「聖戦少女(クリミナルガール)と魔王世界(ヒズワールド)」 (Seisen Shoujo (Kuriminarugaaru) to Maou Sekai (Hizuwaarudo))
“Criminal Girl and His World”
Trinity Seven ends as it went on … with eccentric girls and a confident harem lead at odds with shifty pacing, production values, and plot. Last episode wasn’t bad though.
Secret Technique: Final Fight Let Down
If there’s one thing Trinity Seven has screwed up with the action portion of its magical-fantasy-action-harem genre, it’s—okay, actually there were several. But one of the major ones is tension. Without tension in the action, it’s all just pretty colors and lights, but it doesn’t mean anything. Throughout the final fight against Hijiri, I never once felt like Arata & co were going to lose, or even be seriously challenged. It was so cookie cutter that I was honestly surprised. I enjoy good magical-fantasy-action-harem anime because they combine a lot of things I like, but if you’re not going to even bother adding basic tension to the action, don’t waste our times. The harem hijinks were 15,532 times better.
Another irritant is the constant explaining during battles, which is necessitated because they never laid down a firm concept of what the magic does, and the simple fact that lengthy explanations don’t work as well in anime as they do in manga or written forms. That’s an endemic among anime, and one I’m willing to excuse, so long as the show has been doing other things well. Trinity Seven’s action has oscillated from usable to mediocre, so it doesn’t get any slack.
All that contributed to a final battle that was totally blah. It did lead somewhere more interesting, though.
The Secret Of This World
The secret of the world is that the Demon Lord + the Trinity Seven are destined to destroy the world, so it can be reborn and destroyed again. It wasn’t clear whether the specific Demon Lord and Trinity Seven changed each time (like the prophecy of The One in The Matrix), or whether it was a full-on closed loop where Arata and these seven specific girls always lead to the apocalypse (a fatalistic/deterministic scenario). It also wasn’t clear if they were trying to break the cycle, also Matrix-style, but I’m going to assume so, because otherwise Iscariot’s plans don’t make a lick of sense.
Either way, the idea that Arata could be the series’ (unwilling) big bad could be fascinating. If that was developed, it would leave us always wondering whether he’s going to go full Demon Lord and flush the whole world down the toilet, which would be compelling, because I could actually imagine it happening in some form. I’m afraid that Trinity Seven doesn’t strike me as series that’s interesting in tackling such a meaty and delicate scenario. That requires a level of tension the anime at least has never brought out in a simple battle, so I don’t think they could execute on it on a larger scale. Though Arata’s battles with Iscariot could push him more and more into becoming the Demon Lord, which would be a delicious piece of irony.
Of Course Hijiri Disappears
Long-running stories often have an obsession with the status quo. I’m fond of citing Mirai Nikki as one series that didn’t do this … I was always surprised that it was so willing to kill characters off, and it worked. Trinity Seven stuck with the status quo. Take Hijiri. When she disappeared again, my only response was “Of course.” That could have been a chance to evolve the story, maybe tackle that idea of the ticking time bomb Arata I talked about above, but they didn’t. They kept Hijiri as his motivation by yanking her back. I don’t know how far we’re in the source material, though it’s probably not far … 20-30 chapters, or so? (Commenters, give us the word and I’ll edit it in.) (Edit: This season covered 30 chapters.) That they had Hijiri show up at all was good. Letting Arata and co actually save her would have been even more courageous, but it wasn’t to be. A shame.
Lilith-sensei no Daito
The last half of the episode was a bit of fluff, establishing Lilith as the lead girl, though it all seems rather pointless when we know the harem end is firmly on the table. Though for a wrap up section, it was nice. It just didn’t end up being very memorable, which is something that could be said for the anime as a whole.
Final Impressions below.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – It’s over. It wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but at least the girls stayed great. Levi/Liese/Mira/everyone best girl #trinity7 END
- I’ve been hearing word that Lugh is amazing in the next arc. After seeing her talk about how Arata was trying to make her one of his mistresses, I can believe it. Antagonist hng~!
- Even when the naked girls are hanging all over him, Arata still can’t get the scarf off Levi. Because she’s a ninja, nin-nin!
- Praise Madokami-sama for this delicious meido Mira feast.
- Five bucks say that anti-magic amulet will become plot important later on, likely when it saves Lilith against a rampaging Demon Lord Arata.
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While Trinity Seven has always clearly belonged to the magical-fantasy-action-harem (sub-genre: ecchi) genre, I had higher hopes for it because the fundamentals looked good. The manga was funny, the girls were eccentric, and Arata was a main character who took the third option, liked to flirt, and seemed to generally have a spine. All of which could have made for a great anime … if only the magical-fantasy-action aspects weren’t so badly done.
The magic was never really explained, to the point where I didn’t know what multiple main characters could do even into the final episode. Arata deus ex machina’d his way out of problems, often as someone lectured him while they were supposed to be fighting. Tension was absent in nearly every battle. The animation was decent, but not great—it wouldn’t have held the series back had everything else been good, but it wasn’t. Arata stole Dress Break form Issei.
The lowest point was episode four, which did almost everything wrong. It was so discouraging, I was seriously regretting picking up the show. Then Liese was introduced, and things got better. (I guess she didn’t get her body back yet, did she? What is this crap! (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ ) The best points were always the ecchi antics, the harem antics, and the banter, with Levi’s teasing, Lilith’s tsukkomis, Mira’s blushing, and Liese’s eroticness (among other elements) all combining to create a damn good time. As long as it focused on those elements, the show worked.
I really wish they had taken the chance to evolve the story
The rest of the time, not so much. Trinity Seven will go down (for those who remember it at all) as a serviceable magical-fantasy-action-harem anime. If it were plotted better, and the original author and/or anime team (I don’t know who’s at fault here) knew how to build tension, it could have been great. As it is, I might pick up the manga eventually, but the anime didn’t make a strong case for it. Commenters, if you’d like to step in and give us the scoop on the source material, to the comments with you! (Please mark spoilers.) Otherwise, I’ll add it to my ever-growing backlog. Fuck me!