Anime time: Trinity Seven

Have you ever wondered what might happen if you mixed the dark Magical Girl feeling of Madoka with the madcap not-quite-hentai of Love Hina, stuffed that in a school and added a dash of 11eyes just for good measure?  No?  Neither had I, but the end result is still pretty good.

I give you Trinity Seven, an anime currently in season in Japan and being simulcast to America through Crunchyroll.  It’s a quirky little anime that I find balances the darkness of the situation and setting with the hilarity of a guy with zero filter to his mouth and body.  I don’t want to spoil things too much, but the show is worth at least a quick view.

The basic idea of the show is that there is a “normal” boy who lost his cousin to a magical cataclysm and is given a grimoire of incredible power to get her back.  He joins a school to become a Mage in order to learn how to use the grimoire and finds out that the best way to do get his cousin back is to befriend the mysterious Trinity Seven members: a group of seven girls who all are masters of their art, and coincidentally all study in the same school.

Hijinks ensue as he begins to meet them and with logic you’d only find in Japan, he finds various “ecchi” situations to be in with the girls, from simple accidental breast grabs to accidentally blasting their clothes away and so on.  It’s childish, but provides a good bit of humor to what could otherwise be a dark and depressing storyline as you find out about the world they live in, and the situations that some of the girls have.

All in all, it’s not the total awesomeness of Madoka, but it is a nice, silly magical adventure with enough depth to be something other than hollow sexual pandering.  If you don’t mind the boob jokes and implied nudity (everything ends up covered on screen one way or another), I’d say to give it a try and see what you think.  As of this writing, there’s only seven episodes up right now, with a new episode each week, so it won’t even take that long to catch up.

Ja ne!

The Ranting Loon

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