「ルリ色の絆」 (Ruri-iro no Kizuna)
“Lapis Lazuli-Colored Bond”
Much like I had hoped, this second episode slows the frantic pace down and sets the foundation for the story. It even surprised me a bit with how many different aspects were built up, reaffirming my faith in Sunrise’s staff to put together an original story that has some depth to it. The first episode may not have been all that impressive, but combined with this second one, Sacred Seven is off to a great start. All the added exposition worked well in overshadowing the fact that at its very core, we had another Ashi “monster of the week” type of progression. The battle itself was actually really short-lived despite its flashy aerial nature, and not entirely without purposed either as it depicted Aruma’s acceptance of his powers and desire to help Ruri fight Ashi after learning why she’s desperately seeking his help.
I’ve been wondering about what drove Ruri to invest the Aiba Foundation’s money into an anti-Ashi organization ever since I read about an “incident”, and I quickly got my answer in the form of Ashi killing her parents and leaving her sister and only remaining blood-relative Aoi in a crystal-like prison. That in itself gave enough purpose to her struggle, something that was lacking in the premiere, but the writers decided to add a childhood twist to it by showing that Ruri was saved by Aruma in the past, giving new meaning to why she has so much faith in him — enough to dive out of a plane without a parachute believing that Aruma would activate his Sacred Seven powers in time anyway. I loved seeing the determination in Ruri’s face when she did, simply because I can’t remember the last time that I’ve seen a heroine with such a strong resolve to see things through. I dare say I’ve taken an immediate liking to her character just because of it.
Naturally, Ruri is only one half of the main protagonists, so I was happy to see them flesh out Aruma’s backstory a bit more as well. Namely, we found out that the guys he seriously injured deserved what they got coming to them, after they ganged up on him and threw his precious stone — likely a momento of his own mother — into the river. At the same time, it cleared up any confusion on why he’s constantly searching around in shallow streams, and interestingly enough, tied in his first meeting with Wakana. The series was able to quickly establish the bonds between the characters and give a sense that each of the characters have a reason for doing what they are now. I’m always quick to suspend my disbelief with anime, but when it comes to the characters themselves, I do like it when I can see where they’re coming from.
Last but definitely not least is a quick explanation that the Sacred Seven power is caused by a meteorite that crashed on Earth seventeen years ago, containing seven minerals that can transform the DNA of living creatures and grant them special powers if they come into contact with them. It turns out that Aruma’s mother likely came into contact with one of those foreign substances before giving birth to him. Sounds straightforward enough, much like most of the other plot that was delved into this episode, but works well in laying the foundation to the story like I mentioned above. With all of it in place, I’m most looking forward to seeing other Sacred Seven bearers, a.k.a. Sacred Takers, come into the picture, such as Kijima Night (Okamoto Nobuhiko) who’s still seen sneaking about. Luckily, it looks like I’ll see him in the very next episode, along with a female bearer, Lau Fei Zui (Nomizu Iori). There’s also Kenmi Yuuji (Konishi Katsuyuki), who’s after Sacred Takers in order to study their powers.
* P.S. I wish I had a rich director take over my school back in the day and provide 350 yen (~$3.50) steak lunch sets… with caviar!
* Note: This is one of twelve new titles that Crunchyroll recently announced. Unfortunately, their simulcast appears to be one week behind. See here for the other titles they’ve announced.
ED: 「輝跡 -kiseki-」 by 南里侑香 (Nanri Yuuka)
Watch the ED!: Streaming ▼