17
Jan
11

Freezing – Episode 1

Opening: “Color” by Aika Kobayashi

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Ending: “Kimi wo Mamoritai” by MARiA

Summary:

A battle royale is taking place in West Genetics at an academic facility built for the purpose of producing Pandoras and Limiters (basically genetically modified girls and boys respectively, with special abilities to fight against humanity’s enemy: Novas). Currently the school’s 2nd years are undergoing an exam in the form of a battle royale carnival. The current Rank 1 of the carnival is Satellizer L. Bridgette, who is also nicknamed “The Untouchable Queen”.

Meanwhile in a classroom, a student is explaining the finer points of Pandoras; such as that Pandoras are create by having stigmas implanted into the bodies of girls. Because of this Pandoras are able to materialize weapons called Volt Textures, also the stigmas grant Pandoras high physical abilities, such as advanced healing. Pandoras’ abilities are based on the individual’s DNA. The student’s ask their instructor about her days as an active Pandora during the 8th Nova Clash. The instructor talks about it and tells the class that it as the 8th full-blown invasion by the Novas, and she refers to herself and her partner Elise as participants in the battle, but credits the protection of Japan to Aoi Kazuha who died in that battle defeating the Novas.

Aoi Kazuha’s brother Aoi Kazuya is at his sister’s grave and remembers the day she left to fight in the 8th Nova Clash. He begged her to stay because it was dangerous, but his sister told him she wouldn’t die. She told him that behind her Kazuya and a lot of important people and things, and that Pandoras are the only ones that can fight Novas so she won’t lose. That was the last time Kazuya saw his sister, and with that Kazuya leaves in a helicopter with the student council president of West Genetics, Chiffon Fairchild and leaves for West Genetics. During the helicopter ride, Chiffon explains the Eirenbar set to Kazuya; basically it is a term for a team consisting of a Limiter (a male) and a Pandora (a female) in order to synchronize their senses together, and the synchronization is highest with a Pandora and a younger boy.

Upon arrival, Kazuya walks into the middle of a battle between Satellizer L. Bridgette and Rank 2 of the academy, Ganessa Roland. Kazuya mistakes Satellizer for his sister and hugs her crying. He unconsciously uses his freezing ability and prevents her from moving. Ganessa uses this chance and attacks Satellizer.

Ending: “Kimi wo Mamoritai” by MARiA

Opinions:

I’ve been familiar with this series for a while, and I’ve been trying to keep up with the manga. I initially started reading it because I recognized the art style being from Kim Kwang Hyun, who I knew from reading Unbalance X Unbalance. I love the art, and it transfers pretty well into anime. I’ll start with the opening and ending songs first. I like the opening “Color”, it’s a catchy song and the imagery is a lot of Satella, “Satellizer L. Bridget” in every mood she’ll show in the series. The ending is techno-ish and has images of all the girls that’ll show up this season. So far the series is all right, it won’t blow any minds, but it’s not a terrible series either. I am surprised that while there’s fan service in this series, it’s not really worth seeing. Maybe it’s the animation quality, but I feel nothing when they flash anything at me. So far the only thing keeping me interested in this series is my previous interest in the manga. I really hope it gets better. On a separate note, one of the things that peaked my interest in the anime version of this series was how I thought Satellizer L. Bridget looked kinda like Tomoyo from CLANNAD, and I was wondering if Houko Kuwashima was going to voice Satella. I think Marina Inoue could’ve also voice her, but she’s voicing Chiffon Fairchild. I think Mamiko Noto does a great job voicing her though as she has done “anti-social” and quiet character types before. I’m pulling for this series to get better, and I’m hoping my disappointment is due to the fact they need to take the first few episodes to convey the setting of the story.

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