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  • 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

Freezing Episode #03

Freezing Episode #03 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     February 01, 2011
Release Date: January 31, 2011


Freezing
© FUNimation

Bridget begins to thaw when it comes to Kazuya, but the spanking she receives is what really sets him off.

What They Say:
Kazuya gets caught up in a catfight between Satellizer and a cold-hearted classmate who collects Limiters. When his Untouchable Queen is humiliated by her sultry attacker, Kazuya shockingly unleashes his true powers!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the big events out of the way that set the basic stage for the series, Freezing is getting a bit more about the characters as we see Kazuya getting a feel for the school more. Amusingly, he's really taken in by the cafeteria with its all you can eat buffet of absolute goodness, but it's only natural that the kids are all attracted to the high calorie Burger Queen place where you actually have to pay, whereas the buffet is free. It's a nice little setup that allows for Kazuya to try and get closer to Bridget when she blows him off a bit after an incident in the cafeteria and he continues to follow her. While everyone keeps telling him to keep his distance from her, he goes right out and asks her to be her Limiter, which is kind of inappropriate considering what it all really means in terms of a relationship between the Pandora and the Limiter.

Bridget certainly has a reputation at this point as the Untouchable Queen so there's always a lot of attention on her to dethrone her, so anyone who tries to attach themselves to her is quite suspect, especially since she's so distant. One of those is a very snake-like woman named Miyabi who tries to convince Kazuya not to do it and to be hers instead. There's a definite rivalry between these two women and it hits a nerve with Bridget to see what Miyabi is up to, causing her to actually take up against Miyabi. One of the selling points of the show, or at least the main selling point right now in my mind, is how it handles the action with its choreography and sense of style. It's been a darker show from the start so seeing these two go up against each other offers a good segment with some strong music to it, though it's a bit comical with what sets Miyabi over the edge. Vanity is one thing, but vanity when it comes to the seriousness of fighting paints a damaged psyche.

If there's a problem with Freezing at this point, it's two-fold. The first is that the dynamics of the powers, the Freezing and all, isn't exactly clear and feels a bit fluid and undefined. The second is that the relationship between Kazuya and Bridget still feels somewhat off at this point even with the way we've been told there's a connection between the two because of Kazuya's older sister. Kazuya's near-obsession with Bridget hasn't unfolded in a way that really draws you into it as it seems more forced than anything. What makes the show even more awkward is the very overt sexual component. There's a sequence where Miyabi has the upper hand on Bridget and is standing behind her while reaching around and fondling her breasts. Panty shots are one thing, overt as they may be, but going to this and then having a full on spanking sequence, with underwear pulled down, takes Freezing in a very strange direction even after what we've seen before. And the fuzzing of it is even stranger as they choose to go with just a big white fuzzy area. It's really hard to tell just what direction Freezing wants to go.

In Summary:
Freezing definitely has something in mind with how easily both Bridget and Kazuya bond as a Limiter and Pandora warrior, something that's plainly evidenced in the actions here. What's harder to pin down is just how far Freezing wants to go to make its points. It's been definitely violent in the first couple of episodes and does so again here, but it takes the sexual violence up a significant notch over those episodes which was really surprising. There's a lot to like about Freezing as it finds its footing, largely with the character designs and the fight scenes themselves, but it hasn't found its groove yet and the characters aren't accessible enough to really feel at ease with. There's potential abound here but it doesn't seem to have a really clear cut direction or connection with the characters just yet.

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.


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