「奥義(ロストテクニカ)と異変解決(プロブレム・ソルヴィング)」 (Ougi (Rosutotekunika) to Ihen Kaiketsu (Puroburemu Soruvuingu))
“Lost Technica and Problem Solving”
Sexy gives way to badass, and leads to tragedy.
Distracted by the Sexy
I couldn’t help but laugh at how often Liese used her sex appeal to further her plans. The Headmaster, of course, wasn’t being serious about it—he undoubtedly let himself get beat so that Arata and the others would have to take care of Liese. I was fixing to rage when everyone started talking about how Arata wants to see all of the Trinity Seven naked—I mean, it was funny, and seeing Levi naked would be an automatic win at life, but they were in the middle of a battle!—until Sora calmly noted that Liese was using that as a distraction to let her disrupted magic return to normal. I say it once, I’ll say it again—I’mm all for fanservice, but if it’s not going to be shameless, I like it to be relevant to establishing character or the plot. All home runs in the fanservice department this week.
The Enemy That Wasn’t
The dynamic is odd between Liese and the rest of the Trinity Seven (+ Arata). They never really act like enemies, to the point that they allow Liese to approach Selina, even though she was the one who put her in that bed. Arata said it best—up until Liese froze time, it didn’t feel real, because they were taking so many breaks to banter. Which is odd because some of their attacks were clearly aiming to kill (see: Levi’s kunai to the eye). Which actually worked, sort of, though it still feels odd.
As for Liese herself, it felt like she was too devoted to being an evil mage as opposed to focusing on something of substance. Take when she said, “A mage does whatever it takes for their research.” I don’t buy it. Obsession isn’t a reason for itself, and trapping herself in another dimension for her research’s sake makes even less sense than Arin being willing to let the world burn in episode two. But then again, Liese mentioned something about “us,” so it appears that she isn’t the only one involved in this evil magus schtick.
Freeze the World, and the Poisoned Kiss
The magic system still hasn’t been explained well, so I don’t really understand what Mantra Enchant does. I thought it buffed the user’s physical abilities, which made sense to me, but is the dragon part of it? And I have no idea why Arata putting it on his tongue did what it apparently did. He also got his magic back so quickly that it seemed like a waste of time to have him lose it at all.
Looking past the exposition failure, I liked the movements of this battle. Reveal followed by counter, culminating in Arata’s poisoned kiss that dealt the final blow to Liese. It was competent, and for a magical-fantasy-action-harem anime, that’s pretty much what we need. It was still the oppai jokes that carried the whole bit, which is fine. Though that pained “I’ll rub them raw!” did not work. C’mon Arata, take this seriously.
Looking Ahead – More Enemies Immediately
I loved Arin pointing out Mira’s tsundere act. She wants to punish Liese, uh huh, suuuure. But at least they didn’t leave Liese in limbo without giving us hope she would return, because Selina is great, but she’s nothing next to her onee-chan. The tragic bit just doesn’t feel right for Trinity Seven. It doesn’t look like Arata is going to get any time to rest though, which is par for the course. At least he’s finally getting competent enough to not be a drag on the show.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Sexy gives way to badass, and leads to tragedy. It doesn’t look like Selina or Arata are going to give up on Liese though #trinity7 07
- I liked the Headmaster’s comment about how evil mages are always defeated once they obtain great power. You can defy the systems for a while, but eventually it will chew you up and spit you out. Better stay on the side of good if you want to take those shortcuts, Liese.
- From the sound of it, Hijiri may have triggered the series-beginning Breakdown Phenomenon, and then saved Arata from her own mistake. And mages still can’t see how dangerous obsession is? Bakas.
- The Headmaster is using Arata in the role Hachiken from Gin no Saji ended up filling, someone new to mix everyone up and help them grow. Except this time it’s on purpose, and Trinity Seven isn’t nearly as good. Though what is?
- Don’t Dress Break your grimoire, dude. I have a feeling that won’t end well.
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