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「Satellizer vs. Pandora」

Who says an anime can’t improve upon its manga counterpart? Just when I thought Freezing was going to ride out the remainder of this arc and conclude around Satellizer’s battle with Cathy, it throws in an added twist that further develops her connection to Kazuha, shows the entire Pandora cast banding together, and foreshadows what’s to come with cameos from the most powerful Pandora in the world, Yi Suna (Saitou Fuuko), and Kazuya’s grandfather, Aoi Gengo (Ono Atsushi). Sequel please.

Leading up to that anime original second half, I was a bit disappointed that Ganessa’s valiant sacrifice didn’t play out as emotionally as I imagined. I felt there was a lot more impact in the manga when Arthur was talking to her like everything’s going to be okay, only for her to seemingly pass away not too long after. Something was definitely lacking in the screenplay, which I couldn’t quite put my finger on while watching because it did have befitting background music to accompany the scene. In retrospect, I think it was simply because the segment was roughly thirty seconds to a minute too short, so it didn’t provide ample time for me to buy into the idea that Ganessa may be killed off and have that thought really sink in. I tend to get caught up in the emotions of a scene even more when I have some prior knowledge of what’s going to unfold, much like I did with the Kimi ni Todoke movie, so I came into this finale fully anticipating I’d get a little choked up, but never got the chance to.

Given that Ganessa would somehow survive having one side of her body blown off (which wasn’t the least bit censored I might add), it’s easy to see why her death wasn’t overemphasized though. Unlike the manga that used it as a chapter cliffhanger, it was only minutes later in the anime when she was revealed to be alive. The only thing I would fault the decision to do so was how it lessened the significance of Satellizer’s uncontrollable rage upon learning that someone like Ganessa considered her a comrade. However, I have to commend Noto Mamiko for bringing out Satellizer’s anger in Nova Form, as I found her pretty scary when she repeated smashed Cathy’s head against the wall and proceeded to cut both her arms off. It did reaffirm how much I love seeing Mamiko in these stronger female roles to help balance out the soft-spoken ones she’s typically cast for, and really helped make the scene where Kazuya stopped her from killing Cathy. Very well executed screenplay.

I was pretty happy about getting a glimpse of Chiffon’s gigantic claw afterward (Volt Weapon “Anti-Nova Trial Version” for those wondering), and got a chuckle out of how she refers to herself by the “Rare Monster” nickname she’s been given, before the anime original portion kicked in with the last Nova using the stigmata on Milena’s chest to locate and teleport directly to Maria’s chamber. What impressed me the most about the original material was how it added a climactic battle while adhering to the established behavior of the Nova. This includes how it used Cathy’s Nova stigmata that Satellizer was still holding onto to take over her body and use her to emit an extremely powerful Freezing field, followed by all the third-years busting out their Pandora Mode to cope with it. While Chiffon and the others were still overwhelmed by Satellizer, the fact they all used Pandora Mode addressed any potential plot holes that my have risen from not using their emergency ability. That, and it just looked cool when all their hair turned white, particularly Ticy’s.

As for the conclusion, I didn’t mind how Satellizer broke free of the Nova’s control with her own power, since it reiterated the subplot involving the inheritance of Kazuha’s stigmata, and emphasized progress in her relationship with Kazuya. All the loose ends were wrapped up nicely with the epilogue showing Cathy and Milena’s recovery as well as Ganessa’s. Last but not least, Kazuya deserves special mention for using his Freezing to inadvertently feel up all the girls. We all know how the body reacts to icy hands too. Just look at Rana. She was lovin’ it.



Final Impressions:

Back in the Winter 2011 Preview, I voiced my pleasant surprise on how Korean author Dall-Young Lim’s Freezing manga was much more than an excuse for fan-service, but had reservations on exactly how much studio A.C.G.T could cover with a mere twelve episodes. Looking back now, I must say the producers have proved that you can do a lot with twelve episodes, which includes focusing on certain subplots and truly developing them within that limited time frame. Understandably, some of the original material will be allotted less screen time to help compensate — most notably Ingrid’s backstory in episode four — but overall, this adaptation was farily faithful and even enhanced the story in subtle ways like we saw in the finale. Even “purists” who are resistant to change should be somewhat pleased, considering that it didn’t go for an anime original ending at all.

Production-wise, I actually enjoyed the throwback to what I perceive as a 1990′s animation style with basic shadows, smaller-eyed character designs, and just an overall “flatter” look (except when it comes to bust sizes). Of course, that doesn’t mean I wanted the 4:3 treatment for the complete experience on AT-X, even though it was much better than the heavily censored alternative on other stations. The much-to-be-desired contrast on AT-X didn’t help Freezing’s basic shadows either, given how much clearer it looks in its intended widescreen version, so it’s ultimately the presentation by broadcasters where most of my discontent lies. For a series that doesn’t look like it was budgeted much to begin with, it’s a bit of a shame that Freezing may have been sold short by something out of the producers’ control. To get the full experience, a rewatch of the Blu-rays is probably in order sometime down the road. This is definitely one of the rare cases where I feel better visuals could have greatly enhanced my personal enjoyment.

Twelve episodes later, I’m still sticking to my initial impression that Ichika Mitsuhiro was a miscast for the lead role of Kazuya, especially when I instinctively associate him with Takeyama in Angel Beats and his insistence on being called “Christ”. Much like I’ve said before, Irino Miyu would’ve been much better in the starring role. Outside of that, I can’t say I’ve been the least bit displeased with the all-star female cast though. In any case, Freezing will likely go down as a series that most people have difficulty seeing for what it truly is despite all the good things I’ve had to say about it, so there’s really little I care to expand upon recommendation-wise. If you like sci-fi shounen-type action with a cast of female characters who provide occasional fan-service, you can’t do much wrong checking Freezing out. It’s a lot gorier than one would expect, plus it has a dash of high school romance mixed in. You may have to refer to the manga for some more depth to the support characters, but this is an otherwise good anime that stands perfectly fine on its own. Just watch it with an open mind and spare me the childish “boob” comments.

April 7, 2011 at 4:28 am
  • April 7, 2011 at 4:42 amShimapan

    lol what? finally over

  • April 7, 2011 at 4:53 amrincewind

    Meh… the male lead looks annoying. And surely will hog all the girls for himself, ruining any possible yuri.

    • April 7, 2011 at 10:06 amDivine

      This is very untrue by the way and I find it weird how you’re making such a comment in the final episode as if it wasn’t clear by now.

      • April 7, 2011 at 12:33 pmRincewind

        ¿What´s its untrue, the annoying part or the harem part?
        And I wasnt following Freezing, I put it on hold until now. Fool of me, I never realize about this series having a male lead. I need to do more research before picking series, I know. Shame on me.

      • April 9, 2011 at 3:11 pmznail

        It’s a bit more odd to comment the last episode of a series without having seen a single one.

        About who the main character are so would I consider it to be a female one, although we got a male view point character. Thus the story revolves around the female, but it’s the male sidekick character that provides our point of view and thoughts on what happens. Other series with a similar set up would be ‘the melancoly of haruhi suzumiya’ or even ‘Fairy Tail’.

      • April 12, 2011 at 3:47 amrincewind

        Kyon, from Haruhi is the main character.
        And its like Tate in Mai-Hime? Because I hate that guy. Annoying little… or Ron Stoppable from Kim Possible? Another annoying haxxing rat.

    • April 8, 2011 at 8:59 amRana

      I’ll totally “baptise” Kazuya :P

  • April 7, 2011 at 4:53 amjrj

    nice ending! I thought Kazuya might use his freezing ability to free Satellizer earlier though… but still good actions. Kazuya’s freezing field on all the girls on the other hand… no comment on that :3
    I was wondering who the mysterious girl and the old guy was, and thanks for point them out.
    since there is still no “special time” being shown, and the cameos for the new characters, definitely need for a season 2!!!
    and again, thanks for the recommendation and covering of the show, Divine!

  • April 7, 2011 at 5:22 amOwaranai

    Well….I might just start watching this. One fanservice anime too many isn’t good, but if there IS some story, it might be worth watching after all.

    I’ll bet there will definitely be a sequel. Freezing manga’s doesn’t seem to be nearing an end anytime soon.

  • April 7, 2011 at 5:28 amMrTerrorist

    Uhh, Divine i just notice a mistake in your summary. It’s “Nova Form” not “Nova From”.

    • April 7, 2011 at 6:46 amKarmafan

      Yikes! Spelling Police in da house’

    • April 7, 2011 at 10:10 amDivine

      Fixed, thanks.

  • April 7, 2011 at 5:43 amalfredonm

    Look kinda lame ending… but well i enjoyed it

  • April 7, 2011 at 5:45 amShadiic

    Thank you Divine for blogging this series. If you never did, then I would have missed this anime. I found it very interesting in regards to the battles and I was quite happy how they interplayed both the personal backgrounds and combat.

    • April 7, 2011 at 5:59 amZaku_Fan

      Agreed with Shadiic. If the show was not blogged, i would have missed out on looking into the manga which is very good at deliberately inducing rage (in a good way).

      If they do manage a sequel, i would hazard a guess a lot of viewers would be very very pissed off at the next arc :)

    • April 7, 2011 at 6:07 am✙Croosboy✙

      I agree Shadiic. It all thx to Divine for blogging the series. If ain’t for him, I wouldn’t have notice that this anime would have exist. Though I haven’t read the manga yet.

  • April 7, 2011 at 6:05 am✙Croosboy✙

    woh woh woh. i didn’t it would air early D:

  • April 7, 2011 at 6:17 amEldaron

    Sadly this didn’t end up being an another Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls.

  • April 7, 2011 at 6:45 amKarmafan

    I loved this series and looked forward to it each week. Not for the fan service but for the story itself. It is a great story and has great characters but all most people will do is lump it in with Queen’s Blade, High School Of The Dead, and Seikon No Quazar for over the top fan service and thats just wrong. I only wish it was a 2 cor series and they didn’t have to trim out alot of stuff.

    btw… Noto Mamiko plays both Satellizer and Aoi (Kazuya’s sister). No wonder he really thought she was his sister (I’m joking).

  • April 7, 2011 at 8:00 amAndré

    Pretty good series. A lot of ecchi, but also a lot of high quality action scenes, a decent plot and interesting characters.

  • April 7, 2011 at 8:04 amRex

    It sucks that they more or less ended up throwing the manga out the window.

    • April 7, 2011 at 10:13 amDivine

      In what sense? I just said that it didn’t so what’s this claim based on?

      • April 7, 2011 at 11:43 amKarmafan

        He based it on smoking 5 bowls before he typed that comment. I think its pretty faithful to the manga except they trimmed out some stuff (like backstory for some folks). They really didn’t add much anime original stuff at all.

      • April 8, 2011 at 2:41 ampimple

        Also, they probably threw the original pandora mode out the window so they could keep boobs. ‘Cause boobs sell pretty well no matter what time of the era it is… usually.

        Manhwa pandora mode was a mecha-like form. Anime version is… well, they get shiny.
        Other than that it was pretty good at keeping the plot.

      • April 9, 2011 at 12:45 pmAnon

        Excessive boobs.
        Chunks of story were cut out.
        Added drama for the sake of drama.
        Stuff rearranged to fit their own ending.

        I seriously hope you were just trolling when you said the anime was better than the manga. The anime isn’t even close.

      • April 13, 2011 at 11:36 pmDivine

        None of that implies the manga material was ignored. Also, if you’ve ever read this site for any extended period of time, you would know I don’t troll.

        There doesn’t have to be “better” argument to begin with, because purists will just default to the manga in almost all cases since they were subject to it first.

        I feel this was a very good 12-episode that did the manga justice. It’s not really something up for debate because it’s an opinion, just like everything you said that I don’t agree with. Yes, seriously.

    • April 8, 2011 at 10:45 pmdarkloco

      I totally agree with you!! The way the direction of this changes so much from the manga was a total fail for me.The manga made more since and had more feeling in alot of scenes, instead of turning it into a drama soap opera, and flashing boobs show. Plus cut out alot of the violent scenes or dumbed down the action.

  • April 7, 2011 at 8:56 amtylon

    While I was watching the 1st eyecatch (1st half), I was thinking that the eyecatch for this week is a guy… –> There should be some missing info (e.g. 3-size)…

    2nd eyecatch appeared –> oh shit… What cup size is that? :p

  • April 7, 2011 at 9:46 amanishuma

    I keep up with the manga, but I didn’t watch the anime.Here’s hoping that UnbalancexUnbalance gets an anime >:3

  • April 7, 2011 at 9:49 amhashi

    I found this show a lot more entertaining than a lot of people seem to have. The darkness and confusion were positives, for me. And the intensity of Noto Mamiko in particular — and some of the other voices, too — really worked for me.

  • April 7, 2011 at 11:02 amFadeway

    I dropped this on the 3rd episode, does it get better later on? The first episodes were absurd, with the touching and that reverse harem chick, but from this blog post I’m wondering if I should give it a rewatch.

    • April 7, 2011 at 11:44 amKarmafan

      You should. Its a pretty decent anime.

  • April 7, 2011 at 11:40 amRasone0104

    Well in my opinion this series came as a big dissapointment.
    Comparing it to Claymore I have to say this series mainly focused on
    fan service and its action scenes were more or less bad as it was just
    using the fighting methods used in bleach and dbz……..

  • April 7, 2011 at 2:21 pmjingoi

    I still don’t like how quickly Kazuya got Satellizer considering her problem with being touched, all that effort to become her limiter should have only opened the door to being friends then later a couple.

  • April 7, 2011 at 6:04 pmCommander Shepard

    I’m Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite boobs series. (there was a plot?)

    • April 8, 2011 at 4:21 amMrTerrorist

      Shepard! Stop wasting time and go after the Reapers.

  • April 7, 2011 at 7:42 pmMoondoggie


  • April 7, 2011 at 11:36 pmnubc4kez

    Thanks for blogging this series, Divine. Guess I’ll go check out the manga some time..

  • April 8, 2011 at 2:26 amSabishiiMiruku

    Hey, did anyone notice the “it’s just the beginning” comment by Dr.Aoi at the end? Could that be hinting towards a second season? I know that the manga is pretty far off from where the anime ended at, so I think it actually might be possible for a 2nd series to take place.

    • April 8, 2011 at 6:17 amBossun

      I believe they were using that to leave open the possibility of a seconds season, not confirming one. It’s all based on sales, after all. How much money can we get from continuing this series?

      • April 8, 2011 at 6:56 amFairchild

        Pretty sure they’ll have decent DVD sales and I hope they publish an art book too…
        Definitely pre-ordering it once it’s available :)

  • April 8, 2011 at 3:28 amSpoilerMaker

    Out of the topic – Divine, do you use a script to resize and fit the images for the blog (and possibly to process an entire set of them), or just add them manually ?

  • April 8, 2011 at 6:48 amAoi Kazuha

    This series turned out much better than expected
    The anime-original material fits into the big picture very well and I find the 90′s animation style pretty refreshing
    Thanks for the recommendation, Divine!

  • April 8, 2011 at 6:50 amSmiling Demon

    Kazuya’s weakness point when being touched is his hair <= LOL
    I supposed all kinds of fetish exist in this world…

  • April 8, 2011 at 7:02 amNEXUS_KLAC

    all we need for if season 2

    1.more of this “stuff” of f-service, ripping body pieces, etc
    2.ayako kawasumi aka mamiko’s partner in crime to do some yuri stuff on each other

    etc etc

    but for wait for more mini ova & funi dub in next year time.

  • April 8, 2011 at 7:17 amNexusM78

    @Divine: So in view of her role here as Rana, and maybe as Charlotte Dunois as well, do you think kana hanazawa could voice stronger characters as compared to the usual moee~ ones? I felt she did well for her role as rana, but wasn’t particularly fantastic.

  • April 8, 2011 at 8:23 amewok40k

    If you can see past the b00bs, it is a very fine series, and I really liked Chiffon!
    Only she could be capable of politely suggesting a “talking this out” before asskicking!

    • April 8, 2011 at 8:55 amChiffon Cake

      I really don’t see why most people think the fan service brought the series down…
      It’s call “fan service” for a reason right? I’m proud to say I’m a very happy “fan” thanks to the boobs flashing and “compromising” positions that the Pandoras get themselves in

      Maybe it’s the generation gap? But I wholeheartedly appreciate the fan service in this franchise… I find it pretty tactful XD

      • April 9, 2011 at 1:14 amHalfDemonInuyasha

        It’s also probably because quite a few anime these past couple years have been pretty fan-service-y, so it seems to be the first thing a lot of people take notice to.

        As I mention in threads about such things, it’s not the fan-service itself that’s a bad thing at all, but rather how/when the fan-service is executed in the series that makes it “good” or “bad”, and that can depend on the type of series it is.

        Something like Freezing, Kampfer, or other things ranging down to more “random” series have a much broader area of timing and opportunity to be able to execute fan-service without it having much, if any, negative impact on the scene/series as a whole.

        But something like High School of the Dead, Clannad, and other series that come off as having a more dramatic, serious, etc feel to them tend to have a more restrictive area of timing and opportunity, and incorrectly executing fan-service scenes can much more seriously hurt a scene/series like High School of the Dead did. It felt like fan-service was just thrown in at so many “opportune” times where it really more ruined scenes that would’ve been good/dramatic/etc otherwise.

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:48 amLordHuggington

    I didn’t mind the action in the series, and the fan services was nice and all, but couldn’t get into the show as much as others seem to have. It never struck me as anything special, just a nice bit of brain dead entertainment.

  • April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pmRob

    I dont think there was even 1 episode without a pair of boobies there

  • April 8, 2011 at 3:11 pmKiri

    Fan-service aside, this actually turned out to be better than I was expecting. My only gripe is that Ganessa loses practically half her upper body, Cathy loses both arms, and they somehow grew them back or something at the end? Ah well….. Thanks to Divine for blogging this though, I never would’ve watched this on my own! Hope they continue it….

    • April 8, 2011 at 3:12 pmKiri

      Oh yeah, and I was looking forward to Chiffon and Ticy fight! Booooo :(

    • April 9, 2011 at 1:04 amHalfDemonInuyasha

      They do mention right near the beginning, with Yumi Kim, that they do have technology and resources for healing capable of replacing limbs and other damage (as Yumi herself had lost an arm during the last Nova Invasion if you recall, but was healed).

      However, what wasn’t addressed (probably due to the ending) was that, in much more severe cases, like Ganessa’s injuries and most likely several others before, to regenerate all the tissue damage and repair all the organs and whatnot also involves inducing faster cell separation/regeneration to perform the healing which ends up shortening the natural lifespan of that person as a result.

  • April 8, 2011 at 4:21 pmPeepQ

    It sucks that they didn’t show the fight with that enemy Pandora against Chiffon and Ticy. Also Ticy needed more screen time.

  • April 9, 2011 at 1:04 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    Dem awesome b00bs!

    …………j/k, couldn’t resist. XD

    Anyway, definitely glad that, overall, the series stuck to the general story of the manga and that the anime-exclusive material didn’t drastically deviate it in any way by still getting the idea across, like the Pandora Queen festival instead of the amusement park date with Kazuya and Satellizer. While, yes, that did give an excuse to show off much greater fan-service with the Pandora Queen contest itself, the setting pretty much screamed for it, so it wasn’t exactly a “random” showing of it like High School of the Dead constantly did.

    So, as I mentioned in previous respective episodes, the only things I really miss are Ingrid’s and Cassie’s more emotionally-impacting background stories and Elizabeth sort of getting dumbed down from her more center role in protecting the students outside like she did in the manga.

    Otherwise, everything else is satisfying in how it came out and I’ll be hoping/waiting for a 2nd season after the manga pulls ahead a bit more.

  • April 9, 2011 at 6:45 pmhjerry

    OK so I haven’t read the manga at all but here is what I gathered from watching the last part of this episode.

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  • April 10, 2011 at 8:01 amFalmung

    “Just look at Rana. She was lovin’ it.” Oh lol! I laughed so hard when I read this and saw the pictures. Its so funny. Nice going Kazuya.

    I was very pleased with the ending and helped me get over my rage over Yumekui Merry which could had been a bit better had they just sticked to the manga. This is how you do anime original endings right.

    Ranting about latest manga chapter below
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    • April 10, 2011 at 3:42 pmChiffon

      On the manga chapter,

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