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Freezing- The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

“Freezing” is strictly for fans of shameless fanservice.

Set in the future, “Freezing” takes place in a period when destructive aliens (the Nova) have invaded Earth. Genetically engineered females (Pandoras) and their male counterparts (Limiters) have been created and battle trained in order to fight these evil forces. The story of this 12 episode anime series revolves around a bad-ass loner named Satellizer and her Limiter Kazuya who both train at the West Genetics Academy. While at the academy, the students are constantly fighting one another in order to see who is the best. Throughout the 12 episodes, expect to see Satellizer fighting with fellow students (like Ganessa, Rana, Ingrid and Attia), Nova attacking the East and West Genetics Academies, Nova forms (infected Pandoras under Nova control), Chevaliers (elite Pandoras) as well as subplots involving characters like Cathy and Miyabi. Also included here are 6 unbearable OVAs which involve colds, extreme fanservice, Pandoras teaching Satellizer how to invite Kazuya into her room, a swimming competition, a Volt Texture/suit malfunction, and a training session gone awry.

If you’re looking for an original new anime series that is free of fanservice, “Freezing” is not the show for you as this is your run-of-the-mill animated TV series about scantily clad young women fighting each other (and aliens). Rather than focusing on an actual story, “Freezing” is more concerned with over-the-top fights, pointless and random nudity, absurd science, lengthy exposition rants, and an utterly moronic school structure. You’d think a show about an alien invasion would involve lots of fights WITH aliens, but alas the hero of this series (Satellizer) spends more time fighting with fellow Academy students. These fights may be establishing characters and setting, but it’s a waste of time and it makes no logical sense.

On the plus side, the animation is hands down the best part of the entire series. Everything from the action sequences and the settings to the lighting and the vehicles look exquisite. It’s clear a lot of work went into making this show visually appealing. It’s just a shame that work didn’t go into a better show.

Video/Audio:

The series, which is presented in widescreen1080p, looks visually striking as I mentioned above. The hi-def presentation makes the animation even more breathtaking.

The Blu-ray discs contain English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 audio tracks. The English dub is satisfactory, but it’s the action on that track that sounds truly impressive in 5.1. As for the Japanese track, the voice acting is superior, but the action lacks the depth of the 5.1 track.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Is This A Zombie?,” “Strike Witches,” “Shiki,” “Dragonaut,” “Panty And Stcoking With Garterbelt,” “The Sacred Blacksmith,” “Cat Planet Cuties,” “Shangri-La,” and Funimation.com.
* A forgettable commentary on episode 6 by voice actor Josh Grelle and voice actress Jamie Marchi.
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* A U.S. trailer, 3 promo videos, and 2 original commercials for “Freezing.”
* Commentary on episode 11 by voice actresses Luci Christian and Caitlin Glass. Some interesting behind-the-scenes conversations here. Better than the usual English dub commentary.

September 10, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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