Upon the beginning of season 2 of 7 Seeds, Ango is exiled from the Summer A group due to his actions at the conclusion of season 1. Ryo volunteers to go with him and shortly after, they encounter the Summer B group. As seen in season 1, Ango has had a rough upbringing and already dealt with so much loss. So it’s understandable why he can be so hostile. As a result, he lashes out at Hana and drives her to what we assume is her death. Through his exile, we start to see that he can redeem himself of his past and we would like to share with you five examples of how he has started to redeem himself in the second season.
5. He’s A PTSD Survivor
As portrayed in 7 Seeds, Ango is still suffering from the effects of his upbringing and survival training. When he hears a certain melody, he remembers it from when that same melody was used to commence one of his most horrific experiences. When he sees a boat, he also sees a memory from his training. When he explores an alley on a Naval missile ship, he gets flashbacks. Ango made some mistakes, and some things that were inexcusable. Not only is he trying to survive in a whole new world, but also the deep-seeded childhood trauma from the old one. A lot of his actions can be explained by his PTSD and trying to overcome it is ultimately what his redemption is all about.
4. He Has A Caring Heart
Beneath his tough and cruel exterior, he is truly a caring person, and this is demonstrated through how he can’t forget about Shigeru, his old friend. While it’s also the source of his pain, it’s also the source of his motivation to live. Upon meeting Natsu, he projects Shigeru into her in what many people can reasonably see in an unhealthy manner, but through Natsu, he can show that he’s not the bad guy some may think he is.
3. He and Ryo Have Each Other’s Backs
Another reason Ango shows his way to redemption is that he has a good friend, and that is Ryo. They grew up together and Ryo understands Ango’s trauma and frustrations more than anyone. Ryo is also capable of making bad decisions for the sake of Ango, but he always has Ango’s best interest at heart. By the time they finish their quest on the Fuji ship, Ryo comes clean to Ango about what happened to Shigeru, one of Ango’s best friends in their life before the disaster, and this helped Ango overcome his greatest trauma.
2. He Cares Deeply About Natsu
Upon being introduced to Natsu and throughout their exploration of the Fuji ship, Ango shows that he’s protective of Natsu not because she is a vulnerable and meek teenage girl, but because he sees so much of Shigeru in her. He sees her as a little sister and as a reminder to not fail again, as long as he can channel that drive in a healthy manner. He was there for her every step of the way. While he is initially against her doing some of the heavy lifting due to his protective nature over her, he comes to value her contributions and gives her credit for her (rather unique) contributions to saving the day. The fact that he starts to see Natsu for who she truly is and trust her is another major step in his path to redemption.
1. He Learns to Open Up
Upon his (and Ryo’s) introduction to the Summer B team, they suffer a unique culture shock when they are exposed to their leisurely activities. Due to Ango’s isolated upbringing, he has NO concept of what fun is so he thinks that their nightly dancing is some sort of training exercise. At first, he personally dislikes their carefree nature and has trouble coping with it. As he spends more time with Summer B and getting to know them, he starts to loosen up and be more open with his new friends and discover a new side of himself.
While Summer A all dealt with the harsh training and upbringing, Ango obviously had it the worst based on what was portrayed in the anime so far (yes, we are aware that the manga ended a few years prior to the premiere of the anime, but let’s just say this article is more for those whose exposure is to the anime). The second season of 7 Seeds does an excellent job of presenting Ango’s point of view based on his background. We see his frustration and pain, and we are also allowed to be angry for some of the horrible things he did and/or could have done. Despite that, we see that he’s lost and needs to find his way. We are hoping that Netflix can continue this series in anime form and show us the end of the journey not just for everyone, but for Ango as well. So what do you guys say based on what’s portrayed in the anime? If you have anything to add, please leave a comment! If you already read the manga, let’s avoid spoilers!