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Freezing 02: the hilarity continues

I have to come out and say it, I love this series! *cough* for all the wrong reasons *cough*. I never felt like poking this much fun at something for a very, very long time. And here I have the fabulous opportunity to do it again.

Let’s start with, well, the very beginning starts out hilarious. You have these military types watching the battle simulation, and some dude has the bright idea to fire up the security cam, and they spy on Kazuya’s glomping action. And that’s it. THAT’S IT. No “who’s that boy? Not from here? Arrest him for disturbing the girl on girl action!”, no APB, no “Who is this boy? I want everything on him, phone, medical records, credit cards, porn stash, etc”, instead, we got this: “Oh! Some nice boobies!” “That boy ruined evrything!” “But he’s not from around these here parts.” “Hmm, he’s wearing a uniform.” “Just look at that frozen girl.” “Wish I was the poor bastard.” Then after that, the principal finally fires up her brain and calls him out. Does it really take that long to realize? I guess it’s different for characters with closed eyes lol.
The next part is just as hilarious. Kazuya further confirms my horror that he indeed fell for Satell-chan all because of her shampoo commercial. And, this be important. The cake girl is tutoring Kazu on Satell 101, and Satell walks by with a cane. Kazu in all his wisdom calls out to her, then GRABS HER. After having been warned by the Cake Girl. Talk about not even short term memory. But it get’s better. During the 1 minute 10 second span from his grab to her weapon activation, Satell-chan gasped a solo audible cute version of a gasp 12 times (excluding the ones mixed with voice). I’m not throwing down the voice actress (great work by Yakumo Tsukamoto), but you gotta admit, in all her purity, the untouchable queen was… cute? Ahem anyways, you thought I must be done by now. No, not close. Satell-chan then walks off. WITHOUT HER CANE. Honestly, I would have nitpicked her use of glasses-over-eyepatch, because really, unless it is her dominant eye (in
which those with a 20/20 and a dominant eye wouldn’t need glasses), but wearing optics while eyepatched puts extra strain on the one eye being used, but that’s not what I laughed at. Why did she leave her cane? Doesn’t it hurt? I can only guess she skipped out on the doctor’s appointment, since you know, she’s the untouchable queen, where not even a doctor can touch her lol.
It gets out of hand, really. Ganessa then walks in, yadda yadda yoda, but then Kazu tells the Cake Girl “we gotta stop ’em!”, to which a nameless girl replies with glee “That’s something you don’t see everyday!”, which is her codeword for “you’re going to see even more pointless fights from here on out!” lol. Talk about being mentally prepared, the Cake Girl was not. A Student Council president, powerless at this moment? Lily Shiraishi from Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou would have laid the smackdown on these 2 girls. Hell, Sekirei’s Hanya of the North clearly bitchslaps misconduct among the girls. And yet, Cake Girl here is… probably not a Pandora, oh right maybe that’s why SHE DIDN’T DO ANYTHING.
The fight is, how should I say, poorly animated, to say the least. I mean, I like fanservice, and was mortally wounded at the cropped Ganessa goodness of the eyecatch, but really, I don’t like blatant fanservice, as to me, a clever fanservice is more “in-your-face” surprisingly fun, instead of the “I-saw-it-coming-for-12-years” boring. And when Satell’s pantsu flashed onscreen stationary center focus for a second or 2, that was blatant fanservice, if it were properly animated, the better in-your-face fanservice would have had her moving left to right in slow-mo (or no slow-mo). But that’s not all. Satell was once again just standing around, waving her blade around looking all untouchable. Seriously, maybe it was the wrong animation studio, but it’s really hard to believe she’s all untouchable when she’s animated this way, clearly a missed opportunity to make this series very epic. Now, it never ends, does it? How does an eyepatched girl, without her
glasses, become agile enough to dodge multiple bogeys? Not even Ikkitousen’s resident eyepatch depend on glasses, making her performance a little more believable, but really Satell-chan, not only did you NOT need the cane, but you really didn’t need your glasses? To top it off you weren’t really injured, were you? What is this, drama queen now? Right now I’m going to pull something from my hammerspace bag and say, when she draws her weapon, her body heals itself and her eye(s) becomes 20. I think I’m a fan already.
Finally Cake Girl manages to say something reasonable to stop the fight, but that’s it. SAY. Not “do”. She didn’t do anything. And then (remember I am still laughing) to top it off, Pandora Mode activation generates nuclear power blowing a nice gust of wind. With Satell’s Pandora Mode activation, she let out a nuclear blast. It got me thinking, what if a bunch of these girls went Pandora in formation, the resulting winds could very well cool their globally warmed planet lol. But I’m still enjoying this, because Ganessa finally bitchslaps Kazu, I was like “YEEEAAAH you go girl!”, but then cue some more poorly animated fights where we are supposed to believe Satell-chan owned Ganessa simply by a slicing sound effect and ketchup flying in the air. Talk about killing my fun lol.
End my fun with teacher’s ending the fight instead of the Cake Girl, some yummy nay-kid Ganessa, and… I laughed once again when the undergrounder shota-con Miyabi showed up. Seriously, what is with these behind-the-scenes type of girls and purple-ish environments? Did I say Etou Fujiko?
I did now.

Freezing Episode 01: I’m melting…

I was really looking forward to this series. “Was” is probably a harsh word to use, but it's true: it didn't start good, or even better for someone to dive into the Freezing series with this animation being their first taste. Granted, my view on this series is from a mangawha readers' point of view, in my own twisted sense of insanity, but that's not what I'm griping about here. Oh, I'm from the camp of “The Freezing mangawha's first half was a bunch of trite”, but if I'm not talking about that, what else could I possibly be talking about?

I viewed this first episode purely from a viewers standpoint, which is probably due in part to me being a tad forgetful of the first half of the mangawha, thanks to the unintentional deception laid out by manga database sites such as Manga Updates (the synopsis is so not like that). No, I'm not surprised, but rather, a bit unhappy with the production handling of this series. Let's start in order, shall we? The girls are training with, well, let's call it “live fire training”, like if those aren't movie prop weapons what else can I call them (they're armed). My beef starts with, I don't recall from the mangawha, but here the episode starts with regeneratable clothes, and yet while these girls fight, they just leave their clothes be? If they are manufactured combat weapons, they at least covered the part where the clothes came from, but if you had the god awesome tech to make these kind of clothes, shouldn't you have added a little extra armor in there?
But that's not all. Here comes Satell strolling in, and I threw up. No not the gore, I have never seen an “Untouchable Queen” be untouchable by simply standing there only flailing her arms about in order to defeat her opponents. This isn't her character I'm knocking on, it's the poor handling of animating her so-called dominating performance. I'll tell you right here, I did not believe in a single kill of her's, if I am supposed to believe that she's an “Untouchable Queen” by simply standing there with a Goa'uld shield, oh right duh that's why they can't touch her. Here's where the production staff failed big time: no character has a believable performance if you animate them in the “I lift my weapon up high, then cue blank screen to the AfterTouch”. If they had animated her in a totally high-frame rate domination of the other students (ie hunting them down), that is believable. Not in a few swipes of her blade that really didn't take a thousand frames.
Yeah, I wanted to see her kick butt, but not kick butt while standing still. That means no bend of the knees. This isn't an arcade machine.

I got a laugh at another part, really, when a tilt-rotor (I refuse to name it) picked up Kazuya. Ok… why is this funny? Well, for one thing, how the hell did they know he was there? Oh right, I'm supposed to believe he's got a GPS Tracking device on him. Or maybe I'm supposed to think that he's some VIP that needs a chariot to pick him up just because he took a detour on his way to class. Slacker. If a helicopter picked me up when I was visiting the WWII Allies (no offense to those fine men and women) graves at Luxembourg, I sure as hell would like to know how that came to be. In fact, I stood on several landing strips in US Airfields across Germany back in the day, and no helicopter dropped in on me while I was stargazing. If someone told me to shut off my brain or leave it at the doorstep or FEDEX it to someplace else, hell, this series turns your brain on even when I didn't want it to.

Of course, this never ends, even when I want it to. No, I'm not going to gripe about that rather awkward placement of that “what, Arthur Criptonite?” (I know it was supposed to be an introduction, but come on, imagine using someone's full name when you greet them :D), no, I like to laugh at, yet again, production execution. Really, who handles this story? I know Dal Young writes the most convuluted mess of a storytelling in almost every manwha he wrote, but come on! Whose idea was it to have a bunch of surgeons “repair” these “fatally wounded” girls, who were in a training zone mind you. Of all the tech in the world, you have the power and tech to “manufacture” the Pandora's, and yet when one of them gets hurt, oh lordy pinch me now because if we don't repair her Stiggy in time she's a veggie tale? Dammnit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a mechanic! Where's all the stasis pods, or those healing capsules, or insert-sci-fi-healing-device-here? Some hospital that
turned out to be.

I should stop. Really, I should. But I won't, because the hilariousness doesn't end there. Oh, it does have something to do with the end of the ep, that's for sure. No, I'm not going to question why Ganessa's clothes didn't Regen, I want to talk about the sniveling little brat called Kazuya, who, for all intents and purposes, assaulted and Froze a poor (armed) girl, pinning her down and pretty much registering for Assault and Battery. What's his defense? “Your honor, I sacked the poor girl from behind, but miraculously ended up with my face buried in her breasts, due to a shampoo commercial of a girl who looks like my big sis.” SERIOUSLY, he thought she was big sis simply because of the flowing hair? Hell, I feel like going to the mall right now glomping girls left and right, then sheepishly admitting that 'I felt like hugging you because your hair reminded me of my sexy sister'. Really, she didn't even open her mouth, which is a dead giveaway and a more
plausible excuse as to how he could have “thought” she was his sis, no, she just happened to have her hair flow in the same way it was animated for the sis. So let me get this straight, if that was, say Ganessa with her hair down, and she had her hair flow like that, would this story now be centering on the “Tsundere Queen” and the maso lead male?

Hell, time won't tell. I thought I'd be surprised with some great production values, but those hopes were destroyed in 2 identical PV's… and yet I still laughed.