Post by Old Man Dream on May 22, 2018 22:58:45 GMT
On the surface, I could have mistook this as a shounen-based title with the focus on magical action against demons where the majority of its run is set at a church. But researching on it, I found out 07-Ghost's source material is josei-based, which does make some sense considering nearly all relevant cast members in this series are attractive boys and men.
Nonetheless, the series is focused on former slave and soldier Teito Klien trying to seek out answers regarding his origins and evade capture by the merciless military captain, Ayanami, and his forces. 07-Ghost attempts to make Teito's struggles a dramatic one as he tries comprehending his past and what sort of direction he wants in life for himself while seeking asylum at Barsburg Church. Unfortunately, Teito doesn't make for the most compelling lead character to connect with due to mostly being angry and angsty with his emotions, and not seeming to have a consistent direction in what he wants for himself throughout the majority of 07-Ghost's run.
Other elements of the anime's direction are hit-or-miss with their storytelling. 07 Ghost does offer a decent amount of world-building to explore the influence that the Barsburg Empire has and the various magical and supernatural elements that make up its world. The characters are a bit mixed in their treatment since many of them follow typical anime character types you may have seen in one form or another from other titles. Some like Frau and Hakuren do get some fleshing out of their characters and are tolerable to witness in their actions and developments, while others like those among Ayanami's Black Panthers brigade are left quite underdeveloped.
The plotting to the show is also quite a mixed bag as the plot does drag for a majority of its run with Teito's angsting and the Seven Ghosts thwarting efforts by Ayanami to apprehend Teito while in the Barsburg Church. While things do eventually pick up in the anime's final episodes, the show is unfortunately left open-ended due to its manga source material still being ongoing at the time the show came out.
The visuals to the series are decent, though nothing extraordinary for a 2009 TV anime. Character designs and scenery shots have a decent amount of visual detail, with the attractive male character designs likely to swoon the anime's female fanbase. Animation, on the other hand, is not as impressive with shortcuts being a frequent site throughout the anime's run and the use of the Zaiphon power that empowers many of the anime's cast members not being so great to see in action from a visual standpoint.
Overall, 07-Ghost felt like an underwhelming and forgettable action-drama anime for me. The issues with the series hampered it for me more than whatever positives it did have, and its plot is nothing remarkable as enough anime have milked Christian religious elements in attempts to appear symbolic or enhance the show's aesthetics. I'm in no rush to rewatch the series anytime soon.
Rating: 5 of 10
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