Posted by psgels on 10 August 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews, FREEDOM



With the guy behind Kakurenbou as director and the director of Akira behind the screenplay and character-designs comes the ambitious project called FREEDOM, one of the few anime to be totally rendered in 3D cell-shaded CG. It’s obviously a technique that has its pros and cons, and most people will probably need to get used to the style, but once you can look beyond this, you’ll be rewarded by a charming little science-fiction series.

The big strength of this series is its cast of characters. Even though they’re a bunch of hot-headed 14-year-old guys, this series somehow makes them worthwhile. The stereotypes are there, and yet the antics of the main protagonists turn out very charming. The flaws in this series mostly pop up in the final episode, where the creators try to be a bit too epic for their own good.

Ah crap, this review is rubbish. Apologies, I’m having a blackout right now. A tip for all you reviewers out there: do not write a review if it’s been half a year or more since you saw the majority of it… If you want to get a better idea of this series, then read the rest of the posts I’ve written about it. It’s a very nice OVA to watch with great characters and it’s got a soundtrack that’s among Ike Yoshihiro’s best work. Period.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 8/10

4 Responses

  1. Reiter says:

    Overall, this was a fairly good mini-series. I wasn’t really expecting much beyond a bunch of teenage rebel angst and some futuristic pod racing initially, but the trip to earth and meeting/bonding with its “backwards” inhabitants felt nostalgic in some way. The humor was a nice added touch too, without dwelling too much on the brooding violence and disaffection of Akira. The dancing in moonsuits of the old hippies was particularly hilarious.

    My only real complaint about Freedom is the blatant product placement (I’m looking at you Nissin).

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Yeah, Freedom indeed wins the award of most blatant product-placement easily, even when compared to Pizza hut and Code Geass (although that one may have been blown out of proportions by the fans, but that’s a different story ^^).

    It’s indeed a story you don’t expect when looking at Akira and Kakurenbou.

  3. thenullset says:

    Personally, I’d’ve kept Freedom to 6 episodes. The last shot from episode 6 with Takeru and Ao going to the moon would have been a good way to end it. Then they could have done a second season and stretched out what happens in the seventh episode.

    It was a good show though, and I enjoyed seeing America featured in it.

  4. bennybot44 says:

    code geass pizza hut was way worse!

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 01:50 PM)
    @Kaiser: it also happens that the Selma Hayak bit was also the only semi-good ending. I admit that the twins were pretty good tho. Strangely mature and reserved. It’s nice to see young actors that don’t ham it up like Hollywood kids.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 01:48 PM)
    @Kaiser: it was a FLEA, and you know what’s weird? That’s strangely taken directly from the tale. The fairytale says “the king grew a flea to the size of a sheep, and then he skinned it” with no additional details. It was an interesting choice to build a whole subplot out of one sentence.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 09:51 AM)
    If i had to pick, its the story with Selma Hayak that was my favourite.
    Also RIP giant ant monster, moe as fuck, you were wept for you adorable fucker lol
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 09:49 AM)
    Tale of tales could have stood to jump around less and perhaps developed itself a bit more. However I found enough imagination here and about all the stories are roughly on par with each other in terms of quality. I liked the creature effects and I’m a sucker for “not so happily ever after” and Macabre/dispelled takes of fairytales because lets face it, the old tales were probably far far away from the disney versions.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 07:59 AM)
    @Kaiser Well hopefully you’ll get back into comedies sometime soon, there’s been some pretty good comedy manga/animes that have come out in the last six years that I’m dying to recommend.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:57 AM)
    @Kaiser As Helghast said it’s the best looking show of the season, but the train and fires are probably metaphors for what it’ll inevitably turn into.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:55 AM)
    I keep reading it as Caribeneri as in the word for Italian Military police….
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:53 AM)
    I think his names Kurusu, but right now he’s the thing thats bothering me about Kabaneri at the moment.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:52 AM)
    @Kaiser At first the contrast in Gurashi was interesting, but it’s turned out to be nothing more than a gimmick. I am a Hero probably manages to do the cute/psychedelic-zombie contrast better with the heroine when she was a zombie.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:51 AM)
    It might be around 4 years now but in that time span I’ve returned to an intolerance I had for schmaltz drama.

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