Freezing Episode #08 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Release Date: Tuesday, March 08, 2011

With all the serious material in the series so far, we're owed a little light material, right?

What They Say:
Kazuya must decide between escorting Rana or Satellizer to the big dance, and the untouchable queen gets a taste of the spotlight when she enters a Pandora beauty pageant!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sometimes you can read an episode summary and sort of just cringe from it. Such is the case with this weeks episode as it's plain from the start that we're going to take this far too serious show with its mean girls on crack down a different path. After having Satellizer beaten up repeatedly and Kazuya threatened and pushed into unwanted directions, they're all just going to get together for a big dance and everyone will get along fine. Right? Right. Having groused in past episodes about the lack of teachers who stop this kind of bullying from happening when there's supposedly larger issues at stake, you have to wonder what their real intentions are with these kids. And will the dance be the place where all is revealed? You can't really put it past them, can you?

Being that these are all mean girls in this series, it's no shock that several of them are going to plan to do something to totally embarrass and get even with Satellizer during the dance. There's your basic conniving going on which feels rather tame compared to the heave beatdowns they've been issuing as of late, but since it's trying to be a little light it's rather expected. The fun comes in watching how the other characters are dealing with the dance as Rana and Satellizer are in competition to see who Kazuya will take to the dance since they're both vying for his affections in different ways. Kazuya is surprisingly honest and up front with them about the reality of it though which is really very welcome and seeing how Rana reacts to it, and Satellizer's reaction to that, is perfect pitch and priceless. It's all prelude to the dance and all that it entails, but it sets things up rather nicely.

The dance itself isn't all that huge of a thing here as it's really the beauty pageant that gets underway that takes on the most significance. While we do get some background plot about dimensional shifts and the invading Nova aliens, that's all just fluff getting in the way of the show hauling out a number of the attractive young ladies and finding the skimpiest outfits available to put them in. And then to put copious amounts of smudging, fog and bright lights over since there's a chance you might see something naughty. It's so rampant that they might as well have just blurred out the majority of the pageant itself. There's a bit of will she or won't she with Satellizer participating in the pageant, but you know how it will go and what it will lead to. There's no real surprises here with this and if anything it's a disappointment because so much is blurred out.

In Summary:
With this episode of Freezing, you really have to walk away from it wondering why they even bothered to broadcast it and didn't just turn it into a DVD exclusive release. It's so heavily blurred for large chunks of it, pointless areas of it as well going by what we can see, that it really makes no sense. Whatever the reasons are for the blurring, likely owing to the recent ordinance passed in Tokyo, it made an episode like this pointless. While the show definitely needed something a bit lighter and sillier after all the heavy and dark episodes so far, what we get here is difficult to enjoy because of how they did it. It's pure fluff so you're not really missing much, but this is an easy episode to skip over unless you like watching fog, blurring and big sections of white light over the screen.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

 

 



Mania Grade: C
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 17 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Freezing