Seven Seeds, Manga Recommendation of the Week!

Article at a glance:

  • “Seven Seeds” features a gripping story of survival in a post-apocalyptic world, with five groups of seven members each navigating the challenges of a dramatically altered Earth.
  • The manga showcases significant character growth, particularly within the main group and includes a diverse cast of side characters with natural interactions.
  • While the old-school art style may not appeal to everyone, the landscape design is appreciated, contributing to the manga’s overall immersive experience.

I had no idea this manga was completed. I started it a few years ago, actually I picked it up right before it ended in 2017. But I later dropped off of it, I can’t recall why but it was probably due to translation issues it had back then. I don’t think translation is an issue at this point. But yeah. I saw that Seven Seeds had finished its serialization and decided to check it out. And honestly, this manga deserves more attention. Because it is unique in many ways.

So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series. This week we will be taking a look at the fairly unknown, Seven Seeds. Full disclaimer, this manga is not perfect, there are some weird plot holes but the story overall is still really good. With that said, let’s get started.

Note: I used a few of images from the anime in this article, simply because they’re a lot easier to find.

Introduction

Seven Seeds is written and illustrated by Tamura Yumi. It was serialized in the monthly Flowers magazine from October 2001 to May 2017. There is also an anime adaptation of the manga. There are two seasons of it, made by Studio Kai and Gonzo. Judging from the gap in the ratings of the manga and the anime, it looks like the anime adaptations were bad. So I don’t suggest checking them out, stick to the manga. Oh, and I forgot to mention, the manga is 178 chapters or 38 volumes long.

Plot

The plot of this manga is quite interesting. A meteorite fell and wiped off a large portion of humanity and changed the landscape of Earth dramatically. The facilitate repopulation, the government has organized the survivors into 5 groups: Spring, Summer A, Summer B, Autumn, and Winter. Each group has 7 members. Our main party consists of Arashi, Smimaru, Natsu, and Botan has to reach one of the 7 shelters made by the government to survive. They are part of the Summer B group because they’re considered “failures” by society.

Now as I mentioned, there are a few weird plot holes here and there. But you won’t notice them most probably. Because of the way the manga is paced, it will always keep you invested in what is going on and keep turning pages. And there are a lot of interesting plot twists in the series as well. The post-apocalyptic world-building is quite solid as well. So the plot overall is really, really good despite the few plot holes.

Characters

The manga has a lot of awesome characters. The main group itself goes through significant growth throughout the series. Natsu has a lot of character development and every major plot event has an impact on her character. Then we have a long list of awesome side characters like Hana, Haru, Ango, etc. It is a very complete cast, their interactions are good and feel natural.

Art

Talking about the art is a little weird. I know some people are not going to like it. For me, it’s a mixed bag, I don’t like some character designs but the art quality overall is quite good. The landscape and the monsters especially deserve praise for how well they’re made. It’s just a few character designs that don’t sit well with me, and I can ignore that much.

summing Up

Here’s why you should read Seven Seeds:

  • Unique setting
  • Awesome plot
  • Great pacing
  • Good characters

That is all for now, you should really check this manga out. It deserves a lot more attention than it gets because the plot is awesome. Even though I personally don’t like the art style, don’t let the stop you from experiencing this manga. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!

Check out this week’s anime recommendation here!

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