「悪の魔道士(ダークメイジ)と学園襲撃(ビッグイベント)」 (Aku no Madou-shi (Daakumeiji) to Gakuen Shuugeki (Bigguibento))
“Dark Mage and Big Event”
This week it’s everyone but Arata who is powerful, except for with the ladies. When it comes to being impure, Arata is still number one.
Arata is Useless
I feel like Arata’s potential has been mishandled. When he picked the third option in the first episode and vowed to become a mage to save Hijiri, I was looking forward to him being a first-rate harem lead along with a first-rate badass. He’s done the former, but he’s failing in the badass area. Partially this is because the story is going too fast—it needs to have spent some time building the world and letting Arata train, instead of throwing him into danger and forcing him to dues ex machina his way out each time. The Yui dungeon was especially bad with this. But much of that could have been done off-screen. The problem is that he enters every conflict woefully unprepared, to the point that he’s a detriment to his allies, until he’s suddenly not.
This week, he absolutely was a detriment to his allies when he let himself get kissed by Liese. First rate idiocy, I don’t know why anyone puts up with him after that. Had he not let her get so close to him (despite Lilith’s warnings!), Mira or Levi would have beat Liese. I’m glad they didn’t—that would have been too easy—but I would have preferred it be because Liese was already powerful, not because Arata screwed up.
Fortunately, the story immediately did something totally correct—Arata was justifiably useless for the rest of the episode. His Dress Break magic was gone, so I would have been pissed if he dues ex machina’d them out of another problem. But he didn’t, thankfully.
Everyone Else is Badass
Pretty much everyone else got to strut their stuff this episode though. Liese is the first truly credible threat, and I’m glad, because this show has been lacking in tension, action, or plot, and it has finally arrived. There’s still much I don’t understand—why being a demon lord is desirable, for one. Use those spoiler tags, manga readers—but at least the action has ramped up.
Take Levi—she threw a kunai at Liese’s head! Seeing the ninja fight seriously was beyond great, because it’s the kind of “What kind of cool magic/tactics/reversals are they going to pull out now?” magic-action I so dearly love. I did facepalm when Liese realized she was in trouble when Mira analyzed her magic … even though Mira and Levi discussed their plan to stall her right in front of her. There she was acting no smarter than an RPG boss monster. Fortunately that wasn’t the end, Levi is even stronger than she first appeared, and Liese wasn’t up to snuff yet because she hadn’t mastered her magic. I thought that glitch thing was going to be something Arata did, and was prepared to rage, but nope! Good, good, we need more of this.
Training Arata, the Hard Way
Once again, I don’t understand how Akio beating the tar out of Arata is going to help him copy her magic. This anime is doing a mediocre job of world-building and exposition. What I do like is that the story is finally letting him train in earnest. Arata is weighing down the story simply because it’s constantly throwing him in so far over his head that I can’t even call it sink or swim—he doesn’t understand what’s going on enough to have a prayer! Which is story-level mishandling, but it’s something I think can be fixed if the other characters stall Liese long enough to give him time to train, no matter how that training is handled.
Plus, I just can’t hate a training scene that gives us this:
“S-stay calm and listen. I’m sure, a few seconds from now, I’m going to be bleeding out all over the place, so I’m going to say this while I can. This feels incredible. Thank you, and I’m sorry.”
Hah! I feel like how gradually Arata’s relationship with Mira is moving is great, because her hard-tsundere antics are fun to watch, as is seeing Arata accidentally get under her defenses. Plus, I agree—not too big and not too small is nice. Handheld. I’ll stop now. It’s nice though.
To conclude my thoughts: the series is getting better now that there’s a credible villain, the Trinity Seven girls are all showing their power, and there’s a plot of any kind. Arata is weighing the story down, but there’s a chance to fix that if he can get some purposeful training in, and acquire enough knowledge to have a credible chance of tackling challenges without a mid-battle lecture. In the meantime, I’m totally all right with watching the Headmaster be amazing. The dude is a badass, and seeing him fight Liese because she had the bad sense to flirt with him a little (or so he claimed) was funny! Plus whatever that is. My interest, Trinity Seven. You have it again. Try not to screw it up.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Arata is weighing the story down b/c he knows nothing, but everyone else is amazing. Levi, Mira, Liese, Headmaster! #trinity7 06
- Liese prefers to skip the process and get straight to the results … part of me likes that kind of thinking, and part doesn’t. You don’t have to take the journey everyone else says you do, but you do miss out on somethings when you try to skip the journey altogether.
- I like the relationship Arata and the grimoire have. KugiRie is giving a good performance.
- Virgins of the world, this is not the usual response to a kiss. Unless you’re really good at it. Like me. And you won’t find anyone who will deny that!
- Strip tentacle magic-stealing demons!? T-that’s so evil *nosebleed*
- I’m looking forward to next episode. For reasons. D-don’t judge me!
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