Sonny Boy wasn’t just content with being the most unique and weird anime of this season. It had to be the most unique anime of all time. How did Sonny Boy Episode 7 help in that momentous task? Let’s find out!
Sonny Boy Episode 7 Overview
Sonny Boy is based on an original story written by prominent director Shingo Natsume, previously known for directing shows such as One Punch Man. Studio Madhouse is producing it, the powerhouse anime studio behind absolute classics such as Hunter x Hunter, Death Note, and No Game No Life!
If you would like to refresh your memory about the happenings inside Episode 6, or if you’re new to the series and Episode 6 is the first one you decided to watch, you can check out my review of Episode 6 of Sonny Boy here!
– Sonny Boy Episode 7 review does not contain spoilers –
Sonny Boy Episode 7 Review- The Plot
I have a heavy feeling in my heart after watching Sonny Boy Episode 7. Most people would say that the last episode of Sonny Boy was the heaviest and most emotional yet, but I’m afraid I have to disagree. This episode had something that was much more potent than the last one, desperation. Let me explain.
We spent the entirety of the last episode assuming that Nagara and the gang were going back, and the story will continue from there, and we were sorely mistaken. We felt emotional in the supposed passing of their futures, and we grieved with Yamabiko, the dog’s sad origins. Episode 6 worked because of the surprise at the end and the feeling of devastation that followed. Meanwhile, Sonny Boy Episode 7 took that desperation to another level in its weird way while progressing the story even further.
Sonny Boy was never a conventional show, but Episode 7 took its weird concept to the absolute limit. We had to make a ton of assumptions to extrapolate the little information the show provides us about “This World”, and almost every episode is a struggle at the start due to this. At least this episode seems to start from the same point as Episode 6. But Sonny Boy isn’t a show that cares about time.
Time is relative, and Einstein told us that. That goes double for Sonny Boy, as most of its characters are in a perpetual state of nothingness, never ageing or changing, not being able to die but not properly alive. Our main characters arrived in “This World” not too long ago, but due to this time dilation, children from the same school who weren’t even alive when Nagara and the gang were in high school have all be transported there, and some of them have been there for more than a thousand years. That is truly a mindboggling thing to try and balance, but Sonny Boy Episode 7 manages to do that somehow.
The metaphor and subtext behind how Sonny Boy‘s episodes are set up aren’t lost on me, but this isn’t the time to discuss all that. That would probably require a PhD level dissertation, and we aren’t here to do that. The way Sonny Boy Episode 7 ended also left many possibilities about the show’s directions, but I would refrain from predicting anything. Sonny Boy has a knack for absolutely destroying any predictions I ever make about it.
Sonny Boy Episode 7 Review- The Characters
It turns out that Sonny Boy wasn’t done introducing characters yet, as Episode 7 had a few more new characters involved in the thick of it. Koumori, the batlike kid, is the most important of all the characters introduced. He seems to have a lot more power and experience with “This World” than most people there, and his power is also very interesting and alluring.
Sonny Boy seems to be taking an approach of “Let Kids be Kids”, as bad and weird behaviour among kids is often forgiven quite quickly by the other kids, and they look past it as if nothing happened. It happened with Cap in episode 1, Pony in Episode 2, and Asakaze in Episode 6. The one person no one seems to forgive is Nagara, a fact that might become important later in the series.
The core team of Rajdhani, Nagara, Nozomi, and Mizuho are all in a holding pattern as we start the episode. Things do change by the end of it, but one gets the feeling that some terrible is to occur to one or more of them. “This World”, more than any other, is a very dangerous and dog-eat-dog kind. I’m scared for their futures.
Sonny Boy Episode 7 Review- Art and Music
There were some beautifully animated frames in Sonny Boy Episode 7, especially those that featured the sunset and the beach. The art style of Sonny Boy is complimented beautifully by the masterfully animated lighting and shadows, alongside the hugely expressive facial animation. Every frame is a unique one in Sonny Boy.
The music was also there, I guess. Not much to speak about there except that it was fine and nothing special.
Sonny Boy Episode 7 left me with a sinking feeling in my heart and fear in my mind. It was truly a masterclass in storytelling and worldbuilding, the kind that only comes around once in a while. The show wants me to be hopeful and deathly afraid at the same time, and I respect that.
If you liked this review of Sonny Boy Episode 7, you will also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, which is available right here!