Seven Senses of the Reunion is a 2018 anime series that falls into a category of anime shows that I really enjoy – MMORPG. I’m not entirely sure if that is actually the genre name, but even I – someone who enjoys anime but is not an enthusiast – have seen multiple shows that involve the gaming phenomena or worlds very similar to MMO games crop up in the last few years. And I am a fan of this development. Most likely this is from my long history of playing World of Warcraft and a lifetime of gaming in general, but when I hear that a show has MMO elements I get pretty excited.
Seven Senses follows Haruto, a former member of the Subaru party of the game Union. During it’s heyday, Subaru was Legendary in game for being an incredibly powerful group of players with super useful senses (think classes or special abilities). In particular, one Subaru member, Asahi, had the extremely rare and useful gift of future sight. However, this all was six years ago, when Union was still online.
Fast forward to present day, where Haruto is roped into Re-Union, the sequel to the original, and it’s replacement when Union went down for good when Asahi died in real life after her character died in game (which also shattered Subaru and sent each of it’s members on their own paths).
When Haruto reluctantly logs on to Re-Union he makes an unlikely discovery – Asahi is logged in to the game, and she doesn’t know that she died or that the time has passed! The two set out to reunite Subaru and discover what really happened to Asahi and her power of telling the future.
Seven Senses is twelve episodes long, but doesn’t really feel like it. Throughout it’s runtime, a great deal many plots are woven in and out as the different members of Subaru are lost and found in game and real life, and they all deal with reuniting with their former best friends as well as the enigma that is their dead friend who is permanently logged in to the game, but still seemingly alive.
What results is an entertaining mix of relationship development and mystery, mixed in with a bit of gameplay – but I’ll say that more time spent on the game itself would have been helpful. You get to see some really beautiful and interesting scenery, but don’t get any real sense about what the world is about. Instead of being a driving force in the series, it is sort of just set to the background to give these normal kids super-normal powers. Definitely a missed opportunity.
But otherwise, Seven Senses is a good time. The plot is just crazy enough (it is anime after all) without being too over the top, and the humor and action were both pretty good. I will note that this series definitely plays it by the books and I didn’t really see it do anything innovative or new. It also leaves some questions unanswered at the end, which was disappointing. But hey, a fun anime series like this definitely has it’s place.
Seven Senses is riddled with scenes that popped off the screen, which is not necessarily unique for anime these days. We’ve hit a point in animation where it can make my jaw drop at times with it’s beauty, and Seven Senses does a good job with this. The animation might not be the highest quality, but it does have some wonderful color and some gorgeous scenery.
As for audio quality, I have a hard time here. I wish there was a surround mix in more anime releases. With how exciting the scenes often are with very exciting battles, the Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track sounds nice, but could really amaze if it had more channels to work with.
There are clean opening and closing animations as well as a reel of Japanese Promos, but that is it.
Our Recommendation for Seven Senses of the Reunion:
I really enjoyed Seven Senses – it was a fun watch with great humor and gorgeous visuals. It definitely doesn’t do anything new or innovative to push it’s genre, but sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and watch a fun story play out. I just wish there was more here, because it left some questions unanswered.