「空間閉鎖(プリズンロック)と王立図書館検察官(グリモワールセキュリティ)」 (Kuukan Heisa (Purizunrokku) to Ouritsu Toshokan Kensatsukan (Gurimowaarusekyuriti))
“Prison Lock and Grimoire Security”
Arin is on the attack, in more ways than one.
I sympathize with the harem author; it’s hard to get your girls to quickly fall for the male lead when you don’t want to spend the time to make them fall for him organically. Original creator Saitou Kenji has done a decent job of this; Lilith going all tsundere for this guy she just met is suspect, but Selina Sherlock (Suzaki Aya) being interested in him for the story and Levi for the lulz are good reasons for them to be hanging around. Arin glomming onto Arata because she’s going to be the demon lord’s wife is borderline, but good enough. She hasn’t fallen for him yet, but the convenient “destiny” angle does smack of contrivance … though isn’t that the author’s prerogative? Sure, it’s convenient that she has this reason to follow around Arata, but it works well enough for me. Plus, it’s good for something very important…
Arin Boke, Arata Tsukkomi
The boke (trope!) is Arata’s natural role, so while my first instinct was, upon seeming him flip to the tsukkomi when Arin was around, was “Nooo, don’t be a typical male harem lead!” But then they called it out, and went so far as to leave the Headmaster on the ground and go find a tsukkomi (well done, Lilith-sensei!) so Arata could go back to being a goof. I’ve a soft spot for self-aware comedy, so that struck all the right notes for me. More than that though, Arin’s wife act is funny simply because of the shit she gets up to. From asking what kind of bride her prefers (the really young bride, of course) to asking about sex before marriage and cheating, she’s ecchi-hilarious. I can’t help but think her “This is pretty difficult” line is going to wear thin, but until it does, I’m all on board the Arin train.
A Bizarrely Appealing Sight
Arata continues to be perverted without descending into such abject perversion as to become indefensible as anything but a shameless pervert. For example: when the girls first mentioned how there was no toilet, I can’t help but imagine Issei being immediately excited. Arata? “I won’t say anything.” He also was never excited about the, ahem, act the girls were trying to avoid, but their reactions as they tried to avoid it. Me, I’ve never really gotten the whole pee-fetish. More power to you if that’s your thing, but it’s not for me. But a bizarrely appealing sight … yeah, I can see that.
More than that, I would have been irked if it was just Lilith-sensei, but when Levi admitted that she was in trouble too, and then hypnotized Selina (somehow) into the same predicament, I couldn’t resist! Over-the-top is the way to do it. It can even make a pee joke funny.
Lighting the Arata Bomb
First of all, that $@^&% cliffhanger, am I right? Of course, the preview lets us know Arata will be all right—along with the fact that the series is set to continue for more than two episodes—but right there at the critical moment, they cut out. Gah!
It looks like what we have here are amoral mages. Not immoral, amoral—the morality of what they do doesn’t matter, as long as they get to further their research. Arin is willing to let the school—perhaps even the world—dissolve, just to see what’s on the other side. I’ve got to admit that I don’t find that compelling so much as it could lead to interesting situations. Ditto with how much power Arata holds. Once again, convenient—why wasn’t there a sign of this before? (Or maybe there was. I can imagine Hijiri had the codex and was sticking to Arata to restrain his power. Did I just spoil something? I don’t know, I’m guessing.) It’s still mostly the comedy and the quirky personalities that are drawing me to this show, not the serious plot. Yet.
Trinity Seven has been picked up for weekly coverage.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Arin is to be the demon lord’s wife, but first she wants to see his power … with potentially disastrous results #trinity7 02
- So far, Levi is my favorite. Her teaming up with Arata to tease Lilith is the best. They’re nothing without Lilith though—she’s the tsundere tsukkomi that makes the rest of them work.
- Why do I think that grope fall was on purpose? (Because that’s what I would do.)
- “What good would it do to freak out over it?” I like Arata’s attitude. Amusingly enough, Nanatsu no Taizai’s male lead shares that same attitude, and both shows refer to the seven deadly sins. Nanatsu no Taizai is a good show, if you haven’t checked it out yet.
- I think Arin was okay with Arata flirting with another woman in front of her. Her ahoge was dancing! (Or maybe that just meant she was telling a joke.)
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