The rare second outing that improves on its predecessor in virtually every way, providing a highly bingeable and refreshingly light effort.
This review of Scissor Seven Season 2 is spoiler-free. You can check out our thoughts on the first season by clicking these words.
New on Netflix day, the breezy follow-up to irreverent Chinese anime Scissor Seven improves on its under-watched and underrated predecessor. Not to give you the wrong idea, obviously — within the Sh?nen canon this is hardly a masterpiece, and still possesses flaws even on its own terms, but it rockets by with such a sense of style and humour that it’s difficult to mind.
Following on from the first season with its usual blend of quirky eccentricity, action, comedy and pop-cultural nods, Scissor Seven Season 2 feels like a step-up in every respect while obliquely referencing back to its predecessor throughout its breezy and largely self-contained new episodes. Seven (Ronny Chieng), the scissor-wielding hairdresser-protector, returns front-and-centre with more explication about his past and a new (or perhaps old) nemesis to contend with, and supporting characters feel much more bedded into the setting. With the potential for a third outing of silly antics and creative encounters taking heavy influence from well-known and highly regarded sources, Scissor Seven Season 2 makes a strong case for itself as an accessibly entry-point to Chinese anime that feels distinct and can easily sustain an audience through its entire runtime.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.