What’s the show? Seven Senses of the Re’Union, Episode 1.
Okay, and what’s it about? It’s about a group of powerful gamer collective named ‘Subaru’ who are among the best of the best in an MMORPG called “Union”, they can take on any opponent—non-player or player—and win! In real life though they were just a group of grade-schoolers, on a particularly difficult boss-battle quest, Asahi dies, which for this particular MMO means her character is deleted from the game. Upon returning to the real world the kids discover at their friend and teammate died of a cardiac arrest sometime after losing the game. Naturally the others blame her death the group-leader Haruto, who acted recklessly in the fight and was at least part of the reason she got killed.
Wow, that took a turn for the unexpectedly dark! You’re telling me! I was very surprised the show went that way, especially given how ~generic~ it looked at first glance.
Already throwin’ shade, huh? Care to elaborate on what you mean by “generic”? Not to be rude or anything but nearly everything from the character designs, to character tropes and the game world itself felt like I’d seen it a hundred times before—and I’m not even that well-versed in the ‘Game’ genre of anime, though I dare say this falls—at least visually, into the ‘Isekai’ genre as well.
Right… so what happens after the death of the grade school girl? 6 years pass and Haruto’s all grown up into a moody teenager, some of his new friends pester him into playing “Re’Union”—a sort of sequel game to the original MMORPG “Union” that was shut down after Asahi’s death. What’s more is that not only do character’s from the previous game carry over to this one, but the game is only accessible to people who possess a certain ‘trait’ called a ‘Sense’. Also, those who play have the possibility to win company scholarships and internships with the worldwide company responsible for the game’s creation.
Seems important that you mentioned that last bit…Seems important they mentioned it! I don’t know what the heck is going on here…
Fair enough, so does he re-join the game? Eventually, and turns out it’s not just any kind of game but a VR game—the kind you lie down on a bed to play so ~immediately~ I’m getting Gun Gale Online vibes! Anyway, he logs in and meets up with his annoying friends who were pestering him into playing the game again and wow, talk about cannon fodder characters!
What do you mean? I mean the two ‘new friends’ that coax him into the game are like the dictionary definition of characters who are going to be “deleted” at some point in the future, like they basically look like background characters who’ve temporarily been moved up to side-characters until the original crew join the story! I eagerly await their inevitable demise!
So what happens then? Haruto and the inept duo venture forth into the ‘Beginner’s Quest’ and after an initial skirmish that further punctuates their ineptitude they happen upon a treasure chest in the middle of a blank room.
Sounds like a trap! Those were my thoughts too, but it’s not a trap but a cliff-hanger inside as when he opens the chest, inside is Asahi—looking no worse for wear, despite dying in-game and in real life six years ago! Cue credits!
Well then that certainly… happened… what do you make of this show? It’s good! I mean, it’s probably going to end up being kind of mediocre to above-average on the whole, but I enjoyed it for what it was. I hardly think it’s going to be a show that sets the zeitgeist alight but simultaneously I think it’ll still be interesting enough to watch all-the-way through, kind of like Caligula was last season. Also, despite my previous comments about the character designs the girls in this show are pretty cute and you know me by now—that’s more than enough to keep me invested!
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