Freezing Vibration: Don’t Bother

A short time ago, I finished off Freezing VibrationMy other article noted that the anime’s Bali Arc was rather inferior to the manga’s presentation.  The only thing the anime did better was fanservice, quem flocci non facio. (“Which I don’t value at a hair.”)  They did do an excellent job making one feel for the E-Pandoras, Elizabeth, and Satellizer’s struggle to overcome her brother’s hold on her; yet, most of the other characters’ development was sacrificed.  Kazuya in particular was treated as an extra number.  Also, Chiffon’s supreme moment felt rather hollow compared to the pathos one felt while reading this scene in the manga.

They also did do a good job on Charles Bonaparte, but I don't particularly like this character--though she has shown a better side of herself in the latest chapters of the manga.

They also did do a good job on Charles Bonaparte, but I don’t particularly like this character–though she has shown a better side of herself in the latest chapters of the manga.

Of course, one of the main reasons to see an action manga animated is the fights, but these don’t hold a candle to those first season.  The fights in the first season gripped the viewer such that the fighters’ clothing being torn to shreds went unnoticed.  Somehow, they built up a degree of suspense in these fights which the second season was unable to duplicate.

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So, there you have it.  The sequel fell far inferior to the first season of Freezing.  If they do make a third season, I’ll wait for the season to be reviewed before jumping in.

But, here’s to you Chiffon Fairchild!  One of the noblest exists an anime character could wish for!

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Freezing in Bali: How the Anime Falls short of the Manga

Hisashiburi desu ne, my dear readers?  After too long of a rest from writing, some commentary on Freezing: Vibration offers good warm up before I tackle more difficult articles.  I especially wish to write my article on Kouichi Mashimo’s Girls with Guns Trilogy (Noir, Madlax, and El Cazador de la Bruja).  (To tell you the truth, I did not know that this trilogy bore that nickname until this morning.)  Anyway, the present article will express how the anime handled Satellizer and Kazuya’s adventure in Bali, which spans episodes 5-7.

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These episodes number among the most painful and dark one can watch; though, as is often the case with such tales, the story is quite powerful.  After the Chevalier organization succeeds in disgracing the Mably family in revenge for Elizabeth Mably whistleblowing on the reckless way this organization handled the E-Pandora project, Satellizer sets a course for Bali in order to enlist the aid of the El Bridget family against the Chavalier Organization.  Her half-sister, Violet, runs a resort in this area.  Unfortunately, Satellizer also meets her half-brother, Louis, at this resort.  The meeting is unfortunate because Louis sees Satellizer more as a lover than as a sister, and acts on this desire in a most churlish manner.

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Okay, the preceding remark stands as a gross understatement.  As children, Louis had taken to molesting her and resumes his evil ways at the hotel.  From these experiences in her childhood and early adolescence, Satellizer developed a fear of being touched, from which she earned her nickname at West Genetics of “the Untouchable Queen.”  These three episodes show Satellizer’s struggle to break free of his hold and perform an admirably good job of demonstrating the psychology of both the victim and the fiend.  I especially like the anime’s use of chains to show the hold that Louis has on her.

Oh, I might just mention here that Holly actual has character in the manga, which is completely absent in the anime.

Oh, I might just mention here that Holly actual has character in the manga, which is completely absent in the anime.

As much as these episodes covered that aspect of the story, they portrayed the events quite well.  However, this came at the price of Kazuya and Violet’s character development, and the final victory over Louis seems rushed and less believable than in the manga.  The manga makes Violet a much more developed character.  In particular, she was the person who initially discovered Louis’s harassment of Satellizer and caused her to be sent away from the family house.  At the present time, since Louis, ostensibly at least, has a girlfriend and plenty of time has passed, Violet hoped that Satellizer might reconcile with Louis.

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And the characterization of Kazuya was miserable, as it rather has been for most of the second season.  Two scenes where Kazuya stands up to Louis made me practically cheer when I read them, but appeared trite when watched.  I doubt that this is entirely because I knew what would happen.  Kazuya has been relegated to the role of an air headed harem hero–a Tenchi, if you will.  His character has greater value than that!  The first season of the anime did a much better job in characterizing him.  After all, Kazuya drives most of Satellizer’s changes for the better.  If not for Kazuya, she would still remain the fearful, cold, and diffident character of season one.

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So, I still enjoyed the episodes, but the brevity which which the anime dealt with the story–perhaps that this kind of story could not be narrated as well through the medium of anime–diminished its excellence.  As I said, the interior struggle of Satellizer and the psychology of the victim and the perpetrator were portrayed rather well.  But, they achieved this at the price of not developing the other characters and excising most of the back story, which lent more pathos to the manga’s version.  So, this arc in the anime was okay, but chapters 39-50 were superb.

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A Few Thoughts on a Few Anime

At last, I have watched Coppelion and Samurai Flamenco.  Also, my dear readers, my brother is now enjoying Hajime no Ippo Rising with me.  Actually, there is one more show which I have not mentioned yet: Freezing Vibration.  Allow me to give a few brief observations on all of them lest I already fail to keep my goal of writing one post per diem!

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1) Coppelion – 3 episodes

As with the manga, I’m really enjoying this show.  The animation is wonderful, and I find the heavy outlines the animators use for the characters to be very intriguing.  It helps that the girls are all very attractive, but that is hardly the greatest draw with this show.  The setting of a city imbued with radioactivity is rarely seen in anime.  The writer has taken the theme of what does it mean to be human, especially in regard to our three heroines, who have been created in a laboratory.  The nature of humanity is an incredibly popular theme with the Japanese, and I hope to compare it with other anime.

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2) Samurai Flamenco – 3 episodes

A great remake of Kick Ass.  But, might I add, both pale in comparison to the original: Don Quixote.  (But, of course, how can anything compare to the greatest novel ever written?)  But, as Genki na Hito observed to me, the characters in Samurai Flamenco are much more likable than those of Kick Ass.  They even add a girl interested in discovering the identity of Samurai Flamenco, which reminds me of Misa Amane of Death Note’s obsession Light.  Anyway, this is a very enjoyable show, and I hope to watch many more episodes.

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3) Hajime no Ippo Rising – 4 episodes

What can I say?  If you love boxing, sports anime, or awesome, hard-hitting fights, you need to watch this show.  Rather, you need to watch the original, the second season, and then watch this show.  I thought the second season rather lackluster compared to the first, but the fights in the third installment seem much more realistic, which is what made the original show so nail-bitingly absorbing.  Two thumbs up!

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4) Freezing Vibration – 4 episodes

Well, if fanservice bothers you, give this show a wide berth.  I was pleased to note that Funimation censors excess nudity with beams of light.  What always attracted me to this show was the hard-hitting nature of the fights and that the characters, despite the great number of them, were all so idiosyncratic.  The perfect chivalry of the heroes and that the series is so rich in suffering also keep me interested.  (If you think that it’s odd to like a show rich in suffering, read Aristotle’s Poetics right now.)  This season follows the E-Pandora Arc, which, if the animators continue their good work, will likely cause this show to exceed the prior season in greatness.

Well, that’s all I have to report.  Hopefully, I’ll also be watching Kyoukai no Kanata in the near future.  At which point, I shall be watching more than enough anime for now!