In Tokyo, there exists a peaceful cohabitation between supernatural creatures—elves, dwarves, vampires, and more—and humans. However, contrary to history, powerful dragons once ruled over this world of creatures and humans but have since disappeared. Consequently, a diabolical group under the alias "Nine," who seek the miracles of the once godlike dragons, stirs up trouble in the streets of Tokyo, commiting mass murder and causing destruction. To combat the dangerous group of Nine, the police organize the Special 7—a group of highly skilled professionals whose abilities exceed those of ordinary humans.
Caught up in a bank robbery turned hostage crisis, Seiji Nanatsuki, having recently become a detective, has a chance encounter with Shiori Ichinose, a member of Special 7. Assisting with the resolution of the robbery, Seiji is recognized for his clear sense of justice and refreshing character, suddenly earning him a spot on the elite unit.
As he takes on new missions, Seiji finds that being a detective as part of Special 7 isn't the police work he expected, where working alongside a team of different species with special abilities and vibrant personalities brings unpredictability to his daily life and police work. While the everyday crime in Tokyo continues, Seiji and the Special 7 will fight not only to resolve special cases, but also obstruct the ill-intentioned plans of the merciless group of Nine.
First, quick disclaimer: I dropped the show after 6 episodes, so maybe it improves afterwards (don´t think so). Oh, and very mild spoilers on some action scenes ahead (no spoilers on the story, though).
Special 7 depicts a Shadowrun-esque world, similar to Copcraft, but one where magic use is very restricted and really powerful. It follows the adventures of an elite police unit that for reasons unknown operates independently from, and it´s despised by the rest of the police force.
It loosely follows the GitS template so we have the usual array of members. We have the MC (or more like audience surrogate), a normal human and
rookie detective, that joined the force because of [tragic childhood event]. Then there´s a small girl from some magical race I don´t remember who is a hacker and drone operator, and whose only character trait seems be to repeating 'I´m a ninja!' ad nauseam. The real ninja is a vampire gal, who looks cool but doesn't´t say much. Then the mandatory elite sniper with an eye-patch. And as driver we have a snotty elf with a grudge. Oh, and the mysterious boss too. The most interesting character is Ichinose, senior detective who cannot hit the broad side of a barn (except when plot demands it) but is apparently a tactical and analysis mastermind (although his plans are basically charge the enemy head-on).
So.. not top notch but not too bad, right? And is some aspects it is not. The characters are really one-dimensional but that´s not a cardinal sin if the story and action are OK. And the story, though bland and very predictable, kinda keeps the interest. But oh man the action sucks soooo much it utterly destroys the show.
Basically, the action is A-Team level of stupid. Blow a van with explosives? No problem, the passengers just walk out if it unscathed and ready to be cuffed. Shootout against 30 terrorists holding hostages? No issues, our team is able to shoot the guns out each and every terrorist hands! But the vampire has a sword, right? Worry not! She hits everyone with the flat side!
Now, I´m not a fan of gore, and I don´t need all my shows to be R-rated. But the action is so ridiculous it breaks all suspension of disbelief. Also, it´s not consistent. The snotty elf blows the head off 4-5 bad guys (in a fade-to-black, sure, but they´re gone for good). And then he gets shot in the gut. And there´s blood. And the bad guys kill people too. Off-screen mostly but they do and we even see pools of blood.
So why sometimes we have deaths and the rest of the time is A-Team level of nonsense? Go figure.
To summarize: Not great, not terrible. If the above does not bother you and you dig the 'orcs, elfs and magic in today´s world' setting, then give it a chance.