Key takeaways from Reign of Seven Spellblades first impressions:
- Solid World-Building: The anime introduces magical plants and creatures while offering background details about the characters, enhancing the story’s depth.
- Balanced Characters: Though generic, the characters avoid becoming clichéd and adapt realistically to serious situations.
- Hindered by Pacing and Animation: The rushed pace and mediocre animation affect character development and fight scenes, lowering the overall potential of Reign of Seven Spellblades.
To continue the title, Reign of the Seven Spellblades is a very mediocre anime. I do not mean bad, I do not mean good. See, I enjoy it, but some noticeable flaws prevent it from being as good as it could be. Therefore, it is mediocre. Not terrible, but also not excellent.
That said, I did enjoy watching the series so far and I will probably stick with it to the end. I can enjoy stuff despite being critical of it. I enjoy mediocre anime here and there as long as they’re entertaining. Not every anime needs to be a masterpiece, you know?
So welcome back to another first impressions article. Today I will be talking about Reign of Seven Spellblades.
What do I think of Reign of Seven Spellblades?
Let’s start with the good things. Right in the first episode, we get a decent bit of world-building as we are introduced to different magical plants and creatures right off the bat. When the characters are introducing themselves after that, we learn a bit about their backgrounds and the regions they come from. Their upbringing is reflected in their personalities. After Mashle, this is another Harry Potter-inspired anime, and I don’t mind that. The anime even explained the reason behind the typical drill hair in anime lol, that is some good world-building right there.
Moving on to the slightly bad portion, the characters are pretty generic. We got the blonde tsundere, the enthusiastic Japanese girl, the upbeat guy trying to keep the group together, and the book nerd. All stereotypes we’ve seen countless times before this. But the thing is, they’re not overdone. They’re to the point where it makes sense. So even if the characters are cookie-cutter stereotypes, they drop their bullshit when faced with a serious situation.
All that positive stuff is done in by 2 things: pacing and animation. You see, the anime is way too rushed. Nothing is allowed to breathe and sink in, it’s just one thing after another. This makes the character development that Nanao went through feel less valuable. The anime is also skipping a lot of details mentioned in the LN as well, which is not a good thing. While the art style is pretty good to look at, the animations are really meh. The fights lack the impact they should have because of the bad animations.
Right now, Reign of Seven Spellblades gets a 6.5/10 from me. It has some good qualities but those are kind of ruined by the really bad pacing of the anime adaptation. With improved pacing and animations, this could easily receive a rating of 8 out of 10. As I said, I still will continue to watch this anime but that doesn’t change my criticisms. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!
Also, check out m episode review for Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 4 here! It was an awesome episode!