After two weeks of nothing happening, “Sacred Seven” gets right back into the thick of things: a no-stakes duel between two ugly combatants. The question we should be asking, however, is “Why?” That’s right — just ‘why.’ Why does anything ever happen in this anime?
Why are these guys fighting? What are they fighting for? You can’t just have action for the sake of action. Even sporting events have drama and storylines to give context to what we are watching. What are the character motivations at work here? Kenmi’s testing out his suit and… I’m not even sure who the other guy is. Number Zero? Is that a new character or is it just a codename for Knight Kijima?
“Why” plagues this entire episode and it’s really quite sad. I’ve complained recently that the last two episodes were lame and filler-ish, so when the plot finally picks up, it’s practically nonsensical. Maybe the filler episodes were a good thing after all; maybe filler is all this anime can do properly. After Knight Kijima kidnaps Ruri from right under Kagami’s nose, what does Kagami do next? He stops to tell Tandouji that Ruri’s missing. So when Tandouji naturally offers to help (what friend wouldn’t?), Kagami turns him down:
“Stay out. If this is a Darkstone incident, you could cause more harm than good.”
What the hell, man? Why did you even bother to tell the poor guy that Ruri’s missing then?
So Knight Kijima kidnaps Ruri because he needs to make a serum from her body, blood or something. Why Ruri and not just some random person? Who knows. She’s special somehow, I guess. Of course, the anime hasn’t given us any indication whatsoever that Ruri’s special, but she just is. So after he kidnaps her, Knight Kijima disappears from the episode for a while.
In the meantime, Tandouji is busy repairing that talking rock head. You’d think Kagami would’ve done this himself so he could ask the rock head what had happened back in the limo, but nah — leave it to Tandouji. He finishes this task just in time for the rock head to exclaim, “What I sensed back there…. Aw hell, I can sense it now!” Out of nowhere, Knight Kijima attacks.
Actually, why is he even attacking? He’s got Ruri so why is he even out and about? Arakune also suddenly appears and intercepts Kijima, which then causes Kijima to yell, “Stay out of my way!” Stay out of your way of what? Nobody has any goddamn clue what you’re doing. No one has any goddamn clue what any of these characters are doing.
Haven’t we done this song and dance already?
Remember how episode three ended? Kijima attacked a base of some sort, Arakune suited up and sparred with him a bit and then he ran away.
So what should happen this week? They spar again — this time, in a forest — and then Kijima runs away again. Uh, okay? Thanks for this?
Don’t be fooled — the plot started moving again, but it only moved an inch. Hell, all it probably did was fall forward. We learn this week that Doctor Kenmi used to experiment on Kijima, but this is something we could have surmised from the third episode.
Most of the episode is wasted on Ruri’s failed attempt to eat bento lunches with Arma so she mopes about it in the Rock Club. Considering how this episode is full of events happening for no rhyme or reason, maybe the writers are focusing on the wrong parts of the anime. Oh, but we have to have a bento lunch ’cause everyone’s watching this anime for the puppy love between Ruri and Arma~!
Strangely, the only thing that makes any sense in this crazy world is Wakana’s nutty obsession with rocks. Her character motivation might be simple — she likes rocks and she likes them a lot — but at least she actually has one. Wakana loves rocks so much, she formed the Rock Club.
She’ll even haul giant stones into a clubroom just to polish them on her free time. In a topsy-turvy world, Wakana is a rock (ho ho ho) you can depend on. She’s like the Hank Hill of anime; she sells rocks and rock accessories, I’ll tell you what.