「光輝剣士(フィアナナイツ)と姉妹の絆(シスターズ)」 (Kouki Kenshi (Fiananaitsu) to Shimai no Kizuna (Shisutaazu))
“Fianna Knights and Sisters”
It’s Levi’s time to shine, thought she only barely escapes death multiple times. And who is that coming to the rescue … Liese!
I love watching Levi strut her stuff, and not just because she’s such a delightful tease. Her style of combat is very suited for a ninja, because it’s all based on of speed and misdirection. The use of her shadow clones—was I the only one that went “Akatsuki!“?—is a more straightforward example, because she distracted Lugh (Fukuhara Ayaka) to get at her neck. What I really liked about her Last Crest gambit was that it fooled me too. She called her attack (trope!), and I went “Oooo, her Last Crest. I wonder what it will be?” … not even thinking for a second that she could be lying. Which is partially because we tend to trust what the characters in our stories say more than we do people in real life, but it’s a great gambit too. And, apparently, an effective one.
I do wish they had put more effort into justifying why the Headmaster wasn’t helping, either by having him duke it out with the other evil mage or at least showing them more obviously in a staring match, but the preview seems to insinuate that neither of them planned to fight at all. If that’s the case, this is all retroactively fine with me.
Liese Has Come, To Save The Day!
The preview last week gave away the game on Liese’s return, but I do like how it happened. Granted, I didn’t believe for a second that Levi was dead (or even in danger of dying)—this isn’t that kind of show. Selina getting to show her stuff was nice, though. She looked really cool, even if Liese looks better in her body.
Strangely enough, the theme of misdirection continued with Liese, especially how she healed Levi so she could sneak attack Lugh. What I found more interesting was her change of heart, which actually felt organic. Compared to the way some of the other girls (Lilth, Yui, Arin to a degree) glommed onto Arata without much of a reason, Liese’s growing affection (even past her always-present flirting) was built up to better. It really feels satisfying to have her rejoin the Trinity Seven, right in time to save the day ahead of the final showdown.
Even When She’s Evil, She Blushes
I wish I had a better handle on why Hijiri and the others are doing what they’re doing, other than “This world is rotten.” That could be true—maybe the events behind the scene in the magical world really are that bad. But without seeing it, we don’t know. I say this because, while flat villains can work—Outbreak Company used one to good effect—Hijiri keeps looking shocked and wistful, even when she’s in demon lord candidate mode, and that reeeeally makes me want to know what makes her tick. Unfortunately, we’re almost out of time.
Looking Ahead – The Final Battle
It’s looking like next week is the last battle. I have no idea if they’re going to wrap the whole thing up or continue to adapt faithfully, but it looks like we might end on some love. Lilith-sensei isn’t best girl, but … well, maybe she’s the right choice for Arata. Them oppai, daym!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Levi struts her stuff, & barely survives. Luckily, look who’s back … Liese! And a somber Hijiri as well #trinity7 11
- You’re practically light. Sure. Science calls bullshit on your magic, Lugh! (Oh right, it’s magic. Never mind.)
- Shadow Thread Binds. All right, Lubba. (I should probably finish that show now.)
- An interesting comment from Hijiri … she wants to stop them before “the demon lord takes control over the Trinity Seven.” This is getting curiouser and curiouser.
- Lugh might be ill-suited against Liese’s magic, but she’s also ill-suited to deal with something else … Arata. Lugh is down for the count!
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