I was going to title this post Code Geass R3 episode 1, but Sacred Seven is less a Geass clone and more a Product of Sunrise in General.
I have a sneaking suspicion this first impression will come off as rather negative, so I’m going to set this straight right from the start: Sacred Seven is a whole heap of fun. It’s that gloriously silly campy action that anime is well known for. Giant robots and superpowered suits and armies of maids with sniper rifles, all brought together in one incredibly well animated action sequence. Now I wouldn’t be surprised if Sunrise blew their budget animating that first episode, but it still looks fantastic so let’s just praise what is in front of us rather than wallow in what could be coming. If you’ve ever liked silly campy anime action series that take themselves far more seriously than you will ever be able to, then you should enjoy Sacred Seven.
OK, complaining time! Or “why this isn’t as good as Code Geass”. Because I am nothing if not a hopeless fanboy for Geass.
One of the main appeals of Geass is how straight faced it plays its incredibly campy, fabulous side. But there’s just enough of a wink in it’s stride that you realise it’s fully aware of how camp it is, allowing you to cheer it on without feeling embarrassed for it. Could someone in Sacred Seven please develop some self-awareness at how ridiculous you all are? There is a personal army of maids for crying out loud. They slide down firemen poles and wield sniper rifles. Someone please crack a joke. But no, even when the maids swarm into the museum, ordering an evacuation, everyone treats it like it’s an everyday occurrence. No fat bloke in the background taking candid photos. Not even one of the gormless female characters saying “this is kinda weird but whatever”. It’s like someone wearing a bobble hat. If there’s not a self-assured grin on their face, they end up just looking like an idiot.
More importantly though, what Sacred Seven needs is something unique. Something to call its own and set it aside from the crowd. At the moment it’s rather generic. Guy gets magical powered suit from mysterious yet incredibly rich girl, and he uses it to fight statues of mythological creatures. Yes it’s fun, but what here is memorable? You can be decently well executed, but unless you do something to set yourself aside from the pack, you’ll be nothing more than fluff.