Sacred Seven Episode 2: A Lesson in Irresponsible Skydiving

It’s pretty well established that Sacred Seven is on the fence as far as taking itself too seriously goes. On one hand, you have heartfelt drama and a dark past that makes Alma thinking he’s the equivalent of the Hulk more believable. On the other, you have a maid combat force and a girl jumping out of a plane without a parachute because there’s apparently no time to put one on. Even if it is taking itself ridiculously seriously, it’s hard to tell with the goofy character antics.

 

With Ruri and co moving to Alma’s school, it’s given an entirely new look. Alma wanders around before he comes across Hellbrick, the annoying volcanic slab that kept badmouthing Ruri in the first episode. Ruri arrives in time to give exposition regarding the fact that Hellbrick is a dark stone, akin to the medusa that Alma fought in the previous episode. Unlike Alma, who eventually gained control over his powers with Ruri’s help, and a stupid suit to go along with it, Hellbrick and other dark stones don’t have that ability. Ruri further elaborates about the ‘Sacred Seven’, meteors that fell to Earth and caused all sorts of adverse effects to surrounding life.

The true form of ultimate power

It’s theorized that this is how Alma got his powers, and why his mother died so early. It’s also learned through flashbacks that he killed those people inadvertently because they took the neat glowing stone that kept his powers in check. So… I guess they kind of deserved it for being standard anime delinquents.

Meanwhile, at a US Air Force base, a snake-like dark stone is seen sneaking into an airplane and transforming it into a sandy maelstrom fed by the rage of two dragons headed straight for Japan. Naturally, Ruri and Alma are sent to intercept it and put an end to its destructive potential. The list of catastrophically stupid decisions that they make goes on and on, but is best summarized in this short bulleted format:

  • They bring everyone along with them, not sparing anything in the very real possibility of the operation going awry.
  • The door to the plane is left open during the turbulence before anybody can even strap on a parachute, leaving Alma and Hellbrick to fall out and plummet to their certain deaths.
And guess who decides to join the party?

Ruri follows, not taking ten seconds to put on a parachute and banking on the chance of the non-parachuted Alma somehow catching her even though they’re being buffeted around by the storm. Of course he does so, she puts her stone in him in as nonsexual a manner as possible, he transforms into that really lame looking suit, and rides a rocket board to find Hellbrick, swallowed by the octopus dragon monster, and shoot at its weak point to turn it to stone.

Our episode ends with Japan saved, and Hellbrick at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, cursing at nearby fish. Everything is as it should be.

Reaction

I can’t be the only one who wondered what happened with the jewel at the end of the first episode. I mean you’d think, considering how important it was, Ruri would take it back from the museum and put it somewhere safer so no more dark stones could attempt to obtain it. What was the point of having that cliffhanger at the end of the first episode if it’s just going to be glossed over in the next for a lesson in irresponsible skydiving etiquette?

There are many other complaints I can level against it beyond lack of continuity to focus on laughably reckless behavior. However, I will praise Sacred Seven for the backstory. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but it ended up being the most interesting part of the episode, since the fight with the dragon was resolved in almost no time at all.

Sacred Seven just isn’t that compelling right now, nor is it original. It borrows heavily from other series, gets wearily predictable, but throws in the occasional nice touch along the way to add its own charm. I can’t say that I’m enjoying it, but it’s certainly watchable. Provided it sorts out that bit of odd discontinuation between episodes, I think it’ll be safe to say that Sacred Seven will be one of the more entertaining entries of the season. If not… well, there’s still the odd sensibilities that it has. Like that weird rocket board thing.

Seriously, who thought that this looked cool?