The episode opens with student council president Faria, a girl in military uniform, standing in a destroyed town, muttering about being too late before singing a song. Her subordinate Ellen joins her and they board a train. Elsewhere, monsters are destroying another town and devouring people, whose corpses turn into more monsters. A boy unsuccessfully attempts to hide from or escape them, but just in time, Faria drops in. Using metal tarot card thing to transform into a knight, she wields a halberd and lightning to defeat the monsters. It turns out that the boy, Nemo, is a new student at Granseed Academy, where Faria is prez. Back aboard the train, we get a bit of exposition about how divinely chosen heroes once saved the world from darkness, and their powers have been passed down since then. Faria is one such successor to a hero. Granseed Academy is base of these heroes, who fight an evil cult named Physis. The show really jumps the tracks when a giant monster derails the train. The situation is dire, but suddenly a metal tarot card appears before Nemo. He has a vision in which he asks for power from a disembodied voice identifying herself as the goddess Serrass. The vision changes and a man talks to Nemo—apparently the hero whose power he just inherited. Swift defeat of the monster follows.
Based on the show’s description, I expected it to be typical shounen fare, and the episode seemed to validate my suspicions. It checks all the boxes: young boy is determined to protect people, suddenly receives power, transforms, and fights a monster created by a cult that worships the “God of Destruction” (Seriously??? Come on people, at least give your evil deities names so they don’t seem so obviously generic!), and now he’ll be going to school and joining a band of heroes. If this sounds like your jam, I won’t judge you for watching. However, I felt the episode was formulaic, with nothing to distinguish it from dozens of other shounen anime. I probably won’t continue watching it.
Seven Knights Revolution: Hero Successor is available to stream on Crunchyroll.