One day, the bright red sun stopped shining, causing the "Breakdown Phenomenon"—the destruction of Arata Kasuga's town and the disappearance of the people inhabiting it. All, however, is not yet lost; by utilizing the magical grimoire given to him by his childhood friend and cousin Hijiri Kasuga, Arata's world gets artificially reconstructed.
In order to investigate the phenomenon, Lilith Asami appears before Arata, whose artificial world suddenly disintegrates. He is given two choices: hand over the book, or die. However, Arata chooses the third option—enrolling in the top-secret magic school Royal Biblia Academy, where six other magical users await him. Together with Lilith, these six form the Trinity Seven, the elite of the school who each bolster their own power and skill.
With the ambition to save Hijiri and the help of his newfound friends, Arata stops at nothing to prevent the destruction of his beloved hometown and to bring his best friend back.
A mediocre story, typical high-school setting, unnecessarily convoluted magic system, and lots and lots of fanservice. Trinity Seven would have been utterly average and forgettable if it wasn't for its characters.
The MC is, for once, not as dense as a brick, which already puts him ahead of majority of other harem leads. Arata is powerful and competent, so he doesn't have to be protected by the girls all the time. He's also unapologetically perverted, and it's quite refreshing to see him handle the inevitable ecchi situations with humor and honesty instead of stuttered apologies.
Most of the girls are rather likeable as well, from the prudish
and easily-embarrassed Lilith (a great target for Arata's teasing) to the mischievous and confident Levi, who developed a certain camaraderie with the MC and even goes along with his perverted jokes. Their interactions with Arata and each other are usually quite entertaining. Violent tsundere tendencies, while present in one or two characters, are thankfully toned down.
TL;DR Trinity Seven is an otherwise average harem carried by an awesome male lead and charming female characters.
I feel the best way I can sum it up would be in a pros and cons list:
- Good intro, I really liked the way the plot started.
- Arata: A Main Character who isn't as dense as lead, and was also hilarious. One thing that I realized I liked was that he wasn't as overpowered as any other anime would have made him.
- Aiko: One of the supporting characters in the Trinity Seven. There was something different about her from other female characters of any anime. She stood out to me the most (besides MC).
- Horrible plot development. Just so messy.I almost dropped it because
it bothered me that much.
- The amount of fan service. I do like a bit myself, but there comes a point where it's too much. Trinity Seven goes past that point.
- Every female character, other than Aiko.
- Character development was atrocious. Nothing was explained well. For example, what are any of the "processes"? What actual powers do the grimories have?
- Hijiri: To not include any spoilers, I won't describe much. As I watched, I just wanted to say what the actual F? If you decide to watch the anime, you'll understand.
I will say that this anime is on the lower end of my spectrum of choice. I think that the story would have been executed better in a longer season.
So ~ the end of this anime season is approaching and I find myself, once again, trying to come up with reasonable ratings for the various anime which I followed over the past months.
~ Unsafeman121 Dec 2014
~ Plot ~
Very intriguing and at first slightly mysterious, the plot makes you keep wanting some more. There many times at which the episode ended and I just wanted to be able to continue watching. It seems fairly well thought out and the happenings all seem to fit into the world well. There are times when parts could be explained a little bit more clearly, such as
in the Library section, however I feel that this did not detract from my enjoyment of the anime. Each "section" feels like it brings everything a little bit closer together and it is very satisfying to watch. There are very few times where I felt there wasn't progress in the plot, and yet still a good amount of character development is achieved. The combination of these two make this anime a worthy watch.
Although I did not particularly enjoy either the OP or ED of this anime, I felt that the voices were VERY well suited to the characters, everything fits well and it certainly helps the ease with which one can watch this anime. I didn't find any issue with any background music that played in the anime, and wasn't distracted by any of it, but in the same regard, it didn't blow me away as anything incredible.
Personally, I enjoyed the visuals, I felt as if they were above average for an anime of this type and I was sometimes impressed by certain backgrounds or settings. You can tell that effort has been put in to make this anime look great, and it is another reason for which this anime is so enjoyable to watch. It is well detailed and there are few things about it which I would change if I had the choice. (You can tell they put lots of effort into the fanservice ;) )
One of the strong points about this anime, the characters are all very likable and well made. There is sufficient character development (for an anime of this length), that you feel for some of the characters and get to know them a little bit more than in some other anime. There is an incredible mix of characters, and each on adds to the feeling of the anime. They each have their traits and they all seem to function well together in terms of interaction. It doesn't feel like any of the characters make any of the others redundant. The way in which they can synergise their powers is clever and I feel that this was a slightly more unique aspect.
This is one of the anime which I have thoroughly enjoyed. There are several reasons for this, though obviously as I don't want to give any spoilers, I will not mention many of them. A lot of they enjoyment I feel, came from the very well written script and the interactions of the characters with each other and their relationships.
"This was more enjoyable to watch than the average anime, would recommend to others."
In my opinion, this anime is above par and one that I would recommend to people, even if they hadn't specifically mentioned the title themselves. There is a great mix of characters, their voices fit and the plot is great. This is one of the better anime out of the ones I have been watching this season (4th release date of 2014)
For those who are interested ~ Ranking Progression:
This is where I show the changes (if any) in my overall rating as the anime progressed, I review my ratings every 4 episodes ~ though if one does stand out for me I will also mention it.
Where most people worry about what to get their family members for the holidays, others are more concerned about the actual state of the world. Global warming, earthquakes, and solar flares are all major issues that scientists and those worried about the Earth's future are thinking about daily. They wonder if these types of disasters can be avoided, to prevent the destruction of the place we call home. Whether or not anything is ultimately preventable is certainly a courageous endeavor, often needing help from the many and not the few. This sets the stage for Trinity Seven, a
stage filled with breasts, harems, and not much more.
Trinity Seven begins with Arata, a young man who loses his cousin Hijiri to a "collapse phenomenon," prompting him to leave with Lilith to a magical high school where he discovers he is the next "demon lord candidate."
Trinity Seven is classified as a harem, and it does this portion of the show well. When it is focusing on the fan-service and sexualization, it is rife with opportunities to show the girls off being as cute and beautiful as possible. A lot of this is owed to their varying personalities, antics, and general adoration of Arata. The anime attempts to switch up the pairings where it can, allowing the girls to flaunt their stuff as much as possible. On the whole, this gives the series a competent amount of ecchi content.
It all goes downhill when it is not focusing on this side, however. One of Trinity Seven's largest issues comes from the cast itself. The anime is constantly throwing out new characters from start to finish. This is not an exaggeration; literally until the final episode, new characters are being shown. Being an entirely character driven show, one would think that such an endeavor would be acceptable. But it doesn't work. As more and more characters are brought in, two more problems arise. The older characters are not given enough screen-time, causing them all to lack development and caring towards them needed by the audience. At the same time, the newer characters, given their later and later introductions, suffer the same fate. No character is given enough time to be properly explored, making the cast become props to ogle at rather than well-defined people. It's a vicious cycle that persists throughout the entire season, bringing about an unsavory amount of chaos.
The biggest flaw comes from the plot itself. Much of what occurs is completely nonsensical in nature due to the exorbitant amount of terminology the anime throws at the audience. "Archives," "Themas," and other foreign words are tossed around as if the audience is supposed to simply understand why they are being used or where they originate. The anime never delves into any sort of world-building, merely saying phrases in passing or nonchalantly talking about how certain aspects of their magic work. There is no pretext, context, or subtext for anything that goes on. Both the overall arc and sub-plots contain this problem, throwing the entire experience into disarray.
Generally less than stellar, Trinity Seven adopts rather awkward techniques for both its art and animation.
Beginning with the art style, the characters are typically set to CGI backgrounds. This allows them to stand out more noticeably when compared to other anime, mainly because of the jarring juxtaposition of 3D and 2D elements. The anime looks better when it is not using such a trick, but even then, the unvarying amount of locations that are visited provides little in the way of eye-candy.
However, this candy is found with (once again) the best part of the show: the girls and their character designs. Ranging from elegant to slutty, bodacious to simple, the girls all maintain the same style but differ when it comes to overall looks, faces, hair, outfits, etc. They're all attractive in their own respective ways, making the designs pleasing to see on a regular basis.
The actual animation, though, is sorely missing. Character movements are often kept to a minimum and many shots consist of only one character at a time. The most notable drop in animation comes from the "fight" scenes. They are meant to be small duels or skirmishes, but they are never really depicted as such. Quick cuts, simple attacks, and more often than not refusing to show the action itself demonstrates just how little animation there really is.
Being a harem, Trinity Seven contains a large main cast. More specifically, and perhaps obviously, there are seven young women who take the spotlight. I'll stick to talking about Arata and my favorite four.
As a main character, Arata is actually not immensely dense. Perverse and funny, he allows the Trinity Seven themselves to shine as much as possible. Determined to see his cousin once more, he goes to great lengths to accomplish the goals he sets for himself. As a new demon lord candidate, he is able to control magic as he wills. It's this and his all-around likability that causes the girls to flock to him, despite his affinity for all things debauched.
Acting as the head of the defense department, Mira is a shorter woman who does not tolerate any form of impure thoughts or actions. Extremely shy yet demanding, she usually butts heads with Arata due to their opposite, base ideals. Her strong suit is being capable of reflecting or disabling any form of magic. Her highly defensive combat abilities also manifest in her personality, making her difficult to approach let alone talk to. However, the more time she spends with Arata, the further her shell cracks, revealing a more comfortable and caring friend.
Liese is a succubus first and magic-user second. Relying almost entirely on her well-endowed assets, she utilizes her sex appeal to its fullest potential. Her playful nature causes her to invade people's privacy regularly. She has no qualms making others feel uncomfortable, since she is so content with her own body and her sexuality. To aid her in this process, she is able to bend time to her will. Liese starts off as a tough antagonist, aiming to become the next "demon lord" before Arata. But due to his affable personality, she transitions from difficult foe to treasured companion, presenting an argument to the saying, "time heals all wounds."
Yui is a strange girl, to say the least. She exists within two separate dimensions at the same time: one in the real world and another in a dream-like state. The former is incredibly happy, carefree, and quick to call Arata "Onii-san" whenever she is given the chance. Her dream-self is quiet and calm, producing an aura of elegance that the rest of the girls do not own. Her magic takes on a supportive role, boosting the power of those around her. Being the first of the Trinity Seven that brings Arata hardship to "capture," when she is ultimately saved, her supportive attitude shines through, making her an extremely wonderful addition to the cast.
Technically the poster-girl for the show, Lilith is Arata's mentor and first of the girls to give her trust. Easily embarrassed, sincere, and willing to guide people down the right path, she is most often found looking after Arata. Her beauty is unrivaled, and so are her skills as a professor. She is at maximum cuteness when she is blushing after being teased or hearing/seeing Arata say/do something slightly perverted. Her abilities take the form of handheld weapons -- guns -- that shoot out magic with high speed and intensity. While she incessantly yells at Arata for his continuous behavior, deep down, like the guns she wields, her emotions and feelings for him are incredibly strong and unyielding.
Along with the other three (Levi, Arin, and Akio), and a few of the other side cast, each of them have their own descriptions and a connection between their personality and the skills they have. While the entire cast is neither fleshed out nor too memorable, there is bound to be someone here for everyone to enjoy.
The OP for the anime is actually quite good. The beginning part with the hard guitar and choir-like singing starts the piece off strong. The middle section follows suit, with guitar, drums, and vocals working well in unison. The halfway point, with the "falling" effects in the singing and drums causes one to bob their head to the beat. Just the nice amount of variety from the piece makes it stand out from the pact.
You may be able to choose the destination, but you shouldn't choose the first ED. It's a mess of singing and instruments that is not pleasant to listen to.
The second ED takes a slightly slower approach that works miles better than the first. Its float-y feel and "shavadava," alongside the more onomatopoeia vocals, make it a fun song to hear, coinciding with the stronger parts of the anime. It is Arguably the best of the EDs.
ED number three goes back to being quick, and subsequently back to being bad. It's a rather strange song, containing a piano melody and both fast and higher singing that don't work well together.
The final ED is the worst of the bunch. Nothing attributed to the song seems to flow, creating an even worse amalgamation than what the first ending piece offered. The techno background beat and mid-range vocals create an awkward arrangement that doesn't fit well with the anime, as well as making it rather forgettable.
The soundtrack mostly consists of ambient pieces filled with violins and darker tones that fit the more "evil" vibe the show contains during the more serious portions. However, none of the tracks are noteworthy.
The voice-acting within the anime is average, with no notable performances to be had.
When it comes to an anime like this, it prioritizes boobs, butts, and sex first with story and characters coming in at a distant second. In that regard, the show satiates one's need for good fan-service. Seeing Lilith nearly naked, having Arin and Yui cuddling with their "husband," and watching Liese's attempts at seduction made me quite the happy man.
When the anime tried to make the action and plot its focus, I really just wanted them to go back to the comedy and the harem elements that it was doing so well at. And as the series progressed, it started fixating its eyes on its weakest parts more and more, making the experience less fun the further along it went.
For what it's worth, Trinity Seven tried to be more than just a run-of-the-mill harem. But its inability to balance the characters, its rather awful narrative (even among the genre), and strange decisions in regards to animation and music make the entire package less than average.
Story: Bad, good fan-service, too many characters, terrible world-building
Animation: Bad, jarring 2D/3D mix, nice character designs, little animation
Characters: Fine, Arata, Mira, Liese, Yui, and Lilith are okay, with someone for everyone
Sound: Bad, good OP, bad EDs, okay soundtrack, average VA work
Enjoyment: Fine, fun to watch only when the women are the focus
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