It’s like Star Driver all over again, except this time around– it’s not even entertaining. I didn’t even finish Star Driver but at least the first episode had a lot of energy in it. I’m not having a great day and Sacred Seven which I hoped to heal my wounded soul did nothing for me. It doesn’t even excel at being campy. Wow. The stylized OP doesn’t help either, something about it feels awfully lame. Maybe it’s the colors they chose to use and the lackluster music.
The first episode was mainly about an aloof guy named Arma (Aruma = Armor, IS THIS WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO TELL US?) who has dormant super powers. He ends up isolating himself because his powers cause him to hurt people.
One day, a headless stone statue parading with Medusa’s head attacks the city and he with the help of the ojousama loli learns to control his powers, now called ‘Sacred Seven’.
Nothing in particular left me awestruck, even the all too epic explosions left me unimpressed. This is because of two reasons: 1) I don’t like the main character enough to root for him and 2) There’s nothing menacing about a rock monster who simply makes stuff explode. In fact, none of the characters caught my eye except for this kid.
Also, is it just me or is there some weird gap between the designs between the females and males? Aside from Ruri, all the girls look pretty plain. Some even look like throwaway character designs. Sometimes simple is good but the males look like there was a lot of thought put into their looks and clothing. The girls…not so much. It’s like they came from different shows with different art styles. Odd!
I have to hand it to the people behind this show though, they know how to do fight scenes and while it wasn’t mindblowing– the animation for it was very good and detailed. The concept revolving around stones doesn’t reel me but it is different. I don’t know what these stones are for but whatever, I don’t expect to get answers from the first episode anyway. The frequent use of glowing eyes is reminiscent of Code Geass though.
Another one of Sacred Seven’s stronger points is it’s lush visuals. OP aside, it has a nice and glossy feel to it. The colors used are luscious, they’re strong but pleasant hues.
Everyone knows that being pretty isn’t enough, and judging from the first episode– looking at it from every aspect, there’s little about Sacred Seven that makes it memorable…yet. Yes, I am giving it another chance.