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TRINITY SEVEN #1 - Special Review

It's a sin to watch it.

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When an episode description starts with “Arata Kasuga, a high school student, is being targeted by a girl with humongous boobs,” you know you’ve got a real winner of a show.

Arata is a laid back, totally up-front dude who has a crush on his cousin. It turns out that he forgot about the apocalypse that he had some sort of hand in, and gets in big trouble with the aforementioned “humongous boobs” girl (or HBG, as I’ll call her now) when it turns out he used latent magic powers to wish a fantasy world into existence. To avoid the awful possibilities of death or forgetting about his hot cousin, Arata chooses to become a mage at an academy that HBG teaches at despite being the same as age him.

This academy is also home to a harem of seven girls who “are not unlike boss characters in a video game” – yes, that’s a direct quote from the show (delivered by the headmaster who is pretty obviously Arata from the future) – each of whom is modeled after one of the seven deadly sins. He’ll probably date all of them. And, naturally, one of them looks just like Arata’s hot cousin.

The thing that sticks out in my mind about TRINITY SEVEN isn’t the complete lack of interesting characters, the opener that features action that will probably never happen, the casual objectification, or even the nonsense title. While all that stuff bothers me, what I can’t stop thinking about is just how bad the art and animation are. Characters move around like marionettes with mismatched limbs. Perspective is so bad in many scenes that it actually looks cubist.

It's like they tried to cram a two-thirds perspective onto half a face.
It's like they tried to cram a two-thirds perspective onto half a face.

Much like its lead character, TRINITY SEVEN is very on-the-nose about everything and doesn’t leave much, if anything, up to the imagination. It’s got underaged girls underdressed and under-inhibited, and frankly it’s no marvel that it under performs.

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Kino88on Oct. 29, 2014 at 7:38 p.m.
Yup, we have a winner!
katmicon Oct. 30, 2014 at 1:19 a.m.
I have always wondered if anime producers and directors watch other anime; because if they did, they would know enough to figure out what works, what doesn't, and shows like this would never get made.
zaldaron Oct. 30, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.

I don't know. Stuff like this ends up being pretty popular in many quarters. The whole loli movement is still strong and alive and well. The whole ecchi movement is alive and well, especially if you look at the japanese market which is what these are made for after all. Works in being objectively good well no - but works as in making the people who make it money (what they actually care about) YUP!

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 30, 2014 at 2:03 p.m.

Harem series pop up every season. Most are generic, cookie cutter shows that don't really add anything new besides T & A. You are can argue the classics like Tenchi Muyo and Love Hina are trope setters but have the most tropes.

Trinity Seven is a decent watch but not for everyone especially those who don't like rampant clothes ripping scenes later on. The show has a rushed exposition being a light novel adaptation. Jargon and such don't really click as well as having overpowered male character for a male power fantasy driven harem series.

For me, I enjoy the series. It's not a great series, but I had some laughs and drags. I just turned myself off and go with the flow.

YotaruVegetaon Nov. 1, 2014 at 5:01 p.m.

@zaldar: To be popular does not mean anything to me. If it does become popular, that's great for the creators and the anime.

By then end of this episode, when the solution to his cousin being taken away from him, and the world basically ending is "form a harem" I knew I didn't have to return.

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