After his home town is destroyed by a mysterious black sun and his beloved cousin lost to the void, teenage Arata joins a school for mages to learn enough magic to rescue her. He soon encounters the Trinity Seven, a group of powerful schoolgirl mages who aid his efforts while he variously lusts after them.
In the best tradition of harem series such as this, each one of the seven is defined as a basic female archetype, such as the tough girl, the shy girl, the aloof girl and the nerdy girl, this last one also doubling up with a sexy evil twin. While this kind of setup is largely the focus of the harem subgenre, it shouldn’t preclude the girls having functioning personalities beyond their behaviour towards Arata or their primary presence being intended to provoke his desire.
As well as this, the series is riddled with an absurd volume of fanservice, frequently focused on to such an extent it supersedes everything else going on, including the occasional battle sequence. As well as the tight and revealing outfits the girls wear, for some reason dispelling magic causes their clothes to explode off, leaving only a few scraps strategically stuck to their shapely bodies. There is also inadvertent groping at least once an episode and a random beach scene a few episodes in where they slink about in skimpy bikinis. While it’s nowhere near as explicit as, say, High School DxD (to which this series bears a passing resemblance), the constant lechery becomes rather grating.
It turns out Arata has an inherent ability to copy the magic of others, meaning that he can gain powerful abilities without having to bother understanding them or go through the inconvenience of having the slightest idea what he’s doing. He calls to mind some dynastic scion at an elite school whose wealthy family bought his way in, uncaring of how much work it took for his poor but talented peers to attain the position he drifted into practically on a whim, and remains utterly oblivious of how much advantage his fortunate circumstances have afforded him through no effort, ability or even competence of his own.
We are apparently supposed to admire Arata for his blunt honesty, while in reality all his cavalier nonchalance does his highlight how thoroughly obnoxious and unlikable he is. Possessing awareness that you are a misogynistic prick and freely admitting it doesn’t actually excuse you for being one. It doesn’t help that the only other male character in the entire series, the school’s headmaster, is just as unapologetically perverted and so sees nothing wrong with his behaviour.
Setting aside the juvenile fantasies, other annoying issues include that the magic of the girls is meant to be emblematic of the seven deadly sins, but is not realised in any significant or competent way, while the magic system itself operates by utterly arbitrary and inconsistent rules that usually require laborious explanations to justify away single actions.
There are numerous anime series out there with similar content and themes to Trinity Seven that are actually entertaining. Watch any of them instead.
SEVEN / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: HIROSHI NISHIKIORI / SCREENPLAY: HIROYUKI YOSHINO,
KENJI SAITO, SHOGO YASUKAWA / STARRING: CAMERON BAUTSCH, ALLISON SUMRALL,
CHRISTINA STROUP, CARLI MOSIER, CHELSEA MCCURDY, PATRICIA DURAN, KIRA
VINCENT-DAVIS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW