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Nana Seven of Seven
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As far back as Nana Suzuki could remember, her Grandfather wanted to capture the rainbow. After years of fruitless tinkering he finally discovered a crystal that would separate the light from a rainbow into its seven basic colors. The experiment only ne
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"Seven of Seven" (so named because "Nana" in Japanese means "Seven", and there are seven of Nana) spans 25 episodes (and one bonus episode). The plot holds well, but the focus of the story is on the characters. Each episode teaches valuable lessons, which the Nana's themselves take to heart to improve who they are.
While Nana struggles with her feelings for Yuichi, there's no over-sappy love drama overtaking each episode. Although the Nana's in time don "Nana Ranger" super hero costumes, and gain marvelous abilities from prisms which split into seven with Nana, there are no grand battles going on for episode after episode. There may be strong emotions, there may be a couple of fights, but in the end it's all about the development and growth of the characters, especially Nana and her studying. Episodes on the first DVD may be a bit slow to grab a viewer's attention, but stick with it, and by the second DVD you'll find the development of the characters and plot are well paced. With this steady pacing throughout the series, "Seven of Seven" leads up to two emotional climaxes in the plot: one mid-way through the series, and the other at the end.
There's no unacceptable content for viewing by children* in "Seven of Seven", outside of minor drinking by a couple of adults well over forty years old. On the other hand, the lessons learned about life and studying could surely rub off well on a child who's in middle or high school, and will eventually face mid-terms and final tests. "Seven of Seven" won't be a cure-all for a studying student, but it makes for something to watch while breaking from the books.
* The bonus episode does contain objectional visual content probably for viewers under 14. The series may be fully watched without viewing this mostly-nonsense episode which has no impact on the storyline.
The voice acting in the English dub is well done, on a level comparable with the original Japanese. Veronica Taylor did an outstanding job voicing distinct and proper voices for each of the seven Nana's (whereas the Japanese version uses seven different voice actresses).
I have found only a few minor failings in the English version. At at least one point, the English version's dialogue was changed from the original Japanese in a way which rendered it inaccurate for what was intended to be said, leading to it being contradicted later in the series. Other changes were introduced whenever there was English dialogue in the Japanese version. Such scenes are hard to translate into English, and I commend the dubbers for the job they did. Then there was episode six, which during a classroom scene almost halfway into the episode, it sounds as if the voice actors stood across the room, their voices distant and slightly echoing. This is unacceptable to me, and if it's on all copies of the DVD, it should have been fixed before releasing the complete series DVD pack.
With emotion-provoking twists and turns in the plot, and a large cast of interesting and lovable characters, "Seven of Seven" stands out as a series for viewers looking for a character-based, no matter their age, and the bright colors and cheerful settings should hold the attention of the kids, as well.
I was initially unsure about the series, a little reluctant about purchasing it, but I'm glad I bought it. "Seven of Seven" is a more than welcome addition to my small-but-growing anime collection, and is certainly a five-star series.