Sacred Seven Makes My Realistic Brain Hurt

Yes.  so I know I have been pointing out how stories divulge from reality in the last few posts, but I promise that I won’t turn this blog into wailing about how fiction/=reality.  I know it isn’t true.

But sometimes, it’s so far removed it makes your brain hurt.  For example, Sacred Seven.

Now, this is a fluffy show.  The premise alone gives that away.  It is in no way meant to have more substance than a passing breeze of entertainment.  Anime News Network‘s summation of the story alludes to the cracktastic and arbitrary explanations it uses.

Seventeen years ago, several meteorites carrying seven types of alien crystals landed on Earth. Given the name of Sacred Seven, these crystals withhold the power to alter DNA and cause mutations.

So Mr. Protagonist is somehow imbued with these powers, making him a youma but also, a tiny really rich girl can take expensive gems and use CGI to change them into crystals and shove them into him, making him a good guy. Wonderfully, they make an allusion to the fact that consuming very high quality large gemstones for every henshin is prohibitively expensive in the show. A dose of realism this show needed.

But they also have HUGE monsters floating over the ocean.  And no one notices. No air defense scramble. No investigative radar probing. I mean, it isn’t like there are hundreds of radar stations constantly bouncing off clouds for weather monitoring.  And fight scenes that DESTROY PARTS OF THE CITY that don’t seem to make the news or land on people’s radar.  I mean, earthquakes are so common, maybe?  Big bright battles in the sky! That no one ever looks up to see. I mean, COME ON?  Really? I can’t manage to suspend my disbelief for that.

Though the biggest problem with this show is that it relies so heavily on established tropes that there is little else to it but unique proper nouns.  Though I will say, the nonsensical foolishness is great for a lighthearted WHAT THE HELL? ::crack up:: moments, so I just keep watching.  For example, Mr. Protagonist (Alma) suddenly realizes, of course he can fly!  He just needs to tell his body armor to do it and A MAGICAL SKATEBOARD WILL ZOOM HIM OFF. Ridiculousness!

Also, other shows running this season highlight this very issue and address it, only underscoring the foolishness of Sacred Seven.  Blood-C and Kamisama Dolls both have “OH SHIT! People are noticing the shit going down with our paranormal things!” plot points.

Blood+ Forgets How Poverty Works

So, I’m watching Blood+ and consuming it’s vampy goodness like a madwoman this week… Yes, I know, I’m a little behind the times.  But a show about vampires?    All I knew about it was that a lot of people liked it and that it was about vampires.  Bleh… I thought.  Most vampire things are filled with teenage angst, OH-NO-SMEXY-VAMPIRE-DON’T-SULTRY-SUCK-ON-MY-NECK, and “Who want’s to live forever?“  and I knew it wouldn’t even be hilariterrible like Vampire Knight. I also knew it had something to do with Blood: The Last Vampire (and wasn’t that a crap shoot?). So it wasn’t high on my priorities of things to watch.  I was like, ehn.  I’ll get around to it.

But I was at a party and someone recognized “Fuuma” as an anime name and then identified themselves as someone who watches anime (the shocking and pleasant event that is), and I couldn’t talk to them about their favorite because it was Blood+.  I had to rectify that!

Okay, anyway, I’m voraciously ripping through the much much better than I expected show and have gotten to the final climactic battle between Saya and Diva.  And all the supporting protagonists have an OH SHIT meeting (in ep. 46) where they explain the horrible ramifications of Diva’s plan (Speaking of which, it was never really Diva and it was always Amshel, so why were they always like DIVA YOU BITCH? Anyway…)

So the find out that AMSHEL (why is it Diva’s fault? That flake couldn’t set up a bioengineering lab to save her life) has created a drug of some sort that causes people to turn into the monster-esque vampires if they also hear Diva’s song. And that OH SHIT, the pharmaceutical corporation that is a front for AMSHEL’S (not Diva’s, dammit) evil villainy has been distributing food supplies all around the globe to the poor and war torn countries of the world.  And then THOSE BASTARDS are going to have a big-deal performance by Diva of her song that will be satellite broadcast worldwide. Setting off DOOM AND DESTRUCTION OF EPIC PROPORTIONS.

But they say about 3% of the world’s population has ingested the drug-laden products, and that now, thanks to this live broadcast, 100% of them, i.e. one-in-30 people will then turn into the vampires

And I was like, Really? Because the places that need food and the places that have TVs are not the same places, even if you’re Oh-so-very-impressively satellite broadcasting worldwide. Even then, wouldn’t they need either a satellite receiver on their TV, cable tv access, or a local station that antenna broadcast to pick up and redistribute the feed?

Look. Below is a lovely graphic from Wikipeia showing the amount of TVs there are per person in each of the countries around the world.  You will notice the more industrialized nations of Japan and America have some of the darkest (therefore highest amount of access).

And then below here is another map showing the density of people who are in need of food by country.

It’s pretty obvious that worldwide, there is a negative correlations between the amount of hungry people and the amount of TVs. Because places that have trouble with food sure as shit don’t have the time and money to build television stations, fancy satellite broadcast receiving equipment, and other expensive electronic leisure activities that industrialized nations have ingrained in their everyday lives.

Which is strange to me because I distinctly remember that when Riku and Kai were in the poor areas of Vietnam looking for Saya in episode 9 and this exact topic came up IN THE SHOW.  Riku is talking to Mui about how he likes to play video games more than baseball, and Mui is like, OMG, you must be rich to have your own video game!

Because yeah.  In her world, you would have to be pretty loaded to have everything that you would need to play video games, whereas in Riku’s background, they’re common everyday things.

So I’m extra weirded out that 35 episodes later the writer(s) seem to have forgotten that fact. So I was like, oh, yeah this plan is probably still a threat an all, but not nearly as problematic as ya’ll are making this out to be.  Thank god they didn’t stick to the free candy bars and ice cream samples in industrialized nations where there are a lot of TVs, or this really would be the disaster you’re touting it as.