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7 Seeds  
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Description
In the immediate future, a giant meteorite has collided with earth. All living organisms, including mankind, have been wiped off the face of the planet. The government, who had foreseen this outcome, took measures to counter the worst-case scenario. In particular was Project “7 SEEDS”, in which five sets of seven gifted young men and women were carefully selected and placed into teams (Spring, Summer A, Summer B, Autumn and Winter). Each participant was then put under cryogenic sleep in hopes of preserving the continued existence of mankind.

When those men and women awoke, they found themselves suddenly thrust into a cruel world. While bereft and grieved over forever losing their loved ones, they sought to find ways to survive.

7 Seeds won the 2007 Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo manga.

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Manga

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Associated Names
セブン シーズ
幻海奇情
幻海奇缘
幻海迷情
秘园情人
7SEEDS

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Latest Release(s)
v.28 c.143 by Rain Over Paradise (56d ago)
v.28 c.142 by Rain Over Paradise (94d ago)
v.27 c.141 by Rain Over Paradise (148d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
29 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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7 Seeds by tsubasa22

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Average: 9 / 10.0 (697 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.89 / 10.0
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May 6th 2015, 8:21pm PST


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Year
2002

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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)
Flowers (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #304 decreased(-17)
Monthly Pos #228 decreased(-10)
3 Month Pos #195 decreased(-31)
6 Month Pos #166 decreased(-7)

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which character do you like most? 56 days, 3 hours, 25 minutes ago
Shouldn't this be BOTH Shoujo and Josei? 152 days, 14 hours, 32 minutes ago
romance/otps/ships 189 days, 18 hours, 7 minutes ago
Hana and Arashi 352 days, 5 hours, 10 minutes ago
Can anyone spoilerize me plz? 1189 days, 10 hours, 16 minutes ago

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Ignore ignorant comments; this manga IS great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gara Stewart
October 7th, 2012, 9:09am
Although there's an excess of emotional scenes, with people crying (pretty much every chapter at least once), this manga is a very good read. You can see that the author has taken her time to research lots of details, and the story is consistent. The tragedy factor, for people who are into it, is also very apperaling.

The following lines will contain a few spoilers by the way, so be warned. It's also more of a rant directed to this guy, SwallowedGod, who seemingly doesn't know how to read.

At no point it's said the teams are the only survivors in the entire world. They only know of the place in which they currently are, which is Japan. They even have theories about other nations maybe having done similar projects, or having gone to the moon or whatever. The teams are looking for survivors in Japan, as well as keeping hope there might be other people in different countries - they even send a message in a bottle, which implies someone will eventually find it. That's how it goes in fiction. Learn how to read before writing crap.
As for the people who've been chosen because of knowing different languages, that further proves that you're wrong at your assumptions. They were chosen precisely because there might be survivors from other countries, hence they should be able to communicate.
The manga shows Japanese people because it's placed in Japan, and 7 Seeds is a Japanese project. One would think that would be very easy to understand. If you're gonna complaint about the story being about Japanese people, then I guess you're making a serious mistake. Let's see mainstream series such as Bleach; there's this Soul Society thing, where people's souls go when they die, and they're all Japanese. Now that'd be an example of the bullshit you're referring. 7 Seeds has no such bullshit.
You may dislike the series, of course, that's up to your preference, but don't go on saying it's because of racism, when said manga has nothing of the sort.
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You will not regret it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SarahCassidy
January 3rd, 2013, 8:25am
Are you tired of whiny, immature shoujo heroines who remain the same through-out the entire story? Have you ever found yourself cringing at unrealistic plot twists? Are you sick of depthless love-at-first-sight romances? Have you had enough of stereotypical characters and predictable plots?
Do you want something more? More depth? More development? More nerve-shattering, breath-holding moments? Something that would hook you and keep you on the edge of your seat?

Then this epic manga is truly the one for you.

Set in a distant post apocalyptic future, 7 seeds is a suspenseful and quite outstanding shoujo manga, the most realistic (in its portrayal of human emotions, thoughts and actions) manga I have ever had the pleasure to read. It's thought-provoking and unpredictable, makes you think about what you would have done had you been in the same situations as the characters. It lets you see the story through the eyes of the characters and drags you with them through dangerous situations, giving you a taste of their fear, sadness, courage, hope, happiness and will to survive. The pace is never monotone and Tamura Yumi's story-telling invites you to read further, to discover further, to feel further with the characters.

One of the major strengths of this series is the characters. Each one of them is incredibly deep and complex, driven by realistic feelings, making them very easy to identify with. No two characters are alike, personality-wise and they all have distinct, easy to tell apart appereances.
Tamura Yumi masters the art of steering your emotions and she knows how to make you hate, love, cheer for and cry for her characters.
The development is strong but slow, and the characters you'd have hated in the first chapters would be very dear to you over the course of 10 chapters. Some become stronger and more confident as they learn to cope with the situation, others sink into despair and guilt but in the end the characters will have grown on you one way or another.
The romance comes endlessly slow (some would say too slow) but when it does come, you'll be astounded by how true and authentic it'll feel. Slow, realistic, stable and endlessly heart-warming. That's true love and if you are a hopeless romantic like me, your heart will be beating steadily and you'll be fangirling like crazy at those moments.

One thing that is hard to adjust to when starting to read 7 seed is the art. I've had my moments of irritation at first but I was glad that kept reading. The art does gets better and in time you'll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery, characters and places.

I know you'll love it and you will most definitely not regret reading this manga.
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Amazing character development   
Rating: N/A
by Mizura
September 17th, 2013, 9:58pm
At first glance, there is a lot that can put a reader off from reading 7 Seeds: the story initially starts with the most annoying and incompetent team. You can't tell where the story is going. And you might initially be really put off by the art (though in my case it really grew on me later on).

If you persist however, you will eventually be rewarded by one of The best character development I've ever read in any series.
Ones who initially appeared as losers either apply their existing competence or develop new ones, taking on surprising roles within their group.
Ones who initially appeared as stuck-up and dictatorial later mellow up, and you learn how surprisingly responsible they are to their group members.
Ones who initially prided themselves as elites realize that they have been blinded all along, and learn to respect those who they had scorned.
Those who despaired over this situation learn to accept it and live in this world, and even love it.
And as for the ones responsible for this project, appearing as the epitome of all cruelty, you learn of their fate and can't help but respect them for the dedication they put in until the very end to ensure the survival of the race.

In fact, that initially "annoying" team probably has the most amazing character development of them all. The characters all evolve as individuals and as a group, as each challenge and each encounter polishes them into a new person, and as they both set aside their differences and make use of them. This is a slow, rough and sometimes painful process, both for the characters and for the readers, but the journey is well worth it as the results gradually emerge. In-between, the author adds in some fascinating themes, including politics, thoughts on life, training and survival, the environment and others, and although they are not always completely realistic, the author shines in how she uses these to bring out the humanity of the characters.

This isn't a series that will provide you with instant gratification. But if you persist, you will be rewarded with the joys equivalent to seeing plain seeds in dirty soil bloom into a beautiful garden.

I wish people would stop comparing it to Basara though.

... Last updated on September 17th, 2013, 10:06pm
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no less than a masterpiece...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Izvcila
January 26th, 2009, 4:37am
Well I don't usually leave review on public site but I made this exception for 7seeds.
- In general: just finished volume 14, I guess it's far enough to say that this manga is very great.Through out the long run, it keeps getting better and better (which it's rare 'cause lots of series go downhill fast) It's very dramatic at times, but I still found it enjoyable. Tamura did a great job with balance story details, one of the reasons why I like 7seeds more than her previous work, Basara.
- The plot: the idea is novel worthy and stand out in so many ways, even the message 7seeds' carring is very different too. It may started off little slow but it needs time to get details sharpen. Tamura is story-wise master, which she proved by Basara, but I'm still amazed at her knowledge on this one, every little things she wrote has some meanings with it, you must read through carefully or you'll miss it. The humor in 7seeds is very subtle, and charming too.
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My favorite part must be the arc about Dragon King's Palace, a masterpiece in its true meaning that I'll never forget, it just took all your emotions out.

- The characters: good story comes along with good characters, of course. Though it has many characters, they're still be able to stand out in their own personality. btw, the characters connection in 7seeds rules!
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Not all characters are likable but still, you will fall for them.

- The art: not something I really care, but even if you don't like it at first, you'll get used to it though.

My overall rating is 9.5/10, but I may change it in future since it's not going to end anytime soon, and believe me, I'm at volume 14 and still clueless about the ending, way too unpredictable.

... Last updated on January 26th, 2009, 4:40am
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amazing!!   
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by hasana
January 1st, 2009, 4:48pm
i've been reading manga for nearly almost 8 years now (wow long time) and mangas with a good plot are hard to come by...however, tamura yumi-sensei has never failed me. basara was 5 stars and i'm really enjoying 7 seeds...her ideas are novel and she unfolds the story at a good and steady pace. some ppl don't like the art...but it's really not "that" ugly. it's unique and it starts to grow on you after a while.

now that storm in heaven has picked it up i'm sure the releases will be faster (well at least i hope)

i may take a vol or two to get you hooked but that's cause the storyline can't be thrown in your face that quickly...so just give it a chance

oh and those looking for a typical shoujo manga...this is definitely not it
there is a romantic sub-plot (but it's not the major story)

all in all this manga is awesome...read all 7 scanlated volumes in one sitting smile
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I'm obsessed with this   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by faex
December 23rd, 2014, 11:17am
I've read this manga from beg. to end twice already, and i'm still thirsty for more. The good part, in my opinion, about this manga is that it focuses on the individual obstacles that each of the characters come across.

7 Seeds DOES NOT have extremely gory scenes such as those in Toride no Apocalypse or Cage of Eden, but in this case it is an advantage: Here, in 7 seeds, there is no gore to distract you from the emotional damages and journeys that our characters go through.

This manga really draws on the tenacity of nature, including humans, by showing how these characters get back up time and time again after disasters strike, and after all seem hopeless and worthless. My bro shed manly tears too reading this, ha ha ha... so this isn't only for girls!

I recommend this to anyone of any age and gender who can look beyond art to find an intricately written story.
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The best shoujo out there, unknown   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mispelling
August 5th, 2014, 3:43pm
I read Basara before I read this one, and I loved it; it's another one of my favorites. I decided to check out 7 seeds as well and at first while reading it I thought 7 seeds wasn't as great as Basara was. The "main character" was really weak and timid and showed no good traits necessary for a survival manga. Boyyyy was I wrong, once I got to the 2nd volume I realized it doesn't have a set main character, but different POVs and arcs that help develop into the mystery of the 7 seeds project. I made the foolish mistake of comparing it to Basara when it's like apples and oranges. As I continued to read it I just devoured all the arcs and finished 12 years of it into about one week. It was an incredible ride to read and I realize how well the characters all develop and the growth and maturity they exhibit throughout the manga.

While sometimes I find the characters irritating,
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You can't help but root for them to succeed.
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and sometimes you cry your heart out when you witness death scenes and lost of beloved ones, which is prominent in many arcs


Overall great series, and a highly underrated josei that doesn't get mentioned often with the greats.

Edit: So after catching up with the Japanese releases, I'm reaffirmed that 7 seeds is really the best, underrated series out there. It's a shame that it isn't really popular with International audiences (I think a lot of shoujo/josei fans are put off by the plot while seinen/shounen fans are put off by its artwork :'/) Even really minor characters are given some (if little) form of development where we get to know a little bit about themselves and they stay in the background. While I'm unsure of how the ending will come I do have faith in Yumi Tamura to not screw it up especially since she took the time to flesh out so much of the world and its characters.

Despite the lengthiness of the series, it really is well-worth read.

... Last updated on October 21st, 2014, 9:04am
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love this story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Moonshadows679
November 13th, 2011, 8:38am
Great story with lots of plot twists. You find yourself loving and hating the characters, wishing them on, crying with them. Truly a great read and one to look forward to with each release. If you love action, adventure, romance with some psychological turmoil then this is right for you.
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surprised by how much I like it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
April 19th, 2014, 1:57pm
I picked this one up very reluctantly, expecting to hate how old the art looks (judging by the cover)....but i was given a pleasant surprise after persisting through the first couple chapters.

This series has a whole cast of main characters who I love and adore with all my heart. I usually only end up loving one or two characters from a manga... but not this time! I especially love Hana, an energetic and charismatic tomboy with a kind heart. Although the first few chapters are slow as we only focus on the beginnings of Team Summer B, the story soon reaches proper pacing with the arrival of many other teams. It gets exciting from there.

I also love the plot of surviving in the wilderness with limited resources. This manga depicted all the issues pretty well--or at least much better than what I've seen in other manga of the same genre.

The character development is also amazing here, especially with Yuki? from Team Summer B, who goes from a passive person to someone gradually more assertive. Her growth is very realistic, and I deeply relate to it as I have gone through the same changes.

The art is more old-fashioned, but you get used to it after a while; it won't be a problem because the plot is just that good.

Anyways, I recommend this manga to anyone who loves survival type stories and enjoys intellectually stimulating scenes.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2014, 11:18pm
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OMG!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jungyunho
May 5th, 2013, 11:58pm
I just tried to read this then when i stopped, it was already the next day, i didnt notice that i already reached the latest chapter, it is indeed addicting! definitely a must-read! i wish this will have a live action movie
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