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[TL DR at the bottom for you people who don't want to read my magnificent review in all it's glory] Before I go any further with this review I guess I should state that there is fanservice here, but you already knew that. That being said, it is not all about exposed cleavage and awkward situations for our MC. I'll shed some light in regards to the basis of the story here (feel free to skip ahead if you know it already). Unfortunately for Rintaro (MC) he was diagnosed with a rare condition that turns fatal if he gets aroused (i.e. girls are the bane of his existence). Fast forward to the first day of high school and he's applied to an all-boys school, which of course is not the case as it was an all-girls school that just recently turned co-ed. There he sees a showdown between two 'dragons' and shenanigans ensue.
Story - 6
I should say that I'm being conservative here because it's still way too early to get a clear idea as to where this manga is going (imo). A bit of background on the school has been revealed, which is nice and gives the impression of hidden potential within the plot line (one can only hope right?). I have a feeling that the story is approaching it's first major arc (the minor arc was good) at this point and that should let us extrapolate going forward.
Art - 9
It's really an 8.5, but I'm rather partial to the art in DR. I found it to be very clean, simple when there's not much going on and very detailed when the situation calls for it. All the crazy moves Rintaro pulls off are executed nicely and often displayed in full/half panels. My only gripe is that there can be too many panels with white space. It's not as if Watanabe can't improve further down the road.
So far Rintaro really carries the story along well. One of the positives of this manga is the strong protagonist. Most readers will naturally gravitate towards him because of his stoic personality and funny moments. He's also different as he avoids girls where most MCs in a harem will do the opposite. Other than him, only two (maybe 3?) other characters have gotten significant development. Without revealing too much, the story seems to be focusing on character development at the moment (yay!) so I may have scored this low depending on how well the first major arc goes.
Enjoyment - 8
There's never really a dull moment and it's not stupidly predictable as you might expect in other harems. It's not even your typical harem to be honest. Well, other than Rurina (she's such a cutie though!...ok I went on a tangent here) no one has a deep attraction to Rintaro just yet. Don't worry though, there will definitely be romance as there are signs of such already. Just depends on how our MC reacts. Good action scenes when you come across them; every chapter will make you laugh at some point and it's a relatively easy story to follow. I genuinely had a great time reading it and I'm sad there's only a handful of chapters out, but I'm sure it'll be well worth the wait.
Overall - 7
I really wanted to give an 8 here, but this manga needs to prove to me it's got more than what meets the eye. TL DR: Unclear about the overall story, there is potential here though. Art is clean and simple. The MC is very likeable, good development already for some supporting characters. A good manga to kick back and relax to. read more
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Story - 7
It's not original, but it's not something that's been done enough to assume how it will unfold. My main gripe with the story is how much Pandora - Pandora conflict there is (although I understand that some of this conflict is necessary, I find some of it isn't). It seems that this type of conflict has a larger emphasis than the Nova - Pandora/human conflict that should be the greater concern. I find it silly that so much of the story line had to do with Pandoras fighting Pandoras. Other than that, I did say the plot is thickening so hopefully Dal Young surprises readers with some plot twists.
Art - 9
Kwang Hyun Kim actually does the art for the Freezing manga and it is quite good. Many characters get introduced rather quickly in the beginning to deepen the plot, but the detailed artwork helps you keep track of who's who. Also, the fights are quite 'busy' with lots of detail that could make it hard to follow, but the drawing and detail really clear up most of the confusing parts. Facial expressions are easy to read and when Pandoras/Limiters approach their limits it is definitive by looking at the detail on their bodies.
Character - 9
As I previously stated, many characters are introduced throughout the manga. Accompanying this is the amount of development made to all these supporting characters and it really keeps things interesting with the amount of politics and Pandora relationships being made. Strong development is made with both male and female leads as well early in the manga so that their relationship doesn't feel rushed/forced overall.
Enjoyment - 8
I have to say that watching the way the characters interact is interesting and fun, but the plot is steady for the most part with little deviancy. The stage is set for some interesting plot twists so I hope that comes through. The fight scenes are quite nice, but at times I feel that there is too much dialogue (mostly about personal beliefs, ideals, etc). Still, I found myself enjoying the different aspects of Freezing because it's not one dimensional, there's many sides to the characters and there's still questions to be answered.
Overall - 8
If you enjoy sci-fi/action mangas then Freezing should be something to consider. I can say that there's a pinch of Mecha, a good serving of Romance, and a generous dash of psychological drama. I believe there's quite a bit of potential in Freezing and since it is Dal Young's best work, I'm looking forward to the conclusion whenever that may be. If you're even somewhat interested, I suggest you check it out! Let me know how you like Freezing :) read more
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Look, I know people will disagree with me, but I'm being honest when I say the anime isn't bad in fact its pretty decent except for a couple of areas.
Story - 7
Many people will score this low because of how it ended and the crazy roller-coaster of whatthefuckness that came along with it. However, I tried to analyze it based on the plot as a whole. The basis of the plot is very intriguing. You have the protagonist (I guess) who just happens to stumble upon the fact that he can tell what the future holds by reading his 'Future Diary'. What he finds out shortly after is that there are 11 others that have the same type of ability (more or less, it varies) and they must eliminate the others or be killed. That plot sounds really good and it is. I definitely enjoyed the first half or at least the first 15 episodes because of how well the story was developing. However, near the end of this storyline everything gets thrown together in a huge clusterfuck of "I just figured out the answer right now, I totally didn't pull it out of my ass lol" and "I'm going to do things I've never done before nor know about just to confuse you". It really throws everything off including the flow of the story...not in a good way.
Art - 7
Nothing too amazing, yet it wasn't bad. The action scenes were nice, most of the gore was censored so I don't know much about that. The thriller moments were executed nicely, you can see the facial expressions with ease.
Sound - 9
It's got a nice soundtrack including two really good opening pieces. One is by Faylan (named Dead End), which is really quite nice. It ties in with the art as well, just a great opening piece. It has great themes to fit each scene and they set the mood up each time. The voice actors or the Seiyuu are decent, the exception being the main character (lol), but I'll get around to that soon. Yuno's (Tomosa Murata) is great, I mean she's the best thing from this anime since she is the whole package. I'll explain more.
Character - 8
So your main character is Yukiteru Amano. Pretty much a pussy, that's all there is to say about him without going too far. He has his moments, but he's supposedly 14 so what do you expect? Alright next, the feature presentation, Yuno. She's the driving force of the plot and Yuki's life (or whatever). She's also fucking crazy. Honestly, when I started watching this I didn't understand WHY she was so attached to Yuki (She's a yandere by the way, not the exact opposite of a tsundere. More like a fucking crazy person attached to the protagonist) but now I understand. Essentially, to put it simply without creating too many loose ends she finds Yuki as the only person in her life and therefore is obsessed with him. She depends on him and uses him as a crutch, basically he supports her as a person and she can love him which keeps her crazy side at bay (but boy is she crazy). Other than that, you have your secondary characters, which have good development through mini arcs. My favourite (like many others) would be Minene. She's a cute badass, hehe.
Enjoyment - 7
Pretty good, but the end left a sour taste in my mouth. The ending was anticlimactic and although you may anticipate a wrap to all the events that doesn't happen. Other than the end, it was quite good. Lots of twists and turns throughout the storyline and it didn't get repetitive either like other plots similar to this one. All in all, a very good first half, but the conclusion weighed heavy on my overall enjoyment.
Overall - 7
I'm going to have to weigh the Story a little heavily than the rest and that's why it gets a 7 for me, but it really is a 7.5. I see people rating it 5 or 4 or whatever, personally I don't think it deserves a score such as that, but who am I to judge anyway. I can understand it because the ending is definitely frustrating, but it had the potential to be very good. If the main character was less of a bitch and more of a dude then it would have made it more enjoyable for sure. Nonetheless, I'm giving credit where credit is due, if you're into psychological/mental thrillers and don't mind some action avec gore then this might be your cup of tea. Just a warning: Whatever you think Yuno is, she's much worse, I've had several moments where I didn't think she would do that and then she did. That bitch cray. read more
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The story is definitely the highlight of this series and in my opinion it just gets better and better. The first couple of chapters introduce you to the scenario and then details of the organization are revealed as well as new characters. You can never really anticipate the events in the next chapter, its really a captivating story. I'm not saying its far fetched even though it is shounen, but the logic behind the plot itself is amazing.
Nohiro Yagi is an amazing artist as well as a writer. He portrays the Youma as one would imagine them to be, but he does not spare the details. Each one is different and the creativity speaks for itself. The Claymores themselves are female warriors and they fit a certain description, so they all have similarities. The amount of artwork put into each chapter makes it really easy to follow the events so its not only captivating but also helpful.
This is the only section where Claymore does not get a 10/10 from me. The characters themselves are introduced, but not much about them is known, save a few like Clare and those close to her. For the most part, character development is lacking to some degree and I would like to see more personality from some of the Claymores. Some would argue that they are partially human, but they do have a human conscious and share the same emotions. Even though this is something that could be improved upon, its just a small kink in the overall aspect of the manga.
As you read the manga, you will find that the character development shadows the story and art so that they are closely related. Everything in this series is perfectly intertwined and its definitely one of a kind. I might be biased because Claymore is the best manga I've ever read, but I assure you that it will not disappoint. It never gets repetitive and each chapter leaves you waiting for the next. Even though the chapters are monthly, its so worth the wait because there's nothing like it out there. I would recommend this for anyone who likes to follow a deep plot accompanied by some intense action..oh yeah and female warriors (did I mention that?) :) read more
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