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|Written by||Yumi Tamura|
|Original run||November 2001 – ongoing|
|Volumes||23 (List of volumes)|
7 Seeds (7SEEDS セブンシーズ / Sebun Shīzu) is a Japanese science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Yumi Tamura.
When astronomers predicted that the Earth would be hit by a meteorite, a small faction of the Japanese government formulated a plan to save the Japanese race, 'Project 7 Seeds'.
This faction cryonically preserved a number of healthy young people, allowing them to survive the devastation of the impact. After their unit computers determined that Earth was once again safe for human life, the groups were revived from their suspended state.
The Japanese government created five groups of survivors named Winter, Spring, Summer A, Summer B, and Autumn. Each group consisted of seven members, of which most were not informed before being put under cryonic preservation, and one adult guide who was informed of the situation.
The project also prepared sealed caches containing seeds and instructional books near the 'seven Fuji'. These seven Fuji are not related to the famous Mount Fuji, but are regional landmarks also named Fuji:
- Ogino Fuji in Kanagawa Prefecture
- Kobe Fuji in Hyogo Prefecture
- is Mount Futatabi of the Rokkō Mountains; marked by a statue of Accala.
- Natori Fuji in Miyagi Prefecture
- is Mt. Taihaku, near Sendai, where the cache is marked by a statue of Kokūzō (Akasagarbha)
- Akan Fuji in Hokkaidō
- is Mt. Meakandake, where the cache is marked by a statue of Senju-Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
- Tosa Fuji in ...
- is Mt. Takamori, marked by a statue of Mahasthamaprapta.
- Noto Fuji in ...
- is Mt. Takatsume-ya, marked by a still unknown statue.
- is a ghost ship which is adrift at sea in a vast ship graveyard. It is marked by a painting of the buddha Samanthabadra riding on a white elephant's back. This Fuji was the only one kept hidden and used as a humans' shelter at the same time.
Awoken from their cryogenic sleep many years later, the young men and women find themselves amidst an hostile environment devoid of human life. They soon realise Japan is no longer the country they once knew.
- Main article: Characters
Every member of a group has a name containing a kigo, a poetic seasonal word, related to the group name. For example, all of the members of the Spring group have names traditionally associated with spring.
Each group consists of seven members plus a guide trained in wilderness survival. The five groups are listed in order of appearance in the series, which is different from the order in which they were revived from cryonic preservation in the series' chronology.
- Main article: Setting
- Main article: Manga
7 Seeds is written and illustrated by Yumi Tamura and published by Shogakukan. It began serialization in the November 2001 issue of the monthly shōjo (aimed at teenaged women) manga magazine Betsucomi; in March 2002, it moved to the monthly josei (aimed at young adult women) manga magazine Flowers. Serial numbers have been collected in 22 bound volumes as of June 2012, printed under the Flower Comics imprint. When collected, these serial numbers are grouped in unnumbered parts called "chapters", each focusing on a different group of survivors, with part titles containing a kigo (seasonal word) appropriate for the group name. 7 Seeds is published in French by Pika Édition.
- Main article: Radio drama
7 Seeds was also adapted into a radio drama that was broadcast from December 9, 2003 to February 6, 2004.