Anime comes in a lot of varieties, from drama to mysteries and horror
to love shows. One style that seems to be unique to anime is the
'harem' show, where one guy is trapped in a situation where he has to live
with five or six pushy women. Tenchi, Happy Lesson, and
Love, Hina are all examples of this type of show. I have
to admit I have a soft spot for these romantic comedies, and always look
forward to a new harem series being released. Well, Media Galleries
has started Seven of Seven, sort of a harem series with a twist.
Instead of six women pestering a guy, in this series they pester a girl.
What makes it even more bizarre is that all seven are the same person.
Nana is living with her grandfather, a retired scientist, in Japan while
her parents are working in the US. This junior high student has a
crush on Yuichi, an intelligent boy in her class. Nana decides to
bake Yuichi a chocolate cake for Valentine's day, but can't find the microwave
oven. She tracks the appliance down in her grandfather's lab.
Inside there are seven colored lights floating around. Nana doesn't
have time to wait for her guardian's return so she opens the oven up.
The floating lights zip out, fly around her and then through her.
Nana disappears, only to reappear outside floating in the sky unconscious.
She floats to the ground, but when she wakes up, something has changed.
There isn't just one Nana anymore, there are seven! Oh yea, and they
have super powers too.
Her grandfather's experiments with solidifying light have somehow split
Nana up. They all look alike, but each one has a different personality
aspect. In addition to the original Nana there is an angry one, a
happy one, a sad one, a slow one, a brainy one, and a sensitive one who
is a little bit strange. The six 'new' girls start making life crazy
for the original one. First off, they decide that they all can't
go out in public together. If anyone sees all of them, they are surely
to be locked up and examined by scientists. To make matters worse,
all seven of the girls have a crush on Yuichi. Since he's so smart,
he's sure to do well on his high school entrance exams, and get into a
good school. The six new Nana's think it's imperative for the original
to do well on her test so that she can go to the same school that he does.
But for the six young girls that have to stay at home all the time,
life can be pretty dull. But when you can fly, that opens up a whole
world of possibilities. There is a lot of room for getting into trouble.
This was a fun show. It had the same feeling as most of the other
harem series, with the main character tying to maintain peace and quiet
while the other women cause havoc. There was a lot of humor and the
whole show has a light tone to it. I especially liked the episode
where they obtained cosplay costumes from the show "Nana Rangers."
The seven colored outfits where a riot, especially if you've seen a lot
of Japanese live action children's shows. The episode where the girls
had a contest to see who could be the first to touch Yuichi's hand was
also very amusing.
While this program isn't deep or meaningful, it is very enjoyable none
the less. Seeing the original Nana try to study for exams while riding
herd over six different aspects of her own personality was a amusing.
The plots are wacky and they move pretty quickly. All in all a good
This DVD contians the first five episodes in the series.
The viewer has the choice of viewing this program in either a stereo
English dub or in the original Japanese also in stereo. I preferred
the original language although the English dub was good and I listen to
quite a few shows that way. The soundtrack was very good, presenting
the dialog and music faithfully. The front soundstage was used very
effectively especially when it came to all seven Nana's talking at the
same time. The audio sounded clear on both tracks without any his
or distortion. There are optional full English subtitles or just
subtitles for the signs and song lyrics.
The full frame video looked very good. The colors were bright
and there were very little in the way a digital defects, just a little
aliasing in the background. A very nice looking show.
The only extra are trailers for Jungle Emperor Leo, Metal Fighter
Miko, Figure 17, and 12 Kingdoms.
I really liked this show. It was funny and amusing and didn't
take itself too seriously. This light comedy with a little romance
thrown in, as well as some super powered antics, is very enjoyable.