Tune Highlight: Sub-Theme: Sentou II from the Freezing OST
Freezing is one of the dismissed titles of the currently airing Winter ’11 anime season. Featuring flimsy clothes the tensile strength of tofu and a cast full of well-endowed girls, that definitely meant that the crowd looking for better stories to their entertainment would simply cast this title aside after a promo image or two.
Meanwhile, I checked this title out nonetheless, as the music was tasked to Yokoyama Masaru of Queen’s Blade fame, and more recently Arakawa Under the Bridge. Especially Queen’s Blade. Given the quality of the music he made for that show, Freezing seemed like a perfect fit for him.https://sites.google.com/site/thekrazycow/04-SubThemeSentouII.mp3?attredirects=0&d=1
Compared to the epic scale of carnage which the main theme ever-so-slowly builds up to, this one wastes little time in getting into the action after its short awakening. Having less orchestral to restrict its speed means that it can surge forward and really concentrate of the dynamic aspect. This is the steady whittling down of hit points via fast attacks as compared to the one-hit K.O. which the main theme offers, which I would readily prefer as I by far would prefer a sense of urgency in my battle themes.
Also, I really like how Yokoyama combines the old tricks in the book (especially how he times his pauses) to effectively convey the different stages of a shounen battle which we would probably all know: the High Noon Face-Off, the First Clash, the Lull for Explanation of Said Clash, the Upping of the Ante, and the Subsequent Overpowering and Endgame.
In the overarching purpose that an anime BGM piece should have, that is, to complement the happenings onscreen, I feel that it performs favorably. Of course, we all know the nature of Freezing already, but I would also like to add that this piece was played in an episode which revealed the classic ability that enabled speed boosts. Given how it compares to the main theme of the show, fitting, is it not?