Anime Group of 7

May 21, 2010

Seven. The number which Japanese considers auspicious and lucky. The number isn’t exclusive to Japan but to certain parts of the world as well. Heard about the Seven Wonders of the World? Why this prime number and not a six or an eight? Well, this blog isn’t going to solve the mysteries or give theories about the said number. Instead, I noticed that in some animes, a group contains seven members so perhaps a blessing for the group or a fate of ill-omen?
 
Also included in the list is what I feel supposedly to be the eighth member of the group. It’s like they don’t really belong to the team proper but cannot be entirely excluded as well. The ‘in the end’ label refers to the fate of the seven members at the end of the anime series. So listed below are some of the anime group of seven members that I know:
 
Samurai 7
Anime: Samurai 7
The group: The seven samurais.
The members: Shimada Kanbei, Okamoto Katsushiro, Shichiroji, Kikuchiyo, Hayashida Heihachi, Katayama Gorobei, Kyuzo.
The 8th member: Villagers who hired and travelled with them: Kirara, Komachi and Rikichi. Hey, 3 peasants make a samurai? Bah…
Their purpose: Hired to protect and liberate Kanna Village from the bandits and oppressing ruling emperor.
In the end: When peace finally befalls on the village, only 3 managed to survive the onslaught.
 
Vongola Guardians
Anime: Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn
The group: Vongola guardians.
The members: Tsunayoshi "Tsuna" Sawada, Hayato Gokudera, Takeshi Yamamoto, Ryohei Sasagawa, Lambo, Kyouya Hibari, Chrome Dokuro.
The 8th member: Mukuro Rokudo – well, he’s part of Chrome but still a separate entity of his own, right?
Their purpose: What do mafia groups do? Well in their case being a mafiaso-in-training, for the Varia Ring Conflict arc, they have to defeat the Varia to establish their right as the true Vongola successor, and in the Future arc, they have to defeat Byakuran and his team bent on destroying them in order to return back to their original time.
In the end: Though the Varia arc ended with victory going to the Vongola guardians, the Future arc is still ongoing but it won’t take a genius to figure out who’ll prevail. All credited to their strong bonds. Well, at least most of them.
 
Arcobaleno
Anime: Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn
The group: Arcobaleno.
The members: Reborn, Colonello, Skull, Viper, Fong, Verde, Luche.
The 8th member: Lal Mirch – the failed Arcobaleno.
Their purpose: Having sacrificed themselves to protect the balance and ultimate power of the world (?!). In the Arcobaleno arc, they are to give trials to Tsuna and his guardians and if they pass, will enable the Vongola guardians one step closer to open their Vongola Boxes.
In the end: In the Future arc, due to the Trinisette policy, all Arcobalenos are dead. Unless you’re blast from the past, that is.
 
Shichibukai
Anime: One Piece
The group: Shichibukai.
The members: Dracule Mihawk, Don Quixote Doflamingo, Gecko Moria, Bartholomew Kuma, Boa Hancock, Jimbei, Marshall D. Teach AKA Blackbeard.
The 8th member: Crocodile – ex-Shichibukai revoked of all its privileges.
Their purpose: Allying themselves with the World Government, they keep the balance with the ever ongoing war with the other pirates and the most powerful pirates, Yonkou.
In the end: The series is still ongoing and though some of them have faced and lost to Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates, there is going to be a big mother of all battle coming up as they prepare to face a Yonkou, Whitebeard in his quest to rescue Ace.
 
Special A
Anime: Special A
The group: S. A (what they are known in short).
The members: Kei Takishima, Hikari Hanazono, Jun Yamamoto, Megumi Yamamoto, Tadashi Karino, Akira Toudou, Ryuu Tsuji.
The 8th member: Yahiro Saiga – childhood friend of Kei and Akira. Attends a different school, though.
Their purpose: Being the top students of Hakusen Private Academy, what more a better way for the school to show their ‘respect and gratitude’ by offering an entire greenhouse building just for them and even making class attendance optional! Is that what being smart is about?
In the end: Status quo. Nothing much changes in terms of their rankings but at least in such genres, their relationship and bond with each other progresses.
 
Seven Deadly Sins
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist
The group: Seven Deadly Sins.
The members: Lust, Gluttony, Envy, Greed, Wrath, Sloth, Pride.
The 8th member: Dante – leader of the homunculi.
Their purpose: As the main antagonist of the series, they seek to fulfil their leader’s goals in creating the Philosopher’s Stone.
In the end: All except Wrath are killed.
 
Fushigi Yuugi
Anime: Fushigi Yuugi
The group: Celestial Warriors of Suzaku.
The members: Tamahome, Hotohori, Tasuki, Chichiri, Mitsukake, Nuriko, Chiriko.
The 8th member: Miaka Yuuki – the priestess of Suzaku.
Their purpose: To protect and guide the priestess of Suzaku to summon the Suzaku god to obtain 3 wishes.
In the end: Only 3 are still breathing.
 
Pretear
Anime: Pretear
The group: The Leafe Knights.
The members: Hayate, Sasame, Kei, Go, Mannen, Hajime, Shin.
The 8th member: Himeno Awayuki – she has to pret with them.
Their purpose: To maintain the balance of Leafe in the world and to stop the Princess of Disaster, Fenrir, from awakening and later the world from being destroyed by her.
In the end: Fenrir is defeated and the Leafe Knights happily live ever after with some of them experiencing their own romance and true love. Who doesn’t love a nice fairytale ending?
 
Band of Seven
Anime: Inu Yasha
The group: Band of Seven.
The members: Bankotsu, Jakotsu, Renkotsu, Suikotsu, Ginkotsu, Mukotsu, Kyokotsu.
The 8th member: Naraku – hey, he did bring them back to life with the Shikon Jewel shards, right?
Their purpose: Their revival is for eliminating Inuyasha and any other parties out to destroy Naraku.
In the end: All of them died. Talk about dying twice.
 
Eight Fists
Anime: Shijou Saikyou No Deshi Kenichi
The group: The Seven Fists.
The members: Odin, Berserker, Freya, Loki, Siegfried, Hermit, Thor.
The 8th member: Valkyrie – the new recruit thus renaming the group into The Eight Fists.
Their purpose: The powerful leaders of the organization Ragnarok have their plans on domination (not that I can remember).
In the end: Kenichi and his team defeat them all and the organization disbanded. A majority of them joins Kenichi’s Shinpaku Alliance and some joined YOMI.
 
Happy Seven
Anime: Happy Seven
The group: Better Fortune Research Organization.
The members: Kuriya Kuroda, Tamon Kitayama, Kiku "Okiku" Sarasugawa, Mahiru Oki, Miku Munakata, Mina and Nami Kotobuki.
The 8th member: The other club members who aren’t bestowed the powers of the Shichifukujin (Seven Lucky Gods) – Kikunosuku Kagawa, Kuan Kitayama, Shouko Shouda and new manager Amano Sakogami.
Their purpose: Under the guise of a club, they help other students get rid of their bad luck.
In the end: After saving the world from destruction (some alien weapon that was) everyone continues with their normal lives together.
 
Ouran High School Host Club
Anime: Ouran High School Host Club
The group: The Host Club.
The members: Tamaki Suou, Kyoya Ootori, Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin, Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka, Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka, Haruhi Fujioka.
The 8th member: Renge Houshakuji – the self proclaimed Host Club’s manager.
Their purpose: To entertain their female clients to their whims and fancies and at the same time make a profit out of it.
In the end: The Host Club gets to continue to stick together after managing to keep Tamaki from leaving Japan.
 
Rozen Maiden Dolls
Anime: Rozen Maiden
The group: Rozen Maiden dolls.
The members: Suigin Tou, Kanaria, Suisei Seki, Sousei Seki, Shinku, Hina Ichigo, Kirakishou.
The 8th member: Bara Suishou – the fake Rozen Maiden doll.
Their purpose: Destined to play the cruel Alice Game in order to meet their creator whom they fondly call Father.
In the end: Well, not much of a group in the sense that they had to beat the crap out of each other. In the anime, 2 of the dolls legitimately lost and as a result lost their Rosa Mystica as well.
 
Kyouran Kazoku Nikki
Anime: Kyouran Kazoku Nikki
The group: The Midarezaki Family.
The members: Ouka, Kyouka, Yuuka, Geka, Ginka, Teika, Hyouka.
The 8th member: Chika – FKA Senko Himemiya and the only one who doesn’t have Enka’s DNA but was accepted into the family after Kyouka’s cheating intervention.
Their purpose: Operation Cosy Family is initiated to prevent the awakening of the god of destruction, Enka and in the event if he does, hopefully he’ll learn the meaning of family values and change his mind in not destroying the world again. It’s crazy but it’s worth a shot.
In the end: You know the saying, the family that eats together sticks together. Something like that. I guess everyone is happy to be part as a real family and not so concern with the initial mission plan.
 
Amaenaideyo
Anime: Amaenaideyo
The group: The monk-and-nuns-in-training at Saienji Temple.
The members: Ikkou Satonaka, Chitose Nanbu, Haruka Amanogawa, Yuuko Atouda, Sumi Ikuina, Sakura and Hinata Sugai.
The 8th member: Jotoku-baa – the elderly head monk of the temple. In the second season (which I didn’t watch at all), a new girl joins the pack – Kazuki Kazusano.
Their purpose: To perform various exorcisms of demons and spirits in town whenever needed.
In the end: You know the saying, the family that eats together sticks together. Sort of like that. It’s a love-hate relationship, you know. Have you seen any anime whereby the girls grow to rely on their stripping powers to awaken Ikkou’s latent super exorcism powers?
 
Mermaid Princesses
Anime: Mermaid Melody Picchi Picchi Pitch
The group: The Mermaid Princesses of the seven seas.
The members: Lucia Nanami, Hanon Houshou, Rina Touin, Noel, Karen, Koko, Sara.
The 8th member: Seira – Sara’s replacement.
Their purpose: In order to stop the threats of Suiyou, they have to gather their pearls to bring back the legendary goddess, Aqua Reina.
In the end: With Suiyou defeated and newfound peace, what better way to celebrate by organizing a reunion concert.
 
Seventh Heaven
That’s so much I could think of for now. There may be some groups missing from the list and that’s because for instance, even though I may have watched the anime, I did not finish watching them or watched enough episodes to make them part of this list. This include Digimon Adventures (the seven children whisked away to a parallel reality called Digital World), Naruto (the seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist), To Aru Kagaku No Railgun (the seven strongest and most powerful Level 5 espers), 07-Ghosts (the Seven Heavenly Lights and Seven Ghosts) and X (the Seven Seals and Seven Angels). In the case of Fate/Stay Night, I wasn’t sure to classify the seven different classes of Servants as a group so I left that one out. Same case for Ikkitousen as they have seven warring school factions. Of course the group in Koi Koi 7 is totally left out because despite their misleading name, their group have only six actual members.
 
Besides group members, we also have animes which have their number seven focus on items or non-human things such as Yugioh (the seven Millennium Items to confine the ancient Shadow Games magic), Yozakura Quartet (the seven pillars called Nanagou that serves as a barrier to protect the town), Dragonball Z (the seven mystical Dragon Balls to summon a wish granting dragon), Pretty Cure (the seven Prism Stones to restore the damage done at the Garden of Light), Grander Musashi RV (seven Legenders believed to grant ultimate power to change the world), Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn (the seven Vongola Rings each with powers attributed to the phenomena of the sky), Slayers (the Ruby-Eye of the powerful evil ruler Shabranigdu was split into seven pieces and buried in human souls), Deltora Quest (return the seven gems to save the land), Ragnarok The Animation (the Seven Crystals representing the seven ambitions), Night Wizard (Seven Fortress, Seven Jewels, Seven Attributes of Virtue), Katanagatari (the seven technique moves called Shichika Hachiretsu) and Power Stone (seven Power Stones with mystical powers). And if you watch Nana, which name also means seven in Japanese, there are lots of number seven recurrences in this anime.
 
I guess I should end my blog now as I have overstepped and provided more than enough examples of this number instead of restricting it to just seven. Even if I did that, it wouldn’t do much justice because there are quite a number of them as you have seen above. Depending on the genre of the anime, those groups that stick together are mainly from the drama and romantic genre while those usually from the action and shonen genre have their numbers decreased. Seven may not be my new favourite number anytime soon but if it isn’t seven for this blog, it could have been any other number.