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7 Seeds Season 1 (2019)
7SEEDS セブンシーズ (Sebun Shīzu)

Synopsis

In the immediate future, a giant meteorite has collided with earth. All living organisms, including mankind, have been wiped off the face of the planet. The government, who had foreseen this outcome, took measures to counter the worst-case scenario. In particular was Project “7 SEEDS”, in which five sets of seven gifted young men and women were carefully selected and placed into teams (Spring, Summer A, Summer B, Autumn, and Winter). Each participant was then put under cryogenic sleep in hopes of preserving the continued existence of mankind.

When those men and women awoke, they found themselves suddenly thrust into a cruel world. While bereft and grieved over forever losing their loved ones, they sought to find ways to survive.
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Rating

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Animation

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Story

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Pros

Character design
Character development
Dialogs
World building

Cons

Plot holes
Uneven pacing

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Overview

7 Seeds have been published by Shogakukan since 2001. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic future, long enough after a meteorite hits Earth that new species have evolved, and follows the struggles of five groups of young adults to survive after they are revived from cryonic preservation. The title comes from seven caches of supplies, called “seeds”, laid down by the Japanese government. In 2007, the series won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga. An anime adaptation by Gonzo for Netflix was announced and released on June 28, 2019. A second season has been announced.

Alternative titles

– 7 Seeds
– 7SEEDS

TL;DR Review

7 Seeds (7SEEDS セブンシーズ Sebun Shīzu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yumi Tamura.

The synopsis and premise sound interesting, until you look deeper, and find it is full of plot holes. We know this is a doomsday scenario where they want to preserve the human race. What’s a better way to do that than randomly revives these teams at a random location and have them treck through the unknown and dangerous landscape to get to seven different vaults that contain the tools to rebuilt civilization? Instead of doing the obvious like having the cryogenic chamber in these vaults and save the entire trek. Of course, it isn’t as dramatic if we follow any logic.

Generally, most people do act realistically. However, one subplot where one of the characters caught a disease but decides to hide it from others makes little sense. Instead of relying on others to come up with a solution or a cure, this character thought it was best to not “worry” others about it.

I do enjoy this series as it is a character-driven type of show. Do you want to just survive or will you cling to hope? Some of the flashback stories had me close to tear.

Though this is a survival anime, it has a nice balance of good and evil characters. Some may seem evil at first until you understand their back story.

The show pacing can be uneven, as some parts can be quite slow, while others have you at the edge of your seat. The ending set it up for a second season, which I am looking forward to.

Recommended for those that like a more mature series but don’t mind suspending their disbelief and plot holes. 7 Seeds contain graphic violence and suggest themes/dialogs. Intended for mature audiences.

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Opening Theme

– “Ark” by Amatsuki (eps 1-12)

Closing Theme

– “Wish” by Majiko (eps 1-12)

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