Perfect Match or Mess Waiting to Happen?
In case you hadn’t noticed, a large amount of anime in recent years have focused on two popular tropes; virtual reality video games and teenagers bound by a tragic past. Now, normally you would think these two wouldn’t blend together too well given how one is normally about slaying monsters with a cast of quirky characters while the other is solely focused on making its audience weep.
Well, apparently we’re going to be getting an anime that dares to bridge the gap!
According to an article on Crunchyroll –
Light novel imprint Gaga Bunko has announced plans for a TV anime adaptation of Shichisei no Subaru (aka Seven Senses of the Re’Union), a 2015 series written by Noritake Tao and illustrated by booota.
The premise is described:
In the popular MMORPG world ‘Union’ there existed a legendary party. It’s name was Subaru. This party, made up of a group of childhood friends and elementary schoolers, exceeded the limits of the game with their various senses. However, due to an incident which resulted in a death, ‘Union’ ended its service and the group of childhood friends went separate ways… 6 years later, highschooler Haruto logged into the new ‘Reunion’ and reunited with a single girl. Asahi—one of old ‘Subaru’ party members, and his childhood friend who should have died 6 years ago. Is she a digital ghost, or…?
Sounds like the series is going to have quite the balancing act on its hands. Will it be able to sell the sadness and trauma of losing a friend through the medium of a “digital ghost?” Or is this project doomed to fail because it’s trying to blend together two genres that are just incompatible? We will have to see. Though a plot involving a pseudo-Kirito looking for a pseudo-Menma is already more than a little jarring.