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OP Sequence

Sacred Seven   OP   01 Sacred Seven   OP   02 Sacred Seven   OP   03
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OP: 「stone cold」 by FictionJunction
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ED: 「輝跡 -kiseki-」 by 南里侑香 (Nanri Yuuka)
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「イシの目覚め」 (Ishi no Mezame)
“Awakening of the Stone”

It’s the battle of good versus evil using stones, and I don’t mean the rocks you pick up off the ground. In the premiere of Sunrise’s new original series, they didn’t deviate much from the story that was outlined, and depicted how 17-year-old Tandouji Aruma (Terashima Takuma) has been avoiding contact with people ever since his latent power went out of control and he was put on probation for injuring others. Everyone at school’s afraid of him, except the club leader of the Stone Club, Itou Wakana (Itou Kanae), who gives Aruma the benefit of the doubt and continually tries to recruit him into her club. All that went to show was that Aruma is a misunderstood individual who hates his accursed power, which seems to resonate when other evil rock monsters, a.k.a. “Ashi”, are nearby. Enter the CEO of the Aiba Foundation, Aiba Ruri (Nakajima Megumi), who’s intent on awakening Aruma’s true power to fight against the Ashi, and pays him a visit with her butler Kagami Makoto (Irino Miyu) to give him a new lease on life.

That’s pretty much what we were told to expect and very much what we got. What was surprisingly was how quickly we as the viewer were tossed into things. There was no introductory preamble or any inner dialogue build up the premise, and instead, just a lot of things happening one after another, from the deployment of the cute yet deadly Maid Unit under Makoto’s command to the Medusa monster that rose up from the passenger ship wreckage offshore. It almost felt like they were rushing through things just so that Aruma could realize his true powers with the help of Ruri’s jewel, all in the first episode, in hopes of grabbing the viewer’s interest immediately with a fast-paced start. For the most part I’d say it worked, showing both the out of control Aruma and this reborn Sacred Seven self, while dropping a few plot tidbits about how the Ashi are seeking the power of other stones. A proper explanation is probably in order when they dial things back a few notches in the next episode though, along with formal introductions for the Ashi that helps Ruri, Onigawara (Ookawa Tooru), and Wakana’s friends, Yamaguchi Ageha (Yamaguchi Rie) and Akasaki Nanami (Akasaki Chinatsu). (Notice the trend between the names of Aruma’s female classmates and their seiyuu.)

Production-wise, the character designs are somewhat reminiscent to those in CODE GEASS, which probably isn’t a coincidence seeing as designer Chiba Yuriko was the main animator in that Sunrise series. Along with the potential in the story, I like what I see so far, but by no means am I blown away by it either. I only had a lukewarm impression of the promo material after all, but was pretty set on covering this series because original anime have a certain appeal, particularly Sunrise ones. Hopefully my faith in the studio pays off, and things become more interesting once other Sacred Seven bearers come into the picture, such as the Kijima Night (Okamoto Nobuhiko) who’s seen flying about, though I suspect we’re going to delve into the high school aspect now that Aruma has joined the Stone Club. It’s still far too early to tell.

* Opening and ending themes by FictionJunction and Nanri Yuuka respectively are always big pluses in my book.

 

Preview

Sacred Seven   01   Preview 01 Sacred Seven   01   Preview 02 Sacred Seven   01   Preview 03
July 3, 2011 at 1:28 am
114 comments »
  • July 3, 2011 at 1:34 amSkattack

    Looks a little too shouneny for my tastes, but Itou kanae and Nakajima Megumi? Why must I be tempted so?

    • July 3, 2011 at 1:46 amDivine

      Do it. Do it. Dooo it.

      No pressure by the way. :)

  • July 3, 2011 at 1:44 amKGFJ

    I thought I was the one who got code geass impression from the design!

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:01 ambanzemanga

    This anime seems to be waaaaaaaaaaaaaay to cliche.

    And even though it might seem to be packed with actions, they don’t seem to be concerned with damages. They just go rampage like they are fighting on a desolated area.

    I liked the original red suit better than the upgraded one. Specially because his cliche lines makes his new suit become a total power ranger character. And the main character changed so much completely breaking his cool image.

    • July 4, 2011 at 1:36 amtreize

      I agree the first suit was much better. The whole red one eyed look was awesome. If that form is gone forever I might lose this show or start rooting for the bad guys as I did in Star Driver.

    • July 5, 2011 at 4:47 pmFalmung

      I also liked the bersek suit better. I’m pretty sure its not gone. He probably goes berserk when he gets angry or something and turns into that.

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:03 amShirt

    Gah.. no subs yet. >:3
    *jealous*

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:09 amLen

    The hero looks like The guy from megaman zx advent the one with the a trans :))

    • July 4, 2011 at 6:28 pmBass.EXE

      ha! it totally does

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:14 amLitho

    Was decent up to the point he got the corny looking costume.

    • July 3, 2011 at 8:45 pmKarmafan

      I agree. I liked the 1st episode until he got the power rangers look. This looks like a series thats created solely to sell toy action figures.

      • July 3, 2011 at 11:35 pmKp

        haha, power ranger also ran through my mind, not about is look, but for some reason it gave me the impression that the monster was gonna explode in the background…though it didnt happen.

    • July 4, 2011 at 4:03 amHrmmm

      I disagree. I like the upgraded suit, looks like a sleek/suave hero.

      Too bad he doesn’t use a sword, though that woulda made it pretty cliche.

      • July 4, 2011 at 1:25 pmMark

        Didn’t you notice he had an equipment select screen? Can’t have one of those without a sword. Also, the ending showed another guy get a sword (presumably an enemy). It wouldn’t be worth highlighting that if there was just a one-sided sword fight coming up.

    • July 4, 2011 at 11:35 amCharles (^-^)

      reminds me of mega man :D

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:37 amObsidianTK

    The OP really reminds me of Star Driver, in terms of the big swaths of basic colors. While I liked the Star Driver OP, I quickly got bored of the actual show. I hope the similarity in OPs doesn’t mean a similarity in actual shows!

    • July 3, 2011 at 1:02 pmBass.EXE

      Don’t you know? Every anime OP is the exact same! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibPCLMH1NM4 XD

      • July 4, 2011 at 10:51 amduk3 fleed

        ahah!awesome. the whole people running is worth laughing at. thanks for the link

    • July 5, 2011 at 2:59 pmMcTricky

      I think just the beginning of the OP with the side shot of Tandouji on his motor scooter was the only similarity with Star Driver’s OP.

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:40 amFlappy

    Well I havnt watched the anime yet to give it a try but at least the opening was good :P

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:40 amkarry

    When people blog unsubbed episodes its just as annoying as when they blog it a week after it was subbed.

    …*sigh* i wish they’d just animate Jojo or something.

    • July 3, 2011 at 3:46 amDivine

      I’d normally say, “This site has always been known for covering raws”, but then I look at your all previous comments and realize how trollish you are, so I’m tempted to just say, “Go learn some Japanese then.” Better yet, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

      Looking at your track record, I’m hard-pressed to find a good reason why I shouldn’t just mark all your comments as spam.

    • July 3, 2011 at 7:31 amShirt

      [-clicky-]

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:44 amSereni

    Thanks for the post : ) I might check it out now I’ve read a bit about it.

  • July 3, 2011 at 3:58 amCroos

    oh. you didn’t take his thumbs up poses. Well anyway, nice job pointing out things. Looking forward for more.
    Yeah now that you think of it there is a CODE GEASSE feel in it.

  • July 3, 2011 at 4:17 amricz

    I’ve watched blood -c and the 1st part of kamisama…like them both
    gonna wait for the sub of this one then decide if I’m gonna continue watching this one

  • July 3, 2011 at 4:32 amblack_cat1

    At first, I’m not quite interested in this show cause of the school theme (I prefer a war theme) but after I read your article then I will give it a try.

  • July 3, 2011 at 5:21 amRei

    Have you seen the OP PV? MY GOD. KALAFINAAAAAAA /dies Kajiura is a god.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NqXqqAYbyc&feature=player_embedded

    • July 3, 2011 at 6:08 amDav

      Sacred Seven’s opening is by FictionJunction but yeah, two members of FictionJunction are part of Kalafina anyway. And yes, awsm PV is awsm ;D

      • July 4, 2011 at 9:49 amKou

        That would explain the sound. We’ve only very recently had a Kalafina song in an anime with the Madoka ED. It has a similar sound and feel.

      • July 5, 2011 at 8:26 pmJing Yi

        Kalafina sang for Black Butler’s 2nd ED in the first season.

    • July 3, 2011 at 6:44 amdefunktbots

      hawt 0_0

    • July 3, 2011 at 11:54 pmFlappy

      Thanks for the link :D, they always make an anime OP become awesome.

  • July 3, 2011 at 5:37 amcutemi2

    our Japinoy seiyuu is back with a new anime, good luck….

  • July 3, 2011 at 6:36 amBass.EXE

    Oh, Sunrise, can you do no wrong? They make great series and then staffers go on to make other great companies. (~_~)

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:16 amwahahahahaha

    I see Shirley role in Wakana……

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:23 amsaviourshadow

    im perfectly fine with sunrise mecha-type anime so ya i will watch

  • July 3, 2011 at 8:04 amOni

    i like the op song will give this a try

  • July 3, 2011 at 8:41 amyanipheonu

    I do like that they don’t seem to be using too much cgi (from the looks of it) so prolly will check it out. Always ruins it for me when the concept is cool but the main character is piloting what appears to be a crappy cgi suit.

    • July 3, 2011 at 2:47 pmEgoToMoko

      The Blassreiter syndrome, been there …

    • July 3, 2011 at 5:33 pmDivine

      Heh, Blassreiter was GONZO though. The CG that Sunrise is using in TIGER & BUNNY looks pretty seamless.

      Of course, I still prefer things to be fully animated if I had to choose, so you’re right, Sacred Seven does have that going for it.

  • July 3, 2011 at 8:42 amtomphile

    Itou Kanae? Isn’t that Elsie. I just might watch this series just for that.

  • July 3, 2011 at 9:09 amLuxorcist

    Those curls…

    Let’s hope she doesn’t lose her head in all this.

  • July 3, 2011 at 9:22 amsealouse

    Maybe I will check this out.

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:41 pmEgoToMoko

    Nice animation, the char design and mecha design are ok, certainly looked a bit weird at first, something halfway between Xamdou and Star Driver, let’s hope the storyline evolves a bit more than just mythical creatures eating gems, getting bigger, making bigger craters when smashed. For a couple of seconds, I reminisced some ol’ fashioned franchised anime from the eighties …

    P.S. i had mixed feelings about that red middle fingered left hand gun-thing … 6 other odd “weapons” to come?

  • July 3, 2011 at 3:44 pmbearzerger

    This first episode was half assed in every regard. The plot, the characters, the jokes and the design.

    The plot is lame and the pacing is already rushed in the very first episode, the characters come off as shallow and their development is inconsistent and completely unbelievable, the jokes fall flat, all of them, and the character design looks childish and clumsy.

    Well, perhaps it’ll get better since I’m sure I’ll end up watching another episode next week since it airs on sunday night for me, but I rather doubt it. It’s just too much like kamen ranger.

    • July 3, 2011 at 4:25 pmDivine

      It definitely wasn’t an instant sale, but I still feel it’s worth holding out for.

    • July 3, 2011 at 8:50 pmKarmafan

      WOW you sound super critical. I bet you live alone.

      • July 4, 2011 at 2:16 ambearzerger

        What’s got me being critical to do with whether I live alone or not? which I don’t by the way.
        To me this first episode was on the same level as one of those card trading game animes like Zoids or Digimon/YugiOh/Whatever, although in S7′s defense the animation was far better than in those shows.

      • July 4, 2011 at 11:40 amCharles (^-^)

        zoids wasnt about cards get your facts straight >.>…

    • July 4, 2011 at 4:07 amHrmmm

      Tiger & Bunny had a sub-par opening ep imo, but after watching a few more eps it turned out to be great fun to watch.

      Same thing applies, and coincidentally both series are Sunrise.

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:25 pmOnisu

    Cliche episode.

    I also have a hard time taking the series seriously when the main character is driving around what looks to be a moped meant for 8 year olds.

    • July 4, 2011 at 8:40 pmRoiFang

      Cliche for the win

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:50 pmAndré

    This episode was good, but things are going too fast with this show. They could have easily divided the content of this first episode in two or three episodes.

    • July 3, 2011 at 7:54 pmAndré

      And it’s nice to see a shounen main character who is not an idiot.

      • July 4, 2011 at 9:27 pmYyi

        I kinda disagree. The intro episode should set the pace for the show, especially since its action genre. Would be turned off if Tandoji finally got his true form in…say…the 3rd episode.

  • July 3, 2011 at 7:54 pmKyon12

    For some weird reason when I see that guy transform it reminds me of Boktai…..

  • July 3, 2011 at 8:01 pmSeishun Otoko

    Wow, really like what I just saw and I think it’ll get very much more interesting once the story starts to unfold.
    I find the old school character designs are very refreshing and the opening by FictionJunction is probably one of the best I’ve heard so far.
    I’m sold and Sacred Seven’s the first to make my summer list :)

  • July 3, 2011 at 8:57 pminfo600

    why do I get a feeling that this show is a cross between dragonball, power rangers, and bleach… (just looking @ the screencaps too) am I wrong?

  • July 3, 2011 at 9:12 pmFling

    I liked Code Geass and Gundam 00 so I was pretty excited about this. Disappointed at the first episode though. Fighting random rock monsters just isn’t as interesting as various groups of people with different ideals clashing.

    It’s also 12 eps so not expecting much out of this series now.

  • July 3, 2011 at 9:52 pmDream

    I’m still not too impressed with this, though I have high expectations for an original story by Sunrise. I’ve just seen ep1 and, so far, it looks like Code Geass’ ugly brother.
    Also, like banzemanga said, I liked the red suit better c:
    We’ll see how it turns out.

  • July 3, 2011 at 11:50 pmchaos

    I thought Arma has a strange resemblance to Lelouch from Code Geass. Looks like lelouch is up to no good again. LOL, I love the over-the-top graphic quality and character designs. The actions are fast pace and attention-grabbing.

    I said the preview here and thought the quality as well as the storyline look interesting from those picture alone. I am glad I saw it. Look like I have something new and interesting to look forward to from now on.

    Hopefuly, it is a 24 episodes series with two seasons…those are usually the best.

    • July 4, 2011 at 12:09 amDivine

      It’s likely 12 episodes according to broadcast schedules.

  • July 3, 2011 at 11:58 pmZeruFenrir

    I think I like the look of Arma’s berserk form more then the one he gains later in the episode.

  • July 4, 2011 at 12:06 amCaiSter

    does the music remind anyone of gundam seed?

  • July 4, 2011 at 12:23 amDa5id

    Please don’t be another Star Driver…

    • July 4, 2011 at 1:50 amPockyG

      Whats with all the SD hate?

  • July 4, 2011 at 12:23 amab

    its FictionJunction after all

  • July 4, 2011 at 1:06 amZero

    Wow its like Megaman x Shinobi meets Code Geass meets Eureka 7 (because of the hover board)

    • July 4, 2011 at 4:52 amfragb85

      Add Gravion for all the army of maids!

  • July 4, 2011 at 2:59 amfragb85

    So basically we have a maid army who fights evil forces with advanced weaponry, high-tech facilities and a HUGE amount of jurisdiction? Sound familiar? This is ****-ing Gravion! Except replace Sandman with a cute girl and the Giant Robot with Power Armor.

    I think I’m going to love this series.

    • July 4, 2011 at 11:40 amZero

      Your forgetting Megaman x Shinobi

  • July 4, 2011 at 3:20 amsto

    i think this is going to be an entertaining series for sure
    i wouldn’t expect much depth out of something that is only one cour long and opens so suddenly like this. but the animation of the action scenes are pretty decent. being sunrise i don’t think they will run out of budget and deviate the animation quality either.

    hopefully i have not just jinxed the series!

    ps. as divine has said, fictionjunction + yuuka already makes the show awesome lol

  • July 4, 2011 at 3:37 amamado

    as others said, the one-eyed suit was much better and cooler.

    also, he has some more similarities with code geass considering that its one of his eyes glows.

  • July 4, 2011 at 4:13 amshadowblack

    Anyone else thought “Knightmare!” when seeing the butler’s robot?

  • July 4, 2011 at 4:37 amlkaze

    Just the first episode, already i felt that 12 episode is not enough.

  • July 4, 2011 at 4:37 amPepper

    Not sure about this. I was never really a fan of the Code Geass character designs and the episode itself didn’t grab me in the same way as the first episodes other Sunrise originals (Code Geass and Tiger & Bunny respectively) did.

    I found it marginally entertaining, definitely worth a few more episodes at least.

  • July 4, 2011 at 4:58 amCobalt Wargear

    wait a sec doesn’t his awaken form remind any of MMZ Zero?

  • July 4, 2011 at 5:00 amCobalt Wargear

    sorry correction mean the Megaman ZX

    • July 4, 2011 at 6:12 amDivine

      Yeah he does. Very much so in fact.

      • July 4, 2011 at 2:05 pmCobalt Wargear

        u what is find funny is that the story is almost like Megaman Zero game the openning already gave me the wtf am i watching someone play MMZ feel to it LOL

  • July 4, 2011 at 8:04 amhablo

    Has anyone noticed!? Somehow the setting reminds me of the anime Demonbane or not?

    • July 4, 2011 at 8:25 amChaos

      mythology check, Rich girl with combat butler check, girl also gives him the power to transform into warrior check, ya id say there are some similarities between it and demonbane-i actually liked that series it was good. Oh i for got army of maids check.

      Ive found it odd that some organizations with women as the head would choose to have an army of maids that are everything from cleaning staff to special forces.

    • July 4, 2011 at 12:31 pmAex

      Be nice if more then the setting was similar to Demonbane. That show rocked AND it had a good ending!

  • July 4, 2011 at 8:29 amMcTricky

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think people are hating on the show way too quick. I’d say give this show 2 more episodes to determine whether or not it’s a show that’s another generic shounen.

    Also, is just me or does Kagami remind you of Sebastian Michaels from Kuroshitsuji?

  • July 4, 2011 at 9:04 amCostome

    So the Phantomhive butler got himself a new job.

  • July 4, 2011 at 9:14 amKurofaise

    I thought it was a collection of annoying clichés and tropes that formed a a plot that was told terribly and everything else about the series was just a bit empty and stale. The introduction of characters, what the situation was like and how the action started, for me it all just seemed like a bundle of mess.

    The character designs are a bit uninteresting and nothing stands out or interests me in the powers or action. I thought I would atleast slightly enjoy this like I do with most Anime-Original series but this was just messy. I’ll watch the next few episodes with hope that it will improve. :)

  • July 4, 2011 at 9:23 amOdeus

    This show is great. At first I thought “aw crap this is gonna be another giant robot scenario.” Then I saw some good developments and a lot of good action. From the first impressions, I may keep watching this. I just hope it doesn’t turn into a monster of the week type thing.

  • July 4, 2011 at 10:59 amkazukifafner

    You know, I actually liked this show. I enjoyed it’s formulaic and cliche concepts/characters. Granted, I’m a sucker for these types of shows, so I have a tendency to just find them fun and nothing more. I liked the characters, I liked the setup, and I loved the action. I thought it was a blast of an episode, in my honest opinion.

  • July 4, 2011 at 11:00 amJin

    Sunrise has yet to fail me… I BELIEVE!

  • July 4, 2011 at 11:17 amQB

    Facts original series is always a 11~13 episode anime.
    Originally Code Geass is a 13 episode anime, but since it has highest ratings for six straight episodes, they extended it, yet the ratings didn’t drop down, so a sequel is necessary. The same goes with Tiger and Bunny, it was intended as a 13 episode anime, but with the same approach with Code Geass, they extended it.

    Let’s see sunrise combined all famous concepts and merged it into one.
    - The transformation via Aiba Ruri is from pretty-cure, mahou shoujo series.
    - initial not yet pretty-cured version reminds me of Kamen Rider.
    - Mega Man ZX
    - Knightmare frames from Code Geass
    - Maids and a butler defending the earth……

    • July 4, 2011 at 1:52 pmKaioshin Sama

      Source?

    • July 4, 2011 at 6:35 pmBass.EXE

      Do you have a source for this? The official Tiger & Bunny Facebook page said it was going to be 25 episodes after episode 2 came out…

    • July 6, 2011 at 1:23 amAlanter

      just dont believe this shit.

      Code geass was originally planned for 25 eps – same goes with Gundam 00.

      that being said, it’s all depends on the popularity of the anime itself

  • July 4, 2011 at 11:26 amMM

    This looks like an interesting series that i think i might watch. side note: is it me, or does that character whose in the black and looks like a robot, looks like a character from pokemon

  • July 4, 2011 at 11:37 amAex

    Aw crap, is this gonna be another Code Geass where everyone starts dying and/or going insane at random points in the show? That was really distracting… and really sucked >.<

    • July 4, 2011 at 2:00 pmCobalt Wargear

      sorry im very sorry i begged to differ code geass was and still is a show of epic proportions. U want massive random deaths plz watch GSD now those are random deaths.

  • July 4, 2011 at 1:46 pmlaaa

    I hope this wont end as one of mainstream 12 ep a bit of everything and nothing at the end

  • July 4, 2011 at 3:35 pmjingoi

    Sorry I’m not riding this wreck.
    I still haven’t finished Infinite Stratos or started Star Driver.
    Additionally I’ve dropped Gosick in favor of Tegami Bachi.

  • July 4, 2011 at 4:44 pmargus88

    From the 1st episode, I thought it was solid. It wasn’t amazing, but there was still enough for it to pique my interest. I’ll see how it goes in the next couple of episodes though.

  • July 4, 2011 at 8:46 pmAvalanche

    Hmm, cliches everywhere, but it is a lot more interesting then what I original thought.
    -insert lame pun about the shows potential to ‘rock’-

    I’m a bit disappoint there isn’t an image of his desu eyes.

  • July 5, 2011 at 5:01 amcybersteel

    Doesn’t the weapon selection buttons remind you of an iphone app?

  • July 5, 2011 at 2:51 pmDiscoman

    Solid start. It’s already been said that this show is cliche, and I agree, but at least its executed well. The action was a blast to watch. This show seems to be playing straight a lot of ridiculous stuff (tiny moped, action maids) and that doesn’t bother me one bit for some reason..

    I, too, liked the red-eye berserker armor more than his Mega Man ZX-style light armor, but it doesn’t look bad. If it had more of a mask to it like his first form, I think I’d like it more.

  • July 5, 2011 at 9:17 pmBoozerX

    I hate the second suit, too childish.

  • July 5, 2011 at 10:23 pmRuu27

    Aruma is reaaaaaaaaaly tall… much taller than the average main character. XD

    But seriously, I really enjoyed the episode and will keep watching. *two thumps up*

    • July 6, 2011 at 2:44 pmZer0Styl3

      Well, he does seem tall but that’s comparing him to the students so can’t really say when compared to adults. IDK, Sunrise do have a habit of making their main characters tall. Look at Lelouch from CG and Kira Yamato from Gundam Seed. They really looked tall although besides the adults, they looked normal.

      I do hope that there’s a character that might be similar to Suzaku from CG. It might be a perfect foil to Aruma. And yeah, make him tall too!

  • July 6, 2011 at 2:39 pmZer0Styl3

    Agree completely with this post. It’s satisfactory for me as well. While the reference to Code Geass was a pleasant surprise, I would have really liked if Tandouji didn’t go from bad guy to good guy almost immediately. I would have preferred if there was some character development for him to grow. But, then again it’s first episode so can’t really jump to conclusions though.

    I, too, hated the second costume which many of you guys said: It’s Megaman ZX/Power Rangers costume! But I did loved the reference to Knightmare Frames especially the mecha which the butler rode(on a side note: the butler looks like Uryuu from Bleach). It’s interesting to note that Sunrise labelled this anime as a battle school action project. The tagline was “People’s memories change the world!” So, what Ruri did was to take away memories that caused Tandouji pain? Or was it something else?

    After watching the episode, I actually secretly wished that S7′s plot go the way of Code Geass. CG’s plot was brilliant and the twist at the end really capped it off. I do hope Sunrise can go that route but of course, not blatantly copying CG all the way. (But somehow it’s similar IMO: Lelouch started out as a good guy, who became an evil villain, who then became the unseen hero who sacrificed everything. Maybe Tandouji might be: Start out as bad guy, become good guy later, become bad guy again due to circumstances and the red berserker suit appears again! LOL, just speculating)

    Anyway, it’s still a first episode and we can’t just based the entire the season on just one episode. Maybe we can make a better judgement after 2-3 episodes. But I’ll give it at least a 7/10 rating for at least capturing my attention.

  • July 6, 2011 at 4:38 pmpaulrenzo

    Am I the only one who was interested in this episode?

  • July 6, 2011 at 5:30 pmJelly

    It’s Lelouch and Suzaku’s love child!

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:56 amxtine06

    Aside from Aruma looking a lot like Lelouch..(it’s like I am really seeing a dead person come back to life), isn’t it also that the Butler looks like Sebastian of Kuroshitsuji?? Or was it just me?

    • July 10, 2011 at 6:02 pmEiensora

      It’s not just you i was thinking exactly the same thing!~ When i first saw Kagami i was like OMG WHY IS SEBASTIAN HERE O_____O

  • July 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm004samro

    Miyu Irino was the f’n butler!? I did not recognize his voice. Hopefully this as good as Star Driver, only with WAAAAY LESSS god-moding. Seriously…….

  • July 9, 2011 at 6:22 amZwei

    basically, this reminds me of classic sentai series imbued in anime artistry.
    overall, this series is very likeable ^^

  • July 27, 2011 at 1:55 amgonzhilaz

    ROCKMAN!! Oopss…wrong…DARKSTONEMAN!!! more like Rockman Zero….