For the record, just because I write about the first episode of a new show this season doesn’t mean I have any intention of writing about it weekly. Writing about every first episode is my fail-safe method of not picking up something unless it’s proven itself with at least two episodes. Secondly, just because I haven’t written about something doesn’t mean I haven’t watched it. It could just mean I have nothing interesting to say about it. Anyway, Freezing time.
Have you ever heard about the story behind the Negima manga and why it’s a harem? Ken Akamatsu wanted to write a shounen battle manga but wasn’t allowed to by his publishers. So he started Negima like any other crappy harem fest and gradually worked it into a battle manga with every volume. The start of Freezing makes me wonder is there something similar going on here. The author wants to write a serious psychological drama but is being forced by his publishers to include T&A shots. That, or his publishers are forcing him to put in a plot when all he wants to do is draw women fighting with their clothes being destroyed.
It’s annoying because there’s so much in Freezing that could make for a fascinating story. The show takes a lot of it’s visual cues from Evangelion with the way it presents the giant monster things and the awe-inspiring fear that radiates out from them. Freezing is also similar to Evangelion in that the ‘chosen ones’ are put through intense pain and mental suffering if they are going to fight these monsters. There’s a scene where they’re trying to heal those wounded in battle that contrasts the squeaky clean classroom scene. None of it’s done anywhere near as well as it’s done in Evangelion, but that’s obviously pretty high standards you’ve got there. Heck, even the young boy/older women combo has a lot of potential for weird relationships. Older sister become surrogate mother for estranged boy. Sadistic boy puts older girl through pain and she can’t refuse him because they’re tied together. There’s potential there for some really fascinating stuff.
But Freezing isn’t about that though. Remember that this comes from the same thought process that the likes of Ikkitousen or Queens Blade came from. This is about the clothes exploding mid-fight kind of stuff. It already has a massive bonus over the other two for having a potentially fascinating story. Compare my viewing experience of Freezing, where I counted Evanglion similarities, to Ikkitousen, where I spent my time counting panty shots, despire the two having roughly equal number of panty shots, give or take 10. But the tits ‘n ass get in the way. I’m watching for how they frame the Angel things, only to instead get treated to a screenfull of ass. When the main girl meets the main boy, she spends her time orgasming instead of perhaps a reaction that could be more in tune with the story of the anime. When one girl moaned rather loudly when she unleashes her weapon, I started concocting her reasoning behind fighting is that she had a lust after violence and got genuine sexual pleasure from unleashing her powers. However I was quickly forced to dismiss the idea when you consider it was more in tune with the show for it to have done that so the loser otaku can hear their favourite seiyuu moan.
Am I taking this anime too seriously? Yep, I guess I am. But I like taking my anime seriously. You get a lot more out of it when you do, so shame on you for not doing likewise. If this approach means I can’t get my hur hur boobs enjoyment from Freezing but can derive far more enjoyment from the visual cues in Madoka Magica, then I’m perfectly happy keeping to this form of viewing. I’m a big stinking elitist and I wouldn’t have my anime any other way.