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TRINITY SEVEN Episode 3 Review – Best In Show

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TRINITY SEVEN Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary

In TRINITY SEVEN Episode 3, “Magus and Alchemist,” Arata Kasuga and Arin Kannazuki were busily serving food in a beach-front restaurant. Lilith Asami stopped by to make sure they behaved themselves. Selina Sherlock and Levi Kazama stopped by to make sure they didn’t. But, wait — a beach episode? Wasn’t Akio Fudou about to stomp Arata to death? How did they all end up in a beach paradise?

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

Favorite Quote from TRINITY SEVEN Episode 3

At this point, I think Arata has given in and just accepts that he has a wife now. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Remember how the previous episode ended? Akio, acting on orders from Mira Yamana, had been about to kick Arata’s head clean off. As in, kill him to stop the breakdown phenomena. Both Lilith and Arin had been present, but Mira’s magic had frozen them in place. They couldn’t help Arata, and Arata’s magic had gone out of control. So he couldn’t save himself. 

What happened?

At the beginning of the episode, Arata wondered that, too. As he grilled yakisoba, he wondered out loud how this had come to pass. Lilith said it was his and Arin’s fault for destroying the school. Arin tried to blame “her husband,” but Arata pushed back, saying she was in on it, too.

“So, a cooperative effort by husband and wife?” she asked (00:28). 

By this point, Arata could only agree, saying, “Yeah you could call it that.”

To be fair, I don’t blame him for giving in. Arin is really persistent.

Best in Show Moment for TRINITY SEVEN Episode 3

Akio, like the rest of the cast, has a mind of her own. That elevates this series! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: A Small Gesture Can Be Important

The characters continue to be this show’s main draw for me. That’s no big surprise, is it? The main draw of a harem-based series is the quality of its female characters (or the male characters in a reverse-harem show). 

Ordinarily, the women in a harem distinguish themselves by how they go after the lead character. If I had to point out one thing that I don’t like about harems, it’s that they tend to define the women only in relation to the male lead. That doesn’t necessarily make them bad characters, but it can make them less interesting. 

TRINITY SEVEN, so far, has avoided that problem. Sure, Levi flirts with Arata, but I have a sense of who she is, independent of Arata. I could see her leading a series of her own. Same thing with Arin. In the previous episode, out of nowhere, she basically decided to see if Arata’s breakdown phenomenon would destroy the world — with Arata and everyone else in it! 

On the negative side, Akio almost kicked him to death. On the plus side, he got to meet Yui Kurata! I’d call that a win. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

This episode gave me another great example. Even better, the example spotlights Akio Fudou. In the last episode, acting under an order from Mira Yamana, Akio was about to kick Arata’s head in to stop the breakdown phenomenon. She asked him not to take it personally, which suggested to me that she didn’t particularly want to kill him. They didn’t need to provide that detail, did they? But it made her a little more interesting.

Delivery: Not Making a Small Gesture Can Be Important, Too

In this episode, Arata reappeared in the dying world, within the magical bubble that Lilith, Akio, Mira, and Arin maintained. Their power had almost run out, and when it did, the breakdown phenomenon would destroy them.

Arata said he knew how to stop it and prepared to give it a try. Mira, though, was ready to put him down, right then and there. But Akio put her hand on Mira’s shoulder.

To Mira’s surprise, and to mine as well, Akio said (09:48), “Let’s have him show us, Boss. If he can’t do it, we can kill him then.”

Mira seemed as surprised as I was that Akio interfered. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It’s a little thing. Just an instant when Akio acted on her own initiative. It’s my favorite moment because it’s another example of why I like this show so much. The characters are distinct, and they’re each interesting on their own. I think that elevates this above the average harem adventure!

What did you think of Arata and the Astil Codex copying Lilith’s magic? What were your favorite moments in the episode? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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