Trinity Seven

Trinity Seven

t71Kasuga Arata lived a normal life together with his childhood friend, Hijiri, in a small town. However, everything changed on the day of the Black Sun, and a magician appeared before him. The Black Sun caused the Breakdown Phenomenon which destroyed the town where he lives. Because of this, his normal life was artificially reconstructed by a grimoire that his childhood friend had left. The appearance of the magician led him to a new life in the Royal Biblia Academy and meeting the members of the Trinity Seven – seven female students who are the most powerful magicians in their respective themas – the Seven Cardinal Sins.

Trinity Seven is a magical-fantasy-action-harem anime with a protagonist that is strangely calm and confident, and very much unlike the typical harem male lead we have come to be frustrated by. His quirky, funny, and occasionally flirty harem are an interesting bunch and have their own personalities from the get-go. This is probably due to them each having their own themas, which all represent one of the seven deadly sins.

t74I always tend to be suspicious of male leads in the harem genre, because typically they have about as much character as a wet dishcloth, often sinking into the background and letting the personalities of his harem take centre stage. Arata is a refreshing change from this tradition though – cool and sure of himself enough to make jokes with the girls and flirt with them occasionally (and no one can blame him). He even has playful banter with some of them, which is practically unheard of. The dialogue between him and the rest of the harem is genuinely interesting and not over-stuffed with silly remarks and elongated scenes of pure confusion and awkwardness. And for some reason that no one can explain, he has the power to make a girl’s clothes explode – and he even manages to play it cool when this happens (practically no nosebleeds and unnerving stares). He’s a bit like Yuuji from The Fruit of Grisaia, and I like what I’ve seen of him so far.

But the male lead is only one part of the magical-fantasy-action-harem genre. There’s also the harem of girls and, as I’ve mentioned before, they are clearly better defined as individuals than the average harem and make a real effort to not become certain harem stereotypes (though some have more success than others). We have Lilith the busty tsundere; Levi the playful ninja; deadpan Arin; Head of Grimoire Security Mia; tough girl Akio and the cheerful yet mysterious Yui.

t75Mostly though, this quirky group illustrate the irreverent tone consistent so far within this anime. It lets itself get serious during certain important parts, but it doesn’t dwell or slide into angst. Despite all the tragedy and bad luck Arata suffers at the beginning of the series, he doesn’t spend much time moping, which means that the pace can start moving immediately as he realises the futility of being sad and throws himself into rectifying the situation that he now finds himself in. The story is detailed and strong enough to be able to take itself seriously, but it’s not afraid to have some fun with it and keep things entertaining. If Nishikiori Hiroshi and the Seven Arcs team continue to balance this great tone, I’m looking forward to see what will happen next. If all the episodes can end in spectacular fashion – such as Arata uncovering some deep mysteries about his friend Hijiri and her startling physical resemblance to Arin one minute and in the next realising that he’s forgotten to put on his trousers, and then tries to swag it out – this is definitely one for recommendation.

t72The one thing I would point out that irks me about Trinity Seven is its lack of detail at crucial moments. There are a fair few moments when it totally disengages me by having a character doing something silly at an inappropriate time. The Trinity Seven universe is a goldmine of magic lore and intricate history – so much so that a twenty minute episode can’t really afford to spend several precious minutes having characters talk about something irrelevant. I’m particularly interested with this particular magic system and why each theme responds to each character. There was a little explanation towards the beginning (before the plot began to thicken, so to speak) and now I fear that it’s too late in the story arc to once again delve into a topic already covered, no matter how much it would merit it. Maybe there could have been more coverage whilst the magicians were running around in their swimsuits for the best part of one episode? Or am I completely missing the point here?

t76Overall, Trinity Seven has definitely been an anime that has grown on me over time. It slowly immerses the viewer into its universe and introduces and sustains a large amount of characters that are able to stand on their own in personality. It’s an interesting mix between action/fantasy and the traditional harem and walks this unusual line very well. I look forward to more adventures from Arata and his uber-powerful harem of pretty magicians.