With extra-dimensional beings
What did you watch and why? I first took notice of Freezing shortly after discovering Highschool of the Dead but was unable to get hold of a copy so I moved on. Now that I am working through my A to Z Anime Challenge and have it readily available, I had no excuse. It’s also worth noting at this point that Freezing is not a prequel to Disney’s Frozen. I don’t recommend that anyone make that mistake.
What’s it about? The world is under attack by extra-dimensional beings known as the Nova. They appear without warning and cause massive damage and loss of life. Humanity’s only hope is the Pandoras, girls augmented with special genetic tissue called Stigmata that enables them to fight with superhuman power and speed. They are accompanied by Limiters, boys with the ability to freeze their opponents and nullify the Nova’s freezing attack.
The story follows Kazuya Aoi, a Limiter as he transfers to a new school in Japan. On his first day, he bumps into second-year student Satellizer el Bridget who is in the middle of a training battle. He mistakes her for his late sister, one of the great Pandoras who sacrificed herself in battle and interrupts the fight, causing Satellizer to lose.
Known as the Untouchable Queen, Satellizer is upset with Kazuya but can’t shake an unusual feeling. He follows her around the school attempting to make up for his mistake, but that only seems to make things worse and draw them both into more trouble. For now, they can forget about the Nova as the older students seek to put them in their place.
What hooked you? I came into this series expecting tough women fighting giant monsters from another dimension, which is something I was absolutely ready for. There were a few glimpses of that with Kazuya’s sister, but then it became another high school drama with clothing shredding battles. There was enough to keep me interested, however, I was not expecting it to get quite as dark as it did.
What was your favourite scene? After putting up with some of the most baffling high school crap imaginable things really started to get going when the Nova attack one of the Pandora academies. For the first time ever, four Nova attacked at once, defeating all of the Pandora present before vanishing without a trace.
Seconds later, the Nova reappeared at Kazuya’s school, unleashing all of the Pandora they had defeated at the last school in the form of enslaved zombie Pandora. Yessss! This is why I picked this series. If in doubt add zombies, it’s a sure fire way to make anything better. Satellizer and Kazuya found themselves in the middle of a full on attack and it was excellent.
What was your least favourite scene? I’ve already alluded as to where this will go, but I found the hazing and continued lack of order to be infuriating. It started when third-year Pandora Miyabi decided she would make Kazuya one of her Limiters, she already had three. When he refused, Satellizer stepped in to protect him. Miyabi took offence to this and had her Limiters freeze Satellizer and take pictures of her in very compromising positions. I’m not sure who would find this ‘sexy’.
After Kazuya cancelled their freezing zone and Satellizer fought back, they ended up facing wave after wave of third-year Pandoras seeking to punish them for stepping out of line. This was infuriating and did a lot to damage the series in my mind. I can’t stand this sort of nonsensical hierarchical crap, especially when all they did was defend themselves against a power-tripping senior student.
Who was your favourite character? Satellizer was without a doubt my favourite character. She had more depth and intrigued than most lead characters in an ecchi style anime. Her back story was well developed and heartbreaking, which was not something I was expecting, making all the shit she had to put up with that much worse. Even as strong as she was, it was hard not to want to protect her which made Kazuya that much more relatable (which was probably his only real quality).
Who was your least favourite character? Rather than point the finger at any one character, I’m going to attack the organisation that seemed to allow the hazing and internal-discipline to continue. Yes, I know, they’re developing warriors, but how can you expect them to work together at the end if they spend all the fighting against each other. Seemed pretty counterproductive to me.
Which character needs more screen time? Early on we meet Kaho Hiiragi, class representative for Kazuya’s class. She seemed to be a fairly important part but then vanished to an occasional speaking role. I think we could have seem more of her. It seemed to be an odd decision to not use her in a Rana Linchen style role as the rival to Satellizer.
Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen? It reminds me of Hundred, although it is far darker and deals with some pretty horrific things. I enjoyed both so I guess it depends what you’re in the mood for. If you enjoy giant monsters attacking powered up high school students with clothing shredding action then you can watch either, it just depends on how dark you want to get.
Would you like another season? Luckily for me, there is another season and I have already watched it along with six OVAs. I’ll have the review ready for season 2 – Freezing Vibration out soon. I will just say that I think this was one of those shows that the fan-service and story didn’t really mesh. Fan-service is supposed to be sexy, but I think with the darker elements of the story it felt a little out of place.
What elements of the story inspire you? One of the main things I’m going to take away from Freezing, which is something that I often waste a lot of time with is names. It has become apparent to me that I can call my characters whatever I want, I mean – Satellizer! As long as the characters are well developed, it really doesn’t matter.
Other reviews in the series
- A to Z Anime Challenge
- Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
- Blood-C / Blood-C: The Last Dark
- Cat Planet Cuties
- Dragonar Academy
- El Cazador de la Bruja
- Freezing / Freezing Vibration
- Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
- Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
- Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon
- Jormungand / Jormungand: Perfect Order
- Knight’s & Magic
Animercise: There were twelve episodes in season one and six OVAs. Each OVA was about five minutes long, but I treated them as a normal episode and ended up doing a lot of sets fairly close together.
Episode Count: 18 (170)
Push-ups – 180 (1,170)
Sit-ups – 180 (1,170)
Squats – 180 (1,140)