If this column has any liminal phases, then the Sun’s set and the Moon’s hanging in the sky, because it’s sampling time again. That is to say, I’ll be watching the pilot episodes of ever potential and suggested series in that latest thread and then, once I’m through with all of them, I’ll either let the next show be decided by an actual poll or just pick one according to my own tastes.
Anyway, I was pretty set on at least trying SACRED SEVEN since one of you lunatics mentioned that this was the series Sunrise pumped all its cash into for this season - - not TIGER AND BUNNY. I found that prospect intriguing because at no point did T&B ever look like it was being made on the cheap, so I could only imagine what the studio’s “A Project” had to look like. SACRED SEVEN does, indeed, seem to boast more full-animation than T&B, though I’d say that the other improvements only come in slight increments. Hell, I think it’s funny that this is even differentiated from T&B since, despite the mecha, it’s literally just a notch away from being a superhero show.
And, you know, it’s too bad that I’ve watched enough of these shows now that I’m not actually impressed by this thing. Here’s an anime with eye-popping animation, a parade of colorful concepts and characters and adequately-engaging storyline, yet I’m still rather blasé about it. My first thought when I saw the Medusa Monster was, “That monster again? Couldn’t they have dug a little deeper?” instead of appreciating how hyper-detailed and fluidly kinetic it looked in motion.
Objectively, while the story was engaging, moment for moment, I’m having a hard time describing what the hell happened in this episode because the plot was presented in so disjointed a fashion that it practically slides off your brain as soon as the credits roll. All I remember was that the main character had some bitchin’, anger-fueled fire and tentacle-wrap powers, and that it was funny to see that a maid café finally got armed. I could continue this easily but, shrug of shrugs, I’m not especially motivated to go one way or another.
Watch this episodes "Awakening of the Stone” below, decide for yourself.