Second season of Freezing. Ever since the 10th NOVA clash, the Chevalier had concluded that the NOVA have been appearing at a steadier rate and they are losing more Pandoras than they can produce. Their solution is the E-Pandora Project which involves normal humans being given the power to become Pandoras. Inviting Pandora from around the world to their Alaskan base witness the unveiling of their new project, Satellizer, Kazuya and Rana are among those who have been summoned. However, as time goes the E-Pandora Project starts to become fishier and the Pandoras start to grow more and more concerned...
First off, I will start by saying that I have not read any of the manga nor do I plan to.
Freezing Vibrations, simply put, was very bad. More so, Freezing Vibrations was even worse compared to it's first season which was quite a good show. My main focus in this review will mostly be directed to anyone who has watched the first season.(which I don't know why you wouldn't watch that before watching this...) Let's begin.
The story never really was this shows strong spot. That said, the first season at least did a fair job at keeping it from being weak. This season,... they
really dropped the ball. While the exact idea of the plot wasn't bad, it's execution was something of a nightmare. While I would like to go through each episode and beat them down like the wild animals they are, it is taboo to do so in a basic review. I will, however, address the **** storm that was the final episode and warn you about the 6th.
(Possible spoilers) Firstly, the 6th episode led to a moment that could be misinterpreted ENTIRELY. They did a GREAT job at completely misguiding you on a very important event that almost had me quit the show right then and there. When you get there, you will see, and will hopefully remember little ole me warning you now. To add to this episode, it resolved itself in the most insane way. Just everybody acting like nothing really happened. I just couldn't believe it!
Now for the final episode. So, while the build up to this point was already pretty bad, the phrase, "They dropped the ball" simply no longer does it justice. Rather, they took the ball and threw it at you with full intentions of it hitting you in the face and I will say... it will probably hurt. Vaguely put, the last episode could be described as: A character, who was never really hinted to being important, turns out to be pretty damn important and basically becomes Iron Giant Jesus, everything goes black and white, and then a picture of a nebula gets flashed at you. Yeah,.. you'll see... To top it off, they try to leave you with a cliff hanger by introducing yet another character who looks like three other people in the show. I just couldn't care enough at this point and just wanted it to end. The episode was ironically named "Shaft of Light" because we all got handed the shaft.
Art & Sound: 8
If you saw the first season, the Art was the same. For me, there is nothing to complain about and nothing really special about it either. So, all in all, no worries there. The sound on the other hand was quite swell. I spent most of the last episode listening to it with my face in my hands trying to cope with the pain. It might have actually been the only thing keeping me sane at the time...
Despite of all the stories flaws, the characters might have actually been the most disappointing part of this. While I thought that the first season spent a lot of time making Kazuya the "main" character, the second season spends most of its time making sure you don't think that. In terms of character development, he has ZERO. I warn you all now, if you wanted him to have any significant part of this story where he did ANYTHING useful, walk away. Now that I think about it, he gets less screen time than most characters in the show. Completely disappointing.
While the show does it's best to make him NOT the main character, it can't, FOR THE LIFE OF IT, decide who is. Call me old fashioned, but I like a focused story from a mostly singular perspective and strong development from a MAIN character. The story can't decide who the hell is important and just kills anybody it decides isn't. On top of that, EVERYBODY is crying ALL the time and nobody acts realistically. NOBODY. The weak characters strongly effected the stories progression and ultimately killed entire experience for me. uuuhhh...
Do I really have to say it? It sucked. Every corner of every episode was just one disappointment after the other. I powered through in hopes that something would get good but to no avail. While this rating is strongly influenced off the success of its progenitor, which means it is probably receiving a heavier bashing than it deserves, the show was still just... bad. And I very rarely give below a seven.
I will say, the action scenes were pretty decent at times. I guess I got some enjoyment out of that maybe.
I don't think I need to go any further. If you liked the first, I can't imagine you will like this one more. Though, you may not hate it like I did....
...My face still hurts...
There’s something that is painfully cold about Freezing Vibration. It’s not the temperature I’m referring to but the fact the show is stone cold in terms of storytelling, characters, and presentation. I tried to remain optimistic about what this sequel could bring because the establishment of season 1. Despite being clichéd and molded with unbalanced characters, the first season at least had some standards on its premise. The way it was orchestrated did not live up to its promise but if you thought Freezing was bad, season 2 is at another level of catastrophe. It’s like an avalanche heading for disaster and eventually buries itself
in this disaster of a continuation.
Freezing Vibration is the direct continuation of season 1 of Freezing, a manga based on the same name written by Dall-Young Lim. If you haven’t seen Freezing yet, then better get to that now if you’re curious about this series. The fact is that you’ll be a bit lost at what’s happening. Therefore, it is highly advisable to watch season 1 of Freezing before venturing on this continuation.
Season 2 takes off wasting little time with its plot. From the beginning, we meet our three main protagonists Kazuya, Satellizer, and Rana whom seem to be part of an expedition in a very frosty location. It’s soon we find that they were sent there to undertake and be part of an experiment for the “benefit of humanity”. I put this in quotation marks as this will be explained later. But as the plot begins to unfold itself, we find out there’s more than meets the eye especially for what’s going behind the scenes.
The anime is adapted from the manga as part of the “E-Pandora” arc that introduces many new characters into the show. New characters such as Amelia Evans and Gina Papleton are introduced as supporting characters and part of a project known as “E-Pandora Project”. Other prominent characters such as Chiffon, Elizabeth, and a returning Cassie Lockhart make their way in the show. What do they have in common? Nothing except their rankings in terms of fighting abilities that made the famous throughout the world. Altogether, they are in line to support the latest evolution in experimentation to combat the deadly Novas. That’s at least what they think anyways…
At the core of the experimentation is a research with extensive knowledge of the Stigmata. We learn throughout the show that the experimentations aren’t as they appear to be especially involving a powerful drug. It’s hard to categorize what kind of drug this is but the effects are malevolent. To make matter worse, there’s a line where E-Pandoras cross before they get themselves hurt. By hurt, I mean real hurt. For this sequel to work with a storyline this, there’s need to be a realization on the history of experimentation (or at least similar cases). Unfortunately, the series explores only its effects on the surface through actual combat. The fighting itself doesn’t hold any promise as most of the fights are one sided. Even when there’s a little glimmer of hope, it goes back to being stale again with predicable circumstances.
The plot of Freezing Vibration also apparently explores a bit of our main characters in particular Satellizer. We already know that she is nicknamed the “untouchable queen” for a reason in season 1. However, that element is really touched upon (almost in a literal sense…) in this sequel. To say the least, it’s disturbing, ominous, and distasteful to watch considering the relations involved. To make matters worse, it makes little effort in resolving the issue. Sure, there’s the emotions and symbolism that were involved. However, there’s little sense in who to exactly blame. Was it really the perpetrator, Satellizer’s own insecurities of herself, or just nature of humanity itself? It’s also unknown what sort of message it's trying to sent; especially with its odd coordination at the middle of the story. The premise is completely separate from the E-Pandoras or war against Novas itself. It seems like the series is trying to develop characters but rubs it in the wrong way. It’s literally forcing itself at the body of its plot to show the grim reality of Satellizer’s past. It’s excruciating to watch and makes us feel uncomfortable with its delivery.
At some respects, Freezing Vibration does give many of the characters screen time. Almost everyone gets a little action in whether you’re a Pandora, E-Pandora, or Limiter. Just be aware that the series is a one cour show so don’t expect any characterization on anyone. In fact, we only get a little glimpse at the true visage of a few characters such as Elizabeth and Amelia. Our antagonist of this show named Scarlett Ohara is also stereotypical with the lab coat, cynical personality, and ambition of a researcher just without the mad scientist glasses. With no sense of a personality she is about as stone cold as the freezing winds of Alaska. At various points, I question if the main problem of the antagonist is humanity itself because the E-Pandoras suffers by the products of humans’ inventions. Without them, the E-Pandoras wouldn’t even be there or have to live through a fear of being a human lab animal.
In terms of aesthetic values, Freezing Vibration does keep up with its science fiction theme well. Characters are designed to look and feel like they are part of the program. Because the show brings out the female dominance of the characters, most of them are designed to look compelling and can handle themselves. In particular, the top 5 Pandoras of the world distinguishes themselves by different nicknames that matches their personalities/abilities. On the other hand, there’s a subtext of cruelty related to the E-Pandoras as we get to see where some of them came from; not literally with background histories but rather what they are fighting for or why they’re there.
Similar to the first season as well, there’s fan service. It feels odd to see many pool scenes in a cold climate where the experimentations take place. Of course, with a pool filled with hot water can only mean one thing: clothes coming off. In more ways than one, a few of the characters goes on a more daring way to advertise themselves such as Elizabeth or Roxanne. Rana also follows this trend in order to “take advantage of Kazuya”. Oh and speaking of the relationship Rana and Kazuya, there seems to be no progression there as well except for the occasional tease that achieves little results. Similarly, Satellizer still remains unbaptized despite overcoming a crucial obstacle in her life. It’s factors like these that really degenerates the main plot together as viewers may be left with how to feel. In the end, I felt unsatisfied. The way some conflicts are resolved are also questionable with predictable results left with clichéd holes. It’s a cold stone reality and the E-Pandoras doesn’t like it either.
Artistic wise, most of the designs are generic although fits with the overall science fiction theme well. There’s not much change in any of the main characters’ designs although a few of the new Pandoras introduced give them a distinguishing appearance. These include the scarlet hair of Roxanne, the short stature of Charles, or the glamorous figure of a nude Elizabeth Mably. On the contrary, we don’t get to see a lot of Novas in this season as the show focuses on the E-Pandoras so it’s hard to tell if they underwent significant changes. The setting of this season goes well with its style though in the cold climates of Alaska. The freezing snow depicts the cruelty of the experimentation and the reality of E-Pandoras like the frozen winds.
Soundtrack isn’t entirely impressive but is tolerable enough. Music director Masaru Yokoyama returns for his role and does a standard job. The OST is only tolerable at best during the action scenes and less so during emotional subplots. The choreography of the action scenes rises above the standards though especially for moves such as the rapid Tempest maneuver or Accel Turns. The OP song ‘Avenge World’ balances itself with a sense of science. On the other hand, the ED song ‘Sekai wa Kizu wo Dakishimeru’ is saturated with fan service that makes the sinister style of this season look like a joke.
Freezing Vibration is one of those shows that I only recommend for completion’s sakes or if you want to see what happens after season one. It’s really hard to not feel disappointed after seeing the weak characterization and its mess of a plot. The plot itself also doesn't end well with a rushed conclusion and hinting a possible continuation. There are many inconsistencies related to the E-Pandora arc such as to who to blame or its main purpose. Sure, it might be to save humanity but who is to save the E-Pandoras themselves? Thankfully, the show introduces a diverse amount of characters that fans might get accustomed to along with some intense action and feuds. But ultimately, Freezing Vibration doesn’t live up to its name. If Freezing is a prototype, then Vibration would be the defection. Clearly, evolution is NOT the solution.
As someone who enjoyed the first season of Freezing, I found Vibration to be very disappointing for several reasons, but first I will cover the good points of this series.
Story - (Synopsis from Freezing)
The story hasn't changed, Set in a slightly futuristic world where Earth has been invaded and is at war with aliens from another dimension called the Nova, the story follows the adventures of a Japanese boy named Kazuya Aoi who enrolls for training at a special school for genetically modified girls called Pandoras who battle the aliens, and their male partners, called Limiters, who use a special power called "freezing" to limit
their opponent's mobility. The protagonist makes the acquaintance of an unusual older girl named Satellizer el Bridget who appears to be the most powerful Pandora in her class, but has not yet chosen a male partner to be her Limiter, and in spite of the warnings of all his friends, he decides to be her Limiter.
This isn't your typical School/Romance/Harem in my opinion, it is quite different which actually holds a plot - defeating the aliens combining forces of one female, also known as a Pandora and one male who is called the Limiter; although one boy has a different type of power being the younger sibling of the greatest Pandora to exist, where he can use his 'full' freezing power for anyone he fights with and all the Pandoras fight over him. I rated the story an 8, based upon the two seasons.
Now for the art, exactly the same as the first Freezing, it is remarkable. The detail put in, each snowflake falling and all the detail put in to the characters, background and the whole surface of it, it's clearly had a lot of time and effort put in and in my own opinion, this is the best part about this season. I rated the Art a 9.
I didn't find the sound that interesting, it's got the type of opening/ending sound tracks you just listen to once, don't find it catchy and skip it and move on. I rate the sound tracks a 5.
Well, here we go. In my opinion; the character development is the biggest flop of Freezing Vibration; the first season had 3 main characters, Kazuya Aoi, Satellizer el Bridget and Linchen Rana, who had a great back-story and you find out a lot about them all within the first couple of episodes. But, then you come to Freezing Vibration, they have doubled the amount of mains from 3 to 6 and make it confusing; their isn't a big story behind these characters because you are not told much about them, they haven't presented them in the right way and just rushed them into action. Characters - 5.
Although their are bad things about Vibration, it isn't all bad. It is enjoyable to an extent and does keep you moderately interested, although at points I have felt bored and 'couldn't be bothered' watching. In my opinion, the newer mains annoy me and don't interest me, I would of rather watched the first season again but with more development to the story and what/when Kazuya and Bridget finally become the #1 team.
Overall taking all my ratings into account, I rated this a 7.
The story and art are the best things, like in any anime these are a key necessity for a good show, although the Characters are the biggest let down for me and I'm not too bothered about the sound.
"Freezing Vibration" attempts to pick up where its predecessor left off, at least in some ways.
As It begins, you are quickly jumped into a relatively new plot, and you quickly find out that the show has little to none relevance to "Freezing"
The Important characters that remain from Freezing are: Satella, Rana, Elizabeth Mably, Chiffron, and and Kazuya.
But don't misunderstand, The Only people to be considered "Main Characters" should be Elizabeth, Satella, and a new character name "Amelia Evans"
Along with this, there is absolutely no character development improvement from "Freezing"
Story:1, there is more then one way at looking at this, you could consider the story a
completely new theme, based on a completely different plot, yet keeping the same system from Freezing, for fighting style, etc.
or: It is a side story, with little to no development towards the official plot at all, that is trying to throw new characters at us as an attempt to increase the small fan base "Freezing" Originally had.
Art:4 In general, Freezing Vibration had a great art style, and though the pointless scenes where their clothes are ripped from Freezing was slightly aggravating. Freezing attempted to fix this by censoring every 1 of those times with light rays. which in the end was even more aggravating.
Sound:8 This was the one spot in the story that wasn't terrible, Freezing Vibration has Great epic battle music, and a great Opening song, which may have been the same thing.
Character:3 As my expectations for watching this show were, to see some progression on perhaps the Satella-Rana mini harem, or maybe just some character development in general. 95% of the small character development the show ended up having, was based on completely new characters, completely irrelevant to the first season.
Enjoyment:1 Initially, with shows like Freezing, even with everything else failing, you can sit back, and enjoy the show's Ecchiness through comedy. but in reality, picture this show as a Censored Hardcore Ecchi/harem with absolutely no comedy or Romance, at all! That attempts to WOW you with its irrelevant plot, and boring new characters.
Overall:2 Now, even though I view this show as dreadful, through the power of a good extra song at the end of the show, i decided to bump up the inevitable 1 i was prepared to give it, to a 2.
Note: I watched it while it aired so it was censored, that obviously won't apply to you.