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Sacred Seven episode 1

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.

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  1. mcm38
    Posted July 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    It seems he didn’t exactly receive that power from the girl. (Man am I glad they didn’t copy another kiss scene to transact the power, just like Code Geass.) He always had that power, but it kept getting out of control. The girls power helps him keep sanity and enchant it’s power.

    But that weapon arsenal system was realy cool. You know that symbols showin up around his left eye and the one he chooses falls in his eye. BAM!!! A NEW WEAPON. That was rather unique. Even the bad guy showed at the end was truly well done. He casualy made another stone monster into a sword and minimized it into his pocket. I hope they don’t blow it from here on.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted July 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    That eyepower get looked pretty painful. Why does everything Japan make look so painful? I cringed through that.

    Well it certainly looks like Code Geass with the squishy eyes. I always thought it was interesting how the characters eyes always squished. Lelouche gets angry? Squish! Suzaku starts crying? Squish! They’re unbelievably shiny too. Especially when they start crying.

    I don’t think this will ever be the success Code Geass was, but it’s going to be one hell of a fun rise. Watching this for sure. Holy fuck Ruri’s hair is huge.

  3. Mr. Anon
    Posted July 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    With the eye thing in the first scene I thought of this:

  4. Posted July 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Awesome first episode! Well I wasn’t to crazy about his upgraded suit I kind of liked the blood red one better ahaha now he looks like a character right out of a fighting game. And random unicorn horn?! LOL WTF that’s probably the only thing i didn’t like.

    Woo another series with Ranka lee’s voice <3

  5. Posted July 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I get it, Code Geass was a great show, and this new show seems derivative at worst. But let’s let it run a few episodes to prove itself before even comparing it with one of the all-time great animes of the past decade?

    At best it was a decent opening episode, with interesting characters and hopefully the next few ones keep the momentum going.

    I agree mostly that it seems to take itself too seriously — which may mean we shouldn’t be taking it too lightly either or expecting a little tongue-in-cheek nods just to say it’s another Code Geass and not get laughed out of the room.

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted July 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

      I don’t really get why anyone would want to compare with Code Geass at all. CG was good for like 10 episodes. After that it was only decent. R2 was a trainwreck. Sure, it was boatloads of fun, but it wasn’t really any *good*.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        >not good

        I don’t understand your logic

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted July 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

        Objective and subjective qualities of a work. When you read a review by a good critic, it’ll mention things about how a work was constructed, composed, etc. That’s mostly orthogonal to how much you’d enjoy it.

        For example, I had a lot of fun watching Akikan, but it was objectively shit.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 5, 2011 at 1:13 am | Permalink

        OreImo was hilarious, but that doesn’t make it any good.

      • Posted July 5, 2011 at 6:23 am | Permalink

        even so, most decent critics factor in the fun level somewhere, otherwise they just look like a stuffy, stuck-up, pretentious, i-loved-this-band-before-they-were-popular type critic who will value an anime based on how many allusions it made to world war II.

  6. Posted July 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    I watch the first episode and as I was watching, I was thinking of Deadman Wonderland.

    I think it was probably the mecha part, where he transforms into a robot and this time he can control himself. No… it was how both of them looked like a robot. Deadman Wonderland and Sacred Seven both have a flying human robot. lol.

    I don’t know if that makes sense at all. >.<

  7. Posted July 5, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Eh… didn’t really love the first episode. It felt sort of like Sunrise’s version of Star Driver, except with angry, emo boy replacing super sunshiney kirabosh boy as the lead.

    What was unique about Lelouch was that based on the first episode, he was a guy you felt you could root for, or wished you were as clever as. I didn’t get that from SD’s kirabosh boy, and I’m not getting that from SS’ hornboy.

    • Posted July 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      I got this kind of feeling too. Seems like my enjoyment of this series is going to depend on whether they give Protag-kun a more interesting personality than he has at the moment.

      Other than that, I did have fun watching this episode so definitely think the show has potential if they fix the characterisation.

  8. Posted July 5, 2011 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    “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.”

    I understand what you’re coming at but was that the best way to phrase that sentence? :v

    *prepares for rebuking remark about sarcasm*

  9. Posted July 5, 2011 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    you had me interested at “campy action shounen”, but i didn’t think it would be this….i don’t know. lol. plus, as usual, i hate the female lead (or secondary lead. whatever that high school girl is).

    SOOO MANY ANIME TROPES. code geass parallel universe plus non-demon sebastian, sailor moon-esque nunally, generic withdrawn shounen lead with raxhephon main lead’s hair, hired help are professional assassins/ninjas, i-will-interfere-as-much-as-i-can female friend (who will inevitably be captured/rescued 93284 times), cyborgs with scarves, special eye power, unwanted new transfer student, samus’ gun, and like a billion other things. i think i might watch this just to watch for tropes.

    i’m also a tiny bit interested in the greek mythology part.

    • mcm38
      Posted July 5, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      You have to admit. It was still fun to watch.

      • Posted July 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

        exactly. i felt like i was playing spot the trope.

  10. Posted July 6, 2011 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    It’s enjoyable. That most probably the second biggest surprised for me. The first being how badass Arma is in his evangelion mode. Unfortunately they took that away from him so now he’s left with a pussy ass gay suit of armor instead. What the hell…

  11. Posted July 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    As soon as I saw the maid army I thought, “Oh my god, Jason Maio actually fulfilled his dream to became a writer for Sunrise!”

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