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Freezing

January 8, 2011

Caught the first episode of “フリージング, the anime adaptation of the Korean manhwa by Kim Kwang Hyun and Dal-Young Lim, one of the series I was most looking forward to this anime winter season.

Unfortunately, the start of “Freezing” failed to impress. The animation by ACGT is mediocre for most of the first half where the night-time battle scenes lacked fluid animation, the latter half of the episode was better though.

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The anime seems rather dark and filled with lots of gore, extreme violence and bloodshed like the original manhwa. Although the animation and detail isn’t at the same level, the violence and bloodshed easily equaled that of recent zombie horror series “Highschool of the Dead”.

What makes the gore far more unsettling here compared to “Highschool of the Dead” though is that instead of depicting violence primarily against zombies, “Freezing” sees young high school girls engaging each other in bloody, lethal battles.

Although their opponents are supposed to be the invading alien Nova race, most “Freezing” chapters are rife with the girls striking each other down in a display of extreme violence which most seem to relish in.
Quite disliked this part of manhwa with its gore aspect of the girls slashing, dismembering, torturing each other over matters that should pale against the duty they have as the only ones capable of defending mankind.

The opening sequence features only Bridgette, which suggests the anime may focus more on her and bring her character forth as its main selling point. Although the manhwa features Kazuya as male lead in the harem plot, the anime might just shift more focus on Bridgette and the alien action instead.

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Soft spoken Noto Mamiko who voiced Kotomi in “Clannad”, Nodoka in “Mahou Sensei Negima!” or Shimako in “Maria-sama ga Miteru” here voices Bridgette Sattelizer which promises to be quite interesting.
Having done Natsuru in “Kämpfer” and Kana in “Minami-ke”, Inoue Marina now voices student council president Chiffon.

Other voice actresses include Kitamura Eri who did Yachiyo in “Working!!”, Allean in “Queen’s Blade” and Kureha in “So-Ra-No-Wo-To” as well as Koshimizu Ami known for having voiced Kallen from “Code Geass” and Holo from “Spice & Wolf”

Will watch the next few episode and then decide if I’ll follow the series or not, though if it continues to focus on violence and gore that overshadow all else, probably will drop it.

With “Rio – Rainbow Gate!” also having disappointed, marks two new series that will likely not follow. Luckily the first episodes of “IS: Infinite Stratos” and Yumekui Merry” were great, expect previews soon.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2011 1:15 am

    Hmm, they’re focusing on Bridgette? I sort of liked the “freezing” aspect of Kazuya in the manhwa. Maybe they’ll switch back and forth having a semi-omniscient type of style. It is unique that we get to see the story unfold from the perspective of the cold tsundere character instead of the more generic shounen approach.

    I’m hoping for a good season as I really enjoy the manhwa. I can live with a mediocre first episode as long as they can somehow make it up in the second.

  2. solwyvern permalink
    January 9, 2011 5:23 am

    Well, it seems this is another series I won’t be watching,…
    I have yet to check out IS: Infinite Stratos and Yumekui Merry, but I can already tell it’s a bad start for the new season. Not many shows caught my interest and I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t pick up any this season.

  3. January 9, 2011 10:05 am

    @jacqivarius
    Well judging from the opening animation sequence they will definitely forward Bridgette as the series selling point. Who knows, Kazuya’s character and story may indeed take a step back compared to the manhwa.
    Am curious what the next episodes will be like.
    @solwyvern
    Actually I quite liked “IS: Infinite Stratos” and “Yumekui Merry”, they started quite nicely.

  4. Devastator001 permalink
    January 9, 2011 1:12 pm

    Although the manhwa did intially start on Kazuya I rather like the more focus on Bridgette. Kazuya had pratically zero development storywise and only served as a catalyst for Bridgette to start to grow out of her shell :p (also he’s too much of a wuss:P)

  5. January 10, 2011 8:27 pm

    @Devastator001
    A common complaint about Kazuya and one I adhere too. For a character that has such a tremendous power and ability, he is rather meek and should already have started to evolve more. If he stays in Bridgette’s shadow forever, he cannot really be a proper supportive partner to her.

  6. January 12, 2011 4:19 am

    Hmm. I assumed the fighting the girls was so they could go all out without holding back (especially since they can apparently heal just about anything). What I mostly didn’t like was the amount of ecchi in this ep–it’s way more than the manhwa…

  7. January 12, 2011 1:45 pm

    I’m not feeling the guy’s role. A weak guy with power partners up with a strong female in an ecchi violent war zone is not something that’s slightly saturated. I’m not really in the mood for that kind of anime either.

  8. January 12, 2011 7:45 pm

    @Justin
    Their healing abilities are increased but they’re not immortal. The manhwa’s first volumes spend many chapters to show the girls butchering each other over matters that are quite petty in light of their duties and the threat of the Nova.
    @Yi
    Indeed, Kazuya is to weak for a character that supposedly has such a mysterious power and is to support her. Nothing wrong with making him a kind and caring person, but kind and caring doesn’t equal to weak and pushover.

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