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Anime Spotlight #13

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Another Harem Anime….

Anime shows starring a boy with a harem of magical girls is definitely nothing new, and it sure is nice that “Trinity Seven” takes a unique spin on the magical girl and harem tropes in Anime.

Firstly, magic in “Trinity Seven” is portrayed as being the exact opposite of that which is “natural” and “logical.”  Those that can wield magic, the Mages, do so according to a specific discipline — kinda like Science; however, Mages study their discipline’s inversion — with Science, when one studies a discipline like Biology that is exactly what they study.  Magical disciplines are divided via the Seven Deadly Sins, so a Mage chooses a Sin that best suits them and then becomes everything that Sin isn’t.  For example, Lilith, the red-head, is a Mage of Lust yet she is the farthest thing from lustful in “Trinity Seven”; indeed, she is actually one of two tsunderes in Arata’s harem.

Speaking of tsunderes, Arata is actually fairly tsundere-proof.

Of course, some things never change, like the fact that every good Anime harem needs a loli or two:

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Appearances are deceiving in “Trinity Seven”; these three girls are in fact grimoires.

Unlike boys in other Harem Anime, Arata is well aware of the harem he’s acquiring as he keeps on his quest to get Hijiri back.  Meanwhile, he discovers he’s pretty-much Satan’s left-hand man and he’s actually meant to use the Trinity Seven to destroy the World and remake it anew again.  Thanks in part to Hijiri, though, all Arata wants to do is control all magic in the Universe so that he can return her to Earth and keep his new friends safe.

Because Mages gain the most of their magic when they’re irrational, it makes sense that “Trinity Seven’s” plot also be irrational.  Characters flip sides on a whim, and they sometimes do things that make absolutely zero logical sense in the scheme of things.

The rest is best left to watching the show itself.  The first season is also dubbed!

Anime Spotlight #9

Speaking of young girls wearing machine parts and fighting aliens…:

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Strike Witches!!

With two full seasons, an OVA, and three stand-alone episodes, one could say that Strike Witches did pretty well.  It also has a spin-off, the Brave Witches, which didn’t do nearly as well as Strike Witches did (with only one season completed).

In this parallel-reality Anime rendition of WWII where an alien AI race has invaded Earth, many of the most successful WWII flying aces from our reality have been incarnated in the form of magic-wielding teenaged girls called “Witches.”  Squadrons of these Witches ultimately take inspiration from the three Russian all-female airborne divisions that existed during WWII, the most well-known of them being the 588th division called the “Night Witches.”

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The “Strike Witches” and their real-world inspirations — chart….

Similar to Fubuki in Kantai Collection, the main character in Strike Witches, Yoshika Miyafuji, occupies the first season working to prove herself as a capable member of the squad.  She ends up quickly surpassing many of her comrades, only deplete her magic executing the most OP ability in the entire series — only to, somehow, gain it all back again in the OVA.

Then again, who actually has watched this Anime for the “plot” anyway?

;P

Anime Spotlight #3

Back at it again!

Let’s take a look at When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace:

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Coming courtesy of (some of) the same people who gave us Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill, this specific Anime show delves into the occult while still trying pass itself off as harem + magical-girl kind of Anime.

For me, the girls were mainly “window-dressing” – for the most part.  They usually weren’t all that entertaining on their own; their interest-factor was mainly provided by Jurai, the resident “chunibyou (Japanese for ‘eighth-grader syndrom’).”

Jurai obsesses over “powers” he claims to possess (that soon become very real), as well as various “word-magic” – as I’ll call it; the abilities he and his female friends receive need to be named in a specific way, even to the point where it causes one of the girls to think that he wants to be her boyfriend, but the best example here is the “nickname” he insists on being called:

Guiltia-sin Jurai.

The ability names are chosen based on the symbolism implied by the kanji when compared/contrasted to the katakana; however, his name is purely occult in meaning:  “Guiltia” is from “guilt,” from the Old English verb gieldan = “to pay for/be in debt to” which also derives modern-day “yield” and “gold”; in essence, “guilt” originally meant a debt or payment.  The word “sin,” in the name, is Germanic, from the root *sund- = “truth” from which the word “sooth” also derives; in other words, “sin” is “untruth” or a false truth (this jives with the original Hebrew word for sin, used in the Bible, meaning, essentially, “illusion”).

But, Jurai isn’t the only chunibyou in this Anime; there are, in fact, two boys with this trait.  The other boy is Kiryou – his “nickname” is…:

Kiryou Hell-kaiser Luci-first.

Once again, we have an absolutely occult-laden title:  “Hell” derives from Germanic *halyo = “underworld.”  “Kaiser” is the German transliteration of Latin Caesar (the surname of the infamous, first Roman dictator Gaius Iulius Caesar).  The “Luci-” part is “Lucifer,” which in Latin means “light-bringer.”  Finally, “first” is quite straight-forward….

Yes, I found the “word-magic” more interesting than the other stuff that was going on in the series…!  I did notice two allusions to Kill la Kill in the series, though:  The boxer’s life-fibre gloves, which were worn briefly by one of the Lit-club girls, and a camio by Mako swimming in a pool.

Watching the show, I got the impression that the creators were seriously hoping to produce a second season; a lot of plot points were introduced in the series that are, as it is now, left annoyingly hanging.  I’m hoping for a second season:  I’d like to know how things end!