Scissor Seven is a surprisingly good animated offering, one that combines beautiful visuals with a compelling storyline across 14 action-packed episodes. Chock full of all the best aspects of anime, this Mandarin series combines comedy with action in the best possible way, even if its structure toward the end is a little unconventional. With a cast of colourful characters lying at the heart of this one, Scissor Seven punches and kicks its way onto Netflix with a really good animation.
The story revolves around a man named Seven and his sidekick Dai Bo, a blue chicken that struts around wearing sunglasses. Early on, Seven opens up a hair salon as a front for his professional killing business before a series of episodic stunts bring a continuity to the series that keeps things tied to a specific structure. As the series reaches its halfway point, this peels away in favour of a more serialized approach to the storytelling, with several antagonists coming to the foreground and stretched across several episodes. All of this reaches a dramatic climax when the Prince Of Stan arrives at the island and threatens to destroy everything.
If I’m honest, the final few episodes that follow this triple-parter do knock the wind out of the sails a little as we dive into the past forays of our various sidekicks, including another triple-parter involving Dai Bo before he came to the island. All of this combines to make Scissor Seven a really colourful and engaging series that perhaps is hindered a little by the unconventional way it throws in some flashbacks toward the end.
Despite that, Scissor Seven has a lot going for it. The hand-drawn animation is absolutely gorgeous and the colours pop off the screen in every scene. There’s no CGI used here at all and this old-school approach actually helps Scissor Seven feel more authentic and true to its origins. This is my favourite style of animation and another perfect example of why this style needs to remain and not go completely across to CGI efforts like Saint Seiya.
Although I’d highly recommend watching this one in its native Mandarin tongue, the dubbing actually isn’t too bad. The voice actors do well with their material but in Mandarin this is more evident. The age rating for this is down as a 15 too and there are a few curses thrown in but most of them are bleeped out. Even a middle finger late on is blurred out too so if the kids do wind up catching a glance of your screen while you’re watching, it’s not too much of an issue.
Scissor Seven is undoubtedly a great effort and a lot of fun too. There’s some solid action peppered in here and although it’s a far cry from some of the more epic battles seen in something like Dragon Ball Z, there’s certain characteristics here that mirror that show, especially with the talk about ki and energy levels. If you can take to the short-length and accept the final few episodes do feel a little off the pace, there’s a really solid anime offering here well worth watching that sets a high bar to follow for 2020.
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Verdict - 8/10