To get things out of the way, no I didn’t write anything about the previous week of Sacred Seven. Not only did I watch it a week later than I should’ve, but I couldn’t for the life of me think of anything remotely worth mentioning about the damn episode. It furthered no plots, writing play by play descriptions of action scenes is tedious, and it just wasn’t bad enough to warrant tearing it apart. It was bad, but not in a way that’s gleeful to laugh at.
So with that long winded introduction out of the way, here’s episode ten, which is as ham-fisted as it is lacking in any sort of logic. Thankfully, the ensuing brain damage is offset slightly by the continued replacement of character names with Final Fantasy characters in the subtitles. So yeah, Sacred Seven has proven itself execrable from start to near-finish. That doesn’t stop this episode from going above and beyond the call of duty by being as perplexing as it is unnecessary. Do we really need to have Ruri’s crystallized sister brought into the mix when the current cast could hardly be kept afloat by the lousy script? The short answer is a definite no, but Sunrise isn’t known as one of the more brilliant studios.
In this very special episode, we learn Ruri’s motivations for founding a counterterrorism organization helmed almost exclusively by maids, and unfortunately it doesn’t lead up to a horrific line about “Cleaning up crime”. In fact, all it leads up to is disappointment and a vague sense of bitterness at the aforementioned disappointment, compounded by the perplexing circumstances of Ruri’s sister’s crystallization.
Basically, Ruri and her sister were heavily affected by the Sacred Seven, a force that actually plays about as large a role in the story as my cat does a professional Shakespeare production. Around Christmastime, Kenbi came to visit with the smuggest face possible for the occasion, only to tell Ruri’s then-alive father that he wishes to take the two daughters away to be researched. When the father staunchly refuses, Kenbi walks away undeterred, only more determined to take the daughters away from their rightful home.
After a falling out in which a clay angel Ruri made fell apart, the family headed up to their stately winter estate, leaving a mini butler Kagami to care for Ruri as she carefully crafted a new angel for the top of their Christmas tree. However, as luck would have it, Kenbi staged an attack on the estate with everyone there, the Dark Stone that he used tearing through the staff like paper. After killing Ruri’s entire family sans her sister, it’s defeated by Kagami’s butler father using a conveniently placed activated mine.
When Ruri and Kagami arrive, they find the house on fire, Kagami’s father dying an overly dramatic death in the snow, and Aoi encased in crystal. This random series of events gives Ruri the drive to spend a surprisingly large sum to create a meido army the likes of which we can only dream of.
Despite how this show wants to make him even duller than the rocks he aspires to be, I actually rather like Squal- err… I mean Alma. He isn’t a great character by any means, but I think he would have the potential to be if he were actually given time to develop. But no, good characters are at quite a premium in this show, limited to the less obvious villains. When it comes to the episode itself, I have no opinion worth forming. It’s hilariously overwrought shit that fails to be serious in any way. It’s a rather shallow response, but again it’s fitting for such a shallow series.