12 of 12 episodes seen
This is my tribute to you.
Freezing is one of those anime series that I hope to NEWER cross again as I am searching for new content. One of those I would definitely not re-watch.
Let's start with the plot. To me it seems like the story is patched up by taking some popular concepts and merging them into one.Zero originality, quite sad! Anyone with decent reasoning skill would make the connection between Freezing ,NGE and the Frost Nova skill in RPG games. However this is just the tip of the iceberg. More irritating is the genre switch. We start with a sci-fi psycho massacre theme to end up with a school slice-of life genre. For god sake when you make an Untouchable Queen let her stay this way until the end or make something unexpected like Claymore's Teresa. But no... Every episode follows the same algorithm. New rival appears, battle scene and boobs,boobs,boobs. And yes...How do you cut someone and only rip their clothes without leaving any scars? Guess there is some secret technique.
As for characters we have only one.The blonde with big tits Satellizer L Bridget. I feel this is the only artwork that has some effort put into it. Other characters just blend into the show. There is nothing much to talk about them. Oh I forgot! We had a male lead also. It's because I rarely saw him appear in the series. Kazuya Aoi the biggest slimeball I have ever seen. A no-name, no special skills no purpose at all. He had only one line : "Satellizer-sempai" saying it with a look, that he needed to go to the bathroom really bad. I even feel disgusted to talk about him... Other thing that I did not understand was why was there only a single flashback about Satellizer-san that had nothing to do with her character development or the series at all. It just put up more question that needed to be answered.
Only thing I have no complains about is the opening theme. FUNimation did a splendid job.It leaves feeling about sci-fi josei, showing how beautiful our main lead is.Showing that they could create a masterpiece.That is why I said a beauty in vain. Openings and Endings are not something that you just watch pictures in. They're also a tool to adjust your senses. It may be something like mental tuning .What's important when you tune is the feeling of the art that you are seeing and the momentary stimulation your brain receives when you watch.
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25 of 25 episodes seen
When Accel World and Sword Art Online were still airing I was wondering which one of them to watch.Both was not an option! I was feeling a bit reserved about the concept of an RPG based anime .Didn’t thing it would satisfy me in terms of plot, character development et cetera... If you have played WOW or something similar you will probably understand me. So searching for something not too mainstream I gave a shot to Accel World. Twenty-five episodes later... just as predicted nothing much happened, except that I began to hate the main character with passion that doesn't just destroy cities, but also burn all the inhabitants and open a fissure that swallows up the whole area.Because of that I ignored ignored SAO for a long long time, since i didn't want to repeat the same mistake.Time passes,scars heal .At some point I could not take the hype anymore and started it...
Finished it about in a night! Unlike Accel world it stood up to all my expectations for a fun, action/drama intense, slice of life anime. Ended delightfully! Yes Sword Art Online ends with it's first arc.Fourteen episodes total.After that comes a total bullshit or as i recall it ALfheim Online. Fairies? Seriosly... It’s my first time watching anime with such splendid first arc and devastating second... So in my opinion Sword Art Online doesn’t deserve the amount of crap it gets, but ALfheim does. Oh boy it does soo much. Still I'm not here to bash on it, I'm not just that kind of guy.
Let me give you a friendly advice. When you start SAO watch until fourtenn episode and then skip right to twenty-five.You wont lose any significant material.
Now let’s get down to business:
Sword Art Online tells the story Kirigaya, Kazuto, known in the server as Kirito. He is one of the few people who had the privilege to play in the beta testing period of SAO. Your typical lead...Strong, courageous, compassionate. Just how a players should be/act.One of his lines really inspires:
”Until I’m alive I won’t let any party member die!”
In my opinion we got lucky with protagonist like Asuna Yuuki. Your perfect gamer girl. Independent with a lot of willpower, extremely pretty and bit tsundere. Your prime target for fanservice. Unlike typical shoujo heroine she does not need to be saved and doesn’t have serious mental issues.(like some pink haired chicks) What more to ask for?
The story begins in a very natural, unsophisticated manner. Players waiting for the release of a new VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Mass Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). Unfortunate for them the creator feels that the game should be more realistic so he decides to make it a death game. Few timeskips are all it takes and our characters quickly get over it and even accept it to an extent.
Story is told in a series of short arcs that don’t have relation to each other. This does tie in to the idea of role playing game - wandering around, doing battlegrounds and quests helping for well paced storyline. Backgrounds are done very artistically, so that the connection between real world and online experience is gone. Sword Art Online it’s a Hack and Slash type of RPG, meaning there is no magic power.I don't think you would miss it at all. The effects that SAO produces are enjoyable and astonishing in their own way.
As for character development, only disappointed me the fact that the series focus too much Kirito. Asuna is pushed back in his shadow ,always playing the support role, giving her little time for growth. Aside from the leads there is not much progress in anything else. I think it's fine in it's own way. Worth mentioning that Kirigaya’s Seiyuu did a remarkable job implementing the feelings and emotions of Kirito into the show..Bravo!
Sound is probably what captivates viewer at most. Both Crossing Field and Yume Sekai hit right on spot. Although I liked more the English Covers by Amanda Lee .It’s hard to make something with such a beautiful ring to it. You can tell that they are made with a lot of love.Very creative, adding some "game theme" lines to the lyrics.
Constructive criticism appreciated.
26 of 26 episodes seen
The story begins at the gates of Seika High where “the three idiots” (it’s easier to remember them this way, since none of them will get any character development) have their first and last moment of toughness, before becoming enslaved by the beautiful Misaki-chan. Followed with a brief character introductions of Takumi-kun – self proclamed stalker, vice-prez Yukimura - often mistaken for a girl and Suzuna – prez’s cute little sister.Of course there is your standard psychopath maid, cross-dresser and a hypnotist with phobia from girls.
The series opens with a lovely j-pop."My Secret" by Saaya Mizuno is really appropriate match-up for Misaki-chan.Showing her inner resolve mixed with a bit of fanservice. As if the song is made especially for her. On the other hand the ending theme is set to a montage that focuses on Usui, his past and his feelings for Prez. Based on the flashback you can assume that he was a lonely kid, with rich parents, who never had the time for him, or something like that... Again the lyrics match-up too well with his personality.Here I am not talking about the laid back and childish Usui, but for the serious,understanding and caring one. Through the entire ending there is not a single smile on his face. (Guess why...)
As for the background music I have only one word - ADORABLE. Such well paced, varied and atmospheric accompaniment. Leaving you with a calm and refreshing feeling.
Overall art is eye-candy, suitable and draws you into the story bringing out the emotions of Misaki and Usui. I did enjoy the character designs and the frequent use of deformed and chibi characters to complement the series comedy.
Realism in anime is always a good thing.Helps emphasizing on strong points and character development. Creating depth in a show is the hardest thing to achieve... I understand this. And yes it may not be needed in a Rom-Com, but it would definitely take the show to a whole new level .Making Kaichou wa Maid-sama enjoyable not only for the gags but adding a bit of drama to spice things up, revealing secrets and giving us fans the chance to learn more about our favorite character, his/her thoughts and mindset.
Usiu on the other hand was always there right in the nick of time. He does not let Misaki do anything without his guidance. I can't count the amount of times that he has been just waiting for her, saving her, or eavesdropping on her. In my opinion some scenes could be way more interesting and thrilling if he was not there to stop the progress...
*Tsundere - female who is cold and harsh at beginning and after a while develops feelings towards the subject.