「支配者(ゲームマスター)と憤怒の魔人(セイタンスレイヴ)」 (Shihai-sha (Geemumasutaa) to Fundo no Majin (Seitansureivu))
“Game Master and Satan Slave”
Trinity Seven is making some of its old mistakes, though a reveal that changes the series calculus keeps the episode from being a loss.
Beating Back the Demon Lord
One of the better parts of the episode was when Mira and Sora beat back the Demon Lord inside of Arata. Or more precisely, how. Had it been some elaborate stratagem or dues ex machina—the former of which I’d like to see more of in this series, and the latter of which, less—it would have rang false, because Demon Lord Arata does not look like the kind of character a vulnerable Mira and a still-reeling-from-her-imprisonment Sora could handle in a magical slugfest. But by having him be frozen by Mira’s words, it hearkens back to perhaps Arata’s greatest feature—he wants to see everyone smile.
Arata has, inadvertently though it may have been, built all kinds of safety mechanisms into his life to prevent him from going out of control. As long as one of his friends is around, they have a chance to snap him out of it, and that will keep the Demon Lord from taking over. Good thing Akio didn’t kill him, because he stands a good chance of staying on the straight and narrow, more or less.
Second Grimoire Get-o!
Points to Arata—though Mira and Sora may have cringed when he asked Ilia to come along with them, if Arata were the type to hold a grudge just because somebody tried to kill him once, his harem would be a lot smaller. It would be Levi, and … that’s it. (Though Yui was sleeping at the time, so not sure if that counts.) Which isn’t a bad life, but it goes back to that central pillar of Arata’s personality, where he wants everyone to smile. He doesn’t hate, which is nice to see when many of us humans are so ready to hate at the drop of a hat. He isn’t even angry (or surprised) when Hijiri comes to kill him. He is a good main character, when he gets a chance to show it.
Nuking the Sun, Summoning the Arin
Yet, Trinity Seven returns to its old bad habits by pulling bullshit dues ex machina resolutions out of its ass which have no grounding in our knowledge of the magic system. Arata pulls out a new gun by combining … what, exactly? It wasn’t explained. Then he (with Ilia’s help), Sora, and Mira nuke the black moon, because … reasons. Once again, no idea why that worked, or even what exactly they did.
Worst of all was when Arata summoned Arin to his rescue by calling Hijiri’s name. Or maybe Arin teleported to him, I don’t know. And she had a new spear, for some reason. This one was even worse explained. The whole situation brings to mind Aldnoah.Zero, which I just finished last week (have to catch up before the end of year post, ahhhh!). Now, I enjoyed Aldnoah.Zero, but that’s because A) I pegged it early on as all flash and noise, no substance, so I was able to enjoy it for what it was, and B) nothing conspired to make me think about it too much, so I got to turn my brain off and watch the pretty animation. With Trinity Seven I find myself thinking about it more, both because I’m blogging it and by the simple act of watching it week-to-week rather than marathoning it. Would these bullshit dues ex machinas annoy me less if I were watching this entire series in a day?
Maybe, but I don’t think so. When they’re trying to be serious here, there aren’t pretty explosions to distract me like there were in Aldnoah. All the distracting stuff takes place at other times (though not always). So I guess my point is, stop with the dues ex machinas already, gods!
Hijiri is the Big Bad
I hate to toot my own horn … that’s a lie, I love to toot my own horn. The ego monster must be fed! … but I told you so. Both on Hijiri being the Big Bad, and on who the demon lord girl ended up being (still Hijiri). Granted, the hair clips were a dead giveaway, but I also think they foreshadowed this fairly well, if a bit too obviously for my tastes. (Contrast this with the fourth episode of Tamako Market, where the foreshadowing was all there in retrospect, but was cleverly obfuscated.) But Hijiri being a powerful mage (and what’s more, an enemy) makes certain things make more sense, even if some decisions (if you’re just going to take the grimoires from Arata, why give him one and let him take the other?) are still a mystery, and the reasons are probably stupid.
Other than that, secret evil society with a bunch of demon lord element people, attacking the school, blah blah. It’s pretty standard fare, so nothing to get excited about save for how the heroes react to them with so many of the Trinity Seven away from home.
Looking Ahead – Liese, Is That You!?
Don’t tease me, Trinity Seven. You’re starting to stumble again, and you toss out the Liese card? Because that’s exactly the right card to play right now. Just don’t tell me you have pockets Selinas and are trying to pass them off as a full Liese with a good bluff and … what was I saying? (trope!) I just want my badass Levi and Liese. Please make that happen, Trinity Seven. For me?
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Arata is a Demon Lord, Hijiri is a Demon Lord, everybody is a Demon Lord! Dues ex machinas, thy name is #trinity7 10
- Arata is going all Liese, trying to control Mira with a kiss. That’s not the lesson I wanted him to learn from that! Not when he’s in Demon Lord-mode, at least.
- Is Arata’s impure power like Sensei-chan’s (Denki-gai) joshi power? Though his definitely isn’t as low.
- Dere mode Mira is a national treasure. What nation, you ask? Doesn’t matter, all of them!
- She has three thema. That makes her a Trinity. Gah! Everybody in this show has to be some kind of Trinity! Get a new word, dammit!
- “I heard your voice, so I collapsed space and time to come here.” Arin says some pretty outrageous things in that calm voice.
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