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TRINITY SEVEN Episode 12 Review – Best In Show

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TRINITY SEVEN Episode 12 Review – Quick Summary

In TRINITY SEVEN Episode 12, “Criminal Girl and His World,” Arata, Lilith, Arin, Akio, Mira, and Sora made it back to interrupt Lugh and Hijiri’s attempt to take over the school. But now that they’re there, what can they do? Arata, the only one with the raw power to take on Hijiri, still found his magical energy mostly depleted. And Lugh still had a lot of fight left in her, too. Does Arata have any hope of staying alive – much less of saving Hijiri?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from TRINITY SEVEN Episode 12

TRINITY SEVEN Episode 12: Can't blame Selina for being upset!

I can certainly Selina’s pique. But Liese is as much to blame as Arata! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I’ve made a big deal out of how the magic system in this series fascinated me. I’ve gone on about how I find the characters appealing. Not only that, but I’ve talked about how the series has played with tropes. I stand by all of that.

That said, I don’t want to pretend that the series isn’t an ecchi comedy. Since this is the last favorite quote I’ll choose for this season (which is the only one, so far, sadly!), I decided to go with one that celebrates the series’ roots.

When he returned to the school, Arata at first thought he was looking at Selina, so he didn’t at first understand why she talked to him as if she had not seen him for a while. Then she bounced her breasts for him, and suddenly, the situation was perfectly clear.

“Those boobs are definitely Liese’s,” Arata said with a thoughtful expression (02:42). 

“Jerk!” Selina said through her connection with her sister. “Don’t use my boobs to figure that out!”

Maybe I’m a terrible person, but I laughed.

Best in Show Moment for TRINITY SEVEN Episode 12

TRINITY SEVEN Episode 12: Arata really just wants the women in his life to be happy

Arata’s goals aren’t compatible with Astral Trinity’s. That’s one of the things that made the series so much fun to watch. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Contrast is Cool

There’s a shot in this episode that I found terrifying. Wait, a “terrifying” shot in an ecchi comedy? Yeah, it took me by surprise too. It’s surprise value isn’t the only thing about it that’s interesting. It setup my favorite moment, too.

Remember when Hijiri tried to describe why she had become a member of Iscariot? She said that because of the Breakdown Phenomenon at the beginning of the series, she had become disassociated in time and space. She saw the world from the outside. From her vantage point, she saw Arata seduce the Trinity Seven and destroy the world, through multiple timelines, over and over and over again.

TRINITY SEVEN Episode 12: Astral Trinity's goals are very different from Arata's

This is horrifying. Look at their expressions. There’s no joy or vitality left. I get a terrible sense of loss every time I see this scene. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Hijiri remembered a scene of the Trinity Seven. They were clustered around the Demon Lord Astral Trinity in all his demonic glory. All of them were naked. Sounds like a dream, if you’re attracted to the women who make up the Trinity Seven, doesn’t it? Take one look at Astral Trinity’s expression. Arata as a Demon Lord is quite pleased with himself.

That illusion falls apart when you look at the women’s eyes. I’ve gotten to know these characters over 12 episodes. I like each one of them. I like their initiative, and I like their zeal for life. Now look into the eyes of the women who make up Astral Trinity’s harem. Their eyes are almost blank. What emotion remained looks like a mixture of confusion and regret.

To see those women reduced to that state felt horrifying. And it perfectly set the stage for my favorite moment.

Delivery: Lilith, a Model of Support and Affection

My favorite moment came after Arata’s date with Lilith. She tried to take Arata’s mind off what had happened to Hijiri. so they went about town. On one hand, she just wanted a day with Arata to herself. She protests that she’s his teacher and can’t have feelings for him, but it’s clear she digs him. On the other hand, I got a sense that she really wanted to help him feel better. Maybe those two things go together, but I saw two distinct motivations.

At first, for the sake of comedy, the other members of the Trinity Seven, minus Akio and Mira, trailed them to make sure nothing too affectionate happened. Levi appeared to just enjoy the show. Yui looked scandalized, whereas Arin looked like she was thinking, “Yeah, my husband is cheating yet again.” Selina just looked mildly concerned.

TRINITY SEVEN Episode 12: At least three of the Trinity Seven weren't happy with the attention Arata was giving Lilith

By this point in the show, I kind of feel sorry for Arin! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It wasn’t just for comedic relief, though. Because towards the very end of the episode, the women trailing Arata and Lilith came out of hiding. Partly, they were starving, and partly, Arin and Yui had had enough of being ignored. They decided to go get something to eat together. Specifically, a restaurant where Mira rocked a maid’s outfit and Mira cooked.

They looked happy and carefree as they strolled along the streets, just enjoying each other’s company! Arata noticed it, too. Hanging back, taking a look at the sky, he silently promised Hijiri that (21:49), “I’m not going to let you or any of these girls be sad.”

That’s in stark contrast to what Astral Trinity wants to accomplish. The tension between those two points is exactly why this is my favorite moment. It’s like Arata is declaring his defiance against Astral Trinity. Or, even better: He’s declaring Astral Trinity’s intent irrelevant. Which I think is a much more interesting position. 

What did you think of the final battle against Hijiri and Lugh? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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