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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 16 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 #04

Freezing Episode #04 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     February 09, 2011
Release Date: February 07, 2011


Freezing
© FUNimation

Bridget's refusal to get herself a Limiter is about to cause her quite a lot of pain and trouble.

What They Say:
When Satellizer is challenged to a duel by the powerful 'Protector of Order', she is given twenty-four hours to find a Limiter '" or she will be forced to face her latest foe alone.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Bridget's life has certainly had its ups and downs prior to the series starting from what we can tell, though she's excelled as the untouchable queen. Since the arrival of Aoi though, she's seen more problems than not but also a fair bit of potential as he's very keen on being her Limiter and the two certainly have a quite the connection. The problem for Bridget comes at this point is that she's getting a lot of challenges at a time when she's not at full potential and the seventh most powerful ranked student, Ingrid, is now making a formal challenge. And she won't be able to succeed against her without a Limiter of her own to work with. That gives her only a bit of time to get things figured out and it's easy to understand how she may feel somewhat pressured by it all while still thinking it may be the right choice.

Aoi's approach is certainly an earnest and honest one, but the way it happens is in a way that only makes it harder for her to agree to it. Coming into her room when she doesn't answer isn't smart and it doesn't help when they have a bit of a fumble when she gets out of the shower and there's naked bits everywhere. Obscured, of course. That only makes her more stubborn over things and reaffirms the way she wants to handle things on her own, to be the lone wolf that can handle things. While not having a Limiter is considered a weakness that makes it easier to be taken down, she believes she can buck that trend because of her skills and ability. It's an interesting level of confidence that's not treated as being overconfident or foolish. It's not the smartest way to go, but for the age and what's been going on with her, making that choice doesn't surprise.

The truth does come out when the battle finally gets underway with Bridget going against Ingrid but not being able to match her in the end. It's a really good fight overall with some neat tricks thrown in for good measure that Ingrid has and a slow but steady beat down for Bridget. The show continues to be very dark and murky with its action but it works to give it a raw feeling at times that's punctuated by the lighting style it does use. Bridget's attempts at trying to win, or hold her own, are pretty admirable and when you understand a bit of the nature about the bonding that would occur with a Limiter, her hesitation makes more sense. Thankfully, Aoi himself has a few tricks up his sleeve as we've seen and there's that unknown quantity coming into the match that, while making it predictable, still makes it exciting to see the way it will actually unfold even if you know the destination.

In Summary:
I'm still hard pressed to really figure out how I feel about this show after the first four episodes. It's taking its time in bringing together a couple of pieces for it but that's not a bad thing. The character designs are good, the choreography of the action is solid and the color design of it all gives it a much rougher feel overall with it being so dark and almost oppressive. But it feels like it's missed a real hook in order to draw you in tighter with it. While there's the larger threat out there of the Nova, it's been focused so tightly on seemingly foolish in-school antics and fights that the characters come across as not really getting the bigger picture and that reduces just how effective they can be since many of the fight simply seem petty because of it. There's a lot of drama mixed into this one as we see more of Ingrid's motivations, and it fits, but with the feeling permeating the show from the start, it only adds to the lack of a proper focus by the characters.

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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