Let's be honest: this series is a toned-down version of "Claymore." The fights are brutal, the ladies are powerful, the monsters are terrifying... and it's ripped right from the disturbing series we all know and love. Don't get me wrong — I'm not saying "Freezing" is a total knock-off of "Claymore," but that many elements were borrowed from the older manga/anime. While I was a little suspicious from the get-go ("Claymore" has ruined "young women fight terrible monsters"-based stories for me forever), what really sealed it was the revelation that Pandoras can become Novas, whether unwillingly or willingly. While this seems pretty innocuous, the idea that these young women can transform when pressed hard enough (or by activating the Stigma's full potential) comes off as derivative. Another problem with "Freezing" is that it vacillates between gripping and dull. The battles are consistently hopeless and gory, to the point that the Pandoras seem pretty useless. Unlike series such as "Berserk" and "Claymore," in which battles may involve a large loss of life, individual attention is paid to the combatants; in other words, we actually have a reason to care about what is going on. In "Freezing," however, scores of anonymous young women are slaughtered without us ever knowing who they are. At the same time, the main characters have immunity to this, or at least, that's how it seems. If the battles alternated in scope, "Freezing" would actually be a very interesting series (that is, not all battles involved massive amounts of death — some may be minor skirmishes, others are devastating struggles). I just can't be immersed in a story in which everything seems pointless, in which everything seems to be going downhill (there are series that can pull this off and keep my interest, however, but they are character-driven). Finally, the creators of the manga seem determined to sap all hope and life from the series. Take, for instance, Cassie: a character who deserves to be happy and alive, a character who has found love... she probably won't make it out of the series alive. Some manga can pull your heart-strings like this and make it work; this one doesn't. I only hope that the creators stop being so derivative and actually make this into an engaging, deep series.
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