Sacred Seven Episode 3: Winners Don’t Use Drugs

After the middling followup to the somewhat promising first episode, Sacred Seven seemed poised to be completely average in every respect, with very little focus on a main story. I can’t say that this episode completely dispelled that, but it gave a possibility for something more than the sum of its parts. And all it took was a reasonable introduction of drugs into the mix.

So we start this episode off with a surprisingly non-Engrishy auction in England, where Ruri purchases a precious gem for more than five times what the last bid was. She walks away, acknowledging how this reckless spending to destroy the darkstones using Alma’s power will most likely leave her penniless. After the OP, we cut to the same flying figure cloaked in night that made the appearance at the beginning of the first episode. A not too pleasant man has his car immobilized by this figure, and Makoto fights it before having his mech suit’s arms melted into the asphalt.

The man whose car was attacked pulls out a gem, which gives him the most fabulous crystal suit of the series thus far, and fights the flying black figure off somewhat unsuccessfully before Alma arrives.

The darkstone portion of Alma reacts to the assailant, sending him into an unwilling transformation narrowly offset by his will, leaving him unconscious. The cloaked figure gets away, and Alma is taken to convalesce in Ruri’s mansion.

Alma wakes up and immediately follows Ruri, where the man from earlier, Yuuji Kenbi, is talking with her about the assailant, Kijima Night. It’s learned that Yuuji is part of an organization that gathers those affected by Sacred Seven from around the world to keep them from realizing their destructive potential. Kijima was given drugs that kept the transformations at bay, but for some odd reason, Yuuji and co wouldn’t give him anymore. It’s also learned that Kijima was behind the medusa attacks and the assault on the US aircraft, both of which Alma had to help quash.

The group goes to protect Yuuji at his compound from Kijima’s inevitable attack, aided by a rather apathetic girl who makes the worst guard ever as far as sheer lack of effort goes. Alma fights with Kijima while Makoto and his silly mech fight the centipede snake things that protected the corrupted aircraft in the prior episode. And Kijima is burned, almost drowned, and electrocuted nearly to death for attempting to reach the drugs, which strikes me as being evil just for the sake of evil.

Sympathy? What's that?

Oh, and Kijima is bare chested without his suit, so there’s the fanservice for you ladies. Kijima escapes from the facility without his spoils, but with the knowledge that Alma will be his greatest opponent. And thus, our introduction to the occasionally baffling world of Sacred Seven truly ends.

Reaction

I’ll say right now, this episode hit all the right spots that I thought the first two episodes would. Unlike the second, it felt like it actually had a point other than making Alma look like a tool on his hoverboard. Unlike the first, it felt like it wasn’t taking itself anywhere near as seriously, even with the scientists withholding drugs from Kijima for no reason other than to appear evil. I wouldn’t call it a great episode, since it still doesn’t do away with what made it less than stellar before, but it feels like the plot’s back on track and the characters are getting reasonably involved, if not developed.

Kijima, getting as involved as he needs to be.

The minute the concept of an organization protecting the world by regulating those affected by the Sacred Seven though, I felt that I could predict the direction of the plot: The organization is going to turn out to be evil, or at least misguided, Alma’s going to sympathize with Kijima and his plea for sanity, and Alma’s suit is going to exhibit even more ridiculous functions.

For those who haven’t cared for the direction that it’s going but aren’t willing to drop out yet, this might be the change necessary to make it decent. If you’ve dropped out already and are reading this out of some sort of curiosity, don’t get back into it. It isn’t doing enough differently to be worth your time.