Dramatic Staring Time
There’s something to be said for a classic and a bomb being planted in a building is pretty standard in cop shows (even if the cops involved aren’t in any way associated with the bomb squad they somehow end up involved). So Special 7 pulling a bomb threat and assembling the team is not a terrible way to go particularly when they explain that there’s the potential that magic was being used with the bomb. So for a set up this one isn’t terrible.
The problems start cropping up once the inter-departmental shenanigans go on. Once they find not one but four bombs in three different buildings and public safety still apparently shorts them on access to the bomb squad you really have to question the logic of what is going on in this world. Who would want to be the one in charge of having denied a request for the bomb squad if three buildings went kaboom?
Still, all the members of the team are out and about in this episode and mostly not being quirky or playing to their strengths but stuck watching a bomb count down while waiting for the bomb squad. While the terrorists ultimately force them into taking action, it was actually kind of nice seeing this group just doing some standard work without any bells, whistles or weirdness. Incidentally, while watching this episode I noted that I also just really like the visual style of the anime even if the animation isn’t great. Small things and all.
This would have been another positive step for Special 7 except for the finale on this whole episode. I won’t spoil it but in the grand nature of anime it one ups the danger and as the protagonists kind of overcome it they one up it again and so on but the final solution is just plain dumb and if it was that easy to solve the problem it kind of makes everything else they did more or less pointless.
However this one has low-key settled into my watch list and while my expectations remain low, I’m also having a bit of fun watching it. While it would be nice to have the Rookie character actually not just spout platitudes about the role of police and justice, the rest of the characters have settled into a fairly easy pattern to just ride along with even if the world building is still a bit on the weak side. For now I’m enjoying it enough but I’m also not recommending this one unless you really want an anime with a police focus and you aren’t overly picky.
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Images from: Special Crime Investigation Unit – Special 7. Dir. H Kosaka. Anima&Co. 2019.