Trinity Seven – 04

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Trinity Seven is the next show to fall off my review list this week and, honestly, I’m not sure it will even stay on my watching list either. The girls are varied and the bodies are good but come on T7, we can get solid hentai anywhere these days.

You’re a broadcast series that can’t show me anything more risque than censored skin. So You’ve got absolutely nothing to work with without a plot.

And you’re plot is terrible.

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For my final review, T7 focuses on Yui, who lives in the dungeon under the school. She’s a sleep-mage and super powerful and if she ever wakes up we’re all screwed. Also, she’s Levi’s lover, maybe? So everyone goes down to save her and they save her. Then end.

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Honestly, I think it was the guns that finally did it for me. We can debate phallic pistols and Lilith’s mega cannon that she straddles to fire — but the penis penis penis of it all isn’t even what bothers me. Well, not the biggest thing that bothers me, anyway.

I just hate shows that give us magic…then turn into the magic into gun scenarios. That whole aesthetic is dull to me and feels dumb. For goodness sakes, why make firing a gun take longer by requiring a spell to be cast? So dumb.

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5 thoughts on “Trinity Seven – 04”

  1. I dropped this after the first episode, so I don’t blame you for dropping this as well. I’m going to miss the recaps though.

    1. I would have dropped it last week but somehow ep 3 really didn’t appear in my cue until i clicked on ep 4. That swim suit ep was TERRIBLE :)

      Like “Invaders” last season, T7 never grew beyond the sum of it’s parts… and those parts were boobs boob boobs and narrated book magic gun harem harem boobs magic books. Oh! And some plot about a cousin needing a magic rescure. Or something. TERRIBLE :D

  2. I’m not sure whether that’s a fair characterization to make as of Episode 4.

    It seems that your main issue with Trinity Seven is that is an insipid, uninspired boring run of the mill pure Harem Anime with an incoherent excuse plot.

    But Trinity Seven is one of those increasingly common, but still unusual creatures that are a cross between a Shounen Action Genre (the genre of the Big Three, Fairy Tail, FMA, etc), and the Harem genre. It’s far closer to Railgun, High School DxD, Negima, and so on.

    From that lens then, I’m not certain whether an early beach episode, and a very risque and sketchy Harem build up is enough to actually condemn the show. Your critique of Episode 3 would stand , certainly, if Trinity Seven was something of a Purer Harem like Nisekoi, but i’m not sure whether a Shounen-Harem hybrid frontloading all those Harem milestones early on necessarily mean that the Shounen aspect of that hybrid would suck later on. In-fact, playing the harem cards earlier on may well force those stories to focus on the Shounen aspect principally, since there isn’t much room for the story to continue on the Harem track

    True, Trinity Seven may fail as compelling harem, but I think it also has to fail as a Action Shounen completely to be fully condemned. And I’m not sure whether Trinity Seven has completely failed as a Shounen-Action show yet, and I think it at least should be critiqued from the lens not only as a harem show, but as a Shounen action show.

    Typically, in Shounen action plots, after some kind of call to adventure or goal that inspires the journey, the next few arcs normally are dedicated to building the “Nakama”, the group. And in normal Shounen action, this usually happens in several different ways – some of the Nakama start out on the adventure with the hero, some of the Nakama happen to be mentors, some have to be fought and defeated before they join the Nakama, some join the hero after fighting together with the Hero against some kind of threat. It’s really rare that the Hero makes substantial progress to his goals, or massive plot development actually happens at this first Nakama Recruiting Stage.

    After the formation of the Nakama by various means, a Shounen manga enters a stage where some kind of development in the Adventure is introduced, or events that bring the Hero closer to the goal, with the aid of the Nakama. This is where either more Antagonist are chosen, or some type of Antagonistic development is chosen. It’s here the Tournament Arcs, Training Arcs, and all the other tropes and developments associated with the genre really emerge.

    The catch of course, is that the Nakama Recruitment Stage in Shounen Harems, is where the cliche Haremish aspects are strongest at, and the Shounen action aspect, weakest. Shounen Harems have two options – they can choose to lovingly dwell in that Nakama Recruitment Stage, or they could rush the Harem trope dominant Nakama Recruitment Stage, and then have the actual plot kick off after the Nakama Recruitment. Typically, Shounen Harems adopt more and more Shounen Conventions, as it moves out of the Nakama (Harem) Recruitment Stage.

    I am not so sure whether you could judge a Shounen Action even before the Nakama Recruitment Stage has ended, especially if the two different stages are dominated by different genre conventions, as is the case with most Harem Shounens.

    So, how does this apply to Trinity Seven as a Shounen Action? At this current stage, Trinity Seven is in it’s initial “Nakama Recruitment” phase. And it has chosen to put all the other plots introduced early on in near-stasis, such as the quest to save Hijiri. In other words, the only plot Trinity Seven is trying to focus on, is the Nakama Recruitment plot – all other plot-lines are put either on hold, or very, very slow burn until the Nakama Recruitment Stage is over.

    However, because Trinity Seven’s method of recruiting the Nakama revolves around Harem conventions, I don’t think it’s fair to say that, Four Episodes in, that Trinity Seven’s plot as an Action Shounen has failed utterly, because Trinity Seven’s plot is still stuck at the first part of an Action Shounen plot, building the Nakama. The failure of it’s Harem plot, does not necessarily compromise the main Action Shounen plot persay, in later arcs, so long as characterization is not irrevocably written so badly that no development is possible.

    The main reason why it’s never growing out of the sum of it’s Harem parts, is because the sum of it’s parts are just dross, nothing more than the Harem window dressing over a fundamentally Shounen Action structure that is still in it’s very, very early stages. And very few Shounen Actions undergo significant advances in plot in just four episodes.

    On the other hand, I do think Trinity Seven is another cautionary tale, of how Manga based Shounen-harems normally alienate alot of viewers through it’s anime adaptation. It would have been far, far better had Trinity Seven gone straight out Shounen, and had a more even cast gender ratio, rather than trying to fuse Harem and Shounen together. That’s not saying of course, that Harem Shounens are inherently terrible. But ultimately, I think the question should not be why Trinity Seven fails as a harem anime, but why Trinity Seven fails as Harem Shounen.

    1. That’s a cool alternate view and some great analysis of the show and its genre roots and I’ll do my best to keep that in mind when I stumble across hybrids in the future!

      My only counter point would be that, failing by genre standards or not, T7 was underwhelming compared to the top billed shows this season. I enjoyed the protagonist’s witty banter with Arin, but he’s otherwise too power fantasy and lacks emotional nuance… or even backstory at all, really?

      That’s going to chew into my ability to root for him as he climbs in power and fights big-bads along the way, defeating the value of the action sequences before they even come to be.

      Worse, T7’s action is up against some of the most top shelf broadcast stuff we’ve ever seen — Fate/Stay, Bahamut are terrifyingly well drawn but InoBato, Parasyte, SAO2 and Garo are no slouches either. Worse Worse, you could probably argue that SAO2 is also a hybrid, and if I had to choose between SAO2 and T7, I can’t imagine picking T7. (Heck, I’m not even watching SAO2 either)

      Fantastic break down and way cool to read. I’m not sure I could stick out more of T7 to hit the pay off though, even though you’ve sold me solid that it probably has one after the mid-roll.

  3. I’m not convinced Trinity7 is a “Shounen-Action show” as it closely follows the standard “Slice of Life” script, although with supernatural elements. The base message is a rebuke of the Japanese School Model, study hard, pass a test, study harder. The protagonist is aloof, lazy and resorts to just copy magic (knowledge) that the other maji (students) worked to achieve (learn).
    This entire series could be dropped into a present high school with very few script changes. The reason no one likes it is it’s subliminal message that you’ve seen this same plot 1000 times before,

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