Netflix's '7 Seeds' Part 2 Review: Plenty of drama to keep you hooked but too slow a plot to reel you in
There's a lot happening in each episode but most of it is so absolutely inconsequential. We can't figure out why we're being forced to go through it to get to the good stuff
A new season of Netflix's '7 Seeds' is here, picking up right where last season's cliffhanger left off. For those who don't know, '7 Seeds' is a dystopian anime series based on the hit manga written and illustrated by Yumi Tamura.
The post-apocalyptic show presents a world that has remained untouched by human activity for generations. With an imaginative premise, the show delivers some interesting visions of how the world might be transformed without humans around to affect the flow of nature.
Despite the high-intensity sci-fi elements that we find in the premise, the show itself is driven by its characters — young humans who have been cryogenically preserved and revived in the hopes that they may help restart human civilization.
Among a number of things, '7 Seeds' explores what it truly means to be human and what our role is in the greater ecosystem of the planet.
But all that said, there's just something about '7 Seeds' Part 2 that feels a little off the mark. There's plenty of drama this season and some high-stakes adventure, especially towards the end of Part 2, but overall it just feels a little less than what we expected from the season.
On the plus side, the show does have some interesting artwork and music that helps make for some of its weaker aspects. The pacing of the narrative is one major concern.
There's a lot happening in each episode but most of it is so absolutely inconsequential. We can't figure out why we're being forced to go through it to get to the good stuff.
Each decision the protagonists make is debated and agonized over until it all just starts feeling a bit tedious.
The first episode itself, for example, has some major developments but it spends the vast majority of its time on solving more practical problems around the settlement instead of the juicy drama that we actually want to get more of.
One thing we can say in the season's defense though is that with the sheer amount of free time we've got on our hands, what with the coronavirus lockdown and all, we actually do have the time to sit and watch all 12 long episodes of the season (24 if you want to catch up on Part 1 first).
'7 Seeds' Part 2 is currently available for streaming exclusively on Netflix.