Freezing takes place in the distant future of today, approximately 40 years later. Earth has been invaded and is currently at war with extra-terrestrial beings called the Nova. The story follows japanese teenager, Kazuya Aoi, a young boy who is just attending a school for girls genetically modified (with a special tissue in their back) called Pandora trained to fight and their male partner, Limiters, which use special skills called ‘Freezing’ to limit the Nova’s movement. Due to a misunderstanding on his part, he meets Satellizer el Bridget who is appeared to be the most powerful in her class who has yet to choose a limiter. Despite classmate warnings, he decides to become her limiter.
Plot-wise, the manga takes a much darker theme than it appears to be. A select few have the power for their bodies to adapt to the stigmata, but even then, they are not spared from anger or death. Lovers and comrades are no exception to the mangling and dismemberment. Freezing shows people of all nation’s working together to fight for humanity, which shows the dire situation that Earth is in with the Nova. There are a lot of fight scenes and aside from all the ecchi-ness and fanservice, the fights are actually good – (although there is no sense in pandora-vs-pandora with a war raging on). On another note, the siblings arc ending made no sense whatsoever. After terrorizing her to the point of aphephobia (a fear of being touched) during her childhood, they act like nothing happens after the problem is resolved. It was too traumatic to get over in the span of a week, let alone a day.
Art and Animation:
As for this area, everything is done rather quite well. Character designs and texture is highly detailed, helping you keep track of who’s who with the distinct features to the characters constantly being added to the storyline. The background is well done, with the same amount of quality as the characters. Fights can be easily followed and there aren’t any panels where the body is oddly posed or disproportionate. Each action can span from one panel to a whole page for the simplest actions, such as powering up for a super move or stabbing a weapon through someone’s stomach. The facial expressions on them are also highly detailed. When Pandoras/Limiters reach their limits, it’s clearly evident on their bodies and their faces.
Throughout the manga, many characters are introduced along with countless character developments. Each of them come from different countries and with their own unique volt weapons, nova-type equipment used for fighting Nova which can be ranged from scythes to highly charged particle beams. Personally, my favorite character was Chiffon Fairhchild who is dubbed as the ‘Unmatched Smiling Demon’, ranked number one in the whole world. (SPOILER: Prior to her death, I had absolutely no attachment to her in the beginning whatsoever, but the way she sacrificed her life to save all her friends was too much.. TT.TT)
All in all, don’t judge a book by it’s cover..Kinda. If you’re looking for some hentai or something of the sort, this is not for you. Yeah, it has partial nudity but it also has some gore and dismembered body parts, but that’s to be expected in war. Plot is good and not to complicated for the average manga reader. The art is well-drawn and the characters are enjoyable. Surely, there are one or two characters that you can come to like in the whole lot. In conclusion, this manga was an enjoyable one, although I’m not quite finished. (as it is an ongoing manga series)
As someone who's watched the anime and manga, I have to say that the manga is 100% better. The anime is heavily based around nudity and is practically hentai with a messy plot and unexplained character changes. The manga shows why and how the characters are that way and the character development is so amazing! I really loved how they explain the characters and we get an insight into the way they are. The art is amazing in this manga and the actions scenes are amazingly drawn. However, I want to point out that the plot is starting to dwindle. I can tell that the original plot is starting to change and our FL (Satelizer) was clearly meant to be the most OP in this but with the addition of the new Pandoras and Valkyries I'm not sure what to think anymore. I think too many unnecessary characters were added, especially the addition of Kazuya's younger "sister" (heavy incest tho). There's too much that happened which really wasn't needed and while I thoroughly enjoyed the original few volumes, I don't think I'll continue reading when the hiatus for this is over. The first hundred and a bit chapters were fantastic but as it dwindles on, I'm not liking it as much anymore.
As a follow up to my post on the second season of the Freezing anime, I told you I was going to do a review on this series. To emphasize, this review is about the manhwa, not the 12 episode anime. Freezing is set in a world where beings known as the Nova are attacking Earth and attempting to wipe out the human race. In response, humans have taken certain crystals from that are similar to that of the Nova's body called Stigmata which are implanted in the bodies of teen girls. These girls are called Pandoras and when Stigmata are implanted, they gain super human abilities and also have the power to materialize weapons at will. Beside each girl is a young man called a Limiter who's only ability is to freeze and momentarily paralyze their opponent. Freezing centers around a Pandora named Bridgette L. Sattelizer and a Limiter named Kazuya Aoi. Kazuya is the younger brother of the greatest Pandora ever and he supposed to have some sort of special power but after more then 120 chapters, that special ability has NEVER been touched on. Bridgette carries the hero's Stigmata (Kazuya's older sister) and is known as the "Untouchable Queen" because of how violent she becomes when someone attempts to touch her. Turns out, she acts that way because of a very traumatizing child hood which led to an intense case of haphephobia. Eventually the two of them become closer and the story begins to develop into a romance (well kind of). Throughout the series, the Pandoras risk their lives fighting against the Nova and sometimes each other. There is never a single chapter in this manhwa that doesn't have a panty shot, boob slip, or a scene of torn clothes. You've got chicks ripping each other clothes off while beating the living hell out of each other. I swear, you've got to either be a sadist or masochist to pick Pandora as a career choice. The romance in Freezing is sub par, the action and fight scenes are great but I feel that the important matters are being left behind. 120 chapters have already been translated and there is still nothing about Kazuya's special potential as a Limiter or any information about what the Nova are or what they want. Since this manhwa was by Dall-Young Lim, the S&M was pretty much expected but since he was also responsible for Re:BIRTH The Lunatic Taker, I was honestly expecting a good story that paid attention to what matters were mentioned early on. Not to say that Freezing is a bad manhwa but it just got a bit off track really. I think Freezing is worth reading anyway, after all Freezing really seems to be one of those manhwa that just seems to keep you coming back.