Sacred Seven 12 (Final): A Reason To Live

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Aoi’s appearance this week: mere flashback or a sign of what’s to come? As the story draws closer to its finale, lots of loose ends are tied and crystals shattered. Will either Kijima or Kagami ever prove themselves useful this late in the game? Did we really see Arma break character and shed some honest manly tears? Will Fei’s Darkstone transformation ever make its way into the hands of a skilled vinyl figure artist? And will Kenmi ever know the concept of self-restraint in his path to master Darkstone God-mode?

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Sacred Seven 11: Community Service

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After facing problems with tax evasion accusations that are probably true in hindsight, the Aiba Foundation is brought down by authorities and everything starts to hit the fan. If not for our wonderful team of maid soldiers and little miss trump-card Fei, I doubt the cast would have lived to survive past this point in time in the story.

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Sacred Seven 08: An Offer He Can’t Refuse

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After another one of Hellbrick’s mishaps from not being properly glued back together by Arma, Ruri takes it upon herself to seize the situation and take Arma with her to find the piece of stone necessary to fix Hellbrick once and for all. Little does Arma know of Ms. Aiba’s true intentions hidden behind that ominous, black ‘Aiba Foundation’ portfolio containing a written contract to bind the two’s efforts together by way of legalities. Necessary? Only because Ruri and Arma probably have the worst communication skills ever. And painfully enough, an entire episode was dedicated to highlighting exactly that. At least it’s not a magical girl contract.

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Sacred Seven 03-05: Shiny Jewels

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It seems as though leaving Sacred Seven alone for three episodes didn’t seem to hurt my chances of attempting to cram too much story into one post. Sure, new Darkstones appeared each episode and our heroes continued to find ways to thwart their uprisings, but the last two episodes really just seemed like empty fillers that could have easily been done away with.

On a lighter note, we at least got to see the characters warm up to each other. Wakana’s got everyone almost jazzed up about her passion for all things rock-related, Nanami and Ageha are getting to know the main cast better through Wakana’s growing friendship with Alma, Ruri, and Kagami, and Hellbrick is… well, Hellbrick is just plain awesome. Who cares if he’s just a stone that helps the cast sense Darkstones. Alma and Ruri? Well, they’re having fun playing with their lightstone jewels and spending a fortune on purchasing new ones to restock their supply, and that’s about it. Nevermind that we seem to now be aware of other groups using Darkstones for their own mysterious purposes or anything like that. Let’s just wait a few more episodes to lay the story down thick.

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Usagi Drop: The Manga / Spring & Summer 2011 At A Glance

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As much as Rin and Daikichi are engrossed in their respective choices of literature, I decided to pick up the Usagi Drop manga and haven’t been able to put it down lately. Does that explain why some shows on my blog reel are a bit behind, like Sacred Seven and Ikoku Meiro no Croisee? Well, partly.

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Sacred Seven 02: Parachutes Not Included

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The monsters get bigger, Onigawara gets prettier (not one ribbon but two!), Alma learns how to do the cut back drop turn, the American military utterly fails to securely transport a top secret object, and Ruri seems to have no sense of safety because she absolutely refuses to use a parachute when diving into an ominous red cloud with nothing but gemstones and her belief that Alma will protect her. Let’s just toss out the common sense and over-the-top situations and enjoy the show.

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Sacred Seven 01: First Impression

Tandoji Alma possesses an unusual and powerful ability to take on supernatural creatures by nearly turning himself into one during each new encounter, but only the young female head of a rich and equally powerful company (economically and politically, apparently) has the power to contain and harness its true potential. Hey, at least it’s not a Soul Gem she recovers from him.

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