「魔道士(メイガス)と錬金術(アルケミスト)」 (Madou-shi (Meigasu) to Renkinjutsu (Arukemisuto))
“Magus and Alchemist”
Arata manages to survive Akio’s attack, so it’s off to the beach because … look, don’t ask questions. Swimsuits!
Tension? What Tension?
The magical-fantasy-action-harem series I like the best are able to mix serious tension, goofy (even slapstick) comedy, and shameless ecchi in equal measures. This week Trinity Seven pulled its punches in the former. Starting off the episode at the beach completely stole any tension from the Arata-is-destroying-the-school scenes, because we knew he would survive and remain in everyone’s good graces. Okay, let’s be serious—we knew that would happen anyway. Meta-knew. There’s almost no chance they’d kill off the main character or exile him, given the tone of this story. But there’s a difference between knowing logically (but wondering, still wondering) and knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt. When it enters nada-shadow-de-doubt territory, tension evaporates.
Which I’m criticizing, but then again, is it the point of the show? And is it why I’m watching it? Mostly I’m watching it for quirky haremettes and a harem lead with a personality and a sex drive. (It remains bizarre that that’s a rarity.) But I wish the action would punch at the level I expected it to. Though part of that will be getting past all the exposition first.
I have a soft spot for spell breakers, dispellers, anti-mages, and the like. It’s the joy of seeing Kiritsugu rampage through the magician ranks, or seeing Touma punch an arrogant esper in the teeth—it feels good to see someone so powerful shorn of their gifts. The wrinkle in Arata’s case is that he’s not an underdog—he’s a monster, if anything. So the joy of giving a bunch of haughty magus their comeuppance is missing, but the pleasure of seeing the main character strip a lot of girls is in full force. What’s with Matsuoka Yoshitsugu-voiced characters magically stripping kawaii haremettes? (Come back soon, Issei.) I do hope it goes somewhere, instead of remaining a punchline like Negi’s ecchi wind sneeze. And I think it will, and control seems a smart Thema if he’s going to try to tame the Breakdown Phenomena. But for now it’s all back to the ecchi.
The best part, comically-speaking? Arata stripped himself too. I cracked up! It felt so typical for the haremettes to lose their clothing, until that happened. I’m glad we can poke some fun at the male lead too, through more than just haremette violence.
The Other Trinity Seven
Kurata Yui (Murakawa Rie) didn’t leave a huge impression on me. I assume they were going for enigmatic, but aside from deploying the onii-san card, Akio holds more interest for me. As for the final Trinity Seven, the one who looks an awful lot like Selina … I don’t know. The OP and ED seem to have spoiled part of her for us—we know what she looks like, so she’s either an alter ego, a doppelganger, or a twin. (Twin is my guess, due to oppai size, but please, nobody spoil me.) I am curious as to why she’s missing though, so not all is lost. But compared to the legitimate concern about whether some of the Seven Deadly Sins are alive in the other Seven Deadly Sins show, I don’t believe it here. I guess they’re really not going for tension. It’s all about the laughs and the service so far.
Copying Other Magus’s Magic
Arata is so overpowered, I’m hoping they start tossing some challenges his way or this could get boring. (Or just all harem fun time, though since he’s admirably focused on saving Hijiri, I doubt he can just sit still and screw around all the time.) Him being able to copy other magus’s magic, despite this apparently being unheard of, is a perfect example. I did enjoy how he did it before he knew it was impossible, though. Often it’s those who don’t know what’s impossible who make the greatest strides, because they don’t stop themselves from doing great things. Either that or Arata is just hax.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Swimsuit episode! Another Trinity Sseven is introduced as Arata gets his Thema, & then breaks a rule of magic #trinity7 03
- Did all those people who were evaporated during the Breakdown Phenomenon come back? Because otherwise that’s some dark subtext.
- I’m so jealous, Levi-san. Damn.
- Was her swimsuit magic too, or is his magic an all-purpose Dress Break? Or PLOT HOLE?
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