7Seeds (Part 1) – Netflix Season 1 Review


 

Season 1

Episode Guide

Spring Begins
Insects Awaken
Light Snow
Autumn Begins
Heavy Snow
Grain Rice
Winter Solstice
Summer Solstice

Lesser Heat
Cold Dew
Greater Heat
End Of Heat

 

 

7Seeds is a series I’ve been intrigued by for a while. Having not read the original manga, there’s been a lot of buzz online recently about this adaptation, with concerns around whether the story would live up to expectations. Split across 12 episodes, 7Seeds gets off to a good start across its first part, with some intriguing character development, a good use of flashbacks and a continuing evolution of the mystery surrounding the project and group. Unfortunately the art style and animation does feel dated and leaves a lot to be desired.

The story begins with young Natsu waking up along with a handful of other people on a mysterious island. With admittedly rushed characterisation, they soon learn of a meteorite that hit Earth and caused the world to launch their fail-safe project; the 7Seeds program. With murderous giant insects having evolved thanks to the changed climate, the series sees the group adjust to their new surroundings whilst trying to work out exactly what’s happened to the world since they left it.

From here the group learn they’re known as Team Summer B, thanks to their guide, and as they explore this brave, new world they realize they may not be alone. As the reality starts to become clear, 7Seeds sees the group learn more about the other survivors they eventually find and the truth around what’s happening. Of course, with this being Part 1, the story is left open for future additions to be added but what’s here should be enough to whet the appetite and return for part 2.

Early on, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was an anime adaptation of Lost, with the survivors finding monsters and even a bunker full of food in the middle of the island. I’ll admit, I did think the series was going this route until a few well-timed plot twists threw this theory out the water. 7Seeds does well with its characters and interactions between the group too. Although early on the series this is a little heavy-handed, the later flashbacks showing their previous life and slightly slowed pacing does well to build the characters up and empathise with certain members of the group. There’s a nice dynamic between them all too, with some of the latter episodes splitting the group up and offering different perspectives of the world.

Unfortunately the visual style of this anime will either make or break the enjoyment for you. The eyes feel emotionless, some of the animation is incredibly choppy and a few of the lines early on aren’t lip synced that well either. Visually, 7Seeds feels very dated for what it is although some of the backgrounds are painted with enough detail and splendor to look past this a little.

Of course, in true anime fashion, Dragon Ball Z remains the only one where I believe the English dub is better than the original. 7Seeds’ dub doesn’t do the anime any justice, and worse, elaborates on the subtitled text to offset the pacing of the show. For avid watchers of anime, watching it in the Original Japanese with subs is going to be the default setting anyway but for everyone else, this is worth pointing out.

7Seeds is a hard one to nail down, even more so given I haven’t read the original Manga. The story is well paced, the characters develop well and across the 12 episodes the constantly evolving mystery and illumination on the past help to flesh out this changed world. Unfortunately, the visual style leaves a lot to be desired and the animation itself really holds this back from being a better title. It’s not the ugliest anime out there, but it’s certainly a far cry from the aesthetic beauty of something like Violet Evergarden.

Quite where 7Seeds will go with its second part remains to be seen but for now there’s enough here to make for an enjoyable anime, if you can look past some of the visual flaws and early hiccups in the series.

 


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4 thoughts on “7Seeds (Part 1) – Netflix Season 1 Review”

  1. I’m really not sure how to think about it… I just finished it and I just feel a bit meh? I liked the story line, although Team Summer A reminded me a lot about the Promised Neverland… right down to the dialogue. The animation wasn’t great and some things seemed out of place. The one thing that bugged me the most is the fact that the episodes ended really abruptly and started that way too…

    It was well paced in terms of storyline and I enjoyed watching all the characters… however it feels as if Hana is the main focus rather than the opening character Natsu.

  2. I read the manga and the anime has really disappointed me. I get they want to shorten it but they cut out way to many important things. Even when the 2nd season comes out, there is no way they can fit what they cut out of it. In the few episodes that are out they already are half way through over 150 chapters of manga in 12 episodes. It feels like they took a knife and cut off most of what made the manga so good. It’s painful to watch them butcher it so badly.

  3. The animation is crap, but it makes up in moments of how beautiful the characters can be drawn and the story line! Is insane. If you know how to pay attention, watching this series will really change your view of the new animes being released as there is nothing like it out there. I can compare it to one anime in terms of alternate reality would be code gease in its raw undiluted emotional story line that goes more on the realistic aspect of A story line rather than most animes that play off of comedy. Fan service and feel good episodes of girls and boys on a beach lol

  4. Till what chapter did they adapted for the first season?

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