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Anime: Sacred Seven

An Anime First series by Sunrise that premiered in the Summer 2011 season alongside the second half of Tiger & Bunny.

Seventeen years ago, a meteor fell from space, scattering a bunch of rare jewels around Japan known as "Dark Stones." These stones provide tremendous power to whoever touches them, but also have a bad habit of driving the user insane. Fast-forward several years: a loner named Alma goes to school despite being accused of sending 19 kids to the hospital all at once. An amazingly rich woman named Ruri and her butler Makoto ask for his help. With the power from her "Soul Stone," he can wield the power of the "Sacred Seven" and destroy the Dark Stones.

But of course, everyone has their own agenda involving the Dark Stones. Even Alma's newfound friend.

This series contains examples of:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Alma, for the fact that he nearly killed eighteen other people in one of his rampages.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Kenmi. At first.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "What are you fighting for, Tandoji?" asked by Naito.
  • Artificial Riverbank
  • Battle Butler: Makoto.
    • Even more so, his father who took on a Dark Stone in hand-to-hand combat without the benefit of a Mini-Mecha.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 5.
  • Beast and Beauty: Alma with both Wakana and Ruri.
  • The Berserker: Alma's default Super Mode, without Ruri's power helping to balance it out.
  • Betty and Veronica: Wakana and Ruri respectively.
  • Big Bad: Kenmi is behind everything in the series. Alma losing his pendant, Ruri and Makoto losing their family, Naito and Fei's predicament... he's behind it all.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Maids and Oni-Gawara during episode 11.
  • Bird Run: The Monster in episode 1.
  • Bokukko: Fei.
  • Bridal Carry: Alma to Ruri a couple of times.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The unnamed user of the Arachne Power Armor. She treats fighting like a game.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Your memories I take into me. My soul I give to you!"
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Ruri to Alma, and vice-versa.
  • Conveniently Seated: Alma sits himself at the left corner by the window in the back to show his isolation. He actually reinforces this by pulling his desk even further back.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Alma.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Seeing his brother get killed by Kenmi drives Fei insane with homicidal rage, which Kenmi magnifies by passing his malice to him just before dying.
  • Detect Evil: Oni-Gawara can feel the presence of nearby Dark Stones.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Fei.
  • Emoticon: Oni-gawara sometimes summons these in the air to express his emotions, since his own face is almost totally inexpressive.
  • Expy: Makoto is possibly one of Sebastian Michaelis.
  • Extreme Omnivore: One of the Dark Stones from episode 9 eats trucks, BFGs and their laser beams.
  • Extremity Extremist: One of the two Darkstones from episode 9 only fought with it's legs, on account of its arms being locked in a Badass Arm-Fold.
  • Eye Colour Change: Alma's left eye turns red when there's Dark Stone activity nearby.
    • Changes in episode 12, where both eyes glow blue.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Alma saved Ruri from falling beams when they were children. This was the first time that he had activated his Sacred powers. Alma forgot all about it, though.
  • Friendless Background: Alma. He could actually make friends, but invariably lost them because he scared them off when he exhibited his powers and had to constantly move to a new town because of that.
  • Gag Sub: One sub group jokingly calls Alma "Squall" due to his resemblance to the character from Final Fantasy VIII, both appearance and personality-wise.
  • A God Am I: Kenmi goes full AGAI in episodes 11 and 12, after absorbing Hung's Darkstone powers
  • Golem: The Dark Stones, the monsters that Alma must battle, appear to be these.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Naito's coat and armour are black. With Aoi activating his powers, he dons a white armour (which also does away with the mask covering his entire face) and he's seen wearing a white version of his coat at the very end.
  • Green Eyes: People with the power of Soul Stones have this eye colour.
  • Henshin Hero
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kagami's father blew himself and Number 0 up to stop the latter from going after Ruri after he killed the rest of her family.
  • Hime Cut: Ruri
  • Hoist by His Own Petard/Bullying The Dragon: The rampage that nearly killed those students. They threw his necklace in the river.
    • In a looser way, in the episode with two darkstones, where the Engagement Suit actually uses it's BFG, said BFG makes the Monster of the Week stronger, rather than injuring it...
  • How We Got Here: Episode 9 opens with Alma getting absolutely owned by the episode's Dark Stone. As the audience wonders how things have gotten to that point, cue the opening and the story plays out as usual.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: While Alma dwarfs almost everyone it's especially visible with Ruri who doesn't even come up to his chest.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Two of Ruri's maids are twins who are distinguished by the side of their head their bangs are placed on.
    • Ruri and Aoi are distinguished by the shape of their hair; Ruri's is curly while Aoi's is straight.
  • I Drank What?: Those drinks Ruri is inhaling all throughout episode 4? Sexual stamina drinks. When she finds out, her whole face goes bright red.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ruri and Aoi's mother died when Number 0 impaled her with his spear-like tail.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: Kagami pilots the only mecha in a series that isn't about them. Perhaps because of that, it suffers from The Worf Effect a lot.
  • Intimate Healing: Variation in which Alma and Ruri need to hold hands in order to make a piece of stone shine so Oni-Gawara can be healed. At the end of the episode, it turns out that the whole thing was just an elaborate ploy to have Alma and Ruri go on a date, though we don't get an explanation as to how Oni-Gawara gets fixed.
  • Japanese Ranguage/Spell My Name with an S: Is it Alma, Arma, or Aruma?
  • Lightning Bruiser: One of the Dark Stones from episode 9 is lightning fast, has enough strength to kick Alma across a forest and a river and is pretty much impervious to anything anyone throws at him, until Alma has a moment of Heroic Resolve.
  • Little Miss Badass: Ruri is willing to jump out of a plane to help Alma fight Darkstones. Without a parachute.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Oni-Gawara.
  • Maid Corps: And HOW.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Arachne's user gets stabbed through her arm by Naito. She doesn't scream in pain, merely remarks in a whiny tone, "I really hate him" after the fight is over.
  • Meaningful Name: Arma, an alternate rendering of Alma's name, is "Weapon" in Latin.
    • Ruri means "lapis lazuli" in Japanese. Guess what color it is?
  • Megane: Makoto
  • Mineral MacGuffin: Soul Stones. Dark Stones, despite the name, aren't an example.
  • Mini-Mecha: Engagement Suit, a mini-tank which can transform into a Mini-Mecha while in combat.
  • Murder by Cremation: Pretty much the fate of anyone who dies at Number 0's hands, Ruri and Aoi's father being an example.
  • No Name Given: Twelve episodes later, and the woman in the Arachne armor is still just "Kenmi's SP."
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Naito Kijima.
  • Not a Date: Episode 8 is totally about Alma and Ruri trying to fix Oni-Gawara and is most definitely not a date. S-so what if they're holding hands?! It's for Oni-Gawara's sake! Oni-Gawara!
  • Ojou: Ruri is a Type 1.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Ruri
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: In episode 4, Alma calls Ruri to the school rooftop to ask her for a Soul Stone without telling her that a Dark Stone is in the school premises. Ruri initially believes he's going to confess his love to her.
  • One-Hit Kill: The Dark Stone in episode 2.
  • One-Winged Angel: Kenmi fuses with his armour and becomes a horned golden beast in the last episode.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: During their second fight, Naito manages to lodge a sword into the Arachne-user's left forearm before fleeing. Her subsequent reaction is to rip it out and comment on what an annoyance Naito is.
  • Ordinary High-School Student
  • Otaku: Wakana for stones.
  • Playing with Fire: Number 0 / Hung Lau, Fei's older brother.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Oni-Gawara.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Alma's hair, normally a sort of grey-ish brown, turns red when Ruri activates his Sacred powers.
    • Naito's hair becomes blue when Aoi activates his.
  • Power Limiter: The real purpose of Tandoji's lost pendant
    • Inverted in episode 11, where Tandoji finds it again and then uses it to break the stone enclosing Ruri.
  • Pungeon Master: Certain fansubs have Oni-Gawara's Verbal Tic translated like this.
  • Pyramid Power: The Darkstone from episode 5.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Beware of Alma when this happens.
    • Makoto
  • Red Is Heroic: All of Alma's armours have lots of red in it, in addition to his hair becoming red.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Alma and Ruri, respectively.
    • Also of note are the horns that Alma and Naito have, mimicking the most popular depictions of the mythical Oni.
    • Also inverted color-wise with Ruri and Aoi.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Alma. A literal one as of episode 5.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Ruri buys the entire school at the end of the 1st episode just to keep an eye on Alma.
  • Shipper on Deck: Onigawara seems to be one for Alma and Ruri.
    • And so is the entire Maid Squad.
  • Shout-Out: Alma's initial Super Mode looks like a Guyver, while his real Super Mode looks like Strider.
    • His Arm Cannon is a lot like Mega Man's, even the barrel on it used similarly as far as Getting Crap Past the Radar goes.
      • Changes in episode 12, where ALL FIVE KNUCKLES become barrels.
    • The beginning of the first episode seems to be a Shout-Out to Mai-HiME, a series by the same company, which also started with a ship getting destroyed.
    • Kenmi is defeated by an attack that resembles a smaller version of the GIGA DRILL BREAKER... which is kinda ironic, when you consider that he was voiced by the Great Kamina!
    • In episode 4, Makoto has to bust out the Engagement Suit in the middle of a school festival...and paints it in Gundam colors so the students won't freak out.
  • Shown Their Work: In episode two, while the uniforms themselves are outdated, the United States Air Force Security Forces are seen in berets baring the proper insigina, and the ranks themselves are easily discernible to those with Air Force experience.
  • Spell My Name with an S: There is some debate on whether Tandoji's name is spelled "Alma" (the spelling used in the official subs), "Arma" (for the possible pun, mentioned under Meaningful Name), or "Aruma" (a flat transliteration of the characters used).
  • Spider-Sense: Alma can detect the presence of other Dark Stones, usually indicated by one of his eyes changing color.
    • Not so much a Spider-Sense, but his own Darkstone activating when another one gets close. The other one gets close enough, it'll provoke a transformation into his Dark Side, which without Ruri's abilities allowing him to keep his sanity, can turn VERY violent.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Ruri during episode 8. Thought they didn't operate on her, they just needed to make some serum from her blood.
    • Happens to her once again in episode 11. And this time, there was a planned operation. By which we mean, Kenmi was going to cut her heart out. While she was awake.
    • Naito is also seen like this during his flashback to his time as a guinea pig.
  • Student Council President: Makoto gives himself this position at the end of the 1st episode.
  • Stuffed In The Fridge: Ruri's older sister Aoi.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Makoto for Ruri.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Alma's Super Mode, at first.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Two of the American soldiers in episode 2. While it is quite obvious that these two are voiced by people whose first language is Japanese, the intonation, pronunciation, and grammatical structure is correct.
    • Even more so the announcer on the auction in the third episode. Perfect pronunciation, owing to his British voice actor.
  • Swiss Army Hero: While in his Super Mode, Alma can summon several weapons and tools:
  • Taken for Granite: The monster in episode 1 and another one in episode 4.
  • Teen Genius: Makoto is eighteen and has already graduated from Harvard.
  • Theme Naming: The Power Armor produced by Kenmi has thus far had a Greek mythology motif going, with the two models produced being "Cyclops" and "Arachne".
  • Transforming Mecha: Kagami's Engagement Suit, which goes from a tank to a humanoid Mini-Mecha.
  • Transformation Sequence
  • Transformation Trinket: Deconstructed with Soul Stones. They cannot be reused and have to be bought for sums of up to billions of yens. That said, Ruri seems to have a hefty amount of them, so it doesn't really become an issue.
  • Verbal Tic: "Oni" for Oni-Gawara. It's even a thought-tic, as shown in episode 4.
    • One sub group out there has "Oni" translated as "Hell", and has translated his name as "Hellbrick". This same sub group is rather notorious for altering the anime they translate for their own amusement.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: The unnamed user of the Arachne Power Armor.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Fei after Kenmi transfers his power to him in episode 12.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech / You Are Not Alone: Alma gives this speech to a rampaging Fei in episode 12.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Many of the maids have weird hair colours.
    • One of Wakana's friends has green hair.
    • And Naito's hair becomes blue through Aoi's activation of his powers.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Ruri

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