「魔道書戦闘(バイブルバトル)と過去記憶(スイートメモリー)」 (Madou-sho Sentou (Baiburubatoru) to Kako Kioku (Suiitomemorii))
“Bible Battle and Sweet Memory”
For once, I actually wasn’t sure whether Arata and friends were going to make it out of this crisis.
Mira Tsundere Bonanza
This episode was a veritable smorgasbord of Mira being adorable. From her getting stripped to her getting meek, and capped off with the white dress shirt and nothing else look OH MAN! *nosebleed* C-critical strike. Medic… *collapses*
I’m not going to spoil it with analysis. Yes, Arata trying to be respectful and not ogle her when she didn’t want it was good, and him being unable to stop himself a few times is understandable. But really, just enjoy the Mira. Life is too short not to enjoy a little Mira.
Pay Attention to the Little Things
Speaking of little things, I wish Trinity Seven would pay more attention to details. Nothing trips me out of my immersion faster than characters yammering on at silly times, and that’s something this show has been repeatedly guilty of. This time it was Mira pouring out her backstory while Arata was climbing up a ladder with her on her back. If the story spent as much time as it does justifying why Arata can’t climb up the ladder first explaining the magic system or putting dialogue in sensible places, this would be a much better show!
Or at least a more coherent one. I know, I know, we’re all really here to watch cute girls blush, but the ladder wasn’t the time for it. That just made my arms hurt in sympathy. Also, that was way more dangerous than Arata just going up the damn ladder first.
Creepy Yandere Grimoire to the MAX
So apparently Ilia (Ilias Fragment) (Akasaki Chinatsu) is yandere as fuck. Which was fun and all—Akasaki Chinatsu is getting really good at doing yandere, mean girl, or total bitch—but the biggest thing I noticed was that I actually wasn’t sure how they were going to get out of this jam. With Mira and Arata unable to use their magic and Sora reduced to a loli in a box, short of Arata pulling out a gun, they seemed pretty screwed. Which is great!
Er—it’s not great that they were screwed, but it’s great that we finally had some real tension. As someone who has been reading The Dresden Files lately, I recognized that little trill of uncertainty, though it was nowhere near as powerful as with the Dresden books, nor has it appeared as often. Nonetheless, there was finally some real tension as Arata put on his “you’re trash” face and made good on all that Demon Lord Candidate foreshadowing.
Looking Ahead – Big Bad Hijiri & Dark Arata
One of the things that (still) hasn’t been explained well is that whole Demon Lord thing, but it appears the Demon Lord Candidate is another being that sleeps inside Arata. The Astral Trinity doesn’t look nice, and Arata is looking mighty Tokyo Ghoul in the preview. (I should probably finish the first season of that soon.) But all the other bombshells were about Hijiri, who is sounding more and more like the eventual Big Bad all the time. Which I did not expect! Though in general I prefer my ladies to be badasses rather than damsels in distress, so bring it on.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – It’s a bonanza of tsundere Mira while they fight a yandere grimoire. Hijiri is bad & Arata is worse? Uh oh #trinity7 09
- I’m surprised that Hijiri had a grimoire. I always thought Sora was her grimoire, and she gave her to Arata to save his life. Then again, there were apparently a lot of things we got wrong about Hijiri, so having two grimoires doesn’t even register anymore.
- Did the Trinity Seven exist even before Mira joined? I thought it was an arbitrary nickname they all earned when there happened to be seven of them, not some kind of enduring institution with rotating members.
- You know, if Hijiri didn’t want Arata to be friendly with other girls, she probably should have just boinked him a while ago. I’m just saying, he totally would have been down for it. You know the first girl wins, right? (trope!) Amateur.
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