Now I found this anime while I was looking under anime recommendations on a anime website called myanimelist.net and I have to say that Freezing is one really underrated anime, it honestly surprised me a great deal, sometimes in a good way like how good it was along with the manga (which I spent a entire day reading) and not so good ways but I will get to that later and just so you know this anime is not for kids by any means as it is extremely violent, gory, has nudity here and there and also some things that some people might be uncomfortable with so now onto the review
So Freezing is a anime adaption of the 27 volume Japanese manga of the same name written by Dall-Young Lim and illustrated by Kwang-Hyun Kim, it has two seasons with 12 episodes each and the plot involves the invasion of Earth by an extraterrestrial/dimensional force called the Nova and a special force of genetically engineered young women called Pandoras who are created to combat them along with their limiters who are young men.
Yeah it is a weird plot but at least it is somewhat original but anyway the story revolves around a guy named Kazuya Aoi who enrolls for training at a special school that trains genetically modified girls called Pandoras who battle the aliens and their male partners, called Limiters who use a special power called “freezing” to limit their opponent’s mobility.
Now Kazuya is your typical male lead but he is quite innocent although it doesn’t look like it in the above image he is a normal guy but there is more to him than meets the eye and even more than he realizes but moving on the main female protagonist Satellizer and why she is feared by the rest of the students.
Satellizer is my favorite character in the anime/manga and I have a incredible amount of respect towards her even though she is fictional and if you watch the show or read the manga you will see why because it is incredibly sad and tragic, so in the beginning of Freezing she is seen as violent and cold in the eyes of other students when she is in fact quite a caring person, so you are probably wondering why the other students are scared of her and why is she known as the “Untouchable Queen”.
Well ladies and gentlemen Satellizer has extreme aphephobia (a fear of being touched) and she goes berserk when anyone touches her, often injuring or killing them outright while she is in that frame of mind except for Kazuya who doesn’t trigger her phobia for some unknown reason.
“Even though I can’t stand it when people touch me… You seem to be the only one… That’s ok…” –
Satellizer L. Bridget to Kazuya Aoi
The other characters are pretty unique and very diverse I must add since there are characters from every race and nationality you can think of and they are all special in their own ways with my favorite side character being Elizabeth Mably who is another Pandora and who is also British like Satellizer but diverse characters aside, Freezing has quite a number of things going for it and I shall start with the fights.
Freezing has extremely brutal fight scenes, the first few minutes of the first episode alone shows how violent this show actually is however I could not find a clip of the opening fight scene due to it not being on YouTube but I did find one fight from episode 12 which is down below but I warn you, this fight is one of the show’s most important parts and it shows what happens when Satellizer loses control of her powers.
If you watched the above clip, you should know that most of the fights in Freezing and it’s second season are this brutal and sometimes even going beyond this level of savagery and yes that other girl got both her arms cut off, this show is alot darker and violent than it lets on and this is only a two minute clip so this is one show that will have you going “oh my god” during every fight and it is definitely Freezing’s strongest selling point.
Moving on from the brutal fights, Freezing has a romance element involving Kazuya and Satellizer and it is actually quite nice because both Kazuya and Satellizer are both innocent and they complete each other in their respective ways and you get to see the softer and kinder side of Satellizer’s personality and for me that dynamic matters to me more than the gore and the fan service and believe me this show has alot of it, clothes tearing, shower scenes, groping, underwear shots and so on but while it didn’t bother me, it might bother other people.
The “harem” idea is because of Rana who is a Pandora from Tibet, she arrives at West Genetics in search of her “soul-mate,” whom she eventually finds in Kazuya Aoi since he is compatible with her Stigmata however this creates a love rivalry with Satellizer and they frequently fight each other for his affections and I mean it literally and just so you know Satellizer just straight up bitch slaps her in one episode just so you know.
I personally wouldn’t want to be stuck in the middle of a heated argument between two women that can level entire buildings and fight inter dimensional alien super beings because well they could easily kill me if things got out of hand but moving on from love life dilemmas I think I should cover more important things like the art, voice acting and etc.
Freezing’s art is exactly the same from the manga, although Kazuya seems to look older and sightly more badass but all the other characters look exactly like their manga counterpart in every way with almost no changes at all, then again who in their right mind would alter already great designs.
Freezing and it’s second season Vibrations both have subbed and dubbed versions in English and it is done pretty well, Satellizer’s Japanese voice actress Mamiko Noto also voices Sheele from Akame Ga Kill so if you have watched that show you might recognize her voice and her English voice actress Caitlin Glass (who has voiced numerous characters like Winry from the dubbed version of Full Metal Alchemist) does a good job at bringing the character to life (the above clip to show the voice acting is different now because I had to change it due to the account that had he clip being deactivated so you are stuck with OVA 2 of Freezing’s first season instead of Satelllizer’s verbal bitchslapping of Rana)
The soundtrack for Freezing is really well done with dramatic and also memorable tracks especially the music when a fight occurs and when Satellizer triumphs after a brutal fight, the opening and themes are also good so the music in general is another highlight of the series in my book.
So does Freezing have shortcomings, well it does in a few areas with one being the first season introduces the characters and then has Satellizer and the various other Pandora’s kick the everlasting crap out each other while the second season Vibrations covers two important manga arcs (Siblings and E Pandora) and they could of easily been turned into one 24 episode season with the other two major arcs from the manga (the Valkyrie and Busters arcs) for the second season but I guess that was impossible due to only a quarter of the manga material available at the time of the adaption.
Another area Freezing falls short is the small lack of comedy and lighthearted moments, there are quite a few moments in the manga that would of been really nice to see in the anime, for example after the Satellizer vs Rana fight Kazuya is in his room thinking about what Satellizer said and then sees a commercial for a food themed amusement park and decides to take her there since she is still tense from the day before.
Once there Satellizer sees a golden wiener dog statue, falls in love with how adorable it is and then they find out that it is the grand prize for a couple’s eating contest and they decide to take part after seeing Ganessa (another Pandora) and Arthur (Ganessa’s limiter) also taking part and it becomes a battle between the two couples….this would of been a really good and important part to include as a filler episode because it shows development between the two main characters but it simply isn’t there when it really should of been.
First of all thank you shower room steam for making this image somewhat safe but anyway the only “special” somewhat worth watching is “OVA” number two from the first season and it involves all the girls Satellizer kicked the crap out of asking her if she has done a “baptism” with Kazuya.
Satellizer says she is clueless on what to do, the girls get a bit grabby and well they put their hands where their hands should not go then Elizabeth (in the image above) barges in stopping them and asks the other girls how their “baptism” went….then you see how theirs went and I actually feel bad for Creo in this case because she is a cool Pandora and if you could not already tell this show has a quite a bit of nudity but moving on from the pervy “specials” I think it is time for my final thoughts about the show.
Freezing is a good anime and a good manga, it’s dark when it needs to be, brutal when it wants to be and it definitely doesn’t mess around, if you can stomach savage fights between scientifically enhanced female warriors that results in blood, dismemberment and extreme cruelty while also not mind seeing well endowed women occasionally naked then give this a shot but if are not a fan of those things than I suggest skipping this one because there are things in Freezing that WILL make some people very uncomfortable.
For those of you who will probably check this anime out, I strongly advise watching episode 6 of Freezing’s second season with caution because it is extremely upsetting and quite graphic and it might trigger some people who have endured such things, it made my blood run cold and annoyed me to such a extent that I prayed for the power to enter the show and was allowed to turn a fictional character into nothing more than a red stain on the ground but moving on.
Freezing is good but it isn’t for everyone and that is all I can really say about it so with that I guess I should end this review, so please like, share and comment down below if you enjoyed this review and I will see you next time