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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    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:59 PM)
    @K-Off I love the old banner… ;_;
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:59 PM)
    @Vincent I like the idea. I think the key to making it work is imagining an alternate timeline for the world in which Europe and Asia are hamstrung and the Americas get a lot more time to develop so that the first contact with the West isn’t so catastrophic. Like what if all of Asia and Europe were devastated by plague?
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    I think this site could use a new banner myself. I’m guessing that it’s been around for quite some time.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:32 PM)
    Or as it is better known as, gondola lifts.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:31 PM)
    @k-off Okay, then maybe cable trams?
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    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:29 PM)
    @Vincent The glider transportation is definitely something straight out of Gargantia; too fantasy-like for a realistic alternative history depiction.
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    Not trying to dictate what you should or shouldn’t do, just telling you my opinion.
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    If you depict them in the late 19th Century to early 20th Century, it’d feel much more authentic IMO, and you’d get to add more technologies like the telegraph and automobile.
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    @Bam @Friend @Vincent I like the idea, but I have one gripe: the industrial revolution didn’t happen in South America (and Mexico, for that matter) during the same time as the United States and Europe. They got into the game pretty late. Therefore, a depiction of the Inca in the 19th Century would be quite boring, as the technology wouldn’t have had the time to drastically alter the way they lived in any way.
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    But I admit that a paragliding city travel system is far-fetched. The Inca could just be fine with walking up mountainous slopes to commute from one part of the city to the other.

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