen logic (I wouldn't be surprised if these shows were somehow related, though I honestly don't know). By Ikki Tousen logic, I mean the moronic physics and laws like "tap to a girl's stomach=shirt exploding" and "Bigger breasts=better female character". And I'm not joking about the first law either. It's just like Ikki Tousen and Master of Martial Hearts, in that whenever there's a fight, if there's a girl involved her clothes come off immediately. And they're not cut off or burned off, that would make too much sense. Like the other two shows, the girl would get punched or hit with blunt force, and her clothes would just magically disintegrate. Looney Tunes has a stronger sense of physics than this!
Surprisingly enough, this show actually has a somewhat interesting visual style. It's as if one of the animators just felt bad and decided to put forward actual effort. The backgrounds and designs of the robots are actually pretty good, and though the fight scenes are terrible, the attacks are unique and look pretty darn cool. The only part the visuals really take a turn for the questionable, I'll get to that soon.
Everything else I forgot to mention: forgettable voice acting, forgettable music, forgettable everything else. And, the part of this show that absolutely fascinates me and perplexes my mind for hours on end, the detail of this show that will likely have anyone with sense scratching their heads: This is a show about tits. Yes, there's some alien invasion BS going on in the background but it's about breasts. Now, with that understood, why do the breasts in this show not have areolae? The boobs are huge and get a lot of screen-time, but there's no visible difference in color from the breasts to the nipples. It's like someone got a naked barbie-doll and put tiny little bumps on it. Now I probably seem like a serious pervert, but when you really look at the context of the show, you can't help but wonder why boobs are drawn this way. And normally I wouldn't care, but as I said, they're the only reason this show exists, and they're thrown in your face every couple of minutes. I think every female character has her bare breasts shown almost as much as her face, so with that said, why don't they actually look like breasts? Whatever, just another area Sekirei has over this show. And when Sekirei is better, you just know it sucks. read more