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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 #12

Freezing Episode #12 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     April 12, 2011
Release Date: April 11, 2011


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The battle against the Nova reaches a critical level as Satellizer pushes herself further than ever before.

What They Say:
In the heat of battle, Satellizer pushes her powers to unnatural levels, putting her at risk of being possessed by the Nova. To survive, she'll need help from Kazuya, her fellow Pandoras, and one of their fallen comrades!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the Nova attack going strong and so many of the Pandora warriors having fallen, it's a pretty nasty battle that has unfolded as comrade has gone against possessed comrade, though there have been ways of freeing them from the Nova control. The psychological wound will likely last a long time though, if they survive, and especially for their Limiters as they've mostly been forced to watch on helplessly and to try and get them to safety whenever the opportunity arises. It's definitely an emotional moment for some of them, such as the opening here where Ganessa's Limiter is carrying her, but it feels like too much in the midst of such a bleak scene and the battle itself since they're not defending themselves and are open to attack.

Because of how events have unfolded, this episode is largely made up of lots of anger being funneled and channeled into getting ready for the big attack to deal with the Nova before they cause any more grief. There's one somewhat nice moment before the halfway mark where Satellizer, having seen so many other Pandora warriors having fallen, laments that she never made friends with anyone at the school. It's a difficult scene to swallow simply because all we've seen are the other women there heaping abuse upon abuse of her, even more so since Kazuya's arrival and becoming her Limiter, in name only at first no less. For her to suddenly develop feelings for those that have beaten her down so hard, verbally and physically, just doesn't make sense no matter the context here.

As the fight against the Nova does progress, and the surviving Pandora warriors align themselves up against them, Satellizer takes the center stage as she pushes herself as hard as she can. It's a great visual sequence of events, even with the really bad lighting they use through the whole thing, as she essentially goes into an overload mode in order to defeat them but knows she has to be killed in order to not wipe everyone out entirely as she doesn't want to cause that. Everything builds up nicely enough towards the grand goal as the Nova reach the holy remains and all that can really defeat them is a poor, emotional girl stuck in her head as her body exudes immense amounts of power. Freezing is, sadly, a by the numbers kind of show for the most part that was largely infused with some very mean spirited characters that were unappealing. Trying to make them something more now, and forcing themselves into censorship by making them generally naked which is covered by large white ovals, just kills the potential for any real emotion here.

In Summary:
Freezing has been a very awkward series to watch overall for several reasons. So much of this season was focused on the bitter fighting between the girls of the academy outside of any actual training because they were just being mean and cruel to each other. None of the girls were all that interesting and the lead of Satellizer has so many conflicts in her personality that it's like she was built by committee. While I rather liked the animation overall, and the choreography itself, the show spent so much time with really bad color designs, murky shadows and the heavy covering up of nudity that it was incredibly frustrating to watch. The introduction of the invading aliens towards the end of this season actually revealed some good stuff, but it was all brought down by the first nine or so episodes which felt like it had just bullied the characters and the expected we'd care. Sadly, it was very hard to care. The show has some things going for it, but as a whole it left a lot to be desired.

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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COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Hectotane 4/12/2011 4:14:07 PM

I could be the wrong person to say this.  But how about "looking AT the show (and experiencing it)" instead of "looking at the surface (and for its flaws)."

I'm the type who'd write off any show that treats the shounen like garbage (compared to the females) (Haruhi and Clannad) and are meatless "pink bishoujo ghettos" (K-on).  And even then; I give high points to shows where 100% of the cast kicks butt (Ironman, Wolverine, and currently X-men) and/or the fanservice is served as a bonus instead of a pathway to hell (Juuden-chan and Freezing).

So yeah.  To call Freezing some "badly coloured," "by-the-numbers," "made-by-committee" animu is like calling Gundam Seed Destiny (a "badly written," "by-the-numbers," "made-by-committee" animu) THE GREATEST ANIME OF ALL TIME.  It wouldn't make sense.  (The people behind Super Robot Wars could correct it and it STILL wouldn't make sense.)

But you know.  lol opinions, FUNi licensed it.  Panty shots and capable shounen 4TW.  And I'm saddened with how the industry with THE BEST... animation can be so pessimistic and hateful of succeeding.

 

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