Lisvalletta is plagued by a new drug known as Anthem which mutates those lucky enough to survive its effects into powerful monsters. The Seven-O, a special police unit is put together to fight back.
What did you watch and why? This was one of the shows I selected for my round of seasonal anime from Fall 2018 lineup, and I am glad I did. It’s set in the same universe as the Tiger and Bunny series, one that I stopped watching after one episode… Maybe, I should revisit that. Anyhow, this is a police drama with a good helping of comedy.
What’s it about? Kirill is your average police officer, but he dreams of being a hero. After spending the day looking for a missing cat he finally gets his chance, helping a detective bring down an Anthem user that is holding another officer hostage.
With his moment to shine, quickly quashed by his chief, Kirill gets the chance to join the Seven-O and become the partner of the detective he helped. He jumps at the chance, but very quickly wonders what he’s got into.
The Seven-O is made up of six detectives, working in pairs, known as a Double Decker system, as coined by Travis, the eccentric Seven-O chief. Kirill soon discovers he will have to prove his worth to the team if he is to stay. Another of Travis’ genius ideas.
Kirill’s partner Doug is also a little bit unusual, however, he is an incredible detective. Together they go up against Esperanza, the organisation behind the deadly drug Anthem.
What hooked you? The animation style is very bold and in your face, which I actually really enjoyed. I also loved the humour and the derision from the narrator. The characters are all weird and wonderful, so it didn’t matter which member of the team it focused on, it was enjoyable. It’s kind of like a futuristic Brooklyn 99 with strong drug-induced mutants.
What was your favourite scene? My favourite moment was in the first episode. Now, this might sound like it’s all downhill from there, but that’s not true at all. There are lots of great scenes, but this one made me laugh out loud and confirmed my decision to watch the whole season.
So, Kirill is taking a nap in an abandoned warehouse when he’s woken by gunfire. An Anthem user is holding out in the space below and he’s got a hostage, another police officer. Then a detective appears out of a pipe, but he can’t get out and needs to go back. He asks Kirill to find a way to distract the criminal for him.
With no weapon, Kirill gets naked and bursts out of a cloud of smoke, proclaiming that he has just come from the future. The criminal is so taken back by Kirill’s nudity and outlandish claim that it buys the detective enough time to take him down.
What was your least favourite scene? There was an episode where Doug and Kirill went to help some officers with a drunk. All of this was filmed as part of a documentary, which made it kind of annoying as all the faces were blurred and the voices modified. Little did we know however that some very important information was being revealed. Something that, because of the delivery, most would dismiss. Very clever.
Who was your favourite character? Kirill started out quite annoying, but he did grow on me. That said, Doug was outstanding from the beginning and rightly get the nod as my favourite character. He’s quirky yet thoughtful, always one step ahead of the criminals. It’s like watching magicians with the slight of hand and misdirection. Love it!
Who was your least favourite character? I don’t think anyone stood out as my least favourite character. Like I said, all of the team were included to certain degrees and all given some backstory and development. It was really interesting and it did a good job of bonding you with all of the characters. Even the villains were interesting and had conflicting drives.
Which character needs more screen time? I’d like to see more of Pink, but then all of them could do with more time to shine. I can only see this getting more interesting, should they decide to make another season. It would be great if they do, however, now I am really wondering if I should go watch Tiger and Bunny…
Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen? I can’t think of anything in this style or with the same quality of story and character development. Dominion Tank Police covers the futuristic police force, but that is where the similarities end. If anyone can think of a series similar to this I’d love to know about it.
Would you like another season? Yes, very much so. It started out as one that I enjoyed, but it got better and better as it progressed. Then the final twist raised it up again. Brilliant. Didn’t see it coming, but all makes so much sense once you’ve seen it. Also, I loved the opening and closing music for this show. Very cool.
What elements of the story inspire you? I’m definitely going to try and thread more details into my stories that hint towards the future events, but do it in such a way that it will be ignored by the reader. They did this here by not only making the episode a little different to normal, but they also had another smaller reveal, which made you think that was the purpose of the scene.
Animercise: I saw the first eight episodes in 2018 before completing the final five in 2019. It’s starting to get a little easier. Maybe, I need to think about increasing the numbers after each episode. I’ll keep you posted on any decisions.
Episode Count: 5 (29)
Push-ups – 20 (90)
Sit-ups – 20 (100)
Squats – 10 (100)