「魔道勉強(スタディ)と安息日(ホリデイ)」 (Madou Benkyou (Sutadi) to Ansokujitsu (Horidei))
“Study and Holiday”
It’s been an uneven path to here, but finally the magic is explained, the plot is progressing, all the characters are introduced, and it can all work side-by-side as they dial the ecchi-funny up to eleven. This is the show I always wanted Trinity Seven/i> to be.
Ecchi, Hilarious Fun
Over three-fourths of the episode was devoted to ecchi comedy, and I’m totally okay with that! First and foremost because it was a lot of fun—from Lilith being surprised that Arata was being diligent to teasing Lilith, Lilith tsukkomis, embarrassed Lilith, and Sora talking about Lilith being ecchi, it was hilarious! And when I put it that way, it makes one thing abundantly clear—Lilith is the heart of this show. Or, if not the heart, she’s what makes the comedy work. Everyone else is crazy to one degree or another, while Lilith is the only sane man (trope!) who exists solely to get flustered and react to their nonsense. Like Kazama Kenji in D-Frag! (Takao best girl), the comedy just wouldn’t work without her around, so she’s vital to nearly every single scene. Sure, Mira can fill in on occasion, but even her scene was aided by Lilith waking up. You could get rid of nearly any other character, but without Lilith, this whole thing doesn’t work.
Not Just PLOT, But Plot
The other reason this episode worked so well was that there was actually plot going on. Arata is still badly in need of some training, but getting it all done through a quick montage and lots of laughs is the absolute best way to do it in this situation, because the whole episode actually propelled the story forward without being a dry, boring mess. I think it’s important that we, as viewers, actually feel the passage of time, otherwise we don’t feel the weight of whatever just happened (in this case, training / learning). The old DBZ training arcs were a stretched out version of this, as is Haruhi’s Endless Eight arc, though in that case it was heavily overdone.
But a training montage wouldn’t have been enough, so when someone interfered with the warp drive and Arata, Mira, and Sora ended up in the past (I assume … traveling through space, time, it’s all the same thing), that tantalizing glimpse of not-Hijiri was enough to get me going “Uhhhh, next episode please?” Which is a nice place to be when the plot for this series has struggled so much.
Lilith Confirmed for End Girl?
The one thing I don’t get is Yui. I can see why the rest of the girls haven’t jumped Arata’s bones yet (or vice versa)—tsundere (Lilith, Mira), not in touch with her feelings (Arin), probably not interested but likes to tease (Levi, Sora), trapped in another dimension (Liese), no real interest (Akio, Selina)—but Yui keeps baiting him pretty hard. I feel like she would already be having him take responsibility at this point.
But maybe the reason is that Arata has his eyes on Lilith (when they’re not on rescuing Hijiri), and he might actually be—gasp!—a good guy beneath all the perverted teasing. No complaints really. Aside from that Yui snarl it’s actually reasonable that he hasn’t gone full Itou Makoto (School Days) and bedded every haremette in the show, despite his clear sex drive (it’s still weird that that’s weird). Plus, after linking this Arata x Lilith scene to the past Arata x Hijiri scene … symbolism! Lilith end confirmed (not really, but probably).
A Mages’ Thema
Levi is Envy, Invidia. Yui is Greed, Avaritia. Arin is Ira, Wrath. Liese is Sloth, Acedia. Akio is Gluttony, Gula. Mira is Pride, Superbia, which is the same as Arata’s. Lilith is Lust, Luxuria. First of all: Lilith-sensei hng~! If only a mages’ thema were what they’re closest to instead of furthest from, because an ecchi Lilith would be fantastic.
That aside, all of the Trinity Seven seem to fit with their thema being their opposite, aside from Mira. Levi doesn’t seem to envy anyone, Yui isn’t greedy at all (is that why she hasn’t claimed Arata? Hmmm…), Arin isn’t one for hot emotions, Liese acts quickly, etc. The opposite of gluttony would be … temperance? Well, Akio used to be a nun, so I can dig that. And Lilith-sensei is definitely pure. But Mira seems full of pride rather than being humble as her thema would seem to suggest. They do say a magus’ thema is usually their opposite, so maybe Mira is the exception, but do I just have her pegged wrong? Is she actually really humble? Give me your opinions in the comments below, sports fans!
Looking Ahead – Blushing Mira
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Plot, magic, comedy, ecchi … this show has it all, finally. Mostly the ecchi-comedy, but not complaining! #trinity7 08
- I’m surprised by how well the gradually dere-ification of Mira-chan has gone, given my skepticism when she first started blushing at Arata’s antics. She’s held out long enough to the point she has started wearing adult pantsu, ufufu~. Good restraint, Trinity Seven.
- Sudden bath scene! …and Sora is totally naked, isn’t she? Oh my.
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