In the popular MMORPG world 'Union' there existed a legendary party named Subaru. This party, made up of a group of childhood friends and elementary schoolers, exceeded the limits of the game with their various senses. However, due to an incident which resulted in a death, 'Union' ended its service and the group of childhood friends went separate ways. Six years later, highschooler Haruto logged into the new 'Reunion' and reunited with a single girl. Asahi—one of old 'Subaru' party members, and his childhood friend who should have died six years ago. Is she a digital ghost, or...?
My last "review" got deleted and I saw some flaws in it, I decided to write new one with pros and cons.
When I say the story is like Anohana's, I obviously don't mean the whole story is exactly the same. What I mean is that the setting which builds up the rest of the story is similar to Anohana. I think this is both a pro and a con since it's similar to Anohana's and therefore it doesnt have originality but since setting is implemented to vrmmo I think they can go
many directions with it. Although I'm expecting it will be shit anyways
Art and Music:
Lerche has done OK job in art but CGI is bad as ever. My CGI standards rose after watching Houseki no Kuni. And sounds are nothing special and in my opinion pretty dull.
-Bustier Nishikino Maki. Legit only good thing in the show
-same brick wall looking Kirito with over-powered sense
-copy and paste Menma
In the game, players have unique skills and the protagonist has presumably the most op skill in the game and he can defeat the game's most powerful boss with few slashes. Kirito had to do some combo shit but basically the same.
Normally I like my garbage shows since they are usually harem, ecchi and/or isekai kinds of shows that are so bad that their enjoyment value is much greater than objective value, but this just a crossover of imo garbage shows. I just can't enjoy it and I get overly bored while watching it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
While obviously not a masterpiece, the show doesn't deserve ALL the hate.
This is one of those shows that takes time to build up, heck by the end of this season I bet we haven't assembled the team yet.
- Though I'm concerned with the recent pacing as it seems like they are gearing up for rushing the team building.
With shows that feature a large team of main characters like Akame ga Kill, you typically have to have an arc for each member, or kill them early in the story to fit the show's episode count.
The problem with this show is that it will only have
about 12 episodes, at its current pacing we'll get even more characters into the anime while not having any character development for the characters we DO have.
Just so you don't get misinformed;
While the Anohana connections are clear, the SAO factor is not.
First of all, Shichisei no Subaru up to the most recent episode (5) has little to no similarities with SAO.
To call Shichisei no Subaru an SAO copy is like saying Log Horizon, Grimgar, Accel World, and Overlord is a copy because they involve a Virtual MMO.
The only similarities this anime has with SAO besides them both being Virtual MMOs is;
A touch screen you can summon with your right hand.
Character not being able to log out.
The characters are fairly generic, you got the main character Haruto that is borderline OP but not too op that he makes the rest of the team useless.
- Like Asahi, he needs more character development.
There's Asahi, the loli in the main cast who is in a similar situation as Meiko from Anohana. - Only concern about this character is that she is almost the centre of the plot yet up to episode 6 we get little depth of her character.
The borderline tsundere that can not express her feelings to the MC while being jealous of the bond of the loli and the main character. - The jealousy is more tolerable than other anime characters of this archetype that I have seen before. The love triangle between her, the MC, and Asashi is one of the more interesting parts of the series.
And the glasses boi Takanori that is also jealous that loli is close with the main character.
- I honestly find this guy the most annoying, they have not given an explanation as to why this guy is so obsessed with Asahi besides it being a childhood crush.
There's also the shy glasses girl who is in love with glasses boi but also can't express her feelings.
- Hoping that she'll be a season 2 character and not in season 1.
The American boi that seems just there to be the Ban (Seven Deadly Sins reference) of the group. - Hoping that he'll be a season 2 character and not in season 1
Besides glasses boi being too much of an annoyance, the characters are very DECENT.
This anime probably has one of the many love triangles I've seen in recent years, while some are tolerable some are not.
Main-character kun is close to loli chan, but tsundere san is jealous of loli chan of how close she is to main character kun. - tolerable
Glasses tan likes loli chan and is jealous of main character kun. - annoying
Shy Female Glasses tan likes male Glasses tan but can't express her feelings. - unexplored
And American dono is just there. - give this man a romantic tension
Shichisei no Subaru is yet another MMORPG based anime series no one needed. Not because there are 5 million of them already, but because this one actually tried to be good -- just like Log Horizon, and rarely are attempts at good better under these settings than ironically made, fanservice heavy, isekai harems. In this case, however, it was somewhat a positive surprise.
The story of Shichisei no Sudoku centers around a legendary party which reunites after a long period of time, just to find out that one the seven members is not there (that's not exactly how the story went, but I don't want
to spoil the experience). This starts off a story highly similar to Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. (or 'We Still Don't Know How to Write The Full Name of That Show', in English). Those who find this to sound interesting, should give it a go ASAP.
Shichisei no Seppuku's characters are the worst part of this series. I am not sure what the hell the writer was thinking when he gave all of his characters a personality. That's not how you make characters for anime series centering around virtual game worlds. What a terrible idea. /sarcasm. While the cast is not, thus far, all that interesting nor in any way special - rather feels like downgraded version of Grimrar - they are making good job on making this look like a serious anime.
The production is very based. I like how they chose violin instead of piano when making emotional songs so I don't have to puke every 3 seconds whenever anything dramatic happens. While piano still exists, it's very slow tempo and typically relaxing instead of dramatic..... I have been enjoying these few episodes above my expectations, and am (currently) bit more pleased with this show than majority of shows from this season.
I first saw this show on the 'later' tabs and thought that it would be interesting to see a mix between the two famous shows: Anohana and SAO. It potentially had the good story of Anohana and the actions of SAO. I then immediately look over to its original work, the light novel, and it HAD a score of 9, making me feel excited.
Out comes the preview and I was appalled. I didn't expect the artwork to be low budget and it destroyed all my hopes for this show. I also looked at the cover image and it looked like a generic "one of those"
The first episode was poorly executed and had an unbelievable premise. The about-to-come romance between the main character and the heroine also confused me. Is the main character, now a high schooler, written in a way to like an elementary schooler? (Not to mention that children don't act like children in this show)
Besides its cringy plot and the horrible art, the characters bemused me. That's when I noticed, the story tried to mimic the Anohana characters one to one. A direct copy, except inferior!
There is the main character, the dead girl, the guy who hates the main character because he liked the dead girl, the girl who will get rejected at the end, the shy girl, and the guy who's not going to get much screen time.
So why did I decide to watch three more episodes? I'm not sure.