Anime of Tomorrow
Sacred Seven Ep 2
Final impression – unimpressed
Meteorites called the Sacred Seven fell to Earth many years ago containing strange matter that can mutate DNA to create superbeings. Alma can use the powers of one of the Sacred Seven to fight a new wave of meteorites called the Dark Stones that threaten civilization. But if it wasn’t for Ruri’s Sacred Seven, he wouldn’t be able to control his powers. When a Dark Stone destroys a military transport aircraft and absorbs its explosive cargo, Japan is threatened by an incarnation of a dragon. After some persuading, Alma reluctantly agrees to help destroy the monster before it can threaten more lives.
Sunrise has had a great history of making some really fun action anime. The list of success(es) include My-HiME, My-Otome, Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo, and oldie but goodie Escaflowne. So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself not having fun with Sacred Seven. I think the main problem is the characters are just unlikeable. Ruri and Kagami are just using Alma to make up for their lack of power; either bribing him or guilt tripping him to fit their goals. And Alma is just cold and apathetic. He doesn’t seem to care about being the protagonist, which would be fine if there was some other motive for him to pursue. He’s just a one-dimensional blunt instrument beating up the enemy. I’m disappointed – I expected better from this anime.