Nana Seven Of Seven Vol. 2: Test Of Love
Released By: Media Blasters
Release Date: 9/28/04
Special Notes: Review originally published here
NOTE: This review is a continuation of my reviews of this series. If you have not seen any of the volumes or my previous reviews, you risk spoilers by continuing.
Those of you who read my review of volume one of this series know that I couldn’t stand it and really felt it to be a huge waste of my time to watch it…. However, I really don’t feel it’s right for me to review only one volume of a series and then ditch it because it didn’t tickle my fancy. So, for that reason, here is my review of the second volume of this just horrible series.
As you learned before, this is a series all about a girl named Nana who after a horrible accident, suddenly has 6 clones of herself each of which represent one aspect of her personality.
Well, things since volume one haven’t gotten any better. She’s still in the Fast Track class that she worked so hard to get into in order to be close to the guy she has a crush on but won’t say anything to (Rant #1: Why can’t women just say what they’re feeling instead of making the guys feel like dorks after we realize the fact?) but now things are getting tougher and the administrators that are teaching the class are getting stricter and stricter with final exams approaching quickly!
Nana spends five episodes in this volume doing basically nothing but studying and complaining about how hard things are and how much she just wants to get into the same high school as her crush so that he’ll ask her out.
The Good And The Bad
To be honest, this show is bad. Really bad. Terribly bad. I actually had this volume in my possession a full two weeks (at least, I may be off by a few days) before I could finally muster up whatever I needed inside of me to put it into my player and watch it and even then it took me three nights to finally get through this volume.
The writing is just plain stupid and the characters are annoying in such a grating way. Even the “villains” are lame! The only real villains in this show are the administrators (who are too goofy looking to be considered threatening in any way) and the three girls who decide that their favorite sport is to throw really lame insults at Nana on a daily basis (their idea of a good insult is to call her “Nana Boo Boo”… come on! I was calling people that in first grade!) and one of them has fish lips (her lips are in a constant state of pucker) and so it’s hard to tell if she’s just waiting for someone to kiss her or if she’s has way too much Botox injected into her lips.
To be fair though, I do have to admit that there was one redeeming quality on this disc that kept me from being absolutely bored with this volume and that would be the introduction of a very cool new background character named Mutsumi who is a radio DJ. He is introduced as the host of a late night radio show that caters to students who are studying and need a small distraction from keeping their heads from exploding. While his part isn’t very big, he has a very cool voice in both the dub and sub tracks (This isn’t confirmed but I think he may be a real DJ over in Japan) and while he only had a real part in the second episode of this volume, he does make appearances in the rest of the episodes as well with a short little message at the beginning and then a small voice over appearance at the end giving out the message or morale of the day that we should be taking away from the episode. It’s a very cool part and I can only hope that it gets much bigger because character wise, Mutsumi is the only thing this series has going for it.
The music in this series wasn’t all bad. The opening and closing themes are just bloody terrible and I can only hope that they are changed ASAP but on the plus side of things, they did choose some very cool background music in the form of Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag. I love Scott Joplin so this was a very welcome addition into the series!
Dub vs. Sub
I’ll be honest, both tracks sucked pretty bad but the English dub version won me over early simply because to hear the seven different actresses doing Nana in the Japanese version makes them sound like tiny little trolls or gremlins and makes me want to retch.
The only good performance that I can think of would be by Sebastien Arcellus whom I’ve never heard of until now but he does a great job as Mutsumi! So Sebastien, if you’re reading this… send me an Email and let me know what else you’ve been in so that I can direct people to your works!
Overall, this series is terrible and besides some occasionally good music and one cool character, this series is a complete flop with me. Skip it. Don’t waste your time on it. Don’t even give it a second look. Maybe if we ignore it long enough, it’ll just go away on it’s own quietly.